Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Kristi Ahlers: The Trouble with Surfers

The trouble with Kristi Ahlers (see what I did there?) is that she's visited with us so often that it's hard to find a new welcome intro for her. ;-)

Really though, this is a woman who doesn't need an introduction, because her reputation as Tirgearr's most prolific author proceeds her. While Kristi doesn't place all of her eggs in one basket, per se, she has invested much of her work in Tirgearr Publishing. As one of the company's first contracted authors, going back to the company launch in February 2012, Kristi has managed to secure a strong foothold. Let's revisit some of those steps.

Currently, Kristy has two dedicated series with Tirgearr, and soon, a standalone novel in the company's new City Nights series --

Clan Ross Series -- His Heart's Desire and Her Highland Rogue (rumor has it, book three is on the way!)

The Trouble Series -- French Kisses, Pilots, Voodoo, Cupcakes, Mistletoe, Beaches, Vineyards, Halloween, Holly, and now, of course, Surfers. (rumor has it, three more are due before the years' end)

City Nights is a unique erotic romance series from Tirgearr Publishing, with authors contributing to the collection. Each book title starts One Night in . . . and takes place within a 24 hour time frame in a city somewhere in the world. It should come as no surprise that when this series was first launched amongst the Tirgearr authors that Kristi leapt up to claim New Orleans as her city for the series. We've already seen two Trouble books set in NOLA (Voodoo and Cupcakes), and anyone who knows Kristi knows it doesn't take much arm-twisting to get her down to Bourbon Street. Forget that she lives no where near the city.

See what I mean about preceding reputations? ;-)

We also know Kristi's own heart's desire is California. A California girl at heart, she does best when living by the sea. Her love of her homestate and the Pacific shine through in several of her Trouble stories too. And today's latest release is a wonderful addition to the Trouble collection.

The Trouble with Surfers is set in Hawaii, and you guessed it, deals with surfing. Sophia Drake takes a well-earned and well-needed vacation and heads to Hawaii. Trying to let loose, to remember what it was like before her life as a prosecutor took over and she stopped having fun, she decides to take surfing lessons. When she suddenly finds herself on a board in the sea by herself, her instructor having disappeared, panic sets in that she'll be eaten by sharks before she can find her way to shore. Then, in steps hunky surf pro, Brandon Joffery, to teach her the art of hanging ten. Suddenly, a whole new problem arises for Sophia -- how can she pay attention to the lesson when all she can focus on is Brandon?

Like the nine Trouble books before Surfers, this story is full of giggles and sighs, as the reader follows this couple from the deep waters of the Pacific Ocean into the deeper waters of love. Typical of Kristi's writing, readers will be pulled by emotions as they read. Her wonderful voice carries through from previous books in the series to this story. Kristi's ability to bring her characters to life will leave readers feeling as if they're leaving friends behind when they turn the final page. And I'm betting Kristi's ability with setting will also have people ringing their travel agents to book flights to the islands. The Trouble with Surfers is a great story and a wonderful addition to a stellar series. The trouble I find is that the stories just aren't long enough, but we know Kristi has a few more up her sleeve. Watch this space next month!

Before we get to the blurb and excerpt, remember that we're giving away a copy of this book to one lucky commenter. Be sure to leave your email address for contact.

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Sophia Drake is a prosecutor who works way too hard and has lost the ability to have fun. When she has finally decided she needs a break and needs to live a little she doesn’t think twice, flies to Hawai’i. When she meets surf instructor Brandon Joffery and he talks her into lessons, she knows there is going to be no way she can focus on keeping upright on a board when the surfer is too amazing and yummy for words. This trip is going to go on the record books. And paradise might just offer more than relaxation. She might just learn to love and live.

Brandon Joffery has left the hustle and bustle of NYC behind and is living the dream in Hawai’i teaching the tourist to surf and enjoy life. When he spots pretty Sophia bobbing on the water looking totally lost and then learning she has no idea how to surf he offers her free lessons. She’s clearly scared to death of not only learning how to surf but also afraid of life and for the first time in his life he wants to protect a woman and get to know her. She’s quirky and funny and perfect. Maybe he will be able to talk her into surfing more than just waves, maybe he’ll be able to talk her into taking a chance on him.

“Please don’t let there be sharks in the water.” Sophie Drake looked around as she bobbed in the Pacific while straddling a surf board and trying to spy the approach of a dorsal fin.

Something brushed up against the bottom of her foot and she squealed and tried to yank her foot out of the water, but instead started to wobble back and forth on the board.

“Oh, please don’t be a shark.”

“So are you going to just sit here and bob for the rest of the afternoon or do you plan on riding some of these waves? You’re really missing out.”

Sophie turned her head and placed a hand over her eyes to shade them so she could see the guy beside her. Her eyes settled on cut abs she only thought possible after some severe Photoshop touch ups and she swallowed, trying to wet her overly dry mouth. He was every hot Hollywood guy rolled into one smoking specimen of male perfection. She mentally gave her head a shake. Yeah, she really needed to give up reading the romance novel she’d picked up at the airport on a whim; she was now waxing poetic about strangers when she really needed to worry about getting back to dry land.

Preferably before she became lunch for a cranky and hungry shark.

“Ah…” Sophie jerked again as something else brushed her foot.

“There have been some really great sets you’ve missed while you’ve been…doing whatever it is you’ve been doing.”

Something else brushed against her leg, and she shuddered while trying to swallow the scream building in the back of her throat. At the same time she curved her mouth into what she hoped was an “I’ve got this” smile.

“You sure are a twitchy little thing.” Her companion smiled. “So first time surfing Hawaiian waves?”

“Yeah, more like first time surfing period.” Sophie waved her hand toward the beach. “My surf instructor had to go do something…”

“And left you alone out here by yourself?”

“It would appear so.” Sophie kept scanning the water for the apex predator she just knew was lurking in the depths ready to gobble her up whole.

“What are you looking for?”

Sophie sighed. “Well, if you must know, sharks. I’m looking for sharks.”

The guy beside her cocked a brow and rubbed his hand over his mouth. “Ah, I see. As in you’re looking for them to…study for some scientific purpose maybe?”

Sophie frowned. “No, more like so I can avoid becoming their lunch. Duh.”

The stranger tipped his head back and let loose a laugh that was both sexy as hell and insulting. No woman wanted a man who looked like he did laughing at them.

“What’s so funny? Do you not watch Shark Week?”

“No, I can’t say that I’ve tuned into Shark Week. So the buggers get a whole week of television all to themselves huh?”

“Yes, it’s very informative and I would think someone like you would want to be aware of the dangers found in these waters.”

“Darlin’, there is danger just walking down the street.”

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 Kristi Ahlers is a California girl! She grew up in Northern California in a small city called Yuba City. Since then she's lived in Brussels, Belgium, and England along with a myriad of other locations. A former flight attendant, she was able to continue to feed her love of travel. This has greatly influenced her writing, allowing her to pen stories about places she's managed to visit and things she's experienced.

Kristi loves to hear from her readers.

Find Kristi online --

Kristi Ahlers
Kristi's Blog
Tirgearr Publishing

Grab your copy of The Trouble with Surfers at Tirgearr Publishing today for just $1.99.

While there, grab a copy of The Trouble with French Kisses for just 99c, on sale through June. This is book one in the Trouble Series.


  1. Welcome back to Heart of Fiction, Kristi, and congrats on book TEN in the Trouble series. Wow! And what a milestone. I know Surfers is near and dear to your heart.

    I know this series shows no signs of stopping. How do you keep things fresh?

  2. Thank you so much, Kem! I love coming here and chatting. I can't believe I'm up to 10 trouble stories! It's so incredible! Well, as for how is Surfers near and dear to my heart. We all know how I am about the beach! :) I've always wanted to learn how to surf and when I went to Hawaii while I was flying as a flight attendant I went to Duke's for food and learned all about surfing and decided then I needed to write a trouble story. I'm going to Hawaii in June to visit my son who's stationed there and I'm going to 1) learn how to surf and 2) dive with sharks!

    1. I did the year-end count and nearly past out. Have you added up? Did you get 17 too? {faint} lol

      You're braver than I. I draw the line at swimming with dolphins.

  3. Thank you, Maria! I had a great deal of fun researching the topic and writing it!

  4. I did and I was shocked! LOL. I'll be in the shark cage so that will make me feel better. I'm so intrigued by these animals. Both terrified and curious. I figure you only live once right?

    1. Hi Kristi - lovely to see you here again. Surfers is a wonderful addition to your long
      list of achievements. You are one busy, and talented lady.
      Well done and I hope you have loads of sales with this new novel.

    2. Thanks, so much Cathy! I love this series it's so much fun to write! And anyone who really knows me knows I can make trouble (the fun kind) out of anything!