Friday, February 24

Since we're still in the Month of Love, and I don't have much to write about except to say RITA reading accomplished (yay!) and I'm back to writing (another story for another day), I'm going to share the love again by spotlighting another author.

While all the authors I spotlight are special to me for one reason or another, this author hold a unique spot in my universe: Juno Rushdan. I've never met Juno in person. And we might never have known each other, except for one fateful writing contest which she entered and I judged. Apparently, she is a glutton for punishment, er, uh, "extensive critique" because she asked me to be her critique partner. It takes a strong person to tell another writer "bring it on" in that manner, especially when they know said author is happy to "bleed red" all over a manuscript (in the most constructive manner, of course).

Now, don't take this to mean anything negative about her writing... she's a fabulous author, with heart-pounding action scenes, hawt intimacy, and one particular hero who gets me all kinds of twitterpated. And maybe the best part is how I get to live the traditional publishing life vicariously through her. Juno just got picked up by Sourcebooks Casablanca for her romantic thriller The Gray Box Series, and she was understandably giddy with the thrill of it all!

But enough about how excited I am regarding Juno's exploding career, let me introduce her and her books to you...

Juno Rushdan draws from real-life inspiration as a former U.S. Air Force Intelligence Officer (see? I told you she was a strong person) to craft sizzling romantic thrillers. However, you won’t find any classified leaks here. Her stories are pure fiction about kick-ass heroes and strong heroines fighting for their lives as well as their happily-ever-after.

Although Juno is a native New Yorker, wanderlust has taken her across the globe. Fortunately, she is blessed with a husband who shares her passion for travel, movies, and fantastic food. She’s visited more than twenty different countries and has lived in England and Germany. Her favorite destination for relaxation is the Amalfi Coast, Italy for its stunning seascape, cliffside lemon groves, terraced vineyards, amazing pasta, and to-die-for vino. (Vino? Yep, kindred souls...)

When she’s not writing, Juno loves spending time with her family. Exercise is not her favorite thing to do, but she squeezes some in since chocolate and red wine aren’t calorie-free.

She currently resides in Virginia with her supportive hubby, two dynamic children, and spoiled rescue dogs. Check her out on Instagram or follow her on Twitter. She loves to connect with readers!

She is represented by Sara Megibow of KT Literary.

Coming from Sourcebooks Casablanca in 2018!
The do-or-die-trying agents of the Gray Box—a clandestine organization sanctioned to operate beyond the black and white constraints of other intelligence agencies— work in the shadows to safeguard national security.

When a horrifying conspiracy hits too close to home, they’re the last line of defense.

They’ll do anything to keep their country safe and sacrifice everything for the ones they love.

Alpha heroes. Strong heroines. Action-packed. Super sexy.
Won First Place in the 2016 RWA Ignite the Flame Contest for Romantic Suspense.

Not an official blurb: Maddox Kinkade is a fixer for a clandestine government agency, known as the Gray Box, tasked with preventing the sale of a deadly bioweapon. Kinkade’s partner in the mission turns out to be a former lover who she’d assumed was dead—by her own hand.

Follow her on social media or her website. She will be blogging about her publishing experience!



  1. Welcome, Juno! Good luck and thanks for visiting us today.

  2. Wow, I apologize for the wonky formatting! Don't know what happened!

  3. Thank you for spotlighting me!! Ava, you're the best.