Sweet Surrender

(A MacKenzie Family Novella)

by Liliana Hart

It’s been twelve years since Liza Carmichael stepped foot in Surrender, but after her great aunt’s death she has no choice but to return and settle her estate. Which includes the corner bakery that’s been a staple in Surrender for more than fifty years.

After twenty-five years on the job, Lieutenant Grant Boone finds himself at loose ends now that he’s retired. He’s gotten a number of job offers—one from MacKenzie Security—but he’s burned out and jaded, and the last thing he wants to do is carry the burden of another badge and weapon. He almost turns down the invitation from his good friend Cooper MacKenzie to stay as their guest for a few weeks while he’s deciding what to do with the rest of his life. But he packs his bag and heads to Surrender anyway.

The only thing Boone knows is that his future plans don’t include Liza Carmichael. She’s bossy, temperamental, and the confections she bakes are sweet enough to tempt a saint. Thank God he’s never pretended to be one. But after he gets one taste of Liza and things start heating up in the kitchen, he realizes how delicious new beginnings can be.

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An Exclusive Interview With Liliana Hart:

~ with Jillian Stein of Read Love Blog

I loved this novella. The heat was off the charts between Grant and Liza and the action was amazing! How did you choose them for this novella?

I loved the idea of having a hero who was a little bit older (mid-forties), and who was coming up on the next phase of his life. I almost always see my hero first, so I knew I wanted a heroine that would give him absolute hell when trying to figure out what that second phase of life was going to be.

I can’t believe the MacKenzie family is coming to an end. Was it hard to figure out when to end the series?

Yes and no. I know the MacKenzies as well as I know my own family, so it’s bittersweet saying goodbye. And who knows, I might miss them and need to revisit down the road. But after eighteen books, plus ten books from other authors who are writing in the MacKenzie world, seemed like a great place to stop. With Brady and Elena’s book coming in March, I’ll have tied up all the loose ends and all of the characters who live in the MacKenzie universe will have received their happily-ever-afters.

I am really looking forward to your new Gravedigger series coming out in 2017. Where did the inspiration for that series come from?

It really started with a scene and the whole premise developed from there. I kept seeing these men, obviously trained and in great shape, in a graveyard, the rain pelting them and up to their knees in mud as they tried to dig someone out of a grave. Then I had to know who they were trying to dig up and what their purpose was. And that’s when The Gravediggers were born. They’re specially trained men from all over the world (Mossad, CIA, MI-6 etc) who have been hand-selected to give up their life, identity, and country to form an elite global terrorism unit. And to do that, they have to die convincingly to all those who knew them and be reborn as a Gravedigger.

The holidays are almost upon us! Do you have any family traditions you celebrate the holidays with?

We really love having all the kids in the house for Christmas—the noise and excitement. We’ll do plenty of Christmas baking, and we always load everyone in the car and take them to see Christmas lights.

Can you give us a hint as to what you’re going to be working on in the next few months?

I’m finishing up the Gravediggers series right now, and then I’ve got Spies and Stilettos (the last MacKenzie novel) to write early in 2017. I’m actually taking a much needed creativity break for most of 2017, so I’m looking forward to taking some months off and filling the creative well. I’ve got five releases in 2017, so there will still be plenty to read!

Ok, so for 2016 I am going to be playing Mad Libs with the 1,001 Dark Nights authors for a bit of fun! Here is Liliana’s Mad Libs titled “Confessions of a Pizza Eater”:

The pizza was invented by Peruvian chef, Michael Buble. To make pizza, you take a lump of sheetrock and make a thin, round, spicy pancake. Then you cover it with tomato egg drop soup, parmesan cats, and pieces of escargot. Next you bake it in a very hot kangaroo. Then you ran it and slice it into wedges. Some people like purring pizzas best. My favorite is the obnoxious pizza. My mother says that pizza is junk food, but I think it is better than lamb chops. If I could, I would eat pizza 47 times a day!


liliana_newsLiliana Hart is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author in both the mystery and romance genres. After starting her first novel her freshman year of college, she immediately became addicted to writing and knew she’d found what she was meant to do with her life. She has no idea why she majored in music.

Liliana is an avid reader and a believer in all things romance. Her books are filled with witty dialogue, steamy sex, and the all-important happily-ever-afters her romantic soul craves. Since self-publishing in June of 2011, she’s sold more than 1.2 million ebooks all over the world.

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