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Hell On Wheels
Julie Ann Walker




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Trouble never looked so good...

Black Knights Inc. #1

August 2012
On Sale: August 1, 2012
Featuring: Nate Weller; Ali Morgan
384 pages
ISBN: 1402267134
EAN: 9781402267130
Kindle: B008B8A8JQ
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Also by Julie Ann Walker:
Ride the Tide, November 2020
Hell on Wheels, March 2020
In Moonlight and Memories, July 2019
In Moonlight and Memories, July 2019


Okay, so I have a couple of confessions to make.  Ready?  First confession: I have a thing for a man on a motorcycle.  There's just something about that "rebel outlaw mounts up on the back of a half ton of steel and heads for the open road" thing.  (Shhh.  We're not admitting this to my suit-and-tie hubby.)  And confession two: I'm totally goo-goo-gah-gah over a military man.  I mean, seriously?  Is there anything yummier than taut muscles packed inside a starched uniform?  (Again, this is just our little secret.)  So one day I thought to myself, "What if?"  What if there was a way to combine my two favorite fantasy men?  And from that simple question, the idea for HELL ON WHEELS, the first book in my Black Knights Inc. romantic suspense series was born.

So if you like hot, ex-military men who know how to handle their guns (you decide exactly which gun I'm talking about, you gutter-minded readers) and ride kick-butt custom-made Harleys, then the BKI books are for you!


He's the bad boy she's always wanted...

Nate "Ghost" Weller has loved Ali Morgan nearly half his life. But he's done something so heinous he's convinced she'll never forgive him if she discovers the truth.  So he keeps his feelings and his secrets to himself. But when she blows into town with a mother lode of bad guys on her tail, Nate can't deny she's in serious trouble and, unfortunately, he's the only one who can help her.

She's the good girl he's kept at arm's length...

Ali knows Nate as the most solemn, aloof man on the planet. Sadly, he's also the sexiest. For years she's avoided him, unable to stomach his dark scowls and brooding silences... especially when she secretly yearns for his touch. Now she must rely on him to save her from the malevolent shadows ghosting her every move. When the bullets explode, so does their passion. But can love really conquer all? Or are some things just too terrible to forgive?

Thank you, Fresh Fiction, for this opportunity to highlight my new series.  Look for the second and third BKI books, IN RIDES TROUBLE and REV IT UP, to hit shelves in September and October respectively.  Thank you, readers, for stopping by.  And as a little parting gift, I'm leaving you with an excerpt of HELL ON WHEELS...


When she said his name like that, he wanted to take on the world. "Hmm?"

"You just laughed."

"I do that on occasion." He used to do it all the time when Grigg was alive. The exasperating sonofagun had done his level best to keep Nate in stitches. Of course, Ali wouldn't know that. Anytime she was around him, he was usually concentrating so hard on not springing a boner that any attempt at appreciating humor was out of the question. Since Grigg's death, though, all the laughter had left him, flown away with Grigg's last breath. But something about having Ali here made him feel...lighter. Dare he admit it? Maybe even a teensy bit happy?


Scratch that. He didn't just want to take on the world when she said his name like that, he wanted to take on the whole friggin' galaxy. "Yeah?"

"I'm touching you."

No doubt about that. The baseball bat he was trying to conceal behind his zipper was testimony enough. "I noticed."

"You're not jerking away. Acting like I'm carrying around a double whammy of hepatitis and bubonic plague."

Double whammy of...He could only shake his head and fight a grin. She was simply adorable. No bones about it. And, yeah, that warm feeling slowly seeping through his veins could only be happiness. He remembered the sensation...vaguely. "What are you jabbering on about now, woman?"

"That fact that you don't like for me to touch you."

Was she insane?

"You don't like it when I touch you, do you?" she asked.

"I never said that," he muttered through clenched teeth because she was in the process of running her hands over his shoulders. Was it possible to feel happiness while in the midst of being killed?

"Then why have you always gone out of your way to avoid any physical contact with me? We've known each other for...well, sometimes it seems like forever. You're like a second son to my parents. You grab up my mom and hug her until she's giggling and ruffling your hair. Even that awkward male combination handshake/hug thing you do with my dad proves you're not allergic to human touch. And you and Grigg had your arms thrown around each other's shoulders so often mom sometimes called you the USMC's only set of Siamese twins—attached at the armpit. But all I ever got was a tip of the chin, if that. So what gives? Why do you turn sideways when we pass each other in the hallway?"

For a brief instant, he considered lying. But there were so many bitter truths he couldn't tell her, so many questions she'd asked that he absolutely could not answer. This wasn't one of them. So...the truth it was. "I like it too much."

"Huh?" There went her nose again, all wrinkly and wonderful.

"Your touch. I like it too much." Hell, now it'd be her going out of her way to avoid physical contact. Which was just as well. He was only a man, after all, and with her within arm's reach—not to mention actually touching him—his hold on his usually stalwart restraint was tenuous at best.

Downright threadbare at worst.

Her delicately arched brows snapped toward her nose. "Like it too much. What does that mean?"

Geez. The woman wasn't usually slow, but she was pulling the ol' bag of hammers routine with this one. Instead of explaining it, he simply reeled her in until she brushed against the irrefutable evidence centered directly behind his fly.

Hell On Wheels
Black Knights, Inc
August 2012

In Rides Trouble
Black Knights, Inc
September 2012

Rev It Up
Black Knights, Inc
October 2012


Deep in the heart of the Windy City, three things can be found at Julie Ann Walker's fingertips: a keyboard, a carafe of coffee, and a sleepy yellow Labrador retriever.  They, along with her ever-patient husband, keep her grounded as her imagination flies high. Look for the next two books in her fast-paced series: IN RIDES TROUBLE (September 2012) and REV IT UP (October 2012). For more information, please visit www.julieannwalker.com or follow her on Facebook www.facebook.com/jawalkerauthor or Twitter @JAWalkerAuthor




74 comments posted.

Re: Julie Ann Walker | HELL ON WHEELS, first in the Black Knights Inc. romantic suspense series

The bad boys that have that humanity and complex personal growth are fantastic characters!
(Darci Paice 12:45pm August 10, 2012)

This sounds like a great book! I hope you have a great day & thanks for the giveaway.
(Chelsea Knestrick 12:45pm August 10, 2012)

Very exciting! Confession: I have a thing for well-written,
interesting books ^_^
(Samantha King 12:54pm August 10, 2012)

OHHH, VERY GOOD!!!!! another book for my tbr list.
(Barbara Studer 4:21am August 10, 2012)

This is definitely a series I need to read. I can't resist a bad boy hero. Love the covers too.
(Linda Henderson 5:43am August 10, 2012)

I like the idea of your bad boy military hero.
(Maureen Emmons 6:02am August 10, 2012)

I love to read and your books sound wonderful.
(Margaret Yannucci 6:03am August 10, 2012)

This book looks hot and mysterious, something I would love to read. I have read approximately 4 books per week this summer. The hot weather is keeping me indoors and I am always looking for the very latest and most exciting books. Thanks for this opportunity
Paula Guthertz
(Paula Guthertz 6:25am August 10, 2012)

It sounds like a great book and all of your covers are awesome! Have a great weekend!
(Renee Pajda 6:39am August 10, 2012)

This book sounds fantastic - I do love a man in a military uniform! Sounds like just what I need to take with me on vacation to read!
(Edwina Cowgill 7:11am August 10, 2012)

Can't wait to read this book and the rest of this series. In my opinion, military men on wheels are todays version of a knight in shining armour.
P.S. Don't worry, we won't tell your husband, everyone one is allowed their fantasies. :-)
(Lisa White 8:16am August 10, 2012)

Oh my just my speed. Count me in. Couldn't wait for contest
so I just bought it. :-)
(Donna Antonio 8:23am August 10, 2012)

Now this is a book I'd enjoy...can't wait to read it and thanks for the chance to win one...
(Bonnie Capuano 8:57am August 10, 2012)

Oh I cannot wait to read the series! I love a sexy biker and a romantic suspense series is just what I need to feel all tingly inside. Thanks so much!
(Teresa Sullivan 9:29am August 10, 2012)

Congrats on the new series. I love when several books in a series are released one after the other so you don't have to wait a year between reads.
(Anne Muller 9:50am August 10, 2012)

Thanks for all the congrats, well-wishes, cover love and
promises to read! Love me some Fresh Fictions! ;-)
(Julie Walker 10:52am August 10, 2012)

(Shelly Caggiano 11:06am August 10, 2012)

Your books sounds GREAT. I would love to win a copy of your book - but even if I don't win, I'll have to get it - and your other books, because quite honestly, I haven't read any of them. And I feel like a winner already, because I've "discovered" a "new" author. Yippee. Thanks.
(Nancy Reynolds 11:19am August 10, 2012)

I am totally on board with the motorcycle and military but I love the camouflage with a tight t-shirt. Yumm-o!
Looking forward to your series.
Good luck and happy writing!
(Tracie Travis 11:25am August 10, 2012)

This sounds like a great series with interesting characters. Can't wait to read it.
(Michelle Donaldson 12:02pm August 10, 2012)

Congrats on the new release! I've been reading such great
reviews for this book, I really, really want it :)
(Erin Fender 12:02pm August 10, 2012)

Congrats on the new book..You can throw my name in to win...Thanks for the chance to win....
(Tina Myers 12:11pm August 10, 2012)

Ooh, not only do I LOVE a man in uniform, but making him
"solemn and aloof" just seals the deal! Can't wait to read it!
Thanks for the giveaway!
(Laura Garofalo 12:17pm August 10, 2012)

Motorcycle and military man - sounds great to me!
(Rebecca Whitehead-Schwarz 12:45pm August 10, 2012)

sounds like a fun read, wheels and thrills
(Debbi Shaw 12:48pm August 10, 2012)

Interesting!!! Thanks for giving someone, hopefully ME, a chance to win it.
(Anna Speed 12:55pm August 10, 2012)

Congrats on the new series. I love bad boys and motorcycles too. :) Please
include me in the contest.
(Elisa Varey 1:44pm August 10, 2012)

(Pamela Faye Howell 2:17pm August 10, 2012)

My late husband and I both owned Hondas. After our son was killed we took a 5000 mile road trip through the southern states in August on his Goldwing.
(Theresa Hurley 2:17pm August 10, 2012)

Thanks for the giveaway. I look forward to reading this exciting book
(Ilene Mcvea 2:37pm August 10, 2012)

Oooh I am really liking the sound of this book and series... have to add it to my list!
(Colleen Conklin 2:38pm August 10, 2012)

Looking forward to reading your book.
(Jane Goldsmith 3:40pm August 10, 2012)

Thanks for the giveaway and congratulations on the new series.
(Leslie Davis 4:04pm August 10, 2012)

Sounds great! Another book on my TBR list!
(May Pau 4:14pm August 10, 2012)

Hurray! I'm so excited to discover a new author with a biker series! I love motorcycles (esp. Harley's) and can't wait to read about these sexy, hot, bad rebel bikers who know how to handle their ?guns & women in these 3 new books!
Is it getting hot in here?? Thanks for the contest, Julie!
(Linda Luinstra 4:36pm August 10, 2012)

I can't wait to read this book...next in line after my "Fifty Shades..." Thanks for the contest!!
(Krista Eyler 4:51pm August 10, 2012)

Love the cover photos. You don't see them when they are shelved
normally at Barnes & Noble. It they were displayed with the covers facing
out, women would be grabbing them!
(Shari Santella 5:17pm August 10, 2012)

CONGRATULATIONS on the debut of your first book HELL ON WHEELS! A romantic suspense about an ex-military biker, sounds like a wild adventure (as I'm sure the two to follow in this BKI series will be also)!
(Rich Cook 5:31pm August 10, 2012)

love it! bad boys are the best for sure! we all like a little bad now and then! Sounds great! Thanks for the chance to win one!
(Angie Lilly 5:33pm August 10, 2012)

This is definitely a series I need to read. I can't resist a
bad boy hero. Love the covers too.
(Marie Roberts 5:35pm August 10, 2012)

Julie, this book rocked!! :) I loved it and anxiously await
the next!!
(Jill Oswalt 6:08pm August 10, 2012)

Would really love to win this book! If not will read it anyway!
(Nancy Gallagher 6:46pm August 10, 2012)

Thank you everyone for all the wonderful comments and entries
for the contest. If it was up to me, it'd be free books for
everyone! LOL!
(Julie Walker 7:28pm August 10, 2012)

This series is now on my "must have" list.
(Marjorie Carmony 7:32pm August 10, 2012)

I love the excerpt and the cover! I'm definitely going to
read this :)
(Amy K 7:36pm August 10, 2012)

Wow a military bad boy, will she tame him?
(Diane Sadler 7:38pm August 10, 2012)

Bad boys are always so much fun!
(Sue Farrell 8:00pm August 10, 2012)

Looks like a great book! And you gotta love that cover...
(Debbie Burdeen 8:04pm August 10, 2012)

I love the covers and the excerpt is very sexy! Thanks for sharing.
(Catherine Lee 8:15pm August 10, 2012)

The BKI books sound wild. I look forward to reading them.
(Robin McKay 8:32pm August 10, 2012)

Great cover, those bad-boys, always grow up to be the good guys. It will be an HEA, with a lot of action.
(Suzanne Bischoff 8:34pm August 10, 2012)

This series sounds so hot. They're on my list to buy. Thanks for the excerpt.
(Kai Wong 8:45pm August 10, 2012)

Sounds like a great series, I'd love to read it.
(Wilma Frana 8:46pm August 10, 2012)

So called "bad boys" aren't all the same, especially if they're military & ride a motorcycle. I'm sooooo ready to read the series.
(Joanne Hicks 8:49pm August 10, 2012)

Ooooh, it sounds like there's lots of love for the bad boys!
Hehe! Yummo!
(Julie Walker 8:53pm August 10, 2012)

sometimes bad boys are the best boys
(Susan Atkins 8:59pm August 10, 2012)

It's all yummy!!
(Mary Preston 9:02pm August 10, 2012)

I am always looking for new series to read. Thanks for the giveaway.
(Jennifer Beyer 9:18pm August 10, 2012)

Can't wait, love your books
(Cec Smith 9:42pm August 10, 2012)

I absolutely loved the excerpt of the book, so I have no choice but to put this on my TBR list, along with the next 2 of the series. As for men on motorcycles, my Husband was one of them, back when we first got back together. I used to love the rides we went on, when I could twist his arm. Now the bike is retired, as he is. lol Since I'm a bit younger, I still eye up the guys, as well as the bikes, and dream, but I don't dare tell him!! Since you want us to keep a secret, you can keep mine!! lol We also have a lot of biker get-togethers at different establishments where I live now, so I get to see a lot of bikers where I live during the Summer months. As for men in uniform, that doesn't happen too often, but they get my respect just the same. Congratulations on your book, and I'm sure it will do well. I know you have a new reader on your list!!
(Peggy Roberson 9:53pm August 10, 2012)

Looks like a great new series to read! Love it when the sad,
bad boy gets his HEA with the love of his life.
(Diane Sallans 9:59pm August 10, 2012)

Sounds like a great read. Love military guys, I married one. Thanks for giving me a chance to win your book.
(Linda Hall 10:29pm August 10, 2012)

it sounds great.just what i love hot guy and a bike!!
(Jennifer Beck 10:30pm August 10, 2012)

Congratulations on your new series!
(Mary C 11:19pm August 10, 2012)

I'm not much for bikes--the rides I've had have not been my idea of fun. But I love "bad" guys who make good and this sounds as if it fits the bill.
(Sigrun Schulz 11:43pm August 10, 2012)

Lord love a bad boy... especially one in black leather on a sweet motorcycle. Makes my heart beat faster just thinking about it. Maybe that's why I love it when my hubby rides his motorcycle. LOL
(Donna Holmberg 11:51pm August 10, 2012)

Great blurb, great cover! Sounds like a lovely series. Thanks for the giveaway.
(Tamsyn Takamiya 11:54pm August 10, 2012)

My brother did have a Harley but was injured in a road accident when a car turned suddenly on the road and crashed into him. Sadly the bikes don't give much protection. He's fine now luckily and he did ride the bike after that but not now.
(Clare O'Beara 5:23am August 11, 2012)

After that excerpt I want to read the rest so I'm throwing my
name in the hat for a chance at this giveaway :D
(Ilona Fenton 12:20pm August 11, 2012)

Thanks SO MUCH for the "Gift" ;-) You sold me, I have to get
this series, lol.
(Lenna Hendershott 12:24pm August 11, 2012)

Great excerpt, I enjoyed it.
(Rita Wray 1:09pm August 11, 2012)

(Pamela Faye Howell 1:14pm August 11, 2012)

Sounds great!
(Stacy Wright 1:04pm August 13, 2012)

Right behind you in that confession department! Makes a gal go weak in the knees,does it not? (Thanks for being the first to say it out loud. I promise not to tell.)
(Holly Vanderhule 12:59pm August 14, 2012)

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