Release Blitz+ Interview: Rough Terrain by Annabeth Albert (w/ excerpt + giveaway)

Hello and good morning my lovely readers,

today is the day: I want to celebrate the release day of Annabeth Albert’s Rough Terrain, the last, the final book in her Out of Uniform series with you.

Regards this special event I have Annabeth Albert as a guest today on my blog. She was so kind and answered a few questions I had. Read below for the interview. 🙂

See this post for an excerpt and you get the chance to win a really cool price in the giveaway below – open internationally. Be sure to join this. 🙂

Happy reading. 🙂

PS I also participate in the Instagram tour on 1/31, so check out my Instagram account but I say: visit the other participants too . 😉 My review will also follow. 🙂

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Title: Rough Terrain
Series: Out of Uniform # 7
Author: Annabeth Albert
Genre: M/M Romance, Military Romance, Contemporary
Release Date: January 14, 2019 (ebook)
January 29, 2019 (print)
Publisher: Carina Press
Length: 384 pages
Note: Final book in the series


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The camping trip from hell may be the first stop on the road to happily-ever-after in Rough Terrain, the final book in Annabeth Albert’s critically acclaimed, fan-favorite Out of Uniform series.

Navy SEAL Renzo Bianchi has a soft spot for Canaan Finley, and not only because the man makes a mean smoothie. He’s the first guy to get Renzo’s motor revving in a long time. But when he agrees to Canaan’s insane charade—one all-access fake boyfriend, coming right up—he never expects more than a fling.

Creating a hot Italian SEAL boyfriend to save face seemed like a good idea…until his friends called Canaan’s bluff. Now he’s setting off into the woods with the very man who inspired his deception, and Canaan is not the outdoorsy type. The sparks are already flying when a flash flood separates them from their group, leaving Renzo and Canaan very much trapped…very much alone in the wilderness.

Working together to come up with a plan for survival is sexier than either of them expects. But back in the real world, being a couple is bringing its own set of hazards…


Happy to have you here today, my lovely followers. I am thrilled to announce a very special guest on my blog today. I beyond excited that I can introduce you author Annabeth Albert. Most people know her for her Out of Uniform series (Carina Press) but she’s written the adorable #gaymers series and, set in Portland (Oregon), the charming story Portland Heat and many more.

Please give her a warm and nice welcome.

We’re celebrating the release day of Annabeth’s latest and actually last book in her Out of Uniform series, Rough Terrain!

Welcome Annabeth, I’m super happy to have you here. 🙂

So delighted to be here with you! I’m super excited to be here and a big fan of the blog!

The Out of Uniform series focuses on the military life of your heroes, over the 7 books – and some of your other works – deal with the topic.

What inspired you to write such series? Did you had role models in mind, a series or a movie which hooked you and you said: “I want to write something like this but queer”?

Tell us a bit about the journey of this series, please. 🙂 What were the people’s reactions when the first book came out, what is the reaction still, after so many books?

I am a huge fan of military romance in general—Suzanne Brockmann and others in the genre were some of my earliest writing inspiration, and after I wrote CONNECTION ERROR, I really wanted to do a series that looked at LGBTQ military families, not so much about coming out, but about their day-to-day lives and loves. OFF BASE was first and reader reception was awesome—I so appreciate all the fan support for this series.

Speaking of reactions: how did your family and (close) friends react to your book(s)? Did they read them? Are you open that you write or is it a well kept secret? 😀

My husband is former military and he answers lots of my questions! He’s never read a full book, but he has looked at particular scenes for me and is very supportive!

Wow. So lots of first hand informations for your books then. 😉

You are an established author with lots of publications. What’s still challenging for you as a writer. What made problems over this series I particular?

And, most importantly – how keep you track about your characters, the couples and the events?
I assume it’s not easy to have all the details in mind while writing and not to mess something up. 😀

How is your process while writing such series – and if you like tell us how you generally start writing your books. 🙂

I use the software Scrivener to plot. It’s really a lifesaver for me. I used it to plot with notecards and outlines and then use it to keep track of characters and events too. And I’m not perfect—sometimes I do get details wrong, but I’ve got a great editorial team too. I usually start with characters and a general plot idea and go from there with forming an outline. I often struggle with pacing, and it’s something I work on in every book. Certain books are easier than others for a variety of reasons. Research-heavy books tend to be slower for me.

Talking about achievements as an author, being an established author: what is a top goal of yours, you still want to achieve? What do you dream most about or did you already pursue your wishes? 🙂

I’ve achieved so many of my dreams: holding a paper copy of my books, being able to help my family with income, getting fan mail from readers, reaching reviewers, and having good sales. I’m profoundly lucky and I don’t take any of it for granted.

Rough Terrain is the last book in this series – you as well as the readers have to say goodbye. But is it really over? Tell us a bit how you’ve felt emotionally when you wrote the last line in the book. Also do we have read everything about the guys? 😀 Or can we expect new short stories in the universe?

I’m not done! LOL! I felt really satisfied when the book wrapped—I’m really proud of this one. But yes, more short stories to come, I’m sure!

In earlier books you have had cameo appearances of characters from your books. But what about a complete crossover?

I’m not sure about a complete crossover. Perhaps in a ficlet short story?

Collaborations are a thing for some authors. Are collaborations with a co-author your thing? And if yes, which author is your personal choice – if they would agree? 🙂

Collaborations are awesome and I enjoy reading them, but I’m a bit of a control freak myself. I’ve done some cowriting with my best friend, Wendy Qualls, [note: title is Save the Date], but beyond that I tend to work solo.

Your next book, the first book in a series, is already listed on Goodreads, and you’ve gave a few information about it in your Facebook group, Annabeth Angels. But tell the readers of this interview what they can expect from you – from your new work Arctic Sun (April 30th, Carinapress)?

Frozen Hearts is a series with everything I love about Alaska set books—big scenery, adventure, unique problems and unforgettable characters. Arctic Sun features a tour guide bush pilot and a former male super model and I can’t wait for readers to meet Griffin and River! It’s a long book but it’s got a lot of my trademark voice in it and I hope readers love them as much as I do!

Okay, we’re at the end of the interview. That’s it. 🙂 Thank you so much for visiting my blog and being here today. It was so much fun. 🙂

Thank you so very much for having me!

You loved that interview? Me too! 😀
But I’m not done yet. Are you now thirsty to read an excerpt? Yes? Good, because I got you covered. 🙂


And as he watched him sleep, it hit Canaan that while he was on this weird adrenaline high, Renzo did this every day. Every day for days on end he confronted danger, high risks, threat of death, and he had a whole team of people counting on him the entire time too. While Canaan had been busy freaking out, he’d worried a lot about himself, about Grandpa, about what he’d miss out on. And he’d worried some about what he and Renzo could have had, especially when Renzo had been threatening to go out on his own.

But Renzo had neither freaked out nor focused on himself—the whole time, he’d been worried about Canaan. Keeping him warm. Making the alarms to drink and eat. Making sure Canaan had first choice of food. Coming up with plans to keep them safe and ensure the rescuers spotted them. Damn. It was humbling to think of all Renzo had done for him. And now Renzo was exhausted. Spent. Energy reserves clearly gone.

And yet, he would do something like this again, soon probably. With better equipment and better teammates, but he’d face danger again, head on. Because that was what he did. Who he was. His moral fabric was made of camo—tough as ripstop, unwavering and unyielding. Maybe Renzo had joined up because of his brother originally, but he hadn’t been lying about finding himself on the teams. And who he’d found there was possibly the best man Canaan had ever met. His throat ached just looking at Renzo, hands tightly clenching to stop from touching him.

“I’m going to take better care of you,” he whispered softly. “You took care of me, so maybe it’s time someone took care of you like you deserve. How about me?”

Renzo, of course, slumbered on, but something inside Canaan shifted. Changed. Accepted this new reality in front of him where this sleeping giant was suddenly the most important person in Canaan’s life.

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Author bio  – Annabeth Albert

Annabeth Albert grew up sneaking romance novels under the bed covers. Now, she devours all subgenres of romance out in the open—no flashlights required! When she’s not adding to her keeper shelf, she’s a multi-published Pacific Northwest romance writer. The #OutOfUniform series joins her critically acclaimed and fan-favorite LGBTQ romance #Gaymers, #PortlandHeat and #PerfectHarmony series.

To find out what she’s working on next and other fun extras, check out her website: or connect with Annabeth on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Spotify! Also, be sure to sign up for her newsletter for free ficlets, bonus reads, and contests. The fan group, Annabeth’s Angels, on Facebook is also a great place for bonus content and exclusive contests.

Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. Annabeth loves finding happy endings for a variety of pairings and is a passionate gay rights supporter.  In between searching out dark heroes to redeem, she works a rewarding day job and wrangles two active children.

Author links / get in contact
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Newsletter / Mailing List
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Facebookgroup Annabeth’s Angels


There is a giveaway for a huge pize:
first prize : Paperback copy of any back catalog Out of Uniform series book. Open Internationally.
second prize: 2 e-copies of any back catalog Out of Uniform series book. Open Internationally.

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Please note: the giveaway is not sponsored, administered or endorsed by Mikku-chan / A World full of Words.

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