There is nothing new about the concept of adapting popular books into film or television series’ nor the practice of producing complimentary written works for film or television favorites. NAKED HEAT and its best selling predecessor HEAT WAVE break through the fourth wall, as novels written by a fictional character—Richard Castle—from the hit ABC television series Castle.

On the series, acclaimed mystery writer Richard Castle shadows NYPD homicide detective Kate Beckett, looking for creative inspiration for his writing and helping the tough as nails beauty solve “real life” murder cases. In the process, the new leading character for his next series of books takes shape in the form of Nikki Heat, based of course on detective Beckett.

By the end of the first season of the series, Castle has finally broken through his writer’s block to write HEAT WAVE and the second season premiere begins with a celebration of the books successful release. In a rather ingenious move by the powers that be behind the TV dramedy, book shelves everywhere were suddenly filled with copies of HEAT WAVE by Richard Castle. Complete with in-store book signings by Castle himself—aka actor Nathan Fillion, the book’s release offered fans of the series a rare opportunity to step inside the fictional world of television and touch something tangible.

…great read for anyone with a love for a good detective mystery…

Released on September 28th on the heels of the third season opener of CastleNAKED HEAT continues the story within a story with a new mystery to solve by Nikki Heat and her Castle-like partner, Jameson Rook.

“Nikki Heat and Jameson Rook are together again in Richard Castle’s thrilling follow-up to his New York Times bestseller, HEAT WAVE.

When New York’s most vicious gossip columnist, Cassidy Towne, is found dead, Heat uncovers a gallery of high profile suspects, all with compelling motives for killing the most feared muckraker in Manhattan.

Heat’s murder investigation is complicated by her surprise reunion with superstar magazine journalist Jameson Rook. In the wake of their recent breakup, Nikki would rather not deal with their raw emotional baggage. But the handsome, wise-cracking Pulitzer Prize-winning writer’s personal involvement in the case forces her to team up with Rook anyway. The residue of their unresolved romantic conflict and crackling sexual tension fills the air as Heat and Rook embark on a search for a killer among celebrities and mobsters, singers and hookers, pro athletes and shamed politicians.

This new, explosive case brings on the heat in the glittery world of secrets, cover-ups, and scandals.”

The book is filled with the same fast paced intrigue, snappy dialog and explosive chemistry of the series that spawned it, while at the same time offering characters and a story line that stand apart as a great read for anyone with a love for a good detective mystery with a touch of sexually charged “Moonlighting” style romance.

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Teresa Spreckelmeyer
Teresa St. Mary - Teresa, is a wearer of many hats (figuratively) including, mother, wife, graphic designer, event planner, web developer and a self-admitted, avid reader of historical romance novels. Although Teresa is a “small town girl” (again, figuratively) from Missouri, through her various workings with clients and events, in and out of the west coast entertainment industry, she laughingly refers to Los Angeles as her second home. Teresa has produced marketing design work for actors, directors, writers and film studios, among others and played a strong behind-the-scenes role in the creation of entertainment oriented, fundraising events in both Los Angeles and Las Vegas over the past nine years.