Wednesday, August 16, 2017

5 Things To Turn Off a Reader

by Patricia Bradley


Recently a friend was reading a book, which shall remain nameless, and when she finished, she wanted to throw the book across the room. 

Why, you ask? Because the ending made absolutely no sense. 

The author spent the whole book having the hero search for the person who attacked him, only to have the attacker be someone the hero paid to do it.

That got me to thinking and I came up with 5 plot devices readers hate (at least this reader).

1.     The villain turns out to be someone’s evil twin.
2.     At the end of the book, everything turns out to be a dream.
3.     The hero uses a ‘hidden’ talent that has never been mentioned.
4.     The cavalry swoops in and saves the day.
5.     Having your heroine be TSTL (too stupid to live). You know, a serial killer is on the loose and she sees something in the woods outside her cabin...

Now it’s your turn. What do you wish authors would not do?


One more thing…September 5, Justice Buried, the second book in my Memphis Cold Case Novels releases! Here’s the back cover copy:  

In an effort to get her security consulting business off the ground, Kelsey Allen has been spending a lot of time up in the air, rappelling down buildings and climbing through windows to show business owners their vulnerabilities to thieves. When she is hired to pose as a conservator at the Pink Palace Museum in order to test their security weaknesses after some artifacts go missing, she's ecstatic.

But when her investigative focus turns from theft to murder, Kelsey knows she's out of her league--and possibly in the cross hairs. When blast-from-the-past Detective Brad Hollister is called in to investigate, Kelsey may find that he's the biggest security threat yet . . . to her heart.


Leave a comment, along with your contact information. One winner will get a $10.00 gift card for Amazon! 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Hot New Inspy Suspense...from the doctor!



Cardiologist Dr. Kirk Martin continually crosses swords with Dr. Cliff Hamilton, so he is surprised when Hamilton asks him to care for him after a heart attack. When he is ready for discharge, Hamilton is found dead in his hospital bed, and Martin is suspected of murdering him.

After another doctor is found shot to death, Martin’s girlfriend, nurse Janet Rush, reminds him to be careful because he may be next. Can he save his own life while searching for the identity of the real murderer?

Monday, August 14, 2017

THIS WEEK ON THE SUSPENSE SISTERS!



We’re planning another great week on the Suspense Sisters. Check out our posts, our interviews, and our awesome giveaways!

THIS WEEK:



On Tuesday Dana Mentink will share What’s Hot in Inspirational Suspense and Mystery.
 


 


On Wednesday Suspense Sister Patricia Bradley shares 5 Things to
Turn Off a Reader! Check it out. Do you agree with her list? Do you have any additions? Leave a comment and you could win a $10.00 gift card from Amazon! Also, find out about her newest book, JUSTICE BURIED.
In an effort to get her security consulting business off the ground, Kelsey Allen has been spending a lot of time up in the air, rappelling down buildings and climbing through windows to show business owners their vulnerabilities to thieves. When she is hired to pose as a conservator at the Pink Palace Museum in order to test their security weaknesses after some artifacts go missing, she's ecstatic. But when her investigative focus turns from theft to murder, Kelsey knows she's out of her league--and possibly in the cross hairs. When blast-from-the-past Detective Brad Hollister is called in to investigate, Kelsey may find that he's the biggest security threat yet . . . to her heart.

Crackling with romantic tension and laced with intrigue, this suspenseful story from award-winning author Patricia Bradley will keep readers guessing--and looking over their shoulders.
 
The Suspense Sisters! We love books!



Friday, August 11, 2017

Adventure Romance and Giveaway by Elizabeth Goddard





Thanks for joining me today here at Suspense Sisters. Normally, we feature interviews on Fridays. Since I’m up for an interview, I thought it would be more fun to say hello from Wyoming. I took a research trip to one of my favorite places in the world—and that, for my three upcoming books set in Wyoming.










You see, for me, it’s all about the setting. Yellowstone National Park inspired me years ago when my parents took the family to see Old Faithful.











Many more years later my husband and I traveled to Jackson to go skiing at Teton Village for our anniversaries. Well, at least until we started having children and could no longer afford those kinds of anniversaries. We’ve been talking about taking the boys to see Yellowstone for a while now, and when I signed the new contract I told him it’s time to go back. He has family in Wyoming as well as Montana and grew up in the region, so even though the road trip would be a long one from Michigan, it would be worth it.



I wish I could stay here forever, but I can only do that in the books I write. Ha! Standing by the Snake River to look up at the Grand Tetons was surreal. Visiting Jackson again felt like going back to my old stomping grounds, especially since I penned novellas with Lynette Sowell a few years ago for our collection, A Grand Teton Sleigh Ride.




The first book in my new series set in Wyoming for Revell won’t release until 2019 but in the meantime you can enjoy my adventure romantic suspense from Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense. My latest release, Wilderness Reunion, is set in another of my favorite places—southwest Oregon where I lived for five years along the Rogue River. I love the beauty of nature and try to add rich details in every book along with a dose of adventure and suspense, strong characters and a romance I hope you won’t forget.



Here’s the blurb for Wilderness Reunion:





MOVING TARGETS

After stumbling on a drug operation, Alice Wilde races through the woods as bullets whiz past, using her skills as a wilderness guide to elude her pursuers. But she doesn't stay safe for long once one of the armed men recognizes her…and starts stalking her. When the sheriff asks her to guide his men and photojournalist Griffin Slater—her ex-boyfriend—to the crime scene, though, she can't refuse. Alice knows Griffin's just there for a story, but after the two of them are separated from the rest of the group, he's the only person who can save her. And with someone willing to do anything to hunt them down, Alice must put aside their past if she wants to survive.


Leave a comment to enter the drawing for Wilderness Reunion or visit my website ElizabethGoddard.com for purchasing options.




I hope you get your hands on a copy of this last book in the Wilderness, Inc. series.


I'll take this opportunity to remind you about a brand new novella collection releasing in September. Targeted for Danger includes a host of bestselling Christian romantic suspense authors. You can pre-order it now for half off, but the price goes up in September! 



Read an Excerpt of my story, Double Exposure, here! 

Thanks again for joining me!

Blessings,
Elizabeth.











Wednesday, August 9, 2017

DEFINING AN AUTHOR'S VOICE





Nancy Mehl is a best-selling, award winning author who lives in Missouri, with her husband, Norman, and her Puggle, Watson. She’s authored almost thirty books and is currently writing a new series for Bethany House Publishing based on the U.S. Marshals. The first book, FATAL FROST, in her Defenders of Justice Series, released on November 1st, 2016. The second book, DARK DECEPTION, hit store shelves in June of 2017. Book three, BLIND BETRAYAL, will be released in the spring of 2018. She is also working on a new cozy mystery series for Guideposts, The Mysteries of Martha’s Vineyard. 

Readers can learn more about Nancy through her Web site: www.nancymehl.com. She is part of The Suspense Sisters: www.suspensesisters.blogspot.com, along with several other popular suspense authors. She is also very active on Facebook.

Defining an Author's Voice


Although I rarely read my reviews, sometimes I’ll stop by Amazon or some other site just to see how a book is doing. From time to time I might catch one or two reviews. Every once in a while, however, I will run across a review I hadn’t planned to read. This can be a real encouragement, a downer, or possibly, a head-scratcher. The other day I stumbled across one of those “head-scratchers.” A well-meaning reviewer had noted that my newest book “wasn’t really my voice.” I found it funny that someone else was sure what my voice was. So…what is an author’s voice? Can they have more than one? Do you assume that the first books they wrote were in their voice but at some later date they suddenly changed for some reason? Actually, the reverse is usually true. And then again, it isn’t. Now that I have you scratching your head, what do I mean by that?

Many times authors start out writing what the market calls for. Their publishers decide what they want…and we write that. Readers may think that’s our voice, but many times, they would be wrong.

I believe I have two voices. One is cozy mystery. Yes, I originally wrote cozies because I was asked to – but I fell in love with them. Thankfully, I still write them for Guideposts. 

But I have another voice, and you can hear it in my Defenders of Justice series. Even more in a new, upcoming series. Will my readers follow me into even edgier suspense and mystery? Will they hang in there if the romance isn’t as strong? Will they give me a chance to win them as I go in a little different direction? I hope so, but no matter what I’m still going for it because I believe it’s what I’m supposed to do – and because it truly is my voice.

Just like you might decide to make a change in your life – go a different direction – sometimes authors do the same thing. You might be surprised by what happens. Maybe you’ll love that new direction too if you'll give it a chance.

Today I’m giving away books in both of my voices.

Two winners will have their choice of either an ebook copy of MISSING MABEL or FATAL FROST. (Two very different books in two very different voices.)

MISSING MABEL: Curl Up and Dye Series

Watch the tangled mess a Kansas hairdresser gets herself into when she reports to the funeral home that the body she is to work on is not the same as in her reference photo. Is she being punished when the director accuses her of stealing a diamond ring? Will Hilde Higgins’s former boyfriend help her unravel the issue or only bring more trouble to her life?


 

FATAL FROST: Defenders of Justice Series

Mercy Brennan followed in her father's footsteps in a law enforcement career, but she has no interest in any other connection to him. A U.S. Marshal in St. Louis, Missouri, she's assigned to a joint task force with the St. Louis PD that puts her back into contact with her father and in the sights of St. Louis's most powerful gang.

When the gang has reason to believe Mercy has possession of some highly sensitive and incriminating information, her boss assigns Mark St. Laurent--a Deputy U.S. Marshal and Mercy's ex-boyfriend--to get her out of town until they can guarantee her safety.

Initially unaware of the danger she's in and uncomfortable working with Mark, Mercy's frustration escalates when she discovers the extent her boss and Mark have been keeping her in the dark. It isn't until a freak ice storm hits, stranding them at a remote location and out of contact with the district office, that the full severity of their situation becomes clear. As the storm worsens, the forces of nature combine with a deadly enemy closing in to put their lives at imminent risk. Can they survive long enough for help to arrive--if help is even coming at all?

Leave a comment, along with your contact information, for a chance to win a Kindle copy of either MISSING MABEL or FATAL FROST!