Tuesday, October 17, 2017

New suspense for October!




Aurelie Harcourt inherits her father’s last manuscript and decides to complete it. She finds he has written his family into the story. She reads and learns about her mother, Lady Jane, and her mysterious disappearance from Lynhurst Manor, the home Aurelie is now living in. There are more secrets about her relatives to be uncovered.

Monday, October 16, 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 we'll hear from Dana again when she shares some Fun Autumn Facts! Add your own “fact” and you could win a copy of herbook, COWBOY CHRISTMAS GUARDIAN! 

Someone is dead set on stopping Shelby Arroyo from doing her job: assessing mineral rights in a mine in gold country. But after rancher Barrett Thorn rescues her from an attack, the handsome widowed cowboy seems to feel responsible for her. That is, until he discovers she's from the family that he'll never forgive for his wife's death. As the threats against Shelby escalate, cowboy honor and an unexpected attraction keep Barrett by her side, even at his own risk. And since Shelby won't back down, Barrett must protect the brave, loyal woman he has no business falling for…a woman someone wants to kill by Christmas.

Friday, we’re interviewing author Janet McHenry. Someone will win a copy of her YA book, SECRET OF THE LOCKED TRUNK. Anyone who loved Nancy Drew will enjoy this great story!   

 When thirteen-year-old Annie finds an old trunk in the attic, she begins to unravel the mysteries surrounding it and in the process learns lessons about family love.









The Suspense Sisters! We love books!


Friday, October 13, 2017

Interview with Rachel Dylan and GIVEAWAY!


Please join me in welcoming romantic suspense author Rachel Dylan! 

Rachel is giving away one print copy of DEADLY PROOF to one lucky winner! Please comment below and leave your contact information. You are not entered in the drawing if you do not leave contact information.



Rachel Dylan writes Christian fiction including legal romantic suspense. Rachel has practiced law for over a decade including being a litigator at one of the nation’s top law firms. She enjoys weaving together legal and suspenseful stories with a romantic twist. A southerner at heart, she now lives in Michigan with her husband and five furkids—two dogs and three cats. Rachel loves to connect with readers. You can find Rachel at www.RachelDylan.com.





Now let's hear from Rachel.

What do you do when you’re not writing? I still work full time as an attorney, so that takes up a big chunk of my time. I spend the weekends writing, and I’m currently trying out software to see if I can use my commute time to work in the car more productively.


Any interesting hobbies? I love to sing and peck around on my keyboard. I would prefer a piano, but since I don’t have one, I use the keyboard. I also am a huge animal lover and love spending time with my two dogs and three cats. My husband often says if it wasn’t for him, I’d be a crazy cat lady. Some people think I already am! But don’t let cats fool you. The idea that cats are low maintenance does NOT apply to my crew. They are all divas.


Speaking of music—do you write to music or silence? I like to write to music. There are sometimes when I have to turn on opera or classical music so I won’t be singing along with the words as I try to write.


Tell us three things about yourself that might surprise your readers. This is fun! 1) I was a national debate champion in college, 2) I was recruited by the NSA (didn’t take the job); and 3) I was a high school cheerleader.


What are you working on now?
I’m working on line edits for LONE WITNESS, book 2 in the Atlanta Justice series. I’m also writing Book 3 in the series.


Any other genres you’d like to try? If yes, what and why? I’m really enjoying writing legal suspense with a bit of romance right now. I think I could do suspense without the romance. What I don’t think I could do is contemporary romance! I’ll leave that to others much more capable than me.


What is the most important thing you’d like readers to take away from your books? I don’t think there’s just one thing. But I’d like readers to not only be entertained but to take away a message of faith and hope even in the dark times. Just like my tag line—faith in times of fear.


What is the most valuable piece of advice you’d like to give to unpublished authors? Don’t give up. Hard work and perseverance go a long way. If writing is something you truly find joy in, then don’t get discouraged. And on the flip side, if you find yourself being frustrated with writing, know when to take a step back and refresh. 

Thank you so much for the interesting interview, Rachel! I loved Deadly Proof and recently reviewed it on Suspense Sisters. 

Here's more about DEADLY PROOF and buy links if you don't want to wait for the drawing!

DEADLY PROOF

Riveting New Series Offers Legal Suspense with a Romantic Twist

In the biggest case of her career, attorney Kate Sullivan is tapped as lead counsel to take on Mason Pharmaceutical because of a corporate cover-up related to its newest drug. After a whistleblower dies, Kate knows the stakes are much higher than her other lawsuits.

Former Army Ranger turned private investigator Landon James is still haunted by mistakes made while serving overseas. Trying to forget the past, he is hired by Kate to look into the whistleblower's allegation and soon suspects that the company may be engaging in a dangerous game for profit. He also soon finds himself falling for this passionate and earnest young lawyer.

Determined not to make the same mistakes, he's intent on keeping Kate safe, but as the case deepens, it appears someone is willing to risk everything--even murder--to keep the case from going to trial.

Buy Links: Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iTunes

Remember to leave a comment with your contact information to enter the drawing for DEADLY PROOF. 

Thank you for joining us!

Elizabeth Goddard










Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Seven Tips for Book Signings

by Patricia Bradley
Me @ B&N with two author friends
Book signings. You either love 'em or hate 'em. 

A few weeks ago I had back-to-back book signings at two Barnes and Noble bookstores, and I thought I'd pass along what I learned. 

  • Wear something comfortable, especially shoes if you plan to walk around the store greeting people. I wore heels. Believe me, it doesn't look good when you walk like Chester from Gunsmoke. 
  • Make sure your chair is the right height. I tried a stool first and had to bend over to sign books. Then I tried a chair that was too low. Now I know how little kids feel when they are in a grownup chair trying to reach the table. I ended up putting the books in my lap to sign.
  • Make eye contact with the customers. Did you know there were some customers who never turned their head as they walked by, totally absorbed by a stand of dictionaries to their left?  
  • Don't feel bad when customers go way out of their way to the coffee shop by circling behind you even though walking in front of you is a  shorter and more direct path.
  • Pray for a downpour that lasts at least an hour. Pretty soon, customers get bored and decide to go talk to the author. Some even buy books.
  • Always smile. And be sure to tell passing customers you are the author. You would not believe the people who, when you say you are the author, will stop in their tracks and actually look at you and say, "You wrote those?" while pointing to your stack of books. Most of the time, those customers will buy your book.
  • Take tea cakes. Especially take tea cakes. Older readers remember tea cakes from their childhood and younger ones get to try something new. Be sure to check out the recipe below.
And those are my tips for book signings. 

Now I'd like to hear from you. As readers, when you go to a bookstore and an author is signing books, do you stop and talk?

And authors, do you have any additional tips? 

Old Fashioned Tea Cakes


Tea Cakes

1 cup sugar
1 stick butter, softened
¼ cup oil
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 ½ cups self-rising flour
I always add a dash of nutmeg. Cinnamon can also be added.

Combine sugar, butter, oil, eggs, and vanilla. Mix well. Add flour gradually. Drop by spoonful onto ungreased cookie sheet. Press out, using a piece of wax paper sprayed with cooking spray and a glass. Bake at 375° until browned.

Icing (For a book signing, I usually leave the icing off)
Vanilla:
1 box Confectioners sugar
1 stick of butter, melted
1 Tablespoon vanilla
Mix well and add heavy cream (I often used Pet Milk) one tablespoon at a time until smooth and spreading consistency.

Lemon:
1 box Confectioners sugar
1 stick of butter, melted
1/3 cup lemon juice, more if needed to thin
Mix well and beat until spreading consistency.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Hot new suspense...and a Christy Award Finalist!






When Gwen Marcey finds herself out of work, jobs soon appear. But even for a forensic artist, these cases seem strange. The first involves a death-by-snakebite; the second, a serial rapist. Gwen suspects the cases may even be connected. If that isn’t enough, her doctor’s office calls to inform her that her breast cancer seems to have returned. Then her daughter suddenly shows up. Time may be running out in more ways than one for Gwen Marcey when death draws near.

Monday, October 9, 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 seven tips for book signings! You can also get her recipe for Old Fashioned Tea Cakes - and enter to win a $10.00 Amazon gift card!

Friday, we’re interviewing author Rachel Dylan. Someone will win a copy of her new book, DEADLY PROOF!

Riveting New Series Offers Legal Suspense with a Romantic Twist

In the biggest case of her career, attorney Kate Sullivan is tapped as lead counsel to take on Mason Pharmaceutical because of a corporate cover-up related to its newest drug. After a whistleblower dies, Kate knows the stakes are much higher than her other lawsuits.

Former Army Ranger turned private investigator Landon James is still haunted by mistakes made while serving overseas. Trying to forget the past, he is hired by Kate to look into the whistleblower's allegation and soon suspects that the company may be engaging in a dangerous game for profit. He also soon finds himself falling for this passionate and earnest young lawyer.

Determined not to make the same mistakes, he's intent on keeping Kate safe, but as the case deepens, it appears someone is willing to risk everything--even murder--to keep the case from going to trial.



The Suspense Sisters! We love books!



Friday, October 6, 2017

Interview with NY Times best selling author Lenora Worth--and a book give-away!

Roxanne Rustand here, and I am so excited to share this interview with New York Times bestselling author Lenora Worth! And don't forget--those who leave a comment will be in a drawing for her newest book!


Tell us a little about yourself and your newest book. 

 
I write for Love Inspired, Love Inspired Suspense, and Tule Publishing. I also do a bit of Indie projects with the Rodeo Knight emblem that Lisa Mondello and Margaret Daley created. I've written close to eighty books. My latest release is Tracker, the last of a six-book continuity series with six different authors.

Give us an insight into your main character, and what inspired you to write this book? 


The main character is Zeke Morrow, an driven FBI K9 Agent who is searching his half-brother who has gone rogue and joined up with some nasty people. I wanted to write this story because I was intrigued by the love-triangle of brother against brother, and the woman who inadvertently becomes involved with my hero. Also, she has a son to protect--from the bad guy brother who happens to be his father.

What are you working on at the moment? 


I just finished another continuity story--a military K9 story that has been a challenge. I'm also working on a short romance for Tule and an Indie Christmas novella which will be part of a boxed set.

What is your writing schedule like? 


Ha, crazy. I usually get going around noon and work until five or six in the evening. But I sit and stare out the window a lot and check e-mail and eat chocolate. Then I write fast and furious for a couple of hours and go through the whole process again. I like to write every day if possible. And I write more than one project at a time to keep me on my toes.

What led you to become a writer? 


I was the baby of seven children, so I got ignored a lot in all the family drama. I had a vivid imagination and I had imaginary friends so I started making up stories in my head at an early age. Sold some on the playground for a quarter each and I was off and running.

What is the hardest thing about writing? 


Wanting it to be the story I see in my head. It never turns out exactly the way I think and I always think I can do better.

What is the easiest thing about writing? 


Falling for my characters and wanting so much to tell their stories.

Anything else you'd like to share? Anything humorous about your writing life? 


The humor comes when people realize I write. They get all giddy and think I'm some kind of celebrity. But I tell them I'm nobody, really. Just a working writer doing a job that I love. I explain I write commercial fiction and it's sweet and fast-paced, with a faith element. I was once at a home on Thanksgiving, and when the host told her mother-in-law who I was, she grabbed my arm and said to everyone in the room, "I've read her books." It was funny because she was telling me she'd read my books but she kept saying "I've read her books!"

Lenora Worth writes romance and romantic suspense for Love Inspired and also writes for Tule Publishing. Three of her books

finaled in the ACFW Carol Awards and several of her books have been RT Reviewer’s Choice finalists. “Logan’s Child” won the 1998 Best Love Inspired for RT.

Her books have also made The NY Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. With over seventy books published and millions of books in print, she goes on adventures with her retired husband, Don. They have two grown children. Lenora enjoys reading, baking and shopping … especially shoe shopping.
You can find Lenora at:
@elnoraw on Twitter
www.lenorworth.com
https://www.facebook.com/lenoraworthbooks/
(or under her real name, Lenora Nazworth, on facebook)

Readers can sign up for her very vague, kind of quarterly newsletter on her website. She also has a BookBub and Amazon page.


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

BOOK REVIEWS: JUSTICE BURIED BY PATRICIA BRADLEY AND SNIPER! BY LINDA J. WHITE



JUSTICE BURIED by Patricia Bradley
Memphis Cold Case Series

Synopsis:

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.
 

My Review:

Kelsey Allen is attempting to get her security consulting business “off the ground,” by sending herself “off the ground.” Rappelling up the sides of multi-story buildings and breaking into to businesses to prove they’re not completely secure, can lead to unwanted side effects. Like seeing someone being murdered and becoming a target for a killer.

Kelsey, who is also known as the Phantom Hawk, becomes entangled in a mystery that will lead back to a father who disappeared years earlier, under a cloud of suspicion. As she searches for the truth and fights to stay alive, her growing feelings for Detective Brad Hollister only add to the complications that surround her.

This was my first Patricia Bradley book, but it won’t be my last. Bradley develops her characters brilliantly and keeps the plot moving along seamlessly.

If you enjoy romantic suspense, you will love JUSTICE BURIED. I highly recommend it!

SNIPER! By Linda J. White
A Sequel to Seeds of Evidence

Synopsis:

Shocked by the murder of a friend, FBI Special Agent Kit McGovern vows to bring the killer to justice. Then the shooter kills again, and again … and again.

Saddled with an unpredictable partner, forced to put her personal life on hold, Kit doggedly pursues the sniper. Quantico sends a geographic profiler to help identify him, but the killing of a young woman outside the probability zone casts doubt on that technique. As panic grips the Hampton Roads area, pressure mounts, and Kit soon finds herself in the crosshairs of failure—and death.

My Review:

FBI Special Agent Kit McGovern is standing on the steps of a courthouse with her friend, Gail Massey, an assistant U. S. attorney, when a shot rings out and Gail falls. After Gail’s death, Kit begins to search for the killer. Is he linked to the case she and Gail worked on together? When more shootings occur, it appears they are dealing with a serial killer – a sniper who is taking out people randomly, making to almost impossible to find him and stop him before more people die.

David O'Connor, a former homicide detective and Kit’s fiancée, is asked to join Kit in finding the man who has terrorized citizens in coastal Virginia. The pressure of the case seems to drive a wedge between them, and David becomes afraid that he will lose the love of his life in one way or another. He fights to save their relationship while praying that this investigation won’t end in Kit’s death.

Linda J. White writes with a realism that comes not only from great research and stellar resources, her husband actually made training films for the FBI for twenty-seven years. Combine her impressive knowledge with great writing, and you have an engrossing novel that pulls you in and doesn’t let go.

SNIPER is a “don’t miss” book. I highly recommend it!

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