By Dawn Ius
If Elizabeth Goddard had a writing cave, it might look like something from CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY—as with many writers, this award-winning romantic suspense novelist admits the sweet stuff fuels the right side of her brain.
But since hibernation for this busy writer isn’t truly an option, and a killer chocolate overdose is far from healthy, Goddard writes wherever the muse takes her, even if it’s to the local McDonald’s. Anywhere she can keep the creativity flowing, really, because after 18 published novels—yes,18!— Goddard admits she does get a little nervous that one day the stories will simply…stop.
“Not only do I worry if the stories will stop—sometimes they do stop,” she says. “Creativity comes and goes. I keep a list of ideas and add to that when they hit me. Other times, I have to work hard to come up with something new and fresh, which is difficult because there’s nothing new under the sun—and that’s the truth.”
WILDERNESS PERIL marks the newest story to emerge from Goddard’s ideas file, a romantic suspense involving a rugged pilot, a beautiful airplane mechanic, a derelict gold mine, and a group of ruthless killers.
It doesn’t sound like the stories are losing steam, at all, does it? Which is high testament to Goddard’s commitment to her craft. In addition to a busy writing schedule, Goddard is a wife and mom to four kids, all homeschooled. She is an active member on various organizations, as well as a writing mentor. While some might be searching her closet for a super hero cape, Goddard says her secret weapon is much less exciting—and doesn’t require dry cleaning.
“I have one tip, one thing that I use that helps me survive—and that’s a list,” she says. “Without creating a list, something would fall through the cracks. But with a To-Do list, everything gets done…eventually.”
As for her advice on starting out as a writer, Goddard offers a comprehensive list of tips on her newly-revised website. Beyond that, Goddard acts as an eager cheerleader for those just looking to break into the industry.
“I think what I do best is encourage others,” she says. “I have a dear writing friend whom I shared a publishing opportunity with. She sat with me during the Carol Awards and met my editor, and all these things worked together to open the publishing doors for her. I love to help others achieve their dreams when I can, and promote others’ work.”
For her own promotion, Goddard dabbles in social media (follow her on Twitter @bethgoddard, Goodreads and Facebook), but relies mostly on word of mouth marketing and her gorgeous website to capture readers’ hearts.
“I’ve always loved exotic settings, so even my previous website played on that,” she says. “Sometimes I think you have to write a few books before you know what you’re really about as a writer. As it turns out, my books echoed my thoughts on brand all along.”
Though, she admits, the issue of branding remains a publishing conundrum.
“A brand could be something as simple as the author themselves,” she says. “Readers will always love a story from that author, no matter the setting or feel. But if you have a brand, certainly, use that to the fullest. I think that my promotion is becoming more focused now that I know who I am as a writer and who my audience is.”
Goddard’s next-up projects keep that notion in mind. Though many of her books are single titles, she just recently signed a contract to write four novels for a series based in Alaska. While this isn’t her first crack at connecting stories, it’s one way to ensure her fans that the stories don’t stop coming.
For now, readers can dive in to any of Goddard’s books, including the latest release, WILDERNESS PERIL, available now from Harlequin Books.
Elizabeth Goddard is an award-winning author with eighteen novels, including the romantic mystery, THE CAMERA NEVER LIES—winner of the prestigious Carol Award in 2011. After acquiring her computer science degree, she worked at a software firm before eventually retiring to raise her four children and become a professional writer. A member of several writing organizations, she judges numerous contests and mentors new writers. In addition to writing, she home schools her children and serves with her husband in ministry.
To learn more about Elizabeth, please visit her website.
John Haldane, Earl of Strathairn, is on an urgent mission to find the killer of his fellow spy. After visiting the young widow of one of his agents, Strathairn strengthens his resolve. A spy should never marry, and most certainly not to Lady Sibella Winborne, with her romantic ideas of love and marriage. Unable to give Sibella up entirely, he has kept her close as a friend. Then, weak fool that he is, he kissed her. Lady Sibella Winborne has refused several offers of marriage since she first set eyes on the handsome Earl of Strathairn. Sibella’s many siblings always rush to her aid to discourage an ardent suitor, but not this time. Her elder brother, Chaloner, Marquess of Brandreth, has approved Lord Coombe’s suit.
The BIG THRILL caught up with Karen Harper to discuss her new novel, UPON A WINTER’S NIGHT, the last in her Home Valley Amish suspense series. It’s her 8th novel set among the Ohio Amish. It’s also a holiday story but one that doesn’t let up on the exploration of rural crimes among the “peaceful people in the land.”
Tell us a bit about UPON A WINTER’S NIGHT.
Lydia Brand, a young Amish woman, has always felt a bit different from her people because she was adopted. She is also an only child because her brother drowned years ago in the pond behind the house, something that haunts her family. As Christmas approaches, Lydia decides to probe who her real parents were—something her adopted family and even the bishop have been very secretive about. Her parents put pressure on her to accept the suitor of their choice, but she’s long been in love with Josh Yoder, the Amish man next door who has lived in the world for a time. Josh breeds exotic animals, including camels he rents out for Christmas pageants. With Josh’s help, Lydia begins to probe her past and turns up danger—and two dead bodies. Fearing she’s next, she refuses to turn back.
By Rick Reed
Romantic suspense author Virginia Kelly will grab your attention with her most recent novel, IN THE ARMS OF A STRANGER, the story of a dangerous man on the run, a vulnerable woman looking for answers, and the danger they face. IN THE ARMS OF A STRANGER is the sequel to DANCING IN THE DARK (a novella) and was released by Entangled Publishing’s Ignite imprint. She has two previous stand-alone novels, AGAINST THE WIND, available at Amazon, and TO THE LIMIT, available at multiple retailers.
An RWA Golden Heart® finalist, Virginia Kelly’s first book, TO THE LIMIT, was a finalist in several contests such as the Holt Medallion, The Golden Quill, and The Aspen Gold.
Virginia has always loved adventure novels, but romance is at the core of her stories—romance with the adrenalin rush of danger. Her novels are about dangerous men and the adventurous women willing to take a chance on them.
A graduate of the University of Alabama with a master’s degree in Library Science, Virginia is an academic librarian. She tries to include a librarian in all of her books as either the heroine or as a minor character. Having taught high school and college, she has a great appreciation for teachers and often uses that as the profession for her heroines.
“A perfect blend of action, romance, and heart-pounding suspense.”—NEW YORK TIMES best-selling author Cynthia Eden
Are IN THE ARMS OF A STRANGER and DANCING IN THE DARK stand-alone books or do they need to be read in order? Will we see more of these characters in future books?
These do not have to be read in order, though I hope many do. The hero of IN THE ARMS OF A STRANGER is the brother of the heroine of DANCING IN THE DARK. I’m not yet sure if I’ll write about these characters again.
Forced to take a mandatory vacation from the Dallas PD, Remy leaves his girlfriend, Cody, to protect her from what’s to come. If there’s to be any chance for a normal future for the two of them, he has to face his enemies and finish what they started – alone.
Cody Lewis gave up on someone once before, but not this time. She needs to come to terms with Remy’s past and her own as she seeks him out among the historic and deadly streets of New Orleans. But she got more than she bargained for. Those who oppose her will find you don’t get in the way of a determined Texan; especially a woman in love.
As Remy closes in on the nameless faces who have controlled his life for too long, his ability to save himself and those closest to him is tested, putting everyone he cares for in grave danger. And this time, Cody may face the reality of his death.
By George Ebey
Kay Thomas’s latest thriller, HARD TARGET, blends romance and suspense to kick off the first installment in her ELITE OPS series.
Former DEA agent Leland Hollis wasn’t planning on being a hero. Recovering from an injury sustained during a drug bust gone wrong and with more personal demons than he cares to admit, he wants nothing more than peace and a chance to rebuild his life. But when Anna Mercado’s crazy ex shows up wielding a baseball bat, Leland can’t ignore his instinct to help. And after her son is kidnapped, Leland agrees to deliver the ransom into dangerous territory south of the border. Anna has no choice but to go with this stranger she’s just met if she ever wants to see her son again. But getting the boy out of a violent cartel region involves risking everything. And for that Leland will have to convince Anna to do the scariest thing of all…open her heart and trust him.
I recently caught up with Kay to learn more about her take on writing and what’s in store for readers of her new ELITE OPS series.
When did you first know that you wanted to be a writer?
I didn’t always know I wanted to write. The first week of “Freshman Comp” my professor read something I’d written out loud to the entire class as an example of something “well done.” I still remember how that made me feel.
Unfortunately, that feeling didn’t last… I was a one-hit wonder in composition and was thrilled when I barely squeezed out of there with a C. I had another English professor tell me that I couldn’t write at all. But my fourth year, I met the teacher who would become my writing mentor, Joe Stockwell. And, I started to “get it.”
Sixteen years ago, Brooke lost her roommate to a brutal murder. Now she teaches women’s self-defense, still trying to heal from the guilt and grief that plague her. Convinced the predator knows his victims and is stalking his prey online, she is determined to find him before he strikes again. Her brother’s friend, Luke has the computer expertise to help. But Brooke’s unexpected desire for Luke complicates her investigation, and her fixation with the case provokes a deadly reaction from the killer.
Injured in terrorist bombing overseas, computer expert Luke Holloway is still haunted by flashbacks of his young assistant’s death in the explosion. But Luke can’t refuse the request of a deployed friend to look after his sister, Brooke. Taking on responsibility for Brooke’s safety threatens Luke’s tenuous recovery, especially after he develops feelings for her that transcend a promise to a friend. When Brooke saves a young girl from a brutal assault and becomes a killer’s obsession, Luke vows to protect her at all costs.
Thirty odd years ago a child went missing on the night of the harvest moon. The little girl was never found. Each year for the next two decades a little girl around that same age went missing in Birmingham, Alabama, on that same night. None of the children were ever found. The police and the FBI were stumped. No clues were left behind. No ransom demands. Nothing. The children seemed to vanish into thin air. Some folks said it was as if that big old harvest moon got so close to the earth that the man in the moon reached down and took a child so he wouldn’t have to be alone. The legend stuck and the unknown perpetrator became the Man in the Moon. Then suddenly, after twenty years, the abductions stopped. The Man in the Moon and all those little girls were just gone.
In one catastrophic instant, Haley Warren’s father was taken from her. After her parents’ bitter divorce, she hadn’t see him in years, never had the chance to mend the rift between them. When her father’s new wife tells her she believes the explosion that killed her dad was no accident, Haley is driven to find out the truth. About her father’s death, and the woman he loved enough to abandon his family.
When private investigator Tyler Brodie agrees to help the hot little blonde, Haley Warren, find out the truth about her father’s death, he doesn’t realize the danger he and Haley are going to find themselves in. It’s no co-incident that James Warren was investigating a suspected art theft when he was killed in a powerboat explosion. After all, tens of millions of dollars worth of stolen art is plenty of motive for murder.
As Haley and Ty get closer to the truth, the truth gets ugly: Did Haley’s dad know too much…or was he in on the take? And although Ty’s a consummate professional, he’s having trouble focusing on the facts of the case, and not the figure of his gorgeous client. But Ty and Haley are determined to get to the bottom of the case–even if it means they die trying.
LOVE IS NO ILLUSION
Rock Powers is one of the most successful magicians in Vegas for a reason—he creates illusions too spectacular to believe. But his former assistant, gorgeous Lani Silkwater, pulled off the greatest trick of all: disappearing into thin air the day after they were married. Two years later, Rock can’t resist a clue to Lani’s whereabouts—or the outlandish plan Lani and her mysterious boss propose, if it means a chance to win her back for good…
BUT IT’S ALWAYS MAGICAL
Working as a magician’s assistant was one of Lani’s strangest undercover assignments, but she never imagined it would be so dangerous—to her heart. Leaving Rock was the right thing for both of them, but with a terrorist group closing in on Vegas, Rock’s talent with sleight of hand is imperative. To save them both, Lani must reveal secrets she’s kept for years, and one of them is how much she loves the sexy magician who stole her heart…
Framed for a series of brutal murders, rebel-turned-CEO Zack Goldman must go to ground. When he discovers that sexy boutique owner Sloane Swift has a shocking gift—terrifying visions that connect her to his mentor’s missing daughter—he can’t believe her refusal to help him.
Aiding and abetting an accused killer ranks low on Sloane’s to-do list, no matter how hot the attraction burns between them. But putting to rest her overwhelming guilt over the missing woman’s fate proves more difficult than she ever imagined.
As the real sociopath locks in on Sloane, Zack will stop at nothing to keep her safe, even if that means becoming her psychic anchor. And as they earn each other’s trust—with danger in hot pursuit—they just may lose their hearts in the process…if the killer doesn’t put them six feet under first.
By Karen Harper
I was able to catch up with Debra Webb for an interview in the midst of her various author and real-life activities. Multi-published, she’s a veteran writer who always keeps her work fresh. She was kind enough to answer my questions about her upcoming release and author advice.
Please give us an idea about your August release REVENGE, the next book in your Face Of Evil series.
When her beloved high school teacher appears on her doorstep, Deputy Chief Jess Harris is flooded with fond memories-until the woman says she’s about to be charged with murder. Called to the scene of the crime, Jess learns the victim of the bizarre and brutal slaying was a member of Birmingham’s famed “Five.”
Twelve years ago, the Five were rich, popular high school seniors who threw one last wild party. Two social outcasts were invited to play in the “loser games.” The next morning, one player killed himself. Now Jess fears that an invitation to an upcoming class reunion may have forced the Five to play a new deadly game. As Jess fights to keep her former teacher from suspicion-and her relationship with Chief Dan Burnett separate from her work life-she knows she is caught in a vicious cycle of vengeance. And the killer is far from finished…
I love how visual your website is. Of course, all websites are visual, but you include a trailer and virtual tours of key setting for your books, pictures of what must be fictional characters–it makes it very real. Is all that part of your research before you write, or do you include all that to help your reader?
Thanks! Birmingham is a very special place for me. My father was born and raised there. My older daughter’s life was saved by the incredible doctors there. And, the city’s gritty history set the perfect stage for the Faces of Evil series which set my career on a new path. My husband and I do a great deal of research in Birmingham. The characters are so real to me that it was important that I find homes, work places, fav restaurants, etc., for them. Walking the streets and visiting the places they do helps me capture the atmosphere when I’m writing. Birmingham has a lot of soul. I do believe the readers like seeing the photos as well.
Recovering addict, Angie Edmonds, is finally in a good place: clean, sober, and employed as a defense attorney. But at the end of a long work day, she finds herself in a parent’s worst nightmare: her one-year old son has been kidnapped and taken across the Mexican border by a cult leader who believes the child is the “Chosen One.”
Stymied by the US and Mexican legal systems, Angie is forced to ask the head of a Mexican crime syndicate for help. Much to her chagrin, she must work with Alejandro Torres, a dangerously attractive criminal and the drug lord’s right-hand man. Little does she know Alejandro is an undercover federal agent, equally terrified of blowing his cover—and falling in love with her.
“Obsession starts off with a bang and doesn’t stop until the end… This book deals with a number of issues, such as cults, human trafficking and the drug trade, and it’s clear that the author has done her research. ” ~~ Mary Bennings, RT BOOK REVIEWS
“I thought a child being kidnapped, the Mexican cartel, a cult along the lines of Jimmy Jones and a sexy undercover operative – Awesome. Then she adds some other elements I didn’t see coming and WOW. It blew me away.”~~Sherri J. Fundin, fundinmental: as eye see it
“If you’re in the mood for a steamy Romantic Suspense that keeps your interest with clever plot twists, emotional angst, and believable characters, then be prepared to obsess over “Obsession” by Sharon Buchbinder. Seriously, this is one of those books you just can’t put down.” ~~Deb Sanders, Romance
After working in health care delivery for years, Sharon Buchbinder became an association executive, a health care researcher, and an academic in higher education. However, that itch to write (an obsession) kept beckoning her to “come on back” to writing fiction. Thanks to the kindness of family, friends, and beta readers, she is now an award-winning author published in multiple genres. When not attempting to make students, colleagues, and babies laugh, she can be found herding cats, waiting on a large gray dog, fishing, dining with good friends, or writing.
To learn more about Sharon, please visit her website.
Misty Evans has a new novel out, THE BLOOD CODE, the fourth novel in her Super Agent Series featuring Ryan Smith, a CIA operative, and Anya Radzoya, a lost Russian princess. Anya Radzoya fled Russia with her grandmother after the suspicious deaths of her parents, but she can’t escape the royal genes that make her one of Russia’s last living princesses. When President Ivanov blackmails her into returning to Moscow in exchange for her grandmother’s life, Anya discovers he’s planning to unleash a nuclear war. With no one else to turn to, she joins forces with CIA operative Ryan Smith.
Tell us about THE BLOOD CODE.
THE BLOOD CODE is the fourth novel in my Super Agent Series featuring Ryan Smith, a CIA operative, and Anya Radzoya, a lost Russian princess. Here’s the blurb:
Fifteen years ago, Anya Radzoya fled Russia with her grandmother after the suspicious deaths of her parents, but she can’t escape the royal genes that make her one of Russia’s last living princesses. When President Ivanov blackmails her into returning to Moscow in exchange for her grandmother’s life, Anya discovers he’s planning to unleash a nuclear war. With no one else to turn to, she joins forces with CIA operative Ryan Smith.
Undercover at the nuclear summit, Ryan recruits Anya to find proof Ivanov is resurrecting the Cold War, but he suspects his new asset is a double agent. Anya is determined to rescue her grandmother with or without his help, however, and Ryan finds himself falling for the beautiful princess before he even trusts her.
Trapped inside the Kremlin with a cunning and ruthless opponent, the two must risk their lives and their hearts to save Anya’s grandmother as well as millions of innocent people.
Elizabeth Goddard is an award-winning author with well over a dozen romance and romantic suspense novels, including the romantic mystery, THE CAMERA NEVER LIES—winner of the prestigious Carol Award in 2011 from the AMERICAN CHRISTIAN FICTION WRITERS.
Beth (as she likes to be called) fell in love with fiction at a young age, reading fantasy and historical novels. As a child she wrote poems, and has since written articles, short stories and novellas.It wasn’t until 2001 that she started writing. Joining American Christian Fiction Writing helped her find her direction, and she published her first book in 2007. “I just love a good story,” says Goddard, “especially if that story includes deep spiritual truth along with suspense, action and adventure. And it’s my goal to write what I’d love to read.”
Ripping a plotline from the headlines, Goddard released her first repo man novel, TREACHEROUS SKIES (Love Inspired Suspense) in November 2012. The plot came from reading the story of a real live repo man and some of his dangerous adventures retrieving luxury jets and yachts from South American drug lords, presidents of third world countries and other unscrupulous groups.With her July 2013 release, she has hit her stride.
Sofia Palmalosi is just the Strega who can save him. A descendant of a long line of powerful Italian witches, her family’s power was a gift from the Goddess Diana.
Together they embark on a journey from NY to the ancient ruins of Diana’s temple in Sicily and back to NY while fighting a battle of magic and wits with a psychopath who wants them both dead and the curse in tact.
By Stacy Mantle
Everyone loves an alpha male and no one writes them better than USA TODAY bestselling author, Rebecca Zanetti. Her latest novel, FORGOTTEN SINS (Grand Central Publishing, July 2, 2013), is the first in her new series.
From the moment Josie laid eyes on sexy, mysterious Shane Dean, she was in love. Their desire ignited a passionate affair, and within weeks, Shane had slipped a ring on her finger. It seemed her every fantasy was coming true . . . until her new husband disappeared without a trace. Now, two years and one broken heart later, Josie is shocked when the hospital calls: Shane has been found . . . at a crime scene with no memory of how he got there.
Shane can’t remember the blue-eyed angel at his bedside-or who he even is-but he knows something isn’t right. His hearing is razor sharp, his physical strength incredible, and the urge to protect Josie overwhelming. For powerful enemies are hunting him, and Josie is the key to discovering why. As Shane struggles to unravel his past, dangerous new truths come to light. Can he protect the only woman he’s ever loved? And can Josie trust a man she thought she knew-one who carries such a deadly secret?
The stakes are raised even higher in HUNTING EVE as Eve battles the man who is holding her prisoner. Secrets about why Eve has been targeted come into the light, bringing Eve even closer to danger. With its cliffhanger ending, HUNTING EVE sets up perfectly for the finale, SILENCING EVE.
Johansen’s scattered 16th novel featuring forensic sculptor Eve Duncan, the middle part of a trilogy, picks up where its predecessor, Taking Eve, left off. Eve has escaped from her kidnapper, madman Jim Doane, at least temporarily. While Doane hunts for her in the rough wilderness of Colorado’s Rio Grande Forest, others are seeking her whereabouts and planning her rescue and/or Doane’s capture. Characters with special talents include Kendra Michaels, whose vision is particularly acute; Seth Caleb, who can manipulate the flow of other people’s blood; Margaret Douglas, who can read animals’ thoughts; and assassin Lee Zander, who may or may not be Eve’s father. Eventually, Eve’s lover, Atlanta police officer Joe Quinn; wounded friend Jane MacGuire; and CIA agent Venable converge on Doane’s remote hideaway for a cliffhanger ending. Fans of paranormal romantic suspense will eagerly look forward to the conclusion, Silencing Eve.
By Jaime Rush
I’m sitting down with Adrienne Giordano to find out all the juicy details about her new romantic suspense, OPPOSING FORCES.
Adrienne, how exciting it must be to see your next book come out! Congratulations! Tell us what this story is all about and what drove you to write it.
The hero in OPPOSING FORCES is Jackson Lynx who is an executive at Taylor Security. Jack is steady, smart and reliable but he’s not perfect. He’s approaching the one-year anniversary of kicking his prescription-drug habit and has spent the last year avoiding the dating scene. Then Jillian Murdoch asks for his help and the poor guy is cooked!
Jillian is a manager for a pharmaceutical distributor and becomes suspicious when she sees an unscheduled delivery late on a Friday night. When someone breaks into her home, she knows she’s seen something she wasn’t supposed to and asks Jack for help.
I wrote the story because I have a friend who works for a pharmaceutical company and based on conversations I’d had with her, I got an idea. That’s all I can say or it’ll give away the book’s ending!
Called to the homicide of a Dallas criminal lawyer, Detective Remy LeBeau stares at a scene that drags him back into his past. To another murdered lawyer in New Orleans. And a case that put Remy on a collision course with death.
Cody Lewis struggles with the horrific memories of her kidnapping and the need to numb the pain. The battle she puts up causes her to avoid Remy and their undetermined relationship. But the flashbacks and nightmares are proving more potent than Cody thought and she’s having a harder time resisting the cravings for alcohol.
As the case takes a turn in revealing a professional assassin is behind the death Remy begins to make decisions that could cost him his job and Cody. Because the deeper he sinks, the closer the enemies of his past come to finding him.
By Rick Reed
New York Times bestselling author Kat Martin is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara where she majored in anthropology and also studied history. Currently residing with her Western-author husband, L. J. Martin, in Missoula, Montana, Kat has written over fifty Historical and Contemporary Romantic Suspense novels. Over fifteen million copies of her books are in print and she has been published in more than a dozen foreign countries. Among her many awards, Kat has won the prestigious R.T. BOOK REVIEWS magazine Career Achievement Award.
Her newest book, to be released in May, 2013, is the 7th book in The Winds of Rain Canyon series and destined to be a hit with any audience.
AGAINST THE EDGE:
A child he’s never met.
A danger he’s never known.
By Ian Walkley
Award-winning Welsh author Evonne Wareham’s latest offering is described as a paranormal romantic suspense. As Evonne herself puts it—you get a love story as well as assorted mayhem and dead bodies, and in this case, with a quick dose of mind reading. The novel has been described by THE BOOKSELLER magazine as a “Terrific Thriller”.
The story follows Madison Albi, a scientist with a very special talent—reading minds—who stumbles across a homeless man with whom she feels an inexplicable connection. She cannot resist the dangerous impulse to use her skills to help him.
J is a non-person—a vagrant who can’t even remember his own name. He’s got no hope, until he meets Madison. Is she the one who can restore his past? Madison agrees to help J recover his memory, but as she delves deeper into his mind, it soon becomes clear that some secrets are better off staying hidden. Is J really the man Madison believes him to be?
Evonne, your first novel, NEVER COMING HOME was about a woman whose daughter died in a car crash, but then again, did she really? A great premise, and you’ve followed up with another here. How do these ideas come to you?
I really don’t know – something may spark a thread, which links up to another thread, like building a spider web. Often a new idea will suddenly fit with something that I have had in my head for ages. I have a weakness for complex, layered plots and then I play games of ‘What if?’ to get them to work out.
With thirty-one inspirational romantic suspense novels under her belt, Lynette Eason is currently working on her third series for Revell and her sixteenth book for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense line. The bestselling, award-winning author of the Women of Justice Series and the Deadly Reunions series, Eason was a 2011 finalist in the prestigious Carol Awards Contest.
In her latest novel, WHEN A SECRET KILLS, Investigative reporter Jillian Carter knows it’s time to put the past to rest. She’s no longer the scared kid who changed her name and disappeared. Now she must do what she is trained to do—ferret out the truth and expose it. Senator Frank Hoffman committed murder ten years ago—and Jillian watched it happen.
Not even the enigmatic and attractive Colton Brady, her ex-boyfriend and nephew of the killer, will be able to make her leave this alone.
By Tracy March
I’m excited to chat with readers of THE BIG THRILL about my romantic thriller, GIRL THREE. I’ve received lots of interesting questions in interviews for my blog tour, so I picked some of my favorites to share with you!
Describe GIRL THREE in two sentences.
When bioethicist Jessica Croft finds out her lobbyist sister’s suspicious death has been classified as natural, she resolves to expose a murderer. Pursuing elite suspects on both sides of the stem-cell-research debate reveals a fertility scandal surrounding the enigmatic Girl Three, and Jessica risks her life to expose the truth.
What was your inspiration for GIRL THREE?
I was inspired by the book THE BABY BUSINESS by Harvard professor Debora L. Spar. The book examines how money, science, and politics drive the commerce of conception. I was fascinated and disturbed when I learned about the fertility industry and its controversial elements of stem cell research, surrogacy, egg swapping, human cloning, and designer babies. After reading THE BABY BUSINESS, so many “what-if” questions began to flood my mind and gel into the story that ultimately became GIRL THREE.
Katy Sinclair made it to the brink of partnership at her high-powered law firm with hard work, dogged determination, and the ruthless self-discipline to cultivate a conservative public image. But when she follows an evasive witness into a sex club, she can’t deny herself a red-hot sexual encounter with the seductive bartender who sets her body on fire. She’s sure no one will ever know about her indiscretion —until she walks into the courtroom to find her dirty little secret is the opposing counsel in the most important case of her career.
As the managing partner in a struggling law firm, hot-shot attorney Mark Richards can’t afford any mistakes that might cost him his biggest client, like getting involved with his beautiful, determined opponent—the mystery woman he hasn’t been able to forget. But when Katy’s quest for justice leads to death threats, Mark will sacrifice everything to protect her.
Now they’re risking their hearts…and their lives…in a race to catch a killer. Little do they know, the greatest danger lies closer to home.
In this romantic suspense thriller, nothing can stand in the way of Jordan Jakes launching a missile in a remote desert of Iran—not even Ben Johnson, the NASA scientist she’s targeted. Against all odds, Ben follows Jordan, placing not only the mission at risk, but also the world’s fate. Everything hinges on the strength of their love.
Daco added, “On a larger scale, THE LIBRA AFFAIR is about finding balance, a home-brewed war to alter international allies and rebalance global economic powers. It focuses on obstacles Jordan Jakes faces to complete her mission successfully, but on a deeper level these impediments also parallel the difficulties faced in her personal life.
“In our personal lives, like yin chasing yang, we constantly seek balance. In the story, Jordan is too guarded. She chooses a career to hide from life; as a result, her need to control what enters her world leaves her scaling the perimeter of life when all she really wants is to find love and happiness.”
By Basil Sands
‘Relentless tension and nail-biting suspense that’s sure to put your manicure in danger.’
That’s a paraphrase of comments from major reviewers and I have to say, they’ve got it right.
Ladies and gentlemen, I introduce to you Melinda Leigh: wife, mother, and martial arts black belt. She is also a bestselling writer of romantic suspense that even dudes can get psyched about.
Melinda, tell us about your latest book MIDNIGHT SACRIFICE.
MIDNIGHT SACRIFICE is the second book in my Midnight series, dark romantic suspense novels based on ritualistic murders that occur in a rural town in Maine. This series was born out of my love for the mysteries in history. I was watching a documentary on Stonehenge in which archeologists were exploring possible human sacrifices at the site. Exciting stuff, right? My brain started humming with those “what if…” scenarios.
What motivated you to start writing?
It was actually my husband’s idea. I used to read three to four books a week, but between working and raising small children, I’d never had the time to even consider writing. When my children went to school full-time, I started writing as a hobby. I needed to do something with my brain besides identify mystery stains on the carpet. With a business education and a banking background, I knew none of the technical aspects of constructing a novel. My first attempt at writing a book took two years, but I was hooked. Making writing a career became a matter of learning the mechanics and the industry (and a little luck).
When former Special Agent Jess Harris moved back to her Alabama hometown, she thought she’d left her blood-stained past behind her. But the blood bath the new Major Crimes deputy chief finds at a murder scene in one of Birmingham’s sleepy bedroom communities is beyond even the savagery of Eric Spears, the serial killer still obsessed with Jess.
Amid eerie echoes of a Charles Manson massacre, Jess investigates the brutal murder of a cop’s wife while her baby lay sleeping down the hall. The discovery of two more headless victims has Jess wondering if this case is a gang-related slaying, a personal vendetta . . . or something even more vicious.
As the investigation widens to include yet another shocking suspect, Jess realizes that the identity of the killer may lie with an autistic eight-year-old boy.Jess must race to save an innocent child and prevent a final, horrifying act of rage—if she doesn’t end up a victim herself.
When we began to develop the story line for A TIME OF CHANGE, David and I were both excited about the prospect of a new series centered on and around a trading post. David grew up on the Navajo Nation, and often visited his Uncle Albert, who operated trading posts on tribal land for over thirty years.
One evening his uncle spread out dozens of the Navajo rugs for sale and explained where each one came from, showing the differences in color between the Ganado, Klagetoh, Two Grey Hills, and Burntwater styles. Even more impressive were the prices these quality wool rugs brought to the weavers and the trading post.
That same night, over dinner in the upstairs trading post residence, Uncle Albert, a disabled Navy veteran from the WWII Pacific theater, asked David to someday help him write his memoirs.
Unfortunately Albert died before that could take place, but David still treasures the gifts his uncle gave him, some wonderful memories and a Zuni carved hunting fetish in the form of an arrowhead attached to a turquoise bear.
Debra Webb’s Faces of Evil comes to paperback in a huge promotion by Grand Central Publishing!
Debra Webb has written and published more than one hundred novels. Romantic suspense is her first love and developing series is her trademark. The Colby Agency series she writes for Harlequin Intrigue has stood the test of time, going into its thirteenth year and more than fifty installments—the largest number of books in an original author series in Harlequin’s history! But Debra recently found amazing success with a mainstream series called the Faces of Evil. I caught up with Debra this month for the paperback release of the first three installments of her new chilling series.
RT Book Reviews Magazine called the protagonist, Jess Harris, one of the toughest, smartest, most stubborn lady cops to strut the pages lately. Tells us a little about Jess.
Jessie Lee Harris has been living in my head for several years. She finally pitched a fit and I had to write her. Jess’s parents passed away when she was very young and she and her sister spent their formative years in foster homes. Upon graduating high school, Jess couldn’t wait to put her hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, in her rearview mirror. She and her high school sweetheart, Dan Burnett, left for college full of passion and with big dreams. But passion sometimes fizzles and dreams don’t always come true. Four years later Dan returned to Birmingham and Jess went on to become a celebrated profiler for the Bureau.