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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Interview with KILLER ROMANCES author, NINA PIERCE


What inspired you to start writing Romantic Suspense novels?

I'm a scientist at heart. It's the idea of solving a puzzle. I love starting with a hypothesis and proving it true or false. So naturally as a reader, I was drawn to the mystery genre. Add a hunky hero and a woman just looking to save him and the world ... and I'm in heaven.

It just followed that when I started writing my own stories that I would want to weave in a suspense plot that would keep the readers guessing. Nothing thrills me more than when readers tell me the twists and turns of my stories kept them guessing to the end!

If you could travel back in time, what year would you visit and why?

I've always been fascinated by the Native Americans of the west. I'd love to travel back to 18th century America where the native people lived in clans on the plains and were completely self-sufficient. Yes, they worked hard, but it also seemed like such a simpler time. Total reliance on family and friends for survival just warms my heart.

Do you create characters based on real connections in your life?

I don't actually. As a pantser, my characters seem to develop organically from the story as I write. I usually don't know much about them save for a picture of their face and a name. Within the first three chapters their story begins to unfold and they become three dimensional to me. Now, that isn't to say that some personality trait from a friend or family member hasn't made it on to the page. ;)

KILLER ROMANCES 


10 Dark, Deadly and Delicious Novels from 10 of today’s hottest romantic suspense authors. On sale for a limited time for only $0.99. Romance, mystery, danger and thrills abound with these tales of lethally sexy heroes and the women who bring them to their knees. There’s something for everyone who picks up this red-hot bundle.

Revenge (Blood and Honor, #1) by Dana Delamar ~ Mafia don Enrico Lucchesi struggles to preserve a fragile truce with the Andretti family. But when Kate Andretti flees from her abusive husband, Enrico won't leave her in jeopardy. Can he save her without reigniting the bloody feud between the families?   **Double-finalist in the 2013 Booksellers' Best Awards!**

Cliffs of Starsdale by Bestselling author Tallulah Grace ~ Starsdale, California offers a picturesque setting with a small-town atmosphere. It’s hard to believe anything bad could happen in such an idyllic place, but Chelsea Bates finds that evil lurks beneath the surface of someone she trusted, someone she loved. Even in Starsdale, life is not always what it seems.

Deadly Misconceptions an award winning story by Amazon and Barnes & Noble bestselling author Sandy Loyd ~ When former runaway Lucy Maddox’s mentor goes missing, the PI risks everything to find her. She’s even willing to team up with nemesis Jack Finnegan, who’s only out to prove his boss isn’t responsible for the disappearance.  Their chase to solve the mystery quickly becomes a struggle to stay alive.

Shadow of Perception (Book #2, Core Shadow Trilogy) by Kristine Mason ~ After a reporter receives threatening, gruesome DVDs, she turns to the criminal investigation agency CORE for help. Only her former lover is assigned the case. Now they find themselves not only knee-deep in a twisted investigation, but forced to deal with their past and the love they’d tried to deny.

Haunted by Death (By Death Series #2) by USA Today Bestselling author Dale Mayer ~ Anthropologist Meg Pearce’s life hasn’t been the same since her friend disappeared seventeen years ago. She lost everything then including Detective Chad Ingram. Now he's back and together they are looking to solve the mystery. Only death isn’t done shaking up their lives … and this time they are in the crossfire.

Blind Her With Bliss (Dangerous Affairs Series #1) by USA Today Bestselling author Nina Pierce ~ Investigating the death of her best friend, uptight accountant, JULIE TILLING, discovers a world of adult nightclubs and Internet intrigue. When shock jock DAMON COREY rocks her world in a wild night of lust, she wonders if she's found love...or the key to solving a murder.

Love & Deception (Agents in Love #1) by Chantel Rhondeau ~ Secret Agent Nick Kendall is infiltrating a suspected terrorist organization. The problem? He's falling hopelessly in love with Carlie Hollis, a key player of the group. Soon he receives new orders-kill the target. Will he follow those orders…or become hunted himself?  

The Last Witness by Amazon Bestselling author K.T. Roberts ~ NYPD detectives Tate Kensington and Zachary Gerard are convinced one killer is at work, but proving it seems an impossible feat until a pre-teen prank blows the case wide open. Can the pair put away a killer on a paper-thin case? Or will their disappearing Jane Doe prove to be...THE LAST WITNESS...

Shrouded in Darkness (Shrouded in Darkness #1) by Multi-award winning author H. D. Thomson ~ If Jake Preston doesn’t stumble upon a miracle, he’ll end up dead.  And even if he does, he still might end up dead with a clever killer hounding his heels.  He believes the key to reversing an experiment that is killing him is locked away in Margot Davenport’s home.

Primal Obsession by Award-winning author Susan Vaughan ~ Reporter Annie Wylde and former Major Leaguer turned Maine Guide Sam Kincaid play cat and mouse with a killer on a wilderness canoe expedition. Chemistry sizzles, but lifestyles and baggage short circuit attraction. To defeat their enemy, they must work together and borrow from each other's strengths.  ** Winner More Than Magic Award **



Author Bio
USA Today bestselling author, Nina Pierce, grew up in a house full of readers. So becoming enamored with books was only natural. She discovered romance stories in her early teens, falling hopelessly in love with knights in shining armor and the damsels who saved them.

Eventually, reading about fated loves and soul mates wasn’t enough. She now spends her days at the keyboard writing her own stories, blissfully creating chaos for her characters by throwing in a villain or two, a little murder and a whole lot of mayhem as they struggle toward their happy-ever-afters.

Nina resides in New England with her high school sweetheart and soul mate of twenty-nine years and several very spoiled cats who consider her “staff”. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with her three grown children, one love-sick son-in-law and a heart-melting grandson.

Website: http://www.ninapierce.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/nina.pierce

Friday, September 19, 2014

Protecting The Enemy


Congratulations to "Erin", the winner in Christy's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

Hi romantic suspense lovers! I have a new release that may interest you! 

Protecting the Enemy

Julianna Fox was made for her job. Or so she is told. The only memory Julianna has of her past is after the explosion. She was a nameless victim until a man pulled her out of the darkness and gave her new life. A new purpose, because anything is better than being no one. When she is about to eliminate her next mark something stops her. The moment Julianna makes eye contact with Reid Castleton, she has a flashback of her forgotten past. How does she know the man? And why can’t she follow through with her assignment?

Expert assassin, Reid Castleton, has been told to kill the only woman he ever loved if he wants to live. When he finds his fiancĂ©e, he can’t go through with the hit, even if it means losing his own life. Either she can’t remember who she is or is damn good at acting. 

Neither one knows who to trust. Both make a truce until they can find out why the leader of ETE 7 wants them both dead. What they uncover is a long line of lies and deception that started the moment Julianna was conceived. Will love conquer all or will fear make them do the unthinkable? 

Excerpt:

Julianna reached across the table and handed Reid a fortune cookie. He crushed the yellowish-orange shell, then read the strip of white paper aloud. If you want it… get it. Reid shrugged and smiled. He walked around the table and grabbed Julianna by her legs, lifting her up over his shoulder. Her hair hung a curtain over her face. Dizzy with laughter, the blood rushed to her head.

Julianna bolted upright in bed and rubbed her eyes. Had the dream been just a dream or was it a memory? Her life was like a yard sale puzzle missing most of its pieces.

Reid sat on the edge of the mattress. “Hey, sleeping beauty. You were laughing in your sleep.”

She felt her face heat up. “I was?”

He touched the tip of her nose as if nothing had happened between them.

“Yeah, it was kind of cute.”

Julianna forced herself to roll her eyes instead of smile. She wouldn’t tell him about her silly dream which is probably all it was. “Great, why were you watching me sleep?”

“I wasn’t, but I did come over here when you started laughing. It was quite entertaining.”

She tossed the covers aside and got up. “I’m so glad I could amuse you.” Exasperated, but also captivated with the man, she stomped into the bathroom to take a shower. As she took off her clothes she closed her eyes. She ached to feel the way she had in her dream. She wanted Reid. God help her she wanted him bad.

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1 lucky commenter will win a Protecting the Enemy ebook!

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST Sep. 20th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email maureen@JustRomanticSuspense.com with a subject title of JRS GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway. 


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Shattered Secrets


Congratulations to "Rachael B", "Martha L", "Kathleen M", and "Janice H". We are waiting to hear back from one more winner. Thank you to all who participated!

When my agent first told me that I was getting a reputation for writing exciting enclave novels, I said, “Writing what?”  Well, duh--enclave novels, in my case, romantic suspense novels set in small towns and the surrounding rural areas.  In the rom/sus books I’ve written, I’ve used Amish settings, small town Alaska and now, again, the edge of Appalachia, an area I know well.  My new trilogy THE COLD CREEK NOVELS:  SHATTERED SECRETS (Sept.); FORBIDDEN GROUND (Nov.): and BROKEN BONDS (Jan.) take place in the dramatic, scary area of the Ohio Appalachian ridge, an unique enclave unto itself.

I did my undergrad work at a college in that area, even student taught at a high school with some small town and “backwoods kids.”  What suspense writer could ignore settings such as a defunct coal mine; a run down hunting cabin; an abandoned insane asylum; and deep cornfields surrounding an old farm house?  Cell phones don’t even work in some spots.  How perfect for a heroine and her small town sheriff love when they are trying to solve a terrible crime.  

For the first book in the trilogy, I suppose it might have seemed logical to begin with the oldest of the three sisters and keep them in order.  But it’s the terrible thing that happened to the youngest that gets things rolling, so book #1, SHATTERED SECRETS, belongs to Tess Lockwood.  Years later, a childhood tragedy still impacts her as well as her oldest sister, Kate, and her middle sister, Char, and the men in their lives.

Tess was abducted from the cornfield behind their house when she was young.  She somehow escaped after several months but remembered nothing of the trauma.  The family fell apart and left Cold Creek.  Now an adult, Tess is back to sell the old homestead.  But another local child, the third taken, disappears during her brief stop in town.  Though Tess wants nothing to do with reliving her past, she promises to help the sheriff, Gabe McCord, solve the crime.  Tess can’t wait to have it all over and get out of town, but…of course, romantic and fearful consequences follow.

One thing I love about this trilogy is that the books come out very close together, every other month.  That made it easy for the new heroines/heroes in each book to appear in support roles in the next novels.  The dynamics among three sisters can be surprising and fascinating, as any of you with multiple sisters know.  There can be tension, but when trouble looms, they stick together.  The three heroes all have relationships too, but that doesn’t make them seem any less dangerous at first to the heroines.

Booklist said of book #1 in my previous trilogy:  “Harper, a master of suspense, keeps readers guessing about crime and love until the very end.”  (Starred review for FALL FROM PRIDE.)  I hope the same is true for this new trilogy.  I think the villain is one of the most unusual yet.  Please let me know (at Karen.Harper.Author@gmail.com) if you guess who it is before the trap closes on Tess and Gabe in scenic but scary small town Appalachia.  

Website is http://www.KarenHarperAuthor.com 

Giveaway:
Karen will be giving away 5 copies of SHATTERED SECRETS to 5 lucky readers who stop by and leave a comment to say hello.

SHATTERED SECRETS

Every town has its secrets… 

Returning to Cold Creek, Ohio, is an act of courage for Tess Lockwood. Abducted and held captive as a young girl, she is unable to remember anything about the crime that destroyed her childhood and tore her family apart. Now a grown woman with a bright future, she is certain she has put the past behind her. But when she inherits the family home, Tess must confront the demons that still haunt her and the town of Cold Creek. 

Gabe McCord has always blamed himself for what happened to Tess. He had been a teenager when she was snatched from the group of children he was responsible for watching. Now Gabe has taken on the role of sheriff and hopes to shed new light on the cold case, especially given his growing feelings for Tess. 

Tess isn't ready to recall what happened to her, and she has no intention of digging up any details that might remind her of the truth. But when another child in the town goes missing, she's certain it's related to her return to Cold Creek. Together,Tess and Gabe will have to work to unlock their painful memories in order to save another child and heal their damaged souls, for good….

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Monday, September 15, 2014

NO DAMSELS IN DISTRESS ALLOWED


Congratulations to "Brooke B." the winner in Denise's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

The villain raises his hand to strike the heroine. She shrinks in fear. “No, no, please don’t hurt me.” Her eyes glow with terror. The villain utters the clichĂ©, “Bwah ha ha.” In her heart she wonders where is her hero. She clutches her chest. Why hasn’t he found her and rescued her yet? No, he won’t abandon her in her hour of desperate need. He’s the hero! That’s what heroes do, right? Save the day? Enter the Hollywood handsome hero, a combination of Superman, Prince Charming, and that other guy, what’s-his-name. He breaks the door down, punches the bad guy in the nose, and saves the damsel in distress. This day, the heroine will NOT be tied to a railroad track while the villain twirls his mustache.
No, no, no. The modern romantic suspense reader doesn’t want the heroine to cower in fear. She expects her heroine to be a strong, independent, sometimes sassy woman with enough smarts to evaluate a situation and at least try to figure out how to get out of a scrape on her own.

One of the most disheartening reviews I’ve ever received complained that my heroine in An Impostor in Town covered (I think the reviewer meant cowered) in fear. Really? My heart sank, because I’d designed the heroine to be a woman who overcame her fears and stood her ground in the end. A woman who punches the bad guy while he’s driving a car on a mountainous road is NOT a damsel in distress. She’s a fighter. Okay, maybe she shrank when someone shoved a gun in her face, but who wouldn’t? Today’s heroine needs to be courageous and bold, but she also shouldn’t cross the border into unreality.
Romantic suspense readers want a heroine who can handle just about anything while still choosing to lean on her man...if that’s what she wants to do. No more damsels in distress. Oh sure, the heroine can find herself in a distressing situation, but she’s just as capable of handling it as her love interest, the hero, is.

One of my favorite heroines is Tess from Crisis of Serenity. She can handle just about anything. In the following scene she’s decided to take control of her destiny.

Would Jake come to my rescue? Would he once again be willing to become my knight in shining armor? I still didn’t need someone to protect me. I was still capable of taking care of myself, but this time...this time I needed him to rescue Joyce. She had needed protection and I had failed her. Could Jake help me fix what had gone horribly wrong?

Footsteps pounded on the dirt floor on the other side of the door. I braced for the impending confrontation. My back pressed into the rough siding of the barn, a splintered piece of the wood wall sticking into my skin. I shifted, ignored the sting of the fresh puncture wound, and reminded myself to bend a little. If I locked my knees I might pass out. I was already on the verge of fainting. My blood pulsed through my veins at a frightening rate.

I held my breath as the footsteps drew nearer. The door swung open and I pounced, jumping onto New Man’s back and wrapping my legs around his waist. I pounded him on his shoulders and the side of his face with my fury-driven fists.

“Where is she? What have you done with her?” I yanked at his long blonde hair. “She better still be alive.” Even in my frenzy, I realized a bold attack such as this might not have been the best offensive maneuver.

If you enjoyed this excerpt, you can read more of Tess in Crisis of Serenity. The book can be purchased on Amazon and at 5 Prince Books. Here’s the back cover description.

CRISIS OF SERENITY

Tess Copeland lives a quiet life in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Thanks to the government’s witness protection program, she enjoys the freedom of never having to glance over her shoulder to see if someone is following her. Life has become safe, serene...and boring. Her heart longs for something more than just existing...until a ghost from her past shatters her serenity.
Once upon a time, Tess was stuck between the FBI and the men the feds were trying to take down. Jake Coleman is the U.S. Marshal who extracted her from the jam she was in with the FBI, a man she could have fallen for...hard...if she had let herself. It’s been a year since she last saw Jake, and in all the months that have passed, he’s never tried to find her. The longer he keeps his distance, the more she wonders why his absence hurts so much.
When a stranger comes to town searching for her, all of Tess’ old fears are resurrected. Asking Jake for help with her current crisis might lure him into a dangerous trap involving murder, kidnapping, and revenge. When Jake and Tess come face-to-face with the past, they will have to use all their wits to survive.

Giveaway:
I’ll choose one person at random from commenters on this post to receive a free ebook copy of Crisis of Serenity.

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST Sep. 16th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email maureen@JustRomanticSuspense.com with a subject title of JRS GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway. 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Inspiration Behind Saving Sophie


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Cate Beauman is back with the seventh installment in her bestselling romantic suspense series, The Bodyguards of L.A. County.  Saving Sophie is on sale now through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes! 


WHEN THE ONLY CHOICE IS TO RUN…

Jewelry designer Sophie Burke has fled Maine for the anonymity of the big city. She’s starting over with a job she tolerates and a grungy motel room she calls home on the wrong side of town, but anything is better than the nightmare she left behind.

Stone McCabe is Ethan Cooke Security’s brooding bad boy more interested in keeping to himself than anything else—until the gorgeous blond with haunted violet eyes catches his attention late one rainy night.

Stone reluctantly gives Sophie a hand only to quickly realize that the shy beauty with the soft voice and pretty smile has something to hide. Tangled up in her secrets, Stone offers Sophie a solution that has the potential to free her from her problems once and for all—or jeopardize both of their lives.  

Read an excerpt from Saving Sophie:

Sophie glanced around one last time at the town she’d called home for more than twelve years as Dylan merged south on the onramp towards Brunswick, knowing she would never come back to the place where she and her mother had made their fresh start. 

“Your train leaves at nine. We should make it in plenty of time.”

“I’ve never traveled by train.”

“Me neither.” Dylan moved into the right lane, letting faster traffic pass. “Have you decided where you’ll go?”

She shook her head, even though she’d thought of little else since she woke this morning, knowing today had to be the day. “Somewhere big. Somewhere where he can’t find me.” She swallowed. “He’ll look. He’ll never stop,” she said, staring into the side mirror, waiting for the black Mercedes to rush up behind them and force them to pull over. “You have to be careful.”

Dylan huffed out an amused laugh. “That bastard doesn’t scare me.”

She wished he didn’t scare her either. “Be careful anyway.”

“I will, but he’s a coward.”

“No more than me,” she murmured, glancing down at the hints of bruised skin peeking out from under her sleeves.

Dylan tossed her a look. “Don’t go there.”

She sat back fully in her seat, unable to take her eyes off the mirror until Dylan eventually exited the interstate and drove toward the center of town, stopping in front of the Amtrak station as the train pulled up. 

“Looks like you won’t have to wait.” She set the emergency brake and searched through her purse. “Here’s my license.” She handed over the Maine ID and paper ticket she’d bought and printed when Sophie gave her the green light from her kiosk at the mall. “We don’t look all that different with your wig, so this should get you your next ticket in Boston.”

“Thank you.” Sophie leaned over and gave Dylan a big hug. “Thank you so much. I wouldn’t have been able to do this without you.”

“Don’t look back, Sophie.” Dylan eased away, squeezing her hand. “Get out of here and never look back. Here are the phone numbers for the Stowers house shelters in Baltimore and LA I told you about—just in case.” She handed over the March copy of Trendy magazine with papers sticking out from the edges.

“Thanks. Please don’t forget to put flowers on my mother’s grave.”

“I won’t.”

She nodded and hugged Dylan for the last time. “Bye.”

“Bye. Take care of yourself.”

“I will.” Sophie got out, sliding her backpack on her shoulder as she made her way to the bored-eyed man at the ticket kiosk.

“Ticket and ID, Ma’am.”

Sophie handed over both, holding her breath, waiting for her plan to fall apart.

“Safe trip.” He gave them back.

“Thank you,” she murmured, letting loose a shaky exhale as she turned and moved toward the train, wanting to run instead of walk. She boarded the first available car and stared out the window as she sat down, watching Dylan pull out of the lot in the rusty hatchback, already missing the only person she’d had a connection with. She bobbed her leg up and down, struggling to keep her fidgeting at bay. Minutes passed, feeling like hours, until finally the doors closed. The train jerked forward, moving toward Boston—the first stop on her journey to freedom. 

Did you enjoy the excerpt?  You can read the first chapter on my website, www.catebeauman.com, or you can finish the whole book here! 

The Inspiration Behind Saving Sophie

Stone and Sophie are as opposite as can be—or so it seems—and that’s why telling their story was so much fun!  Readers met Stone in Justice For Abby.  He’s a gorgeous bad boy, more interested in taking care of himself than worrying about anyone else.  Stone’s a hard-ass.  There’s no other way to say it, but everyone has an achilles’ heel.  That’s what drew me to Ethan Cooke Security’s latest bodyguard.  I kept asking myself what type of woman had the power to bring a man like Stone McCabe to his knees.  Enter Sophie Burke, a shy jewelry designer dealing with lots of trouble, and you just might have your answer.

I hope you enjoy Sophie and Stone as much as I enjoyed writing them!

~ Cate

The Unofficial Saving Sophie Soundtrack

Here are a few of the songs that I had on “repeat” while I created Stone and Sophie’s story!  You can listen to them on my website www.catebeauman.com.

The soundtrack, of sorts, for Saving Sophie:
Grey Street by Dave Matthews
Sleep by Plumb
Come To Me by The Goo Goo Dolls
All I Want by Staind
I’d Come For You by Nickelback
Kiss Me by Ed Sheeran
In My Veins by Andrew Belle
Only You by Matthew Perryman Jones
Feels Like Home by Chantal Kreviazuk



About the author:
Cate currently lives in North Carolina with her husband, their two boys, and St. Bernards, Bear and Jack. She is the author of the best selling romantic suspense series, The Bodyguards of L.A. County.  Before her career as an author, Cate worked in special education for 12 years.

“I’m a pretty lucky girl; one day I woke up and my entire life changed. I saw the light, so to speak, and decided I was going to be a writer. Now, four years later, I’m currently working on my eighth novel, Reagan’s Redemption, which I plan to release in early spring of 2015.  I’m very grateful for the support and success I’ve had.”  - Cate 

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