Saturday, December 16, 2017

JRS HOLIDAY Giveaway '17



JUST ROMANTIC SUSPENSE
HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY!
December 16-17

From December 16-17 everyone has an opportunity to enjoy the holidays with the JUST ROMANTIC SUSPENSE HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY.

Thirty of your favorite Romantic Suspense authors have pitched in with their print or digital books to make your holiday season a special one. 

  • On December 18th, one grand prize winner will be able to select 10 titles of their choice from under the tree
  • Two lucky runner-ups will receive half each of what is left under the tree! (10 books each!)
Under The Tree


JEANNE ADAMS - THE WITCHES WALK (Digital or *Print)
TONI ANDERSON - COLD IN THE SHADOWS (Digital)
REGAN BLACK - PROTECTING HER SECRET SON (Digital)
NATALIE J. DAMSCHRODER - IF YOU BELIEVE IN ME (Digital)
JACKI DELECKI - A MARINE'S CHRISTMAS WEDDING (Digital)


JA’NESE DIXON - BLACK DIAMOND (Kindle)
PIPER J. DRAKE - HIDDEN IMPACT (**Print)
DORANNA DURGIN - HIDDEN STEEL (Digital)
MISTY EVANS - DEADLY HOLIDAY (Digital)
LORI FOSTER - CLOSE CONTACT (*Print or Digital)



MARISSA GARNER - RISKY REDEMPTION (ROGUE SECURITY) (**Digital)
LAURA GRIFFIN – TOUCH OF RED (Print)
KAREN HARPER - FALLING DARKNESS (*Print)
DESIREE HOLT - HIDE AND SEEK (Digital)
MALLORY KANE - HER SECRET CHRISTMAS HERO (Kindle)



LARA LACOMBE - KILLER COLTON CHRISTMAS (*Print)
DIANNA LOVE - HONEYMOON TO DIE FOR (Digital)
SUSANNE MATTHEWS - SWORN TO PROTECT (Digital)
 LINDSAY MCKENNA - BOXCAR CHRISTMAS (*Print)
JULIE MILLER - MILITARY GRADE MISTLETOE (*Print or Digital)



ANGI MORGAN - RANGER PROTECTOR (Print or Digital)
CAROLE MORTIMER - DEFYING ASHER (KNIGHT SECURITY 1) (Digital)
TERRY ODELL - ROOTED IN DANGER (*Hardcover)
CHRISTY REECE - TOO FAR GONE, A GREY JUSTICE NOVEL (*Print or Digital)
LISA MARIE RICE - MIDNIGHT FEVER (Kindle)



PATRICIA ROSEMOOR - CHRISTMAS DELIVERY (Kindle)
SUSAN VAUGHAN - ON DEADLY GROUND (*Print or Digital)
ANN VOSS PETERSON - CHRISTMAS AWAKENING (Digital)
DEBRA WEBB - NO DARKER PLACE (Print)
REBECCA YORK – CHRISTMAS SPIRIT (Digital)

*US ONLY
**US/CANADA ONLY

To enter, simply share your favorite holiday decoration!

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST December 17th. Please note the author's individual restrictions.

* US POSTAL ADDRESSES ONLY
** US AND CANADA POSTAL ADDRESSES ONLY

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Friday, December 15, 2017

Omega Team Kindle World


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This week, Desiree Holt added several new books to her Omega Team Kindle World. This “world” is based on Desiree’s Omega Team series, which includes Raw Edge of Danger, Mission Control and Lethal Design.

Former Delta Force team leader Grey Holden came from a long line of military who believed the important thing was getting the job done, not your ego. They called themselves Omega Men. Athena Madero, left the police department angry at all the restrictions she faced as she tried to fight crime. They collided, literally, when both were working a covert investigation, the resolution of which resulted in the birth of The Omega Team. Others will join them as the agency expands its scope of activities, everything from hostage negotiation to hostage rescue to industrial espionage to fighting drug cartels to threats to national security. They will be led by Grey and Athena, whose passion for their work is only rivaled by their passion for each other. Welcome to a series that combines high danger with intense passion and heady romance. Are you ready to play?





Kindle World books are written by other authors who, through arrangement with Amazon Kindle Worlds, have permission to use Desiree’s characters and settings. Meet a few of these authors and find out where they got their inspiration for their new Omega Team Kindle World stories.

I thoroughly enjoy writing former military characters who have weathered a lot of storms. I like writing heroes and heroines who have been resisting their attraction for a long time. —Denise A. Agnew, Lethally Yours

Oddly enough, my inspiration starts by selecting the title first and then creating the cover. Unless I have a specific prompt, I start all my stories that way. For this one I wanted to stick with a soft-hearted man with a die-hard military belief to protect and serve.  Krista Ames, Ranger in Danger

My husband has been the inspiration for all the heroes in my stories. And when this amazing opportunity came along to share with all of you a tale of strife and redemption, I jumped on board, wanting to share the awesome journey of Silk and Jake with all of you. A journey that tugged at my own heart, for they had been through so much separately and I desperately wanted them to find their happy-ever-after. Together!  January Bain, Racing Peril

Former SEAL commander and now head of Black Eagle Ops Zane Quinlin, known as ZQ, has been a bit of a matchmaker for his men. Yet he dates only occasionally. Why is he distant with other women? When Desiree was looking for writers for this installment of Omega Team stories, I wondered if this might not be a cool way to tell about a woman he once loved and lost touch with during a mission to Afghanistan. When I emailed Desiree to see how she'd feel about my bringing my team in with Grey and Athena to help rescue Athena's best friend. Desiree was all for it, bless her generous heart. There are two reasons why ZQ is HELLBENT ON SAVING HER. —Vonnie Davis, Hellbent on Saving Her

I loved the idea of a safe house because it forces proximity and extreme danger. I added the child to the mix as kind of a take on the movie, The Client.  Casey Hagen, Safe House

When I sat down to plot Collateral Damage, I became inspired by the idea of a hero that gave up everything for his country. And I mean, literally everything. I don't want to give too much of the plot away, but my main character, RJ, is thought to be a deserter who abandoned his team and his country. This story will show that he is anything, but.  Nicole Morgan, Collateral Damage

I knew a Marine with the last name Holiday and I like when I can have a double entendres, so I did a Christmas story with a character named Holiday for this December release.  Cara North, Holiday’s Hostage

Reading Desiree's Omega Team book 1, Raw Edge of Danger, was a big inspiration in creating my main character, Joe Knight. I wanted Joe to be forced to partner with Ariana Day--the last woman on the planet he ever wanted to see again. But from there my mind spun out of control and I have no idea where the heck the story I ended up with came from!  Stephanie Queen, Knight & Day

The Last Flight is the third book in the SARICH BROTHERS series and is Ramey’s story. The idea came from listening to a friend tell stories of being a test pilot and I thought that would be fun to write about, especially if someone was trying to sabotage the flights or kill Ramey. Tequila, our heroine, is from the Omega Team and is a former test pilot herself. These two are cut from the same cloth: dare devils, a tad arrogant, and try very hard not to fall in love.  Jen Talty, The Last Flight

Omega Team Kindle World stories are available on Amazon and through Kindle Unlimited.

Giveaway:
For a chance to win ebook copies of Desiree’s Omega Team series, comment with your favorite military or action-adventure romance trope.

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Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST December 15th. 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, December 13, 2017

Even Romantic Suspense Heroes and Heroines Deserve a HEA

With: Jackie Delecki

Congratulations to "Christine B.", the winner in Jacki's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

It’s impossible to calculate how many hours I spent with my characters when I’m writing a book, but I’m sure it’s in the hundreds. When you write a series, that means you spend even more time with those characters until they become almost like real people.

Readers get emotionally attached to characters as well. How often have you wished that an author would write another book so you could revisit your favorite heroes and heroines and find out what is happening in their lives now?

That’s why I wrote A Marine’s Christmas Wedding. I introduced readers to Maddy Jeffers and Hunter Hines in Marriage Under Fire (Grayce Walters Contemporary Romantic Suspense, Book 4). In that story, Marines Maddy and Hunter are given an undercover assignment to infiltrate a Seattle terrorist cell that requires them to pose as a married couple. Although their roles were make-believe, the love and passion that developed between them was very real. Marriage Under Fire ends with a proposal…but no wedding. And everyone knows the only thing better than a wedding is the honeymoon.

Of course there have to be a few complications on the way to the altar. In A Marine’s Christmas Wedding, those complications come in the form of well-meaning but over-attentive friends and uncertainty about Maddy and Hunter’s next assignment, which could separate the newlyweds.

I loved writing Maddy and Hunter’s story and admit to sniffling a few times when I wrote the wedding scene. It was heartwarming to see these two deserving people get their Happy Ever After…even if they are fictional characters.

Giveaway:
I’d love to share this holiday romance with a few readers. For a chance to win a digital copy, just comment with a character, couple or series that you’d love to revisit.

I hope your holidays are filled with books, romance, friendship and love!



Keep reading for a short excerpt from A Marine’s Christmas Wedding.

Their pretend marriage—cover for a top-secret military assignment—turned into something real.

Dr. Walters beamed at Maddy. “Tell us about your and Hunter’s wedding plans.”

“Nothing fancy. We’re going to the courthouse on Christmas Eve with Angie and her mother. Then we’ll have dinner somewhere.”

“What?” James’s voice raised an octave. “You don’t plan to invite us?”

“James," Dr. Walters said in a warning tone. “Maddy, you don’t have to invite anyone you don’t want to.”

James continued to stare at Maddy. “Of course, you’re going to invite all of us. We’ve adopted you as family, and we’re not letting you pretend otherwise.”

Family. She shifted on the couch, not knowing where to look or what to say. Her only family was her fellow Marines.

Hollie smirked and elbowed Maddy. “I told you so.”

“I didn’t think you’d want to…” Maddy struggled to find words but was given a reprieve by the chiming of the doorbell.

The caterer opened the door for Aunt Aideen. Maddy was grateful for the interruption and hoped it would be the end of the wedding discussion.

Aunt Aideen’s brusque voice echoed in the high-ceilinged space. “What have I missed?”

“We just started discussing Maddy and Hunter’s wedding plans,” James said.

Maddy found herself sliding down on the couch. Like a darn Marine sergeant with new recruits, James wouldn’t give up until he’d shaped up everyone.

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About Jacki Delecki

Jacki Delecki is a bestselling romantic suspense writer. Delecki’s Grayce Walters Series, which chronicles the adventures of a Seattle animal acupuncturist, was an editor’s selection by USA Today. Delecki’s Romantic Regency The Code Breaker Series hit number one on Amazon. For more information, visit http://www.JackiDelecki.com.

To learn more about Jacki and her books and to be the first to hear about giveaways join her newsletter found on her website. Follow her on FB at Jacki Delecki; Twitter @jackidelecki.

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST December 14th. 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. 

Monday, December 11, 2017

My Love Affair With Serial Killers


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When I was in elementary school, I didn't play with dolls—the only doll I was concerned with was Chucky.  The red-haired one with the butcher knife.  

In (probably) a spectacular display of parental incompetence, my mother took me to see Child's Play 3 at the drive-in theater.  It was in September 1991, and I was going to start second grade the very next day.  A last-hurrah of summer, one last night of fun before I had to buckle-down and endure the rigors of multiplications tables and  spelling tests.  

That started my love of horror movies, which evolved as I got older (and got tired of horror movies) into my current love of Forensic Files and Criminal Minds.  

Serial killers.  I can talk BTK and Green River Killer all day long.  Another formative moment in my youth was when my mom and grandma took me along when they drove by the Long Beach house of Randy Kraft (AKA the Freeway Killer) like some tourists doing a bus tour of celebrities’ homes.    

It stands to reason that I love to write about serial killers.  My favorite chapters to write are the ones from the killer’s point of view.  

You allegedly get a squirt of dopamine when you hear about their heinous crimes, a primitive survival mechanism to enable you to seek out safety.   

From a psychological perspective, Serial Killers are fascinating because they are the most extreme embodiment of the id.  They torture and kill solely for their own pleasure.  They don’t kill for ‘logical’ reasons.  They kill because it makes them feel good.      

To me, they’re one ingredient in the perfect recipe for a novel.  

A seemingly unstoppable, intelligent and brutal killer.  The woman he’s obsessed with.  And the man who would stop at nothing to protect her.  

What better time to fall in love?  

Why do you think we're so obsessed with serial killers? Leave a comment below!


DISCARDED

He would do anything to keep her safe. Except tell her the truth...

Detective Deborah Turner is pissed. Her friend and corrections officer is found dead in a landfill—and the prison staff are hiding something.

Prison Officer Jamie Brock—a man she knew for one wild, passionate night—is her only ally. As Turner digs deeper and threatens to unearth the prison's darkest secrets, she finds Jamie Brock at the center of it all.
Her heart wants to trust him, but her brain screams for her to run the other way. And behind the barbed wire and towering concrete walls, she's about to find out that some secrets are worth killing for…

BOOK EXCERPT
Detective Deborah Turner declined a ride in the golf cart. Declined to answer Brock’s questions. Declined to even look at him. She didn’t know what to do—and she didn’t like that one bit. She was used to getting things done. Any problem, she could attack head-on, figure out a way to make things happen. That was what she was trying to do in this murder investigation. When the warden had shrugged her shoulders, said sorry we can’t help, Turner had not accepted that. That was what made her a good cop. She never took no for an answer.
She always knew what to do… except with Brock. That man was a different story altogether. She had no idea what to do about him.
He’d spoken one word—detective—in that silky smooth, deep voice and she’d felt like the floor had dropped out from under her. The bass in his voice was like a tremor that wiggled down her chest and bloomed between her legs in a paralyzing agony of heat and desire. One word from him had been able to cut through her anger and frustration and melt her to the core. It had been months since she’d been with him, but she remembered perfectly what it had felt like in her dark bedroom, his lips gently grazing her ear as he spoke filthy things to her.
“Deborah,” he said. He was trailing behind her, waiting for her to stop so they could talk. That was too bad. She did not want to talk to him. Not about the case—and certainly not about their night together.
In his olive drab uniform and boots, he seemed to tower over her—which was rare, as she was a very tall woman. He looked like he was ready to kick ass and take names, hard and lean and full of masculine energy—just the sort of guy she craved. Ugh, she thought, why did it have to be him?
“I’m leaving now,” she said. “But I’m going to come back with the damned National Guard if I have to.”  


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Friday, December 8, 2017

10 Interesting Facts About Martinis



When it comes to food and hospitality, Chef David Korba is the consummate pro. In addition to developing signature entrées and desserts, David also offers trademark martinis with such tantalizing names as Babyface, Bellini, and Long Kiss Goodbye.

Definitely an auspicious start to Xenia, an innovative Greek restaurant near Sudbury, Ontario. But the VIP dinner quickly spirals out of control and the guests leave with empty stomachs. Well, almost empty stomachs...those trademark martinis provided a pleasant interlude before all the drama started in Too Many Women in the Room.

Here are ten interesting facts I uncovered during my research of this classic cocktail:

1. The martini was created sometime between the years 1862 and 1876. According to one account, the martini is a descendant of the Martinez, a sweeter version made with gin, sweet vermouth, and cherry juice, invented by famous bartender Jerry Thomas of the Occidental Hotel.

2. An early recipe for a martini appeared in The World’s Drinks and How to Mix Them (1907) written by William Boothby: “Into a mixing glass, place some cracked ice, two dashes of Orange bitters, half a jigger of dry French vermouth, and half a jigger of dry English gin. Stir well until thoroughly chilled, strain into a stem cocktail glass, squeeze a bit of lemon peel over the top and serve with an olive.”

3. The martini first gained popularity during the Prohibition era. Drinkable “bathtub gin” was easy to produce and made martinis more readily available. The wide mouth of the martini glass made it easy to dump the contents during a raid.

4. The stem on a martini glass was designed to keep the warmth of your hands from affecting the temperature of the drink.

5. The concept of “bruising the gin” has been debated by many martini aficionados. Is a shaken martini better than a stirred martini? Many believe that shaking breaks up the ice and adds more water, weakening the drink, while others claim the shaken martini has a more rounded taste.

6. W. Somerset Maugham declared that “martinis should always be stirred, not shaken, so that the molecules lie sensuously one on top of the other.”

7. James Bond orders his martinis “shaken, not stirred.” In Casino Royale, Ian Fleming provides the following recipe: “Three measures of gin, one measure of Vodka (Russian or Polish), and half a measure of Kina Lillet aperitif, shaken until ice-cold and with a large, thin slice of lemon peel for garnish.”

8. The martini dipped in popularity during the 1970s but has shown resurgence in the past fifteen years. The television series Mad Men, based in the 1950s, has contributed to the martini’s resurrection.

9. At the Algonquin Hotel in New York City, you can order a $10,000 martini. Instead of an olive, the garnish is a diamond.

10. Here are some famous martini quotes:

“Martinis are the only American invention as perfect as a sonnet.”
H. L. Mencken
“A man must defend his home, his wife, his children, and his martini.”
Jackie Gleason
“I never go jogging, it makes me spill my martini.”
George Burns
“Happiness is…finding two olives in your martini when you’re hungry.”
Johnny Carson
 “If it wasn’t for the olives in his martinis he’d starve to death.”
Milton Berle

TOO MANY WOMEN IN THE ROOM

When Gilda Greco invites her closest friends to a VIP dinner, she plans to share David Korba’s signature dishes and launch their joint venture— Xenia, an innovative Greek restaurant near Sudbury, Ontario. Unknown to Gilda, David has also invited Michael Taylor, a lecherous photographer who has throughout the past three decades managed to annoy all the women in the room. One woman follows Michael to a deserted field for his midnight run and stabs him in the jugular.

Gilda’s life is awash with complications as she wrestles with a certain detective’s commitment issues and growing doubts about her risky investment in Xenia. Frustrated, Gilda launches her own investigation and uncovers decades-old secrets and resentments that have festered until they explode into untimely death. Can Gilda outwit a killer bent on killing again?

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Bio
In 2008, Joanne Guidoccio retired from a 31-year teaching career and launched a second act that tapped into her creative side. Slowly, a writing practice emerged. Her articles and book reviews were published in newspapers, magazines, and online. When she tried her hand at fiction, she made reinvention a recurring theme in her novels and short stories. A member of Crime Writers of Canada, Sisters in Crime, and Romance Writers of America, Joanne writes cozy mysteries, paranormal romance, and inspirational literature from her home base of Guelph, Ontario.

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