Thursday, June 4, 2020

Conspiracy In The Capitol

Giveaway of a $10 gift card!

I'm super excited to introduce readers to Rae and Flint again. In Love in the Capitol, we meet Rae and Flint as early to mid 20 some things and in Conspiracy in the Capitol, they are older and wiser. As Rae and Flint attempt to restart their relationship, someone is lurking in the shadows, determined not to make it easy for them. This diverse second chance romance was a thrill to write and I hope readers enjoy an extra dose of romantic suspense that I added to this book.


Time is supposed to heal all wounds, but can it mend a broken heart?

Rae’s been unlucky in love ever since having her heart broken years ago. When her ex reappears and declares his hope for a second chance, she’s not sure what to do. Time can heal past wounds, but sometimes heartbreak is irreparable…

Flint knows that this is his last opportunity to win her heart again and he’s playing for keeps. But with his reemergence in her life comes danger. Mysterious messages that plagued their relationship years ago have returned, threatening their reconciliation. Rae already has doubts about rekindling their relationship but now the stakes have increased and her life might be in danger.

Can their love truly conquer all?

This second chance romance is book one In The Capitol series.

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B. Ivy is giving away a $10 Amazon gift card and an eBook copy of Love In The Capitol to one lucky reader leaving a comment or email entry!

Author Info
B. Ivy Woods has been writing for as long as she can remember. After getting her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Environmental Policy and a Masters in Energy Policy and Law and working in the environmental field for several years, she decided to become a stay-at-home mom. That is when thoughts of a writing career really took off. Although she competed in NaNoWriMo multiple times, 2019 was the first year that she won. This win inspired her to make writing a career. Her debut novel will be self-published in 2020.

Although she is originally from New York City, she currently lives in the DMV (Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia) with her husband, daughter, dog, and cat.

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Monday, June 1, 2020

Ten Year Anniversary

Good morning, Just Romantic Suspense readers! It’s been a long time. Just how long? Ten years! Ten years since I’ve posted a blog on your esteemed venue. But today, it’s important I do because I’m celebrating my second romantic suspense novel’s anniversary. That’s right. It’s been ten years since DEADLY RECALL was published.
Have you ever had an idea that you thought had potential, but everyone discouraged you from trying? That’s basically what happened with this novel.
Deadly Recall had a rough start. I wanted to write a story that was as close to my roots as possible. I grew up in a small town in  New Mexico, and attended parochial (Catholic) school. There’s an old saying among us writers. “Never piss off a writer; you’ll end up in a book.”
And that’s kind of what I had in mind. To take fictitious revenge on my music teacher who refused to let me play the piano by ear. She insisted that I learn to read sheet music, and I did, but alas I lost much of my ability to play my way.
I’m also a mystery writer, and as I started the book, I made the fatal mistake of telling my mother what I had in mind. “Oh, no, you cannot do that,” she said. “You cannot, must not, ever disparage a nun.”
“Mom, I replied, “it’s fiction, and I’m not going to disparage anyone. Besides, I’ll wager anything that this nun is… how do I say this politely…. long gone.”
Still, my mother had gotten inside my head. And I adore my mother. There’s another thing we Catholics suffer from—it’s called Catholic guilt, and it is very, very real. But my muse is also very, very real, so I persisted. And as the story came to life, I thought to myself, you know, this isn’t half-bad. So, I entered a writing contest.
Imagine my relief when the scores came back PERFECT! No mark downs anywhere—the first-round judges, three of them, said, “This book is ready to go.” I thought I was on my way until the final round judge (an editor from Pocket) sent it back—dead last as an honorable mention.
Hmmm. What was up with that?  So, I sent it to my agent, and she came back with an equally discouraging comment, “Not your best work.”
Not my best work? I was crushed, Because, JRS readers, I thought it WAS my best work. After that, my agent and I parted ways, and I pitched it to another editor who said, “Nice idea. Now put it under your bed, and never get it out again.”
What was going on here? How could so many love the story and writing, but the gatekeepers hate it?
Then I found out a hard truth. No one in the Romance industry wanted to touch a traditional Catholic mystery. I thought about Andrew Greeley, but it was different. His work was mainstream. And again, I was told to abandon the story.
Finally, it finaled in a major contest, and I submitted elsewhere, and Bell Bridge Books bought both my first book, The Past Came Hunting and Deadly Recall, and on Amazon’s deal of the day Deadly Recall hit #1 in several genres (I still have the screenshot)

Today Deadly Recall has 263 mostly positive reviews on Amazon, which I’m grateful for.  Am I bitter it had such a rough start? Absolutely not. Writing that book was the best therapy a writer could have. Every single character in the book, sans the killer) finds forgiveness. And as I wrote, I even forgave my music teacher. Perhaps I understood her better. After all, I write Romance, and I love a happy ending.
So, tell me, have you ever had an idea that people told you to give up on? I’d love to hear your stories.
I’d also appreciate it if you’d check out Deadly Recall, which is on special for .99 cents June 1 through June 15 on all digital outlets. Meanwhile, let’s do a digital drawing for any of my other books And be sure to sign up for my newsletter so I can tell you about my other releases.
Wishing you safe and well.

Deadly Recall

Nine-year-old Eden Moran thought she was saying goodbye to her mentor that fateful day in St. Patrick’s. She had no idea she’d witness the nun’s demise, or that her child’s mind would compensate. Now seventeen years later, Albuquerque cops have unearthed human remains, and the evidence points to Eden as being the key to solving Sister Beatrice’s murder. When a hellbent cop applies pressure, Eden stands firm. She doesn’t remember the woman. Unfortunately for Eden, a killer will do whatever it takes to keep it that way.

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Bio: Multi-award-winning Donnell Ann Bell knows statistically that crime and accidents happen within a two-mile radius of the average residence. With that in mind, she leaves the international capers to others, and concentrates on stories that might happen in her neck of the woods.
Writing around the theme SUSPENSE TO CLOSE TO HOME, Donnell's single-title novels The Past Came Hunting, Deadly Recall, Betrayed and Buried Agendas have all been Amazon e-book bestsellers. Before turning to fiction, she was an editor for the Colorado Springs Business Journal and Pikes Peak Parent Newsmagazine. She is a proud member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and Pikes Peak Writers. Black Pearl, A Cold Case Suspense, is book one of a series.
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Saturday, May 30, 2020

Benedict's Challenge

Hi, Everyone,

Wow, can you believe it’s almost the beginning of June! I’ve kept myself busy during these strange times being with my family—my favorite thing!—doing my writing—of course!—baking, cross-stitch, and building new Lego sets. I think the latter is because I had two older brothers who wouldn’t let me near their Lego when we were growing up. Now no one is allowed to touch my Lego! The baking cakes is new for me too. My mother was such an amazing cook, so good she used to win competitions for her cake baking, that I have always avoided it. Now I’m baking cakes all the time and my family is loving it!     

Today is publication day of Benedict’s Challenge (Regency Club Venus 3), the 3rd book in the Romantic Suspense and all Amazon #1 series, Regency Club Venus series. Lord Benedict Winter knows Society thinks him cold and arrogant. It was a reputation that didn’t bother him in the slightest until he meets the beautiful Chloe, a young lady living in another gentleman’s household.    

The fourth and last book in this #1 Regency series is Julius’s Passion (Regency Club Venus 4), and it is now available for pre-order on all ebook sites.

MATTEO (Dance with the Devil 1) is also available for pre-order and is the 1st book in a NEW bad boy Contemporary Romantic Suspense series. It will be published on June 26th. You will have briefly met Matteo in BRYCE (Steele Protectors 3), as the brother of the heroine, Bella. Matteo has now taken back control of his London mafia organisation, but to confirm his place with the other mafia families around her world, Matteo agrees to marry the daughter of the New York don, Leonardo Brunelli. It’s really not the time for him to meet Grace Morrissy and want her so badly his desire to be with her is putting her in danger too. Because no one crosses Leon Brunelli and lives, not even Matteo Zalotti.

The second book in this very bad boy series will be LEON (Dance with the Devil 2).     

Stay safe and healthy!

Carole xx

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Thursday, May 28, 2020

News reporter by day – romantic suspense writer by night.

With: Linda Bond

Giveaway Alert!

What happens when your two careers unexpectedly meet?


A medical thriller released during a real life medical thriller – the pandemic of 2020.

My name is Linda Hurtado, and I am a news anchor at a TV station in Tampa, Florida. I am also a published author of romantic thrillers under the pen name Linda Bond. I spent 10 years as a medical reporter interviewing medical experts on the latest medical trends and treatments. I loved this beat. It helped people, and no one slammed the door when they saw me coming.

Never did I guess my publisher would be releasing Flatline during the first worldwide pandemic my generation has ever seen. #Timing.

I wondered if people would be wary of reading a fictional medical thriller when they were trying to survive a real one. But early reviews assured me that a guaranteed happy ending might be just what people needed. 

Here’s an excerpt of Flatline.

He still hadn’t looked at her.
Rachel’s heart beat like an intern facing her first confrontational news interview.
How many ER physicians worked at Tampa Bay Hospital?
Dozens, at least.
And her ex-boyfriend had to be working today?  
Rachel placed a hand on her chest. Could Joshua hear it pounding? Because she could hear her pulse drumming in her ears. She felt like throwing up, herself.  “What’s wrong with her?”
“I’m not sure yet.” Joshua said, his voice booming. 
So, he did know she was in the room.
Joshua pressed his fingers into Jackie’s wrist. “Nurse Dawson her skin is a bit jaundice, pulse is weak.” He moved Jackie’s sleeve up. “Profound swelling and marked bruising extending over her left upper arm.” He continued in a professional, robotic tone. “I need a complete blood count and a metabolic profile.”
He still hadn’t looked at Rachel.  
“Tox screen. Ativan for the seizure.”
“She’s going to be alright, right, Joshua?” She couldn’t keep the doubt out of her voice. She hadn’t meant for it to be there. She knew what her doubt would do to him.
Joshua didn’t look up, but his body stilled for an instant. It was so quick his nurse probably didn’t notice. But, she did. 
Jackie stopped shaking, but she continued to twitch.
Rachel’s knees went weak. This felt like déjà vu. For many reasons.
It had been five years since her brother had died in this very ER with Joshua in the room.
Five years since she’d become a mother to her grieving niece.
Five years since she’d investigated Joshua’s ER physician’s group for medical malpractice.
Five years since Todd, the doctor in charge that night, had resigned.
Five years since Joshua had broken up with her over her series of stories.
Five years since she’d been promoted into the investigative unit, becoming ‘Rachel Makes It Right.’
Five years since she signed a new contract, which was up in a few months.
Five years since she’d had a decent night’s sleep.
The beeps of a machine sped up to an alarming rate.
A baby’s cry from another room escalated into a wail.
“Skin is warm to the touch.” Joshua pulled his fingers from Jackie’s wrist.
He finally looked at Rachel.
The heat of his gaze lit her cheeks on fire. She stumbled backwards.
Today felt so different from the day they’d met here in the hospital almost seven years earlier. She’d been with Jackie on that day, too. Jackie had come down with a case of annoying bronchitis. Joshua had been intense. Intensely flirting with her. Jackie had noticed and had slipped Joshua Rachel’s number.
The man in front of her now had hardened into a different kind of man, and she was partially responsible for his change.
 “You’re not supposed to be back here,” he said.
The frantic activity stopped. For one brief moment, the room calmed, as if the energy had been vacuumed out of it.
Then his words broke the suction. “You’re not family.  I know you’re not. You need to leave.”
Rachel took a step forward, her breath sputtering. At one time, the three of them had been like family. “I can’t leave Jackie. You know I—”
His hand shot out, silencing her. “That was not a request. This is my hospital. My trauma room. My order. Get. Out.”
Feet wide, she braced herself for a fight. She wasn’t leaving until she knew Jackie wasn’t going to die.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Until The End


I do a lot of intensive research for each romantic thriller that I write, from weaponry, combat moves, to locations. Most of which I generally do online. However, for UNTIL THE END, the third book in my Final Hour series, I chose a location for the second and third chapters of the book that was only a forty-minute drive away.
Since I’m a mom of a six and seven-year-old, I try to spend as much time with my family as possible, but writing is solitary process, where I’m locked away in a room. I decided to scout the location first-hand and make it a family outing. My husband and I got the kids in the car and drove down to Washington, DC.
Walking around the Upper and Lower Senate Park turned out to be the best idea. One of my concerns for the scene I had envisioned was how does Castle and his team have a shoot-out in this park when it’s right across the street from the Capitol building and not draw a ton of police attention. I didn’t want to change the location because Kit, my smart heroine, deliberately picked that site for that very reason. She wanted someplace she’d feel safe with easy access to police.
Believe it or not, even when you use a suppressor on a gun, it still makes a distinctive sound. I needed a natural fix for my problem. Fortunately, I stumbled across the solution because I actually went to the park. There’s a huge bell tower right next to it. The bells are very loud and peal frequently. Loud enough in fact to mask the sound of suppressed gunfire. Since neither team, Castle’s nor the enemy’s, wants to draw attention, it was in both their interests to work with the environment.
Being in DC also gave me the opportunity to figure out Castle’s favorite cookie. He’s a big cookie-lover, as are my kids, imagine that. So we sampled the very best the city had to offer. By unanimous vote, Olivia Macarons won by a landslide! These are hands down the best macarons you will ever try and possibly the best cookies ever. The macarons definitely made it into the book.
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"In this pulse-pounding, military-heavy romance, Rushdan's well-crafted characters jump off the page and will captivate lovers of romantic thrillers." - Library Journal

He's strong. Fierce. Relentless. And her only chance to survive. 

Castle Kinkade's allegiance is tested when he protects hacker Kit Westcott. Trapped in the closest of quarters, the ice surrounding his heart melts and he finds he'll do anything to protect Kit. Castle is the last person Kit should trust, let alone be attracted to, but under threat of imminent attack, they're forced to put their hearts and lives on the line to stop the greatest danger the world has ever known.

“Action, heat, and a strong cast. Readers will enjoy the ride!” -Publishers Weekly

Juno is the award-winning author of the action-packed romantic thriller series the Final Hour from Sourcebooks Casablanca and the new Hard Core Justice series from Harlequin Intrigue. She writes about kick-ass heroes and strong heroines fighting for their lives as well as their happily-ever-after. As a veteran Air Force intelligence officer, she uses her background supporting special forces to craft realistic stories that make you sweat and swoon. Juno currently lives in the DC area with her patient husband, two rambunctious kids, and a spoiled rescue dog. Be the first to know about new releases, exclusive excerpts, and contests by signing up for Juno’s free newsletter at Also be sure to follow Juno on Facebook,, and BookBub for the latest on sales at

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