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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Echoes of the Past: Pushing Boundaries


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Thanks so much for having me on again. I love sharing my romantic suspense novels with your followers. This month, I have something new and different to share. My latest romantic suspense novel pushes the boundaries a little bit. How? Well, it incorporates a touch of the paranormal—no werewolves or vampires, but my main characters have met before, two hundred years before!

I wrote Echoes of the Past as my NaNo novel in November, 2013. I was driven to write the story. From the minute I got home, I knew I had to use The Lake of the Mountain in a novel—I just didn’t know how. Sound strange? Let me explain. Last September, my husband and I visited Prince Edward County, the only island county in the province of Ontario, for something to do on our 42nd wedding anniversary. We’d spent the previous night in Gananoque, a small town in the Thousand Islands, and we weren’t ready to go back home. Picton, and Prince Edward County are only 3 hours from home, so we could spend the day, and go back later.
The Lake of the Mountain Resort has a beautiful outdoor restaurant, and we stopped for lunch. The resort abuts the Lake of the Mountain Provincial Park. We walked across the road to the lookout and saw the Ontario coastline and Lake Ontario 200 feet below us. We crossed back to the lakeside and walked along the boardwalk. I read the signs explaining about the Lake of the Mountain itself and its geographical oddities and I also scanned the short entry on the sighting of sea monsters and the Mohawk legend which fascinated me. The mystery surrounding the lake itself—specifically, the fact that it’s said to be bottomless at its center—called to me. For a mystery writer, my first thought was what a great place to hide a body! 

I’m a pantser. That means, I don’t have a nice neat plot outline to work with when I start a novel. I have an idea, and the story flows from that. Here’s what I worked with:

Mysterious lake—where does the water come from—I know where it goes
Indian legends—is the lake haunted? Could it be?
People die around lakes—drownings, who? why?
Alexis, in Fire Angel, could understand how fire works and sense the person who set the fire—can this heroine understand drowning victims?
Illegal drugs are a big problem all over—could we have drugs involved?
Bottomless lake—what could be hidden there? 

So, with those points in mind, I created Echoes of the Past. Essentially, Echoes is a romance of lost souls reunited in the here and now. Michelle and Tony are drawn to the lake for different reasons, but will they find one another in time to save themselves and the lake? 

It’s also a suspense novel because we have two dead bodies found along the beach, and no one knows how they got there or why they drowned—if they did. Michelle must find out who’d want them dead and why. People seem to be in a hurry to sweep the drownings under the rug, and that’s suspicious.  Michelle is attracted to not one but two men, and she needs to figure out which one will help her solve the mystery, and which one would like to see her dead.

Finally, it has paranormal elements in that the heroine can talk to the ghosts of drowning victims. She visits a witch/seer who helps her on her quest to understand herself and the strange dreams that have plagued her all her life. Can she appease the spirits of her ancestors, stop the killers, and find love and happiness? You'll have ’o read the story to find out. 

Giveaway:
Susanne will be giving away 2 digital copies of ECHOES OF THE PAST

Echoes of the Past

Born Mohawk, raised white, forensic pathologist, Michelle Thomas is trapped between two worlds—this one and the spirit world where the ghosts of those who’ve drowned speak to her. Haunted by crippling nightmares of her own drowning death and erotic dreams of a phantom lover, she strives to make sense of her life. When two suspicious deaths occur at the Lake of the Mountain Resort, she’s sent to investigate. She’ll face the greatest challenge of her career when her past and her present collide. One of these men is her future, but which one—the rich and powerful Mayor Ron Davies, or Tony Steele, the hydrology professor who may be responsible for his students’ deaths? Charged by the spirits of her Mohawk ancestors to atone for her previous sins by protecting Lake of the Gods, can Michelle solve the murders, save the sacred waters, and fulfil her destiny? 

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Excerpt:
“Colin wants me to come in today. It would be nice to have some idea what he’s got on his mind. I’ll just take a quick peek. You know how I hate surprises. It’ll only take a sec. Maybe it isn’t an assignment. Maybe he just wants a second opinion on something. Go ahead and eat. I’m not going to rush away on you, I promise.”

“I’ll cross my fingers. Your last case took a lot out of you. You look like crap, by the way. You’re having those nightmares again aren’t you—the ones where you fall into the water and drown or something? Don’t say you aren’t, I can tell. You need a break, and I want you to meet Simon. You’ll love him. He’s cute and…” Tasha laughed. “I like him, what can I say? I think he’s the one, Mitch, I really do.”

She took another bite of her sandwich, and then motioned toward Michelle with it. “Go ahead. If there’s anything interesting, can you share?”

Michelle chuckled. “Probably not, but we’ll see.”

She opened the first attachment and frowned.

“Whoever took this isn’t much of a forensic photographer.”

“You’re such a perfectionist. You can be so picky at times. God, the last thing I’d want to do is have you sit in on a necropsy. You’d be criticizing my every move.”

“Not picky, thorough. There’s a difference. It’s like with my quilting. I like to be precise. Anytime you want my advice, just ask, but unless the pooch has drowned…” She huffed out a breath. “This picture asks more questions than it answers. I hope the others are clearer. Since their heads are in the water, they probably did drown, but why?”

“Me see?”

“Why not? You can’t tell who it is.” Michelle held the phone up.


“You know your thoroughness makes you one of the top forensic investigators in the province. If Colin’s giving this to you, it’s because he thinks there’s something to it. If anyone can figure out how those guys got dead, it’s you.”

About the author:
Susanne Matthews was born and raised in Cornwall, Ontario, Canada.  She’s always been an avid reader of all types of books, but always with a penchant for happily ever after romances. In her imagination, she travelled to foreign lands, past and present, and soared into the future. Today, gets to spend her time writing, so she can share her adventures with her readers. She loves the ins and outs of romance, and the complex journey it takes to get from the first word to the last period of a novel. As she writes, her characters take on a life of their own, and she shares their fears and agonies on the road to self-discovery and love. 

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST July 31st. 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, July 28, 2014

May I be Excused? My Brain is Full.


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I pack a suitcase like I pack boxes for moving. Badly! I wish I were a more organized person. In my mind, in my personal habits, in my housekeeping. But i'm not. And for the most part, I've learned to accept myself for what I am.

You know you're in trouble packing a suitcase when it's too full at the beginning of the trip.

If it won't go in there now, what's going to happen when it's time to put everything back into that space?

Perhaps a list would help, but I'm also a terrible list-maker. I think my problem with making lists is that once upon a time, I had no trouble remembering everything. In fact, when I did make a list, 90% of the time I'd forget to take it with me. But at the store I'd remember what I'd written down, which actually seems just as efficient, if not more, than carrying and referring to the list, I told myself.

These days though, when I forget the list -- which I do 99% of the time, I seem to be able to remember about 40% of what I wrote down. I attribute this to what I call Hard Drive Full. I view my brain like a hard drive and I do believe it's full. 

So suitcases, hard drives, brains... none of them work if they're too full. I think in these days of information overload, too many TV stations, phones that will play games with us and keep up with our calendars and where our friends are and where we are and who we like and who we follow, and how close that great restaurant is from where we are right now, that we need to try and be more picky about what we put into them.

Okay, I've ranted. Now I need to get back to packing my suitcase. My husband and I are going to France for a month. I know!   I can't wait. We've been before to the area in the south of France where we'll be staying. So we know what we're in for. The little village and the surrounding area are s rustic and beautiful and just seem like paradise to us, whose brains are overloaded by living in America.  

I'm trying to finish a book and turn it in before we leave, but that brain of mine, which is already full, is having a little trouble finding room for new pages. It's coming along though and I should be done around the end of July. Yes I know how close we are to the last couple of days. But my book is  nearly done. 

Meanwhile I have two books on the shelves. Well, practically on the shelves. They're Harlequin Intrigues. SANCTUARY IN CHEF VOLEUR was released in July and BLOOD TIES IN CHEF VOLEUR in August. So both of them are in some of the stores and of course on harlequin.com and amazon.com

These are the last two books in my Delancey Dynasty mini-series for Intrigue. They are numbers 10 and 11, and they answer the question that has been asked throughout the series, Who Killed Con Delancey?

I always love blogging on Just Romantic Suspense, and I wonder about all you readers and writers out there. Do you have a Hard Drive Full problem, or is it just me? And do you have a Suitcase Full problem at the beginning of your trips? And now it looks like I'm going to have to fit the Smoke Monster in? 

Giveaway:
I wish I could say I'll bring everybody a present from France, but I can say I'll have a copy of SANCTUARY IN CHEF VOLEUR and BLOOD TIES IN CHEF VOLEUR for one commenter. A' bientot, which means 'until we meet again.'

BLOOD TIES IN CHEF VOLEUR

Award-winning author Mallory Kane's The Delancey Dynasty comes to a thrilling conclusion! 

As the newest member of the Delanceys, Jack Bush isn't who he claims. Eloping with their youngest granddaughter, Cara Lynn, is only the first part of his plan. With that he'd gain access to the entire family and expose them for what they are. Then he'd move on. Except Cara Lynn has charms of her own. Their initial attraction, and their torrid love affair, make it hard for Jack to maintain his distance. Hurting her soon becomes the last thing he wants to do. But once the truth about his ancestral blood ties are revealed, every family secret will come crashing down around them. And he fears no one will escape unscathed….

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Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST July 29th. 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, July 27, 2014

The Dating Game With Mitch and Caroline Day Two


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Good morning and welcome to day two of The Dating Game With Mitch and Caroline. As Misty Evans mentioned yesterday, we’re celebrating the release of Cheating Justice, the second book in our Justice Team Series. Since we had such a great time with these characters, we thought it would be fun to ask them a few questions ala Dating Game style. Today, Caroline will respond to questions.

To see what Mitch had to say, see yesterday’s post.

So, let’s get started with Caroline, our FBI sniper heroine. 

Adrienne: Hi, Caroline. Thanks for playing along with Misty and I with this Dating Game thing. 

Caroline Foster: Sure. It’ll be fun. And I’m sure Mitch didn’t waste any time telling everyone I forced him to do this. I did not force him. Not really. I may have been cleaning my gun at the time though.

Adrienne: Yesterday, we asked Mitch if he was an animal, which one would he be.  He said he’d be a wolf because they are swift and lethal and a bit of a pack animal. Then he said you’d be a wild horse because you’re smart and fast and have long hair that drives him nuts. He also said you’re um…stubborn. Specifically he said you’re stubborn as hell.

Caroline (Laughing): A wolf! Of course, he’s wrong about that. Whether he wants to listen to me or not, Mitch is a Jaguar. Powerful and beautiful and can kill his prey in one leap. 

As for me, I can’t argue that I’m stubborn. He should thank his stars that I am stubborn because it’s saved his butt on more than one occasion. And, thank you, Mitch, for saying I’m beautiful. He gets points for that. 

Adrienne:  What would you describe as a "perfect date"? Mitch said his idea of a perfect date would be with you, a side of beer and a Knick’s game. He also said your perfect date would be shooting his likeness at the gun range.

Caroline: Finally, he gets one right! I’ve learned to keep my sidearm handy because of all the times I’ve had to threaten to shoot him. The man drives me insane. Truly. But he has these moments when he’s so passionate about what he’s doing and he’s not afraid to stand up for what he believes. In those moments, I can’t resist him. It’s almost ridiculous how much I adore him in those moments. 

Anyway, my idea of a perfect date would be to revisit the lake where we camped out at in Cheating Justice. It was so peaceful there and for a few minutes, just sitting there with Mitch, I’d forgotten about all the rotten things we were facing.

Adrienne: If you had to give yourself a nickname, what nickname would you choose? Mitch said he’d never give himself a nickname because it’s uncool and that Man Code states your peers must bestow a nickname on you after you’ve earned it. 

Caroline: He’s such an ass. What nickname did he give me? I can’t wait to hear this one.

Adrienne: He said he calls you Miss Type A. And that you’re totally neurotic when on a case. He did say that it…um…turns him on.

Caroline: Please. Everything turns him on. He can’t go thirty seconds without thinking about sex. I can’t say I hate that about him though. He’s not shy when it comes to showing me how he feels about me and that doesn’t get old. As for nicknames, I would nickname him Houdini because he can disappear better than any magician. His ability to stay off the grid is well documented. He broke my heart last year when he disappeared on me. I’ve just recently forgiven him for that. 

For my nickname I’d say Bullseye because I can hit one—in windy conditions— on a target that’s five-and-half inches in diameter and six hundred yards out. 

Adrienne: What song best describes your life, and why? Mitch said for him it would be TNT by AC/DC and for you it’s How Do I Stop Loving You by Barry Manilow. 

Caroline: He’s definitely TNT. Good one!

He’s not far off on my song. I’d say it’s more Hopelessly Devoted To You from Grease. Somehow, he always manages to win me over. And I’m happy about that.

Adrienne: What is your best pick-up line? 

Caroline: I guarantee Mitch had something twisted to say to this one. Guarantee.

Adrienne: You’d be right. He said, he’d only want to pick up you and all he’d have to say is “Want to see my gun, Special Agent?”

Caroline: Have I mentioned he’s an ass? A funny one, but he’s still an ass.

I’ve always accused him of being the King of Innuendo. Once again he’s wrong. His best pick-up line isn’t even a pick-up line but it destroys me every time. All he has to say is “Hey, Caroline” and I fold. There’s something in the soft tone he uses that feels like warm cider on a fall day. My best pick-up line? Hmm, I guess I could go with his because I don’t really use pick-up lines. Truth be told, I’m not that good with picking up men. Pretty much, I stink at it.  Not when it comes to Mitch though. With him, I’m pretty good.

Adrienne: I think he’d agree on that. Thank you for being here with me. 

Caroline: Sure. Tell Mitch I’m looking for him. And I have my gun. 

Readers, if you’d like to more about Mitch and Caroline, here’s the blurb of Cheating Justice. We hope you’ve enjoyed spending some time with them. 

For fans of Scandal and Justified!!!

The second novel in the exciting and bestselling Justice Team romantic suspense series!!

While investigating a government cover-up, former FBI agent Mitch Monroe is framed for murder. A wanted man, Mitch has no choice but to stay off the grid, and he needs Special Agent Caroline Foster—the FBI’s top sniper and a woman who wants nothing to do with him—to clear his name.

After sharing a single night of simmering passion with Mitch a year ago, Caroline hasn’t been able to get him out of her head. Or her heart. He's already jeopardized her job once…helping him now could end her career. But a friend has been murdered, and no matter how Caroline feels about Mitch, he's not the killer. She needs answers, and she needs Mitch Monroe out of her life once and for all. 

On the run and with no one to turn to, Mitch and Caroline can’t fight the reigniting passion between them. She’ll lose her career if she proves Mitch is innocent…he’ll lose his life if she doesn’t.

Buy Links:
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Author Bio:
USA Today bestselling author Adrienne Giordano writes romantic suspense and mystery. She is a Jersey girl at heart, but now lives in the Midwest with her workaholic husband, sports obsessed son and Buddy the Wheaten Terrorist (Terrier). She is a co-founder of Romance University blog and Lady Jane's Salon-Naperville, a reading series dedicated to romantic fiction. For more information on Adrienne's books, please visit www.AdrienneGiordano.com. Adrienne can also be found on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/AdrienneGiordanoAuthor, Twitter at http://twitter.com/AdriennGiordano and Goodreads at http://www.goodreads.com/AdrienneGiordano.  For information on Adrienne’s street team, Dangerous Darlings, go to http://www.facebook.com/groups/dangerousdarlings.

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

The Dating Game With Mitch and Caroline


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Adrienne Giordano and I are celebrating the release of Cheating Justice, the second book in our Justice Team Series. We had such a hoot writing the two main characters, Mitch and Caroline, and wanted a fun way to introduce them to you so you could really get to know them and their exciting personalities. Adrienne came up with an idea…why not ask them Dating Game questions and see how they respond?

If you’re Adrienne and I, that’s a little scary because with Mitch and Caroline, there’s no telling what they might say. But, being the brave women we are, we thought we’d give it a go. 

To kick things off, Mitch, the fugitive hero on the run in Cheating Justice will answer some questions today, and Caroline, our FBI sniper heroine will respond to his answers and take a few more questions tomorrow! 

Misty Evans: So, Mitch, thanks for joining me today on Just Romantic Suspense. Ready for your first question?
Mitch Monroe: One caveat: I’m only doing this because Caroline is forcing me too. She threatened my life if I said no.
ME: I like Caroline. She’s the only person who can keep you in line.
MM: She’s got me wrapped around her—ahem—trigger finger.

ME: First question: if you had to describe yourself as an animal, what kind of animal would you be? 
MM: That’s easy. I’m a wolf…swift, lethal, a bit of a pack animal.
ME: What kind of animal would you say Caroline is?
She’d be a wild horse because she’s smart and fast and has that long hair that drives me nuts. She’s also stubborn as hell.

ME: What would you describe as a "perfect date"? 
MM: Sex, sex, and more sex, with Caroline of course, with a side of beer and a Knick’s game.
ME: What would be Caroline’s perfect date?
MM: Caroline’s perfect date would be shooting my likeness at the gun range.

ME: Mitch, if you had to give yourself a nickname, what nickname would you choose?
MM: I would never give himself a nickname – uncool. Man Code states your peers must bestow a nickname on you after you’ve earned it.
ME: What nickname would Caroline pick? 
MM: I don’t know what she’d pick, but secretly, I call her Miss Type A. She’s totally neurotic when she gets on a case. Turns me on every time.

ME: What song best describes your life, and why? 
MM: TNT by AC/DC. Self-explanatory.
ME: What song best describes Caroline, and why?
MM: Caroline’s song is How Do I Stop Loving You by Barry Manilow. Again, self-explanatory. 

ME: Mitch, what is your best pick-up line? 
MM: Since I only want to pick up Caroline, all I’d have to say is, “What to see my gun, Special Agent?”
ME: Tacky, but I suppose that would work. What would Caroline’s best pickup line be?
MM: A threat… “I’m going to make you pay…all night long!”

ME: Thank you Mitch for answering my questions. I can’t wait to see Caroline’s interview tomorrow.

Readers, if you’d like to more about Mitch and Caroline, here’s the blurb of Cheating Justice. We hope you enjoy their sexy, yet heartfelt journey!

For fans of Scandal and Justified!!!

The second novel in the exciting and bestselling Justice Team romantic suspense series!!

While investigating a government cover-up, former FBI agent Mitch Monroe is framed for murder. A wanted man, Mitch has no choice but to stay off the grid, and he needs Special Agent Caroline Foster—the FBI’s top sniper and a woman who wants nothing to do with him—to clear his name.

After sharing a single night of simmering passion with Mitch a year ago, Caroline hasn’t been able to get him out of her head. Or her heart. He's already jeopardized her job once…helping him now could end her career. But a friend has been murdered, and no matter how Caroline feels about Mitch, he's not the killer. She needs answers, and she needs Mitch Monroe out of her life once and for all. 

On the run and with no one to turn to, Mitch and Caroline can’t fight the reigniting passion between them. She’ll lose her career if she proves Mitch is innocent…he’ll lose his life if she doesn’t.

Buy Links:
Barnes and Noble: http://bit.ly/1ljFGBT

Author Bio
USA TODAY Bestselling Author Misty Evans has published over twenty five novels and writes romantic suspense, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance. As a writing coach, she helps other authors bring their books – and their dreams of being published – to life. 

Misty likes her coffee black, her conspiracy stories juicy, and her wicked characters dressed in couture. When not reading or writing, she enjoys music, movies, and hanging out with her husband, twin sons, and two spoiled puppies. Learn more and sign up for her newsletter at www.readmistyevans.com. Like her author page on Facebook or follow her on Twitter. 

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

More Than Treasure


Hi! I’m author Christy Newton and have some very exciting news! My More Than Treasure Series is now in a book bundle! The More Than Treasure Trilogy is not only in ebook, but also paperback. And that isn’t even the best part… the ebook is deeply discounted right now for my kindle count down! Grab the whole series for a real bargain! I also have two Goodreads giveaways going on right now, so be sure to enter those.

Available on Amazon
More Than Treasure Series:  Stolen Hearts Book 1, Something to Treasure Book 2, Treasured Hearts Book 3
Stolen Hearts 

Jewels, deception and adventure... 

Twenty-two year old, Cammie Adams knows one thing for sure... life isn't fair. She's still a wreck from the tragic loss of her parents seven years ago. Right after she gets her PI license she is not only robbed, but abducted, only to find her life was all a lie. When she finds her mother's diary she discovers she was only a pawn in her mother's dangerous game. Now she must get back what is rightfully hers from the man who murdered her mother. 

Hot and mysterious Simon Fisher has really only loved one thing... jewels. This ex-jewel thief, now bodyguard, doesn't even know what hits him when he rescues Cammie as a favor to her father. Simon must protect her, but soon finds where there is trouble, Cammie isn't far behind. 

She will not only steal his prized jewel, but his heart.


Something to Treasure 

Murder, jealousy and treasure…

When Cammie Adams, determined novice PI, gets an urgent call from her ex, she is compelled to take his case. Miles, a luxury hotel owner and an upstanding citizen of Upton Hills, finds one of the maids dead. He turns to Cammie for help to keep his beloved hotel from being tarnished. With her partner and boyfriend, Simon, she takes on a case that might just be their last. Her ex’s hotel is an eighty-year-old building that has secrets of its own. 

Can they catch the murderer to save the hotel and her ex’s reputation or will the case take a turn that will leave them lost forever? 

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Treasured Hearts 

Spies, weddings and new beginnings… 

Ready to get back to work after a long leave from their PI business, Simon Fisher and Cammie Adams take the first case that comes their way. Someone is selling company secrets and it’s up to them to find the spy. But when they get their answer, they uncover much more than espionage. 

After attending recent family weddings, Simon has become an expert at dodging Cammie’s hints about giving her a certain piece of jewelry he has always secretly feared. Simon doesn't know how long he'll be able to keep his girlfriend satisfied without giving her the one thing she still desires. 

As they work their case, will Simon and Cammie discover another fortune or will they see that the greatest treasure of all is the one they already have… love?


Author Bio:  
Christy Newton is a hopeless romantic and writes many genres of romance. She just might be the only author out there that doesn’t drink caffeine, but dark chocolate is her must have. She falls in love with each of her heroes and hopes you will too! 

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