Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Reunited Series Box Set


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Second chance romances are one of my favorite story themes. Add that with suspense and I’m in heaven! The Reunited series was created to combine the aspects that I love most in a romance: a great love story, hot men, feisty women, humor, and of course – suspense!
Now’s the perfect time to check out the first few books of my romantic suspense series. The Reunited Series box set is a limited edition and available for $1.99 for a limited time. Get your copy today!
Below are short blurbs for each of the books included in the box set.
Blue Roses
Where most women would welcome love from a wealthy, good-looking man, Chicago-based investment manager, Dallas Marcel, is not one of them. She will never let a man control her life again. That includes handsome entrepreneur, Tyler Hollister. But when Ponzi scheme ignites a SEC investigation of her firm, and her life is put in danger, she realizes the one man she'd banned from her heart, might be the only one who can save her career…and her life.
Rendezvous with Danger
Alandra Pargas, ex-CIA agent, plans to wreak vengeance on the people who tried to kill her. A little rendezvous with danger is not what scares her, though. It’s coming face-to-face with the tall, dark, and dangerously sexy man, Special Operative Quinn Hamilton, who she vowed to love forever, that has her running for cover.
Truth or Consequences
Former Navy SEAL Malik Lewis will always remember the night he spent with Hospital Chief of Staff Natasha Lockham. It was the single most amazing night of his life. So when Natasha narrowly escapes a brutal attempt on her life, Malik stops at nothing to protect her, including hunting a man whose skills match his.

**What readers have said about the Reunited series:

Blue Roses
“Was a very good book to start the reunited series, OMG book 2,3, and 4..if I could rate them a 10 star I would. Love a good romance suspense mixed in with a little humor!!!!”
Rendezvous with Danger
“I love the intrigue...the fiery chemistry between Alandra & Quinn....the camaraderie with the team; this book had it all!!”
Truth or Consequences
“This book was full of suspense, and true to Sharon Cooper's style, a beautiful love story. You get so caught up in the characters, you forget it's a book, but feel like you are right there watching each scene happen.”  

Excerpt from Rendezvous with Danger
Quinn continued to stare. The intensity in his midnight dark eyes scrutinized every inch of her.
“I don’t even know what to say to you,” he finally spoke just above a whisper, his voice laced with anguish. Alandra looked at him, unsure of how to respond, but didn’t have to say anything when he continued. “A part of me wants to wrap you in my arms and love on you so fierce that you’ll never want to leave me again, but then there’s the other part of me. The part that is mad as hell that my wife has been alive all this time, working in the city that I live in, and has never tried to contact me. That part of me wants nothing more than for you to get your ass out of my house and stay the hell out of my life…for good.”
Alandra reared back, stunned by the bitterness of his words. But what had she expected - to be welcomed with opened arms? Maybe not, but she had hoped they could at least talk. Yet, if she was honest with herself, she knew his unforgiving heart would rear its wicked head. He was the most committed, determined and trusted man to those he loved, but merciless toward his enemies. And right now she wasn’t sure how Quinn saw her.
Quinn released a long, ragged sigh and leaned against a nearby wall, his muscular arms folded across his chest. “Do you have any idea what I’ve been through these last few years, thinking you were dead? Thinking I’d never be able to touch you, hold you, or make love to you? Hell, I watched you die, Alandra, in my arms! You have any idea what that feels like? To watch the woman you loved more than life get gunned down.”
His voice broke, but he held his gaze steady, maintaining his usual tough-guy composure, and Alandra’s heart crumbled. She blinked rapidly to keep tears from falling. He had always been so hard, tough, and strong willed. It had been too easy for her to forget he was just a man.
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Get your copy of the Reunited Series Box Set (Books 1 -3) for only $1.99! *LIMITED TIME*

**For excerpts from all three books, visit http://www.sharoncooper.net/RomanticSuspense.html

GIVEAWAY: 
Win an ecopy of OPERATION MIDNIGHT, book 4 of the Reunited series. Just leave a comment in the comment section below for your chance to win!


Operation Midnight

No bad deed goes unpunished

Former Navy SEAL turned private investigator, Cameron “Wiz” Miller, has loved only one woman, his ex-wife, Olivia. She’s beautiful, talented and the sweetest person he knows. With plans to remarry her, there is nothing she could ask of him that he wouldn’t do except … one thing.

Olivia has loved Wiz since high school. He is her hero. Her protector. She understands his hesitation to search for the woman who left her for dead. Forgiveness has been a long time coming, but Olivia has made peace with what happened. Wiz hasn't. For him, forgiveness is not an option.

But the sins of the past have come back to haunt Wiz, placing Olivia in danger. He must tap into his military training and every alliance he has formed over the years to save her. But is it too late? Will he and Olivia ever get that happily-ever-after?

NOTE: All books in this series can be read as a standalone.
Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST June 29th. 


Author Sharon C. Cooper
Award-winning and bestselling author, Sharon C. Cooper, is a romance-a-holic - loving anything that involves romance with a happily-ever-after, whether in books, movies, or real life. Sharon writes contemporary romance, as well as romantic suspense and enjoys rainy days, carpet picnics, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. She’s been nominated for numerous awards and is the recipient of an Emma Award for Romantic Suspense of the Year 2015 (Truth or Consequences), Emma Award - Interracial Romance of the Year 2015 (All You’ll Ever Need), and BRAB (book club) Award -Breakout Author of the Year 2014. When Sharon is not writing or working, she’s hanging out with her amazing husband, doing volunteer work or reading a good book (a romance of course). To read more about Sharon and her novels, visit www.sharoncooper.net
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Monday, June 26, 2017

Sworn To Protect


Congratulations to "Janice H." and "Bn100", the winners in Susanne's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!


Hello. It’s always a pleasure to visit with you here at Just Romantic Suspense and today is no exception. Please comment below with your contact information to win one of two electronic copies of Sworn to Protect, my latest romantic suspense novel, now available exclusively from Amazon.

Sworn to Protect is my twelfth suspense novel out of the nineteen I’ve written, along with two novellas and three short stories, not to mention three episodes of a sci-fi series. Can you guess which is my preferred genre? It’s hard to believe that I’ve written so much in what is essentially a short period of time.

I began crafting Fire Angel, my first published novel, in the fall of 2012. Now that I’ve begun writing, it seems I can’t stop. It’s taken on a life of its own. People ask me where all the ideas come from, and I can’t truly answer that question because I don’t know. Most of the time they spring into my head from a news report, something I see on television, or just weird crazy dreams I have. Occasionally, the books evolve from a title, but sometimes, as the story writes itself, the title I started with no longer fits.

I am a pantser. That means essentially that I don’t plan my books. I don’t write character sketches, goals, aims, and motivation charts, synopses, or plot outlines. I sit at the computer, type in the words Chapter One, and I let the ideas flow. My characters take over the story and drag me along with them. I can do all of the above once the book is written, but until it is, I’m in the same place as the reader, dying to find out what will happen next.

When I write, I commit another grave writing sin: I revise and edit as I go along, adding information, taking some away as needed. When I finish the book, I go back in and make changes once more, until I’m satisfied that the manuscript is as good as I can make it. The finished product rarely resembles the original work. I rely on my beta reader for advice and check my reviews to see what I could’ve done better. Was there enough suspense? Did I develop the characters as fully as I should’ve? And tons of other questions I ask myself before I sit at the computer and start the next one.

Sworn to Protect is one of those stories that came to me in bits and pieces from several different things. I’ve written another novel, On His Watch, where a woman suffered severe head trauma and had amnesia, and I’d done a lot of research on the topic at the time. Retrograde amnesia can take on many different forms. I had that on my mind when a friend who was undergoing a bad break-up said, “If only the last ten years had never happened.” That got me thinking. Haven’t we all wished we could just forget the bad things that have happened to us? Wouldn’t we like a do-over at times? But does getting what we wish for turn out the way we hoped it would?

Well, in Sworn to Protect, the heroine gets what she wishes for, but along with the sad memories, she also loses vital ones. Someone wants her dead, and since she neither remembers the attack, nor the reason why someone would want to kill her, it falls on her husband—a man she remembers but doesn’t recall marrying—to keep her safe. For Neil, this is a rare second chance at love and life with the woman he loves. He just needs to keep her alive to do it.

As far as the rest of the plot goes, it’s a mixture of elements that range from national security to embezzlement and fraud. What does Nancy know that no one else can figure out? Will she remember in time to save her life? You’ll have to read the book to find out.

SWORN TO PROTECT

Four years ago, a car accident robbed Nancy Frost of her child and her mother, taking what was left of her marriage with it in the process. A forensic accountant, she agrees to look at a company’s books in a divorce case, trying to find hidden assets, but her meeting with the lawyer goes terribly wrong when the restaurant is attacked.

The moment US Marshal Neil Copeland discovers his wife has been shot in a Baltimore restaurant, he rushes to her side, determined not to let her down again. As the police investigate, evidence suggests the attack was a ploy to hide a specific hit. When a professional assassin tries to kill Nancy a second time, it’s clear that she was the target and whatever’s going on is a lot more complicated than they think.

When Nancy awakes after a month in an induced coma, not only does she not remember the attack on the restaurant, she doesn’t remember marrying Neil.

Faced with the challenge of protecting his wife from a powerful, faceless enemy, Neil must bring her up to date, dredging up all the sorrow that tore them apart in the first place, hoping something will jar her memory.

As he races against time, can he save her from an unknown assassin and convince her to give the love they once had a second chance?


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Please comment below with your contact information to win one of two electronic copies of Sworn to Protect.

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Exclusive Excerpt: The Drowned Girls by Loreth Anne White


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It was close to eleven, and the world felt quiet, waiting, breath misting from their mouths as they walked to their cars. Despite the pristine air, death clung to the fabric of their clothes, to their hair. It was inside their nasal passages and on their skin. It was a scent nigh impossible to get rid of, Maddocks knew from experience. Downstairs, O’Hagan and her assistants were winding things up. Their decedent had been through a rough time before she died from strangulation. 

Inside the tarp cocoon O’Hagan had also found fragments of dried leaves, a few soil grains, and what looked like grass seed, plus sheep maggot evidence, which implied the victim had been dead on land and had possibly lain outdoors, likely under shelter, before going into the sea. This all might help narrow down location. 

Establishing time of death, however, would remain tricky without the context of location and given the extreme below-freezing temperatures of late, which would have delayed the decomp process. As it stood, even in deaths with the same cause and identical environmental conditions, one body could show advanced putrefaction, while another could show little change, O’Hagan had explained. Maggot larvae could even go into a period of suspended animation if conditions did not warrant further development. 

Once they’d opened up the body, things had taken a pretty standard timeline of around three hours for the rest of the autopsy. Tox, serology, entomology, odontology, and other forensic lab tests analyzing combings would obviously take longer, but they were being expedited, as per the ADAG’s direction. O’Hagan would start the Drummond postmortem at dawn and have a preliminary report for them later tomorrow

“Anyone up for a late beer and steak at the Pig?” Leo said, pausing to light a cigarette. He inhaled deeply and blew out a long stream of smoke. It made Maddocks wish he still smoked. It was better than the stink of death. And he was on edge tonight, as if needing some kind of fix. 

“Not me,” Pallorino said. “Been on over twenty hours straight. Need my sleep.” Her eyes met Maddocks’s in the dimly lit lot, and she glanced quickly away. She knew that he knew exactly why her sleep had been compromised and what she’d been doing last night when she’d gotten the call for Cemetery Girl.

“I’ll take a rain check,” he said to Leo. 

“Catch you both at the butt crack of dawn, then,” Leo said. “My wheels are this way.” He hunkered down into his wool coat and headed around the building to another parking lot. 

Pallorino made for a Crown Vic parked alone under a light standard. 

“Angie?” he called after her. 

She stilled, stood motionless for a moment, her back to him, car keys jiggling in her hand. 

“We need to talk.” 

She turned. “We do?” Her complexion was pale in the parking lot light, a black woolen hat pulled snug over her sleek, dark-red hair. The scar across the left side of her mouth was shadowed in this light, and it offset her obvious fatigue, which gave her an oddly sexy badass appeal mixed in with a vulnerability. Goddamn if he didn’t find it appealing. 

“Is this going to be a problem?” he said, coming closer. 

“This?” 

“You, me.” He paused. “That club.” Wind gusted, icy, lifting a fine spray of crystals. 

“There is no you and me, Detective,” she said quietly. “It never happened, okay? And it’s Pallorino.” She held his gaze. Unflinching. 

He swallowed. Yeah, she really did it for him on all levels. Which gave him his answer—this was going to be a problem. 

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The Drowned Girls
Author: Loreth Anne White
Release Date: June 20, 2017
Genre: Romantic Suspense / Thriller
Series: Angie Pallorino, Book #1

He surfaced two years ago. Then he disappeared.

But Detective Angie Pallorino hasn’t forgotten the violent rapist who left a distinctive calling card—crosses etched into the flesh of his victims’ foreheads. When a comatose Jane Doe is found in a local cemetery, sexually assaulted, mutilated, and nearly drowned, Angie is struck by the eerie similarities to her earlier unsolved rapes. Could he be back?

Then the body of a drowned young woman, also bearing the marks of the serial rapist, floats up in the Gorge, and the hunt for a predator becomes a hunt for a killer. Assigned to the joint investigative task force, Angie is more than ready to prove that she has what it takes to break into the all-male homicide division. But her private life collides with her professional ambitions when she’s introduced to her temporary partner, James Maddocks—a man she’d met just the night before in an intense, anonymous encounter.

Together, Angie and Maddocks agree to put that night behind them. But as their search for the killer intensifies, so does their mutual desire. And Angie’s forays into the mind of a monster shake loose some unsettling secrets about her own past. How can she fight for the truth when it turns out her whole life is a lie?

About the Author

Loreth Anne White is an award-winning author of romantic suspense, thrillers, and mysteries. She has won the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for Romantic Suspense, the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the Romantic Crown for Best Romantic Suspense and Best Book Overall. In addition, she has been a two-time RITA finalist, a Booksellers’ Best finalist, a multiple Daphne Du Maurier Award finalist, and a multiple CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Award winner. A former journalist and newspaper editor who has worked in both South Africa and Canada, she now resides in the Pacific Northwest with her family.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Turning Fantasy into Reality


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

On her first day on the job as a forensics specialist, Shaye Mallory quite literally walked into the man of her dreams.  She managed to stay on her feet that day, but she fantasized about police detective Cole Walker for the next two years, all the while knowing it would never be more than a fantasy.

Then a drive-by shooting at the police station that nearly killed her drove her out of police work, and out of constant contact with Cole.  Finally, after a year away, Shaye worked up the courage to return – only to be shot at again!  This time, she’s targeted at a grocery store parking lot, and from the off-the-books protection detail Cole has set up around her, she fears the gang responsible for the first shooting is back and after revenge for her testimony.
As the leads spiral into too many directions and Shaye wonders if she’ll ever feel safe again, she realizes one thing.  Life is too short not to go for what you want.  So, while Cole is at her house, keeping her safe and trying to run down the details of who might want to hurt her, Shaye makes a decision.

Here’s a snippet from the scene where everything changes for Shaye –

From the moment she’d met him, she’d put him up on a pedestal: her ideal, unattainable man. As a couple maybe they’d never make sense—she didn’t know what kinds of women he dated, but she knew he wasn’t shy. He went after what he wanted, and he’d never chased her. Not even close. But there was no question he was attracted to her.

She lived her life cautiously, always had. The biggest risk she’d ever taken was moving across the country for a job, but plenty of people did that without a second thought. Maybe for once she needed to stop thinking about all the consequences, stop worrying about the fact that there was no future for her with a man who ran into gunfire without hesitation. Maybe it was time to live for today.

Cole was heading into the family room, clearly expecting her to follow, probably planning to get back to work, tracking down anyone with a reason to hurt her.

The reminder strengthened her resolve. There was actually a gunman hunting for her. If he caught up to her, what would she regret not having done in her life?

Right now every answer she could think of involved Cole Walker.

She took a fortifying breath and followed him. It was time to stop having regrets…

Giveaway:
For a chance to win a signed copy of Police Protector, share a leap of faith you’ve taken (or one you’d like to!)

Police Protector

She's become his whole world - and she's under fire

Ever since forensics analyst Shaye Mallory survived a police-station shootout, Detective Cole Walker has felt personally responsible for her wellbeing. Then another shooter takes aim at Shaye. Cole decides the only thing he can do is stay right by her side until he finds the man who wants her dead.

Cole knows that he must set aside his attraction to Shaye if he's going to do his job. But as the days - and nights - go on, it becomes harder and harder to resist his feelings. And, as danger moves ever closer to them both, Shaye realizes that her safety might cost her the life of the man she loves.

About Elizabeth Heiter
Critically acclaimed and award-winning author ELIZABETH HEITER likes her suspense to feature strong heroines, chilling villains, psychological twists, and a little bit (or a lot!) of romance. Her research has taken her into the minds of serial killers, through murder investigations, and onto the FBI Academy’s shooting range. Her novels have been published in more than a dozen countries and translated into eight languages; they've also been shortlisted for the Daphne Du Maurier award, the National Readers' Choice award and the Booksellers' Best award and won the RT Reviewers' Choice award.

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Buy Links for Police Protector
IndieBound: http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781335721112

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Rich Men


Rich men… Are they all alpha control freaks? Do they all come in and “save the day” because they can buy anything they need? And what about tough, kick-ass heroines? Does being tough and accomplished make a woman too hard for love?

Here’s an excerpt from LICENSE TO CARRIE

“They think I’m gay.”
Russell Randolph fixated on uncrossing his legs. He sat forward, spreading his knees farther apart and then leaning on them before pushing himself off the soft leather couch. It felt more manly to pace the length of his company’s tasteful but bland boardroom.
The Jetson’s cartoon collectibles were gone. It wasn’t like they’d been unframed posters or something. They were valuable, one of his first investments after making his own money. And another limited-edition poster from his office was nowhere to be found. He needed to find out where they’d been stored. But yeah, the room was totally bland.
“No one thinks you’re gay, Russ.” Collin Dougan answered like a best friend should. No response from Henry Mercer, the current Dallas Electronic Sprockets chairman of the board. He was also Russ’s only remaining advocate in the company.
“I haven’t been in the public eye for over a year. Now I have a different guy on my arm every night.” Russ heard the expected snickers from his two friends.
“Come on, man, they’re in the background. No one notices them,” Collin said, attempting to keep a straight face and failing miserably.
Russ slid part of the Lone Star News down the long polished table and watched it slow to a halt in front of the man in charge of company security. The same man who burst out laughing and turned the paper facedown, then faced the wall.
Russ waited, tapping out the seconds on the board table. Several slipped by before Collin could regain control.
“I’ve got enough explaining about my absence, Collin. I don’t need to worry where my protection detail’s hands are.”
“I don’t think anyone has a question of whose butt he’s grabbing. Sorry, I couldn’t resist.” He laughed, snorted, then laughed again while he fanned himself with the paper. “Come on, you’d have a blast if that was me in the picture. Admit it.”
Sure, he most assuredly would. Russ couldn’t blame Collin or anyone for that matter. It was a funny picture to those who knew him. His father had hee-hawed at least four minutes before making a sane comment. The picture captured an innocent enough gesture although the man had never actually touched him.
A pat on the butt–while practiced in locker rooms all the time–wasn’t appropriate at a five thousand-dollar-a-plate fundraiser. He honestly couldn’t care less what the world thought of him. Yet he was forced to because it mattered to corporate America and his stockholders.
At least that was the impression he’d received from the chairman of the board. He glanced at the retired man sitting with the Dallas skyline in the backdrop. He couldn’t lose the board’s confidence. Not his first month back as CEO.
“I’m calling a halt to the damn protection detail.” Russ waited for the explosion.
“Now wait a minute.” Henry jumped to his feet, bringing Collin to his, too.
“A protection detail is a condition of you returning. Fire your lackadaisical friend if you need to, but–”
Collin slapped the paper onto the table then pointed toward Henry. “Besides having a contract, which you forced me to sign and states you can’t fire me. I have–”
“I’m not going to fire anyone except the protection detail.”
Henry opened his mouth, but Collin stuck his hand up to silence him. “I’ll take care of this.” He walked around the head of the table to join Russ.
Friend or not, he wouldn’t talk him into having three armed guards with him any longer. A month into the routine and that’s all he had. A routine. No life outside the rotation of guards. No friends. No fun. He’d been followed or accompanied every minute since his return to the company had been made public.
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My bodyguards are kiack-ass women hooking up with rich heroes who need help. Don’t worry…these guys still know how to handle themselves, too. One carries a gun, another a huge hockey stick and another wields a classic guitar. I love ‘em and hope you will, too.

Guarding clients is easy. Avoiding their match-making Grammy is another story.
the BODYGUARDS IN HEELS series


It’s high time this match-making, motorcycle-riding Grammy takes the love-lives of her grandchildren into her own hands and gives love a sweet kick in the right direction.

LICENSE TO CARRIE, book #2
After an attempt on his life two years ago, millionaire businessman Russell Randolph needs protection, preferably someone who looks great in high heels and can pass as his girlfriend. Luckily for him, Carrie Dillon keeps a concealed holster strapped to her shapely thigh at all times. But Russ quickly realizes he needs to keep his eyes on his business, not the sexy bodyguard…or her legs.

Shielding the overprotective but insanely handsome millionaire isn’t Carrie’s only challenge since joining her cousin’s company, Bodyguards in Heels. Her Grammy wants to teach her how to use her family gift. Gift? Who knew what Carrie had always chalked up to hyper intuition was really a woo woo power that let her know when someone watched her?

When the murderers strike again, Russ can no longer fool himself that Carrie is just a pretend girlfriend. But can he trust her abilities to save them and a relationship with real staying power?


ANGI MORGAN combines Texas settings with characters in realistic and dangerous situations. Bodyguards in Heels is a smash-up of her favorite things to read: a little magic, a little comedy and a little suspense. She loves to pack up her husband and rescue dogs for road trips to locations she’s writing about. They have a goal to travel roads they’ve never traveled and find the best pie in the Lone Star State. Contact her via her website or other social media.

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Did your mother ever tell you it was just as easy to marry a rich man?

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