Monday, August 21, 2017

On The Chase

Vivid and charming.”—CHARLAINE HARRIS, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse series

Injured in the line of duty,

His orders are simple:

Stay alive.

But when a frightened woman bursts into his life, Hugh and his K9 companion have no choice but to risk everything to keep her safe.

The sole witness to a horrific crime, Kaylee Ramay flees to the Colorado Rockies to start a new life. There she becomes Grace, a dog kennel employee desperately trying to avoid attention—especially from dangerously attractive K9 Officer Hugh Murdoch.

Because Hugh is tall, dark…and nothing but trouble.

Rocky Mountain K-9 Unit Series
Run to Ground (Book 1)
On the Chase (Book 2)
Survive the Night (Book 3)
Through the Fire (Book 4)

About the Author:
A fan of the old adage “write what you know”, Katie Ruggle lived in an off-grid, solar- and wind-powered house in the Rocky Mountains until her family lured her back to Minnesota. When she’s not writing, Katie rides horses, shoots guns (not while riding, although that would be awesome), cross-country skis (badly) and travels to warm places where she can scuba dive. A graduate of the Police Academy, Katie received her ice-rescue certification and can attest that the reservoirs in the Colorado mountains really are that cold. A fan of anything that makes her feel like a bad-ass, she has trained in Krav Maga, boxing and gymnastics.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Deceived in Desire

Hello romantic suspense lovers. I am so excited to be here with you today.

I am a new author. I published a book, The Haunted and The Hunted, with a self-publishing company last year and it went nowhere. I stepped back, took a few training courses and I am ready to try again. I started a series called Lewis Security Agency, with the plan to have at least 3 books in the series. The first is titled DECEIVED IN DESIRE. This series involved returning veterans who have suffered some trauma during their military service.

Deceived in Desire

A beautiful private investigator and an attractive security agent work together – in a fake marriage – to find missing children.

Private investigator, Paige Andrews, ran from an abused home as a child. She built a life for herself, and her job includes following leads and solving mysteries alone. Her family becomes involved in an FBI case when her cousin, Wesley, is the latest victim of several unsolved kidnappings. She’ll do whatever she must to find Wesley, even teaming up with an attractive man that make her throb in all the right places.

Mike Reiter has literally been to war and back. As tough as those tours were, his early childhood and young adult life scarred him deeper. He finally gets back on track and becomes an agent at a security agency – until a hot-as-hell private investigator enters his life and throws everything he knew about himself out the window.

When partnering up leads to a fake marriage and shacking up together in a safe house, neither Paige nor Mike are safe from the sparking attraction…and neither are safe from the danger lurking around every corner.

Finding Wesley will be a test of strength and determination, but fighting their desire for each other will be their ultimate test. 
DECEIVED IN DESIRE will be released September 15th. I have a free short story that sets up the series if you sign up for my newsletter. Visit my website to sign up for my newsletter and see any news I have included. I love romance books with a little suspense and/or mystery, and my books with be equal parts of both. I can also be found on Facebook and Amazon Autor Page

Happy reading,

Teresa Reitnauer

Author Bio:
Teresa was born in Tampa, Fl, the youngest of nine children. She has lived in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia and the gorgeous area of Western North Carolina. Teresa hopes to incorporate these areas into her writing.

Teresa writes romantic suspense. She has loved romance novels throughout the years and adding a little suspense makes it intriguing to read. Right now her heroes are returning veterans with physical or mental problems to handle.

Teresa has settled in Melbourne, FL, on the east coast of Florida. Oceans and rivers have always been a relaxing area for her. She usually writes at home, but has been known to go the beach or a park near the river to get the creative thoughts flowing.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

All About Tag Lines

At a recent meet-up, I was surprised to learn that many of the writers in the room (myself included) didn’t know the difference between a log line and a tag line. I had always assumed the two terms could be used interchangeably. While both terms originated in the film industry, the two concepts have very different structures and functions.

A log line provides the main conflict, main character, and the stakes in a well-constructed sentence that is usually less than 25 words in length.

A tag line is a catch phrase that sets the tone. It sums up the entire plot in one compelling phrase or sentence that is at most 10 words in length. 

In my research, I discovered that several synonyms exist for taglines, among them tags (United States), end lines or straplines in the United Kingdom, payoffs in Italy, baselines in Belgium, and signatures in France.

Here are sample tag lines from the film industry:

One ring to rule them all. Lord of the Rings

Don’t go into the water. Jaws

The list is life. Schindler’s List

Not every gift is a blessing. The Sixth Sense

The Toys are back in town. Toy Story 2

Collide with destiny. Titanic

There can be only one. Highlander

Whoever wins...We lose. Alien Vs. Predator

While these tag lines evoke interest and emotion, they provide few specifics about the individual movies. Instead, puns and clever wording set the appropriate tone and succeed in hooking potential moviegoers. 

In the same way, a tag line for a novel needs to tantalize prospective readers with a minimum of well-chosen words and images. Less is definitely more when it comes to taglines.

Here’s the tag line for Too Many Women in the Room: 8 women → 8 motives to kill.

Any memorable tag lines to share?


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?

Carlo’s hand caressed my thigh. More sex. The man could be insatiable. And it had been almost two weeks since our last romp. We started to kiss and then his cell phone vibrated. 
Carlo groaned as he leaned over and picked up the phone. He sat up, his back to me. “What’s happened?” he barked. Carlo’s shoulders tensed. A long sigh and then his terse words. “Clear the perimeter, stat.”

Clear the perimeter. My heart beat faster as I recalled the last time I had heard those dreaded words. It could mean only one thing. Another murder. Two murders in less than twenty-hours. What were the chances of that happening in Sudbury? At the Christmas party, the police chief had bragged about one of the lowest murder rates in Canada during the past twelve months.

I swallowed hard. “What’s wrong?” 

Carlo turned and gave me a long glance. “Andrew Frattini was found dead in the alleyway behind the ReCareering office.”

The nightmare couldn’t be starting again. This time with different players but still with the same intent. To pin the murder on me. But that strategy wouldn’t work. I had an iron-clad alibi no one could refute.

Carlo dressed quickly. He picked up his phone and then turned toward me. “Stay clear of this, Gilda.”

“How can I ignore it?” I said as I felt myself tearing up. “Someone’s trying to frame me again.”

He leaned over and kissed me. “Well, they didn’t succeed, did they?”

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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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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Mystery, suspense, or thriller?

Congratulations to Joyce M. and Alex, the winners in Susanne's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

Hello and many thanks to Maureen for having me here again today. Please take a moment to comment on this post for your chance to win one of two digital copies of No Good Deed.

Many of my books are romantic suspense novels, but I’m beginning to think that with some of them, including my new release, No Good Deed, I’ve gone beyond that. I haven’t stepped into the Twilight Zone, but I have edged a different category, one I can only classify as romantic thrillers.

According to International Thriller Writers, a thriller is characterized by “the sudden rush of emotions, the excitement, sense of suspense, apprehension, and exhilaration that drive the narrative, sometimes subtly with peaks and lulls, sometimes at a constant, breakneck pace.”
This description suits many of my novels, especially my Harvester Saga which includes The White Carnation, The White Lily, and The White Iris. Here are a few comments from reviewers.

“I love a book that makes me shiver, and The White Carnation by Susanne Matthews was just that. The concept of a serial killer combined with a cult was so creepy that I couldn’t put the book down. Throw in the chemistry between Faye Lewis and Rob Halliday, and you’ve got me hooked.”

The White Lily is book two in the Harvester Series ... Grab a glass of your favorite beverage (snacks and something to chew on, besides you nails, is suggested) settle in for a great read you won’t want to put down.”

The White Iris takes the reader on the final journey of the cult and the people who are desperately trying to take it down. I would say the majority of this story was suspense and thriller that let me focus on the answers I have been demanding throughout this whole series. The romance between Julie and Trevor was quite literally the icing on the cake.”

I’d suspected for some time that my books had drifted away from the traditional romantic suspense formula and No Good Deed confirmed that. The cover isn’t what you would expect from a romance novel, but neither were those on my white flower books. As my publisher put it in the first sentence of the book blurb, “Psychological chills and thrills are woven around a heartwarming love story in this action-packed romantic suspense novel.

This year, Canada celebrates 150 years as a nation, and I chose to honor that accomplishment by setting No Good Deed in an area I know well. There are even scenes in my hometown. Both main characters are broken people on the run, and it is their brokenness that pulls them together as they face an unknown enemy. I hope all of my readers will enjoy this dark romantic thriller as my hero and heroine face not only physical danger, but emotional and psychological fear and their own inadequacies.


Escaping from her abusive fiancé, Alexa O’Brien pulls into a gas station only to walk in on an execution. She’s in protective custody until she can identify Nicoli Zabat, Montreal’s mob boss, at his trial. But her safe house has been compromised, setting in motion a dangerous cat-and-mouse game.

Lieutenant Mike Delorme on the Sûreté Du Québec has spent the last eighteen months undercover in narcotics to take down Zabat, the man he blames for the death of his wife and unborn child. He doesn’t have the interest or patience to babysit a woman whose memory isn’t clear—but he’ll carry out his assignment to show the brass he’s a team player.

As Mike and Alexa dodge danger, it appears she’s in deeper than merely being in the wrong place at the wrong time. When the mafia hit she witnessed is revealed to be just the tip of an international terrorist’s plot, they must rely on each other to survive—but only if they can learn to trust their instincts and let love map out their next move. 

Sensuality Level: Behind Closed Doors

No Good Deed is available in digital format from the following retailers:

Thank you so much for the support you’ve shown me since I began my career as an author. Enjoy the rest of your summer and don’t forget to comment with your contact information for your chance to win.

Susanne will be giving away a digital copy of NO GOOD DEED to two lucky readers leaving a comment or email entry.

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

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Escape Into Books

Congratulations to "JoAn V.", the winner in Maureen's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

Hello all! There was a cancellation so I decided to pop in and say hi to everyone, and to share some pictures from last weekend's ESCAPE INTO BOOKS book signing in Atlanta. Several JUST ROMANTIC SUSPENSE authors were in attendance!
Maureen A. Miller

Escape Into Books was a free multi-genre, independent book signing event. It featured authors at different stages in their career, from veteran New York Times and USA Today Bestselling authors to new authors who were attending their first signing. There were over 30 authors in attendance. It made for quite an entertaining day for readers to experience a wide array of authors, and to pick up some fun swag!

I was there showcasing my BLUE-LINK romantic suspense series. I had blue diamonds on my table because the series features an enigmatic woman who wears a blue diamond ring and runs the global company, Blue-Link.

The lovely and talented, Misty Evans was there promoting her SCVC TASKFORCE romantic suspense series along with her SHADOW FORCE INTERNATIONAL romantic suspense series. 

I was a little melancholy because I had to leave my puppy at home. It was my first time away from her. Some of you may have seen her on my Facebook page. She's a nine-month-old Corgi entering her tweenage phase. Misty's little ones are so well-behaved, they got to come along! No, they're not hiding under the table, but that would have been fun! :)

Misty Evans

Dianna Love, Misty Evans, Maureen A. Miller
And we had the uber-awesome Dianna Love sitting a few tables down from us featuring her SLYE TEMP romantic suspense series. Dianna was surrounded by adoring fans at this event, and I was one of them! 

What are your thoughts on giant book signing events? Are you more apt to head out to the book signing of a specific author, or do you like the idea of browsing past a diverse group of authors and seeing all your reading options?

Series Starters!

Test out some of these romantic suspense series for FREE or a super low price!

DEADLY PURSUIT, the first book in the SCVC TASKFORCE series is only $0.99!

LAST CHANCE TO RUN, the prequel of the SLYE TEMP series is FREE!

SHADOW, the first book in the BLUE-LINK series is FREE!

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