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Thursday, April 17, 2014

FAR GONE


Thanks for inviting me to Just Romantic Suspense!

I’m thrilled to be here during release week for my very first hardcover book, FAR GONE. Seeing this book in print is a dream come true for me!

FAR GONE is the story of Austin homicide detective Andrea Finch, who is on leave from her job following a shooting incident when she gets an urgent phone call from her brother in West Texas. Andrea is tempted to ignore his latest plea for money, but she thinks something is very wrong. She goes out to West Texas to investigate and soon meets FBI agent Jon North, who is working undercover to solve a murder that he believes may involve Andrea’s brother.  As more and more evidence comes to light, Andrea begins to think he’s right.

Throughout the story Andrea is torn between her loyalty to her family and her duty as a police officer. Her growing attraction to the FBI agent investigating her brother makes matters worse.

FAR GONE is a stand-alone book, a bit of a departure from the Tracers series that I have been writing. The story features new characters... but I couldn’t resist including a few of my favorite Tracers characters to help with the forensic aspects of the investigation.

I hope readers will enjoy the new book! I’m delighted to tell you it received a starred review from Publishers Weekly.

Griffin delivers the goods with this perfectly gritty romantic thriller.” –Publishers Weekly starred review

Here is an excerpt from FAR GONE...

A pair of shiny black wingtips stepped into her field of view. Andrea jerked upright.
“Detective Finch.”

He wore a suit and tie. Jon something . . . who clearly wasn’t an ICE agent as he’d claimed. Her gaze dropped to the badge clipped to his belt.

FBI.

Water glistened on his dark hair. His broad shoulders were damp but not all of him, which meant he hadn’t been standing out here long. His eyes were shielded by silver aviators, so she couldn’t see his expression, just her own look of wariness reflected back at her.

“You have a minute, Detective?”

It was more of an order than a question. She glanced around the parking lot again but didn’t see any sign of the reporters who’d been hounding her for days.

She turned and faced him. “I knew you weren’t ICE.”

The side of his mouth curved slightly, but he didn’t smile.

“Is your name really Jon?”

“Special Agent Jon North. How about we find a place to talk?”

Andrea glanced at her apartment window. She didn’t like the idea of taking him up there—not because he was six-two and armed and a virtual stranger but because she assumed he was nosy.

But if she took him to a coffee shop, they might get approached by a reporter.

“Third floor, no elevator,” she said.

He gestured toward the stairs with a politeness that fit the suit. “After you.”
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Copyright 2014 Laura Griffin

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Author Bio:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author LAURA GRIFFIN started her career in journalism before venturing into the world of romantic suspense. She is a two-time RITA Award winner (for the books Scorched and Whisper of Warning) as well as the recipient of the Daphne du Maurier Award (for Untraceable). Laura currently lives in Austin where she is working on her next book. 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Modeling the Cover


The second of my three Misadventures of Maggie Mae novellas—You’re Mine, Maggie—releases today, April 15th! I had a clear vision from the start about what I wanted the covers of this series to look like. 

Finding just the right couple for a book cover is difficult work. When I saw the pictures from the photo shoot Taria Reid did with cover models Angelina Cavanaugh and Jorge Mojica, I knew right away that they were perfect for my Misadventures of Maggie Mae series. 
Jorge and Angelina captured the undeniable chemistry between my characters Maggie Mae Castro and Clive Poole. I’m lucky enough to have gotten to know Angelina through Facebook and so I asked her some questions about modeling and what it’s like to work with hot guys on nearly a daily basis. 

Beth: How long have you been a cover model? 
Angelina: I have been a cover model for about 6 months. 

Beth: Do you do any other modeling? 
Angelina: I do a little bit of everything when it comes to modeling—fashion, runway, editorial, pinup etc. I guess I don't want to shut any doors without trying to walk through them first. 

Beth: That’s very wise of you. You never know what could be your big break. How many covers have you been on? 
Angelina: I have been on about 50 book covers to date. 

Beth: You’re so photogenic. How do you prepare for a photo shoot? 
Angelina: This may sound really weird but I don't exactly prepare for a shoot... LOL. I kind of just wake up and wing it. I do however try not to eat anything fattening or that will make me bloated the night before. I also try to get a good night’s rest. Sometimes shoots go longer than expected so it’s always good to be well rested. 

Beth: What is your favorite thing about being a cover model? 
Angelina: I think my favorite thing about being a cover model is all of the people that I get to meet. The models I have met are amazing, the designers and authors I have spoken to, including yourself are lovely, and being a social person...it's very fulfilling. Hey... I'm not going to complain about working with hot dudes all day either and getting to see myself on books. I read a lot so I am very flattered. 

Beth: I chose the photos of you and Jorge because the two of you seemed to have such great chemistry on camera. How do you school your features/pretend you’re madly in love with the stranger you’re being photographed with? 
Angelina: Haha its funny you asked that question. We just spend a couple of minutes before the shoot trying to get to know each other and things become very easy. By the time we start taking photos we've gotten to see each other's personalities so it makes it easier to play off of one another. 

Beth: I had the cover artist add tattoos on your arms, chest and back to reflect the tattoos my character Maggie has. What were the most surprising changes made to your photo on a book cover?
Angelina: The most surprising changes on the cover we're definitely the tattoos! I'm such a sissy and won't get a real one. I was super excited to see that I was given them for your series! 

Beth: How can readers learn more about your work as a model?
Angelina: Please check me out on my site and fan page- www.angelina3186.wix.com/angelinamarie  
Or on Facebook- www.facebook.com/angelinamariecavanaugh
And show some love to thereedfiles.com for her awesome photography skills! 

My thanks to Angelina for taking the time to answer my questions and for bringing Maggie to life on my covers. You’re awesome! It takes a team to create great book covers. I’d also like to thank Jorge Mojica for being the perfect Clive. I’m also grateful for the immense talent and skill of photographer, Taria Reed, and cover designer, Angela Waters. 

Wake Up Maggie is out now.
You’re Mine, Maggie releases today, April 15th.
Find Me Maggie releases July 8th.

Which of the three Misadventures of Maggie Mae covers is your favorite?

Author Bio:
Best selling author, Beth Yarnall, writes mysteries, romantic suspense, and the occasional hilarious tweet. She lives deep in the heart of Southern California with her husband, two sons, and their rescue dog where she is hard at work on her next novel. For more information about Beth and her novels please visit her website-www.bethyarnall.com

Monday, April 14, 2014

On Darkness


Congratulations to "Kai", the winner in Sally's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated.

My novel In the Dark, as you may have guessed, features a lot of darkness.  Some of it is the literal kind, at night in dark alleys and darkened bedrooms, when eyes play tricks and leave us helpless.  Some is the figurative kind—the kind that shrouds the things my characters don’t know yet, or lends a frightening air to the darker side of human nature.  Both kinds obscure the truth, offer hiding places for heroes and villains alike and, as a result, inspire fear.

It may seem a little odd to some that, in this day and age of halogen lamps and rechargeable flashlights, darkness should still be a source—and sometimes a synonym—of fear.  Heck, it seems odd to me.  But it still gets to me—the murky, unknowable expanse of all the things we don’t know and can’t see, all the people and forces we don’t understand and struggle to trust.

I am the kind of person investment counselors describe as “risk-averse.”  Generally speaking, things and people I don’t trust send me running the other way.  The metaphorical kind of darkness—and the danger it creates—is something I avoid in my real life and relationships.  Ulterior motives are something I resent when I sense I’m being used, manipulated or controlled.  So when I’m inspired with a new novel idea, am I typically getting excited over reassuring, uplifting stories about regular families working out their troubles, or visionaries who set out in pursuit of a dream and end up changing the world?  No, not usually.  Not one single time so far, to be honest.  What sticks with me about any idea that stays in my head long enough to write it is the darkness.

So why don’t I write murder mysteries?  I’ve sincerely never yet been tempted.  Maybe those are too dark for me.  But maybe it’s a little more twisted than that.  I think the darkness that gets under my skin is not the over-the-top, indisputably evil kind, but rather the more nearly relatable kind.  The kind that’s closer to home.  The kind I’m most tempted to ignore.  Maybe we’re even taught to ignore it in a million subtle ways, because it’s easier that way.  Because it’s comfortable.  Because it’s polite.  But it’s still there, all around you, in the suspicion that someone you love and trust has lied to you, in the horrible thoughts you see flitting across an ordinary, angry face, in the things regular, usually honest, temporarily desperate people turn out to be willing to do when push comes to shove.  In a way, the most frightening part is our own reluctance to believe any of it until it’s too late.  So I deny it.  I ignore it.  And I am fascinated by it.  It turns my stomach, and digs in with its claws, refusing to go away until I have dealt with it, soaked in it, shone a light on it, and taken it apart into pieces I can understand, each one attached to a reason I can forgive.  In my head, that’s how a nightmare becomes a novel.  That’s why it has to.  That’s how it ends.

Giveaway
What about you?  What are the fears you find hardest to shake?  What are the monsters under your bed?  Comment below for a chance to win an e-copy of In the Dark!

In the Dark
A woman drawn into a dangerous game. A man who may not be what he seems. Passion raises the stakes in Sally Eggert’s electrifying novel of deception and desire.
Josie Nielsen’s anonymous life as a bartender is a world away from her classified job at a covert agency—and the terrifying night she was almost killed for her country’s secrets. That was the night Josie found out the hard way that no one had her back, especially not the man she thought she loved. But she’s pulled back in when her new boyfriend becomes the target of a government drug sting.

A sexy, laid-back barfly, Johnny Boyer is the kind of guy Josie can count on . . . to disappear before things get too complicated. But after she learns that Johnny is part of a major international trafficking operation, Josie can’t let him out of her sight. And yet even as she plunges into the mortal danger that surrounds Johnny, her attraction to him burns hotter than ever. She just isn’t sure whether she’s falling for a ruthless, cold-blooded criminal or the only man she’s ever met worth trusting with her life.

You can find In the Dark at: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | iTunes | Random House

Author Bio
Sally Eggert first began writing romance as an escape from law school. She is a two-time finalist in Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart contest and a member of RWA, Washington Romance Writers, the Golden Network, and the Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood. She lives in Paris with her husband and spends her free time playing the violin, knitting, and daydreaming every single day.

To find out more, visit www.sallyeggert.com, or find Sally on Facebook and Twitter.  Sign up for her mailing list to be notified about new releases and discounts!

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST April 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. 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Finding the Right Balance between Romance and Suspense


Hi All,

I’d like to thank Just Romantic Suspense for having me on the blog again! My name is Stacy-Deanne (Dee-Anne) and I write interracial romantic suspense and mysteries.

I for one think that romantic suspense is one of the most difficult genres to write. It’s a double-edge sword because even though it blends two great genres together, it is incredibly difficult to please everyone when writing it. Of course you can’t please all readers, but with romantic suspense there seems to be more criticism.

It is extremely important to find the right balance. The problem is the right balance depends on the reader. With romantic suspense it’s harder to satisfy readers. Some might think your books are great. Others might think there’s not enough suspense or mystery even when you have tons of it on every page. Some might say there is not enough romance, even though you’ve done your best to capture that aspect of the story.

Another issue is marketing romantic suspense. You can’t just market it to regular romance readers. Some romance readers don’t care for romantic suspense. So our audience is much smaller than someone writing contemporary romance with no suspense.

So what’s my suggestion to those new to writing in this genre? Be yourself and write the books you like and want to read. If you love romantic suspense then you will naturally come up with a decent book while staying true to yourself. There still has to be a balance within the plot though. You can’t have too much romance and no suspense. You also can’t have too much suspense and no romance. If your work isn’t hitting both equally then you are not writing romantic suspense. You’re either writing straight romance, or straight mystery/suspense. That’s fine but not if you’re marking it to the RS crowd. There must be enough of both to categorize your work as romantic suspense.

One of the things I really like about romantic suspense is that you have more freedom. You don’t have to write HEA endings that might not fit. Let’s face it, in suspense everything is not going to always end on an upbeat note. Most romantic suspense books have HFN endings or even sad or shocking endings. Things you can’t get away with in romance, you can do in romantic suspense. I also love villains and in romantic suspense you can spend more time with your villains compared to having a villain in a romance book. There are also different degrees of romantic suspense. There’s cozy for the nonviolent crowd, and there’s romantic mystery that’s a bit hardcore for the heavier suspense lovers.

I have a tip on how to strike up the balance for budding romantic suspense writers. I suggest trying outlining. I recently began outlining my books from beginning to end and this helps me hit that balance because I can see when I need to incorporate the suspense and when I need to slow it down and focus on the romantic angle.

No matter what you do as a romantic suspense writer, you’ll never please anyone. But there are still things that you must do for your work to be considered romantic suspense. Always remember to respect your readers. If you’re claiming to write romantic suspense, make sure that’s what you’re delivering. Beyond that, everything else is out of your hands.
Happy writing!

My new release comes out today! Check it out!

Disturbed (Book 3 in the Bruised Series) from Sugar and Spice Press:

Baltimore Detective Lisa Swanson is stunned when Detective Winston Lewis informs her that Devon Barnes, a young man stabbed to death in a park, had her name and number in his phone. Lisa insists she never met or heard of Devon and has no idea why he would have her information.

As Winston investigates, he has an eerie feeling that Lisa’s information being in Devon’s phone connects to his murder as well as a belief that Lisa might be hiding something. Lisa remains adamant that she does not know Barnes, but when her fingerprints show up on the knife used in Devon’s murder, Winston finds himself choosing between his feelings for her and doing his duty as a police officer. Pushed into a corner, Winston arrests Lisa for Devon’s murder.

After Lisa makes bail, she teams up with Winston to find out how and why the evidence points to her as Devon’s killer. The investigation leads to Lisa questioning someone from her past who not only could have the answers to her questions, but could also be the reason for her recent nightmare.

Excerpt:
“Are you moving in with Jake?”
     She stopped. “Excuse me?”
     “You heard me.” He turned around. “Are you moving in with Jake or not?”
     “And didn’t I tell you that’s none of your business?”
     “Well I think differently.” His eyes penetrated her. “Are you or are you not moving in with Jake?”
     “And why is that so important to you?”
     “You know why.” He grabbed her. “God, Lisa, how long do we have to keep pretending?”
     “Let go of me.” She jerked back but couldn’t shake his grip. “Let…go.”
     He did. “You know that moving in with Jake would be a big mistake. That’s why you wanted to think about it. Say I’m wrong. Say you aren’t having reservations about Jake. That’s because you don’t love him.”
     “Oh, so you’re in my head now?” She sighed. “I’m sick and tired of going through this with you every day. I’m with Jake, and you’re going to have to get over it!”
     “I’ll never get over it because you don’t belong with him!”
     “This is crazy.” She pinched the bridge of her nose. “What do I have to do to get through to you?”
     “Convince me that you don’t have feelings for me.” He grabbed her by the arms. “But I know you do. I feel it every time we’re in a room together.”
     “Winston.”
     “Jake knows it too. I saw how he looked at us at Salinger’s party. Hell, everyone there could feel the heat between us.” He let her go.
     “Look, I love Jake and he needs me.”
     “And I don’t?”
     She stared at him. “What?”
     He lowered his voice. “I need you too.”
     “I’m tired of this, Winston. I can’t go through this every damn day.”
     “If you’d stop pretend—”
     “No, you need to stop ignoring what I tell you and listen to me.” She pointed at him. “Now this is it! There is never going to be anything between us, Winston.”
     “You can’t keep denying—”
     “Ah!” She gripped her head. “I can’t deal with this shit anymore! I can’t breathe so please…please stop this!”
     “I can’t.” He pulled her close. “My heart won’t let me.”
     “God, Winston.” She laid her hand on his chest. “You don’t need to chase me. You’re a man any woman would want, and you deserve a woman who wants you.”
     He laid his finger on her lips. “You want me, and we both know it. What about when we kissed in the rain?”
     She dropped her head and sighed.
     “You wanted me then just like you want me now.”
     “I—”
     “You don’t belong with Jake.” He moved his mouth toward hers. “You belong with me.”
He kissed her.

Add Disturb to your List on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20765305-disturbed
Check out Bruised (book 1) and Captivated(book 2)

Stacy-Deanne Bio:
Stacy-Deanne (Dee-Anne) is a published novelist of interracial romantic suspense and mystery novels. She started writing professionally in 1997 when she was nineteen years old. Stacy grew up loving the suspense genre. Her idols are Edgar Allan Poe and Alfred Hitchcock. Her love for Psycho and many of his movies fueled her fire for suspense.

She was born, raised, and resides in Houston, Texas.




Twitter: @stacydeanne


Thursday, April 10, 2014

5 Fun Facts About Christy Newton


Hi! I’m so happy it’s spring. It’s been a long winter for most people and the sound of birds chirping, geese honking and bees buzzing are music to my frozen ears. For those lazy, warmer days coming soon, be sure to grab one of my books and go on an adventure, travel and most important fall in love.
Christy Newton

Stolen Hearts

Jewels, deception and adventure…

Twenty-two year old Cammie Adams knows one thing for sure – life isn’t fair. She’s still an emotional 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 that 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 out where there’s 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 the Upton Hills Community, finds one of the maids dead in an empty suite and turns to Cammie for help to keep his beloved hotel from being tarnished. With her partner and complicated 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. Will Miles win Cammie back? Will Simon stay by her side when the unthinkable happens? 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?

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 Mr. Wentworth’s company secrets and it’s up to them to find the spy. But when they get their answer, they uncover much more than company 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?

Just for fun ~ Trailers:
http://youtu.be/f9xZsthVf9g
http://youtu.be/aA-ojA99ZVg
http://youtu.be/UVAHnN4st8c

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! Christy is the author of the More Than Treasure Series and the Love Again Collection.

Five Fun Facts about me:

1. Fall is my favorite season.
2. I love castles.
3. I go to the zoo every year.
4. I’ve had pet rats (and they are sweet and very smart)
5. I like Mug root beer. 

STALKER LINKS:
*Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Christy-Newton/359791990763912
*Twitter: @CNewtonAuthor
*Author Website: www.christynewton.com
*Author Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7124038.Christy_Newton?from_search=true
*Author Amazon Page:
 http://www.amazon.com/Christy-Newton/e/B00D9QDMTI/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1