Sunday, February 12, 2012

Guest Blog Featuring Lina Gardiner

Congratulations to Na and Stella, the winners of Lina Gardiner's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated.

Since I started writing, I watch for signs of what the next trend for books might be.  For instance, I was ahead of the curve on the vampire front and even managed to win a couple of awards for my series (The Jess Vandermire Vampire Hunter Series) that has become quite popular.   A couple of years ago I started writing a spy paranormal, Black Moon Awakening that comes out this year and (Ding...Ding...Ding..) spy movies are all the rage this year.  I hit the target again. 

With my mystery, though, I wrote the story that called to me.  I saw no trends that made me want to write mystery.  I’ve always wanted to write mystery.  :)  Even better, indie published books are giving readers what they want, what they’ve always wanted and couldn’t get...”enough of” for the past few years —romantic suspense. 

My newly released book, What She Doesn’t Know, is about an olde worlde society that hides and protects relics in North America; an offshoot of Knights Templar, perhaps.  Pure fiction, right?  That’s what I thought too, until a few weeks ago when I watched Brad Meltzer’s Decoded television series about the Knights of the Golden Circle, and current day treasure hunters finding hidden codes and even treasure buried in secretly marked places.  Not something I was aware of when I wrote my book.  But I love the fact that the mystery I’ve created in my fictional work might even mirror something that is still going on in North America today.  Not a trend, but with Brad Meltzer’s show, possibly trendy right now.  :)

That leads me to a fictional island in the Bay of Fundy, off the Coast of New Brunswick and Maine....

Imagine if a young woman’s husband died trying to wrap her side of the car around a telephone pole?  She has no idea why he did it.  There’d been no signs of marital discontent. After all, they’d only been married a year.  Worse, the funeral went ahead while she was unconscious.  She can’t explain why, exactly, but she doesn’t think he’s really dead.  When someone turns up on an island in the Bay of Fundy claiming to be her dead husband, she has no choice but to go there in order to find out who it is.  Is it really her husband?  And if it isn’t her husband, why would he pretend?

Lina will be giving away a digital copy of WHAT SHE DOESN'T KNOW to two lucky commentors!

Giveaway ends 10pm EST Feb. 12th. 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 justromanticsuspense @ with a subject title of JRS GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway.


  1. Thanks very much for hosting me on your site, Maureen. I look forward to chatting with anyone interested in stopping by.

  2. LIna, this latest book of yours sounds fabulous. And what a setting! The Bay of Fundy is easily one of the most interesting and formidable bodies of water in the world.

  3. Thanks for stopping by, Stella. Great way to put it, interesting and formidable. My heroine has a deep seated fear of that dark, undulating ocean. But for me, I've been paddling in that ocean since I could walk. Tourists think its cold, but local enjoy the briskness of it. :)

  4. Lina, I have to say I'm reading your book right now and loving it. Well done!

    And LOL about the "briskness" of the Bay of Fundy. The temps don't get up much past 8C (46F) even in the height of summer. Brrrrr!

  5. I'm so glad you're enjoying it, Norah. Coming from you that is high praise. I've always loved your writing! Even now, as an adult, if I go to the beach I spend at least an hour floating in the waves. It's only cold for a couple of minutes. :)

  6. Hi Lina, your books has such an interesting blurb. It's a mystery that sounds quite thilling. You are a new author to me and I'm looking forward to your works.


  7. Hi Cambonified,
    So glad you stopped by! Good luck in the free book draw!

  8. Sorry to join the party late! I've just finished What She Doesn't Know, and I loved the book. It's an excellent suspense. What a place to set a mystery, on a cold desolate island in the foggy Bay Of Fundy.

  9. Hi Kate! Glad you could drop by. And I'm thrilled you liked my book and gave me my very first review! I really enjoyed your indie book, Shattered, as well. Very well done.

  10. I have this on my Kindle and can't wait to read it. Lina really knows her suspense. It's like her mind never stops!!

  11. Hi Barbara,
    You're right my imagination never stops. And I do love suspense. Even my paranormals have an element of suspense/police drama.
    I'm reading your book right now, Souvenirs. I'm 75% done. Would have had it read by now it I hadn't down with that horrible cold. I still don't know who done it? Can't wait to find out.

  12. Wow, what a great story. I like it.

  13. Mary, thanks so much for stopping by and spreading the word!


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