Thursday, September 27, 2012

I Love A Good Mystery

Congratulations to "Hregtvedt", the winner of Jenn's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated.

I love a good mystery. It’s my first love in genre fiction. It started way back with Encyclopedia Brown.  I eventually moved on to Nancy Drew and then graduated to adult mystery writers. It seems that whatever I write, there is always a mystery sub-plot of someone searching for something, someone, or seeking answers to a very old, sometimes painful question. In my latest Romantic Suspense, Lucky’s Charm, there are a few mysteries surrounding the main character Felicia aka “Lucky”. Not only is she searching for the people responsible for killing her mother, she and her family are all keeping secrets from each other.

I’ve been writing my whole life in one form or another. I’ve stayed away from writing a straight-up mystery because most of the time there’s a cop or PI involved, and I never felt comfortable writing the procedural aspect of solving crimes through the eyes of a trained professional. There are so many actual crime writers out there with the personal experience to make it authentic and I know I’m not quite there. However, I think mystery surrounds us every day and I never seem to tire of it. I love watching movies or TV shows that ask questions and strive to find the answers and books are no different. Having a mystery aspect to what I write keeps the story fresh and the characters engaging.

Do you enjoy a little mystery in your Romantic Suspense too?

To protect her family and find a killer, Felicia “Lucky” Fascino assumed her adoptive father’s identity and joined the network, an organization of moral assassins to finish the job he began. Eliminating the man responsible for murdering her mother has consumed her for the last five years. While keeping her Uncle Stephen and cousin Elizabeth at arm’s length, Lucky begins to feel the weight of her career choice and reclusive lifestyle. Then a chance encounter with an enigmatic hit man, during one of her jobs, turns into a provocative and dangerous affair. Distracted by the secret trysts with Kenji Zinn and mounting tension within her family, Lucky makes reckless mistakes that threaten her livelihood and almost claim her life.


Things get complicated for Lucky as her feelings for Kenji bubble to the surface…

“I’m not…good at this anymore.” Lucky puffed out a heavy breath and clutched the phone. “I can’t wrap my mind around it. I’ve really tried to forget you.”


“Because, I can’t want…this.”

“What do you mean?”

“Be with someone while doing what I do. Sharing my life… I haven’t for a long time. I don’t see how I can do it with—”

“Another killer?”

That stopped her cold. Lucky shut her eyes and banged her head against the wall. Not only was it the oddest conversation she’d ever have, it frightened her because he was dead on.

“Why add to the torment?” she snapped.

“Being with you was far from torture.” His reply was husky and saturated with innuendo. Lucky ignored the ripples of electricity on her skin.

“We’re not good people, Kenji. I’ve already accepted that, but I think you’ve still got blinders on.”
“No, I have a sense we are more alike than you realize. I know why you eliminated McKowen. He was a vile man.”

“Yeah… We might be the bad guys, but we’re never the villains.” Lucky softened her tone. 
“We’re not heroes either, just stuck in the middle somewhere.”

“This is what we do, not who we are. It does not change what happened between us. We should not ignore this.”

“I don’t know….” The contact with him did something to her, but finding the words to explain it seemed impossible. Lucky did want to see him again, though, not for all the right reasons.
“Where are you, right now?”

“Miami,” he said immediately. “Let me come to you, wherever you wish.”

“I….” The confusion twisted through her. He was determined without being forceful.

“The choice is yours. Call me after you complete your task,” he said without demand.


Author Bio: Jenn’s love of writing started the year she received her first diary and Nancy Drew novel. Throughout her teenage years, she kept a diary of her personal thoughts and feelings but graduated from Nancy Drew to other mystery suspense novels. Jenn often adds a thriller and suspense element to anything she writes be it Romance, Science Fiction, or Fantasy. When not writing, she spends her time reading, observing pop culture, playing with her two dogs, and working on various charitable projects in her home state of New Jersey.

Jenn will be awarding a digital copy of  Lucky’s Charm to one lucky commenter.

Twitter: @jennnixon

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST Sep. 28th. 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. 


  1. I grew up reading Agatha Christie (Nancy Drew just wasn't that popular in my little corner(s) of the world!) & trying to outsmart Hercule Poirot, so I definitely love me some mystery in anything I read.

    Now I'm off to make my already epic TBR queue grow by one more :)


  2. Great excerpt ;-) I also grew up with Nancy Drew, but I liked the Hardy Boys better - I hated that Nancy kept needing to be "saved" by Ned Nickerson all the time, lol. Heroines like your Lucky are more fun to read since they kick butt and have feelings.

    Will add to my Goodreads TBR list!

  3. @Chris, I probably should brush up on my Christie!

    @Katie, I never read the Hardy Boys, I was into "girl power" I didn't like Ned all that much either.

    Thank you both for stopping by!

  4. Just dropping by, Jenn.

  5. A fine profile of a writer and a nice excerpt; elements of mystery and sexual tension. Well Done.

  6. @SB, you're awesome. :-)

    @J. Conrad, Thanks! I appreciate you taking a moment to comment. Make sure to email your address to Maureen (above) if you want to win a copy!

  7. I was not a fan of reading as a kid, but remember reading some Nancy Drew & The Hardy Boys books. Love the cover and how the shamrock stands out! Thanks for sharing with us Jenn!

  8. Me too on the Nancy Drew! Your cover is great Jenn. It is like looking down the scope of a gun.

  9. I enjoyed reading your explanation of why you write mysteries not in the POV of a private investigator or policeman. I totally get you. Romance with a bit of mystery and suspense is something I like reading.

  10. Colleen & Janet I didn't read much as young kid either, but Nancy Drew as a teen got me hooked. So glad you like the cover, more on the suspense side than the romance side, but the publisher liked my concept and made it better! Nice to meet ya and thanks for commenting!


  11. @Patricia, One of these day I may try it again. I did write a PI novel about 15 years ago. It's still on the hard drive. :-)


  12. Very nice excerpt.


  13. I'm the same way about crime mysteries. I'd love to write one, but I just don't have the time for more research or tracking people down who can give me the info I need. For the time being I'll content myself with reading them, lol. I love a good mystery.

    bicknellbrown AT sbcglobal DOT net

  14. @Bn & Faith, thank you for stopping by!

  15. Romance Suspense are great but when mystery is added to romance Suspense, the story is even better.

    I started with Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys for mystery. Then I got into Phyllis A. Whitney's books. There was this mystery book series that has the character Juniper. I believe that it was written by Alfred Hitchcock for YA. I just can't remember what the name of this series but I do know where it is in the public library.


  16. I totally agree, Jenn. All our lives have elements of mystery in them - even though the vast majority of us aren't in law enforcement - so why shouldn't the main characters of novels face the same challenges? The best part is they don't have to be good at solving them, either. And you can keep the readers and the protagonist guessing until the truth is finally revealed.


  17. I still have all my Nancy Drew books from when I was a kid! I really enjoy mystery in my romance books. I just adds an edge of excitement and makes it more of a page-turner for me. I love a straight up romance, but I find my tastes have changed a bit and I'm leaning more toward romantic suspense. It must be the challenge of figuring out the mystery before it is over.


  18. I started early with mysteries as a kid as well. I read both the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew. Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, Rex Stout. Now I read Connelly, Sandford, and DeMille. I'll be adding Nixon to the list. Enjoyed the look into why you write the way you do.

  19. I have been an avid reader all my life. romantic suspense is my favorite genre,as, just love to see the good guys win, and, get the girl.

  20. thank you for this chance sounds like a great read

  21. Thank you all so much for taking time to comment!! There are some awesome Authors suggested by you guys. I'll have to check them out too. Hope you all have a great weekend!

  22. I loved reading Lucky's Charm! I can't wait to read more from Jenn Nixon!

  23. Hey! I started with Trixie Beldon and then read ALL the Nancy Drew books I could find. Luckily our local library had most of them. I love a great mystery! trishleroy49 at gmail dot com

  24. Thanks for the love Terri!! @Trish, never heard of Trixie Beldon, will have to go do some internet searching!

  25. Your book sounds great. I was an avid Nancy Drew reader and I read Trixie Beldon too, a younger version of Nancy Drew. My Dad always kept a list of what number book I was on in a particular series and would bring me home the next in the series, looking back it was really sweet of him.

  26. @Annwitch, that's pretty cool of your dad, it was my step mom who really got me interested in reading. Until here I only read if I had to.