By: Brenda Margriet
Congratulations to "Samgirl", the winner of Brenda's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!
I grew up on Nancy Drew and the Bobbsey Twins, graduated to Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers, moved on to Rex Stout and Dick Francis and Robert B. Parker. Do you see the trend?
When I decided to try my hand at writing a novel, I examined the books I liked best. And you know what? While I obviously enjoyed mystery and suspense, my favourite novels all had a strong romance subplot. I decide I wanted to write novels about relationships...and if there was some murder and mayhem along the way, all the better.
In a way, romantic suspense is like two mysteries in one. Not only do we need to find out if the guy gets the girl (or rather 'how', as the cardinal rule of romance is the happy ending), we need to discover how they stay alive long enough to fall in love. The deeper their commitment to each other, the higher the stakes in the mystery. Honestly, it's a win/win for the reader!
I am thrilled to announce my debut romantic suspense, MOUNTAIN FIRE, was released January 9, 2013 by The Wild Rose Press!
A mountaintop mystery leads two conservationists to dangerous obsessions and violent passions.
Natural resources student June Brandt climbs Longworth Mountain for some alone time. But when Conservation Officer Alex Weaver arrives to look into the death of a grizzly bear, June is caught up in the investigation--and fascinated by Alex.
Alex is attracted by June's competence and coolness under fire--as well as her lithe body and honey-blonde hair. Although their mutual interest in protecting the natural wonders of the area brings them together, they soon realize they view love from very different angles. He offers passion and pleasure, but June wants more.
When one of Alex's colleagues is murdered, June and Alex must work together to find the poacher before other lives are lost. And Alex must look deep inside to discover if he can give June what she deserves.
Brenda is giving away an e-book copy of MOUNTAIN FIRE to one lucky commenter. Tell her what you like best about romantic suspense!
For an excerpt and to find out where to purchase MOUNTAIN FIRE in digital or print formats, visit www.brendamargriet.com
Brenda's love of books began as a child. She ran into the living room holding "Old Hat, New Hat", tripped and smashed into the corner of the coffee table. The book sustained a deep gouge in its cover, and Brenda has never forgotten its sacrifice.
As a teenager, she saved babysitting money to buy a typewriter. It had an electric keyboard with manual return, and cost more than $300. She clacked away at that for hours.
Her first finished novel was still decades away, even though many others died on the page in the intervening years. It wasn't until her husband bought her her very own laptop for Christmas 2010 that she managed to type "The End" on what would eventually be MOUNTAIN FIRE.
Brenda lives in Northern British Columbia with her husband, three children (all of whom are taller than her) and various finny and furry pets. By day she is Creative Director at the local television station, and by night she pecks away at her works in progress.
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