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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Die For Me


Congratulations to Theresa, Jessica, Janet and Diana, the winners in Cynthia's giveaway. Thank you to everyone who participated in the giveaway!

I want to thank everyone for the wonderful support that my romantic suspense books have received! It is so fantastic to know that others enjoy the dark mix of suspense and romance.  Do you remember the very first romantic suspense novel that you read? My keeper shelf is currently full of great romantic suspenses!  -- Cynthia

DIE FOR ME

She thought her fiancé was the perfect man—until he turned out to be the perfect killer…

Katherine Cole is running for her life, desperate to escape the Valentine Killer—so-called because he stabs his victims through the heart and leaves them holding a telltale single red rose. Still he tracks her to New Orleans and begins carving a bloody path to her door. But this time, Katherine refuses to run any farther. This time, she’ll do anything to stop the madman she once loved, even trust the sexy cop promising to keep her safe…

Detective Dane Black never lets his emotions interfere with his job, even as the Valentine Killer surfaces in New Orleans to stalk his prey. But when Dane agrees to protect the killer’s ex-fiancée, Katherine Cole, he can’t ignore the passion kindling between them. After a single unforgettable night binds them body and soul, Dane knows he won’t rest until Katherine is safe in his arms—and the Valentine Killer is dead. Dark and intensely sexy, this romantic suspense novel from USA Today bestselling author Cynthia Eden is sure to leave readers breathless.

Excerpt:
Dark red blotches of blood pooled on her kitchen floor.Katelynn Crenshaw dropped the bags she’d been holding as her gaze locked on that blood.The sexy lingerie she’d spent an hour picking out at the boutique slithered from the bag and edgedinto the congealing pool of blood on her marble tile.“M-Michael?” Her voice came out too low. She cleared her throat and tried again.“
 Michael?”
Her fiancé was the only other person with a key to her place, but his car hadn’t beenin the driveway out front. He wasn’t supposed to get home until after six. She knew because she’d planned their whole evening down to his exact arrival so she’d have plenty of time to light thecandles, get in her sexy outfit and— And there was blood on the floor.She spun around and realized that there were more splatters of blood near the basementdoor. Fear had her heart slamming into her chest.

 A burglar.
He could have broken inside and cut himself on smashed glass from a window.Oh, shit, but she should have listened to Michael and gotten an alarm installed. He’d told her itwasn’t safe to be without one these days. Too many desperate and crazy people were in the world.She yanked out her cell phone even as she began to back away from that basement door.Her fingers dialed quickly, and the rasp of her breathing seemed far too loud.“Nine-one-one. What is the nature of your emergency?”“I think…” Her voice was a whisper once more.
 Had the burglar heard her call out for  Michael?


"Trust me.”

The Last Chance bar was Veronica Lane’s last hope. Desperate to find her missing brother, the sheltered computer programmer turned to Jasper Adams–the man she’d been warned to stay far away from. Veronica knew she was putting her life into the hands of the former Army Ranger, who aroused desire she had to resist at all costs.

Posing as a ruthless mercenary was a cover for what Jasper was really doing: hunting a killer. And Veronica was in the line of fire. The soldier-turned-elite-ops-agent knew he was playing a dangerous game–trying to win her trust while deceiving her about his true mission. What would happen once Veronica discovered that everything about him was a lie…everything except his passion for her?

Excerpt:

Desperation had driven Veronica Lane to the small, run-down bar in the middle of absolute nowhere. That same desperation had her hands shaking and her heart racing as she pushed open the bar’s old wooden doors and risked a cautious step inside Last Chance.

The bar name was rather fitting, but not exactly reassuring.

No band was playing in the bar. It wasn’t that kind of place—no live bands would ever be playing in a joint like this. The interior was dim, and the bar smelled of alcohol and cigarettes. Despite its worn appearance, Last Chance was packed, mostly with men who were drinking and with some ladies who were dancing. Dancing to their own beat because the jukebox wasn’t exactly spitting out any nice tunes.

Veronica felt unwanted eyes on her as she took another slow step inside the building. She knew her mark waited in that bar. She’d worked hard to track the man down. Now Veronica just had to convince him to help her.

I can do this.

She hoped.

Cynthia will be giving away 2 copies of each book print or digital (winner's choice**) to four lucky readers commenting or emailing about the first romantic suspense book they ever read.

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST Feb. 20th. 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. **Digital books awarded to readers outside the US or CANADA.

51 comments:

  1. My first romantic suspense is The Golden Horn by Phyllis A. Whitney. It was the book I read when I was in junior high school and way before romantic suspense is what it is today. It was the book that ease me into the genre and it was something I was craving to read.

    kmccandle(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  2. *Waves to Cynthia* Oooh - would love to win a copy of Die For Me!

    My first romantic suspense was Witchcraft by Jayne Ann Krentz published waaaaaaaaay back in 1985! I remember being so excited to read a romance that had a mystery/suspense storyline in it . . was both a surprise and a joy!

    *sighs lustily with the memory* :D

    willa (at) talktalk (dot) net

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    1. Hi, Willa!! I have Witchcraft!! It's on my keeper shelf. ;)I love those early Krentz books!

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  3. I just drew a blank... It has been so many years ago and so many in between. I could easily tell you the last one... In the Belly of Jonah by Sandra Brannan. Sorry my mind won't go back to the first...

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    1. Hi, Sandie! My mind blanks like that all the time. Seriously--all the time!

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  4. Wow. that would be a looong time ago. I guess it would be a Barbara Michaels book or Phyllis Whitney book. I read all their books when I was in high school. Romantic suspense has everything you could ask for in a book. love to win!! Trishleroy49 at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks for entering the giveaway, Trish!

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  5. Wow this sounds awesome.I love getting on here and finding new authors on here.It is so neat that you all put your books on here,thank you,debra stolhand ( cher123 @cableone.net)

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  6. My first romantic suspense books were Christie Craigs' books. They are lighthearted romantic suspense. Nothing like your romantic thrillers, Cynthia! I then moved on to JD Robb's in Death books. Boy did some of those scare me. I have really learned about a lot of rom suspense authors from JRS which is one of the reasons I love this blog. I don't need to be entered in the drawing since I have both of these books but wanted to show Cynthia some comment love. Die For Me is FANTASTIC! I hope to read Guardian Ranger soon. Congrats, Cynthia!

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    1. Amy, I think Christie is so funny! ;)

      And thank you for the comment love! I am so glad that you enjoyed DIE FOR ME--thank you!!!

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  7. I can't recall the first romantic suspense book I've read, but I do remember the book that made me realize that I do love romantic suspense books. It's a book by Carol Ericson, navy seal security.
    Diana
    dinbarrios at yahoo dot com

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    1. Diana, I will go look for that one now! Thank you!

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  8. My first taste of Romantic Suspense was one of Rebecca Yorks' books... I have to go and look at my shelf to remember the title... now years later... I have sooooo many on my shelves from many different authors that I have enjoyed!

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    1. Don't you love it when your shelves are that full? I sure do!

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  9. I honestly didn't read romantic suspense till I found you. Then I had to read everything you had written no matter what it was. You are what pulled me into it.
    heather_almendarezathotmaildotcom

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  10. I don't remember the first romantic suspense book I read. I used to read anything I could get my hands on, which was ususally whatever my mom and her sisters were reading. I konw there was a lot of Danielle Steel and Nora Roberts.
    park_kellyatrogersdotcom

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    1. I sure have enjoyed a whole lot of Nora's romantic suspenses!

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  11. Hmmm... not sure what the first was, but I have read Jayne Anne Krentz/Amanda Quick. I love the Arcane series. However, I sort of feel that many of the books I read have some level of suspense in them. There is always some question to answer, a puzzle to solve, or a crime to solve. Another one that just popped into my head is the Lupi series by Eileen Wilkes. Those are great as well. The Sookie Stackhouse are pretty good too. evanlea at gmail dot com

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  12. Suzanne Brockman's Tall, Dark and Dangerous series (then of course that rolled into her Troubleshooter's series). Another author was Linda Winfree who wrote one of the best series Hearts of the South - sadly she doesnt write anymore. Since then to many to mention :) I found you in 2010 when Deadly Fear came out and been a fan ever since.

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    1. I'm so glad you found me with Deadly Fear! ;) Thank you!

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  13. I´m not really sure of the first one, but the one i still remember is Brazen Virtue by Nora Roberts, i´ve must have re-read it 4-5 times, it´s great and i love it. It got me started on Nora Roberts.
    Can´t wait for my chance to read your Die for me! =)
    Thanks for the giveaway & Happy Wednesday!
    //Linda
    fr_larsson at hotmail dot com

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    1. I remember Brazen Virtue! I enjoyed that one--again and again.

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  14. Hmmm... Suzanne Brockman's troubleshooter series... then Christina Dodd....

    maybe31 at yahoo.com

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    1. I keep hearing good things about those Troubleshooters...

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  15. Mmm, ones that is coming up is Maggie Shayne's Thicker than Water; Colder Than Ice, and Darker than Midnight comes to mind. It's very hard to think and to be sure.

    Raonaid at gmail dot com

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  16. Congrats to Cynthia on the new release. My first romantic suspense was Iris Johansen's "The Ugly Duckling."

    janie1215 AT excite DOT com

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  17. You actually introduced me to romantic suspense with DEADLY FEAR. I always had shied away from this genre thinking it wasn't for me but boy was I wrong. Can't get enough now!!

    Thanks for the giveaway Cynthia!

    mharper1023@gmail.com

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  18. "Dream Man" by Linda Howard. I didn't think I would ever sleep again. Then, I found byself reading more and more Romantic Suspense books. It still is my favorite genre hands down.


    Marijane Diodati
    mjdiodati@yahoo.com

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  19. Would have been i think the Nora Roberts in death series when i was a teen since they were in the house but after that went looking for others and Cynthia Eden was one of the good ones i found and still enjoy heaps :)

    jessicaoz at hotmail dot com

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    1. So glad you found me, Jessica!! Thank you!

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  20. Too long ago to remember - it may have been either a Mary Stewart or Helen MacInnes book.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  21. I've been reading for so very many years that there isn't anyway I could name the first book I read, much less the first romantic suspense! :o) I can tell you that I've a couple of Cynthia Eden books on my TBR shelf and that romantic suspense is my favorite read. I've seen Die for Me around the blogverse and I'm really looking forward to adding this to my library. Thanks for the chance.
    kacbokks(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Hi, Karen! So glad to hear that RS is your fave read!

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  22. Thanks so much for the comments today! I loved learning about your favorite romantic suspenses!

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  23. My first romantic suspense would be the In Death series! Still love and follow this series ;)

    Congrats on your latest releases, Cynthia! :)

    chibipooh(at)gmail(dot)com

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  24. I couldn't possibly remember the first Romantic Suspense I ever read. That would be a while ago now. I've read quite a few over the years & always keen to read more.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  25. Thanks for the fabulous post and giveaway! Congrats to Cynthia on the new release :) I think the first romantic suspense book I read was Amber Beach by Elizabeth Lowell.

    efender1(at)gmail(dot)com

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  26. The first romantic suspense I ever read was probably in high school -Young Adult author RL Stine's Fear Street series (20 years ago). I started reading again 5-6 years ago I would say my first romantic suspense was Crime Scene at Cardwell Ranch (Harlequin Intrigue) by BJ Daniels. Now I'm more into Liliana Hart for my romantic suspense, but would love to try your book! theresa.esterline@gmail.com

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  27. think it was an Elizabeth Lowell book

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  28. First Romantic Suspense, wow, no idea. Too many years. But a favorite author is Shannon Mckenna.

    Janet

    jkbsfsd @ msn.com

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  29. Mine was Susan May Warren "Point of No Return"...
    Congratulations Cynthia!
    Jan

    janet_kerr(at)msn.com

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  30. So many love beverly Barton books, rip.
    Great prize thanks
    Kimh
    Kimehak@yahoo.com

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