Saturday, May 4, 2013

Embracing My Southern Roots



Congratulations to "Merisha A", the winner of Ella's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

I’m a southerner through and through. Even though I lived up north for several years, the saying, “You can take the girl out of the South but you can’t take Southern out of the girl” definitely holds true for me. I have a thick drawl, bless people’s hearts without even realizing it, and if it were possible, I’d make sweet tea the national drink.

When my publisher suggested a new series, based in the South, I jumped on the idea. My Christy Reece books are known for their darkness and grit. Wanting to write a different kind of series under Ella Grace but one that’s still sexy and suspenseful, I created my own little town in Alabama called Midnight. I know about small southern towns, about lies that get told so many times they become fact, and about secrets that get buried miles deep.

As I wrote the first book, MIDNIGHT SECRETS, the town came alive and the characters in Midnight told me their secrets. One dark event that no one talks about anymore is the murder/suicide of Maggie and Beckett Wilde. 

It’s not until Savannah Wilde returns to Midnight to put the family home up for sale that she learns the truth about her parents’ deaths. Zach Tanner, the man who broke her heart years ago, is the town’s new chief of police. He’s also the only one she can trust to help her.

Lies, betrayals, broken promises, and unrealized dreams lurk beneath the calm, peaceful façade of Midnight. And if Zach and Savannah can stay alive to discover the truth, they might just find the happiness that has eluded them for so many years can still be theirs.

AT THE STROKE OF MIDNIGHT, THE HEAT BEGINS

On a hot southern night, with a storm on the horizon, a family is shattered. Three beautiful daughters—Savannah, Samantha, and Sabrina Wilde—go on with their lives, each significantly changed, as they bear the memory of the murder-suicide that killed their parents. For years, they have stayed away from Midnight, Alabama. Until Midnight calls them home.

Savannah is the first one back, when a grueling case in Nashville leads the young prosecutor to seek shelter in the quiet of the once grand Wilde mansion. But when she finds letters casting doubt on her family’s dark, shameful past, she realizes that peace in Midnight is a shallow façade and sinister secrets lurk beneath the surface. Zach Tanner, once the town’s bad boy, is now the new police chief and still has a wild hold over her. Zach can feel it, too, but he hurt Savannah once. As teenagers, they broke every rule together. Now it’s his job to keep her safe, even though he isn’t sure who her enemies are, or which ones might be his own. All he knows is that they have only each other to face dangers they can’t see coming.

Ella will be giving away a copy of MIDNIGHT SECRETS to one lucky person leaving a comment or email.

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST May 5th. 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. US and CANADA postal addresses only.

39 comments:

  1. I just love that Southern drawl. My supervisor who had retired, has that Southern drawl. After working with her so long, I picked up that Southern drawl without realizing it. My supervisor pointed it out to me one day. I always thought that I was tone-deaf, well, that day, it looks like I wasn't. I was surprised by that revelation.

    kmccandle(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    2. Oops! Forgot who I was for a moment!

      Hi Kai May! That's so cool. When I lived up North, I lost a lot of my accent. Even started saying 'dog' instead of 'dawg'! Within a week of returning to Alabama, I sounded like I'd never left. :)

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  2. Midnight Secrets is an excellent book. It differs from the LCR series but it is just as good. The LCR books are gritty and driven by action-packed plots. Whereas, Midnight Secrets is a character driven romantic suspense book. The focus is on romance and relationships with an element of mystery and suspense.

    The reader becomes invested in the main characters and their relationship but also in some unique minor characters and the town, which truly is a character as well.

    Savannah and Zach, the main characters are very likable and have you hoping that they will have their second chance at love.

    It is great to see another side of Christy Reece.It is a testament to your writing skill that you written a book so different from the LCR books but just as enjoyable and intriguing.
    By the way, it is definitely hot!

    Marijane Diodati

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    1. Thank you, Marijane! I'm so glad you enjoyed MIDNIGHT SECRETS!

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  3. I think it is awesome how authors get on here and give away books.I love getting on here and finding new authors and there books.Thank you all.debra stolhand ( cher123@cableone.net)

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    1. Thank you, Debra! If you get the chance to read MIDNIGHT SECRETS, I hope you enjoy!

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  4. We know someone who moved up her from North Carolina over thirty years ago and she still has her southern drawl. This new series sounds like a good one.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

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    1. Hi Maureen, you're right, the accent never completely goes away. However, when I lived up North, my family thought I talked funny. I think it was that 'dog' 'dawg' thing! :)

      If you get the chance to read MIDNIGHT SECRETS, hope you enjoy!

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  5. I love Christy's books. Can't wait to read this. The small town story is a lot of fun! lsscarchuk@att.net

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    1. Hi LS! Thanks so much, I'm thrilled you love my Christy Reece books! Hope you enjoy my other side as Ella Grace, too. And creating Midnight, Alabama was a blast. :)

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  6. I am super excited to be transported to the South for this wonderful series! I have not read it yet, but can't wait to see what Ella has come up with for us, I know it will be nothing short of amazing!

    taratseng at gmail dot com

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    1. Hi Tara! Thanks so much. I hope you enjoy your trip to Midnight! :)

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  7. I was born and raised in oklahoma but my hubby is from Florida. the first time we visited his home i fell in love with the South. I love the drawl, the southern charm and the southern manners. Books written about the south are full of all three. love to win a copy of this book. thanks for the chance.

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    1. Hi Trish, I love the South too and we do have our charm. In Midnight, you'll see the charm but you'll also see some not so nice characters, too. Liars, adulterers, murderers. Fortunately there are also some strong, heroic men and courageous women. If you get a chance to read MIDNIGHT SECRETS, hope you enjoy!

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  8. I've been dying to read your books!! This makes me want them even more! Thank you so much for the chance to win it!! I have an okie accent well that is what everyone tells me since I'm from oklahoma.

    MerishaAbbott(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hi Merisha! Thanks so much for wanting to read my books. And I love Okie accents! :)

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  9. I've been dying to read your books!! This makes me want them even more! Thank you so much for the chance to win it!! I have an okie accent well that is what everyone tells me since I'm from oklahoma.

    MerishaAbbott(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. Hey y'all! I'm from Oklahoma, too. Love the deep southern drawl and I love Ella Grace's "Midnight Secrets" even more! Lord have mercy, that Zach just took my breath away. And those Wilde triplets are all sweet as peaches. I do declare that Ella Grace must be akin to another of my very favorite authors, Christy Reece.

    All kidding aside, Ella Grace has written an outstanding debut in her "Wildefire" series. A well-balanced blend of steamy romance and suspense that keeps you guessing. Can't wait for Samantha and Quinn's story in "Midnight Lies."

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    1. Why, thank'ye kindly, Oklanannie. Those are pert near the sweetest words I ever did hear. :)

      I'm so happy you enjoyed MIDNIGHT SECRETS and happier still that you're looking forward to MIDNIGHT LIES. Thank you!

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  11. Ooooh that cover just draws you in! ;) After reading the blurb I can say, I like and I want! Congrats on the book and the new series!

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    1. Thanks so much, Colleen! LOL Yes, I think that cover has drawn in many an eye. Thanks for wanting to read it. Hope you enjoy!

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  12. Sounds intriguing

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  13. I think this sounds amazing and I can't wait to read about Savannah and Zach!

    june111(at)att(dot)net

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    1. Thank you, June! Hope you enjoy their story!

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  14. This sounds like my kind of book. I am looking forward to reading it.

    joanneboyko at yahoo dot ca

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    1. Thanks so much, Joanne! Hope you enjoy!

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  15. Love your LCR books - hitting the bookstore on Monday and have Midnight Secrets on my list.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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    1. Thank you! I'm thrilled you enjoy my LCR books. Hope you enjoy MIDNIGHT SECRETS, too! :)

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  16. Southern charm- yes. Quirky southern sayings, okay. Sweet tea? why ruin good tea.
    Loved the book and will be tapping my toes for a while waiting for the next one.

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    1. LOL Sugar can't ruin good tea--it only enhances the flavor. :)

      I'm so glad you enjoyed MIDNIGHT SECRETS, Linda. And happy you're looking forward to MIDNIGHT LIES. Thank you!

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  17. I hope this isn't a double reply but I can't find my comment from yesterday. Love the Chrisy Reese LCR series. Can't wait to read this new series. Will there be any additions to LCR?

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    1. Hi Laurie! Thanks so much for looking forward to my new series. Hope you enjoy MIDNIGHT SECRETS!

      I'm thrilled you enjoyed my LCR books! And yes, more books are coming! I just released CHANCES ARE a few days ago. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CHP899U/?tag=publishmarket-20

      And I'm working on a new LCR trilogy featuring some new characters you'll meet in CHANCES ARE. :)

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  18. i just love your LCR series written as Christy Reece and fell in love with your new works when i read Midnight Secrets. I cannot wait for the other two sisters' books. Thanks for being awesome and providing us this chance to win.

    romancejunkie1025@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Michelle! I'm thrilled that you enjoyed my Christy Reece LCR books and also MIDNIGHT SECRETS! Thanks so much for reading both series!

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  19. This book is fantastic so far :) I'm an LCR junkie but I just love Midnight, AL and all the quirks that come with small town southern living! I haven't even finished yet but I can promise I'm anxiously awaiting the next two books.

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    1. Hi Amy, thanks so much. I'm so glad you're enjoying MIDNIGHT SECRETS and the quirky folks of Midnight, Alabama. And I love that you're an LCR junkie!

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  20. I am so intrigued! Being another southern girl (originally from VA, but now in KY), I am excited to read this series!

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