Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Power of Bonds


Congratulations to "Cristina A", the winner of Anne Marie's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

You may have heard the John Donne quote, “No man is an island.” Basically, it implies that relationships are what make humans thrive. The variety of bonds in our lives—familial, parental, romantic, social, and societal—are meant to support us.

Unless they are unhealthy.

DEADLY BONDS, the third book in my Mindhunters series,released this week. Writing it was an interesting challenge as I focused onthe various types of bonds my characters had, and how those ties impacted them. Some of the bonds strengthened them, and others pulled them apart.

The heroine, Sara, is the director of a private school where she sometimes has to act as a counselor to her students. The place, and the people, is like a second family to her. But the bond she longs for is the love she left behind a decade ago.

The hero, Holt, is a mindhunter—a psychologist who profiles serial killers, delving into their dark minds. He is a widower and a father, still struggling to find a new balance after one of the bonds that shaped his life—his wife—died two years ago. For many reasons, he’s resisting forming another romantic tie, but he learns that the love Sara offers him can be a stabilizing force, and give him new purpose.

He’s not the only one feeling untethered. Toxin, the killer in DEADLY BONDS, feels the world has let him down. He’s creating a new purpose for his existence, reinventing himself as society’s hero by killing those he deems unworthy.But when he learns Holt is hunting him, he finds the arch-nemesis every superhero needs…and a deadly bond develops.

Bonds are what motivate us, what give life purpose. But they can also be wielded as manipulation.

What types of bonds hold your life together? Which ones are strongest and most motivating? I’m giving away a digital copy of DEADLY BONDS to one lucky commenter. 

DEADLY BONDS Blurb:

A dedicated profiler. Dr. Holt Patterson has thrown himself into his work since his wife's death, and his relationship with his young son, Theo, is suffering. He's caught in an impossible choice—how can he make the world a safer place for his son without sacrificing valuable family time?

An unrequited love. Sara Burns, the director at Theo's prestigious academy, once loved Holt Patterson, but he was her best friend's husband. Now a decade has passed, and Sara realizes that her feelings are just as strong—but how can she act on them without betraying her friend's memory?

A terrifying killer. A violent man develops an interest in Sara, and sends a body instead of flowers to get her attention. Holt is determined to keep her safe. But the killer is much closer than they expect…

DEADLY BONDS is now available in digital or audio form:


***NOTE: The first book in the Mindhunters series, ONLY FEAR, is on sale for 99 cents throughout July at all of the above retailers.

AUTHOR BIO:
Anne Marie has always been fascinated by people—inside and out—which led to degrees in Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, and Counseling.  Her passion for understanding the human race is now satisfied by her roles as mother, wife, daughter, sister, and award-winning author of romantic suspense.  

She writes to reclaim her sanity.

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Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST July 24th. 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.

24 comments:

  1. The types of bonds hold your life together are my friends, family, and pets. The ones that are strongest and most motivating is my mother and my friends. My friends will stand by me and offer me support. The strongest bond is my mother. My mother loves to manipulate my sisters and I into running her errands (*cough ..her biddings..cough*) every time she know that we are off. Kind of annoying but then again, mothers love those push buttons.

    kmccandle(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. I love that your mother makes you guys her minions. ;) And thanks for mentioning pets - great point!!

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  2. Family is by far the strongest bond I know. I know with a phone call, any one of my family will be at my side to do whatever is needed. And I love that feeling of support. trishleroy49 at gmail dot com

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    1. So fabulous to have a family like that. Makes all the difference! Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. The strongest bond I have is with my family... even though we have our differences... I always know that they will be there for me if needed.

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    1. I've always thought family (especially siblings) can be a proving ground where we learn to work through differences - so glad you have people you can count on.

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  4. There's a familiar theme here and that's family. However, family doesn't have to be traditional. When my father died many years ago, there was a coworker who became my lifeline. We didn't know each other well at the time but she reached out to me and helped me grieve when I was having to be the pillar for my family. I was able to be there for her in a similar way years later. We created a bond that will never break even though we now live in different cities. I'll never forget what she was for me at a terrible moment in my life and she seems closer than a sister!

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    1. Love your reply, Jonetta...absolutely, family are the people you can count on, even if they're not blood relatives but the family you adopt as you go through life. Thanks for your comment.

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  5. family

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  6. Right now I'd have to say family and friends. I would have said love a week ago but considering I'm going through a bad break up of a 5 yr relationship, I"m gonna have to reconsider that :) Thanks for sharing and congrats on the new release!

    efender1(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Oh, no - sounds like a tough week! So glad you took the time to stop by - and glad you have family and friend bonds at a time like this.

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  7. The strongest bonds in my life are those of family.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  8. The most important bonds in my life are with my family, my children, husband, parents and siblings.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

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    1. Hi, Maureen - sounds like you have a lot of beautiful bonds.

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  9. Most important are My Kids, Husband & Family.
    CAMA210608(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. What keeps me sane? My family (including the Boyfriend, when he's not driving me INsane), and my writers' group.

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    1. LOL - yes, sometimes they drive you insane, too...

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  11. My most motivating bonds are with my immediate family and with my
    closest friends from college.

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  12. The bond with my husband, of 40 years, even though he died last year, is still very much present.

    I have you on my reading list Anne Marie & have your first book. This sounds like a very interesting series.

    Jan

    janet_kerr@msn.com

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    1. Thank you, Jan. I'm so sorry to hear about your husband. Forty years together is an incredible bond. My mother passed away last year, a month after celebrating her fortieth wedding anniversary with my dad. So amazing to see a love that strong. Best wishes...

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