Monday, June 23, 2014

Danger! Danger!

Giveaway Alert!

Although mystery is an element found in every genre…what if there weren’t any secrets to uncover or bad guys to catch? Would you want to turn the pages and continue reading? Romance, romantic suspense, thrillers, and other genres all have some sort of element of mystery.

Mystery novels involve a puzzle—a game of whodunit. A crime usually happens and it’s up to the protagonist to uncover the truth. 

In a suspense novel–a threat and imminent danger must be resolved not a puzzle being resolved. Something is coming. Thunder. Footsteps. Bad guys. Run! Run! Run!

It’s the ticking bomb concept.

A suspense novel builds then ebbs creating an emotional rollercoaster and the author ensures it crashes at the perfect moment with a big bang.

The protagonist in a suspense novel is usually tossed into the role of the hero, and in most cases without preparation or the necessary skills. He or she would rather be working or at home with their family etc., but someone has made that impossible by putting the hero’s home or loved ones in danger.

In suspense novels, the stakes are much higher with the threat soaring out of control.

In my romantic suspense, REFLECTION (A Whitney Steel Novel), my heroine Whitney Steel is an investigative reporter determined to nail the “story of a lifetime” because her colleagues have always made their opinions clear: Between her father’s luster as a war correspondent and her ex-husband’s political connections she’s had a free ride to get where she is in her career. 

But her journey to get the “big story” is not going to be easy. Not only does she have to battle billionaire, Biotech company owner, Nathan Shaw–who will do ANYTHING to keep his illegal human cloning project concealed from outsiders, she must also fight a dangerous battle of the heart after meeting sexy undercover FBI Agent Blake Neely, who is searching for his own answers. 

About the Book

Lunch with the ex-husband is not always a fun thing especially when bullets start flying and reporter Whitney Steel finds herself in the middle of a human cloning story that will rock the world...providing she lives long enough to get her byline. 


Mason Bailey gulped down his third Glenlivet. “I didn’t kill her.”

How many times had Whitney Steel heard those words? Dozens. But never from the mouth of a United States senator. For all she cared, the man could drink himself to Mars, but not until she got what she’d come for. An exclusive.

Under the awning shading the Pink Flamingo Club’s patio, she took a sip of her lime daiquiri, and couldn’t help notice the way the mid-afternoon sunlight brutally magnified every line on Mason’s tanned face.

“Of all the reporters in Panama City, let alone Florida, why me? We cut our ties years ago.” And our losses, she wanted to say, but didn’t.

“I know I can trust you.” His gaze darted across the street then back to her. “Besides, we were married once. That should count for something.”

Whitney straightened. Anger coiled in the pit of her stomach. “Give me a break. For a year and a half, I thought we were married. Too bad your girlfriends didn’t know about our little legal arrangement.” Especially, your twenty something assistant.

“Damn it, Whitney. I didn’t ask you here to rehash our past.” He yanked a monogrammed handkerchief from his jacket pocket and dabbed the sweat from his forehead. “I need your help. I know why Carmen Lacey was murdered.”

Her eyes widened. Now they were getting somewhere. “You have my full attention. Are we on the record?”

Mason shoved his empty glass aside. “Yes.”

Her heart thumped with anticipation. This story would be the topic du jour for months. Her ratings at WBNN-TV would soar, and finally her colleagues would take notice and treat her with the professional respect she deserved.

For the past twelve years, her colleagues said she’d had a free ride because of her father, an award winning war correspondent, and her ex-husband’s political connections. This time she’d prove them wrong.

She rummaged through her leather bag, placed her digital voice recorder on the table and gave the record button a firm push. “For the record, Senator Bailey, did you kill Carmen Lacey?”

“No.” He leaned back in the chair and loosened his pinstriped tie. “It’s true. I was the last person to see her alive. But there’s more to this than you think.”

Brown eyes that once set her heart hammering now conveyed a chilling,hollow look. Was it guilt? Desperation?

No. Fear.

Uneasiness slid down her spine. She stopped the recorder. “Mason, you’re scaring me. What the hell is going on? It’s been over three years since we last spoke. Then, out of the blue, you beg me to meet with you today. I know the police don’t believe you killed that woman.”

“But do you, Whitney? Do you believe I killed her? I need to know. It’s important.”
Stunned by the urgency in his voice, she answered carefully. “Of course not. You’re many things, but you’re not a killer.”

“Thank you. That means a lot to me.” He reached for his empty glass and tapped his chunky gold ring against the side.

Whitney turned the recorder on again.

“Carmen was a scientist working for a biotech company in Nevada. ShawBioGen. Heard of it?”

“Who hasn’t? They were one of the first to clone animals in the eighties. Caused quite a stir. But I don’t understand. What does that have to do with Carmen’s death?”

He opened his mouth to answer.

The large window behind them dividing the patio from the main restaurant exploded... 

A deeply emotional romantic suspense that starts bold and holds you captive to the very end.” —New York Times Bestseller, Dianna Love

About the Author
Kim Cresswell resides in Ontario, Canada. Trained as a legal assistant, Kim has been a story-teller all her life but took many detours including; working in legal and adult education before returning to her first love, writing. 

Her romantic suspense, REFLECTION, has won numerous awards:  RomCon®'s 2014 Readers' Crown Finalist (Romantic Suspense), InD'tale Magazine 2014 Rone Award Finalist (Suspense/Thriller), UP Authors Fiction Challenge Winner (2013), Silicon Valley's Romance Writers of America (RWA) "Gotcha!" Romantic Suspense Winner (2004), and an Honourable Mention in Calgary's (RWA) The Writer's Voice Contest (2006).

Kim's short novel thriller, Lethal Journey, was a finalist in RomCon®'s 2014 Readers' Crown (Thriller) and in From the Heart Romance Writers (FTHRW) Golden Gate Contest (2003).

Her action-packed books have been highly praised by reviewers and readers. As one reviewer said, "Buckle up, Hang on tight!"

Kim recently entered the true crime writing arena. Real Life Evil - A True Crime Quickie (two short stories) was published in January 2014 followed by The Killing Truth. You can read her latest true crime stories in Serial Killer Quarterly, a new quarterly e-magazine published by Grinning Man Press.

Kim will be giving away a digital copy of REFLECTION (A Whitney Steel Novel) to one person leaving a comment or email entry. 

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST June 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 with a subject title of JRS GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway. 


  1. I love reading a good mystery in finding out who done it. You are right about a mystery being a puzzle. Every little pieces has to fit and sometime the pieces will go another direction then where the readers will think the story is going to go or point to another character in the story as being the corporate who committed the crime.

    Thanks for the excerpt and the giveaway.


    1. Hi Kai. Thanks for stopping by. I love romantic suspense novels that have a mystery in them as well. As a reader, I love to play along and try to solve the mystery. Good luck with the giveaway!

  2. It looks like an exciting story with a determined heroine.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

    1. Thanks, Maureen. Believe me...Whitney Steel is a very determined heroine. ;) Good luck with the giveaway!

  3. Great excerpt! Talk about a cliffhanger:)

    Jonettaallen77 at yahoo dot com

    1. Thanks, Jonetta. Glad you enjoyed the excerpt! :)

  4. Hey, Kim. Good book. Clever hook! I'll FB & Tweet. :)

  5. congrats on the new release Kim!! I love a good mystery b/c I like being surprised and amazed at the author's devious mind :) Thanks for sharing!

  6. I love both mystery & suspense reads.

    Loving the story line.


    1. Hi Mary. Thanks for stopping by. :) I'm so glad you are loving the story line.

  7. I think the puzzle solving and the suspense aspects of a good romantic mystery story are what keep me glued to the pages from the start of the story thru the end. They keep my interest and get my adrenaline going. I read for entertainment...and romantic suspense fills my needs for that. I'
    m so glad for your stories, Kim.

    1. I've been a huge fan of romantic suspense for as long as I can remember. I love a story with a great balance of romance and action-packed suspense. They say...write what you love reading! ;)

  8. Congrats on your release! I enjoy reading romantic suspense.....the chemistry between the characters always increase when danger is around every corner and your willing to risk it all for the one you love. Would love to read this. grandmabkr at yahoo dot com

    1. Hi Brenda. Thank you! And thanks so much for stopping by. :) I hope you get the chance to read REFLECTION. Good luck with the contest!