Monday, February 2, 2015

24-7 News

Congratulations to "Brooke B", the winner in Alison's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

Do you remember a world before CNN? When you actually had to wait until 6 pm to watch the news? When was the last time you picked up a newspaper and were surprised by the headlines? 

I remember one of the last times a newspaper delivered a shocking surprise. September 1997. It was the morning after Princess Diana was killed in a car accident. I was visiting family and had been away from the TV. (Technically, I remember the TV was on, but I didn’t have control of the remote.) 

I still remember the sinking feeling in my gut the next morning when I read the bold headline in The Philadelphia Inquirer: “Diana Dead”, or something along those lines. How could it be? Dead?

TV news and newspapers co-existed for many years in my household. But, it was the Internet that finally forced my hand. I cancelled my subscription to The Buffalo News when I realized there was nothing in the paper that I hadn’t already read online. The defining moment was when I grabbed the newspaper out of the box and the news was actually old. The front-page headline was outdated. 

Cancelling the paper was a sad day. I used to love spreading out the paper while eating cereal and drinking coffee or tea, depending on the day. (I feel bad for those who make their living at newspapers.)

Now, strangely enough, I find most of my news comes through social media. I remember the friend who first posted her shock at the events in Newtown. And if a friend doesn’t “share” a news story, I see it first-hand through one of the various news outlets I follow, ironically including The Buffalo News. 

This constant access to news has caused a problem for me. Unless I completely unplug, I can’t escape it: the good, the bad and the horrible. Some days, I don’t want to know about the mall shooting or the hit and run, but I still want to connect with my friends. However, it’s all in one big mash up on Facebook: cute kitties next to terrorist attacks.

For someone who writes and reads romantic suspense, I know it sounds strange, but sometimes the tragic events in real life are too hard to see. I think that’s why fiction is so appealing. The bad guy always gets his/her comeuppance. 

What do you do when you want to escape the news? Are you disciplined enough to shut off your tablet, phone or your laptop?  Or are you a news junkie regardless?

If you’re looking for a book about a people who really know how to stay separate from the outside world, check out my February release, Plain Peril (Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense). It’s my second Amish book set in the fictional town of Apple Creek, NY.

I’ll be giving one random commenter an e-book copy (Amazon/US or Barnes and Noble/US) of Plain Peril.


After her sister is found dead and her brother-in-law goes missing, Hannah Wittmer rushes back to the Amish community she abandoned to care for her young nieces. Although she makes every effort to blend in, she's still seen as an outsider—and quickly attracts the attention of a killer. She knows Sheriff Spencer Maxwell is fast on the murderer's tracks, but the Amish townspeople are as suspicious of him as they are of Hannah. As threats escalate—now targeting Hannah and the handsome sheriff—they'll follow any trail to uncover a vicious criminal. Even if that trail leads them right to their own backyard…

Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Alison Stone’s Bio: 
Alison Stone left Buffalo, New York and headed a thousand miles south to earn an industrial engineering degree at Georgia Tech in Hotlanta. Go Yellow Jackets! She loved the South, but true love brought her back North.

After the birth of her second child, Alison left Corporate America for full-time motherhood. She credits an advertisement for writing children's books for sparking her interest in writing. She never did complete a children's book, but she did have success writing articles for local publications before finding her true calling, writing romantic suspense.

Alison lives in Western New York with her husband of twenty years and their four children where the summers are absolutely gorgeous and the winters are perfect for curling up with a good book--or writing one.

Besides writing, Alison keeps busy volunteering at her children's schools, driving her girls to dance, and watching her boys race motocross.

She can be found at and Facebook and Twitter

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  1. This sounds like a really good book! I love reading about the Amish, and their culture and beliefs. Now I can't help but wonder what happened to bring murder into their normally peaceful society.

  2. Thanks for stopping by, Taswmom. Mixing murder with Amish is a challenge. :)

  3. I am not one that likes seeing the news everyday... If I am interested I turn on the cable news channels. I prefer the intrigue and HEAs of books to spend my time on. Thanks for sharing today!

  4. All the bad news can be draining. Thanks for stopping by, Colleen.

  5. Love your books. Read Love Inspired Suspense books all the time.

  6. Yay, Mary Ellen! I love Love Inspired Suspense, too. Thanks for stopping by.

  7. nice blurb

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  8. I am definitely not a news junkie - I don't turn it on unless I have to, like if I know something major is going on. I focus my attention on something else usually, like reading. This sounds like a great read - Love Inspired Suspense is such a great line!

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  9. My home page is actually a newspaper. The headlines change constantly throughout the day.

    I don't read a paper newspaper or watch it on TV.


    1. What a fun idea, Mary. Thanks for stopping by.

  10. I used to read newspapers cover to cover now that I'm online newspapers seem dated.

    1. Rhonda, that's exactly what made me cancel my newspaper subscription. It seemed dated! Sad. :( Thanks for stopping by.

  11. I find the news so disturbing that I can't watch it while I eat. In any case, it is easier to hear about it than to watch it.

  12. We are probably one of the few households that only subscribe to basic cable. Our subscription does not have CNN or any news channels. The only time I watch the news is if there are tornado watches in our area. I don't remember the last time I read a newspaper. I occasionally check and scroll through the headlines.I remember growing up when cell phones and internet did not exist. Life was much simpler and families spent more time together. I would love to read Plain Peril. I just added it to my TBR list on Goodreads. Thanks for the chance. rachaelb2014 (at) gmail (dot) com