Monday, August 3, 2015

Just back from the RWA conference!

With: Mary Behre

Congratulations to "Bea" and "Erin", the winners in Mary's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

Hi Just Romantic Suspense Readers! It’s me, Mary Behre. And I’m excited to be back on Just Romantic Suspense! I’ve recently returned from the Romance Writers of America conference and am really excited.

First, Spirited and Guarded (Tidewater novels #1 and 2 respectively) were both nominated for the prestigious National Readers Choice Awards for Romantic Suspense. There was an awards brunch and my editor and agent were also invited. To my elated surprise, Guarded WON the award! You can’t tell from the picture of me with my editor (she’s on the left and I’m on the right), but I’m in five-inch platform heels. I was so thrilled to have won; I literally jumped up and down after they called my name. I’m still doing a happy dance.

Second, my first novella, Harmonized, came out on July 21st. In that story old lovers reunite on Valentine’s Day to find a missing baby the world thinks is already dead. It’s a whirlwind adventure, suspense, and romance squeezed into a short book that’s big on hints of what’s to come in Energized.

Finally, my latest full-length novel, Energized, releases August 4th! With a single touch of a metal object, Hannah can slip into another person’s memories. It’s fun until she stumbles into the mind of a serial killer. Her lover, Niall, knows she risks her sanity each time she uses her psychic gift but when his own brother is the killer’s next target Niall’s left with a deadly choice: Who to sacrifice, Hannah or his brother?

Giveaway:
To celebrate the release of both books, I’m doing a double giveaway! One person will receive an e-book copy of Harmonized and a signed copy of Energized. (Sorry, but USA residents only. Just Romantic Suspense will select the winner.) Who’s your all-time favorite villain? Answer that question for a chance to win.
That’s all for now! Thanks for stopping by!
I’ll check back in over the next two days to share my favorite with you. 

ENERGIZED (A Tidewater Novel)

ALL IT TAKES IS A SINGLE TOUCH…

She’s searching for a sign . . .

Hannah Halloran has always believed in her gift. The things she sees through her psychic touch have never led her wrong before. Not when they led her to an unforgettable night with a sexy marine at a bar. Not when she felt a need to leave her home and find the sisters she barely knows. And not now, when she is an unwilling witness to a brutal murder . . .

He’s ready to show her . . .

All Niall Graham wants is some peace. He’s recovering from the horrors of war, struggling to save his family’s restaurant, and desperate to forget Hannah, the beautiful woman who left him with memories of a mind-blowing night together and a bogus phone number. But a quiet life is hard to manage—especially when Hannah strides back into his restaurant with the news that a serial killer is on the loose and lurking closer than anyone could have guessed…

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Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST Aug. 4th. 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 residents only.

19 comments:

  1. I am torn between Hannibal Lecter and Darth Vader. They both scared me. jmvarner50@hotmail.com

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  2. Ooh, good answer Joan. Both are on my list of all time creepiest villains.

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  3. Congratulations on your win, Mary! So excited for you. :)

    Sauron, I guess, is the one who comes to mind. Maggie Shayne had a female villain she redeemed in a novella later in the series but I don't remember which series/book/villain it was! LOL I just loved how she gave her such depth.

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    1. I haven't read Maggie Shayne. Guess I need to add her to my list of new-to-me authors to read. :)

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  4. Congratulations, Mary! A well-deserved award.

    I have a hard time reconciling the words "favorite" and "villain" but one of the villains I have the strongest visceral reaction to is Professor Umbridge from the Harry Potter novels. I am chilled by the way she rationalizes and justifies her actions; she really seems to believe she's acting for other people's good, when she's actually enjoying their pain and reveling in her power over others. It's the humanness of the evil that fills me with loathing. Someone like Voldemort or Sauron is superhuman in their evil; there's no humanity left in them, and for some reason, that's easier to keep at a distance - probably because it's not real. But an Umbridge is more like a Stalin or a Hitler - something possible, and therefore terrifying.

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    1. Professor Umbridge is definitely one of the most evil villains I've read, for exactly the reasons you mentioned. She justifies and rationalizes her actions. Thanks for mentioning her, Lark!

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  5. Congrats Mary!!!!! I'd have to also go with Darth Vadar. He was my first "villain" :) thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hi Erin,

      Thanks for stopping by. I found Darth all the more terrifying the moment he revealed he was Luke's father because wow...he knowingly set out to destroy Luke. Still makes me shiver.

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  6. Congrats on your win! Fav villain... I will say no one specific... just a villain that really keeps the characters on their toes and keeps me guessing till the end.

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  7. My favorite villain is Professor Snape, although in the end, he wasn't quite the villain we thought he was. amyp115 AT yahoo DOT com

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    1. Hi Amy,

      I never saw Snape as a villain. I remember arguing with my sister after the first Harry Potter book came out that he probably had some awesome backstory and was secretly good. lol

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. No favorite villain. One that comes to mind is Mrs. Danvers from Daphne du Maurier's REBECCA.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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    1. Ooh! Mrs. Danvers was a most excellent villain. Thanks for mentioning her.

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  9. no fav one

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. Great to see here! :)

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  10. Hmm, a favorite villain. Well some top villains are Malcolm from Women of the Otherworld, Darth Vader from Star Wars, Snape and Professor Umbridge from Harry Potter but no one stands out as a favorite.

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    1. Forgot my email. :D beasbooknook AT gmail DOT com

      And congratulations on your win!

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    2. Hi Bea,

      Thanks for stopping by and all the great villain mentions! :)

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