Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Strong Heroines Who Believe In Themselves

Congratulations to "Trish J.", the winner in Margo's giveaway. Please contact JUST ROMANTIC SUSPENSE to claim your prize!

FEELING FIERCE – The words were emblazoned in pink and silver block letters on the little girl’s size tee shirt in the store. No question. That shirt was just made for my young granddaughter. This was one purchase I was not going to pass up. Especially when, frugal shopper that I am, I noticed the Buy One Get One Half Off sign across the top of the display. Perfect.

Several bright pink tee shirts on a nearby rack emblazoned in more silver block letters declared AWESOME STARTS HERE. Perfect times two.

Strength and self-esteem are two virtues I worked hard to instill in both my daughters. Now the time had come to help instill those same attributes in my granddaughter as well. These two tee shirts would help me do that.

Strength and self esteem are two virtues I work to instill in my fictional heroines as well. The women in my books aren’t afraid to stand up for themselves, especially when wronged. And to give the men lucky enough to be part of their lives, a run for their money in proving themselves worthy to love.

Like Jenny Reynolds of Book 1, ON THE SURFACE when Brad Collins, police officer turned bounty hunter posing as a handyman, reveals his true identity and motive.


“You couldn’t be honest with me?”

Her words snapped him back to the here and now. “I was going to

“What? Reveal as much to me as I did to you?” Chin to chest, her voice broke, yet she went on anyway. “When, Brad? When? After you” Her head jerked up. A fiery gaze latched onto his. “Oh, wait. I’m sorry. That probably isn’t your real name. Aside from a couple of things I’d like to call you, Brad is the only name I know you by.”

Then there’s Sydney from Brothers In Blue Book 2, ON THE FORCE when undercover officer Vince Miller comes clean about his true identity as well.


“It would have compromised the assignment.”

After she finished the sentence for him, he nodded. “Exactly. The feds were involved. I couldn’t do anything but keep quiet. Those guys don’t take kindly to having civilians interfere in their operations.”

“Interfere? Really?” Her tone deepened to one of disbelief. “And after the feds left the case?”

He took a moment to swallow. “We…you and I…never seemed to have the time.”
“That is so lame, Vince. In all the alone time we did spend together the past couple of weeks.” A fast breath huffed out of her. “You couldn’t take five minutes?”

“Five minutes wasn’t going to cut it. We’ve been at this a lot longer right now, and nothing’s been resolved.”

“You couldn’t even try?” Tears moved up to tinge her voice. Even as she clamped her mouth shut, her chin continued to tremble.

“It’s not that I didn’t want to. Didn’t think about it a lot.” He lifted an arm toward her then, thinking better of it, let it drop. “You were always so busy with your new job.”

“Seriously? You not being able to tell me the truth was my fault?

Jenny and Sydney are two heroines in my latest series Brothers In Blue, four heroes who met at the police academy to become life-long friends. Books 3 and 4, On The Make and On The Move, will have their own feisty heroines for their heroes to deal with.

To serve and protect was never more personal

ON THE SURFACE is just 99 cents now through February 22nd at all major e-book venues. I’d love for you to give it a try.

He sought vengeance only to discover love.

Blurb: Wrongly convicted ex-con and recent parolee Jenny Reynolds wants to forget her tarnished past and focus on a brighter future. One that begins with a return to the small tourist town where she grew up. The restoration of her family’s once proud Rest Easy Bed and Breakfast is the only thing on her mind. Fleeing an ex who refuses to let her go, what she doesn’t need to complicate her already problematic life is another man. Enter handsome handyman Brad, a man who seems to care as much about restoring the B and B as she does. A man who soon becomes ready, willing and able to steal her heart. A man, as it turns out, with more than a few secrets of his own. A dropout from law enforcement, the real Brad Collins will use anyone and anything to fulfill a personal vendetta. When two pasts collide and danger threatens, their budding love for each other may be the first casualty.

Then if you like that one, Book 2 ON THE FORCE is now available too.

Losing her job and reputation is nothing compared to the prospect of losing her life

Blurb: Top notch CFO Sydney Raines is devastated when her coveted job working for a high-profile conglomerate is yanked out from under her. Determined to restore a mangled reputation, she finds her second chance when the owner of an upscale art gallery hires her as his personal assistant. Straight arrow cop Vince Miller is assigned to crack an international art theft ring. Working undercover, he never counted on meeting Sydney Raines, let alone falling in love with her. Then an unexpected twist in the case reveals the identity of a serial killer, along with the shattering realization that Sydney could be the psycho’s next victim.

Reader’s Choice Giveaway: I’m pleased to offer one commenter a format of choice, e-book or print copy, of Brothers In Blue Book 2, ON THE FORCE  (Print book available in the US only.)

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Bio: Award winning author Margo Hoornstra writes contemporary romance and romantic suspense, always providing that happily ever after for her characters. A big city girl turned country woman, Margo enjoys hiking and walking around the wide-open spaces near her home, especially in the fall, hates to cook and loves to read.

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST February 20th. Due to GDPR regulations you no longer need to submit your email address in the comments. If you have been selected as a winner your name will be posted at the top of the post. You may then contact maureen@justromanticsuspense.com to claim your prize. Your email address will be shared with the author/publicist providing the giveaway. 


  1. Great to be here, again, at Just Romantic Suspense. Strength and belief in yourself is essential for everyone.

  2. New author for me, but these books sound like my cup of tea! I only have 2 granddaughters, but I agree that strength and self-esteem are important. I love watching them as they grow. They are such a joy. Thanks for the chance to win.

    1. Hi TrishJ - Thank you for stopping by to read my stuff. Two granddaughters. Lucky you. I have the one, plus four equally fabulous grandsons. Wishing you luck as a winner.

  3. I love strong heroines! These books sound awesome!

    1. Thanks so much, Marissa. Strong heroines are, in my opinion, what it's all about. Hope my awesomeness' delivers. LOL

  4. Love kick ass women.

    1. Hi Taurus, I agree. The only way to go in today's world.

  5. I had to smile when I read your comments about the T-shirts for your granddaughter. We raised our two daughters to be strong, assertive, and independent. I looked at those same two T-shirts, or some very similar, for our granddaughter. Her mom is raising her to be strong and independent and we support that best we can. Girls need all the encouragement they can grow up to become the best women possible. I like the sound of both of your heroines and their stories. Patricia B.

    1. Patricia B., My thoughts exactly. Isn't it cool that our kids, especially the girls, are living in an era where they are accepted and applauded for being strong. It hasn't always been that way. Hope you enjoy my fictional women as well.

  6. Those are great qualities to instill in your daughters, and in sons for that matter. :) So glad to see this awesome sale and giveaway, so more people will have a chance to read your fantastic books!


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