Thursday, December 5, 2019

STORMWATCH: A Multi-author Collaboration

With: Peggy Webb

Congratulations to "Denise H.", the winner in Peggy's giveaway. Please contact JUST ROMANTIC SUSPENSE to claim your prize!

Today is pub day for FROZEN GROUND by Debra Webb, the first book in STORMWATCH, a chilling new six-book romantic suspense series written by six friends/bestselling authors. Deb is a master at her craft. She’s spun more than a hundred and fifty dark, gritty stories that have earned accolades from both readers and reviewers.

In FROZEN GROUND, a monster snowstorm is sweeping through Livingston, Montana, uncovering long-buried, murderous secrets that threaten to destroy everything Abbey Gray holds dear. The hallmarks that have made Debra beloved by fans are all on full display—great characters, fast pacing and riveting suspense wrapped in an explosive story.

Deb and Vicki Hinze, author of DEEP FREEZE, book 2 coming December 12, are the masterminds of this collaboration. Before any of us wrote a single word, they laid out the framework of the entire series in such detail nothing was left to chance. If you asked me the key component in a successful collaboration, I would say planning months in advance of the writing.

Last year Deb, Vic, Regan Black and I collaborated on BREAKDOWN, a thriller series that readers dubbed “an epic whodunit.” Because we were all writing about the same murder in the same town, the story-line had to flow from one book to the next.

This year we decided to add two amazing friends, Rita Herron and Cindy Gerard. Further, we decided to write stand-alone books that are unique to our specific styles and strengths. We wrote the books without cliffhangers while still maintaining continuity that will take readers on a satisfying journey throughout the series. The unifying element in STORMWATCH is a deadly blizzard of historic proportions sweeping through the Northwest, bringing murder, kidnapping and espionage along with paralyzing temperatures and record-breaking snowfall. 

The STORMWATCH stories move at the same fast clip as the storm-- two days in each town. Each of us created a chilling tale that will give readers the feel of being in the midst of a frozen landscape that is both beautiful and terrifying.

In book 2, DEEP FREEZE, Vicki takes you to an airport in Portal, Colorado, where holiday travelers are stranded along with an evil so horrifying it could unleash a pandemic that would wipe out the nation. Vicki not only wrote an amazing and complex story that will scare you to death, but she also formatted all six books and created the STORMWATH covers, promo ads and video. I wish I could do all that. Her talents are mind-boggling! I think she might be a genius.

Next up is Rita Herron’s WINDCHILL. The Twelve Days of Christmas killer is on the loose and FBI Special Agent Gia Franklin must catch him before he destroys everything she loves, including the picture-perfect town of Tinley, Nebraska. In Rita’s talented hands, the bodies pile up, the hunt for a killer is riveting, and the old fashioned town comes alive in such detail you want to step inside the shops and take a sip of Christmas punch.

BLACK ICE by Regan Black pits former sweethearts against the brutal storm in Deadwood, South Dakota and the ruthless killers who will stop at nothing to obtain the famous Mae West diamond. Regan does her usual amazing job of bringing you a story that is both tender and terrifying. She’s smart, savvy and fun to work with.


All the STORMWATCH writers are. This collaboration was a joy, and I feel so lucky to be part of it.

My book, SNOW BRIDES, takes the reader to Grand Marsais, Minnesota, where a mother’s worst nightmare is about to come true. On the way home for the holidays, her daughter Kate vanishes. Further, she’s in the vast Superior wildness where a killer is on the loose and a blizzard is set to hit in seven hours. Kate’s only hope is her own courage and a Search and Rescue dog named for my own beloved canine companion, Jefferson. I brought my grand old boy, a chocolate Labrador retriever, back to life and spread his big heart and unsinkable spirit all over the page. I still cry every time I read the ending of SNOW BRIDES. Get your tissues ready!

The inimitable Cindy Gerard anchors STORMWATCH with a fast-paced, espionage novel set in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. It features two of the sassiest would-be lovers in the series. Cindy’s book shows just why she’s a NYTimes bestselling author. The fast pace and sparkling dialogue of  SNOW BLIND make it a terrific ending for this series.

Giveaway:
A huge thanks to readers for stopping by and to Maureen A. Miller for hosting my guest post. Do leave a comment and tell us what you think of STORMWATCH and what you’d like to see next. One lucky winner will receive a $10.00 gift card from Amazon.

We are so excited to bring this series to you. Book 1 is available today. A new book will be available every Thursday from now through January 9, 2020. You can order all the books at this link:


USA Today bestselling author Peggy Webb is a former instructor of writing at Mississippi Sate University. With nearly 100 novels in multiple genres to her credit, she’s the most prolific author her state has ever produced.  Her literary fiction under the pen name Elaine Hussey garnered accolades and comparison to Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird). Peggy enjoys gardening, playing her vintage baby grand, singing in her church choir and sitting on her front porch with friends.  Learn more at www.peggywebb.com and follow her on Facebook,


Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST December 6th. 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. 

36 comments:

  1. I'm totally intrigued by the sounds of this series, Peggy and your fellow collaborators! I appreciate that your releases are sequenced pretty close together so that we can indulge in the whole series without too much waiting ;) How cool that you've used a single storm affecting a number of places to tie these books together! Have you considered future collaborations? Maybe using a different event or disaster to provide a common backdrop? Can't wait to enjoy this series!

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    1. Hi Fedora! Thanks for stopping by. There will definitely be future collaborations. Your idea is great! Thanks for sharing. Happy reading!

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  2. I'm delighted to be visiting with readers today and sharing news about the STORMWATCH series! A big thanks for Maureen for inviting me. I'll be stopping by periodically to chat...and so will the other authors. I look forward to it!

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  3. Wow! There is a lot going on in these book! I will say though, the best suspense books I've read are centered around smaller towns/communities and I prefer it that way. Because everyone's a suspect and someone you may least suspect/expect, may be the key to solving the mystery/disappearance/crime! These stories remind me of Stephen King's Storm of the Century miniseries. I'm excited to read them! Thanks for showcasing the books!

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    1. Thanks, Elizabeth. Stephen King is a master storyteller. His book ON WRITING has been one of my go-to references for years. Thanks for stopping by and for your thoughtful comments.

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  4. I have read all of Storm Watch and love how the storm connects the different stories. Maybe next you could do one that connects with a spring storm and tornadoes.

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    1. Mary, that's a great idea. In the Deep South we surely know the destructive force of a tornado! Thanks for stopping by.

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  5. I love author collaborations luke this. Love when they get together to write these stories. I have not read any of these Storm Watch stories and from others comments and the excerpts I need to.

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    1. Thanks, Chris. I hope you'll give these a try.

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  6. Thanks for an excellent post, Peggy. I'm delighted to be part of this collaboration and excited to hear all the comments from our readers. :)

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  7. I am so excited for this series, they all sound so good. I have them all pre-ordered and I am looking forward to reading them. I love it when authors get together and do a collaboration series. It is also a great way to find new authors who write similarly to favorite authors. Congratulations on the book releases, ladies.

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    1. Thanks, Denise! We love discovering new readers through collaborative series such as this.

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  8. Hi Everyone. Just checking in to tell Peggy again how much I enjoyed her contribution to this series. Well, let's face it. I enjoyed them all!! Can't wait for you all to read all six books. So honored to be invited to be a part of this series.

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    1. Thanks, Cindy! We absolutely loved having you write the anchor book. And what a great book it is!

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    1. Thanks! We hope you will enjoy reading as much as we enjoyed writing this series!

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  10. I was blessed to get ARCs of the series and love these books! The suspense kept me reading and the romance kept me enthralled.

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    1. Wow, how awesome for you! Definitely some good authors here. I cannot wait to dive into them all. :)

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    2. Vickie, thank you so much! I'm really glad you loved our series. Our BETA readers are fabulous!

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  11. What a great group of authors... this series sounds really interesting!

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    1. Colleen,thank you! All six of us have been writing for a great number of years for a collective total of more than 300 books. It's great to have loyal fans like you. You keep us thinking up new stories!

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  12. Thanks so much for hosting this! I so hope readers enjoy all the STORMWATCH stories and appreciate the lovely comments I'm reading here!

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    1. It was great to work with you again to bring this collection of novels to our readers. You did such a phenomenal job taking care of the real business of Indy publishing for all of us!

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  13. The entire series sounds fantastic. I look forward to catching up with STORMWATCH first of all.

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    1. Thank you, Mary. We hope you enjoy this collection.

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  14. I haven't read enough romantic suspense books this year. Definiteoy checking them out. I hate cold, but these books sound intriguing.

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    1. I'm glad you're going to read STORMWATCH! Thanks so much for stopping by.

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    2. I'm glad you're going to read STORMWATCH! Thanks so much for stopping by.

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  15. I am so looking forward to Stormwatch. This is the first I hear about it.

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    1. Janet,thank you so much for stopping by. I think you will love this series! I'm sorry it took so long for me to reply. I had to take a little side trip to the clinic for strep throat. Ugh!

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  16. Oh, my gosh! I can't wait to get this series. These are my favorite authors in this genre. Debra Webb was the first one I discovered when I first started reading romantic suspense many years ago with the Colby Agency books. Using a blizzard as the connecting link for the series was a great idea. Having been stuck in them in Maine, New York, Colorado, and for 4 days on the road in Iowa when we were moving from NY to Colorado. I understand the danger, vulnerability and uncertainty they bring. I do have one question. Will this series be available in kindle format only, or will it be coming out in paperback? Thank you for the giveaway.

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    1. Patricia,thank you! All the books will be available in paperback as well as ebook. Wow, you really know about blizzards! Being from the Deep South, my only experience with them comes when I visit my daughter and her family in New Hampshire. I've had many lovely extended visits with family in Concord, and even more experiences stuck on the tarmac while the plane is de-iced or re-routed through airports to avoid the weather.

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  17. Hello! I loved chatting with you yesterday and am so grateful to Maureen Miller for allowing me one more day at Just Romantic Suspense! I had to make a little side-trip to the clinic for strep throat yesterday, but I'm back and look forward to hearing from you. Good luck with the giveaway.

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  18. Strep is definitely no fun! Hope you feel better soon, best wishes for a speedy recovery.

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    1. Thanks,Denise. I feel as if somebody stole my brain and left me with an fuzzy, cotton-stuffed head!

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