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Category Archives: Suspense

Romantic suspense or thrillers provide readers with heightened feelings of suspense, excitement, surprise, anticipation and/or anxiety.

Last year, Kayelle asked me to write about Handsome’s cancer journey. (Here’s the link to the post.) I had to end with not-so great news: he would have to have a second go. This time:
9 surgeries
16 days in the hospital
6 weeks living in Houston
More months to recuperate
1 tongue that won’t work
1 gastro feeding tube

Because Handsome’s first flap surgery a year ago in July (removing right fibula and creating a left jaw bone) wasn’t successful, our doctors suggested we go to M. D. Anderson in Houston, Texas. Our journey began in November when we visited the doctor who was known world-wide for his reconstructive plastic surgery.

The doctor told us the surgery was the same, utilizing the left fibula, that he would be very careful, and the recovery would be hard, but eventually, Handsome would get through it. We had no choice. Every movement caused the temporary titanium plate to jam into his T M Joint. He could hardly eat and talk. If Handsome wanted to resume having a life like everyone else, he had to have the surgery.

On February 25th, we left behind work, home life, and our adora-poos in the hands of family and friends. The biggest thing we carried with us was hope.

Handsome’s surgery began at five-thirty in the morning. He was prepped, procedures signed off, and wheeled away. That was when my heart lodged in my throat as I prayed for the most superior outcome for him. A nurse escorted me to the waiting room to be updated via monitor. #2 son and my sister joined me as did friends. We talked and were kept informed. However, the day went long, and by six in the evening, I sent them on.

Exactly until twelve-thirty A.M. long. The doctor came out and told me he was pleased and guarded (that the transplant would be successful), and rightfully so. I stayed in the waiting room until one-thirty, long past the cleaning people. The only light burning was the lamp on the side table. My eyes were dry. My head hurt. I could barely do anything. Finally, the recovery nurse escorted exhausted me to him. He’d had: the fibula flap, two donor grafts, one artery graft. Handsome was barely aware as I kissed him and said I would see him the next morning.

The next day, I looked at his surgical sites. I saw the feeding tube, the tracheostomy, and the swelling. The raw graft on his neck. The myriad of stitches all over his body. I thought “aw shit, not again.” Definitely, a long haul.

We communicated by paper; sometimes, a wink and a smile. When he choked, the nurses suctioned his trach. (BTW-a shout-out to those amazing people). Staph infections brought surgical washouts along with massive doses of antibiotics and anti-fungal meds.

At day fifteen, we were discharged to the apartment we’d rented. The hospital nurse tutored us in clearing the trach, cleaning wounds, dispensing meds (including a daily heparin shot), and feeding.

With skilled help, eventually, we began to cope. He took short walks and slept a lot. Strength returned in small increments. As he improved, the trach was removed, and the nasal tube switched to a gastro tube because his tongue was unresponsive. Finally, we were able to go home.

We’ve been at home since the second week of April. Occasionally, we go to Houston for check-ups. The titanium plate had to be re-screwed, and the gastro tube replaced. Physically, he has responded well. He is able to swallow a tiny bit of water. His most recent test showed significant tongue strength. His legs have recovered. His posture improved. The flap is perfect.

They say cancer can be the gift that keeps giving. God, I hope no more for my handsome man. We want to travel more. He wants to eat a great steak. He wants to give inspiring talks to college kids and travel for other speaking engagements.

We have no idea how Handsome got throat cancer. Most people get it from smoking or chewing tobacco. If you do this, STOP NOW. Live a good lifestyle. You do not want this. You never want this. For anyone. Ever. It is brutally hard.

The truth remains: cancer sucks. We have also adopted the phrase “it could be worse.” After seeing what other cancer patients encounter, we believe we are fortunate people.

Know this–I am here for you. Anytime. FMI on esophageal cancer, go to: https://www.cancer.org/cancer/esophagus-cancer.html/

 

Temporarily Employed by Vicki Batman

Genre: romantic comedy, cozy mystery
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
New Job. New Love. And Murder.
Hattie Cook’s dream job is down the toilet and her new SUV violated. Desperate for cash to cover the basic necessities of rent and food, she takes a temporary job at Buy Rite Insurance Company where she uncovers an embezzling scam tied to the death of a former employee–the very one she replaced. The last thing she wants is to clash with By-the-Book Detective Wellborn, no matter how much he makes her heart pound.
Detective Allan Charles Wellborn has secretly adored Hattie all his life. When the police determine there’s more to the death of a former Buy Rite employee, he steps in to lead the investigation. Overly dedicated, always perfect, he puts his job first, even if doing so ultimately hurts the one he loves.
Can the killer be found before Hattie’s time is up?
The Wild Rose Press: http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=5829
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Temporarily-Employed-Vicki-Batman-ebook/dp/B00N4J5FDQ/

Vicki Batman Social Media

Like some of her characters, award-winning author, Vicki Batman has worked a wide variety of jobs including lifeguard, ride attendant at an amusement park; a hardware store, department store, book store, antique store clerk; administrative assistant in an international real estate firm; and a general “do anything gal” at a financial services firm–the list is endless.
Writing for several years, she has completed three manuscripts, written essays, and sold many short stories to True Love, True Romance, True Confessions, Noble Romance Publishing, Long and Short Reviews, Museitup Publishing, and The Wild Rose Press. She is a member of RWA and several writing groups and chapters. In 2004, she joined DARA and has served in many capacities, including 2009 President. DARA awarded her the Robin Teer Memorial Service Award in 2010.
Most days begin with her hands set to the keyboard and thinking “What if??”
Website: http://vickibatman.blogspot.com
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Amazon Author page https://www.amazon.com/author/vickibatman
Plotting Princesses: http://plottingprincesses.blogspot.com

 

Beating cancer one life at a time by Livia Quinn @liviaquinn #RLFblog #Suspense #NoQuitWe’ve each lost loved ones to this killer. Thirty years ago when my father got cancer people were calling it “The Big C”, speaking about it in hushed voices ripe with trepidation and let’s face it, a sense of doom. He dies less than a month after he was diagnosed. By the time my mother passed away from ovarian cancer SEVEN years after they’d given her a one to two year prognosis, the tide was beginning t turn. Now drugs, new attitudes and protocols, and new outcomes are on the rise.

Though I’ve lost many friends, even recently, to lung cancer, breast cancer, liver cancer and pancreatic cancer, these friends and family have lived WITH cancer. While doctors visits and treatments were a part of their lives, they didn’t stop living or doing the things that gave them joy. I miss them all terribly (Mary Amelia, Charlie, Mark, Earl and Cleo, and so many more) but the memory I have of each of them was strength, passion for life, and the way they put us one step closer to seeing the end of this illness. It’s power over our psyches has been diminished by the hope those who have come before us have left behind.

Hope is an integral part of beating cancer. My mother’s doctor said there was no reason she should have beat those odds. They credited her positive attitude. This is an accepted fact now– our will, our belief and our no quit attitudes will one day mean an end to cancer. There’s no way to express what a wonderful day that will be. I believe it will happen in my lifetime.

Please don’t let fear of the C-word keep you from getting screened. Early detection has meant the difference many times. And remember — We Will Not Quit until cancer is history.

These heroes fight for country and serve their communities, Luc, Men of Honor by Livia Quinn.

Today’s featured book is Luc, Men of Honor, a Romantic Suspense by Livia Quinn.

Not all tall, dark and dangerous heroes are bad boys…

The first time Delilah Burke saw him was at the crime scene, and she assumed he was a certain type—tall, dark and dangerous, and a robber—because he looked the part and he was holding a gun. She’d been wrong. A cop should know better than to assume but dressed like a mercenary, holding a gun, how was she to know? Under the circumstances a careful cop doesn’t presume or assume so, she’d followed protocol.

Former Navy officer, Luc Larue, knew the tough lady cop with her boot pressing him to the grimy floor of the tiny grocery suspected he was a criminal. But he’d been in the process of taking down the thief with his “gun” when she and her partner barreled onto the scene ordering everyone to get down. There was something about her commanding voice and those cornflower-blue eyes, but once she learned the truth about his part-time job, would she listen to his proposition or laugh?

Each day reveals the former naval officer to be almost too good to be true. Then trouble arrives from Luc’s past and Del faces a choice – believe the evidence against him, or trust her heart.

Genre Contemporary Romantic suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG-13
Publisher Campbell Hill Publishing
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075YPN5NJ
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/luc-livia-quinn/1127152133
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Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/luc-13
Scribd https://www.scribd.com/book/360011704/Luc-Men-of-Honor-2
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Livia Quinn Social Media

A DC native, Livia Quinn lives and writes by the bayou in Louisiana. Her jobs as a mail carrier, computer trainer, plant manager, sales person and professional singer have provided her with plenty of fodder to share with her readers. She is protected from the alligators, snakes and bears by her husband and their feisty Pomeranian, Dusty the Cajun Husky.

Website: http://liviaquinn.com
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Blog: https://liviaquinnwrites.com/livias-ramblings

 

A Pawn for Malice by Cynthia Roberts @cynthiasromance #RLFblog #SuspenseToday’s featured book is A Pawn for Malice by Cynthia Roberts

Does an ex-cop ever lose his “nose” for investigating? Freshmen Senator, Bryon Gallagher hasn’t, when the love of his life, Jessica, is kidnapped by a madman. No stone is left unturned as he plays senator by day and rogue detective by night, calling in favors and working his past snitches to the bone to find her. The only problem is, who does he focus his efforts on … her deranged, former father-in-law who lusts after her, a crazed felon hell-bent on revenging the execution of his brother put to death under the Senator’s newly passed Death Penalty Bill, or an unknown psycho, looking for his “moment of fame”?

Pawn for Malice is a thrilling and passionate love story that is a blend of crime action, suspense, and self-discovery, or one could even say, a cross between Safe Haven meets Criminal Minds.

Genre: Romance Suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Cynthia Roberts Social Media

A love of reading romance fiction goes back to those early years when Cynthia was raising a young family. It wasn’t until much later in life she took up the pen to write historical romance. She doesn’t fit into one specific niche. Once a story starts to flow, it’s only then she knows what genre/sub-genre it will fit under. It is her hope you walk away with not just an entertaining read, but the importance in knowing, “Without imagination and dreams, we lose the excitement of wonderful possibilities.

Website http://www.romanceauthorcynthiaroberts.com
Twitter https://twitter.com/cynthiasromance
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Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B001KCK0U2

Risking Her Heart by Laura Haley-McNeil @laurarmcneil #RLFblog #RomanticSuspenseToday’s featured book is Risking Her Heart, a Romantic Suspense by Laura Haley-McNeil.

Hollywood producer Trent Parker has one goal – to own the film option for the breakout novel Sunset in Maui. His problem? Charisse Whitloch. She’ll do anything to produce the film. Trent can stop her, but not without getting close to her, a bond he can’t risk.

Charisse has found the film project that will prove she’s her own woman. One person stands in her way – Trent Parker. She’s faced opposition before, but she isn’t prepared for Trent. Can her charm soften Trent’s heart of stone?

Trent’s defenses against Charisse crumble – loving her will heal the darkness in his soul and open the door to a secret he buried long ago. When Charisse is threatened, she and Trent face her adversaries. They piece together a plot more sinister than any Hollywood movie, but the key to their survival lies in Trent’s past – the key that will lead to Trent’s destruction.

Genre Romantic Suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Publisher Laura Haley-McNeil
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Risking-Heart-Crystal-Creek-Book-ebook/dp/B071KYD2C3/
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/risking-her-heart-laura-haley-mcneil/1126310900
iBooks https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/risking-her-heart/id1231808198?mt=11
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/risking-her-heart-5
CreateSpace https://www.amazon.com/Risking-Her-Heart-Crystal-Creek/dp/1546413200/

Laura Haley-McNeil Social Media

Laura Haley-McNeil is an award-winning author of romantic suspense and women’s fiction in novel length and in short stories. Her work has been featured in several women’s magazines. She has studied piano and ballet and has been a board member for two community orchestras. She and her husband reside in Colorado. When she isn’t writing, she jogs, bicycles and crochets.

Website http://laurahaleymcneil.com/
Twitter https://twitter.com/laurarmcneil
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/LauraHaleyMcNeil/
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Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6470538.Laura_Haley_McNeil
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Laura-Haley-McNeil/e/B008S3WD10/
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The Alibi by Marilyn Baron @MarilynBaron #RLFblog #RomanticSuspenseWelcome Marilyn Baron author of The Alibi, a new Romantic Suspense.

Why did you write this book?
The Alibi was inspired by my year in the Florida prison system, doing PR, not time.

What is your favorite genre to read?
I love any book about World War II, especially thrillers.

Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
Gabriel Allon, an art restorer and an Israeli spy, a fictional character created by Daniel Silva.

What are you working on at the moment?
I just finished a women’s fiction with elements of historical romance and suspense called The Siege: A Novel, set in current day Florence, Italy, and New York City and the Greek island of Crete during WW II. It is inspired by a true story.

What would you do if you were in the wrong place at the wrong time—forced into the honeymoon suite with a man who wasn’t your husband while your hotel was under attack by terrorists? That’s how The Siege: A Novel, opens. When artist Theia Constas finds some vintage WW II photographs and love letters in a shoebox in her grandmother’s closet upon her death, she goes on a journey of self-discovery, where she finds love and realizes her passion through a link to her grandparents’ hidden past.

What books will we see from you in coming months?
In October, I will be announcing my involvement in a special project with a great group of authors that I’m really excited about. I can’t wait to tell you about it, so stay tuned for more details

Genre: Romantic Suspense, Crime Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Cozy Mystery

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Please tell us about your latest book.
In The Alibi, Merritt Saxe, newly hired public relations specialist with the Florida prison system, answers an urgent plea from their division’s director, Willard Ware Baintree. Following his orders, she finds him in the apartment of his mistress, his bloody T-shirt and the mistress’s dead body convincing her the criminal justice superstar is himself a criminal. The director claims he didn’t kill the woman and coerces Merritt into being his alibi. Meanwhile, as the director pulls her farther into his web of lies, Merritt breaks with her longstanding boyfriend and begins a steamy relationship with hunky attorney Israel Goodspeed, whose brother works for the director. Yet how can she trust Israel with her secret or her heart when she suspects the director has been orchestrating their relationship to keep her in line? Speaking out about the cover-up could cost her more than time in jail…it could cost her life.
Publisher The Wild Rose Press, Inc. https://catalog.thewildrosepress.com/all-titles/5254-the-alibi.html
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Alibi-Marilyn-Baron-ebook/dp/B074LYFHKV
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-alibi-marilyn-baron/1126861810

Marilyn Baron Social Media

Marilyn Baron writes in a variety of genres, from humorous coming-of-middle age women’s fiction to historical romantic thrillers and romantic suspense to paranormal/fantasy. THE ALIBI is Marilyn’s 13th novel published with The Wild Rose Press, Inc. (TWRP) and her 21th work of fiction. AmazonEncore republished her book Sixth Sense in September 2015. She’s received writing awards in Single Title, Suspense Romance, Novel With Strong Romantic Elements and Paranormal//Fantasy Romance and a chapter service award from Georgia Romance Writers. A public relations consultant in Atlanta, she graduated with a BS in Journalism and a minor in Creative Writing from the University of Florida. She worked in Public Relations for AT&T in Atlanta for 13 years before starting her own PR firm. She serves on the Roswell Reads Steering Committee and was a featured author in the 2016 Atlanta Author Series. She was the Finalist in the 2017 Georgia Author of the Year Awards in the Romance category for her novel, Stumble Stones. A native of Miami, Florida, Marilyn lives in Roswell, Georgia.

Website www.marilynbaron.com
Twitter https://twitter.com/MarilynBaron
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Marilyn-Baron-286807714666748/
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4722647.Marilyn_Baron
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Marilyn-Baron/e/B008PJFQPC
Newsletter http://www.marilynbaron.com/newsletter/

Picture of Close to the Skin by Zara West @zarawestauthor #RLFblog #RomanticsuspenseZara West author of Close to the Skin answers five easy questions.

Please tell us about yourself.

Zara West loves all things dark, scary, and heart-stopping as long as they lead to true love. Born in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Zara spends winters in New York where the streets hum with life, summers in the Maritimes where the sea can be cruel, and the rest of the year anywhere inspiration for tales of suspense, mystery, and romance are plentiful.

Swept off her feet by her own Indiana Jones, Zara has followed sheep and goats up and down mountainsides in Greece, Crete, and Italy, been stranded on the banks of the Rhine with no money and one chocolate bar, and while she has never been kidnapped, she has been abandoned on an island in the middle of t wilderness for longer than she wants to remember.
A member of RWA, Zara has won numerous awards for her short stories and novels. Close to the Skin was a first winner in the 2016 Pages from the Heart for romantic suspense.
What’s your favorite down-home family style meal?
The answer has to be home-made pizza. I have been making pizza every Friday since my children were toddlers. It got to be that all their friends and all our friends started showing up unexpectedly on Friday nights to have “Mom’s” pizza. I stiil make pizza once a week (Wednesdays now) and the kids and their buddies still come to dive in. My pizza secret – use half-cheddar cheese.
Who is your “book boyfriend” (that hottie you read about and drool over)?
Right now it has to be Jamie Fraser from Outlander. I loved him when I read Gabaldon’s series. But I just finished binge watching the last two seasons of Outlancer on Netflix so he’s come to life for me. The actor Sam Heughan was perfect for the part. My second favorite hottie is Nathaniel Boomer in Into the Wilderness. I never cared much for the heroine. But she sure lucked out in the amazing lover department.
Describe the perfect vacation.
My perfect vacation is to have no must dos and no job to worry about and just to be able to sit and write all day. I am pretty much having that now here at my cottage in the Martimes with a view of the sea. Lucky me.
Tell us about your favorite toy as a child.
My father made me a wooden gun that used a rubberband to shoot pieces of cardboard. Not a very girly toy, but I loved pretending to be the hero and sneaking up on imaginary villains and letting fly. I guess romantic suspense was in my blood even then.
What are your hobbies?
Reading is my main hobby. When I am not working or writing, I read. I read everything. I read biographies and histories, mysteries and thrillers, and scifi and fantasy, historical fiction and paranormal, and of course lots and lots of romance.
After I read, I review what I read on a regular basis. You can find my reviews here, http://www.zarawestsuspense.com/my-books/zara-recommends/ and on Goodreads, https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/50909234
My other hobbies include cooking, gardening, quilting, and spinning and weaving. I did ethnography in Greece living with and studying shepherding and learned how to work with wool and flax there. I have a Greek loom and have sold my weavings professionally at venues such as Bloomingdales, Putamayo, and the Museum of American Folkart.
Please tell us about your latest book.
Genre Romantic Suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Can he give up everything for her?
Can she trust him to keep her safe?
And forgive him for what he’s done?
Never back down, never turn your back, and never fall in love. Head of a multi-million dollar criminal enterprise, Vernon Newell doesn’t let family ties or misplaced sympathy get in his way. But there is one chink in his armor—Sirena Patras, the beautiful young Greek girl he seduced and deserted eight years ago.
When Vernon discovers that Bella Bell, a prospering tattoo artist in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is actually Sirena, he sets out to woo and to win her. Despite her attraction to the fabulously sexy man, Bella wants nothing to do with a hard-headed, ruthless criminal.
But when threatening messages start arriving, and Vernon disappears, Bella must choose to abandon the man she loves or risk her life to save him.
Publisher Wild Rose Press
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iBooks https://itunes.apple.com/us/author/zara-west/id1114670855
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The Perfect Pitch by Karen Cino @karencino #RLFblog #suspenseWelcome Karen Cino author of The Perfect Pitch, a new romantic suspense.

Why did you write this book?
I was living in Staten Island, New York at the time and wanted to write about everyday problems women deal with in their lives.
Is this part of a series?
Yes
What is your favorite genre to read?
Women’s Fiction
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m working on a Cozy Mystery Series and a new Women’s Fiction Series.
What books will we see from you in the coming month?
A New Kind of Perfect (Book 2 in the Seaside Boulevard Series)
Another Side of Perfect (Book 3 in the Seaside Boulevard Series)
New Beginnings (Book 1 in the Camp Mirage Series)
Please tell us about your latest book.
Francine and Richie Ragglio are high school sweethearts. Francine owns her own real estate business and Richie pitches for the New York Pelicans. Richie hurts his shoulder while pitching the first game of the season, not the way he wants to end his career. When Francine is left an abandoned restaurant from someone from her past, things begin to spiral out of control. The mystery of a hidden basement brings Francine and her friends together to do their own investigation, which puts them in the middle of a smuggling ring.
Will Richie’s get through his surgery so he can retire on top of his game? And will Francine and her friends solve the mystery of the hidden basement?Genre romantic suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Where can we find your book online?

Publisher Mandolay Press
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Perfect-Pitch-Karen-Cino-ebook/dp/B0721KFHLN/
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-perfect-pitch-karen-cino/1126575077
Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/729555

Karen Cino Social Media

Karen Cino is a multi-published author of eight novels, two novellas and a book of poems and has been writing since she was fourteen years old. She started her career by writing poetry, short stories and writing article for her high school newspaper. After reading Jackie Collin’s Lovers and Gamblers and Jacqueline Susann’s, Valley of the Dolls, Karen found her niche. She wanted to write women’s fiction and wrote her first book during the summer before she started college. Her daily walks down at the boardwalk are what gets her muse going. It clears her mind and helps her find realistic plot ideas and the characters boosting up her muse. Karen loves writing about local places that people can relate to. The late Paul Zindel’s books took place in Staten Island and reading them, especially My Darling My Hamburger, still brings back many memories for her.

Karen loves the summer, loves the beach. Her books are written in Staten Island, and take place in various places across Staten Island. Karen relocated to Barnegat, New Jersey in 2015. She traded in the Staten Island Boardwalk for the shoreline in Long Beach Island.

Karen has two children, Michael Giordano who’s a singer, songwriter and producer, and Nicole Giordano who works at Home Depot and is also a photographer. In 2014 Karen married John Gatti. Her husband is an actor, teacher and attorney.

Website: http://karencino.com
Blog: http://karencinobooks.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/karencino
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Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/Karen-Cino-296585170371401/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4444484.Karen_Cino
Newsletter: http://us8.campaign-archive1.com/home/?u=372e9cad72e3faf1c0a8b9a4e&id=9ac84ba873
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B008LCG31Y

 

Denyse Bridges: Escape to Africa by @WRWWorldRomance #RLFblog #romanceWelcome Denysé Bridger author of Escape to Africa, a new romantic suspense boxed set.

Why did you write this book?

This particular set of stories came about as the World Romance Writers chatted about themes for future sets after the best-selling debut set, Letterbox Love Stories. We wanted to do something a little more exotic and add a touch of suspense, so the idea of tales set in Africa was born. I’ve long been a lover of the movie Casablanca, and wanted to try something in a similar vein to the movie. So, with a tip of the hat to that classic movie, I hope you enjoy a peek at this one–the first in a series of stories with this set of characters because I know their adventure is just beginning…

What is your favorite genre to read?

I read a lot of different genres, but pretty much all have an element of romance in them. These days I tend to be reading cozy mysteries, which I adore but can’t write, sadly. I also read a lot of romantic suspense and find a lot of excellent authors in the Love Inspired Suspense line from Harlequin, one of my favourite authors there is Elizabeth Goddard, her series’ never disappoint!

Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?

That would have to be Sherlock Holmes, or his more modern counterpart, William Murdoch from Maureen Jennings Murdoch Mysteries series. Both are Victorian in setting, and both men are fascinating as they hunt down villains with shrewd intellect and logic.

What are you working on at the moment?

At the moment I’m working on a story I pitched to Harlequin, it’s all Canadian, really. Canadian setting, Canadian hero and heroine, and the author is from Eastern Canada! This is the first time in many years that I’ve written a story set in my own country, I tend to write in settings that I feel are a little more exotic, but this one has me very excited. It’s got a passionate romance, and a lot of suspense elements, as well as Native American roots. I think it’s going to be a very strong story!

What books will we see from you in coming months?

I’m in a new boxed set from the authors at Romance Books 4 Us, plus I’m doing a book for an on-going theme set called Hidden. I have no less than four projects in the works to be ready by mid-2018. Wish me luck!! I also have three new series in the works – and I was always the one who never wrote with the idea of a series in mind.

Please tell us about your latest book.

Escape to Africa: A Dangerous Liaison

Let your wild side free and Escape to Africa! Come along on an adventure through these 6 stories brought to you by 6 best-selling/award-winning authors.

You’ll uncover tales of an undercover operative in Casablanca, a safari guide in the Serengeti, students on holiday in Morocco, time-traveling agents in Tripoli, vengeance in Algeria, and deadly secrets in Carthage. Each of these stories will captivate you with love, danger, intrigue, and excitement. What better way to Escape?

The Journey…
Dangerous Liaison – Historical Romance by Denyse Bridger
A Pirate’s Lady – Time Travel Romance by Lynn Crain
Dying to Love You – Contemporary Romance with Paranormal Elements by Alicia Dean
Treasured Times – Romantic Suspense by Gemma Juliana
The Ravine of the Wild Woman – Historical Romance by Marie Laval
An Object of Desire – Romantic Suspense by Jenny Twist
Genre Romantic Suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG-13
Publisher World Romance Writers
Amazon http://mybook.to/EscapeAfrica
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/escape-to-africa-denyse-bridger/1126763490?ean=2940154755167

Kobo https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/escape-to-africa-1

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As an award-winning, best-selling author, Denysé Bridger writes about a multitude of things, always with a touch of romance, passion, and fantasy. Her heroes are solid, driven alpha men who are willing to do whatever it takes to win the heroine’s heart and trust, while her heroines are strong, emotionally courageous women who put their hearts on the line for the men they love. Passionate, honorable characters drive Denysé’s stories, in whatever genre you find them in.

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The Perfect Pitch by Karen Cino @karencino #RLFblog #suspenseToday’s featured book is The Perfect Pitch, book 1 of The Seaside Boulevard Series, romantic suspense by Karen Cino.

Francine and Richie Ragglio are high school sweethearts. Francine owns her own real estate business and Richie pitches for the New York Pelicans. Richie hurts his shoulder while pitching the first game of the season, not the way he wants to end his career. When Francine is left an abandoned restaurant from someone from her past, things begin to spiral out of control.

The mystery of a hidden basement brings Francine and her friends together to do their own investigation, which puts them in the middle of a smuggling ring. Will Richie’s get through his surgery so he can retire on top of his game? And will Francine and her friends solve the mystery of the hidden basement?

Genre romantic suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Publisher Mandolay Press
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Perfect-Pitch-Karen-Cino-ebook/dp/B0721KFHLN/
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/karen+cino?_requestid=755366
Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/729555

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Karen Cino is a multi-published author of eight novels, two novellas and a book of poems and has been writing since she was fourteen years old. She started her career by writing poetry, short stories and writing article for her high school newspaper. After reading Jackie Collin’s Lovers and Gamblers and Jacqueline Susann’s, Valley of the Dolls, Karen found her niche. She wanted to write women’s fiction and wrote her first book during the summer before she started college. Her daily walks down at the boardwalk are what gets her muse going. It clears her mind and helps her find realistic plot ideas and the characters boosting up her muse. Karen loves writing about local places that people can relate to. The late Paul Zindel’s books took place in Staten Island and reading them, especially My Darling My Hamburger, still brings back many memories for her.

Karen loves the summer, loves the beach. Her books are written in Staten Island, and take place in various places across Staten Island. Karen relocated to Barnegat, New Jersey in 2015. She traded in the Staten Island Boardwalk for the shoreline in Long Beach Island.

Karen has two children, Michael Giordano who’s a singer, songwriter and producer, and Nicole Giordano who works at Home Depot and is also a photographer. In 2014 Karen married John Gatti. Her husband is an actor, teacher and attorney.

Website: http://karencino.com
Blog: http://karencinobooks.com
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The Dead Man's Treasure by @Kris_Bock #RLFblog #romance #suspenseToday’s featured book is a romantic suspense, The Dead Man’s Treasure, by Kris Bock.

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): G

Rebecca Westin is shocked to learn the grandfather she never knew has left her a bona fide buried treasure – but only if she can decipher a complex series of clues leading to it. The hunt would be challenging enough without interference from her half-siblings, who are determined to find the treasure first and keep it for themselves. Good thing Rebecca has recruited some help, in the form of a green-eyed charmer determined to show her that a desert adventure can be sexy and fun. But there’s a treacherous wildcard in the mix, a man willing to do anything to get that treasure – and revenge. In a frantic race across New Mexico, Rebecca will have to ignore caution in a defiant bid for victory. If she fails, she could lose everything.

Action and romance combine in this lively Southwestern adventure, complete with riddles the reader is invited to solve to identify historical and cultural sites around New Mexico. See the DMT page of Kris Bock’s website: http://www.krisbock.com/the_dead_man_s_treasure__125081.htm for a printable list of the clues and recipes from the book.

The first book in the Southwest Treasure Hunters series is The Mad Monk’s Treasure. The Dead Man’s Treasure is book 2. Each novel stands alone and is complete, with no cliffhangers. This series mixes action and adventure with “closed door” romance. The stories explore the Southwest, especially New Mexico.

Amazon http://bookShow.me/B00SJXNBUG
Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-dead-mans-treasure-kris-bock/1121120000

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Kris Bock writes novels of suspense and romance with outdoor adventures and Southwestern landscapes. Whispers in the Dark features archaeology and intrigue among ancient Southwest ruins. What We Found is a mystery with strong romantic elements about a young woman who finds a murder victim in the woods. In Counterfeits, stolen Rembrandt paintings bring danger to a small New Mexico town.

The Mad Monk’s Treasure follows the hunt for a long-lost treasure in the New Mexico desert. In The Dead Man’s Treasure, estranged relatives compete to reach a buried treasure by following a series of complex clues. In The Skeleton Canyon Treasure, sparks fly when reader favorites Camie and Tiger help a mysterious man track down his missing uncle.

Read excerpts at www.krisbock.com
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