The Art of Love and Murder
Title The Art of Love and Murder
Genre Romantic Suspense
Author Brenda Whiteside
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Lacy Dahl never questioned her past until the deaths of her adoptive
parents and her husband. A husband who wasn’t what he seemed. Her research uncovers
secrets about the mother she never knew; secrets that dispute the identity of her
father and threaten her life.
Sheriff Chance Meadowlark is still haunted by the murder of his
wife and the revenge he unleashed in the name of justice. When he meets Lacy he
is determined not to become involved, but their pasts may make that impossible.
As they move closer to the truth, saving Lacy may be his only salvation.
Lacy begins to think the present is more important than her past…until
Chance’s connection to her mother and a murder spin her deeper into danger and further
from love. Will the truth destroy Lacy and Chance or will it be the answer that
frees them?

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Interview with Brenda Whiteside

Why did you write this
book?
I’d never written a series and I wanted to. After brainstorming
for a couple of weeks, I came up with an idea for three related stories. That has
since morphed into five stories.
What is your favorite
genre to read?
Suspense of any subgenre. Romantic suspense in particular.
What is your favorite character from fiction (not including your
own characters)?
I have to give you a male and female –give equal time to heroes
and heroines!
Claire Beauchamp Randall of the Outlander series is my favorite
female. Although this is a time travel series and pushes the envelope on believability,
Claire makes me a believer. She’s real. My favorite male is Lucas Davenport from
the Prey series. I’m reading through the series right now so that could be the reason.
But he’s one of those flawed characters that ropes me in.
Do you enjoy films and/or
TV shows? Which are your favorites?
I watch very little TV, but I do have my never miss favorites
– Castle, Bones and The Mentalist. I actually love, love, love going to the movies.
But I’ve gotten very stingy with my leisure time and am careful to not waste time
on “maybe goods.”
What are you working on
at the moment, and what are we likely to see from you in the coming months?
The Art of Love and Murder, which released only a week ago, is
the first in my Love and Murder series. Book two, Southwest of Love and Murder is
on my editor’s desk right now. I’m six chapters into book three, The Legacy of Love
and Murder. Books four and five, which are promised to my publisher, are still in
the planning stage.
Please tell us about your
latest book.
Lacy Dahl, prompted by her daughter, sets out to research some
art left by her birth parents who died in an airplane crash when she was an infant.
She goes to Flagstaff, Arizona armed with the sketches and visits a step-aunt,
an art gallery and a museum. Those visits lead to a collector of the artist’s work
and an old friend of her birth mother. Everyone appears to be holding back some
truth. And from her first night in town when she is followed down a dark alley,
danger lurks, but she doesn’t know why. When a Paul Bunyan of a man who happens
to be the sheriff, comes to her aid, the mystery gets even murkier. His ties to
a murder and the art may or may not hinder their relationship. Lacy finds herself
discovering secrets and lies that threaten her life.

Blurb

Lacy Dahl never questioned her past until the deaths of her adoptive
parents and her husband. A husband who wasn’t what he seemed. Her research uncovers
secrets about the mother she never knew; secrets that dispute the identity of her
father and threaten her life.
Sheriff Chance Meadowlark is still haunted by the murder of his
wife and the revenge he unleashed in the name of justice. When he meets Lacy he
is determined not to become involved, but their pasts may make that impossible.
As they move closer to the truth, saving Lacy may be his only salvation.
Lacy begins to think the present is more important than her past…until
Chance’s connection to her mother and a murder spin her deeper into danger and further
from love. Will the truth destroy Lacy and Chance or will it be the answer that
frees them?

Author Bio

Brenda spends most of her time writing stories of discovery and
love. The rest of her time is spent tending vegetables on the small family farm
she shares with her husband, son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter. Together, they’ve
embraced an age-old lifestyle that has been mostly lost in the United States
– multiple generations living under one roof, who share the workload, follow their
individual dreams and reap the benefits of combined talents.
Although she didn’t start out to write romance, she’s found all
good stories involve complicated human relationships. She’s also found no matter
a person’s age, a new discovery is right around every corner. Whether humorous or
serious, straight contemporary or mystery, all her books revolve around those two
facts.
Visit Brenda at www.brendawhiteside.com.
She blogs on the 9th and 24th of every month at http://rosesofprose.blogspot.com
She blogs about writing and prairie life at http://brendawhiteside.blogspot.com/

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