Tuesday, January 22, 2019

What's Hot In Inspirational Suspense


New release from Jaime Jo Wright!


Left at an orphanage as a child, Thea Reed vowed to find her mother someday. Now grown, her search takes her to Pleasant Valley, Wisconsin, in 1908. When clues lead her to a mental asylum, Thea uses her experience as a post-mortem photographer to gain access and assist groundskeeper Simeon Coyle in photographing the patients and uncovering the secrets within. However, she never expected her personal quest would reawaken the legend of Misty Wayfair, a murdered woman who allegedly haunts the area and whose appearance portends death.
A century later, Heidi Lane receives a troubling letter from her mother--who is battling dementia--compelling her to travel to Pleasant Valley for answers to her own questions of identity. When she catches sight of a ghostly woman who haunts the asylum ruins in the woods, the long-standing story of Misty Wayfair returns--and with it, Heidi's fear for her own life.
As two women across time seek answers about their identities and heritage, can they overcome the threat of the mysterious curse that has them inextricably intertwined?
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Monday, January 21, 2019

THIS WEEK ON THE SUSPENSE SISTERS!





We’re planning another great week on the Suspense Sisters. Check out our posts, our interviews, and our awesome giveaways!

THIS WEEK:



On Tuesday Patricia Bradley will tell us What’s Hot in Inspirational Suspense and Mystery.

Wednesday Mary Ellis will tell us about sea turtles and the Gulf Islands. She’ll be giving away a copy of her book, SWEET TASTE OF REVENGE.

Private investigator Kate Weller must confront her troubled past and clear her brother’s name in the second gripping Marked for Retribution mystery.

When a wealthy socialite is found dead on her luxury yacht, her daughter Lainey hires Kate Weller to investigate. Agnes Westin created plenty of enemies during her climb to the top of society, many with a taste for revenge – but did any of them feel strongly enough to kill her?

But Kate has another reason altogether for returning to Pensacola, Florida, the only town she has ever called home. Her brother Liam has spent the past sixteen years in jail for his part in a robbery homicide – and unless Kate uncovers the truth of what really happened that day, she will never be safe. Now someone wants to make sure her repressed memories stay buried. Can Kate clear her brother’s name before the real killer silences them both forever?

On Friday we’ll interview the great James Scott Bell! You could win a copy of his book, YOUR SON IS ALIVE.  

Fifteen years ago their son was taken.
Now somebody says they can have him back.

Dylan and Erin Reeve have lived with a gaping emotional wound ever since their five-year-old son, Kyle, was kidnapped in broad daylight.

And never found.

Though the shadow of their loss hangs heavy, Dylan and Erin have managed to get on with their lives, even finding bits of happiness along the way.

Until one night when a crayon-scrawled note is slipped under Dylan Reeve's door.

All it says is, Your son is alive.

Could it be true?

Or is it a sick game played by somebody out for money? Or something else?

But what?

And why now?

As clues begin to emerge—both agonizing and expectant in their implications—Dylan and Erin Reeve know they have to play this out to the end. Because it's their last chance—and their only hope—to find the son they lost all those years ago.

You'll be blown away by this domestic thriller with twists and turns and the beating heart of parental love.

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Friday, January 18, 2019

Distress Signal Giveaway with Elizabeth Goddard and other news . . . .














Elizabeth Goddard is the bestselling author of more than 30 books, including the Carol Award-winning The Camera Never Lies. Her Mountain Cove series books have been finalists in the Daphne du Maurier Awards and the Carol Awards. Goddard is a seventh generation Texan and can be found online at www.elizabethgoddard.com.








Hey, friends!


Thank you for joining me today at Suspense Sisters. I'll be giving away an ebook copy of Distress Signal, so hang out with me. 


I’ve been writing for a few years and have written around forty novels. One thing I’ve learned is that not every book is for every reader. Everyone has different tastes in clothes, houses, cars, and food, so it makes sense that people have different tastes when it comes to reading materials. Readers aren’t going to love every book. That doesn’t mean that if a reader doesn't like a book, that the book is no good. It could simply mean that reader isn't the right audience for the author. It can take time for an author to find the right audience. In this market saturated with so many books, readers and authors can struggle to find each other. As I read the reviews for Distress Signal, though, I believe I’ve connected with the right audience!

Here are a few reviews . . .

DO NOT blink while reading this, the action picks up FAST and will keep you turning pages until the very end!!~Kara

This is one of those page turners that when you start you do not want to put it down. It will have you on the edge of your seat trying to read faster to see what is going to happen next. I caught myself holding my breath several times.~Elizabeth

The plot was filled with plenty of twists and heart-pounding action.~Deborah

A breathtaking, breath holding, fast paced, action story full of twists and turns and scary adventures.~Melissa

These reviews made my day!

Here's the blurb:

Perilous reunion at sea

A Coldwater Bay Intrigue story

When shipwreck archaeologist Cora Strand is attacked and the research boat she’s on explodes, her ex comes to her rescue. Years ago, Kirk Higgins forfeited her heart, and now with no memory of who attacked her, Cora must trust him with her life. But at the risk of blowing his cover, can the NCIS agent stop a killer determined to put them both in a watery grave?



Distress Signal is the third book in my Coldwater Bay Intrigue series set on Washington’s rocky coast. I love the Pacific northwest and I’ve written quite a few novels set in the region.

I loved “diving” into the research for this story about a shipwreck archaeologist. I learned that there are many facets to such a job. Cora’s specific task was to confirm and document sightings of shipwrecks. According to the stats, around three million shipwrecks are on the ocean floor and only a small portion of those have been discovered and documented. I found that so fascinating, and wish I could have spent more time on that topic—but with a Love Inspired Suspense novel, the action has to start quickly and the story starts with a bang. That's all I'm going to say.

I especially loved writing Kirk’s character. As an undercover NCIS agent he's on a race against time to unravel the mystery while protecting Cora.


You might have seen this picture on my Facebook page, but here it is again. I found Distress Signal at Walmart—so pick up a copy if you can! https://amzn.to/2Rv7JZB






Also, I want to let you know about my upcoming February release. Never Let Go (Revell/Baker Publishing Group) is my first trade-length novel and is the first book in the Uncommon Justice Series. I’ll talk more about this next month during my interview with Patricia Bradley.



But I wanted to give you a heads up that if you pre-order NEVER LET GO, then you can get some free swag from Revell!! http://ow.ly/6fzN30nh7DU




Okay so now's the moment when you can comment to enter the drawing for an ebook copy of Distress Signal! You MUST leave your contact information to enter.

Thanks for giving me a few minutes of your time!

Happy Reading!
Beth








Wednesday, January 16, 2019

THE ALTAR by Nancy Mehl




Someone recently asked me how I created the eccentric behavioral analyst, Kaely Quinn, from MIND GAMES. There is a simple answer, but behind that answer, is a story that I think is worth telling.

Twenty years ago, I began to seriously consider writing stories. I’d written things in my youth, mostly poems, until a high school teacher accused me of plagiarism. If I’d been more secure, I would have realized that her allegation was actually a compliment. Maybe I actually had some talent. But I didn’t come to that conclusion. I let her actions crush me. So here I was again, many years later. Should I give it a go? Or would I just be opening the door to more heartache? I was aware that beginning this journey would change my life. It would take time from family and friends. And I had a lot to learn before I even attempted an actual novel. So I went to God. Was this really what He wanted me to do? I was serious. Unless He confirmed that this was His will, I wouldn’t start down this path. I turned my future over to Him and he answered in a big way. No doubt was left that I was called to write. After His response, surely the first book I wrote would be a literary success. Uh, no. I had a lot of work ahead of me. Some victories and a lot of failures.  

As my life became busier and my dreams became bigger, I began to rely more on myself. Less on God. When I realized my mistake, through my tears, I put my entire career on the altar, telling God I only wanted to write what He wanted me to. Not long after that, I had my first contract with a large publisher. Since then I’ve written over thirty books.

I can hear you asking, “Did you continue to lean on God? Did you keep your career on that altar?” I would like to say yes, but I can’t. The busier I got, the more responsibility I took on. Regardless, God always brought me through. I really have no idea how He did it. I’d put myself in an impossible situation, at one time working with three publishers. But He never walked away. Never deserted me. The impossible became possible.

Then came the day when I’d had enough. I was working constantly. Weekends, holidays…every single day. I was missing time with my husband, my kids and my grandkids. Something had to give. So once again I came to that altar. This time I cried out for help. Guidance. He gave it to me. I brought my daughter-in-law in to help me with one publisher, and I went to the other publisher and asked for more time. (That happened more than once.) But now life was headed in a better direction. And I was ready for a new series. I’d always had a desire to write about FBI profilers. I’d read about profiling for years. But I didn’t know anything about the FBI. Surely that dream was out of my reach.

But God…

So back to how I came up with the character of Kaely Quinn? God brought her to me in a dream. I saw her sitting at a table. The first line of a book came to me. And then she began to profile criminals who weren’t really there.

I was so excited I called my editor. I knew I might sound insane, but I was convinced I’d heard from God. I really wanted to write about this character. My wonderful editor listened and asked me to send her my ideas for the first three books. Ideas? I didn’t have any. It took some work, but I finally came up with something. Now, what to do about my lack of knowledge in regards to the FBI? My agent told me to contact another author who writes about the FBI. I did. And she hooked me up with a friend of hers. A retired FBI Behavioral Analyst. In other words…a profiler.

God already had everything I needed in place. And MIND GAMES was born.

If you have a dream, I pray you’ll put it on the altar. Let God confirm that this dream is something He put in your heart. And then…relax. Trust God to bring it to pass. Don’t make my mistakes. The truth is, you can’t do it alone. Let Him carry the heavy stuff. Enjoy the journey knowing you’re not responsible for the outcome. God is searching for those who will allow Him to show Himself strong.

Be one of those people. 

Leave a comment for your chance to win a copy of MIND GAMES. U.S. only for print copies. 



Tuesday, January 15, 2019

What's Hot in Inspirational Suspense

by Patricia Bradley



This week's feature: A new book from Elizabeth Goddard!




Perilous reunion at sea

A Coldwater Bay Intrigue story

When shipwreck archaeologist Cora Strand is attacked and the research boat she’s on explodes, her ex comes to her rescue. Years ago, Kirk Higgins forfeited her heart, and now with no memory of who attacked her, Cora must trust him with her life. But at the risk of blowing his cover, can the NCIS agent stop a killer determined to put them both in a watery grave?

You can purchase DISTRESS SIGNAL at:

Amazon

B&N

Kobo

Monday, January 14, 2019

THIS WEEK ON THE SUSPENSE SISTERS!



We’re planning another great week on the Suspense Sisters. Check out our posts, our interviews, and our awesome giveaways!

THIS WEEK:



On Tuesday Patricia Bradley will tell us What’s Hot in Inspirational Suspense and Mystery.

Wednesday we’ll hear from Suspense Sister, Nancy Mehl. She’ll be giving away a copy of her new suspense thriller, MIND GAMES!

FBI Behavioral Analyst Kaely Quinn's methods may be highly unorthodox, but her talent is undeniable. She's done her best to establish a new life for herself after being demoted and transferred to St. Louis when a reporter revealed she's the daughter of an infamous serial killer. But when that same reporter claims to have received an anonymous poem predicting a string of murders,
ending with Kaely's, it seems her old life has followed her.

When a body is found that fits the poem's morbid predictions, Kaely and her new partner, Special Agent Noah Hunter, are forced to move past his skepticism of her approach and work together to unravel the deadly riddle.

With a brazen serial killer who breaks all the normal patterns on the loose, Noah and Kaely are tested to their limits to catch the murderer before anyone else, including Kaely, is killed.

On Friday Suspense Sister Elizabeth Goddard will share her new release, DISTRESS SIGNAL. She’ll be giving away an eBook copy!

Perilous reunion at sea

A Coldwater Bay Intrigue story

When shipwreck archaeologist Cora Strand is attacked and the research boat she’s on explodes, her ex comes to her rescue. Years ago, Kirk Higgins forfeited her heart, and now with no memory of who attacked her, Cora must trust him with her life. But at the risk of blowing his cover, can the NCIS agent stop a killer determined to put them both in a watery grave?








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