Wednesday, December 1, 2021

OUR 2021 CHRISTMAS CONTEST!

 Merry Christmas 2021 from the Suspense Sisters!

Enter below for your chance to win lots of great Christmas gifts, including a candle, a calendar, Christmas candy, Christmas towels and socks, a mug, and a beautiful ornament!

You could also win a book from each of the Suspense Sisters! 

Our winner can spend the rest of the year reading some great Christian suspense, drinking hot chocolate from a special mug, her feet covered by soft socks, snacking on candy while a candle flickers beside her...and over her lap?

This gorgeous quilt!



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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

What's HOT in Inspirational Suspense

Wondering what's new in inspirational suspense and mystery? Sarah Loudin Thomas has a brand new suspense, The Finder of Forgotten Things, releasing soon from Bethany House. Available December 10.




Here's a little bit about the story: It's 1932, and Sullivan Harris is on the run. He promised the people of Kline, West Virginia, that he would find them water---but he failed and fled with their cash. Determined to stay ahead of his pursuers, he pulls the same scam in a new town, with better results. But can he keep up this charade? 384 pages, softcover from Bethany.

Purchase The Finder of Forgotten Things from Christianbook.com HERE

Happy reading, suspense lovers! ~ Mary Ellis

Thursday, November 25, 2021

A Chat with Author Dana Mentink and a Giveaway!

 I’m so excited to get to talk with my friend, author Dana Menink today and share a little “inside information” about her with you. 


On October 26th, Yukon Justice, Alaska K-9 Unit Book 7, released and promptly made the USA Today Bestsellers List as well as being on the Publisher’s Weekly list for two straight weeks.

Yukon Justice is Dana’s 40th book with Love Inspired Suspense and one that you won’t want to put down! 


Sabotage on a family ranch…this K-9’s on the case.

When her estranged uncle attempts to sabotage her family’s reindeer ranch, K-9 team assistant Katie Kapowski heads home to help save it—and becomes his target. With their rocky past, Alaska State Trooper Brayden Ford and his furry partner are the last team Katie wants assigned to protect her. But with the ranch under siege, they must work together…or risk falling victim to a killer.

Dana, if you had to describe yourself in one sentence, what would you say?

Dana’s a bit of a dork, but she means well.

What do you do when you’re not writing? Any interesting hobbies?

I REALLY want to be a good cook. In reality, I’m a pretty mediocre cook, which is sad, right? I also aspire to be a fantastic gardener, yet God keeps me continually humble in this regard. I have, however, grown a broccoli tree. Yes, you read that right. It’s a broccoli plant which I never had the heart to dig up because the birds and bees love it, so it grew into a tree.

What was your favorite book as a teen or child?

Without question, my favorite book was the Oz series. I have all of them. L. Frank Baum showed me an amazing and magical world that took my breath away and turned me into a storyteller. I’ve visited The Hotel Del on Coronado Island where he wrote his stories.

Tell us three things about yourself that might surprise your readers.

Hmmm. Let’s see.

I was an elementary school teacher for most of my career.

My great pandemic achievement was teaching Junie the Wonder Dog how to ride in a booster seat in the car.

I was a nationally ranked competitive speaker in college.

What genre did you start out writing? Have you changed course? Why or why not?

Interestingly, I started in cozy mystery, then sidestepped to romantic suspense and guess what? I’m back in cozy mystery again along with the suspense. Life’s funny that way.

What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?

The toughest criticism was given about one of my earliest books. The reviewer said I portrayed a senior citizen character in a ridiculing manner. That cut me to the quick because I have a heart for seniors and always have. I felt terrible that she felt my character was poking fun. Ouch! The best compliments are the ones that say they were touched and moved in some way, especially if it was an encouragement to them.

Any other genres you’d like to try? If yes, what and why?

I think I’d probably have a go at children’s books, perhaps, but I don’t have time to explore that right now.

If you could go back in time and do something differently at the start of your career, what would it be?

I would probably try to take more classes and attend conferences, but I was working, with young babies, so that really wasn’t doable at that point.

What is the most important thing you’d like readers to take away from your books?

That they are loved by God, and He uses our failures to bring us closer to Him.

What is the most valuable piece of advice you’d like to give to unpublished authors?

There’s a difference between “I want to publish a book” and “I want to write professionally.” Figure out which path you want to take and seek out mentors and avenues to lead you to your goal.

Thank you, Dana, for being here today with us. It has been a pleasure getting to know you better.   

Readers--leave a comment and I'll enter you in a drawing for a copy of Yukon Justice! The winner will be announced next Friday here in the comments. Print copy for a US winner, or e-book for those outside the US.

 All the best...

Mary Alford

www.maryalford.net 

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

HAPPY THANKSGIVING....and giving away a free book!

What are your plans for tomorrow? A quiet, peaceful day? Heading somewhere for your Thanksgiving celebration? Or getting ready to host some family or friends at your own house?

We always host the big holidays here, so you can imagine what today is like.  Cleaning, advance food prep (pies and more pies!) and planning out tomorrow in fifteen-minute increments for food prep before serving dinner at four in the afternoon.  

Our daughter is an amazing cook, though, so it's such a blessing to be able to share the tasks. But by the time we serve, I just want to find a quiet corner and put my feet up!


Thus, this is a quick post, but I'd like to mention 
FINAL CHANCE, my November release. It's an inspirational romantic suspense.

Here's a quick blurb:

Arson. Attempted murder. And Kris Donaldson is the prime suspect. Why won't anyone believe she's innocent?


After years on the run from an abusive ex, Kris receives an unexpected inheritance, an acreage in the Rockies near a small, quaint mountain town. It's her dream come true--a chance to establish an animal rescue and finally lead a peaceful life. Perhaps there's even a chance of forever-after with the intriguing rancher next door.

But her dreams might just prove fatal. A stalker will stop at nothing to destroy her new life. The threats are mounting. She's being framed for heinous crimes. Her reputation, happiness, and in the end, her life is on the line. As always, she can simply cut her losses and run. But this time, there's too much at stake.

This time, she's going to stay.


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Leave a message and be entered in a drawing for FINAL REFUGE, the first book in this series!


Happy Thanksgiving!

Roxanne Rustand
USA Today bestselling author

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

What's HOT in Inspirational Suspense

Wondering what's new in inspirational suspense and mystery? Kate Breslin as a brand new suspense, As Dawn Breaks, recently released from Bethany Books. 



Here's a little bit about the story: After a deadly explosion at her munitions factory kills her best friend, Rosalind longs to escape and begin a new life. Armed with a false ID card, she flees to another factory in Scotland. But when RAF captain Alex Baird arrives to investigate and prevent a second blast, things get complicated. Should Rosalind risk telling him everything? 400 pages, softcover from Bethany.

Buy As Dawn Breaks from Christianbook HERE

Happy reading, lovers of suspense and mystery! ~ Mary Ellis

Monday, November 22, 2021

THIS WEEK ON THE SUSPENSE SISTERS

 


We have exciting things planned for you this week on the Suspense Sisters!




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





Wednesday we’ll hear from Suspense Sister Roxanne Rustand.



Friday, we’ll interview Dana Mentink. She’ll give away a copy of her newest release, YUKON JUSTICE!

Sabotage on a family ranch…
this K-9’s on the case.


When her estranged uncle attempts to sabotage her family’s reindeer ranch, K-9 team assistant Katie Kapowski heads home to help save it—and becomes his target. With their rocky past, Alaska State Trooper Brayden Ford and his furry partner are the last team Katie wants assigned to protect her. But with the ranch under siege, they must work together…or risk falling victim to a killer.





You can buy it here! 

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