Friday, August 18, 2017

We are so happy to have Mary Alford with us today.  Read on, and don't forget--those who leave a comment will have a chance at winning her book, Framed for Murder!
1.  Tell us a little about yourself and your newest book.
MA: Thanks, Roxanne. I’m happy to be here today. I started reading suspense at a very young age. I think shortly after I learned to read well. Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, anything I could find at the local library, I’d devour. As a pre-teen, I graduated to reading Phyllis Whitney and Victoria Holt and I loved them and the genre. I tried my hand at writing back then, but I confess, I didn’t take it serious enough until much later in life when I entered the Love Inspired Speed Dating contest and later got the call for Forgotten Past.
Framed For Murder, my October Love Inspired Suspense, is about a CIA agent who is framed for killing her partner. Liz Ramirez must flee for her life in order to find the evidence her deceased partner left behind in a remote cabin in Alaska. But trying to stay alive long enough to find the evidence will be a near impossible task alone. Her future depends on convincing Aaron Foster, her commander, to go rogue and help her. On the run from the rest of her team and the gun dealers who are convinced she knows the location of their missing weapons, Liz risks losing the proof that would clear her name. But will eluding her pursuers—and trying not to fall for the handsome commander—prove to be fatal?

2.  Give us an insight into your main character, and what inspired you to write this book?
MA: Liz Ramirez is a seasoned CIA agent, but she’s had to endure some heartbreaking events in her personal life. Five years earlier, she lost her husband, a CIA agent, while on a mission. His death has left her crippled emotionally, unable to move on with her life, and so she has thrown herself into her work. But the life and death missions they face daily has taken its toll, especially now that she’s on the run. Aaron Foster is a good friend and Liz trusts her life to him. Working closely with Aaron, Liz finds herself attracted to Aaron. He’s cut from the same cloth as her deceased husband, but will she be betraying her husband by falling in love with Aaron?
Framed For Murder is the third book in the Scorpion Team series. I’m a huge spy fan and I’ve been blessed to be able to write about something that intrigues me. There’s just something about the type of work spies do, the risks they take that is the perfect backdrop for a romantic suspense.    

3.  What are you working on at the moment?  
MA: I’m currently working on the final two books for the Scorpion Team series. The next book up will be Agent Alex Booth’s story. When Alex gets a call from the sister of his childhood, right away he knows Rachel isn’t calling to catch up. Especially after the way things ended between them. What Rachel has to say is frightening. Her brother, a CIA agent himself has seemingly vanished into thin air. As a former CIA herself, Alex knows Rachel isn’t overreacting. Something bad has happened to Liam.
The final book in the series will be Agent Gavin Dalton’s story and it will take us to coal rich Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky, where the truth behind a decade’s old murder is about rise to the surface.       

4.   What is your writing schedule like?
MA: It depends on what I’m working on at the time. Currently, I have two very tight deadlines so I am writing two books at the same time. Alex’s story and another Amish Romance. I usually devote the morning to working on one book, then after lunch, I’ll start the second book and work until my eyes tell me I’m done.  

5.  What led you to become a writer?
MA: I think I became a writer because I loved all those stories I read as a child and I could see myself writing the same thing. I love taking a story from just an idea to a finished book. It’s a wonderful feeling. I can’t imagine doing anything else.  

 6. What is the hardest thing about writing?
MA: Before I became a published author, I received many rejection letters along the way. It can be very discouraging to put your heart and soul into a book and then have someone tell you it’s not good enough. But I think the hardest thing about writing for me is to keep going beyond the rejections. At the time, It would have been so easy to quit and say “oh well”. I’m glad I didn’t.   

 7.  What is the easiest thing about writing?
MA: The easiest thing for me is coming up with the ideas. They can be found anywhere. They’re all around in life, whether it’s a story I hear on TV that sparks a thought, or something I read or hear about in a conversation. Yet not all story ideas make it to the finished book. Some just don’t pan out, but the ones that do, well, it’s a very satisfying feeling to be able to write, “The end”.  

8. Anything else you'd like to share?  Anything humorous about your writing life?
MA: Every time I think about how close I was to not being able to participate in the Speed Dating contest, I have to smile. At the time of the contest, my husband and I were in Colorado at our cabin where there is no internet availability. So, we grabbed my laptop and ran into town to the Ace Hardware store when I was able to connect long enough to participate. I was so nervous that my hands shook. I’m not sure Emily could understand what I was saying, but she did request a synopsis, followed later by a partial, and a full…and then the call.   


Mary Alford was inspired to become a writer after reading romantic suspense greats Victoria Holt and Phyllis Whitney. Soon creating characters and throwing them into dangerous situations that test their faith came naturally for Mary. In 2012 Mary entered the Speed Dating contest hosted by Love Inspired Suspense and later received “the call”. In addition to writing for Love Inspired Suspense, Mary also writes Christian romance and sweet romance. Being a published author has been a dream come true for Mary. 
I have a Street Team group that I’m always looking for new members. To find out more, just drop me an email at maryjalfordauthor@gmail.com.



Wednesday, August 16, 2017

5 Things To Turn Off a Reader

by Patricia Bradley


Recently a friend was reading a book, which shall remain nameless, and when she finished, she wanted to throw the book across the room. 

Why, you ask? Because the ending made absolutely no sense. 

The author spent the whole book having the hero search for the person who attacked him, only to have the attacker be someone the hero paid to do it.

That got me to thinking and I came up with 5 plot devices readers hate (at least this reader).

1.     The villain turns out to be someone’s evil secret twin no one knew about.
2.     At the end of the book, everything turns out to be a dream.
3.     The hero uses a ‘hidden’ talent that has never been mentioned.
4.     The cavalry swoops in and saves the day.
5.     Having your heroine be TSTL (too stupid to live). You know, a serial killer is on the loose and she sees something in the woods outside her cabin...

Now it’s your turn. What do you wish authors would not do?


One more thing…September 5, Justice Buried, the second book in my Memphis Cold Case Novels releases! Here’s the back cover copy:  

In an effort to get her security consulting business off the ground, Kelsey Allen has been spending a lot of time up in the air, rappelling down buildings and climbing through windows to show business owners their vulnerabilities to thieves. When she is hired to pose as a conservator at the Pink Palace Museum in order to test their security weaknesses after some artifacts go missing, she's ecstatic.

But when her investigative focus turns from theft to murder, Kelsey knows she's out of her league--and possibly in the cross hairs. When blast-from-the-past Detective Brad Hollister is called in to investigate, Kelsey may find that he's the biggest security threat yet . . . to her heart.


Leave a comment, along with your contact information. One winner will get a $10.00 gift card for Amazon! 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Hot New Inspy Suspense...from the doctor!



Cardiologist Dr. Kirk Martin continually crosses swords with Dr. Cliff Hamilton, so he is surprised when Hamilton asks him to care for him after a heart attack. When he is ready for discharge, Hamilton is found dead in his hospital bed, and Martin is suspected of murdering him.

After another doctor is found shot to death, Martin’s girlfriend, nurse Janet Rush, reminds him to be careful because he may be next. Can he save his own life while searching for the identity of the real murderer?

Monday, August 14, 2017

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 Dana Mentink will share What’s Hot in Inspirational Suspense and Mystery.
 


 


On Wednesday Suspense Sister Patricia Bradley shares 5 Things to
Turn Off a Reader! Check it out. Do you agree with her list? Do you have any additions? Leave a comment and you could win a $10.00 gift card from Amazon! Also, find out about her newest book, JUSTICE BURIED.
In an effort to get her security consulting business off the ground, Kelsey Allen has been spending a lot of time up in the air, rappelling down buildings and climbing through windows to show business owners their vulnerabilities to thieves. When she is hired to pose as a conservator at the Pink Palace Museum in order to test their security weaknesses after some artifacts go missing, she's ecstatic. But when her investigative focus turns from theft to murder, Kelsey knows she's out of her league--and possibly in the cross hairs. When blast-from-the-past Detective Brad Hollister is called in to investigate, Kelsey may find that he's the biggest security threat yet . . . to her heart.

Crackling with romantic tension and laced with intrigue, this suspenseful story from award-winning author Patricia Bradley will keep readers guessing--and looking over their shoulders.
 
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