Tuesday, September 17, 2019

What's HOT in Inspirational Suspense by Mary Ellis

Wondering what's HOT in inspirational suspense and mystery this week? Laura Gallier released a brand new suspense, The Deception, from Tyndale House. #2 in the Delusion series. 

Here's a little bit about the story: In The Deception by Laura Gallier, after the horrific Masonville High mass shooting, Owen is determined to uncover why the Creepers have converged on his land and the school---a necessary step toward his ultimate mission to drive evil forces out of Masonville. A supernatural visitor makes entrance into his life, claiming to have all the answers whole leading Owen down an intriguing yet dark life path. Meanwhile, the suicide epidemic is now compounded by abductions and murders---all unsolved cases. Owen and Ray Anne seek to intervene, but it seems hell itself is out to divide their commitment to each other and the cause. When Jess, Owen's ex-girlfriend, re-enters the scene and her infant son goes missing, a divided community and a couple---Owen and Ray-Anne---must come together to save the day. As the rescue mission intensifies, Owen's courage and conviction bring about clarity concerning his future, including how to eventually defeat Molek and his army of Creepers. Softcover edition

The Deception is available at Christianbook.com:

Monday, September 16, 2019


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


On Tuesday Mary Ellis will tell us What’s Hot in Inspirational Suspense and Mystery. 

Wednesday we’re interviewing the incredible Tosca Lee! She’ll be talking about her new book, A SINGLE LIGHT. Leave a comment for a chance to win this awesome book!


In this gripping sequel to The Line Between, which New York Times bestselling author Alex Kava calls “everything you want in a thriller,” cult escapee Wynter Roth and ex-soldier Chase Miller emerge from their bunker to find a country ravaged by disease, and Wynter is the only one who can save it.

Six months after vanishing into an underground silo with sixty others, Wynter and Chase emerge to find the area abandoned. There is no sign of Noah and the rest of the group that was supposed to greet them when they emerged—the same people Wynter was counting on to help her locate the IV antibiotics her gravely ill friend, Julie, needs in order to live.

As the clock ticks down on Julie’s life, Wynter and Chase embark on a desperate search for medicine and answers. But what they find is not a nation on the cusp of recovery thanks to the promising new vaccine Wynter herself had a hand in creating, but one decimated by disease. What happened while they were underground?

 With food and water in limited supply and their own survival in question, Chase and Wynter must venture further and further from the silo. Aided by an enigmatic mute named Otto, they come face-to-face with a society radically changed by global pandemic, where communities scrabble to survive under rogue leaders and cities are war zones. As hope fades by the hour and Wynter learns the terrible truth of the last six months, she is called upon once again to help save the nation she no longer recognizes—a place so dark she’s no longer sure it can even survive.

 Fast-paced and taut, A Single Light is a breathless thriller of nonstop suspense about the risks of living in a world outside the safe confines of our closely-held beliefs and the relationships and lives that inspire us.

Friday, bestselling author, DiAnn Mills, will talk about Top 7 Practices of Successful Writers. Leave a comment and you could win a copy of her new book, FATAL STRIKE! If you’re looking for suspense, DiAnn always delivers!


There’s a killer on the loose in Galveston, targeting law enforcement officials and using a fatal injection of snake venom to take them down. Authorities have reasons to believe the Veneno gang is behind the hits, and FBI Agents Leah Riesel and Jon Colbert team up to track down those responsible. Their best lead is an eyewitness who identifies a young man dumping the third body on a church doorstep. But their suspect has gone into hiding, and those closest to him are reluctant to reveal anything that might help investigators find him.

As Leah and Jon check connections among the victims and dig deeper into motives, they discover appearances may be deceiving. Someone is desperate to keep their secrets hidden, and Leah and Jon must face their greatest fears in order to stop the next fatal strike.


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Friday, September 13, 2019

Meet the Author of BREAKING POINT ~ Marji Laine

 by Patricia Bradley

Today I'm interviewing Marji Laine here on the Suspense Sisters, and over at ptbradley.com/blog, I'm reviewing her latest suspense book, Breaking Point. And she's giving away a print copy of BREAKING POINT here at the Suspense Sisters! Must have a Continental US address. 

And, if you leave a comment on my blog I'll enter you in a drawing for either a $10 Amazon gift card or a book from my extensive library!

If you had to describe yourself in one sentence, what would you say?
I’m content on my path, consciously finding joy where I am, while I’m there.

That's an awesome thing to be able to say! So, what do you do when you’re not writing? Any interesting hobbies?

I can’t say any of my hobbies are really interesting. I do more publishing for others than I do writing at this point. I do love building book covers. That’s not so surprising, though because I love photography and scrapbooking. Aside from writing (which is like vacation time for me), my favorite afternoon would be spent creating book covers while watching a NASCAR race.

That muliti-tasking thing. (G) What was your favorite book as a teen or child?

Trixie Belden Mysteries were my favorite books when I was a pre-teen. I even collected a set of the original ones for my daughters and they loved them too. As a teenager, my favorite author was Phyllis A. Whitney. Her mysteries were riveting, twisted, and downright scary!

Phyliss A. Whitney was my favorite as a teen, too! Tell us three things about yourself that might surprise your readers.
I’ve directed three adult musicals and fourteen children’s musicals, and I choreographed (and played Ado Annie) in Oklahoma.
One of my photographs was used on a calendar (the month of October) for the city of Commerce, Texas.
I’m on the planning team for Kathy Ide’s SoCal Christian Writer’s Conference.

You are a busy lady! What is the most valuable piece of advice you’d like to give to unpublished authors?

When I first started writing, mentors would tell me to keep writing. And their advice was wise. Continuing to write was crucial to opening the doors of my creativity. But I think my best advice to share would be to have a teachable spirit. Listening to the wise counsel of others—critique partners, mentors, and other professionals—is essential for improvement, which all of us need! Having that teachable spirit also exemplifies Micah 6:8 – walking humbly before God and allowing Him to teach us through the suggestions of others.

I so agree, Marji. What would you like readers to know about your story? (And hop over to my blog for a review!)

BREAKING POINT isn’t my debut novel, but it is the first one that I wrote (and rewrote and rewrote …) over a decade ago. This story started with a strange dream that I had. It was only a scene, really. A woman was stranded on the roof of this beautiful Victorian house during a thunderstorm. There was someone looking for her. A figure peaked over the edge of the roof and spotted her, but as he adjusted his angle to aim his gun at her, the decoration on the edge of the roof gave way and he fell backward. That was the dream and I built the entire story around it. But in the five, page-one rewrites that I’ve done on this story, that scene disappeared. Maybe it will come back in another book?

Oh, wow! I wish I could dream like that! Love the premise! What’s next from Marji Laine?

I have a number of projects that I’m working up, most of them in the planning stage. I have a spinoff series from my novellas, Grime Fighter Mysteries. These will also be mysteries from the standpoint of a law student studying for the bar exam. I also have the second of my Dallas Duets romance series stirring in my mind. But the one I will work on next is the third book of this Heath’s Point Suspense series. It’s called BOILING POINT and the rough draft is complete. Just a little tweaking to do—not five rewrites! Hopefully, it will be coming out next year.

Back cover copy

Alynne's Stone's planned out and predictable days ended when she hurried to her mother's side to support her during a family tragedy. She knows no one in this country town and has nothing to do with her father’s death. So, why does she seem to have a target on her back? How can she stay and support her mom when someone is intent on eliminating her?

Police Lieutenant Jason Danvers believes her father was murdered. How, he can't fathom, but he also can't ignore the details that don't add up. Nor can he ignore the attempts made on Alynne’s life. Could that crazy story about buried treasure have something to do with her “accidents”? Still dealing with the pain of his own wife's death, he can’t allow an innocent woman to die on his watch. Especially one as scintillating as Alynne Stone.


After seventeen years of homeschooling and eight years teaching in the public-school realm, Marji is still a teacher at heart, nowadays opting for writer meetings, workshops, and conferences as well as teaching a high school Bible study in her home. When she’s not writing or publishing the stories of others, she enjoys watching sports (especially NASCAR and Texas Ranger baseball), theatre, and the Hallmark Movies and Mystery channel.

She and her hubby of thirty-two years live in a suburb of Dallas, Texas with two rescue dogs and one precious daughter who keeps them from having to be empty nesters for a little bit longer. She loves game night with her extended family and friends, singing harmonies in worship music, and talking shop with other writers. You can usually find her in her favorite recliner, tapping on her laptop with her fur-babies snoring at her feet. Or at www.MarjiLaine.com

You can purchase BREAKING POINT at Amazon.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Where were you?

If you are old enough to remember the events that took place on September 11, 2001, then chances are you've asked, or been asked the question...where were you? And like me, you can probably name the exact location you were at when life as we knew it changed forever.

Today is the eighteenth anniversary of one of the most tragic days in modern US history. On September 11, 2001, 2,977 innocent lives were lost in the Twin Towers, at the Pentagon, and in a rural field in Pennsylvania. The tragedy set in motion by those events would change the course of life both in the US and worldwide.

At the time, I was working at a high tech company in Austin, Texas and taking a leadership class in the basement of our building. We had a TV in the breakroom. Someone came into the classroom and said that a plane had hit the World Trade Center. Everyone rushed to watch as the terrible events unfolded. I still remember the shock, the disbelief I felt at watching those planes hit the towers.

So today, I thought we’d take some time to remember that day together. Let’s share our stories about where we were, what we were feeling when we saw the first plane hit the tower, and how September 11, 2001, has impacted our lives today.

I’d like to give away a copy of one of my books, Rocky Mountain Pursuit, to one person. I’ll announce the winner on Wednesday, September 18th.

Blessings, always, 

Mary Alford 

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

What's HOT In Inspirational Suspense

What's HOT in Inspirational Suspense by Mary Ellis

Wondering what's new in inspirational suspense and mystery? Our very own Suspense Sister, Elizabeth Goddard, just released a brand new mystery, Deadly Evidence, from Love Inspired Suspense in the Mount Shasta Secrets series.

Here's a little bit about the story: FBI agent Tori Peterson intends to find her sister’s murderer, even if someone’s willing to kill her to keep the truth hidden. But that means returning home and working with the lead detective—her ex-boyfriend, Ryan Bradley. Though sparks still fly between them, Tori and Ryan must stay focused on catching a killer…before they are silenced for good.

Order your copy of Deadly Evidence today 

Monday, September 9, 2019


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


On Tuesday Mary Ellis will tell us What’s Hot in Inspirational Suspense and Mystery. 

Wednesday we’ll hear from Mary Alford whose post, WHERE WERE YOU?, reminds us of the importance of September 11th, a day we can't afford to forget. She’s also giving away a copy of her book, ROCKY MOUNTAIN PURSUIT.


Everyone believes agent Jase Bradford is dead—everyone but Reyna Peterson. Only he can protect her now that someone wants the information her CIA husband died to secure. As the one member of their spy team not killed, Jase must remain in the shadows. Yet when Reyna leads the enemy right to his mountain refuge and blows his cover, Jase risks his life for hers. As his best friend's beautiful widow scales the walls around his heart, whether out of loyalty or love, he makes it his duty to secure her safety. But when their pursuers trap them in the snowy Colorado mountains, will it become his final mission?

Friday, Patricia Bradley will interview Marji Laine, a former Suspense Sister! Marji will tell us about her new book, COUNTER POINT. You could win a copy of this great book!

Someone is determined to finish a murdered hit man's final assignment.

Her father's gone. Her diner's closing. Her car's in the lake. Cat McPherson has nothing left to lose. Except her life. And a madman's bent on taking that away.

Her former boyfriend, Ray Alexander, returns as a hero from his foreign mission, bringing back souvenirs in the form of death threats. When several attempts are made on Cat’s life, she must find a way to trust Ray, the man who broke her heart.

Keeping Cat safe from a fallen cartel leader might prove impossible for Ray, but after seeing his mission destroyed and several godly people killed, he knows better than to ignore the man’s threats. Cat’s resistance to his protection and the stirring of his long-denied feelings for her complicate his intentions, placing them both in a fight for their lives.

How can a small-town girl survive when ultimate power wants her dead?

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