Thursday, October 21, 2021

INTERVIEW WITH LYNETTE EASON

I have to admit that Lynette Eason is one of my favorite authors, and her Danger Never Sleeps series is edge-of-your-seat type of action!

Here is a recent interview about her latest release, the fourth and last of the series, Hostile Intent

Hostile Intent is the gripping conclusion to your Danger Never Sleeps series. What ties the four books together?

The four books are tied together by four friends. Three who met in the military and one who was already friends with the Acceptable Risk heroine, Sarah Denning.

The military is an underlying theme through your series. How did you become so well-versed in military careers?

Research, research, research! Seriously, I know people in the military, and they were more than generous with their time in allowing me to pick their brains. One friend even read different scenes and then gave me feedback on how to fix them. That was such a blessing. 

Your books often feature strong female protagonists. Do you have a favorite character in the Danger Never Sleeps series?

I think I'll have to go with Sarah from Acceptable Risk, although Ava from Hostile Intent runs a close second. But Sarah is strong. She doesn't hold back and is no one's doormat. I love how she doesn't let anyone define who she should be and fights to be her own person. She's just a cool character. 

What do you hope readers will learn from Hostile Intent?

I think it's safe to say that we all have burdens and baggage. We have first, second, and third impressions about people we know. Let's face it; we all make judgments, but the truth is, we never know all there is to know about a person—or what their struggles are. I hope Hostile Intent will remind readers not to judge too swiftly or too harshly and to look beneath the surface of others' actions. 


When did you become interested in writing romantic suspense novels?
 

I've always loved writing. Even in school, I'd rather have an essay questions than a multiple choice one. When I was in the eighth grade, I tried writing a novel but gave up because it was too hard. Then when I was a young mother, I was home alone a lot, as my husband traveled with his job. I decided that it would be a good distraction to try to write  novel again. So I did. And I actually finished that one. Then I wrote another and another. The fourth one was published in 2007. And, as they say, the rest is history.

Here's a little about Hostile Intent

Shortly after high school, Ava Jackson joined the military. But when her mother became ill, she was forced to request an early discharge. After visiting her mother in the nursing home, Ava is attacked. Fortunately, FBI Special Agent Caden Denning arrives in time to help ward off her attacker.  

Caden reveals to Ava that there is a serial killer trying to wipe out military families, and he believes that Ava may hold the key to these murders. The killer clearly has an agenda and Ava appears to be next on his list. Ava and Caden must work together to discover the pattern to the hits, uncover looming secrets, and track down the killer before it is too late.  

Lynette Eason is the bestselling author of Collateral Damage, Acceptable Risk, and Active Defense, as well as Protecting Tanner Hollow. She has completed several series including the Blue Justice, Women of Justice, Deadly Reunions, Hidden Identity, and (my personal favorite) the Elite Guardians series. She is the winner of three ACFW Carol Awards, the Selah Award, and the Inspirational Reader's Choice Award, among others, and she is currently working on the first book of a brand new series! Yea! 

You can reach Lynette Eason on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or through her website: www.lynetteeason.com

Have you ever tried to write a book? Even a short story? Share about it in the comments and you might be the winner of an Amazon gift card.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

ANNOUNCING MY UPCOMING RELEASE: DEAD FALL...AND A COVER REVEAL!

Book two in my Quantico File series will release in early November. Here's something about DEAD FALL:

He has a deadly endgame in mind--and he's already chosen each victim . . . including her.

After putting to rest the most personal case of her career, Alex Donovan is ready to move on and focus on her future at the FBI's elite Behavioral Analysis Unit. When the BAU cofounder is discovered dead in his hotel room, the FBI is called in to work on the strangest case they've ever faced. How do you find a killer who murders his victims from a distance?

When it becomes clear that the killer is targeting agents in Alex's unit, they are ordered into lockdown, sheltered in the dorms at Quantico. Alex bunks with controversial agent Kaely Quinn, and as they work together, Alex discovers in Kaely the role model she's never had--despite being warned away.

As Alex questions the type of agent she wants to become, things get personal when the brilliant killer strikes close to home. Now Alex will do anything to find the killer--even at the risk of her own life.

You can preorder DEAD FALL here!

And now, the cover for book three - FREE FALL!


Isn't it great? It really captures the story and sets just the right mood. I hope you like it!

Leave a comment, and I'll pick one person for a free ebook copy of NIGHT FALL, the book that kicked off the series!

Nancy

WHAT'S HOT IN INSPIRATIONAL SUSPENSE

 By Patricia Bradley



Wondering what's HOT inspirational fiction? Well, two of my favorite genres have releases this week--Romantic Suspense and Cozy!

First, the RS--Susan Sleeman's Night Prey was released October 15!

She lived for upholding the law…


Defense attorney, Malone Rice, doesn’t want to go to her fifteen year class reunion. Attending means running into her former high school flame, now Portland police detective, Ian Blair. But when the committee decides to honor her for her pro-bono work with homeless teens, she knows it would be churlish not to attend. She will have to go and make the best of it.

But now the law won’t save her.

As expected, Ian attends the reunion, but what Malone doesn’t expect—could never expect—is that Ian would find her standing over their classmate’s dead body. Or that she would still have feelings for the once bad-boy of their high school. Ian’s struggling too, between arresting Malone for murder and his age-old attraction to her. He walks a tightrope, until evidence surfaces that the real killer’s still out there, and Malone becomes his prey. Can Ian overcome his feelings to focus and uncover the truth before the killer strikes again and Malone ends up dead?
You can find buy links here.

And my second favorite genre is Cozy Mysteries!

Heather Day Gilbert has a new cozy releasing today! Trouble Brewing sounds great!

Welcome to the Barks & Beans Cafe, a quaint place where folks pet shelter dogs while enjoying a cup of java...and where murder sometimes pays a visit.

Convinced that the elderly lady in her care didn't die of natural causes, Macy's friend Della determines to look into the broken relationships surrounding the woman. She books a Halloween-themed getaway at a local inn and talks Macy into coming along with her to spy on her prime suspect.

As they join a ghost tour of the candlelit town, Macy and Della feel their guide is a little too fanatical as he shares his spooky tales. He tells the story of the Greenbrier ghost, a newlywed who supposedly came back from the grave to tell her family that her husband murdered her.

When a disturbing apparition makes its presence known, guests at the inn become apprehensive...and for good reason, because soon after, a young bride turns up dead. Although everything points to a copycat killer replicating the historical Greenbrier murder, Macy has her doubts. She's discovered that the inn harbors secrets of its own, and when she pokes into one darkened corner too many, she might not stand a ghost of a chance.

You can find buy links here.

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Monday, October 18, 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 Nancy Mehl. She’ll reveal the cover of the third book in her Quantico Files series, FREE FALL, and talk about her upcoming release, DEAD FALL. She’ll also give away an ebook copy of book one, NIGHT FALL.

DEAD FALL

He has a deadly endgame in mind--and he's already chosen each victim . . . including her.

After putting to rest the most personal case of her career, Alex Donovan is ready to move on and focus on her future at the FBI's elite Behavioral Analysis Unit. When the BAU cofounder is discovered dead in his hotel room, the FBI is called in to work on the strangest case they've ever faced. How do you find a killer who murders his victims from a distance?

When it becomes clear that the killer is targeting agents in Alex's unit, they are ordered into lockdown, sheltered in the dorms at Quantico. Alex bunks with controversial agent Kaely Quinn, and as they work together, Alex discovers in Kaely the role model she's never had--despite being warned away.

As Alex questions the type of agent she wants to become, things get personal when the brilliant killer strikes close to home. Now Alex will do anything to find the killer--even at the risk of her own life.

 

Buy it here! 

 

On Friday Marji Laine will share an interview with best-selling suspense author Lynette Eason about her newest book, Hostile Intent. One US responder will win an Amazon gift card.

HOSTILE INTENT

Ava Jackson entered the military shortly after high school, but her mother's illness has forced her to request an early discharge. She already lost her father while deployed, and there's no way she's going to let her mother die alone. But after a visit to the nursing facility where her mother lives, Ava is attacked walking back to her car. Fortunately, FBI Special Agent Caden Denning arrives in time to help fight off her attacker.


Caden reveals to Ava that she may hold the key to the murders of three families, and he needs her help before anyone else is harmed. The hits show a pattern, and clearly the killer has an agenda. But if Caden and Ava can't discover what it is, Ava may be next on the hit list.

Bestselling author Lynette Eason concludes her latest suspense-filled series with a bang as secrets are revealed and the guilty are brought to justice.

 

Buy it here! 

 

THE SUSPENSE SISTERS


WE LOVE BOOKS

Friday, October 15, 2021

INTERVIEW WITH JERUSHA AGEN

By Patricia Bradley

Today I'm honored to introduce you to Jerusha Agen who imagines danger around every corner but knows God is there, too. So naturally, she writes suspense infused with the hope of salvation in Jesus Christ. And she's giving away a copy of her latest release, Hidden Danger!

With a B.A. in English and a background in screenwriting, Jerusha is a speaker, writing instructor, and Fear Warrior who sounds the call to battle against fear in our everyday lives.

Jerusha loves to hang out with her big furry dogs and little furry cats. You’ll often find her sharing irresistibly adorable photos of them in her newsletter and on social media.

What has being published taught you?

Where do I start? I’ve learned so much through being published. Mostly, I’ve learned patience, perseverance, and to find my affirmation outside of being published.

During twenty years in this publishing industry, I’ve seen my own career take completely unexpected turns and twists, leaving me flummoxed, disappointed, and elated at different moments. And I’ve seen the same happen to many other authors in their publishing journeys.

The path to publication is rarely straight, easy, or predictable. And it never looks the same as someone else’s journey. But a common denominator for most authors is the need to persevere, have patience, and learn to have a steady source of purpose, whether or not one gets published.

Being published by a major house is often the goal for most authors. We dream of it, thinking that once we reach that point, our troubles will be over, and we’ll finally have “made it.” But the truth is that even if God grants you that dream, you’ll still have to cultivate patience, perseverance, and finding your affirmation and worth in Him.

Because even after the “big” contract, you’ll still need to persevere through criticism and closed doors (the editor’s “red pen” is nothing to sneeze at, and don’t forget the harsh reviews after publication). You’ll still need patience (after the contract, it usually takes a long time to see your book in print, and then there’s the wait for future proposals to be considered, etc.).

And you’ll find that you will still struggle with doubt as a writer and perhaps more personally. The doubts may change (what if readers don’t like my second book as well?), but they’ll still be there, rearing their ugly heads.

But you’ll always have an answer for those doubts if your confidence and worth as a writer and as a person are founded in your identity in Christ and in fulfilling His purpose through your writing.

Panster or Plotter?
Plotter! When I first started out as a writer, I was more of a panstser, making things up as I went along. But I got tired of getting stuck while trying to write and of revising. When I gave plotting and outlining a chance, I discovered I could write SO much faster from an outline, I never got stuck without knowing what to write next, and I got to ditch the frustrating revisions.

But something that I’ve realized recently is that, really, all of us writers are both plotters and pansters, we just use those methods at different points in our creative processes.

Some writers, like me, start with the plotting before we get into the writing. But guess what I’m doing when I’m plotting my novel? I’m making up the story as I go! Yep, we plotters are pansters while we’re plotting.

And other writers, known as “pansters,” do their plotting while they’re writing or even after they write the first draft, when they go back through and rearrange and tweak until they get the story they want. So pansters are plotters during part of their process, too.

Both methods are equally creative and suit different personalities!


Do you do a lot of research? If so, what was your favorite part/place to research?


I’m always surprised by how much research I have to do for my stories, even though they’re contemporary fiction (as opposed to research-heavy historical fiction). For Rising Danger, my romantic suspense novel that released in May, I had to do extensive research of river dams. That proved to be a challenge since much of that information is restricted due to security risks!

For my upcoming release, Hidden Danger (the sequel to Rising Danger), I had to research content like narcotics detection dogs, the Drug Enforcement Administration, fixed-base-operators, charter jets, and more.
I think my favorite research, aside from the always fun K-9 research, was learning about how to survive in freezing winter conditions. Why would I need to know that? You’ll have to read

Hidden Danger to find out! 😉

What would you like readers to know about your story/characters?
I enjoy making my characters as realistic as possible, and that means they always have some significant flaws (like all of us real people, right?). The heroine and hero of Hidden Danger are no exception.

Cora Isaksson seems nearly perfect to everyone who knows her. She’s a mature Christian who strives to live out her faith. She also has a sweet, optimistic personality, with a heart that easily and deeply cares for others.
But even Cora has flaws, and when her brother is put in danger, those imperfections are thrown into stark relief. It turns out, even someone like Cora can have blind spots and can fall into a trap of believing something that isn’t true about herself and God.

The hero, Kent Thomson, is a brooding DEA Special Agent who appears to simply be doing his job—working to bring justice to a drug cartel. But his reasons for doing so are deeply personal and sometimes interfere with his judgment, as well as souring his social skills. Take his first impression of Cora Isaksson. He thinks she represents everything he dislikes and sees as weakness. But it may end up that she holds the key to the freedom and redemption he doesn’t know he needs.

What is the most valuable piece of advice you’d like to give to unpublished authors?
Cultivate patience and remember your why. The road to publication as a writer can be long, winding, and full of incidents that seem like setbacks. In reality, though, the “setbacks” are God’s way of making sure you end up at the right destination at the right time.

That’s the reason remembering our why is so important. As a Christian author, I write because God has called me to write. I write the stories I believe He wants me to tell. I write for Him, to live in obedience to Him and to glorify Him. Because that’s my why, I know I can trust Him with the results.

If you’re a Christian writer, the same is true for you, too. The results and purpose of your writing may not look like anything you expect or dream, but they will be exactly what God has planned. And that means, no matter what, God will use your writing for its real and best purpose—to glorify Him.

Whether you’re aiming for traditional or independent publishing, or if you’re just aiming to complete your first story or novel, trust God to enable you to accomplish all you need to and enjoy the journey as you wait on Him and His perfect timing.

What’s next for Jerusha Agen?
I’m excited to be launching my romantic suspense novel, Hidden Danger, on November 8! Hidden Danger is Book One in my new Guardians Unleashed Series featuring the elite women and K-9s of the Phoenix K-9 Security and Detection Agency. Rising Danger is the prequel to this series, but each book stands alone well.

Next up will be writing Covert Danger, Book Two in the Guardians Unleashed Series, set to release in 2022.

You can find buy links for Rising Danger here and pre-order links for Hidden Danger here.

Jerusha is giving away a copy of Rising Danger to one commenter drawn at random. Why do you think getting the research correct is so important to writers? Is it important to readers? Be sure to leave your contact information, i.e. you at whatever emails service dot com
Also, I'm giving away a digital copy of Hidden Danger on my blog, so hop over there and learn more about Jerusha and Rising Danger! Be sure to leave a comment.













Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Tis the Season...almost


 I know it's only the middle of October, but I always think of the end of October as the kick-off time for the holiday season starting with Halloween or All Saints Day however you celebrate that time of year. Then of course Thanksgiving and Christmas and New Years. Though I think it's important to always be aware of all that God has given me, I try to treat the month of November as an opportunity to dial up the focus on gratitude and for December to be about giving and kindness all month long. I love this time of year and I think the holidays give us such a cool opportunity to deepen our faith. 

The other thing I love about this season is the chance to watch favorite Christmas/Holiday movies and read Christmas books. Charlie Brown Christmas is still my favorite movie to watch during this time? I also look for mysteries or short story collection that have a Christmas theme. For some, it seems premature to start talking about Thanksgiving and Christmas but I like the celebration to last as long as possible. How about you? When do you think we should start celebrating? Do you have a favorite holiday/Christmas movie? Have you purchases a Christmas book that you are looking forward to getting you into the spirit of the season? Do you have a favorite one that you read every year? 

I have three Holiday/Christmas books. Thankgiving Protector and Alaskan Christmas Target are Love Inspired Suspense book and then I have written a Christmas romance called Tasha's Christmas Wish. I would like to give one each of those away. Please leave a comment and your email to be put in a random drawing to win.