Tuesday, March 31, 2020

What's Hot in Inspirational Suspense by Mary Ellis

Wondering what's new in inspirational suspense and mystery?
Natalie Walters has a brand new mystery, Silent Shadows, #3 in Harbored Secrets series.
It releases today from Revell Publishing.

Pecca Gallegos moved to the tiny town of Walton, Georgia, to protect her son and escape the dangerous lifestyle that once defined her. When a series of strange circumstances evolve into threats, Pecca finds herself confiding in an unlikely ally--her stubborn patient.

Army veteran Colton Crawford is desperate to recover from the undiagnosed disorder that is ruining his life, and his instincts are on high alert when threats against his nurse and her son force him to take action. But Colton's involvement only ramps up the danger when he uncovers a family secret revealing that whoever is after Pecca is closer--and more deadly--than they realized.

With this suspenseful new story, Natalie Walters welcomes you once more to Walton, Georgia, where everyone knows your name--but no one knows your secret.

Buy it here from Christianbook.com: https://www.christianbook.com/silent-shadows-3-natalie-walters/9780800735340/pd/735342?event=Fiction|1000643#CBD-PD-Publisher-Description

Monday, March 30, 2020


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 more from Suspense Sister Mary Ellis about what we can learn from the Amish. 

On Friday, Nancy Mehl will interview author Angela Ruth Strong about A Latte Difficulty, her book releasing this week. Angela Ruth Strong will be giving away a copy of the book!

Can two baristas track down a gunman after the espresso shot heard ‘round the world?

When Marissa witnesses an attempted murder during the 4th of July parade, it starts a battle for her independence. She is forced to hide out in a safehouse, leaving her co-owner, Tandy, to run their coffee shop, track down the criminal, and, worse, plan Marissa’s wedding. Thankfully Tandy has help, but can she really trust the P.I. in a bow tie, her new deaf barista who acts more like a bartender, or a wedding planner who’s keeping secrets?

The threat on Marissa’s future goes from bad to worse when her bridal gown is covered in blood. Though her fiancĂ©, Connor, agrees to give up his identity to join her in the Witness Protection Program, Marissa refuses to wave the white flag. Instead, she enlists Tandy to help her fight for truth, justice, and the Americano way.

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Friday, March 27, 2020

When the end is just the beginning. And a giveaway!

Hi everyone. I hope you are all staying safe and taking care or yourselves.    

I don’t know about you, but as a reader, one of the saddest things for me is when I reach the end of a really good book. I have to say goodbye to all the wonderful characters I’ve met along the way. Great books have a way of working their way into our hearts. The people we meet there become like family. We want to know what happens to them after the author writes, “the end”.

 I think that’s the thing I love so much about series as a reader and an author. All the wonderful characters I meet along the path to “the end” find their way into new books with great new stories and more fun characters to fall in love with.

Another important part of a series is the location. As a read the book, I have to love the location I’m reading about.

In my latest series entitled Courage Under Fire, the location in the opening book takes place in Afghanistan, but quickly spans the globe. Location is important, but it doesn’t have to be just one location.

Of course, the story itself must hold my interest. The twists and turns, the dangers the hero and heroine must overcome to find their happy ending has to be engaging.

And then comes the ending. . . or should I say, the ending “for now”. I think what makes for a great series for me is when I finish book one, there’s still room for more. And more. 

What about you? What’s your favorite part about a series? Comment for a chance to win an eBook copy of any of my Courage Under Fire books. Please include your email. I’ll announce the winner on April 3rd


Mary Alford

Thursday, March 26, 2020


The final book in my Kaely Quinn Profiler book releases in just a few days! 


When a body is discovered in a field in Iowa, the police uncover fourteen additional corpses ranging from 20 years old to recent. The remains point to a serial killer with an MO the authorities have seen before--Ed Oliphant, a man who has been in prison for over 20 years . . . and is Special Agent Kaely Quinn's father. After several failed interview attempts to discover if Ed has been training someone to be a copycat killer, the police turn to Kaely in St. Louis.

Kaely promised herself she would never step foot in her hometown or set eyes on her father again. She's always refused to confront her past, but if she wants to prevent any more deaths, she must come face-to-face with the man she's hated for years.


As more bodies are discovered, Kaely races against time and her own personal turmoil to uncover the killer. Will this most personal case yet cost Kaely her identity and perhaps even her life?

I'm having a contest every day until it releases! Go here to enter!



Nancy Mehl

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

What's New in Inspirational Suspense by Mary Ellis

Wondering what's new in inspirational suspense and mystery?
Shirlee McCoy has a new mystery, Falsely Accused
#5 in FBI Special Crimes Unit from Love Inspired Suspense.

Proving her innocence means running for her life. Framed for her foster brother’s murder, FBI special agent Wren Santino must clear her name—but someone’s dead set on stopping her from finding the truth. Her estranged childhood friend, Titus Anderson, comes to her aid…but standing by her puts him in the killer’s cross-hairs, too. And unraveling a conspiracy may be the only way for either of them to survive. #5 from the FBI: Special Crimes Unit series.

Buy it here: https://www.christianbook.com/falsely-accused-shirlee-mccoy/9781335402677/pd/402678?event=EBRNL#CURR

Friday, March 20, 2020

Author Reveals Her Research Secrets ~ Win a free copy of Missing Deposits

Happy Friday, readers, Mary Ellis here. Today Suspense Sisters welcomes author, Leann Betts, who talks about her research for her newest mystery, Missing Deposits. Stay tuned for a chance to win a free copy of her book. 

The Research Behind the Story Missing Deposits by Leann Betts.

Readers—and writers, too, for that matter—often ask me why I set my stories where I do. Carly needed a road trip after her last harrowing adventure, so I chose the state I live in. Famous for its mineral deposits, I learned about Colorado mineral rights. One interesting tidbit is that ownership of oil and mineral rights doesn’t automatically transfer with the title to the land. Sometimes, unless specified, and under certain conditions, those rights stay with the previous owner. Or the government.

Then I looked for a rare, endangered animal to sweeten the pot. Something not normally found where I would put them. The details about the black-footed ferrets are mostly true. Not about the truck accident that dropped several of the critters on the western slope, but at the timing of this story, 2005, they were on the “extinct in the wild” list. Recently they were reintroduced into Colorado to control the prairie dog population.

As I do with just about every book in this series, I made up a fictional town based on a part of the state I’d recently visited and which I thought readers might like to learn more about. The Grand Mesa/Mesa Verde National Park area on the western slopes of Colorado is a world unto itself. The scenery is spectacular, the weather is iffy, but the people are warmhearted and compassionate.

I also needed a politically conservative setting, because while not exclusively so, politically conservative folks also tend to be church-goers, and I wanted both Carly and Mike to be slam-dunked into a situation where they had to re-examine their spiritual beliefs. I researched cattle brands, and chose a name for a brand I could draw. A Lazy L, in brand terms, is one that lies horizontally.

About the story Missing Deposits: Carly looks forward to a vacation when Mike is hired to assist a rancher in western Colorado catalogue his mineral rights following the discovery of several large deposits. However, Carly soon learns that the real wealth—and the real danger—aren’t below ground. Someone is out to keep a secret bigger and more profitable than gold and copper. And they’re willing to kill for it. 

About the author: Leeann Betts writes contemporary romantic suspense, while her real-life persona, Donna Schlachter, pens historical romantic suspense. Missing Deposits is the 11th title in her cozy mystery series, and together she and Donna have published more than 30 novellas and full-length novels. They ghostwrite, judge writing contests, edit, facilitate a critique group, and are members of American Christian Fiction Writers, Writers on the Rock, and Sisters in Crime. Leeann travels extensively to research her stories, and is proud to be represented by Terrie Wolf of AKA Literary LLC.

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Leave Leeann comment, and I will draw randomly for a print copy (US only) or ebook version (winner’s choice) of Missing Deposits. You must leave your email address in order to win. 

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Life in the time of the coronavirus .....Roxanne Rustand

Hi everyone,

Wishing you my very best while we all deal with the Coronavirus. 

My heart breaks over the stories of people who were barely subsisting on minimum wage paychecks, and who have now lost those jobs. Over anyone who has lost their job, had to shutter a business, who has their children home from school for the foreseeable future and needs to work but has no childcare for the little ones. And the elderly who have limited money, no transportation and must somehow get to a grocery store only to find the shelves bare.

In our area, there has been the canceling of non-essential medical appointments, and canceling of non-emergency surgeries, to keep beds, staff, and supplies free for increasing Covid-19 cases.  Here is a sign at the Iowa University Hospitals and Clinics which limits even families of surgery patients to a single visitor per day. Can you imagine sitting alone in the waiting room for hours throughout a loved one's very serious surgery? Yet, it's all good--for the health of the hospital patients who are already in compromised health.

I'm so glad that this country is now taking Covid-19 very seriously, to help save lives. And I pray that we will all get past this with less illness and loss of life than predicted.

How are you all coping with this? Are you in an area where you've been told to shelter in place? 

In light of the extra time at home for some folks, that none of us would've predicted just months earlier, have you taken on some big projects at home? Found excellent books to read from your TBR stacks?

Do you have any recommendations for good books to read--old favorites or new? Recommendations for fun projects for yourself, or for entertaining kids who are at home?

Leave a comment, and the winner of a drawing can choose any book from my newest and throughout my backlist!  If I no longer have what the winner would like, a different book can be chosen.

All my best,
Roxanne Rustand 

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

What's Hot in Inspirational Suspense by Mary Ellis

Wondering what's new in inspirational suspense and mystery?
James R. Hannibal has a new suspense, Chasing the White Lion,
recently released from Revell Publishing.

CIA officer Talia Inger gets her plum assignment---Russia! But she must work with the man who assassinated her father to infiltrate the first-ever Internet crime syndicate ("the Jungle"), capture its boss ("the White Lion"), and rescue a group of kidnapped refugee children. Inching closer, she runs up against her family's dark past. Will she succeed---or die? 384 pages, softcover from Revell.

Buy it here from Christianbook.com: https://www.christianbook.com/chasing-the-white-lion/james-hannibal/9780800735784/pd/0735784?event=Fiction|1000859

Monday, March 16, 2020


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 Suspense Sister Roxanne Rustand. If you haven’t read her new book, SNOWBOUND WITH THE COWBOY, you’re missing a great read!

They have one more chance to get it right…

She’s here to stay. He plans to leave. Can a snowstorm bring them back together?

Returning home to open a veterinary clinic, the last person Sara Branson expects to find in town is Tate Langford—the man she once loved. But the injured rodeo star has no intention of staying, and their families don’t get along. So when a snowstorm strands Sara and Tate together, why can’t she stop wishing their reunion could turn permanent?

Only $4.99 on Kindle!

On Friday, Mary Ellis will interview author LeeAnn Betts. She’ll be talking about the research she did for her novel, MISSING DEPOSITS!

Carly looks forward to a vacation when Mike is hired to assist a rancher in western Colorado catalogue his various mineral rights following the discovery of a large field of copper. However, Carly soon learns that the real wealth—and the real danger—aren’t below ground. Someone is out to keep a secret bigger and more profitable than gold and copper. And they’re willing to kill for it.


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Friday, March 13, 2020


Nancy Mehl is a USA Today best-selling author. She’s been a finalist for the Carol Award twice and won the award once. She was also a finalist for two Reviewers’ Choice Awards from RT Book Reviews and was a finalist for the coveted Christy Award. 

She lives in Missouri with her husband, Norman, and her Puggle, Watson. She’s authored almost forty books and is currently working on a new series for Bethany House about an FBI profiler working with the BAU.

Her newest book, FIRE STORM, book two in her Kaely Quinn Profiler series, is now available. Book three, DEAD END, will be released on March 31st. Also look for her books in The Mysteries of Lancaster County series (Guideposts) – co-written with her daughter-in-law, Shaen Layle.

Readers can learn more about Nancy through her Web site: www.nancymehl.com. She is also very active on Facebook.

Today I’m addressing more questions from readers. If you see your question, send me your address and I’ll mail you a copy of DEAD END when it’s released.

Thanks for all these great questions!

Mary Ensing Zier asks: “When you research the career for your main character, do you find someone in the field to talk to or do you just do internet and book searches for the information? And when you give a character a mental issue or a strange behavior that is not typical, how do you research that?”

Great question, Mary. Whenever I can I use real people for research. I am so blessed to have access to a retired FBI Behavioral Analyst for the Kaely Quinn Profiler Series. And she’ll be a source for my new series which is set in the FBI’s BAU (Behavioral Analysis Unit). More examples: When I wrote about a character who did makeup and hair for funeral homes, I got in touch with someone who worked for a mortuary. She was able to give me important information for my Curl Up and Dye series. In writing about Old Order Mennonites, I found a Mennonite historian who walked me through what I needed to know. I also have access to doctors who answer my medical questions. I still do a lot of Internet searches, and I have a lot of books that help me, but in my opinion talking to real people is the best way to make your characters and your scenes realistic.

As far as the second part of your question, it’s pretty hard to ask people suffering from a mental issue to explain their behavior to me. I don’t have access to any serial killers (thankfully!) so almost all my research comes from books. I found this part of your question to be especially relevant since I’m writing about PSTD in my new series. I believe I can write realistically about this disorder since there have been a lot of brave people willing to share about their experiences.

Patricia Brooks asks: “What's your least favorite genre to write?”

I can answer this without even thinking. Romance. Some authors are great at it, but it’s a stretch for me. I’ve been happy with several of my books that had romance, but writing them was tough for me. One of my favorites was UNBREAKABLE. I felt like I nailed the romance in that one. I was part of a Guideposts series titled the Sugarcreek Amish Mysteries. My book HORSE SENSE AND SENSIBILITY had a romantic scene I felt good about. There is also a scene in DEAD END that made me sniffle a bit. Let’s see how readers like it.

One last question from Kailey Bechtel: “What do you want readers to take away from your books?”

I want to give them an entertaining story. Something to help them escape their problems for a while. But the most important thing to me is that I say something that will remind them how much God loves them. I want to bring them closer to Him. If I accomplish that, I feel I’ve succeeded. 

Thanks for these questions. I hope to answer more in future columns. Again, if I addressed your question, make sure I have your address so I can send you a copy of DEAD END!

I'll also send a copy to someone who leaves a comment below! Be sure to give me your contact information.