Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Meet Axel! And a Chance to Win a Copy of the E-book!


It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of anything Christy Barritt writes. So, when I saw the book, Axel, on the new release list, the cover caught my attention right away. Take a look and you will see why.  

Axel is Book 2 of the Lantern Beach Blackout: The NewRecruits. I confess I haven’t read book 1 yet but after finishing Axel’s story, I’m anxious to dive into Rocco.

The sparks are there between Axel and Olivia from the beginning when Axel rescues her from her ex-fiancĂ© who shows up at Olivia's work unexpectedly.  

When Tristan, Oliva’s ex, shows up at her apartment, Oliva has to come up with something to get him to leave her alone. So, she tells him she and Axel are engaged.

But Oliva has no idea Axel’s private security agency, Blackout, is looking into the business owned by Tristan's father for more than just identity theft as she believes. Oasis Management Systems is somehow connected to the disappearances of young women up and down the East Coast.

With Olivia’s help, she and Axel rush to figure out the truth behind the missing women and Oasis’ connection before the next targeted woman goes missing.

The suspense and the growing romance between Axel and Oliva kept me turning pages. Both Olivia and Axel have had their hearts broken in the past and are naturally wary about giving their hearts away again. But in the end, they can’t fight the attraction they feel for each other and love wins out.                                            

I love stories that deal with wounded hearts finding love again. What about you? What’s your favorite type of romance in a story?

Comment for a chance to win an ebook copy of Axel. Be sure to provide your email. I’ll announce the winner next Wednesday, May 19th.


Blessings, always,


Mary Alford




Wondering what's new in inspirational suspense and mystery this week? James R. Hannibal has a brand new suspense, The Paris Betrayal, recently released from Revell Publishing. 

Here's a little bit about the story: After discovering a devastating bioweapon in Rome, Ben Calix returns to the French capitol to find his perfectly ordered world in chaos! With infection swiftly claiming his body and the Company's plan to destroy this enemy without his help, can Ben find the answers he needs to stop the attack he knows is coming? 352 pages, softcover from Revell.

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Monday, May 10, 2021



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. 


On Wednesday Mary Alford will review Christy Barritt's new book, AXEL: Lantern Beach Blackout: The New Recruits Book 2. You could win an eBook copy of the book!

Women are missing. Private security firm Blackout must find them before another victim disappears.

Axel Hendrix likes to live on the edge. That’s why being a Navy SEAL suited him so well. But after his last mission, he cut his losses and joined Blackout instead. His team’s latest case involves an undercover investigation on Lantern Beach.

Olivia Rollins came to the island to escape her problems—and danger. When trouble from her past shows up in town, she impulsively blurts she’s engaged to Axel, the womanizing man she’s seen while waitressing. Now, she may not be the only one in danger. So could Axel.

Axel knows Olivia might be his chance to find answers and that acting like her fiancĂ© is the perfect cover for his latest assignment. But he doesn’t like throwing Olivia into the middle of such a dangerous situation. Nor is he comfortable with the feelings she stirs inside him.

With Olivia's life—as well as both their hearts—on the line, Axel must uncover the truth and stop an evil plan before more lives are destroyed.

You can order it here! 

On Friday, we’ll hear from Mary Ellis who is posting about Kylie Logan's new book, A TRAIL OF LIES. We’ll find out how HRD (cadaver) dogs are used in police work. Kylie is giving away a hardback copy of her book to someone who leaves a comment, along with their contact information.


A Trail of Lies is the third in the Jazz Ramsey mystery series from national bestselling author Kylie Logan.

Jazz Ramsey is just getting used to the idea that her on-again-off-again beau, Nick, might actually be a permanent fixture, when she gets an alarming call in the middle of the night from his mother, Kim: there’s a dead man in her backyard. Kim has a long history of drinking and a vivid imagination, so when Jazz’s human remains detection dog, Wally, finds no evidence of a body, Jazz thinks she can breathe easy.

But when the body of a middle-aged man, Dan Mansfield, is discovered in a nearby park, and a photo of Nick and his mom is found in his pocket, Jazz has to admit that something isn’t adding up. Kim claims not to know who Dan is, but the cops find out soon enough: he’s a recently paroled convict who served thirty years for murder. And when Jazz traces his crime back to a bar fight with an antiques dealer, she ends up with more questions than answers.

Meanwhile, no one wants her poking around—not Nick’s mom, nor the Motorcycle-riding ex-con she connects to Dan, nor Nick himself, who seems worried about Jazz’s safety, but also about what she might find. But Jazz has never been one to take no for an answer, and she won’t give up now—even if it means risking her own life.

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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Why Emma Doesn't Like Chocolate Chip Cookies


I’d started a different post when I received a note from a reader that sent me in a different direction. That ever happen to you? Start one idea and a better idea comes along?


Anyway, the reader (and you’ll recognize yourself) wanted to know "how in the world Emma from Obsession couldn’t like chocolate chip cookies?" She thought everyone liked CC cookies. After I answered her, I…oh, do you want to know why Emma doesn’t like chocolate chip cookies, too? It’s because I don’t like them. I used to like them until I made a batch and ate every one of them right after they came out of the oven. Made me sick, therefore CC cookies no longer appeal to me.

Anyway, it got me to thinking about how many of my traits and/or experiences go into my books. Quite a few, actually.

Take my very first book, Shadows of the Past. In the storyline, there's a safe room where runaway slaves were hidden until they could be smuggled out through a tunnel to the caves near the Tennessee River and then up north. That came straight from a friend's home in Maine I visited a year before I wrote the book. The house had been built in the late 1700s as an inn and tavern. There were even holes from Redcoat bullets during the American Revolutionary War. 

Walking down the same stairs (with their original wood) made goosebumps on my arms. She showed me the room, no bigger than an 8'x8' and the tunnel that provided an escape route to the dock where a boat waited to take the escaped slaves to Canada. 

In Silence in the Dark, the opening scene came from a sad experience with a childhood friend who was killed. It was a unique way to honor her memory.  

Sometimes the stories didn't come from my experiences, but from something I'd always wanted to do. Like Justice Buried, set at the Pink Palace in Memphis. I spent so many Sunday afternoons there that the museum felt like a second home. The heroine, Kelsey Adams, is a rock climber, something I've always wanted to do, but never got the opportunity. Well, I lived my dream through Kelsey! And you know what? Rock climbing isn't on my bucket list any longer. :-)

Next time you read one of my books and wonder why the heroine does or doesn't do something, it just might be because it's a reflection of the author. 

If you have any questions or just want to make a comment, do so. I'm giving away a copy of Obsession to one randomly drawn questioner. Be sure to leave you contact information so I can contact you.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021


Wondering what's new in inspirational suspense and mystery this week? Melissa Koslin has a brand new suspense, Never Miss, releasing today from Revell.

Here's a little bit about the story: Former CIA sniper Kadance Tolle possesses a special set of skills and a rare pedigree. She comes from a family of assassins, and by saving Lyndon Vaile's life she risks being found by them. Despite the danger, Kadance feels compelled to help Lyndon discover who is after him--and his research that seems to prove that the Ebola virus was manmade and is about to be weaponized.

With shadowy figures pursuing them and a Mastermind watching their every move, Kadance and Lyndon must scramble to stop an impending bio-attack at the State of the Union address. But their warnings fall on deaf ears, and it becomes increasingly clear that there's no one they can trust--except perhaps each other. Strap in for a breakneck story that will have you up all night, hurtling toward the last page as the clock ticks and time runs out.

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Monday, May 3, 2021



 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.


On Wednesday Patricia Bradley will tell us “Why Emma Doesn't Like Chocolate Chip Cookies.” She’ll be talking about how authors put bits of themselves in their characters. And she’ll be giving away a copy of her exciting new novel, OBSESSION!

Natchez Trace Ranger and historian Emma Winters hoped never to see Sam Ryker again after she broke off her engagement to him. But when shots are fired at her at a historical landmark just off the Natchez Trace, she's forced to work alongside Sam as the Natchez Trace law enforcement district ranger in the ensuing investigation. To complicate matters, Emma has acquired a delusional secret admirer who is determined to have her as his own. Sam is merely an obstruction, one which must be removed.

Sam knows that he has failed Emma in the past and he doesn't intend to let her down again. Especially since her life is on the line. As the threads of the investigation cross and tangle with their own personal history, Sam and Emma have a chance to discover the truth, not only about the victim but about what went wrong in their relationship.

Award-winning author Patricia Bradley will have the hairs standing up on the back of your neck with this nail-biting tale of obsession, misunderstanding, and forgiveness.

You can order it here! 

On Friday, we’ll hear from Roxanne Rustand who will tell us about distractions...and getting things done. (A problem for a lot of us!) She’ll also be giving away an ebook copy of her book, ONE MORE DANCE!

How badly can a relationship be broken before there's just no chance to save it?

When veterinarian Kate Mathers drives past the scene of a terrible accident and sees two ambulances race away, she whispers a prayer for those involved, not realizing that it's her husband's car in flames down in the ditch and that there was a dead woman in the car with him—a complete stranger. And now Jared is in the ICU on the verge of death, and only a miracle can save him.

She's at his bedside, trying to face Jared's precarious situation and also deal with the fact that someone is targetting both her husband and her veterinary practice, and wondering how the most perfect, joyous marriage could have gone wrong. Or did it?

If only they can have one more chance to talk and to forgive, and one more dance in each other's arms….

Roxanne Rustand is the USA Today Bestselling author of forty romance and romantic suspense novels—secular, sweet, and inspirational; both traditionally published and indie. Her books have sold over 2.75 million copies.

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