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DiAnn Mills | Author-Reader Match: AIRBORNE + Giveaway!
Author Guest / September 8, 2020

Instead of trying to find your perfect match in a dating app, we bring you the “Author-Reader Match” where we introduce you to authors as a reader you may fall in love with. It’s our great pleasure to present DiAnn Mills! WRITES: DiAnn Mills writes romantic suspense. Her latest title, Airborne, releases in print today, September 8, 2020. ABOUT: Romantic suspense writer seeking readers who want to ride the wings of a suspense-filled adventure with FBI Special Agent Heather Lawrence. She’s pregnant, her husband wants a divorce, and a deadly, mysterious illness appears onboard her transatlantic flight. What I’m looking for in my ideal reader match: Expects every scene to vicariously export them into an adventure. Desires a suspenseful story seen through the eyes of a strong heroine or hero. Prefers a clean story that doesn’t hold back on the reality of crime and the world we live in. Craves an emotional experience through the heart and mind of point-of-view characters. Wonders how the FBI, CDC, and federal and local agencies work together to solve a horrendous crime. Questions how a virus could be unleashed to unsuspecting people. Wants a thrilling FBI story. Discovers how a heroine responds to betrayal and abandonment. Longs for a thread of romance…

Connie Mann | 20 Questions: BEYOND POWER
Author Guest / August 24, 2020

1–What’s the name of your latest release?  BEYOND POWER is a romantic suspense. It’s book 2 in the Florida Wildlife Warriors series, but it can absolutely be read as a stand-alone. 2–What is it about?  Here’s the back-cover copy for a sneak peek: Sultry romantic suspense set in Florida’s untamed wilderness. . . When your heart’s involved. . . If you dare venture beyond Disney’s magic and Miami’s high-rises, you’ll find yourself in Florida’s untamed wilderness. A bush pilot and officer for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Josh Tanner is one of the tough cops needed to manage these rugged areas. And the minute he finds Delilah Atwood deep in the woods without a good explanation, he knows something is very wrong… All the stakes are raised. . .                                 Delilah barely escaped her ultra-fundamental militia family years ago. Now she’s back to save her sixteen-year-old sister, and no government man is going to stop her. Josh isn’t going to stand by and watch Delilah risk her life, but unless he can get her to trust him, she may end up being the next victim. 3–What word best describes your heroine?  At first, awkward. Delilah is super-smart and much…

Kathleen Y’Barbo | Jack the Ripper’s Texas Connection: Behind the Writing of The Black Midnight
Author Guest / August 3, 2020

I am a tenth-generation Texan, but London has held a place in my heart for over ten years. You see, I have a son who has lived there for more than a decade. Thanks to him and his family of three–my granddaughter was born there on New Year’s Eve 2019–the city will always be special to me. There is absolutely nothing like walking those streets with a thousand years of history close enough to touch. It was on a walk with my son through this great city that the stories of nineteenth-century London came alive. With fog shrouding the rooftops of buildings that were hundreds of years old and our footsteps echoing on the cobblestones, I could imagine a time when lack of electricity and CCTV would make this place less than charming on a dark night. Less than safe. What reminded me of my favorite childhood movie, Mary Poppins, quickly became more reminiscent of Jack the Ripper. And then a story was born. Only I just had half the story. The other half came to me several years later when I stumbled across an article in Texas Monthly magazine about a serial killer who rampaged through Austin, Texas in…

Geri Krotow | Author-Reader Match: INCOGNITO EX
Author Guest / August 3, 2020

Instead of trying to find your perfect match in a dating app, we bring you the “Author-Reader Match” where we introduce you to authors as a reader you may fall in love with. It’s our great pleasure to present Geri Krotow!  Writes: The Silver Valley PD series, set in breathtakingly stunning Pennsylvania. Featuring heroines that can get out of their own lethal predicaments, thank you very much, and heroes worthy of such courageous women. Many characters have military backgrounds and have survived combat as well as broken hearts along the way. HEA always guaranteed, as long as the hero and heroine join forces to beat the villains (also features some twisted bad guys and gals). Reunion romances offering reconciliation and delicious lovemaking, as in Incognito Ex. About: Empty nester who’s filled her home and stories with dogs, birds, flowers, and fiber.  Did we mention lots of yarn to supply her knitting addiction? Geri’s traveled (and lived in several overseas locations) the globe and seeks to bring settings to life as the third character in her stories, after the sexy hero and heroine, of course! Geri served in Naval Intelligence for several years and continued to serve as a Navy Spouse,…

Cathy Skendrovich | A Military Man + Giveaway!
Author Guest / July 27, 2020

Just like most women, I’ve always liked a man in uniform. They look crisp, clean, and very take-charge. They make a person feel safe. However, when I became an Army mom in 2017, I had a totally different opinion of soldiers. You see, my baby enlisted then. I didn’t know what was going to happen to him in the future. I wouldn’t be able to protect him. The military wasn’t so romantic anymore, although they can still put on one heck of a graduation ceremony. After my son graduated Basic Training, or BT as he called it, the worry over his safety backed off a little inside me, and the whole Army brotherhood angle began to interest me. I wanted to write a suspense novel involving soldiers. My plot was nebulous; I pitched it to my editor at Entangled. They came back with, “We want a terrorist thriller. If you do this right, it could be a series.” Whoa. I didn’t know anything about terrorists, except what you see on the news periodically. Could I write a book about them? I set out researching. I looked up Army Intelligence, counterterrorism, the most dangerous terrorist groups in the world, terrorist cells……

Annabeth Albert | Exclusive Excerpt: HIGH HEAT
Author Guest / July 27, 2020

Hi! I am so thrilled to be here on one of my favorite blogs with an exclusive excerpt of HIGH HEAT, my new release. This is book two in my Hotshots series about smoke jumper wildfire fighters in Central Oregon, but each book is designed to stand alone as well.  HIGH HEAT centers around an injured smoke jumper, Garrick, trying to recover from serious injuries and his sexy new neighbor, Rain who barrels his way into Garrick’s life, complete with a lost dog who needs them both.  In the exclusive scene that I’ve brought Fresh Fiction today, Garrick has agreed to help Rain get in shape to meet the wildfire fighter fitness standards. They’re out for exercise in the park and just starting to dance around a mutual attraction. . . Read on to see the sparks starting to fly! *** Needing to change the subject, Garrick pointed at the paved trail that wove through the park. “If we follow this, we’ll hit various obstacles, including pull-up bars. I plan to make you do most of them.” “At your command.” Rain’s dark eyes sparkled, almost like he knew precisely the effect his flirty tone would have on Garrick. “Sit-ups.” Stopping…

Kat Martin | 20 Questions: THE ULTIMATE BETRAYAL
Author Guest / July 27, 2020

1–What’s the name of your latest release?   THE ULTIMATE BETRAYAL. It’s out July 28. 2–What is it about?  It’s about the theft of chemical weapons from an army depot in Colorado. Jessie Kegan, the heroine, is determined to prove her father, an army colonel, is innocent of the crime. 3–What word best describes your heroine?  Determined. 4–What makes your hero irresistible?  His strength and loyalty, and the military background that give him and Jessie a chance to survive the powerful enemies they confront. 5–Who are the people your main characters turn to when they need help?   They depend on the strength and intelligence of each other. And Brandon can count on his brothers to help him no matter what. 6–What do you love about the setting of your book?   I love Colorado. Beautiful mountains and extreme climates provide plenty of interesting scenery and challenges. 7–Are you a plotter (follow an outline) or a pantster (write by the seat of your pants)?  I do a little of both. I’m no longer able to just follow an outline. Much of the story depends on the clues that are uncovered as the hero and heroine try to solve the deadly problems they are…

Alicia Anthony | Author-Reader Match: INHERENT FATE
Author Guest / July 6, 2020

Instead of trying to find your perfect match in a dating app, we bring you the “Author-Reader Match” where we introduce you to authors as a reader you may fall in love with. It’s our great pleasure to present Alicia Anthony. WRITES: Inherent Fate (available July 21, 2020!) is the third book in the Blood Secrets psychological suspense series, about the cost of truth and the price we pay for love. The series features reluctant psychic, Liv Sullivan, and undercover FBI agent, Ridge McCaffrey, as they navigate a corrupt psychic intelligence operation and unmistakable feelings for each other. ABOUT: Alicia explores the dark dusty corners of the human experience through her novels of suspense. She’s an early riser who (with the help of numerous cups of coffee) turns quiet early morning hours into page-turning thrill rides. MY IDEAL READER WILL: Enjoy digging into long-buried secrets. Like high-stakes suspense. Root for flawed characters. . . even those who are easy on the eyes. 🙂 Get on board for some light supernatural elements. Enjoy characters who spring to life on the page and storylines that keep you guessing until the very end. Never know who to trust. Believe that life–and love–is messy. WHAT…

Elizabeth Goddard | Reunion Romance: The Imminent Danger of Falling in Love
Author Guest / July 3, 2020

Or  . . . falling in love while in imminent danger. See what I did there? I’ve been reading romantic suspense since I was in my early teens. Romance, really, but I found myself drawn to stories with suspense and mystery elements. Romance and suspense can show up in not only contemporary stories, but mystery, historical, fantasy and science fiction novels too. I love when danger and tension drives the two main characters together. The protective hero. The strong, determined heroine. Both of them together facing off with a worthy villain. Now decades later I have the most amazing job in the world because I get to write romantic suspense for a living. Admittedly, writing in this genre comes with challenges. For one, there’s the ticking time bomb issue. How does one fall in love when in imminent danger? Have you ever read a romance and felt uncomfortable with the pace? You felt that the romance moved much too quickly. Or you were stunned that the couple could possibly profess their love so soon or even get engaged or married after knowing each other for a short time? In real life, how much time is needed for couples to fall…

Terri Reed | 20 Questions: EXPLOSIVE SITUATION
Author Guest / June 29, 2020

1–What’s the name of your latest release?  Explosive Situation, book 4 of the True Blue K-9 Unit: Brooklyn from Love Inspired Suspense July 2020 2–What is it about?  Officer Henry Roarke has been falsely accused of a crime and he’s determined to prove his innocence to the internal affairs officer sent to investigate. Olivia Vance, new to internal affairs, is determined to prove herself by uncovering the truth. But soon it’s apparent there is more at stake than a career. A serial bomber is targeting Henry and those close to him. Olivia and Henry, along with Henry’s K-9, a bomb sniffing beagle named Cody, must team up to stop the bomber before anyone gets hurt and, in the process, discover the biggest risk is to their hearts. 3–What word best describes your heroine?  Purpose-driven 4–What makes your hero irresistible?   Charm and integrity 5–Who are the people your main characters turn to when they need help?  Olivia turns to her family. They are a close-knit bunch, who have each other’s backs. Henry turns to his friends on the police force who are as close as family and his little sister, whom he has been raising since she was young. 6–What do…