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June Rushdan | Title Challenge + Exclusive Excerpt: UNTIL THE END
Author Guest / May 25, 2020

Every so often, we challenge authors to describe their new releases using the letters of their titles! Enjoy this Title Challenge from Juno Rushdan’s latest romantic suspense release, along with an exclusive excerpt from UNITL THE END:  U is for unexpected N is for necessary T is for thrill ride I is for intrigue L is for love * T is for twist H is for heart-stirring E is for entertaining * E is for edge-of-your-seat N is for national security D is for danger Excerpt:  Did you find out why they changed security protocol?” Jess asked, driving the armored truck along the dark, deserted road stretching before her like a giant black hole. “Nope.” Roger stared out the passenger window. “I don’t care either.” She tried ignoring the dread that always bubbled in her gut on Route 15. This road was the worst part of their quarterly drive making deliveries from Nexcellogen to Fort Detrick. Her gaze flicked to the rearview mirror. All clear. She half expected to find the boogeyman chasing up behind them. So ridiculous. Nothing was different about this run—except the sidearms she and Roger both carried. A new security requirement that substantiated the unnerving rumors among the drivers about…

Linda Bond | Author-Reader Match: FLATLINE
Author Guest / May 22, 2020

Instead of trying to find your perfect match in a dating app, we bring you the “Author-ReaderMatch” where we introduce you to authors as a reader you may fall in love with. It’s our great pleasure to present LINDA BOND! Writes: Linda Bond writes romantic thrillers because she’s a big fan of the James Bond franchise. She’s also a real-life news reporter who spends every day writing under deadline. Her series from Entangled Publishing is set in a Central Florida newsroom, where each reporter goes out on assignment, stumbles onto a mystery, and while solving the mystery, falls in love.  Her latest, Flatline, is a medical thriller: People are dying in Dr. Joshua Salvador’s ER. His medical assistant, only weeks from delivering her baby, hangs on to life by a thread. The symptoms seem horrifyingly familiar, and he begins to suspect the deaths are targeted at him. But, before he can figure things out, top TV investigator Rachel Wright is standing in the middle of his ER, convinced an outbreak, an epidemic, or even a botched flu vaccine could be the cause, and she’s going to tell the world.  About: Adrenaline junkie news reporter by day, romance writer by night, seeks…

Tonya Burrows | Hobbies During #StayAtHome
Author Guest / May 18, 2020

In this time of #stayhome, even introverts like me are starting to go a little stir crazy. I love writing, of course, and reading, but I’ve needed something else to fill my days. So let’s talk hobbies! In my recent release, HONOR AVENGED, my hero Marcus loves to surf and watch movies. (He has an encyclopedic knowledge of movie quotes that he uses regularly throughout the series.) Now, I can barely walk across my house without tripping over my own feet, and I live in the cool and rainy Pacific Northwest, so surfing is no for me. And while I love movies, I don’t have Marcus’s memory for snappy quotes. So what’s a bored writer to do during quarantine? At first, I tried to keep busy with stuff that needed done around the house. I painted my bathroom. Power washed the front sidewalk. Ignored the pile of laundry sitting on my office chair. I filled my Amazon cart with all the stuff I want, then emptied it again when I saw the total. I tried working out, got through a full week of BeachBody On Demand, then got lazy for a week, then tried again. I walked the dogs. Cleaned…

B.J. Daniels | Exclusive Excerpt: AMBUSH BEFORE SUNRISE
Author Guest / May 18, 2020

“I’M CURIOUS,” JINX SAID, her voice sounding strange even to her. “How did you get that scar?” She watched Angus swallow, then seem to relax, his blue eyes bright with humor. “Well, it’s kind of an amusing story.” He smiled. “I got pushed out of a barn loft when I was eleven.” “That’s awful.” He sat up straighter until they were eye to eye. “It was my fault. I asked for it.” “You asked to be pushed out of a barn loft?” “I was teasing her. She warned me that if I didn’t stop she would knock me into tomorrow.” “She?” Jinx felt goose bumps break out over her skin and for a moment she could smell the fresh hay in the barn, feel the breeze on her face, remember that cute cowboy who’d taunted her. Her heart began to pound. His smile broadened. “She was a spitfire, as fiery as her hair back then.” Jinx felt heat rush to her cheeks. “Tell me her name wasn’t JoRay McCallahan.” “Sorry, I’m afraid so,” he said and laughed. “I wondered if you would remember.” “When I saw you, I thought I’d met you before, but I couldn’t think of when that…

Nichole Severn | Author-Reader Match: MIDNIGHT ABDUCTION
Author Guest / May 11, 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 Nichole Severn! Writes: Books like MIDNIGHT ABDUCTION, which is mind-twisting suspense mixed with bullet-proof romance set in Tennessee and features a heroine and hero who will stop at nothing to bring home a missing child. About: 30-something romantic suspense author seeks a reader who enjoys: edge-of-your-seat danger, strong heroines and the heroes who dare challenge them, and unforgettable romance. What I’m looking for in my ideal reader match: Wants to experience the thrill of solving a missing persons case Cheers for out-of-the-box happy-ever-afters Appreciates an ensemble cast of FBI experts, including a quirky six-year-old obsessed with mystery novels Equally enjoys danger and passion, frequently in the same scene What to expect if we’re compatible: Thrilling romantic suspense you won’t want to put down Paranoia and suspicion of every weird sound in your house and the people around you Memorable romance and tension-breaking inside jokes A hazardous dependence on romantic suspense when you join the Addicted to Danger FB group Exclusive content,…

Layla Reyne | Author-Reader Match: VARIABLE ONSET
Author Guest / May 4, 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 Layla Reyne! Writes: In Variable Onset, a prickly FBI instructor meets his match—and undercover husband—in the brash, flirtatious former student who made his professor life hell… and who has always had the hots for teacher. With their cold case suddenly heating up, will things get too hot to handle, in their fake relationship and in their investigation? About: Author of adrenaline-fueled romance, Layla Reyne will keep you on your toes with plots and characters that surprise, romance that builds slow and burns bright, enough food mentions to make you hungry, and page-turning series that will satisfy your binge-read cravings. What I’m looking for in my ideal reader match: Loves “Criminal Minds” and true crime podcasts. Fan of UST who collects “Now Kiss” GIFs. Appreciates quirky small towns and a good homemade biscuit. Doesn’t mind a sleepless night, as long as there’s coffee in the AM What to expect if we’re compatible: Action-packed romantic suspense. Twisty plots, layered characters, slow-burn attraction, life…

Elizabeth Heiter | Author-Reader Match: SECRET INVESTIGATION
Author Guest / April 20, 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 Elizabeth Heiter! Writes: I write suspense with strong heroines, chilling villains, psychological twists, and a little bit (or a lot!) of romance. My new release, SECRET INVESTIGATION, is a romantic suspense about an undercover agent searching for justice for his murdered friend. In the process, he falls for the CEO of the company to blame. But if he wants the truth, she may pay the ultimate price. About: Caffeine and chocolate-fueled author who often writes with a parrot on my shoulder. I have a penchant for going down the rabbit hole with research (luckily, I’ve had enough security clearances for my various law enforcement research visits that when my bizarre internet history is inevitably discovered, it will be clear that it’s all for fictional crimes!). When I have time in between writing books, I love to read them, spend time with family and friends, and downhill ski. One of these days, I’ll get back to playing my violin. What I’m looking for…

Carla Cassidy | Author-Reader Match: 48 HOUR LOCKDOWN
Author Guest / April 13, 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 Carla Cassidy!  Writes: Books like 48 Hour Lockdown, the first novel in the Tactical Crime Division series. It’s a fast-paced, high drama read highlighting some of the people in this unique division of crime-fighters. About: Extroverted author seeks readers who love murder and mayhem. I also love to hang out with people who have a sense of humor and like to laugh. I’ll supply coffee and ice cream (my secret weakness) for an evening of laughing and talking about all the ways to kill a character! What I’m looking for in my ideal reader match: Must love characters that are strong as they protect and serve. Must love reading at a breath-taking pace, complete with lots of action scenes. Must love suspenseful moments that take your breath away. Must enjoy moments of heartrending emotion that makes you want to cry and scream at the same time. Must love the ultimate battles between good and evil. What to expect if we’re compatible: Romantic…

Linda Howard and Linda Jones | 20 Questions: AFTER SUNDOWN
Author Guest / March 30, 2020

We thought it would be fun to give our 20 Questions interview to the incomparable writing team of LINDA HOWARD and LINDA JONES and see their separate responses. Enjoy! LINDA JONES: 1–What’s the name of your latest release?  After Sundown 2–What is it about?  When a natural disaster hits, taking down the grid and bringing the world to a standstill, the community of Wears Valley comes together to survive. Sela and Ben are reluctant leaders who do what they can to in order to make it through the aftermath of a catastrophic solar storm. 3–What word best describes your heroine?  Introverted. Maybe cautious is a better word for her. 4–What makes your hero irresistible?  The shallow woman in me says, “His arms.” My more introspective self admires the way he gives in to his instinct to protect, even if he does so reluctantly. 5–Who are the people your main characters turn to when they need help?  Ben turns to no one, at least in the beginning. Sela has friends and family to turn to, most specifically her Aunt Carol and her fifteen-year-old cousin, Olivia. 6–What do you love about the setting of your book?  I’ve been in love with Wears…

Kat Martin | Giving a Tale New Life
Author Guest / March 30, 2020

My upcoming release, PIVOT, began with a novella I wrote sometime back, a Romantic Suspense titled Against the Heart.  Ian Brodie is the owner of the BOSS Inc. security firm, a tall, good-looking man, one of the Brodie cousins. In PIVOT, the adventure continues with novellas by bestselling Romantic Suspense authors, Alexandra Ivy and Rebecca Zanetti.  Alexandra and Rebecca tell the stories of teenage girls who became friends during their tough years in foster care. Now as women, they’re fighting for their lives again. When Meriwether Jones and her young daughter run from trouble, that trouble follows.  Her prayers are answered when ex-cop Ian Brodie hires her to help his aging father.  But Meri is keeping dangerous secrets–and Ian is in danger of losing his heart. Melanie Cassidy finds trouble when she tries to save a young boy from being kidnapped.  Working the case, former love-of-her-life, Detective Gray Hawkins, appears and rescues them both.  But her good-Samaritan efforts pull her and Gray into a world of drug dealers and dirty cops–and forces them to examine the relationship they’d abandoned. Michelle Peach is one of Meri’s closet friends.  Trouble arrives when two rough men in search of Meri break into her…