A Midnight Tale: The Wilde Mansion
Midnight, Alabama, where the cloying sweet fragrance of honeysuckle is as thick as the town’s secrets. The Wilde family has lived in the town for generations, enjoying the prestige that comes with being one of the town’s elite. And then, one night, everything changed.
As he came to the long drive leading to the mansion, Zach stopped the car. Even though it had stood empty since Daniel Wilde passed on, the residence was kept in perfect condition. Read more
Now in paperback! Karen Robards, THE LAST VICTIM
“[An] exceptional storyteller . . . Leave it to [Karen] Robards to deliver the start of a series that is distinctive and unforgettable!”—RT Book Reviews Read more
Guest Post: Mariah Stewart’s Mercy Series, how it all began
I recently received the happy news that my publisher, Ballantine Books, was releasing my three book MERCY STREET series as a 3-in-1 eBook bundle.
It’s happy news for me because this series is very dear to my heart, and apparently dear to many of my readers as well. It’s a rare day that goes by without a request for more books in the series (the most popular subject heading appears to be MORE MERCY, PLEASE!).
If you missed them when they were first released, let me tell you a little about the idea behind the books – MERCY STREET, CRY MERCY, and ACTS OF MERCY.
We’ve all seen the TV news and the newspaper articles about people who have gone missing who stay missing. We see the people who love them, the people who are looking for them every day, the ones who never stop looking, never stop asking: dead or alive? Read more
New from Linda Howard: Read the first two chapters of SHADOW WOMAN
Coming January 1, 2013, from perennial New York Times bestselling author Linda Howard—a thrilling and sensual new novel of romance, suspense, intrigue . . . and memories that can kill. Click “more” to read the first two chapters!
Guest Post: Congratulations. It’s a…wicked witch? by Virna DePaul + giveaway!
Writers get to craft their stories, build their worlds, and develop their characters, right? So what does it mean when an author writes a little…edgy? About characters that might be considered a little…dark? What motivates a romance writer to pen a particularly damaged, flawed, maybe even slightly controversial, hero or heroine? What motivates me to do this? Read more
New Release: Stolen by Shiloh Walker
About the Book:
This thrilling and super sexy novel from bestselling romantic suspense author Shiloh Walker will appeal to fans of Allison Brennan and Linda Howard.
Shay Morgan has stayed hidden for a long time. Living a reclusive life in Earth’s End, Alaska, she’s as far away as she can get from the trauma of her childhood and the man who hurt her long ago. But terror takes over Shay’s life yet again when an unknown stalker steals away the fragile peace she’s built for herself—targeting not only her but the one man who’s ever managed to get past the walls she’s built around herself. Read more
Do you love ghost stories? Karen Robards’s inspiration for her new novel will give you chills.
I love ghost stories. Always have, always will. Wuthering Heights, with ghost Cathy haunting Heathcliff, is one of my very favorite books ever. The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe made my heart pound the first time I read it, when I was about twelve years old, and it makes my heart pound when I read it still. Since I started writing THE LAST VICTIM, which has its own (way sexy) resident ghost, I’ve done a lot of research into the paranormal. But sometimes the best ghost stories begin at home.
In the Name of Research – Guest Post by Kylie Brant
IN THE NAME OF RESEARCH, heh,that’s what they say Enjoy Kylie’s post & check out her book DEADLY SINS, available now.
It’s no secret that writers will go to great lengths to gain research for our novels. I once spent a day hiking through the Willamette Forest in Oregon, crawling through caves with momentary amnesia regarding my aversion to bats. I had powerful motivation: I was looking for the perfect cave for my character to dispose of seven sets of skeletal remains. Fortunately the bats stayed hidden for the day and I did discover the perfect spot. I also had an epiphany of sorts–when I walked through the dappled woods and saw a cave with a keyhole in the ceiling the entire final scene of my novel unfurled before me. It was like a gift. Which almost made up for the welt on my head earned from sitting up straight in one of the low-lying caves. Read more
Vixenate Me! Huh? Stop on by & we’ll tell ya all about it -
Definition of Author Street Team: A group of people who love an author and “hit the streets” to promote the author on their own time. Read more
Book Release – Bad to the Bone by Debra Dixon, a Loveswept Classic
Blockbuster legend Debra Dixon ignites high-powered suspense as the romance between an agent with a dark past and a tough Texas cop gets too close for comfort.
Jessica Daniels doesn’t do specialty work—anymore. Until a frantic call from her former handler’s young daughter puts her back in the game. The man who ran Jessica’s covert missions is missing, along with his black book. But dealing with the crisis her own way proves impossible when detective Sullivan Kincaid makes it clear that she’s got a partner—and that he doesn’t trust her.
But Sullivan wants her . . . badly. Jessica is a woman hiding secrets and a past as brutal and dirty as his. Now she’s made his job and his life way too complicated. But as they take on a powerful man’s list of enemies, it’s impossible to separate danger from desire. Sullivan knows the bad guys are playing for keeps. But so is he. And he’ll take any risk to keep the woman he loves alive.
Debra Dixon is know for her sexy suspense stories and BAD TO THE BONE is top of the list! What are some of your favorite romantic suspense stories?
Book Review: Marlene gives you her take on Born To Darkness
Thanks Marlene! You can visit her on Reading Reality where she talks about romance and, well – everything!
I grabbed Born to Darkness by Suzanne Brockmann because so many people have recommended her, but her Troubleshooters series is already on book 17, and if I liked it, well, the so many books, so little time problem reared its ugly head and spat at me.
Born to Darkness is the first book in Brockmann’s Fighting Destiny series. and the readers who recommended her books were right. Born to Darkness is terrific romantic suspense. For this reader, Darkness has some added appeal, because this new series has a futuristic paranormal feel to it.
Born to Darkness takes place in Boston, in a near future at around the same time as J.D. Robb’s In Death series. Except this is a different future.
Instead of cops and robbers, the Fighting Destiny series centers around the Obermeyer Institute, a school for people with higher than normal brain-integration. In other words, people who can use more than 10% of their mental capacity at one time. Think of it as a different variation on the X-Men.
Except that a lot of the potential X-Men are X-Women, because of hormones, or they would be. The problem is that there’s a really nifty drug that can be made from the blood of these pre-pubescent “potentials”. That drug is called “Destiny” and it’s a humdinger. The Fountain of Youth in trade for instant addiction. Eventually it drives them super-crazy-powerful insane, when they “joker”. Yes, Batman’s Joker. It’s like that. Then they die.
The men and women of the Obermeyer Institute (the good guys) fight the Organization that manufactures Destiny.
Born to Darkness introduces readers to those fighters, and the powers they use to fight Destiny, as they come together to rescue one young girl from the clutches of the Organization.
The romance in this romantic suspense, and is there ever a romance, is between Michelle “Mac” Mackenzie and Shane Laughlin.
Mac is a high-ranking member of the Obermeyer Institute. She’s an empath. She also has a nifty trick, she uses sex to heal herself. After a terrible incident with a joker, Mac goes out trolling bars, and picks up Shane.
It’s his last night before he reports to the Obermeyer Institute as a “potential”. And he really needs what he considers a job. Shane was blacklisted from the Navy SEALS for doing the right thing at the wrong time. He took the blame to save the careers of the men in his unit. But blacklisting means he can’t get any job anywhere. He’s broke.
Their intended one-night stand heals Mac’s broken ankle–and blows every circuit and light bulb in her building. Whatever potential power Shane has, besides the great sex he and Mac share, it’s not anything the Obermeyer Institute has ever seen before.
The only problem is, potentials are supposed to be off-limits, and Mac didn’t know Shane was a potential until after the lights blew. Walking away is what she’s supposed to do.
But she can’t, and neither can he.
Mac doesn’t believe any man could ever love her for herself, because part of her power is to make men love her. Only as long as they are in her presence. She sure love can’t be real. Ever.
Shane can only be genuine. He doesn’t know any other way to be. The sex may be earth-shattering, sometimes literally, but what he feels is real. Convincing Mac is harder than any mission he’s ever been on.
And no matter how much Mac wants to push Shane away, she can’t afford to. There is a little girl’s life on the line. And the Institute has figured out why all those lights blew. Shane amps Mac’s power. Real emotion amps power. And Mac needs that boost to find the girl. Before the Organization kills her.
If she loses Shane afterwards, Mac can survive the blow. Somehow.
Escape Rating A: This story is absolutely awesome. This was one I couldn’t put down. The paranormal elements are light, this is pretty much a romantic suspense story, but that’s just fine. It’s excellent.
The setup of the Institute for future stories is good. Although a secondary love story was also resolved within Born to Darkness, you can see who will be featured in at least one of the next books. I hope it’s soon, it’s a story that begs for an HEA.
If you decide to read Born to Darkness, it’s worth reading Shane’s Last Stand first. This is the prequel short story that explains how Shane winds up getting blacklisted. I highly recommend both Shane’s Last Stand and Born to Darkness. Be sure you don’t have to get up early the next morning.
Did this review help you? Have you read BTD yet? Comment below – we’d love to here from you & Marlene would love to hear from you too – Enjoy!
Sweet Justice by Christy Reece
Honor Stone is a young, idealistic FBI agent when her path collides with Seth Cavanaugh. For a girl who has never walked on the wild side, the dark and dangerous Seth is a temptation she can’t refuse. But then Seth walks out the door and out of her life. Five years later, Honor is an operative with the elite Last Chance Rescue organization and Seth is a desperate ex-cop searching for his missing niece—one of many young women who have mysteriously vanished from college campuses. Going undercover, Honor will attract the maniacal cult leader behind the kidnappings and find a way to work with Seth—while steering clear of the passion and need that’s just one touch away from explosion. Seth knows he had all the right reasons for the wrong he did five years ago. And from the moment he sees her—and takes her in his arms again—this former undercover man will risk everything for one more chance with Honor.
Barbara Vey of PW interviews Christy – enjoy!