Tag Archives: romantic suspense fiction

First Line Friday — In Too Deep

9 Nov

Happy Friday!  I just love suspense novels, and I am excited to dive in (sorry/not sorry 😉 ) to Lynn H. Blackburn‘s next book in her Dive Team Investigations series, In Too Deep. The first book in the series had wonderful characters and non-stop action — I expect the same from this book too.

What’s your favorite genre? Please share a line! Then make sure you head over to Hoarding Books for more fabulous first lines.

 

When the dive team is called in to recover a body from a submerged car, they aren’t prepared to find an encrypted laptop–or an unsettling connection between investigator Adam Campbell and the dead accountant.

Adam turns to his friend Dr. Sabrina Fleming — a professor at the local university with unparalleled computer security and forensics skills–to recover the files from the laptop. But the deeper they dig, the deadlier the investigation becomes. When evidence uncovers a human trafficking ring and implicates members of Adam’s own family, he and Sabrina will have to risk everything to solve the case.

The truth could set hundreds free–but someone is willing to do whatever it takes to silence anyone who threatens to reveal their secrets. Award-winning author Lynn H. Blackburn invites readers back to Carrington, North Carolina, where everything is not as it seems and sinister elements lurk behind the idyllic façade.

To purchase, click HERE.

Lynn H. Blackburn believes in the power of stories, especially those that remind us that true love exists, a gift from the Truest Love. She’s passionate about CrossFit, coffee, and chocolate (don’t make her choose) and experimenting with recipes that feed both body and soul. She lives in South Carolina with her true love, Brian, and their three children.

 

 

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Happy Book Birthday! — In Too Deep

6 Nov

Happy book birthday to Lynn H. Blackburn! The 2nd book in her Dive Team Investigations series, In Too Deep, releases today. I cannot wait to dive in (sorry/not sorry 😉 )! Check it out!

 

When the dive team is called in to recover a body from a submerged car, they aren’t prepared to find an encrypted laptop–or an unsettling connection between investigator Adam Campbell and the dead accountant.

Adam turns to his friend Dr. Sabrina Fleming — a professor at the local university with unparalleled computer security and forensics skills–to recover the files from the laptop. But the deeper they dig, the deadlier the investigation becomes. When evidence uncovers a human trafficking ring and implicates members of Adam’s own family, he and Sabrina will have to risk everything to solve the case.

The truth could set hundreds free–but someone is willing to do whatever it takes to silence anyone who threatens to reveal their secrets. Award-winning author Lynn H. Blackburn invites readers back to Carrington, North Carolina, where everything is not as it seems and sinister elements lurk behind the idyllic façade.

To purchase, click HERE.

Lynn H. Blackburn believes in the power of stories, especially those that remind us that true love exists, a gift from the Truest Love. She’s passionate about CrossFit, coffee, and chocolate (don’t make her choose) and experimenting with recipes that feed both body and soul. She lives in South Carolina with her true love, Brian, and their three children.

 

Audiobook Mini-Review: No One To Trust

2 Nov

Summer Abernathy wakes up one morning to find her husband missing, three men in her home intent on finding him, and the life she’s been living based on a lie. Which Kyle Abernathy did she marry? The computer programmer she met in line at the bank? Or the one who was apparently using that image as a cover story?

The search for her husband — and answers — takes Summer ever deeper into a world of organized crime where people are used one moment and discarded the next. And with her deepest relationship of trust already shattered, Summer doesn’t know who to believe.

Always thrilling, Lynette Eason outdoes herself in this taut, breakneck story of lies, loyalties, and love that will have readers up all night to discover the truth hidden in the shadows.

Award-winning, best-selling author, Lynette Eason writes for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense line and for Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. Her books have hit the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists and have won numerous awards such as the prestigious Carol Award, the Selah, the Daphne, the IRCC award and more. Lynette is married, has two children, and lives in Greenville, SC.

My Impressions:

I often use my audiobook listening time to catch up on books I’ve missed in a series. I somehow managed to read books 2 and 3 without first reading book 1 in Lynette Eason’s Hidden Identity series. So the past few weeks I have spent some heart-pounding time with No One to Trust. And though this book accompanied my morning walks, it was the fast-paced suspense, action-packed situations, and the creepy villain that got my heart racing. This novel is definitely a recommended read.

No One to Trust is a bit unusual for the romantic suspense genre. The two main characters are already married, but who knows if they will remain that way. Summer Abernathy wakes up to find a gunman in her bedroom demanding she turn over a hidden laptop. The trouble is her husband Kyle (or is his name David?) has never shared his secrets with Summer. The action starts on page one, and the danger only increases as Summer finds herself with Kyle/David eluding bad guys from both sides of the criminal world. They and the reader are continually surprised by betrayals. Eason takes them and her readers on a twisting course to find justice and perhaps a renewed love for Summer. I loved that I never knew what was going to happen — this book kept me guessing right until the end. Also, the narrator of the audio version did a great job of pacing and making the characters come to life.

Recommended.

Audience: adults.

To purchase, click HERE. (Currently FREE for Kindle Unlimited and included in the Audible Romance Package)

(I purchased the audiobook from Audible. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

 

If You Liked The View from Rainshadow Bay . . .

31 Oct

My book club loves suspense. So, how is it that we have only read two books by Colleen Coble?! After our discussion of The View from Rainshadow Bay (the first of the Lavender Tides series), we plan to remedy that issue. A copy of book two, The House at Saltwater Point, is making the rounds right now, and then we are on to book 3, Secrets at Cedar Cabin, for a future discussion. We loved the characters, the fast-paced action, and the images the setting created.

So what do we read while waiting? Here are my recommendations for fans of Coble and suspense. Each one delivers the suspense we love and takes place in a beautiful setting.

 

Dark Deception by Nancy Mehl

Kate O’Brien’s quiet life in small-town Shelter Cove, Arkansas is shaken when her past suddenly comes roaring back to life. Four years ago, she and her twin sister were attacked by an elusive serial killer. Only Kate survived, and she’s been in witness protection ever since.

When new evidence arises to suggest the convicted man wasn’t the murderer, she’s subpoenaed to testify in the new trial. Afraid to go back into that world, Kate only agrees if Tony DeLuca, the deputy Marshal who protected her during the original trial, escorts her to St. Louis.

The Real Enemy by Kathy Herman

Brill Jessup becomes the first female police chief in Sophie Trace, Tennessee and is riding on the credentials of a stellar eighteen-year-career on the Memphis Police Force. She may be a pro at finding clues, but she ignores the obvious in her personal life. Her husband, Kurt, is weighed down by her unrelenting anger as he struggles to let God redeem the stupidest mistake he ever made. Brill hides behind her badge and her bitterness, deciding that moving her family away from Memphis is the only change she needs to make.

Before she has time to unpack her boxes, people start disappearing. Lots of them. To complicate matters, a local legend has many residents believing that the cause is unearthly — tied to the “red shadows,” or spirits of the departed Cherokee who once inhabited the land. While Brill draws on all of her experience and instinct to solve the case, she must confront an enemy that threatens everything she holds dear — one that cannot be stopped with a badge and a gun.

A Vast And Gracious Tide by Lisa Carter

A wounded veteran and the police chief’s daughter must work together to bring a killer to justice

Caden Wallis lost friends, his girlfriend, and even his leg to the ravages of war. He arrives on the Outer Banks broken and still reeling, struggling to make peace with his new life.

McKenna Dockery has been stuck in limbo since her fiancé died three years ago. Now, when the handsome yet heartbroken Caden arrives at her doorstep, she starts to wonder if there may be hope for her heart after all . . .

But no sooner do they meet than a man is found murdered on McKenna’s property – and Caden is the prime suspect. The two must learn to trust each other, or no one will be safe in the tangled web of conspiracy, greed, and deceit lurking in the tidal marshlands of the Outer Banks.

Top 10 Tuesday — Halloween Randomness

30 Oct

As a blogger/reviewer of Inspirational and Clean Fiction it is a challenge to come up with a Halloween theme each year. I’ve racked my brain this year and have come up with not much of anything. I have already done Halloween Cozies, Spooky Christian Fiction, and even Reformation Reading. Yes I was reaching with that one. 😉 So this year I am opting for Halloween Randomness — covers that remind me of October days, covers that are ominous, and some good old fashioned supernatural fiction. I have read a few of these books; others are at the top of my TBR. I hope you find one you will love!

Be sure to head over to That Artsy Reader Girl where I am sure you will find some Halloween fun much more clever than mine!

Halloween Randomness

 

Fall-ish Covers

The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear

The Light Before Day by Suzanne Woods Fisher

When The Heart Sings by Liz Tolsma

 

Ominous Covers

Hidden Peril by Irene Hannon

Lethal Target by Janice Cantore

Mind Games by Nancy Mehl

 

Good Old Fashioned Supernatural Thrillers

The Windy Ridge Legal Thriller Series by Rachel Dylan

 

The Seven Trilogy Blog Tour!

20 Oct

The Seven Trilogy

We are celebrating these gorgeous new covers for the Seven trilogy by Sara Davison, with a blog blitz and giveaway hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOKS

The End Begins - final coverTitle: The End Begins (Seven Trilogy #1)
Author: Sara Davison
Publisher: Ashberry Lane/WhiteFire Publishing
Genre: Romantic Suspense

One of them is a prisoner and one of them is free. The same one.

Bookstore owner Meryn O’Reilly and Army Captain Jesse Christensen are on opposite sides of a battle. When martial law is declared, Jesse and his platoon are sent to Meryn’s city to keep an eye on the Christians and make sure they are not stepping outside of the confines of the law.

Fiery and quick-tempered, Meryn chafes under the curfew and other restrictions to her freedom. Jesse is equally amused, intrigued, and terrified by her spirit, knowing she could find herself in prison if she shows defiance to the wrong soldier.

His worst fears are realized when she commits a crime he cannot protect her from. Now they both face an uncertain future, and the very real threat of losing everything, including their lives. With time running out, Jesse works feverishly to convince the authorities to show leniency to Meryn. And to convince her that love can overcome any barrier that lies between them.

PURCHASE: Goodreads | Amazon


The Darkness Deepens 1 (1)Title: The Darkness Deepens (Seven Trilogy #2)
Author: Sara Davison
Publisher: Ashberry Lane/WhiteFire Publishing
Genre: Romantic Suspense

(formerly The Dragon Roars)

Their Secrets Protect Them … But Secrets are Hard to Keep

No one in the army can find out that Captain Jesse Christensen has become a believer. He and bookstore owner Meryn O’Reilly are forced to meet in secret, facing imprisonment or worse if they are found together. Their relationship deepens, but so does Lieutenant Gallagher’s hatred for the Christians in their city. As Gallagher’s power grows, it becomes clear that his connections go much further up the chain of command than anyone realized, putting all believers, especially Jesse, in extreme danger.

Meryn wants to give her heart to Jesse fully, but her past holds her back. Although circumstances conspire to keep her silent, she needs to tell him her secret. When he finds out what she has been keeping from him, nothing will stand between them anymore.

Or nothing will ever be the same.

PURCHASE: Goodreads | Amazon

EXCERPT

She stopped a couple of feet in front of him. “So I had a beautiful, crystal-clear conversation with my parents earlier this evening.”

“Is that right?”

“Yes. They told me some kind stranger showed up at their door last night bearing an unexpected gift for them.”

He met her eyes. “That was for you.”

“Which makes it all the more remarkable, given how poorly I treated your last gift.” The amusement vanished. “I’m so sorry about that.”

He lifted his shoulders. “All broken things can be fixed, Meryn, if they mean enough to you.”

She searched his face intently, but when she spoke, her voice was light. “What about us? Can we be fixed?”

It took everything in him to match her tone. “I guess that depends. How much do we mean to you?”

Emotions played across her face. They settled into something so intense his pulse sky-rocketed.

“Everything.”

Jesse let out the breath he’d been holding. Now that was an answer. The corners of his mouth turned up. “Then yes, I’d say there’s definitely hope for us.”


The Morning Star Rises flaming books LATitle: The Morning Star Rises (Seven Trilogy #3)
Author: Sara Davison
Publisher: Ashberry Lane/WhiteFire Publishing
Genre: Romantic Suspense

In the Midst of all the Fear and Confusion, Only One Thing is Clear … This Isn’t Over Yet

Jesse Christensen is out of the army, but the real battle has just begun. Major Gallagher has taken over the city and his oppression of believers has intensified. But is Gallagher acting in a professional capacity, or is he carrying out a personal vendetta?

Meryn O’Reilly faces a dark and uncertain future after shocking revelations devastate her life. She is determined to follow God’s call, but her plans could cost her everything. She and Jesse struggle to surrender fully to a God who is always in control, even when circumstances suggest otherwise.

With the world descending into chaos around them, Meryn and Jesse face the greatest barrier to their love yet—a barrier that may prove too strong to breach.

PURCHASE: Goodreads | Amazon


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Sara Davison is the author of the romantic suspense novels The Watcher and The Seven Trilogy. She has been a finalist for eight national writing awards, including the Word Award for Best New Canadian Christian author, a Carol, and two Daphne du Maurier Awards, and is a Word and Cascade Award winner. Sara has a degree in English Literature and currently resides in Ontario, Canada with her husband Michael and their three children, all of whom she (literally) looks up to.

CONNECT WITH SARA: website | Facebook | Twitter


the seven trilogy blitz giveaway

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  • a set of all 3 books in The Seven Trilogy (US/CAN only)
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Book Review + Giveaway!: Delayed Justice

10 Oct

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About the Book

Book Title: Delayed Justice

Author: Cara Putman

Genre: Legal Romantic Suspense

Release date: October 15, 2018

She had long given up the desire to be loved. Now she only needed to be heard. index

Jaime Nichols went to law school to find the voice she never had as a child, and her determination to protect girls and women in the path of harm drives her in ways both spoken and unspoken. As Jamie, now a criminal defense attorney, prepares to press charges against someone who wronged her long ago, she must face not only her demons but also the unimaginable forces that protect the powerful man who tore her childhood apart.

Chandler Bolton, a retired veteran, is tasked with helping a young victim who must testify in court—and along with his therapy dog, Aslan, he’s up for the task. When he first meets Jaime, all brains, beauty, and brashness, he can’t help but be intrigued. As Chandler works to break through the wall Jaime has built around herself, the two of them discover that they may have more to offer one another than they ever could have guessed—and that together, they may be able to help this endangered child.

This thrilling installment of the Hidden Justice series explores the healing power of resolution and the weight of words given voice. And as Jaime pursues delayed justice of her own, she unearths eternal truths that will change the course of her life.

 

Click here to purchase your copy!

 

About the Author

Since the time she could read Nancy Drew, Cara has wanted to write mysteries. In 2005 she attended a book signing at her local Christian bookstore. The rest, as they say, was history. There she met a fellow Indiana writer Colleen Coble. With prompting from her husband, Cara shared her dream with Colleen. Since those infamous words, Cara’s been writing award-winning books. She is currently working on book 30 and 31.

Cara Putman is an active member of ACFW, and currently serves on its Executive Board. She has also been the Indiana ACFW chapter president and served as the Area Coordinator for Indiana.

Cara is also an attorney, lecturer at a Big Ten university, active in women’s ministry, and all around crazy woman. Crazy about God, her husband and her kids that is. She graduated with honors from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Go Huskers!) and George Mason Law School, and Krannert School of Management. You can learn more about Cara at www.caraputman.com

 

Guest Post from Cara

Delayed Justice was a hard story to write.

I’d known from Beyond Justice that Jaime had a hard story, but I wasn’t sure exactly what it was. She tried to hide from her past. She tried hard, but in the end it slowly spilled out. A young girl wounded deeply by someone who should protect her. And now as a professional young woman, Jaime is still fighting the shadows.

She believes she’s okay, or as okay as she’ll ever be.

Instead, she has to learn that there’s so much more waiting for her. Freedom from the chains of a past she didn’t choose. A love that will never end. And a God who has always loved her even when she questions His existence because of her past.

I think we’ve all lived that. There’s a place in our hearts that seems beyond His reach. For some of us, it’s a barrier to knowing Him. To others of us, it makes us question what we thought we knew about God. And for others of us, it presses us deeply into Him. Jaime’s book, Delayed Justice, explores this space. The space where some days we scream at the heavens Where are you, God? And the days we just curl into ourselves because life is too hard.

And in that space of shadow and light, God ultimately shines brightest. This is a truth that is slowly revealed through friends and The Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe.

My Impressions:

Delayed Justice certainly was a timely read for me! That’s a bit of an understatement given the book’s premise — a decades-old abuse allegation leveled at a powerful man headed for a Senate confirmation. But while the situation was similar to current events, this inspirational novel contained a message of hope for a future. Delayed Justice is a recommended read.

Characterization is strong in Delayed Justice. Main characters Jaime and Chandler are well-developed and very relatable. This reader became immersed in their stories and cared deeply for their trials and ultimate victories. Secondary characters also added depth to the story and remind the reader of the evil present in the world, as well as the hope of God’s ultimate care and healing. And if you are a dog lover, then you are in for a treat with Chandler’s comfort animal, Aslan. Danger lurks on the edges of the characters’ lives throughout the book creating a tension that kept me turning the pages. The romance was also completely believable. Chandler is definitely swoon-worthy hero! I had two strong takeaways from Delayed Justice. First, I loved Jaime’s firm dedication to due process for the accused in spite of the wrongs she suffered as a child. Jaime, a public defender, states — “Our system doesn’t work without someone like me making sure all accused, regardless of whether they are innocent or guilty, have a fair opportunity to defend themselves.” (p. 93). And I loved how the power of story is demonstrated — a Christian fiction classic, The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe, spoke to Jaime in a way that traditional church methods did not. All in all, Delayed Justice checked all the boxes for me — I loved it!

Delayed Justice is the third book in Putman’s Hidden Justice series, but is easily read as a standalone novel. All three in the series are now available for hours of wonderful reading!

Recommended.

Audience: adults.

(Thanks to Celebrate Lit and Thomas Nelson for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

 

 

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Lighthouse Academy, October 2

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Spoken from the Heart, October 4

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Book Bites, Bee Stings, and Butterfly Kisses, October 8

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Remebrancy, October 9

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At the Fence, October 10

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God is Love, October 11

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Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Cara is giving away a grand prize package that includes a Courage Dear Heart bracelet, a The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe print, a copy of Delayed Justice, and a box of Turkish Delight!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/d5c4/delayed-justice-celebration-tour-giveaway