The winners for the Laura Kaye ARC of As Hard As It Gets Are:
If you didn’t know, TOO FAR GONE is out and has been since last week. I’ve just been really bad about blogging for the last year (or three!) so forgot to a
We’re not supposed to have favorites. Like, kids. I’m a mom and I’m not supposed to have a favorite kid. And I don’t. I might have a favorite k
Remember when you were a teenager … or maybe more recent! … when you loved filling out personality tests to find out what kind of person you are? Ha …
I’m thrilled to have my friend and amazing suspense author Erica Spindler back to Murder She Writes. Enjoy! And while you’re enjoying her blog, check out h
I’m thrilled to host Lisa Black again at Murder She Writes. Not only because she’s a terrific person, but because she writes terrific books — with fa
Woo hoo! It’s another release day in the Brennan house. BREAKING POINT — the 13th (!) book in the Lucy Kincaid series — is out today! Bella Caruso su
BREAKING POINT is out in two weeks! I’m really excited about this book for several reasons. 1) The cover. I LOVE this cover. It hits all the right spots for me.
Hi gang — first, if your comment doesn’t show up it’s because it’s in moderation. I’ve had a huge problem with spam and am trying to find
This summer I binge watched HAWAII FIVE-O (all 7 seasons) and loved it — great ensemble cast, over-the-top action, great dialogue. It was an all-around fun cop s
Thanks so much to Kendra for inviting me to hang out over here today! I’m thrilled to be celebrating the release of my first romantic suspense novel on the 26th. Hard As It Gets is the first in the Hard Ink series which is based around the surviving members of an Army Special Forces team disgraced when they were discharged from the Army under suspicious circumstances and follows their efforts to recover their stolen honor.
When I first conceived of the Hard Ink series, I was thinking it was contemporary romance. Because I write contemporary romance. Not romantic suspense. LOL But it didn’t take long to realize that my contemporary story had morphed into something a bit different, a bit more. Now, I’ve written the first two in what will be at least a four-book series. So, today, I thought I’d share my newbie lessons learned from writing my first romantic suspense series.
As I stated two weeks ago, I was on vacation. No kids, no pets, no responsibilities. My biggest concern was finding a place to eat dinner and figuring out what to read next. I think I read six books. That seems like a low number for ten days of doing nothing, so I might be forgetting one. Two did not thrill me, so I’ll not mention them here, but the other four came through as hoped.
These are books four and five in Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles. I love this series. A book blogger recommended them to me and they’re outside of what I regularly read, but a great story is a pleasure no matter the genre.
“Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old—when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old.” Atticus can hear the Irish wolfhound’s voice inside his head. Their conversations are hilarious.
I’m on vacation. A much needed vacation. I handed in my fifth Bone Secrets novel two days before we left, and I was ready to turn my brain off for a while. I didn’t even shop before we left. I kept telling myself that if I needed something, I’d buy it there. We’re on Oahu. My husband has never been here, but I spent four months here after college and returned numerous times for vacations when I was in my twenties. As I got older, Maui and Kauai held more appeal. I had kids and wanted a quieter environment. I haven’t been here in fifteen years. Some things are sadly different; the amount of erosion of Waikiki Beach breaks my heart. Some things haven’t changed; traffic is still horrible.
Kendra here: Please welcome thriller author Andrew Kaufman to the blog today! And his dog, Caleb.
The tattooed, bad boy biker.
The sexy, iconic rock star.
The brooding detective with a tortured soul who always finds the killer.
Let’s face it, those characters are likeable and appealing, and they’ll always sell. It’s why we see them every day on TV, read about them in novels. If I’m going to be completely honest, I may or may not have even fantasized a time or two about being a few of them. Maybe even pondered the idea of changing my name to Chance, Shane, or Luke.
But those characters have never felt very real to me; in fact, other than their tough exteriors and chiseled jawlines, there’s not much else I remember about them.
When I sat down to create Patrick, the protagonist in my bestselling psychological thriller, The Lion, the Lamb, the Hunted (and its newly released sequel, Darkness & Shadows), I was hoping to break the hero mold. I didn’t necessarily want perfect—I wanted perfectly flawed. I wanted a hero who was not your everyday hero.
Allison Brennan is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of nearly three dozen romantic thrillers and mysteries, including the Lucy Kincaid series and the Max Revere series. She lives in Northern California with her husband, five children, and assorted pets.Read more
FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid tackles her most dangerous case yet ... while her fiance Sean Rogan receives life-changing news.