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We’re planning another great week on the Suspense Sisters. Check out our posts, our interviews, and our awesome giveaways!
 
On our review page, Iola Goulton reviews IF I’M FOUND, by Terri

Blackstock. This is the sequel to Terri’s great novel, IF I  RUN. Iola says this book is: “A must for thriller fans!”

You can find her complete review HERE.
On Tuesday, Suspense Sister Dana Mentink will share What’s Hot

in Inspirational Suspense and Mystery. 

On Wednesday Suspense Sister Mary Ellis is talking about “Lessons Learned From Walks on the Beach.” She’ll be giving away a copy of her new book, SUNSET IN OLD SAVANNAH!  

Friday, author DiAnn Mills shares her thoughts about Pinterest in

an article titled “The Power of Pinterest.” She’s also giving away a copy of her new book, DEEP EXTRACTION!

A pacemaker should have saved oil and gas magnate Nathan Moore’s life. Instead, it provided his killer with a seemingly perfect means of execution.

A bombing at one of Nathan’s oil rigs days earlier indicates his death could be part of a bigger conspiracy, a web Special Agent Tori Templeton must untangle. But her first order of business is separating the personal from the professional―the victim’s wife, her best friend, is one of the FBI’s prime suspects.

Clearing Sally’s name may be the biggest challenge of her career, but Tori finds an unexpected ally in the newest member of the task force, recently reinstated Deputy US Marshal Cole Jeffers. As Tori and Cole dig deeper into Nathan’s personal and business affairs, they uncover more than they bargained for. And the closer they get to finding the real killer―and to each other―the more intent someone is on silencing them for good.

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It’s another great week on the Suspense Sisters!

This week senior reviewer Marji Laine reviews TARGETED FOR MURDER by Elizabeth Goddard. Marji says: “As much as the suspense and romance kept me turning the pages, theaction in this book propelled me to keep reading. From the second page, the intensity grew with on life-threatening event after another. The attacks came on without allowing the characters or me to stop and rest, breathe. I found myself flipping the pages instead of turning them. Turning them just wasn’t fast enough!”

To see her complete review, go HERE
On Tuesday, Suspense Sister Dana Mentink will share What’s

Hot in Inspirational Suspense and Mystery! 

On Wednesday we’ll hear from Suspense Sister Cynthia Hickey.  

Friday, Suspense Sister E.E. Kennedy will be interviewing oneof Suspense/Mystery’s top authors. Stay tuned for more information!

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It’s another great week on the Suspense Sisters! ANNOUNCEMENT!
We’re excited to announce that two of our sisters have been honored with award nominations! Mary Ellis and Elizabeth Godard are both finalists for the Daphne Du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense!
This is quite a distinction, and we’re so proud of them! Congratulations, Sisters! 
From Marji: 

This week we’re reviewing SINS OF THE PAST, a collection ofromantic suspense novellas by award winning authors Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey, and Lynette Eason. Here’s a brief description of each novella to whet your appetite!

Secrets and Lies. Danger That Will Never Go Away. Join Three Beloved Masters of Romantic Suspense for Novellas Where the Past Will Not Stay Buried.
Dee Henderson – “Missing”
A Wyoming sheriff is called to Chicago when his elderly mother goes missing from her retirement community. Paired with a savvy Chicago cop, the two soon launch into a race against the clock when they realize something dark may lie at the heart of the disappearance.
Dani Pettrey – “Shadowed”
Adventure, romance, and danger collide when a young Alaskan fisherman nets the body of a Russian open water swimming competitor. Another swimmer, who’d been the dead woman’s roommate years ago, is pulled into the search for answers as it grows more and more clear that something sinister is at play.
Lynette Eason – “Blackout”
A young woman once implicated in a robbery gone wrong finds herself at risk years later when the real culprit is up for parole. The loot taken that night has never been found and he believes she knows where it’s hidden–only her memory of that night has always been unreliable. Can she remember enough to find her way to safety?
To read our complete review, go HERE.

On Tuesday, Dana Mentink will share What’s Hot in Inspirational Suspense and Mystery!
On Wednesday we’ll hear from Dana again. She’ll be sharing her summer reading survey. She’ll also be giving away two of her newest releases, SEASIDE SECRETS and SIT, STAY, LOVE!

Friday, Suspense Sister Ellen Kennedy will be interviewing another top notch author in the mystery/ suspense genre. Watch us to find out who it will be!  That’s what’s happening this week on the Suspense Sisters! Don’t miss a single day. Sign up through email so you’ll get updates in the exciting world of inspirational suspense and mystery!

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From Marji:  This week we’re reviewing THIN ICE by Irene Hannon.

Reviewer Iola Gouton says, “Another Winner from Irene Hannon. THIN ICE started with a bang and didn’t let up all the way right to the last page.” Read the rest of the review HERE

On Tuesday, Dana Mentink will share What’s Hot in Inspirational Suspense and Mystery!
On Wednesday we’ll hear from Suspense Sister Nancy Mehl. She’ll be sharing “How Writers Find Ideas for Their Novels.” She’ll also give away a copy of one of her newest books, RISING DARKNESS, book 3 in her Finding Sanctuary series, or SIMPLY VANISHED, from the Sugarcreek Amish Mysteries series! Winner’s choice!
Friday, we’re interviewing author Mary Alford!
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Happy Reading….Mary Ellis

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Happy Tuesday Readers,
What Happened on Beale StreetI just found out my latest book, What Happened on Beale Street, is releasing early at CBD. AND it’s at a super-sale price. (50% off)  You won’t find a print copy for less than this!! here’s the link:

A cryptic plea from a childhood friend sends Price Investigations to Memphis, land of the Delta blues. When they arrive they find Danny dead and a lifestyle not in keeping with the choirboy they remember. Nate and Nicki follow clues into smoky clubs, trail potential stalkers, and confront drug traffickers to find a killer, in a world where your friends are all you have left.

And it’ll be another great week on the Suspense Sisters!
This week Marji reviews A FOOL AND HIS MONET by Sandra Orchard! Marji says: “With moments of riveting action and a mystery that swept me right up, I highly recommend A Fool and His Monet! This is Christian fiction at its finest!”
Read the rest of Marji’s review on our REVIEW PAGE!
On Tuesday, Dana Mentink will share What’s Hot in InspirationalSuspense and Mystery! 
On Wednesday and Thursday we’ll hear from Suspense Mister Richard Mabry. He’ll be talking about writers and procrastination. Read his article and leave a comment. Someone will win a signed copy of MIRACLE DRUG!   And on Friday, we’ll present another awesome interview with another exciting mystery/suspense author! Stay tuned for details!
That’s what’s happening this week on the Suspense Sisters! Don’t miss a single day.
The Suspense Sisters! We love books!
Have a great week, readers! ~ Mary

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The Peabody Hotel

Write what you know…is a quote usually attributed to Mark Twain. Twain might have been a great American novelist, but his advice better suits authors of the 19th century. What are authors supposed to do in the 21st century when expected to produce two or three novels a year? As books become shorter and faster-paced, some writers are releasing books faster than that. If as a full-time professional writer you only write about subjects you’re familiar or experienced with, won’t you run out of story fodder? On a personal level, how many stories about a schoolteacher, living on the edge of Amish country, who loves gardening, animals and American history will readers tolerate? Perhaps more practical advice for this day and age would be: Write about what fascinates you, or perhaps the person you hope to one day become.

I have reached the stage when retirement isn’t a distant pipedream. As much as I love Ohio, winters have grown intolerable. My husband and I are determined to live three or four months of the year in the warmer and sunnier South. Recently we’ve combined our quest for inexpensive spots to “snowbird” with my new mystery series. The setting for my first story was easy…New Orleans, a city we visited while family lived in the area and many times since. After several stays in Cajun country I was playing the washboard with spoons and cooking gumbo from a roux. My second mystery, What Happened on Beale Street, allowed me to indulge my love of the blues while researching Memphis and the Mississippi delta where rice and cotton fields stretch to the horizon. For my current work in progress, I prowled the streets of Natchez, a charming town overlooking the mighty Mississippi where the police captain turned out to be the nicest person I ever interviewed. As we check out new places to live, I’m discovering wonderful spots for fictional dead bodies to wash ashore or characters to go missing.

What Happened on Beale StreetIf you’re looking for new story ideas, why not consider places you’ve always wanted to visit? Start with research at your local library and on the internet. Then create the characters of your dreams. Maybe you can give them the talents you always longed to have. Your enthusiasm will turn your story into a page-turner readers can’t put down. And just think…when you visit the area to tweak the details, your trip becomes a tax deductible expense. Sounds like a win-win situation, no?

What Happened on Beale Street , book 2 of Secrets of the South Mysteries, releases in late March in print and April 1st in electronic versions in bookstores and online everywhere.  Book one, Midnight on the Mississippi from Harvest House Publishers is available now.

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Happy Wednesday, readers!

First, without further ado…BN 100 you are the winner of Island Refuge by Kimberly Rose Johnson. Thanks to everyone who entered my drawing last week for a copy of Kimberly’s latest book! I will contact you via email regarding how to claim your prize.

The Last HeiressA few weeks ago, another blogger had me complete a questionnaire from a hero’s perspective. I used my dashing hero from The Last Heiress. I had so much fun with this, I decided to share the “interview” here. I hope you enjoy!

My name is Nathaniel Cooper, and I walked across the entire state of North Carolina to the coastal town of Wilmington to begin a new life during the Civil War.

What do you do for fun? I take the beach road out of town to the seacoast. I love to watch the vast, blue sea and dream of sailing one day.

What do you put off doing because you dread it? I dread meeting the family of the woman I love. I fear they will find me unworthy of her.

What are you afraid of most in life? That I won’t be there when those I love need me most.

What do you want out of life? I want to leave the bustling city, find a plot of land to build a cottage, and buy a fishing trawler. Maybe God will send me a woman who could be happy as a fisherman’s wife.

What is the most important thing to you? That we live each day by God’s law, not by the laws set down by man.

Do you read books? If so, what is your favorite type of book? I read all kinds of books, but I love to read the new poets and transcendentalists of Concord, MA, such as Alcott, Thoreau, and Hawthorne. I don’t always agree with them, but it does give you something to think about.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? That I would not jump to conclusions based solely on a man’s clothing, background, or bank account.

Do you have a pet? If so, what is it and why that pet? As a shopkeeper living in the city and sleeping in a rented loft, I have no pet. But I would love to provide pets of every sort for my children someday.

If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why? I would return to the mountains of my childhood in western Carolina. I would love to change how life turned out for my parents.

Nice to meet you, Nathaniel! Next week, I’ll share my “interview” with the love of his life, Amanda.

In the meantime, readers, I hope you’re having an absolutely lovely spring!2014-04-29 13.38.30

best regards ~ Mary

 

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