2014 RITA® nominee: Erica Spindler

Welcome 2014 RITA® romantic suspense nominee, Erica Spindler!

Her nominated novel is: JUSTICE FOR SARA

HER FIRST LINE: Katherine McCall stood at the broken front gate and stared at the words that had been spray-painted in black across the yellow clapboard siding.

 

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When seventeen-year-old Katherine McCall arrived home one night to find her beloved sister, Sara, brutally murdered, her whole life changed in the blink of an eye.  Kat was named the prime suspect and, on a string of circumstantial evidence, charged and tried. While the jury found her innocent, not everyone else agreed, and her only choice was to go into hiding. But she carried a dark secret with her, one that made her worry she might actually have had something to do with Sara’s death…

Now, ten years later, Kat still haunted by her sister’s unsolved murder, receives a chilling, anonymous letter that’s impossible to ignore: “What about justice for Sara?” What about justice for Sara? And for herself? Kat realizes that going back to Liberty, Louisiana, is the only way to move forward–and to catch Sara’s killer. 

But the town she’s come back to is hardly different from the one she left. The secrets and suspicions still run deep. Kat has an ally in Detective Luke Tanner, son of the former Liberty police chief, but he may be her only one. With plenty of enemies, no one to trust and a killer determined to keep a dark secret buried, Kat must decide if justice is worth fighting—and dying—for.

profileErica Spindler is the New York Times and International Chart bestselling author of 30 novels and two eNovellas. Published in 25 countries, She has been called the “Queen of the romantic thriller,” her work lauded as “terrific twisted tales” and “must-reads for suspense fans.”

A Romance Writers of America Honor Roll member, she received a Kiss of Death Award for her novels FORBIDDEN FRUIT and SEE JANE DIE, won the prestigious Daphne du Maurier Award for excellence for her novel BONE COLD and is a four-time RITA® Award finalist. In 1999, Publishers Weekly awarded the audio version of her novel SHOCKING PINK a Listen-Up Award, naming it one of the best audio mystery books of 1998. Her newest novel, the RITA® Award finalist JUSTICE FOR SARA, is in bookstores now.

Erica lives just outside of New Orleans with her husband and two sons, where she is working on her next romantic thriller, FINDING TRUE.

For more information about Erica please go to

Website: http://www.ericaspindler.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/EricaSpindler

 Erica is generously giving away a copy of JUSTICE FOR SARA to one lucky commenter!

Check back on Friday to see if you won.

 

Sharon and Sarah Final in the Golden Heart (and a Thursday winner)!

Sharon, Gwen, and Sarah before the 2013 GH/RITA Awards in Atlanta.

Sharon, Gwen, and Sarah before the 2013 GH/RITA Awards in Atlanta.

Every year around this time, thousands of romance writers are sitting by their phones waiting for “the call.” Not the one from an editor or agent, but from one of the members of the board of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) telling them their manuscript or book finaled in either the Golden Heart® (unpublished) or the RITA® (published) Awards.

These prestigious contests are sort of like the Oscars of romance, complete with a ceremony emceed by an author-celebrity, lots of fancy gowns, and a golden statue for the RITA winners. The only thing missing is the E! reporter.

I can tell you from experience that there is no day so nervewracking as finalist announcement day. (Okay, except the actual awards ceremony.) I’ve been through it twice (2010 and 2011) so far. You think you will distract yourself with writing, but find that you’re constantly checking the RWA web page, Facebook, and Twitter to see if your category is done. And every time the phone rings your heart skips a beat.

Several of us at Kiss and Thrill suffered through the suspense again today, and I’m happy to announce that Sarah Andre and Sharon Wray are both Golden Heart finalists in the Romantic Suspense category!!

We’re so proud and excited and can’t wait to cheer them on this summer in San Antonio!

And now on to today’s winner…

 CONGRATULATIONS msrh0nda!

You’ve won the digital copy of Avery Flynn’s newest release: High-Heeled Wonder.

Please click on the Contact Us key and let us know where to send it.

Thank you ALL for stopping by and adding to our eyesore-fashion list!

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Congratulations also to the 2014 RITA Romantic Suspense nominees:

Toni Anderson: THE KILLING GAME

Carolyn Crane: OFF THE EDGE

(Frequent K&T guest!) Julie Ann Walker: THRILL RIDE

Erica Spindler: JUSTICE FOR SARA

On Tuesday, April 1st, Sarah is posting the first sentence of each of their books! Please stop by and read the lines, see their covers and check out their bios. She’s invited each of the nominees to visit, so please come and congratulate them!

AVERY FLYNN, High-Heeled Wonder!

AFlynnMeet Avery Flynn, a petite fashionista with a larger-than-life attitude. Everywhere I’ve encountered her (workshops, Facebook, online writing chapters) she owns the venue with audacious fearlessness. Naturally, when I heard she had a new release out I jumped at the chance to interview her! Because basically I want to be her. (Too fan-girl-stalkerish? OK. Then let’s get to the interview.)

Welcome, Avery! Tell us how you got started writing?

There was a horrible industrial accident when I was stung by an irradiated spider. Wait. Oh you meant in real life? I got a baby blue typewriter as a totally-inappropriate-for-a-six-year-old gift in first grade. I couldn’t spell let alone write much of a sentence, but I wrote stories about my stuffed animals anyway. It turned out to be one of the best gifts ever.

This story is chalk-full of couture names and designer shoes (most of which, I’m ashamed to admit, were lost on me.) Are you a fashionista?

I have fashionista tastes on a Target budget … so yes and no. :) I do love my shoes though. And purses. And dresses. And ….OK, I’m beginning to see why the Fab Mr. Flynn gives me the side-eye whenever I come home from the mall. Really? Mine gives me the stink-eye.

Are you a lingering window-shopper or do you shop for something specific and go home?

Oh my God. My mom is one of those lingerers. She does a whole slow sweep of a store and then goes around again to start her deliberations. It is mind numbing. I am more of a power shopper. Go in, grab it and beat feet. Meeee too! (My husband calls my focused trek through stores “Mall Walking.” I cannot power-walk that fast in any other part of my life–I’ve tried.)

In researching the back-stabbing, power-hungry and drug infested world of high fashion did you watch reality shows like “Project Runway” or “Americas Next Top Model”?

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I love both of those shows (don’t judge). I’m not! ;) I also interviewed fashion bloggers, read as much as possible about the industry and watched a ton of documentaries. Then there was the shopping. It was horrid. Ha! How we writers torture ourselves.

 Sylvie is a kick-ass heroine whose childhood was spent in an orphanage before being adopted by her 2 fathers. How did you come up with this fresh premise?

That is one of those muse-inspired, middle of the shower ideas when you get so excited you end up with shampoo in your eyes. I wish I could control it better—at least the timing. Then after I got the idea it was so perfect for Sylvie that it really helped to show how she was a real fighter. Parts of her backstory make me tear up even today.

Sylvie Bissette may be one of Harbor City’s youngest glitterati, but only her best friends know her most closely guarded secret. She’s the woman behind The High-Heeled Wonder, a must-read blog for fashionistas everywhere. Gossip, fashion advice, exposés. Too bad some people can’t take a little criticism. When an internet troll discovers her secret identity and escalates from stalking her to threatening her life, Sylvie turns to security expert Tony Falcon for help. The investigator from the other side of the tracks is the olive oil to her Evian water and aggravates her to no end, but it’s not just her temper he’s inciting…

Tony Falcon wouldn’t know a kitten heel from a tabby cat, but since most of the bad guys he tracks down aren’t wearing stilettos, it’s never been a problem…until he meets Sylvie. When a murder investigation leads him to the same place Sylvie works, he realizes the feisty fashionista may be his best chance at catching the criminals who killed his best friend. It all leads back to the cut-throat fashion world.

What is next in the “Killer Style” series and when can we expect it?

THIS YEAR’S BLACK is Ryder’s story and it comes out at the end of May. Ryder goes head-to-head with one of the big wigs at Harbor City’s most luxurious high-end department store and they have to work together to track down an embezzler who has hightailed it to a tropical island off the coast of Chile. It’s not just the climate that’s making things hot between Ryder and Devin.

In non-Killer Style news I have a fun novella coming out April 14, BETTING THE BILLIONAIRE. It’s all sorts of smexy fun with a car-loving heroine and a bad boy billionaire who is way too used to getting his way. :) Car-loving? Bad boy? I’m pre-ordering!

AFlynnShoesDesigner you’d love to meet? (Hypothetical: can be living or dead.)

There are so many. Alive I’d have to go with Michael Kors, Victoria Beckham and Stella McCartney. Dead I’d have to go with Alexander McQueen and Coco Chanel.

Food you make a pig of yourself for?

Oreos. We can’t have them in the house. I will eat the whole bag.

Favorite movie?

That’s like asking my favorite book. How do I pick? If you force me, I’ll go with Usual Suspects. I love the twist. Love. It.

What question did I NOT ask that you’d like readers to know about you?

Um …. how I survive when my writing partner is a dog who is trying to kill me with poisonous farts? Seriously. It’s a murder just waiting to happen and you, Kiss and Thrill readers, will be the only ones able to solve the case. Just tell the cops, “Gravy did it.”

Snicker! Thank you SO much for visiting Kiss and Thrill today, Avery! ‘See’ you on your Facebook FRIDAY MAN WARS. (Readers: You don’t want to miss Fridays…go ‘like’ her page immediately.) https://www.facebook.com/avery.flynn.7

TWITTER: @AveryFlynn,  WEBSITE: http://www.AveryFlynn.com

Q of the Day: What style, pattern or era of clothing is an eyesore to you?

Comment below for a chance to win a digital copy of HIGH-HEELED WONDER.

(Check back Thursday to see the lucky winner.)

Darcy Burke Winner and a Sinful Seconds Teaser!

First I want to thank my wonderful friend, critique and plotting partner, Darcy Burke, for letting me post our IM chat on Tuesday. Before I name the lucky winner of Darcy’s SCOUNDREL EVER AFTER, I want to share with our readers the latest release from Darcy and my plotting partners (and also IM buddies) Elisabeth Naughton and Joan Swan

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From the six New York Times bestselling authors who brought you WICKED FIRSTS, an all new sinful anthology: SINFUL SECONDS

SINFUL SURRENDER by Elisabeth Naughton

He’s been watching her, and now he’s here, in the dimly lit bar of the swanky Vail resort, pretending not to notice her. Songwriter Grace Ryder has never liked the spotlight, but her skin tingles whenever his sexy gaze drifts her way. Only one night will prove whether he’s safety or sin.

Aegis operative Brian Walker’s orders are clear: observe, but don’t touch. Things change, though, the moment the leggy brunette makes him an offer he can’t refuse. Desire leads to seduction, but it comes at a price. Because someone wants her dead, and if Brian’s not careful, his obsession for a woman he never should have touched could get them both killed.

SINFUL RAPTURE by Alexandra Ivy

Holly Sullivan has always been the good girl, but when her fiancé jilts her at the altar she spends her non-wedding night at The Playhouse indulging her deepest desires.

Liam fell in love with Holly at first glance. Unfortunately, she hates him for buying her father’s business. Following her to The Playhouse, he devotes the night to fulfilling her fantasies. But will she forgive him when his secret is revealed?

SINFUL SECRETS by Cynthia Eden

One year ago, Catherine Donnelly spent a wild night in a stranger’s arms. Sexy and mysterious, Jason August broke through all of Cat’s defenses. But when dawn came, she ran from his bed, and she never looked back, until now…

Catherine vanished from Jason’s life before, and he isn’t about to let her escape again. Cat will discover that the only man who can truly keep her safe in a world gone mad…well, that would be the man she married a year ago, on one hot Vegas night….

SINFUL IN SPURS by Laura Wright

Champion bull rider, Sawyer Black has one goal when he isn’t competing in the arena: watch out for his best friend’s little sister. But Keely is turning out to be anything but cooperative. The once shy, small town girl has turned into a gorgeous and very stubborn hellcat with big city excitement on her mind. And when Sawyer returns from a rodeo to find her gone, he knows he will do anything it takes to bring her home.

Keely O’Hare is sick and tired of her brother’s best friend babysitting her. It’s her final year of college and she’s ready to explore the dark sexual needs she’s been keeping secret in her heart. So when Sawyer goes away for work, Keely escapes to the city and to the notorious sex club, The Playhouse. But when Sawyer finds her there, unexpected and explosive sexual tension flares hot and heavy between them—and Keely refuses to return home with him until he spends two nights in The Playhouse with her. If he wants to bring along his bull rope? Even better.

SINFUL SEDUCTION by Katie Reus

As an heiress from a prominent family, Mina knows the pain of living under a microscope. Which is why she loves her sleepy Key West home where nobody knows her name. She’s determined to make her way without being coddled—and no mugging is going to change that.

Former Marine Alexander Blue has seen enough bloodshed to last a lifetime. When he sees a mysterious brunette attacked by a mugger, his need to protect kicks into overdrive. Mina brings him home and bandages him up, but her gaze cuts clear to his soul. An intense connection isn’t all Blue feels—he’s convinced Mina needs his protection. Just one problem: Mina doesn’t want saving.

SINFUL DECEPTION by Joan Swan

In need of fast cash to help her brother sneak into the US, Tova Sorenson takes a job as a sexcam operator, sparking an unlikely friendship with her very first customer. When Marcus Lucero’s border patrol teammate suggests a sexcam site for female companionship without heartache, Marcus figures he’s got nothing to lose.

While danger from Tova’s dark side brings them together in the flesh where their chemistry burns hotter than hell, it also exposes their divergent loyalties which could end not only their newfound desires, but their lives.

Purchase:
Amazon | B&N | Kobo | ARe  

And WICKED FIRSTS, the first anthology, is available everywhere for 99 cents for a limited time.

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Excerpt from Elisabeth Naughton’s SINFUL SURRENDER, book 1 in the SINFUL SECONDS anthology:

She set her glass on the coffee table in front of her and leaned forward, all confidence and seduction, contrasting again with her youthful face and quirky movements. That fresh, alluring scent of hers drifted over him once more, bringing awareness to the forefront of his mind and his blood back to pounding. “And a professional athlete hanging out at a trendy ski resort. So tell me, Brian, why did you come up here with me instead of going with that voluptuous blonde at the bar who was hitting on you before we started talking?”

Her eyes were like warm pools of dark chocolate, and when she leaned forward like that, her arms pressed her breasts together, forcing them outward, drawing his attention straight to her cleavage, advertising the fact she was anything but a young girl.

“Because I know girls like her. They’re fake and immature. I’m not interested in that.”

“What are you interested in?”

You. Though I shouldn’t be. “I don’t know. Something different, I guess.”

Her top teeth sank into her bottom lip, and his gaze followed, his mouth remembering just how she’d tasted, his body vibrating with the memory of how she’d felt pressed up against him. And damn, but he wanted to experience that again. Right now.

“Different is good,” she whispered. “I’m definitely different.”

Get up. Leave. Go now before you fuck up your career.

She scooted closer, and her bent knee brushed his thigh, sending tingles all through his lower body as if he’d been shocked by a live wire. “The question is… What are you going to do about it?”

Something he shouldn’t. Something that was going to screw things with his boss for good. “Samara…I’m bad news.”

“Maybe.” Her gaze locked on his mouth, and slowly she ran her tongue over her bottom lip like she couldn’t wait to take her own sinful taste again. “But I doubt it.”

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Whew! I’ve been so excited for this anthology to release and can’t wait to real all 6 novellas!

And now for the winner of

SCOUNDREL EVER AFTER…

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Congrats! To claim your prize, please contact us within 10 days of this post.

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Join us next week at Kiss and Thrill, when Sarah Andre hosts Avery Flynn!

A Chat With Historical Romantic Suspense Author Darcy Burke

I’m very excited to introduce our Kiss and Thrill readers to Darcy Burke, who is one of my critique and plotting partners and an Instant Messenger buddy. Because we spend so much time chatting on IM together, Darcy and I thought it would be fun to do the interview via IM. This way I could blindside her with my deeply insightful questions. Plus I’d have my full range of emoticons to use, and anyone who has ever IMed with me knows I’d conduct entire conversations using only emoticons if I could.35

SEA-600x922-195x300We scheduled the interview in the evening, so we could each enjoy a glass of wine while we chatted…

RG: Starting off with the important question: what type of wine are you drinking?

DB: Viognier, from Jones of Washington. It’s a winery in Quincy, WA. We visit every year when we go see Dave Matthews at the Gorge Labor Day weekend. It was 65 degrees yesterday, so a nice white seemed apropos. (Yes, this bottle was opened yesterday – gasp!)

RG: I’m not one to judge when it comes to wine. Now if it were a beer you’d opened yesterday, I’d be concerned. 3

Your Secrets and Scandals series started off as straight historical romance, but as the series grew, the secrets and scandals became less about gossip within the ton and more about thievery and murder. Was this a conscious decision?

DB: Not really conscious, no, but I suppose the Fight Club elements in books 2 and 3 (His Wicked Heart and To Seduce a Scoundrel) set up a segue into the underworld.

RG: They did! It was a natural progression. In which book did the shift toward historical romantic suspense occur?

DB: Once I realized Jagger, who was the villain in To Seduce a Scoundrel, needed his own HEA, I thought about how to set that up. Secrets and Scandals was only supposed to be three books and end with TSAS. Then Jagger happened, lol. And Lockwood. I was also incredibly interested in Lockwood’s story. It seemed a natural thing that they were in fact half-brothers.

In coming up with their story, which would be the second half of Secrets & Scandals, I wanted an overarching suspense plot that would link the books together. And it had to be suspense because of who Jagger was. If he was going to want redemption (and he sort of had to if I was going to make him a hero), I had to write an arc in which he dug himself out of the gutter. That started with the novella, To Love a Thief, which features Jagger as a major secondary character.

RG: Agreed (see this was a quiz, and your answer about your own book is correct) it was totally in To Love a Thief.

DB: rofl – glad I know my books!

RG: LOL – I learn stuff about my books all the time from reviews. Sometimes I learn that I write smut, but other times I see reviewers catching nuances even I hadn’t noticed.

DB: ditto

RG: Bonus Question: what have you learned about one of your books from a review?

DB: that my name is really Dana Burke.

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DB: I don’t know that I’ve learned anything per se, but sometimes people have really pulled out the things I was trying to convey, which is always great.

RG: Have you ever had a book of M/M erotica named after you?

DB: why yes, I have! VAMPIRE M/M erotica.

RG: Lucky!!

Okay, Secrets and Scandals is now complete, but now that you’ve had a taste of writing historical romantic suspense, do you plan to include a suspense plot in future historicals?

DB: Most definitely. My next series, Regency Treasure Hunters is pretty much exactly that: a series of treasure hunts. It won’t have the, ahem, murder and mayhem that some of Secrets & Scandals had, but gosh, you never know!

RTH is in the vein of Romancing the Stone or Indiana Jones, lots of action and adventure.

RG: It sounds awesome! But I’m counting on you for some bloodshed.

DB: lol, I will keep your bloodthirstiness in mind!

RG: Who is your favorite plotting partner? 3 (Don’t worry, I’m sure Eli, Joan, and Erica won’t read this.19)

DB: since YOU are one of my favorite plotting partners and will undoubtedly be helping me plot this series, I suspect you’ll find a way to suggest bloodshed. If memory serves, you are constantly suggesting I blow something up. 3

RG: There is a decided dearth of explosions in historical romance.

DB: Yes, it’s a shame.

RG: Hmm… I notice Darcy hasn’t answered the favorite plotting partner question. She must be drinking more wine. Hands full, can’t type… 5

DB: I said you are one of my faves, doesn’t that count?? 29 (Eli and Erica will be crushed if I answer with the truth.3)

RG: You can tell them I inserted your last sentence. 65 What is your favorite emoticon?

DB: oh, wow, hard to say! Probably the rofl one (24) because the people I IM with the most typically have me in stitches.

RG: Have you ever been flown to a foreign country and appeared on a reality TV show so you could meet a long-lost relative?

DB: Why yes, what a bizarrely accurate question, lol.

My brother and I were flown to Denmark in June 2012 to appear on This is Your Life Paprika Steen. Paprika is my first cousin and I just love, love, love her. Her mother and my father were siblings. They’ve both passed on, which is why we lost touch years ago, but thanks to Facebook, we reconnected and got to meet.

RG: Is there a link? Can we view the episode?

DB: Unfortunately it’s not online. I’d love to find a way to post the part where we meet (I have a copy, of course) because it’s pretty incredible, but I don’t think I have permission.

RG: Does your cousin have a website?

DB: No, but this is her imdb page: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0824785/. You can see how alike we look (not—she’s gorgeous).

RG: Cool!

The first novella—Where the Heart Is—in your new contemporary series was released last fall. Can you tell us a little bit about the Ribbon Ridge series?

DB: Ribbon Ridge does not involve murder or mayhem, lol. It’s a family saga (about sextuplets and the seventh “oops” kid) sort of series, but each book is stand alone. There’s an overarching plot and some subplots carry over between books, but each love story has an HEA.

RG: In the novella, the hero is a friend of the Archer sextuplets. Which sextuplet is the hero or heroine of the first full-length book?

DB: The novella hero is actually their “almost-brother” in that he went to live with the Archers after the death of his mother. His father had died years earlier. He had a really sad backstory, lol. The first full-length book in the series features the youngest sextuplet (as in she was born last), Sara. She’s an event planner with sensory processing disorder, so she’s a little quirky.

RG: I can’t wait to read it! (When do I get to read it?!)

DB: uh, when I finish the revision. 3

RG: Okay, final question – when the heck are we going to get together for more than a virtual glass of wine? I need to plot murder and mayhem with you. 3

DB: right???

RG: Is there anything else you want to add?

DB: I can’t think of anything else, but then I’ve had almost two glasses of wine.

RG: Lightweight.

DB: True.

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Darcy is giving away an ebook copy of the Scoundrel Ever After to one lucky commenter! To enter the drawing, tell us what sort of romantic suspense elements you think historical romances could use more of (e.g. explosions).

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Carey Baldwin’s Winner!!

Thank you for spending Carey Baldwin’s release day with us!ConfessionhiresThe winner of Carey Baldwin’s $10 Amazon gift card is Stephanie Fredrick.

To claim your prize, please contact us within ten days of this post and provide your mailing address.

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And please join us next Tuesday when Rachel Grant interviews historical romantic suspense author Darcy Burke. Hope to see you there!

Carey Baldwin Confesses All!

Today, I am so excited to host our very own Carey Baldwin and her brand new psychological thriller CONFESSIONI’ve just finished reading it and CONFESSION is AMAZING. It kept me up all night so just be prepared for a very tired “next day”.

CONFESSION is available at: AmazonBarnes and Noble, and iTunes

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To get us started, here’s the chilling blurb:

They say the Santa Fe Saint comes to save your soul—by taking your life.

 Newly minted psychiatrist Faith Clancy gets the shock of her life when her first patient confesses to the grisly Saint murders. By law Faith’s compelled to notify the authorities, but is her patient really the Saint? Or will she contribute to more death by turning the wrong man over to the police?

Faith is going to need all her wits and the help of a powerful adversary, Luke Jericho, if she’s to unravel the truth. But she doesn’t realize she’s about to become an unwitting pawn in a serial killer’s diabolical game. For once he’s finished with Faith, she’ll become his next victim.

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SW: This might seem obvious by the cover, but readers will want to know: What’s the tone of the book? Light or dark?

CB:  CONFESSION is a dark psychological thriller with strong romantic elements. I’d compare it in tone to something by Karen Rose or Allison Brennan. I’m not claiming to be amazing like those two authors of course! But readers should be prepared for a dark tone and a dark villain. In other words CONFESSION is not for scaredy cats. That said, it’s a wonderful love story too.

 SW:  You can definitely make that “amazing” claim. So what makes Luke and Faith, your hero and heroine, unique? How do they think?

 CB: I really admire Faith and Luke, and I think they complement each other well. Faith lost her parents at a young age, then later lost the sister who raised her. Faith pulled herself out of a funk, and though she came from a working class background, managed to get herself an Ivy League education. She’s devoted her life to helping others. Of course, she likes keeping the focus on others so she doesn’t have to deal with her own emotions. But Luke’s not going to let her get away with that for long.

Luke Jericho: He comes from a life of wealth and privilege. He’s a man who has everything—and can do everything—from running an empire to riding a bucking bronco. Luke says it best himself when he tells Faith: “I don’t seduce. I don’t persuade. When I see something I want, I just go get it.”

One thing Luke and Faith have in common is they hate injustice and they’ll do just about anything to right a wrong.

BTW. The most unique character in my book is the villain. But if I told you what makes him tick, I’d be giving away the whole shebang!

 SW: I love heroes like Luke, men with a quiet confident strength. But your serial killer is unique in a terrifying way. He has a phobia—he’s afraid of blood. Do you have any phobias?

CB:  Yes, I used to be afraid of needles. Which was a wee bit of a problem considering I wanted to become a doctor. In CONFESSION my serial killer has a blood phobia, and he turns to Faith to overcome it. Of course she doesn’t know he’s a diabolical killer, or that the blood he craves most is hers.

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 SW:  Did your previous job as a clinical psychologist play any role in the plot of this book?

 CB:  Absolutely. In ways I didn’t understand until the book was written. There were several times as a psychologist when I had to make decisions about whether or not a person was a danger to themselves or others (we’re talking about admission into treatment facilities not criminal matters here). If I decided in the affirmative, it meant a person might be involuntarily confined to a treatment facility. If I decided “not a danger” and I was wrong, the person’s life, or other people’s lives would be in jeopardy.  This is a common question asked of a clinical psychologist and though a judge makes the final decision, the expert’s input is usually the determining factor.

I had no idea how these decisions still weighed on me subconsciously, until I saw the extreme version of such a scenario staring back at me, decades later, from the pages of CONFESSION. The book kicks off with Faith figuring out what to do when her patient confesses to the grisly Saint murders. Is he really the Saint? Does she turn him over to the police? Her decision is what sets the plot in motion.

 SW:  Will we be seeing more of the secondary characters- Caitlin Cassidy and Special Agent Atticus Spenser?

 CB: Oh, yes. I confess to being smitten with both of them. Dr. Caitlin Cassidy is a forensic psychiatrist and Atticus “Spense” Spenser is an FBI profiler. They are the protagonists of my next full-length suspense, LABYRINTH, which comes out in Sept.  I’m planning quite a future for Caitlin and Spense, so stay tuned.

 SW:  I can’t wait for LABYRINTH! Do these stories come to you through the villain’s POV or the hero/heroine’s?

CB: As you might expect, they usually come to me via the heroine’s perspective. CONFESSION is absolutely Faith’s story, just like FIRST DO NO EVIL was Skylar Novak’s story. However, I will say that I’ve long been fascinated by a certain literary work and that wormed it’s way into CONFESSION and heavily influenced the villain’s psyche. I’m not free to say more than that without spoiling the story…so I’ll just leave that as a tease.

SW:  I will say nothing! Do you ever get frightened by what you write?

 CB: Yes and no. I’m frightened by the existence of evil. But my stories allow me to quash those fears by making sure that no matter the odds, good always triumphs in the end. I do get scared at times, especially when researching real events that influence what I’m writing. Real bad guys frighten me—fictitious ones not as much.

SW: Thank you so much, Carey, for spending the day with us. But now it’s the reader’s turn to ask a question or leave a comment. And for one lucky commenter, Carey is giving away a $10 Amazon gift card!

Do you have a fear or phobia? And if so, how do you deal with it? Comment for a chance to win a $10 gift card.

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CONFESSION is now available at: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iTunes

Withholding Evidence Winner!

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I had so much fun sharing the first scene of Withholding Evidence on Wednesday! Keith has a certain charm, doesn’t he? ;-)

The winner of a signed print copy of Withholding Evidence is:

Jean Boe!

Jean, to claim your prize, please contact us within ten days of this post and provide your mailing address.

Join us on Tuesday next week, when we will be celebrating Carey Baldwin’s new release: Confession!

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For fans of Allison Brennan and Karen Rose comes Carey Baldwin, a daring new name in suspense, with the story of a serial killer out for blood—and the only woman who can stop his reign of terror.

They say the Santa Fe Saint comes to save your soul—by taking your life.

Newly minted psychiatrist Faith Clancy gets the shock of her life when her first patient confesses to the grisly Saint murders. By law Faith’s compelled to notify the authorities, but is her patient really the Saint? Or will she contribute to more death by turning the wrong man over to the police?

Faith is going to need all her wits and the help of a powerful adversary, Luke Jericho, if she’s to unravel the truth. But she doesn’t realize she’s about to become an unwitting pawn in a serial killer’s diabolical game. For once he’s finished with Faith, she’ll become his next victim.

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