Monthly Archives: December 2011
Posted by Lena Diaz
Brenda Novak is one of my all-time favorite romantic suspense authors. Her books grab you by the throat from page one. Her stories consistently deliver a suspenseful, riveting thrill ride with an extremely emotional love story. Her characters are so genuine, you’ll think about them long after you put the book down.
I wanted to spotlight one of her books as my favorite, but I love them ALL! So, without further delay, I present Brenda Novak.
What I’m reading…
I gained my enthusiasm for reading when I was in the fourth grade and discovered an entire row of classics in the Liberty School library. Previous to this point, I hadn’t liked reading at all. Maybe it was that boring Dick, Jane and Spot stuff, because THE SECRET GARDEN, OLIVER TWIST, REBECCA, JANE EYRE and GONE WITH THE WIND showed me the real possibilities. Knowing my mother would set me to some task if she saw me, I used to hide from her so that I could read one glorious story after another without being disturbed. I’ll never forget how disappointed I was when I finished everything on the classics shelf and started on the next shelf down only to discover that not all books are created equal.
In junior high, I began reading John Jakes and his fabulous revolutionary war series (and then I went on to NORTH AND SOUTH). In high school, I discovered romance and devoured everything by Kathleen Woodiwiss, Jane Austen and Jude Devereaux. I also found my first Sidney Sheldon novel when I was a sophomore, which served as my initiation to mystery and suspense.
Today, I’m an eclectic reader. I love true crime (Ann Rule), straight historicals (Philippa Gregory, Brenda Rickman Vantrease), legal thrillers (John Lescroart, John Grisham), romance (Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Susan Mallery, Jayne Ann Krentz, Jennifer Crusie), mystery (Janet Evanovich, Elizabeth Peters), popular fiction (Elizabeth Gilbert and Jodi Piccoult) and romantic suspense (Karen Rose, Roxanne St. Claire, Allison Brennan, Linda Howard, Sharon Sala and more). The only thing I don’t read is science fiction/fantasy. My reading “diet” is so varied that it’s difficult to restrict a list of favorites to any one genre, but here are a few books I’m either reading or have read recently:
1. KILL FOR ME by M. William Phelps. This is a true crime book I picked up at Bouchercon last year and am only now getting to. It’s about a man who had someone murder a woman about to testify against him in a rape case. I have yet to find out who actually committed the deed, but I’m hoping the guilty party pays for their crime. I always find it fascinating to read about how criminal cases really go. It certainly isn’t like the movies. It’s actually a bit depressing. The criminal has everything stacked in his favor. Very sad/difficult for the victim.
2. FALL FROM PRIDE by Karen Harper. I’ve been hearing that Amish romances are the new hot thing so I wanted to try one. After reading CHILL FACTOR by Sandra Brown (excellent plotting and interesting characters and situations) and KILL FOR ME (the true crime book above), this story is VERY tame, but it’s supposed to be.
3. A WALK ACROSS THE SUN by Corban Addison. This book is by a debut author, an attorney down south. It was recommended to me by my agent, and I really enjoyed it. It deals with the international sex trade as seen through the eyes of two orphaned sisters.
4. ADRENALIN by Jeff Abbott. Abbot has a lean writing style, engaging characters and a very quick pace. I’m only one-third in but definitely plan to finish.
5. THE GIRL WHO DISAPPEARED TWICE. Just started a mini-book club with a friend who wanted to bone up on thrillers. He suggested this book be first up, since we both owned it. Again, I’ve just begun, but I’ve been promised that I will love the story. Can’t wait to see for myself….
New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Brenda Novak has a brand new small-town contemporary series starting in 2012. Come meet the long-time friends who have made Whiskey Creek the “Heart of Gold Country,” with WHEN LIGHTNING STRIKES, to be released in September. Also, don’t miss her latest romantic suspense trilogy available now–INSIDE, IN SECONDS, & IN CLOSE. Brenda is a three-time Rita nominee. Her books have won many awards, including the National Reader’s Choice, the Bookseller’s Best, the Book Buyer’s Best, the Holt Medallion and many others. She also runs an annual on-line auction for diabetes research every May at www.brendanovak.com. To date, she’s raised over $1.3 million. Brenda considers herself lucky to be a mother of five and married to the love of her life.
Do any of you have questions, comments or want to share your favorite Brenda Novak novel with the rest of us?
***All commenters with a U.S. mailing address are eligible for the Thurday, 12/8 drawing! Brenda is giving away one copy of each of the following: The Perfect Couple, The Perfect Liar, and The Perfect Murder. Check back to see if you’re the winner!
Posted by Sarah Andre
Stop by Tuesday, December 6th for a chance to meet Brenda, ask her questions and hopefully win one of her books:
The Perfect Couple
The Perfect Liar
The Perfect Murder
Drawing for the prizes will be held Thursday, December 8th. Brenda will be hosted by Lena Diaz (that’s her captivating novel on the right!–>)
(If I were you I’d click the upper right corner and sign up to receive our blog notifications. We have a HUGE line up of terrific authors!)
Have a great weekend, everybody. Thanks for making our first week so special!
Question of the Day: Which Romantic Suspense Author would YOU like to see Guest Blog here?
Posted by Sarah Andre
We’re celebrating 2 Winners this week, seeing as how we also had our Monday inaugural post bloggers!
For commenting on Allison Brennan’s guest interview on Tuesday, our winner is: LEIGH LAVALLE!
Congratulations, Leigh, Allison Brennan will be sending you the first novel in her Lucy Kincaid series: Love Me To Death!
For commenting on Monday’s inaugural “island books” blog, our winner is: BRANDIE NICKERSON!
Congratulations Brandie, you’ll be receiving a $10 gift certificate toward any e-book of your choosing!
And a heartfelt thank you to everyone who posted Monday sharing their romantic suspense reads and on Tuesday welcoming Allison. Wasn’t she terrific and personable? I’ve met her at conferences and she’s just like that in person.
Today, rather than blogging about romantic suspense, I HAD to share this hilarious short video on the magic of plots: Which one would you like to see expanded into novel length?! 🙂