BRENDA NOVAK returns to Romantic Suspense!

HanoverHouse_800x1200He’d found what he needed. At last. After twenty years of waiting, of planning, of purposely blending in to escape notice, he had the thread that would lead him back to the only woman who’d ever really mattered in his life.

The only woman who’d ever been a challenge.

The only woman who’d ever gotten away.

Once his parents had finally gone to bed, and long after anyone would expect for them to have a visitor, Jasper Moore stared down at the envelope he’d recovered from his father’s desk. Inside was a letter from Evelyn Talbot’s father, pleading with Stanley and Maureen to come forward if they possessed any information on Jasper’s whereabouts. It said that Evelyn had been through enough. That the Moores should finally do the right thing and divulge any information they possessed.

But they never would. They were the ones who’d helped him escape in the first place, all those years ago—and they told everyone they hadn’t seen him since before the murders, even though, in recent years, he risked a furtive visit now and then, if he could do it safely.

Anyway, it wasn’t the letter that concerned Jasper. He didn’t give a shit about the Talbots’ emotional plea for justice and closure.

He was far more interested in the return address on the outside.

Excerpt from HANOVER HOUSE by Brenda Novak

She’s baaaack! That vintage, creepy Brenda-Novak-writing, folks. She’s the kind of suspense writer who grabs you from the first page and sends you on the kind of ride even amusement parks would ban! HANOVER HOUSE, her return to the romantic suspense genre, isn’t the only change we’ve seen from Brenda this year. May, 2015 came and went without the usual author enthusiasm (let’s be honest–hysteria) over Brenda Novak’s Auction Anything for Diabetes Research. That’s right, after 10 successful years and accumulating a total of $2.4 million toward her Diabetes Research charity, Brenda took the year off. Well…not exactly.

For 2015, I came up with another plan to raise money, one I thought readers might like even better. Because…what’s better than getting a great deal on a great book? Getting a steal of a deal on a whole bundle! And what’s better than having all the proceeds go to diabetes research? Well…nothing. Nothing I can think of, anyway. That’s why I’ve curated THREE fabulous box sets filled with BRAND NEW stories from some of today’s most popular authors—so I could launch my fundraising initiative for 2015 and  contribute to the effort of finding a cure for my son (who was diagnosed at five) and all the other people who have to cope with this terrible disease.”

That bears repeating: Brenda ingeniously collected stories from some of today’s top-notch romance authors and developed 3 box-sets that are only available until the end of June. (A week from today, people!) ALL proceeds go toward her Research for Diabetes, and each is priced at $2.99, a staggering special! The kick-off to her romantic suspense series, HANOVER HOUSE is featured in the SWEET DREAMS set. So let’s start with that one. Brenda, who else has contributed to SWEET DREAMS?



SWEET DREAMS. This limited edition set contains thirteen new thrillers. Allison Brennan, Cynthia Eden, JT Ellison, Liliana Hart, Heather Graham, Alex Kava, CJ Lyons, Carla Neggers, Theresa Ragan, Erica Spindler, Tiffany Snow and Jo Robertson have all contributed. I’m in this box, too. I’m including a brand new story that’s nearly 200 pages long—HANOVER HOUSE, the start to the new suspense series I just sold to St. Martin’s Press. And none other than the amazing Lee Child has written the foreword.

Wow, that’s some superstar lineup! I’ve bought it already, but was intrigued with your other sets.

SWEET TALK. This is a limited edition contemporary romance collection featuring



ten brand new stories by such amazing authors as #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Sherryl Woods of Chesapeake Shores series fame. We also have the magnificent Linda Lael Miller, as well as Melody Anne, Violet Duke, Steena Holmes, Gina Maxwell, Molly O’Keefe, Melissa Foster, Rosalind James and Nancy Naigle. Great lineup, right? As a bonus, I’ve thrown in the prequel to my Whiskey Creek series, WHEN WE TOUCH—and megastar Robyn Carr has written the foreword.

So we’ve covered suspense readers, and contemporary romance readers…what would the last box set encompass?



SWEET SEDUCTION. This box is for those who like their romances with some HEAT (a la FIFTY SHADE OF GREY). It features new work from erotica greats Lexi Blake, Nicole Edwards, J. Kenner, Megan Hart, JS Cooper, Karen Erickson, Nina Lane, Roni Loren, Elisabeth Grace, Julia Kent, Mari Carr, Lauren Hawkeye and Avery Aster. Lisa Renee Jones, another popular author in this subgenre, has not only written the foreward, she’s provided one of her full novels as a bonus!

Brenda, I am truly amazed at the generosity of these authors giving their works to such a great cause. And my compliments to you for thinking up such an incredible giveaway to continue your ongoing charitable contributions to Diabetes research. Any last words?

“According to the CDC, nearly 10% of the American public has diabetes. That’s an outrageous figure! So let’s do something about it—read and raise money at the same time.” For more information, visit

Here are links to the different online stores that offer the sets:

Amazon: (or click on the covers.)
Barnes and Noble:
Google Play:

And for more information on Brenda-the-author, please visit her at:

Author Facebook




Thank you for being here today, Brenda and we look forward to your new suspense series AND hearing how much you and these generous authors raised this year!






Join us next Tuesday when Lena Diaz and Kay Thomas dish 5 things about

the heroes of their latest books– EXIT Strategy and Easy Target.

About Sarah Andre

Romantic Suspense That Keeps You Up All Night! I live in sunny FL, love daydreaming, reading and chocolate. I write in the wee hours of the morning before my helpless hubby and 2 male Pomeranian pups awaken with their demands. :) My debut LOCKED, LOADED and LYING is available now.

Posted on June 23, 2015, in Author Interview, Author Spotlight, Guest blog, Sarah Andre and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 60 Comments.

  1. Welcome back, Brenda!!
    Are you continuing with your contemporary romance too or refocusing back on romantic suspense? We ask because we’re wondering what your take is on the RS market, which fell out of favor for a few years.

    • The RS genre is not favored? Who do I need to smack? With such amazing authors such as Brenda Novak and the ladies of K&T who wouldn’t love to be pulled into a little danger with hot heroes?

      A big thank you, Brenda, for all you do to raise money for and awareness of diabetes research. What amazing lineups in the boxed sets. A thank you shout out to all of the authors who contributed! Thank you, also, to Sarah for this interview, because somehow I’ve missed the release of these sets. Off to one click!

    • Sarah, I think RS is definitely making a comeback. Everything is cyclical, you know? RS got popular, then the market got flooded, then there was a correction period. I think we’re going to see the same thing with contemporary romance. That said, I am definitely going to continue writing in both genres. My popular Whiskey Creek series will continue. Yay! I’m writing one of the Amos Brothers’ stories right now–called DISCOVERING YOU. It’ll be out next June. So…I’m going to be doing contemporary romance for Harlequin and romantic suspense for St. Martin’s.

  2. Wow, what great boxed sets and of course, a charity near and dear to my heart. So glad to see you here again Brenda. I’m going to post this on my website right now. XO

    • Thanks, Diana. Let’s blitz the internet today. (Flash mob over at Brenda’s Amazon page…)

    • Thanks so much, Diana. It’s always a pleasure to “see” you, and I appreciate your tremendous support of my efforts to raise money for diabetes research. You’ve been supportive all along!

  3. Reblogged this on DIANA BELCHASE and commented:

    What a fantastic deal for readers and such a great way to raise money for Diabetes research. I hope you’ll all join in and help find a cure.

  4. Wow! Lots of great news in this post, Sarah! So excited to see Brenda back in the romantic suspense game! I’ve missed her special brand of romance and thrills! Also, very excited to see how much the boxed sets earn for diabetes. Thanks so much for all you do, Brenda!

    • Manda, you’ve always been such a fabulous support. Thank you! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it!

  5. Welcome back, Brenda! I have already ordered Sweet Dreams and can’t wait to read Hanover House. So glad you’re writing RS again!

    • I’m excited about it, too, Sharon! I can’t wait for you to read WHITEOUT, which will be released from St. Martin’s Press next year (and will follow HANOVER HOUSE). Thanks for ordering SWEET DREAMS. I hope you really enjoy it!

  6. I’ve read all the books in Sweet Talk — now to find the time to read Sweet Dreams! I loved Hanover House and cannot wait for Whiteout to be published!

  7. Brenda, you have moved me into the new age of reading with your boxed sets for Diabetes. I love holding my books while I read, but I can never pass up your books and because this is your big fundraiser…I have to have them. THANK YOU for all you do!

  8. These boxed sets are such a great deal, and I love that they go toward such a great cause! Great job Brenda with getting everything together!

    • It was definitely a labor of love, Heather. I really want a cure for my son and all the others out there who suffer with this terrible disease. Someday!!

    • Thanks for your comments, Heather, help us spread the word- only a week left! We need a big push.

  9. I just finished Sweet Seduction which concludes the three sets, Sweet Talk, Sweet Dreams, and Sweet Seduction. I loved all three. I was concerned about Sweet Dreams because I’m afraid of the dark and some of those books I had to read during the day only (like Hanover House!) but ended up reading it first. Then on to Sweet Talk, then Sweet Seduction. I couldn’t not order these simply because they were for a good cause and because I have read and loved Brenda Novak’s books. Spend you money on these three sets for a good cause and thirty good reads!

  10. I have all 3 of the boxed sets. To great a deal to pass up plus they support diabetes. I’ve been reading them and hate to put them down. Enjoying authors new to me as well as some favorites. Brenda is my #1 favorite and I’ve never been disappointed. Looking forward to all the upcoming books.

    • Maureen, you have such a kind heart. Thank you! I adore you and appreciate the love.

    • Yay! Thank you for commenting, Maureen. She’s my #1 RS author too, you should see my bookshelves. A few years ago I bid on her entire collection, autographed. I think poor Brenda was tired of writing To ‘Sarah…’

  11. If you haven’t ordered your boxed sets to support Brenda Novak’s Diabetes research please do so. I could only afford one this year and so far the stories are amazing. Not only are you helping a great project you get some amazing authors and some great stories.

    • Beth, one is enough. If everyone bought just one we’d raise a ton and help a lot of people. Thanks for making the sacrifice. I hope you’re amply rewarded with great reads!

    • Wow, Beth, that’s a tremendous pitch! Now say it every day this week. 🙂

  12. Great as always. Wonderful interview.

  13. Loved all the box sets but especially loved Hanover house!

  14. I purchased all three boxed sets so I am making my way through AND totally enjoying them (and the cookbook ) The great thing about the boxed sets is they contain authors that I haven’t read yet so it’s opening me to a new world of books I might not have found plus it’s a great opportunity to support an amazing cause!!!

    • Everyone, Jan is my co-author on the cookbook! I love the recipes she contributed–tried every since one and thoroughly enjoyed. Don’t miss out on grabbing the cookbook, too. It will be available a bit longer, but all the proceeds for that also go to diabetes research!

      • Oh my gosh! It was a question I meant to ask before the post went live so I could include the cookbook too! So sorry!
        I’ll rush off and get mine.
        Nice to meet you Jan! It’s a really fun cover, I’ll enjoy making the meals.

  15. The new book sounds great, Brenda! Thanks for sharing a little bit about it, and your new approach for diabetes fundraising this year. You’re a superwoman!

    • She really is–I can’t fathom how organized Brenda must be to have this career, her family and still keep Diabetes Research in such a national focus year after year. I almost have to go nap. 🙂

  16. Thank you everyone fo joining Brenda here and thank you Sarah for hosting her. Brenda has been a favorite author of mine for years and I have had the pleasure of working with her in her efforts to raise money for diabetes research so they can find a cure. All your support is truly appreciated. Glad you are enjoying the stories.

    • Thanks, Danita! She was our second guest when we debuted this blog in 2011, and we hold her in our hearts for her constant generosity. This is the least we can do!

  17. These are great book collections. I’ve read the Sweet Dreams book and they are all new stories by some exciting thriller authors like Brenda Novak, Tiffany Snow, Erica Spindler, and Heather Graham just to name a few. I’m so looking forward to reading the other two sets.

  18. Great cause!! Have all three sets. Looking forward to reading.

    • Terrific, Carol! And spread the word about this only lasting another week. (And don’t forget her cookbook!)

  19. Well, Brenda, thank you once again for spending another day with us! We wish you the best of luck with your new RS series, and can hardly wait to hear how much you raised in May and June for your Diabetes Research charity.

  20. Roberta Peden

    I purchased them and am so happy to do so, my husband and I both are diabetics, it’s a terrible disease, Brenda is a wonderful person and a wonderful author, love her.

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