Posted by Diana Belchase
The Daphne Du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense
Published Nominees from Kiss and Thrill!
We’re so proud of you both!
In Romantic Suspense
Lena Diaz for Tennessee Takedown
A SWAT officer in small-town Tennessee will do anything to protect the innocent beauty whose life has been put on the line.
It can’t be a coincidence that in the past twenty-four hours, three different thugs have tried to kill or abduct Ashley Parrish. Sexy SWAT team leader Dillon Gray saved her, but now he wonders why someone would want to murder the beautiful accountant…and why he finds her so infuriatingly attractive.
Then the FBI comes after Ashley for embezzlement, and Dillon knows he must protect her from a killer and prove she’s being framed. Taking her on a hair-raising run through dangerous terrain barely fazes him. But wanting her for more than just one night scares the hell out of him.
In Mainstream Mystery/Suspense
Carey Baldwin for Judgment
A Suspense Magazine “Best Books of 2014” author
When a coed falls prey to a sadistic murderer, forensic psychiatrist Dr. Caitlin “Caity” Cassidy and FBI profiler, Special Agent Atticus Spenser, are called in to testify–one for the defense, one for the prosecution. With warring approaches to justice, these two rivals have been butting heads for years–both inside the courtroom and out. And at first, this case appears to be no different.
But when a brutal attack leaves the accused man dead and Caity in critical condition, petty differences take a backseat to saving lives. As the lone survivor, Caity knows too much, and the killer–a madman calling himself the Man in the Maze–is coming back for round two. Now Caity and Spense must join forces to uncover the killer’s identity before Caity’s time–and luck–runs out.
Posted by Diana Belchase
Triple Derringer winner, Art Taylor, teaches writing and literature at George Mason University. He’s such a fan of noir, that he’s named his son, Dash. Please join me as we sit down and discuss how he writes his winning short stories, his students, and what makes great short fiction.
Art is giving away a copy of the latest, Chesapeake Crimes anthology: This Job Is Murder, with his Derringer-winning story, When Duty Calls. It has a host of great shorts from other award winning authors, too — like Barb Goffman, Donna Andrews, and a forward by Elaine Viets. So leave a comment here and/or at my other website to enter.
Now, for another dazzling short — well not a short story, but novella, by our very own Carey Baldwin, tell us who your favorite short story or mystery author is. For an extra chance to win, guess why Art’s son is named Dash. Or be really sneaky and go to DianaBelchase.com and leave a comment there (under this same post) for another chance. Tune in on Thursday to see who won.
Here is our second amazing prize!
Reformed bad boy Charlie “Drex” Drexler returns to his hometown of Tangleheart, Texas hoping to make peace with his dark past and make amends to those he’s wronged. He’s also looking to reconnect with an old flame. But Anna won’t cooperate, new questions tear open old wounds and his best friend’s wife and baby disappear. Can Drex and Anna mend their broken hearts while fighting for their lives and racing to bring mother and baby home safely?
Read an excerpt here.