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Category Archives: Suspense

Romantic suspense or thrillers provide readers with heightened feelings of suspense, excitement, surprise, anticipation and/or anxiety.

The Perfect Pitch by Karen Cino @karencino #RLFblog #suspenseWelcome Karen Cino author of The Perfect Pitch, a new romantic suspense.

Why did you write this book?
I was living in Staten Island, New York at the time and wanted to write about everyday problems women deal with in their lives.
Is this part of a series?
Yes
What is your favorite genre to read?
Women’s Fiction
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m working on a Cozy Mystery Series and a new Women’s Fiction Series.
What books will we see from you in the coming month?
A New Kind of Perfect (Book 2 in the Seaside Boulevard Series)
Another Side of Perfect (Book 3 in the Seaside Boulevard Series)
New Beginnings (Book 1 in the Camp Mirage Series)
Please tell us about your latest book.
Francine and Richie Ragglio are high school sweethearts. Francine owns her own real estate business and Richie pitches for the New York Pelicans. Richie hurts his shoulder while pitching the first game of the season, not the way he wants to end his career. When Francine is left an abandoned restaurant from someone from her past, things begin to spiral out of control. The mystery of a hidden basement brings Francine and her friends together to do their own investigation, which puts them in the middle of a smuggling ring.
Will Richie’s get through his surgery so he can retire on top of his game? And will Francine and her friends solve the mystery of the hidden basement?Genre romantic suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Where can we find your book online?

Publisher Mandolay Press
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Perfect-Pitch-Karen-Cino-ebook/dp/B0721KFHLN/
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-perfect-pitch-karen-cino/1126575077
Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/729555

Karen Cino Social Media

Karen Cino is a multi-published author of eight novels, two novellas and a book of poems and has been writing since she was fourteen years old. She started her career by writing poetry, short stories and writing article for her high school newspaper. After reading Jackie Collin’s Lovers and Gamblers and Jacqueline Susann’s, Valley of the Dolls, Karen found her niche. She wanted to write women’s fiction and wrote her first book during the summer before she started college. Her daily walks down at the boardwalk are what gets her muse going. It clears her mind and helps her find realistic plot ideas and the characters boosting up her muse. Karen loves writing about local places that people can relate to. The late Paul Zindel’s books took place in Staten Island and reading them, especially My Darling My Hamburger, still brings back many memories for her.

Karen loves the summer, loves the beach. Her books are written in Staten Island, and take place in various places across Staten Island. Karen relocated to Barnegat, New Jersey in 2015. She traded in the Staten Island Boardwalk for the shoreline in Long Beach Island.

Karen has two children, Michael Giordano who’s a singer, songwriter and producer, and Nicole Giordano who works at Home Depot and is also a photographer. In 2014 Karen married John Gatti. Her husband is an actor, teacher and attorney.

Website: http://karencino.com
Blog: http://karencinobooks.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/karencino
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karencino
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/Karen-Cino-296585170371401/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4444484.Karen_Cino
Newsletter: http://us8.campaign-archive1.com/home/?u=372e9cad72e3faf1c0a8b9a4e&id=9ac84ba873
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B008LCG31Y

 

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Denyse Bridges: Escape to Africa by @WRWWorldRomance #RLFblog #romanceWelcome Denysé Bridger author of Escape to Africa, a new romantic suspense boxed set.

Why did you write this book?

This particular set of stories came about as the World Romance Writers chatted about themes for future sets after the best-selling debut set, Letterbox Love Stories. We wanted to do something a little more exotic and add a touch of suspense, so the idea of tales set in Africa was born. I’ve long been a lover of the movie Casablanca, and wanted to try something in a similar vein to the movie. So, with a tip of the hat to that classic movie, I hope you enjoy a peek at this one–the first in a series of stories with this set of characters because I know their adventure is just beginning…

What is your favorite genre to read?

I read a lot of different genres, but pretty much all have an element of romance in them. These days I tend to be reading cozy mysteries, which I adore but can’t write, sadly. I also read a lot of romantic suspense and find a lot of excellent authors in the Love Inspired Suspense line from Harlequin, one of my favourite authors there is Elizabeth Goddard, her series’ never disappoint!

Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?

That would have to be Sherlock Holmes, or his more modern counterpart, William Murdoch from Maureen Jennings Murdoch Mysteries series. Both are Victorian in setting, and both men are fascinating as they hunt down villains with shrewd intellect and logic.

What are you working on at the moment?

At the moment I’m working on a story I pitched to Harlequin, it’s all Canadian, really. Canadian setting, Canadian hero and heroine, and the author is from Eastern Canada! This is the first time in many years that I’ve written a story set in my own country, I tend to write in settings that I feel are a little more exotic, but this one has me very excited. It’s got a passionate romance, and a lot of suspense elements, as well as Native American roots. I think it’s going to be a very strong story!

What books will we see from you in coming months?

I’m in a new boxed set from the authors at Romance Books 4 Us, plus I’m doing a book for an on-going theme set called Hidden. I have no less than four projects in the works to be ready by mid-2018. Wish me luck!! I also have three new series in the works – and I was always the one who never wrote with the idea of a series in mind.

Please tell us about your latest book.

Escape to Africa: A Dangerous Liaison

Let your wild side free and Escape to Africa! Come along on an adventure through these 6 stories brought to you by 6 best-selling/award-winning authors.

You’ll uncover tales of an undercover operative in Casablanca, a safari guide in the Serengeti, students on holiday in Morocco, time-traveling agents in Tripoli, vengeance in Algeria, and deadly secrets in Carthage. Each of these stories will captivate you with love, danger, intrigue, and excitement. What better way to Escape?

The Journey…
Dangerous Liaison – Historical Romance by Denyse Bridger
A Pirate’s Lady – Time Travel Romance by Lynn Crain
Dying to Love You – Contemporary Romance with Paranormal Elements by Alicia Dean
Treasured Times – Romantic Suspense by Gemma Juliana
The Ravine of the Wild Woman – Historical Romance by Marie Laval
An Object of Desire – Romantic Suspense by Jenny Twist
Genre Romantic Suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG-13
Publisher World Romance Writers
Amazon http://mybook.to/EscapeAfrica
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/escape-to-africa-denyse-bridger/1126763490?ean=2940154755167

Kobo https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/escape-to-africa-1

Denysé Bridger Social Media

As an award-winning, best-selling author, Denysé Bridger writes about a multitude of things, always with a touch of romance, passion, and fantasy. Her heroes are solid, driven alpha men who are willing to do whatever it takes to win the heroine’s heart and trust, while her heroines are strong, emotionally courageous women who put their hearts on the line for the men they love. Passionate, honorable characters drive Denysé’s stories, in whatever genre you find them in.

Website: http://www.denysebridger.com
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The Perfect Pitch by Karen Cino @karencino #RLFblog #suspenseToday’s featured book is The Perfect Pitch, book 1 of The Seaside Boulevard Series, romantic suspense by Karen Cino.

Francine and Richie Ragglio are high school sweethearts. Francine owns her own real estate business and Richie pitches for the New York Pelicans. Richie hurts his shoulder while pitching the first game of the season, not the way he wants to end his career. When Francine is left an abandoned restaurant from someone from her past, things begin to spiral out of control.

The mystery of a hidden basement brings Francine and her friends together to do their own investigation, which puts them in the middle of a smuggling ring. Will Richie’s get through his surgery so he can retire on top of his game? And will Francine and her friends solve the mystery of the hidden basement?

Genre romantic suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Publisher Mandolay Press
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Perfect-Pitch-Karen-Cino-ebook/dp/B0721KFHLN/
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/karen+cino?_requestid=755366
Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/729555

Karen Cino Social Media

Karen Cino is a multi-published author of eight novels, two novellas and a book of poems and has been writing since she was fourteen years old. She started her career by writing poetry, short stories and writing article for her high school newspaper. After reading Jackie Collin’s Lovers and Gamblers and Jacqueline Susann’s, Valley of the Dolls, Karen found her niche. She wanted to write women’s fiction and wrote her first book during the summer before she started college. Her daily walks down at the boardwalk are what gets her muse going. It clears her mind and helps her find realistic plot ideas and the characters boosting up her muse. Karen loves writing about local places that people can relate to. The late Paul Zindel’s books took place in Staten Island and reading them, especially My Darling My Hamburger, still brings back many memories for her.

Karen loves the summer, loves the beach. Her books are written in Staten Island, and take place in various places across Staten Island. Karen relocated to Barnegat, New Jersey in 2015. She traded in the Staten Island Boardwalk for the shoreline in Long Beach Island.

Karen has two children, Michael Giordano who’s a singer, songwriter and producer, and Nicole Giordano who works at Home Depot and is also a photographer. In 2014 Karen married John Gatti. Her husband is an actor, teacher and attorney.

Website: http://karencino.com
Blog: http://karencinobooks.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/karencino
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karencino
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/Karen-Cino-296585170371401/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4444484.Karen_Cino
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Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B008LCG31Y

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The Dead Man's Treasure by @Kris_Bock #RLFblog #romance #suspenseToday’s featured book is a romantic suspense, The Dead Man’s Treasure, by Kris Bock.

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): G

Rebecca Westin is shocked to learn the grandfather she never knew has left her a bona fide buried treasure – but only if she can decipher a complex series of clues leading to it. The hunt would be challenging enough without interference from her half-siblings, who are determined to find the treasure first and keep it for themselves. Good thing Rebecca has recruited some help, in the form of a green-eyed charmer determined to show her that a desert adventure can be sexy and fun. But there’s a treacherous wildcard in the mix, a man willing to do anything to get that treasure – and revenge. In a frantic race across New Mexico, Rebecca will have to ignore caution in a defiant bid for victory. If she fails, she could lose everything.

Action and romance combine in this lively Southwestern adventure, complete with riddles the reader is invited to solve to identify historical and cultural sites around New Mexico. See the DMT page of Kris Bock’s website: http://www.krisbock.com/the_dead_man_s_treasure__125081.htm for a printable list of the clues and recipes from the book.

The first book in the Southwest Treasure Hunters series is The Mad Monk’s Treasure. The Dead Man’s Treasure is book 2. Each novel stands alone and is complete, with no cliffhangers. This series mixes action and adventure with “closed door” romance. The stories explore the Southwest, especially New Mexico.

Amazon http://bookShow.me/B00SJXNBUG
Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-dead-mans-treasure-kris-bock/1121120000

Kris Bock Social Media

Kris Bock writes novels of suspense and romance with outdoor adventures and Southwestern landscapes. Whispers in the Dark features archaeology and intrigue among ancient Southwest ruins. What We Found is a mystery with strong romantic elements about a young woman who finds a murder victim in the woods. In Counterfeits, stolen Rembrandt paintings bring danger to a small New Mexico town.

The Mad Monk’s Treasure follows the hunt for a long-lost treasure in the New Mexico desert. In The Dead Man’s Treasure, estranged relatives compete to reach a buried treasure by following a series of complex clues. In The Skeleton Canyon Treasure, sparks fly when reader favorites Camie and Tiger help a mysterious man track down his missing uncle.

Read excerpts at www.krisbock.com
Website http://www.krisbock.com/
Blog http://swarmchairtraveler.blogspot.com/
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Bitter Legacy by CB Clark @cbclarkauthor #RLFblog #RomanticSuspenseWelcome CB Clark, author of Bitter Legacy, a new Romantic Suspense.

Why did you write this book?

The plot of my recent release came from hearing of terrible tragedy. Fires in sawmills are a big concern. With clouds of highly combustible sawdust clogging the air and piles of kiln-dried lumber in the yards, explosions and fires are not uncommon.

These devastating disasters provided me with the idea behind my latest story. The hero and heroine are combative owners of a multi-million dollar lumber mill, the town’s main employer. What would happen if the sawmill was destroyed by a fire? What if someone deliberately set that fire? The owners must work together to find the arsonist and save the town by rebuilding the mill. Can they find love amidst this tragedy?

What is your favorite genre to read?

I read all genres of fiction, but my sweet spot is romantic suspense.

Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?

Eve Dallas, the heroine in J.D. Robb’s romantic suspense novels is a strong, independent woman with a surprising soft side.

What are you working on at the moment?

Bitter Legacy is my third romantic suspense novel. I’m working on a fourth book where the heroine escapes from an abusive husband whom the police suspect is responsible for the murder of a wealthy publisher. With the help of a ruggedly handsome homicide detective, the heroine tracks down the killer and finds love.

What books will we see from you in coming months?

I’ve submitted another romantic suspense to my publisher. If that manuscript is accepted, it could be published within the next year. I’d like to try and release two books a year, but my daughter just had identical twin boys, so that could be a challenge.

Please tell us about your latest book.

Genre Romantic Suspense

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13

Sharla-Jean Bromley returns to her hometown after a seventeen-year absence with vengeance in her heart. From the very beginning, her plans go awry when she meets devastatingly handsome Josh Morgan, the man to whom her father left half of his multi-million dollar lumber mill.

Josh, suspicious of Sharla-Jean’s reasons for returning to town after such a long absence, vows to keep control of the company he feels is rightfully his. She is equally determined to prove she can run her father’s mill, even though it means working side-by-side with Josh, a man whose very presence evokes an attraction that is increasingly difficult for her to ignore. In the process, they must overcome a villain who’s determined to destroy both the lumber mill and their lives.

Will Sharla-Jean succeed and heal the anguish that has long filled her soul? Will she and Josh find the passion of a lifetime?

Publisher The Wild Rose Press
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06ZZVR5LJ/
Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bitter-legacy-c-b-clark/1126254341?ean=2940157509132
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/bitter-legacy-4
The Wild Rose Press http://catalog.thewildrosepress.com/all-titles/5061-bitter-legacy.html
iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/bitter-legacy/id1231855938?mt=11

CB Clark Social Media

CB Clark has always loved reading, especially romances, but it wasn’t until she lost her voice for a year that she considered writing her own romantic suspense stories. She grew up in Canada’s Northwest Territories and Yukon. Graduating with a degree in Anthropology and Archaeology, she has worked as an archaeologist and an educator. She enjoys hiking, canoeing, and snowshoeing with her husband and dog near her home in the wilderness of central British Columbia. ‘Bitter Legacy’ is her third romantic suspense novel published by The Wild Rose Press. ‘My Brother’s Sins’ and ‘Cherished Secrets were both released in 2016.
Blog https://cbclarkauthor.wordpress.com
Twitter https://twitter.com/cbclarkauthor
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Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15029617.C_B_Clark
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/C.-B.-Clark/e/B01BK61TQG/

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Gun for Hire by JJ Montgomery @j_j_montgomery #RLFblog #RomanticSuspenseIn JJ Montgomery’s Gun for Hire, nothing is as easy as it seems.

The job should have been easy—patrol a swank beach that serves as a backyard for Maui’s rich, kick out the riffraff, and get a tan in the process. But rent-a-cop Samantha Winters didn’t anticipate a deliciously grumpy cop, Sergeant Grady Roark, who comes down to the beach to bust her chops and instead leaves her breathless…and wondering why the one man who could help her seems determined to thwart her at every turn.

Grady is keeping secrets from Sam that have him walking the line between attraction and duty. But when Sam becomes the target of a shadowy organization, Grady will have to choose between the law and the temptation of a woman who has him breaking every rule he’s ever known.

The job should have been easy, but when the bullets start flying, Sam learns nothing is as easy as it seems when you’re a Gun for Hire.

Genre Romantic Suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG 13
Publisher http://catalog.thewildrosepress.com/all-titles/5066-gun-for-hire.html
Amazon http://amzn.to/2pF9Bl2

JJ Montgomery Social Media

JJ Montgomery writes romantic suspense novels with a sense of humor. Her heroines are as smart as they are smart mouthed and the men in their lives are just trying to keep up. Gun for Hire is the first book in JJ’s Maui Heat Series.

If you’d like to know more, including info on her newest book, where she gets her ideas, and how it’s possible she can’t use Facebook, please visit her:

Website https://jjmontgomery.wordpress.com/
Twitter https://twitter.com/j_j_montgomery/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AuthorJJMontgomery/
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/jmontgomerywrites/

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Proud Mary by Liza O'Connor @Liza0Connor #RLFblog #Contemporary SuspenseToday’s featured book is Proud Mary, a Contemporary Suspense by Liza O’Connor.

Mary Mason may have lost her job and reputation, but she has too much pride to allow vengeful women and their manipulative husbands to destroy her life and steal her new born babies. Unfortunately, pride alone isn’t going to save her.

When Captain Chad Danton answers a call about a prostitute soliciting at the local library, he discovers a determined woman in desperate need of medical care. Upon hearing Mary’s story, he resolves to help her, not realizing her enemies will join those who wish to destroy his career.

Genre Contemporary Suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG
Publisher New Authors Online
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Proud-Mary-Requires-Rescue-Book-ebook/dp/B06Y5R6YW4

Liza O’Connor Social Media

Liza lives in Denville, NJ with her dog Jess. They hike in fabulous woods every day, rain or shine, sleet or snow. Having an adventurous nature, she learned to fly small Cessnas in NJ, hang-glide in New Zealand, kayak in Pennsylvania, ski in New York, scuba dive with great white sharks in Australia, dig up dinosaur bones in Montana, sky dive in Indiana, and raft a class four river in Tasmania. She’s an avid gardener, amateur photographer, and dabbler in watercolors and graphic arts. Yet through her entire life, her first love has and always will be writing novels.

Novels by Liza http://www.lizaoconnor.com/p/liza-oconnors-books.html
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Facebook Author Page https://www.facebook.com/Liza.O.Connor.Wakes.Up
Multiverse Blog https://multiuniversesoflizao.blogspot.com/

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It Takes a Cat Burglar by Cailin Briste @CailinBriste #RLFblog #SciFi #RomanceToday’s featured book is It Takes a Cat Burglar: A Thief in Love Suspense Romance, a sci-fi suspense romance by Cailin Briste.

Sebastian St. Croix is a wealthy businessman with a specialized hobby. He steals things. As in entering without permission and purloining expensive artifacts and art objects. This could be his flaw, a penchant for taking what doesn’t belong to him, but it isn’t. He’s a thief in a white hat. The items he takes have all been previously stolen from public museums and are in private collections. He returns these priceless works of art once he appropriates them.

Like most romance heroes, Sebastian is handsome. When Darcelle sees him for the first time after a year of interacting through notes this is what she thinks. “He was gorgeous. Only a master sculptor could have formed a face of such perfect symmetry. The masculinity of his high cheekbones, angled jaw, and straight brows was softened by his exquisite lips. From beneath black locks slanting over his forehead, pale green eyes stared at her.”

On the surface it doesn’t look as though Sebastian has any flaws.

Rich? Check.

Good looking? Check.

Uses his skills for good? Check.

But a romance book isn’t as fun to read if the hero doesn’t have at least one flaw he must struggle with or overcome to find his happily ever after. The aspect of Sebastian’s personality that makes him an exceptional cat burglar also makes his love life one of physical release with no long-term connections. He must be in control. And then Darcelle Lebeau enters his life. She exposes that flaw, so that even Sebastian recognizes he must change or lose her.

It Takes a Cat Burglar is a novella, so the length limits creating a hero with multi-layered flaws. The best full-length romances are a spider web of the hero and heroine’s flaws, intractable situations, and devious villains. I personally love a hero who struggles to relinquish control. When he lets go, the result is so satisfying.

Which flaws are your favorites? Are there some flaws that would make a hero unacceptable? What about dark heroes? The darker the hero, the more flaws he has, but getting a bad boy to fall in love is a huge favorite among romance readers. So, what part of the bad boy persona is flawed and what shouldn’t change? Let me know what you think.

It Takes a Cat Burglar: A Thief in Love

When Darcelle Lebeau throws off the invisible chains that keep her bound to her family, she discovers a new vocation. Tempted to enter the illegal playground of a man she nicknames Matou, she becomes a cat burglar in training. Deeply ensnared with each task he entices her to fulfill, she fails to discover his identity and true intentions.

Sebastian St. Croix, a wealthy businessman, has a dark side. He’s a thief, a cat burglar who steals art and historical objects. For one year, he trains Darcelle to become his assistant, remaining incognito, observing her from afar. His admiration grows along with his desire for her with every phase-one challenge she completes. Phase two will test the limits of his control. Hands-on personal training? Yes. Sex? No. With his sister’s happiness at stake, nothing, not even the tempting Darcelle Lebeau, can interfere with accomplishing the biggest break-in of his career.

Genre Sci-fi suspense romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Publisher Hot Sauce Publishing
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0727MJK45/

Cailin Briste Social Media

Cailin has been writing fiction for six years and non-fiction for two decades. Her non-fiction work has been published in magazines and in a non-fiction anthology. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America, the RWA Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal Chapter, and the RWA Passionate Ink Chapter.

Cailin loves science fiction and romance, so combing the two came naturally. She is currently writing the third book in her Sons of Tallav sci-fi erotic romance series. Shane: Marshal of Tallav and Maon: Marshal of Tallav were released in 2016 by Loose Id. She’s also working on a novella for an SFR Shooting Stars anthology tentatively title Educated by the Master.

Website http://cailinbriste.com/
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Today’s featured book is The Mad Monk’s Treasure by Kris
Bock.
Genre romantic suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
The lost Victorio Peak treasure is the stuff of legends – a
heretic Spanish priest’s gold mine, made richer by the spoils of bandits and an
Apache raider. When Erin, a quiet history professor, uncovers a clue that may
pinpoint the lost treasure cave, she prepares for adventure. But when a hit and
run driver nearly kills her, she realizes she’s not the only one after the
treasure. And is Drew, the handsome helicopter pilot who found her bleeding in
a ditch, really a hero, or one of the enemy?
Erin isn’t sure she can trust Drew with her heart, but she’ll
need his help to track down the treasure. She heads into the New Mexico
wilderness with her brainy best friend Camie and a feisty orange cat. The
wilderness holds its own dangers, from wild animals to sudden storms. Plus, the
sinister men hunting Erin are determined to follow her all the way to the
treasure, no matter where the twisted trail leads. Erin won’t give up an
important historical find without a fight, but is she ready to risk her life – and
her heart?
“The story has it all – action, romance, danger,
intrigue, lost treasure, not to mention a sizzling relationship….”
“Great balance of history, romance, and adventure.
Smart romance with an “Indiana Jones” feel. Well-written with an
attention to detail that allowed me to picture exactly in my head how a scene
looked and played out.”
Now 99 cents or free at all retailers!

Kris Bock Social Media

Kris writes novels of suspense and romance involving outdoor
adventures and Southwestern landscapes. In Counterfeits, stolen Rembrandt
paintings bring danger to a small New Mexico town. Whispers in the Dark
features archaeology and intrigue among ancient Southwest ruins. What We Found
is a mystery with strong romantic elements about a young woman who finds a
murder victim in the woods. The Mad Monk’s Treasure follows the hunt for a
long-lost treasure in the New Mexico desert. In The Dead Man’s Treasure,
estranged relatives compete to reach a buried treasure by following a series of
complex clues. Read excerpts at www.krisbock.com.

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Diane Noble, author of Outcast, shares her memories of
visiting India.

            The first
time I visited India I was ten years old, flying back to England with my
parents and brothers after a three year tour in Singapore. Our RAF Hermes plane
took almost three days, stopping in several countries to re-fuel, and de-ice
the wings. We’d travelled out in a troopship, the Dunera – a whole month and
school lessons every day – but the Suez Canal had been closed so here we were
in Calcutta, as it was then known. I remember the heat, the highly spiced kofta
they gave us for breakfast with a fried egg, which none of us could eat, the
hole in the floor toilet we had to squat over while flies buzzed around us, the
strange smells and sounds. How could I have known I’d begun a lifelong love
affair with India?
            A single
parent for much of the time, I had to wait until my children had grown and
flown before I could travel to Rajasthan, the princely state of maharajahs and
palaces. Since then I’ve been all over the country, generally on India’s
excellent trains, from Delhi and Agra in the north where the Taj Mahal reduced
me to tears, to beautiful Kerala in the south, the temples of Bhubaneshwar in
the east and vibrant Mumbai in the west, yet still, time after time I am drawn
back. Next year I hope to travel the width of the country by train, up to its
border with Pakistan and then into the Himalayas. My modest house – I spend all
my money on travel – needs replacement windows but hey!
            Ten years
ago I volunteered to spend three months teaching English to street children in
Kolkata. While there I realised what it is I love about the country –it’s the
people. Despite great deprivation they laugh and are joyful. This time in
Kolkata proved to be the hardest thing I have ever done. Broken, crumbling
buildings sit amid lakes of raw sewage; filthy children encrusted with sores are
homeless; families live on a patch of pavement so narrow they take it in turns
to lie down. They give birth – and die – there. Yet their indomitable spirit
shines through.
            I feared I
couldn’t do it, felt my resolve dying daily amid the horrors and hardship, but
I started writing a journal and it saved me.
            Imagine your shirt sticking to your back as
you edge round a goat, swat at flies and cough as smoke from pavement cooking
fires catches in your throat. After four hours of threadbare sleep you’re
trying to find the group of street children you’ve come to Kolkata, India to
teach English to as a volunteer.
            Your ears hurt with the noise –
shouting, blaring horns, a backfiring bus. A cow stands in the middle of the
road, munching impassively on an old newspaper, as traffic edges round it. This
animal is holy and if a driver were to run into it, he would be dragged from
his car by an angry crowd and beaten up.
            Heat beats on your head like a
hammer as you search among blackened buildings whose stonework crumbles like
stale cake. There is a smell of spices and sewage, urine evaporating in hot
sun.
            When you see the small group it
takes you an age to cross the road, weaving between rickshaws, yellow taxis,
tuk tuks festooned with dusty tinsel. The children are so tiny – malnourished –
with bare feet, cropped hair and laddered ribs, but they shriek with laughter
when you try to speak to them in Hindi. They stroke the pale skin of your arms
and clamber on to your knees as you sit, cross-legged and crampy, on the bare earth
floor. They are a joy, desperate to learn English, desperate to improve their
position at the bottom of the luck ladder.
            When you get back to your small room
that evening your feet are gritty and blistered, your chest is raw with exhaust
fumes and you are unbelievably filthy. Sweat makes white rivulets down the dirt
on your face and you feel, and doubtless smell, rank.
            By the end of the first week you
will be overwhelmed by the magnitude of the poverty, despairing at the
smallness of your contribution. How can you possibly do this for three whole
months? Whatever were you been thinking of when you signed up?
            Maybe, like me, you’ll start a
journal and at the end of every day, no matter how tired you feel, you’ll write
down every detail of your day – how the children are progressing, who made you
laugh, who can now write their names, how much their poor chests rattle, who
has the worst sores. It’s a sort of de-briefing you might find cathartic.
            Despite having nothing, the children
giggle and fool around, laugh and sing, hang on to you, desperate for cuddles,
Everywhere you go in this dreadful place Bengali men and women will get used to
seeing you, wave and call out ‘Hello, Aunty’ (a term of respect for women of a
certain age) At the wayside shrine even jolly, elephant-headed Ganesh will be
wearing a broad grin.
            My diary covered three months
and formed the basis for A Hundred Hands which tells the story of Polly who saw
the plight of the children living on the streets and stayed to help. Outcast
features the plight of the Dalits, the Untouchables. I have been back to India
many times. Despite its horrors the country is mesmeric and its people a joy.

Outcast

Rose leaves her Cornwall cafe to search for her daughter,
Ellie, in the steaming slums of Kolkata, India. In the daily struggle for
survival she is brought to her knees, yet finds the strength to confront the
poverty and disease and grows to love and respect the Dalit Community she is
helping. But then there are deaths and she fears for her own safety. Her cafe at home is at risk of being torched, and finally she has to make the terrible
choice between the Dalits and her own daughter.
Genre Romantic Suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings) PG
Publisher Tirgearr Publishing

Dianne Noble Social Media

I think I became a reader before I could walk. While other
people had childhood memories, I amassed a vocabulary. I was born into a
service family and at the tender age of seven found myself on the Dunera, a
troopship, sailing for a three year posting to Singapore. So began a lifetime
of wandering – and fifteen different schools. Teen years living in Cyprus,
before partition, when the country was swarming with handsome UN soldiers, and
then marriage to a Civil Engineer who whisked me away to the Arabian Gulf.
Most of the following years were spent as a single parent
with an employment history which ranged from the British Embassy in Bahrain to
a goods picker, complete with steel toe-capped boots, in an Argos warehouse. In
between I earned my keep as a cashier in Barclays, a radio presenter and a cafe proprietor on the sea front in Penzance.
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