Showing posts with label romantic suspense. Show all posts
Showing posts with label romantic suspense. Show all posts


Thank goodness it's Friday. 

If you're looking for a fast-paced romantic suspense to read this weekend I'm thrilled to announce the kindle version of DEFENDING GLORY is on sale for 99¢ or 99p. 

US Amazon:

UK Amazon:

Amazon Reviewer: "Now this is romantic suspense at its best!" FIVE stars 

Download your copy today and have a fantastic weekend and of course, happy reading!

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I Wrote That?

One of the joys of revisiting a story is the opportunity to reconnect with beloved characters and share in their trials, tribulations, and of course happily-ever-afters. 

This month I was able to do that with one of my own books--Defending Glory.

Defending Glory

I'm doing the happy dance because DEFENDING GLORY, a Piedmont Island romantic suspense, is available NOW on Amazon in ebook format!

What's it about?

Suffering from survivor's guilt and unable to resume his career with the FBI, Mac McKeown moves to northern Minnesota to start over as a general contractor and forget that fateful day that changed everything. 

When he discovers the body of his nemesis on Glory Palmer's property, along with a warning for her to leave while she still can, Mac realizes his past has come back to haunt him and an innocent woman's life is in grave danger. 

He vows to keep her safe until the completion of the construction project, but how will he protect his heart?

What are reader's saying? Donna Basinow said, "Now this is romantic suspense as its best! DEFENDING GLORY is a wonderful combination of romance - and who dunnit. Ms. Albert has a wonderful way of leaving the reader in the dark - with just a hint of light - to keep you wondering right until the end. I loved it and can't wait to read more of her work!"

Speaking of the next book in the series, my brain is working overtime on possible and plausible plotlines. I'll provide more info about DEFENDING HOPE in future blog posts. Until then, happy reading! 

Did I mention Defending Glory is available on Amazon?! ;-)

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November's Book of the Month

I like surprises. Surprise dinner invitations. Surprise phone calls from long lost friends. Surprise twists and turns in a story. Surprise gifts. I recently received two surprises, both writing related.

(1) I learned DEFENDING GLORY, first book of the Piedmont Island Trilogy series, was voted November’s Book of the Month at iBookBuzz.

My deepest gratitude to everyone who voted. Thank you! Your support and encouragement is what keeps me chained to my computer!
2) My publisher created this Youtube video to commemorate Defending Glory's win. The really cool thing is work began on the video while Defending Glory was one of four finalists, NOT the winner. How’s that for having complete confidence in the the story, its author and the outcome?!

Join me online at iBookBuzz. A suggested reading schedule will soon appear. Plus, check out the buy links if you don't yet have a copy of Defending Glory. It's available in print and ebook format. In the meantime,  happy reading!

Featuring Raquel Byrnes

Today I’m interviewing romantic suspense author Raquel Byrnes.

Raquel lives in Southern, California with her husband of sixteen years and their six children. She considers inspirational fiction a wonderful way to minister to others. She writes romantic suspense with an edge-of-your-seat pace. Her first book of the Shades of Hope Series, PURPLE KNOT, is set to release from White Rose later this year.

Welcome Raquel! I’m so glad you could take time away from your busy life to drop by for a visit. What one or two lines best sums you up as an author?

Raquel - Inspirational romance with an edge-of-your-seat pace.

Anne - What activity consumes your time when you’re away from the keyboard?

Raquel - I homeschool my six children which takes up the bulk of my time.

Anne – Tell us about your most recent release.

Raquel – My debut novel, Purple Knot, introduces spunky private detective “Rain” Cruz who joins her ex-fiancĂ© to track down her best friend’s killer.

Anne - Is there a message in Purple Knot you want readers to grasp?

Raquel - I want readers to know that you don’t have to be perfect to be a Christian; that ours is a God of grace and second chances.

Anne - Describe your home office as appears right now. Is this a good or bad thing?!

Raquel - I write in our homeschool room because that is where I spend most of the day. My counter has a half-finished Egyptian sarcophagus, a collage my daughter is working on, and research in various states of completion. Its controlled chaos and I love it.

Anne - Do you belong to any writer’s organizations, critique groups, and/or depend on beta readers?

Raquel - I meet twice a month with a critique group I co-founded called Sunday Morning Romance Writers. I also attend the San Diego Christian Writer’s Guild critique group in Temecula.

Anne - Of all the characters you’ve created, does one hold a special place in your heart? Why?

Raquel - I think Summer Corbeau, Rain’s best friend in Purple Knot, has the most pull on my heart. I’ve had friends in real life that have gone through what she did and all I could do was pray and hope. She rings true to me.

Anne - Are you a glass half-empty or half-full kind of person?

Raquel - More like suspiciously eyeing the glass and wondering if I’ve been poisoned.

Anne – Ah-ha! Not surprising that you write romantic suspense, then! Do you have any words of advice for struggling, unpublished writers?

Raquel - Hone your craft. Give yourself time to improve, but keep getting better. The key to publication is a well written story.

Anne - Outside of writing, what accomplishment are you most proud?

Raquel - I’m most proud of my children. They are sweet young people with a heart for the Lord. Nothing can surpass that.

Anne –I’d like to conclude the interview by mentioning you can read more about Raquel on her website or her blog.

Thanks so much for dropping by today, Raquel, and congratulations on the upcoming release of Purple Knot!

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This Complicates Things

Welcome to the final SUSPENSEFUL SEVEN SENTENCE SUNDAY excerpt for March 2011. WOW, time slips by quickly when we're reading, writing and having fun!

The following excerpt is from DEFENDING GLORY, first book of the Piedmont Island Trilogy series.

A body's been found. The sheriff's arrived. Things, especially for Mac, get complicated....

Sheriff Smith pushed himself to his feet.

“Well now. This complicates things considerably, doesn’t it? Not only do I have a murder investigation on my hands, but someone’s threatened Ms. Palmer and wants her to leave the island. Any idea why, McKeown? What’s the connection between the lady and your thug?”

“I just met her this morning,” he said, “but I can’t imagine anyone wanting to hurt her.”

Want more? Visit Suspenseful Seven Sentence Sunday for a complete list of participating mystery and romantic suspense authors. Happy reading!

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Day 3 - Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop

to Day Three of the
Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop
hosted by
Books Complete Me 
I Am A Reader, Not a Writer.

I'll give away an e-book copy of DEFENDING GLORY, first book in my romantic suspense Piedmont Island Trilogy series.

Diana Coyle, Book Reviewer for Night Owl Reviews sez, "If you're looking for a book with an engrossing storyline, characters you can't help but fall in love with and an author who knows how to create a winning masterpiece in the end, then look no further. Ms. Albert is an author to watch because she's definitely goings places. She is one author you shouldn't pass up!"

I'll pick the winner's name at random on Tuesday, March 22. To qualify, follow my blog. Easy peasy. If you'd like to leave a comment based on today's questions, however, that'd be great.

I mentioned in my last post that as a writer I find people fascinating. Today I'm focusing on Mac and Glory, the main characters of "Defending Glory". Like real people, they've suffered their fair share of setbacks and tragedies.

1) Mac's dream job as an FBI agent ends when he's wounded in an ambush.

2) He moves to Piedmont Island to forget the past and start over as a general contractor.

3) Mac abandons his faith after the ambush, but Glory's faith sustains her through thick and thin.

4) They join the residents of Piedmont Island and celebrate the Fourth of July at the annual Fishing Derby.

5) Estranged from her family, Glory turns to her friends for their love and support.

6) When Glory needs to get away from it all, she heads to the backyard and the gazebo.

7) An orphaned Chihuahua steals Glory's heart, and eventually steals Mac's heart as well.

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Now it's your turn. (And yes, ONE word answers are fine!)

1) As a child what did you want to be when you grew up?

2) Have you ever had to move or start over in another city or state? If yes, where? If no, could you?

3) Regarding faith in a higher power, do you identify more with Mac or Glory?

4) How do you like to spend July 4th?

5) Who can you rely on more? Friends or family?

6) Is there a special place or building where you seek peace and solitude?

7) What is the name of your favorite pet?

Thanks for sharing. I hope to see you soon. Enjoy the rest of the Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop!

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