Monday, May 21, 2018

Maine Justice Series by Susan Page Davis ends May 28th

Please welcome Susan Davis to my blog! Susan is a long time friend who I've come to admire her and her writing. She will be giving away a copy of choice of one of her first 6 Maine Justice Series so be sure to answer her questions in the comments to enter. Good Luck!

Writing Mysteries—More Challenging Every Day

From the beginning of my writing career, most of my books have included some type of crime. In my historicals, that sometimes took the form of bad guys chasing good guys. My very first published book, Protecting Amy, was a western that included theft, abduction, terrorizing, and murder. I wasn’t too worried about law enforcement procedure in 1850s Wyoming, however.

For some of them I did a lot more research on the legal aspects. For instance, in The Prisoner’s Wife, which won two prestigious awards, the main character is falsely accused of murder. I had to find out how a murder suspect would be treated in 1715. I also had to ferret out whether or not a widow could inherit her husband’s property in Maine (part of Massachusetts then) at that time. It was more complicated than I’d expected.

Now I’m writing more contemporary mysteries, and yeah, the research is still a big part of the writing process. Now you have to get the laws right, get the procedure right, get the technology right. And they’re always changing.

As I write my Maine Justice books, I rely on books and the Internet, but even more so on local law enforcement officers. I have a policeman in my church who is willing to answer quick questions anytime. Last week before Sunday school, I paused to ask Jeff a question about arraignments. As usual, he cheerfully stepped up with exactly the information I needed to write the next scene.

People are wonderful resources. Books and online sites are good too, but they don’t tell you everything. They’re also not up-to-the-minute on things like new laws, and they usually don’t tell you the regional differences in procedure. Some things we take for granted—like where to renew your driver’s license, for instance. This varies widely from state to state. So does the question of who investigates a crime.

In a lot of states, the local law enforcement agency, either municipal or county, will investigate murders that happen in their jurisdiction. But where I grew up, it was different. In the state of Maine, only the two largest cities’ police officers handled homicide cases. All others were investigated by the Maine State Police.

This is only one of the challenges of writing crime fiction, but it’s one of the big reasons why it takes me so long to write a book. I want to get it right.

Reader Questions:

Do you like to read mysteries? What’s your favorite type—cozy, historical, procedural, private investigator, or something else?

The featured book:

Ransom of the Heart (Book 7, Maine Justice series) Releases June 1, 2018

Police Captain Harvey Larson’s exhausting day takes a big detour when a teenaged girl approaches him at the diner, announcing that she is his daughter. When Harvey is on his way home from work a few hours later, his sister-in-law Abby calls him. She went to meet her husband for a dinner date and found a dead man on the floor at his place of business, and Peter has vanished. Harvey calls in his detectives and turns his car around. It’s going to be a long night, too.

Once again, Harvey depends on his wits, his faith, and his squad, the Priority Unit, to solve a tough case and carry out Maine Justice.

About Susan: 
Susan Page Davis is the author of more than 80 novels and novellas. She writes mysteries, historical, romance, and suspense. Her books have won the Carol Award, the Faith Hope & Love Readers’ Choice Award, and the Will Rogers Medallion. She’s the mother of six and grandmother of ten. A native of Maine, she now lives in western Kentucky. Visit her at: or on Facebook:

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Finding Love in Friday Harbor, Washington by Annette M. Irby ends May 21st

Please welcome Annette to my blog. Sounds like she has an interesting book and character in that book out. Read on down to learn how to enter her giveaway.

Balancing Emotions by Annette M. Irby
Over and over I keep hearing about one specific character in this book. She’s actually the mentor archetype, if you’re familiar with those. A mentor (in story and in life) helps guide characters, provides wisdom, and cares enough about the hero or heroine to shoot straight by telling them the truth.
I’m getting ahead of myself. Let me begin by giving the novel’s  summary:
Neither of them is ready for a relationship, but love may not give them an out.
Jenna-Shea Brown considers herself a broken therapist. Years ago, she witnessed something that caused PTSD. She can’t let her boss or her patients know about her battle. Who would want to trust her to help them, when she can’t help herself? She’s finally able to find a fresh start in her family’s beach cabin, but the renovations aren’t complete. Her parents have hired her ex-boyfriend to finalize them, but his negligence led to her being in the wrong place at the wrong time all those years ago.
Liam Barrett is trying to prove he’s nothing like his deadbeat dad. He’s working hard, yet still failing. Adrenaline and adventure offer him a diversion, but maybe he can’t escape his genes. He’d like to make things right with Shea, but he’s unsure if she’ll forgive him. Meanwhile, he’s challenged to forgive his father. He’s also worried about Shea and all these episodes she won’t explain. Now that they’re back in close proximity, he’s falling for her again. But can anything heal the past?

Because some of those issues might be a bit heavy, and because, like other readers, I enjoy reading a book that doesn’t get too heavy, I wanted to include a humorous character. So, I introduced Auntie Mat, Or Matilda. She is way outside the box. Everyone knows her as nutty, but lovable. She thinks she’s completely normal. Of course, her ideas are good and her nephew, whom she raised, should listen to her. Of course, it’s perfectly regular to sing with the seagulls who come to visit you on your waterfront deck.
And it’s perfectly normal, in fact downright genius, to decide it’s her role to teach Liam how to woo a woman and, for goodness’ sake, settle down already. He’s over thirty!
I laughed aloud writing this character and hope you do too if you get a chance to read the book. I wanted to include weightier themes, but as in life, I wanted there to be some moments of laughter—a balance of emotions.

Your turn: Do you prefer novels that tackle the deeper issues, even if they’re heavy? Do you read for escape? Do you like lighter stories?

To enter the giveaway, Finding Love in Friday Harbor Washington (ebook) answer one or more of the above questions or ask Annette a question. And be sure to leave your email addy so we can contact you should you win!

Annette M. Irby has been writing since her teen years when she sat pounding out stories on a vintage typewriter just for fun. Since then, she’s joined Christian writing groups and launched blogs so she could share the joy of writing. She likes to say she’s addicted to color as flowers and seascapes inspire her. In her off hours, she enjoys gardening, photography, and music. She lives with her husband and family in the Pacific Northwest.
Links to connect with Annette:
Twitter: @AnnetteMIrby
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Monday, May 7, 2018

The Perfect Bride by Debbie Lynne Costello PLUS Rafflecopter! Ends 5/30

Thank you for coming by my blog this week! I'm excited to announce the release of my new novella, The Perfect Bride. My hero was a minor character in Sword of Forgiveness, a #1 seller in Christian Fiction Romance on Amazon. The Perfect Bride, however, is a stand alone story that you will enjoy even if you haven't read Sword of  Forgiveness.  

The Perfect Bride
 Avice Touchet has always dreamed of marrying for love and that love would be her best friend, Philip Greslet. She’s waited five years for him to see her as the woman she’s become but when a visiting lord arrives with secrets that could put her father in prison, Avice must consider a sacrificial marriage.

Philip Greslet has worked his whole life for one thing—to be a castellan—and now it is finally in his grasp. But when Avice rebuffs his new lord’s attentions, Philip must convince his best friend to marry the lord against his heart’s inclination to have her as his own. 

To celebrate the launch of this book I'm giving away a copy of The Perfect Bride (or choice of my other books and choice of format) on every blog I visit. PLUS I have a rafflecopter! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I'd love for you to follow my blog hop and leave me comments on each stop. Its not too late to catch the ones I've already been to either!

Blog Hop:

April 29th Overcoming With God

April 30TH Anne Payne Blog

May 2nd Cross Romance

May 4th Amy Booksy

May 7th  The Sword and Spirit

May 9th Singing Librarian Books

May 12th Stitches Thru Time

May 15th- Heroes, Heroines, and History- Mid Month Madness

May 17th Jodie Wolfe Blog

May 21st  Sunnie Reviews

May 24th MaryLu Tyndall

Debbie Lynne Costello is the author of Sword of Forgiveness, Amazon's #1 seller for Historical Christian Romance. She has enjoyed writing stories since she was eight years old. She raised her family and then embarked on her own career of writing the stories that had been begging to be told. She and her husband have four children and live in upstate South Carolina with their 5 horses, 3 dogs, cat and miniature donkey.

Do you like novellas or do you prefer a longer book? What's your favorite time period or do you like them all? 
Leave a comment below or answer one of the above questions to enter my the giveaway of my book. And don't forget to enter the rafflecopter! Good luck!