Award-winning author Jessica R. Patch recently stopped by my blog to share some about her writing life, plus the back cover copy of her most recent romantic suspense, Cold Case Takedown.
When do you find time to write?
I make sure to treat it as a business. I set work hours and then I don’t deviate from those hours. When my husband is out of town, I work nights. The house is quiet after 5 and that gives me uninterrupted time. If my deadline is tight, I will add couple of writing sessions—two hours each session—during the day plus my nightly writing time.
How do you come up with titles for your books?
To be honest, I stopped titling my books! When I send a proposal to Love Inspired for a new suspense series, I may title the series but I write Book 1, 2 & 3. They will end up asking for more suggestions to go along with some of their own and pull from that list. I rarely, if ever, keep my original title.
What’s the weirdest way someone has died or been killed in your novels?
I did throw someone in the woodchipper but my editor said it was too violent, so I threw her in but she was rescued in the nick of time. My latest I’m writing is pretty tough since it’s a thriller about a serial killer—but he’s knocking them out, surgically taking their eyes then suturing their lids shut so when they awake…well you can imagine. It’s not for shock value, there’s a twisted reason for him to do this. And it always happens off page, so readers don’t have to experience it in real time, for those who might be shying away right now. It’s a trade book through Love Inspired Trade.
Where do you get the inspiration for your plots?
Most of my inspiration comes from the Bible if I’m honest. I’ll read a scripture and see how a killer might twist this in his mind as motive, then I get the pleasure of taking that scripture and making it clear and straight and bringing a message of hope! Sometimes an author friend will send me a text with a link and tell me, “You need to write this.” I’m talking to you, Jodie Bailey!
How do you pick the location/setting of your romantic suspense novels?
It just comes to me when I’m thinking about the story, then I research it, visit, or am already familiar. Sometimes depending on the plot, I’ll google places to see how they fit. For example: if it’s a serial killer who feeds women to alligators, I’m heading to the Bayou. I’d research until I found the perfect spot and I know that spot when I read about it or see it.
What did you want to be as a child (and did that dream come true)?
I wanted to be a missionary. And I do believe it came true. My books go all over the world with the message of hope in Jesus!
What is one of your favorite ways to connect with readers?
Probably on my Facebook Author page. I post and interact with readers there often.
What are some of the questions you hear when you say you write romantic suspense?
“Oh, I have a story you’ll want to write.” LOL
How do you ensure your books are accurate?
I have resources through people, books, Google and groups of industrial professionals in law enforcement. I may google that profession, then call someone and they are always happy to help. Plus, we have fact checkers who read through our books. But sometimes we do stretch the accuracy for story sake—it is fiction!
About Jessica R. Patch Publishers Weekly bestselling author Jessica R. Patch is known for her dry wit and signature twists whether she’s penned a romantic suspense, a cold case thriller, or a small-town romance. When she’s not getting into fictional mischief with her characters, you can find her cozy on the couch in her mid-south home reading books by some of her favorite authors, watching movies with her family, and collecting recipes to amazing dishes she’ll probably never cook.
Cold Case Takedown by Jessica R. Patch Exposing a murderer is a deadly game.
When cold case podcast host Georgia Maxwell’s investigation into her friend’s decade-old murder unveils corruption in small-town football, she’s thrust into a deadly conspiracy. And it’s put her on the radar of Colt McCoy—cold case unit chief and her high school sweetheart—who wants her help solving the crime. But every clue brings them one step closer to someone who will kill to keep the truth hidden.
Grace Across the Miles by Christine Dillon — How can you belong when you don’t know who you are? Gina Reid is surrounded by people getting married or having babies. She’s under pressure to settle down but how can she do that when she doesn’t even know where she came from? Since the startling revelation that she was adopted, it’s felt like there is something missing. But fear has kept her from searching for her biological parents. What if learning the truth is worse than not knowing? Now an overheard comment has propelled her into action. Can Gina find out who she truly is? Or will she discover that some secrets are best left undisturbed? (General Contemporary, Independently Published)
Mercy’s Legacy by Sarah Hanks — After being released from prison, DeAndre struggles to make a new life for himself and his family. But when his past shows up in the doorway of his art studio, begging for a place in his heart and life, he is forced to make decisions that will alter his life forever. Nine-year-old Mercy has questions no one will answer. That is, until her brother reveals that he knows the whereabouts of her birthfather. Is the man whose blood runs in her veins a bad man like her parents told her? Or a good one? Could he fulfill the longing in her heart to truly belong? (General Contemporary, Independently Published)
Her Faith Restored by Cynthia Herron — Can two polar opposites meet in the middle to achieve a winning outcome? Sunset Meadows’ activity director Melinda Brewer has her work cut out for her. As a five-year veteran with the cutting-edge retirement community, “Mel” wears many hats. But her job is more than a title. The residents at “The Meadows” are like family—some of whom she’s known her entire life. Ruby—this little niche in the Ozark Mountains—may be a mere dot on the Missouri map, but it’s also Mel’s birthplace, the land of her heritage, reminiscent of old ways while cognizant of new seasons.Leave it to new kid on the block Matt Enders to upset the apple cart. When Enders is hired as the facility’s new social worker, his idea of a well-oiled machine is to eliminate a few rusty cogs—chiefly, some of Mel’s most successful programs. Mr. City Slicker doesn’t care about making waves. He delivers a hurricane! (Contemporary Romance from Mountain Brook Ink)
His Road to Redemption by Lisa Jordan — Veteran Micah Holland’s scars go deeper than anyone knows. An inheritance from his mentor could be a new beginning—if he shares the inherited goat farm with fiercely independent Paige Watson. Now the only way they can keep the farm is to work together. But first Micah must prove he’s a changed man to keep his dream and the woman he’s falling for. (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired (Harlequin)).
Love on Ice by Carolyn Miller — She’s focused on winning gold. He wants to lose the player tag. Can a fake relationship become something real? Aussie short track skater Holly Travers has one goal – make the Vancouver Games, no matter what it takes. She has no time for distractions, even if they come in the handsome form of her Canadian best friend’s twin brother. This hockey player may say he’s not a player, but can she trust him? Brent Karlsson has one goal – make his sister’s best friend realize he’s a changed man and she should give him a chance. When a set-up in Hawaii helps these two opposites realize they have more in common than they thought, what happens when he wants to turn their fake relationship into something real? And how can a relationship work when these two elite athletes never see each other and live on opposite sides of the world?
(Contemporary Romance, Independently Published).
Searching for Home by Jill Weatherholt — When injured professional bull rider Luke Beckett returns to his hometown to recover, he doesn’t expect his B and B host and physical therapist to be his first and only love, Meg Brennan. He’s also unprepared for Meg’s adorable triplets to steal his heart. Luke’s past has him doubting he’s good enough for Meg and the children, but they might be just what the doctor ordered to help him heal. (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired (Harlequin))
Harmony on the Horizon by Kathleen Denly — Her calling to change the world may be his downfall. On the heels of the Great Rebellion, Margaret Foster, an abolitionist northerner, takes a teaching position in 1865 San Diego—a town dominated by Southern sympathizers. At thirty-seven years of age, Margaret has accepted spinsterhood and embraced her role as teacher. So, when Everett Thompson, the handsomest member of the School Board, reveals his interest in her, it’s a dream come true. Until her passionate ideals drive a wedge between them. After two decades of hard work, Everett Thompson is on the verge of having everything he’s dreamed of. Even the beautiful new teacher has agreed to his courtship. Then two investments go south and a blackmailer threatens everything Everett has and dreams of. (Historical Romance from Wild Heart Books)
Her Darling Mr. Day by Grace Hitchcock — New Orleans’ most eligible bachelor insists he’s not on the market . . . but he couldn’t be more wrong. Jilted in front of all New York, Theodore Day decides to lose himself in his family’s luxury riverboat business in New Orleans and compete against his brother to become the next company head. The brother with the most sales by summer’s end will win the position. Thanks to Theodore’s fame as a suitor in a socialite’s outlandish competition to find a husband, he has become very desirable royalty in Southern society and thus has an advantage. It took Flora Wingfield’s best work to convince her family to summer in New Orleans, but with Teddy Day a bachelor once again, she’s leaving nothing to chance. Desperate to stand out from all the clamoring belles, Flora attempts a bold move that goes completely awry, only to find it’s her interior design skills that finally catch his notice. But when Flora’s father’s matchmaking schemes come in the way of her plans, Teddy will have to decide where his happiness truly lies and what he is willing to sacrifice for it. (Historical Romance from Bethany House (Baker) Publishing)
Love’s Twisting Trail by Betty Woods — Stampedes, wild animals, and renegade Comanches make a cattle drive dangerous for any man. The risks multiply when Charlotte Grimes goes up the trail disguised as Charlie, a fourteen-year-old boy. She promised her dying father she’d save their ranch after her brother, Tobias, mismanages their money. To keep her vow, she rides the trail with the brother she can’t trust. David Shepherd needs one more successful drive to finish buying the ranch he’s prayed for. He partners with Tobias to travel safely through Indian Territory. David detests the hateful way. Tobias treats his younger brother, Charlie. But what does he do when he discovers Charlie’s secret? What kind of woman would do what she’s done? (Historical Romance from Scrivenings Press)
Marrying Mr. Wrong by Melissa Jagears — Gwendolyn McGill wants to be loved and accepted for who she is, but that’s hard to do in a small town where everyone judges her by the scandal her father caused. Unfortunately, the man she hoped would sweep her away from all the wagging tongues is no longer interested in marrying her. Unable to leave town, she’s determined to prove she’s more than just a pretty face who knows how to bat her eyelashes. For years, Timothy O’Conner has loved Gwen from a distance, knowing someone like her would never be attracted to a lowly ranch hand with a blemished face like him. When Gwen unexpectedly shows up at the ranch, asking him to help her learn how to attract a man of quality, Tim’s feelings become even harder to suppress. When danger pushes them together, they discover there’s more to each other than either of them imagined. Though God is no respecter of persons, is the desire of their hearts strong enough to defy society’s expectations? (Historical Romance, Independently Published)
Song for the Hunter by Naomi Musch — Wed to a trading company partner to escape life in Montreal under her harsh father’s thumb, Camilla Bonnet finds herself tragically widowed and pregnant in the Upper Country frontier. When her brother fails to return for her from Fort William, she is cast on the mercy of the trading post owner’s family. She also draws comfort from Bemidii Marchal, a Métis hunter who soothes away her misgivings as he finds his own refuge on Lake Superior’s Madeline Island. Bemidii’s thoughts of courting a maiden are cut short when he raises his knife against a company man at Fort William’s Great Rendezvous. No one will believe he killed to protect his sister—least of all the beautiful Frenchwoman on Madeline Island who stirs his affections—not when she learns that her brother is dead and Bemidii stands accused of his murder. As the sharp blade of truth divides them, will Bemidii survive the justice of powerful men who are a law unto themselves? Or will his life—and Camilla—be lost to him forever? (Historical Romance from Iron Stream Media (Smitten Historical Romance, imprint of LPC, division of ISM))
Four Days Famous by Luana Ehrlich — Mylas Grey doesn’t want to be famous. Not even for a day. As a private investigator, he prefers to fly under the radar. However, when a well-known doctor asks Mylas to investigate his father’s murder, that’s exactly what happens. Suddenly, Mylas is dodging reporters while interviewing suspects and searching for the dead man’s elusive girlfriend. (Mystery/Crime, Independently Published)
The Sword and the Song by Carla Laureano — With a storm on the horizon, who will stand against the darkness? Conor and Aine have barely escaped Seare with their lives. Conor knows he must return to find the harp that could end the Red Druid’s reign of terror, but he must first see Aine safely to her family home on the isle of Amanta. When an unnatural storm tears them apart, they find themselves in even more danger than that which they fled. Because magic is not the only thing to fear in Aine’s homeland, where the Sofarende invaders harry the coasts and shifting clan alliances make it impossible to know who to trust. Conor and Aine must cling to the whispers of Comdiu’s plans for them and their enduring love for one another, even when the future looks darkest. But with betrayal at every turn, will they give into fear? Or will they learn to depend on Comdiu completely … before all hope is lost? (Speculative from Enclave Publishing)
Shadow of Fear by Urcelia Teixeira — What seemed like the end was really the beginning. Enemies collide in the second installment of the toe-curling Christian Suspense Thriller that left readers gasping for more at the end of book one! Blinded by revenge of her own, she hunted down her enemies, hoping to put her past behind her. Only to find that breaking free isn’t as easy as she’d thought it would be. Blood got shed, lives lost, and now, more lives are at stake. Caught in a deadlock between enemies who won’t stop until they serve revenge, Jorja has to make a choice. Die, or make a deal with the devil. Her choice sets in motion one of the biggest assignments she has ever undertaken. One where fear threatens to seize her heart and take her soul. Can she finally break free from death’s clutches, risk it all, one last time? (Thriller Suspense, Independently Published)
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Are you worried about making a mistake as you start off your writing career? Aspiring or beginning writers, take heart! In this article, I will talk about the 10 most common mistakes new or beginner writers make—and how to overcome them.
Giving up too early. If you’re reading this article, chances are you’re a writer in some capacity. For some, success comes quickly; for others, it takes years. “With one project, I persevered and after it had been rejected by 43 different publishers, it was accepted by #44,” says Kathy Collard Miller.
For Martha Rogers, it took nearly 30 years of submissions before she received her first acceptance. “Galatians 6:9 is the verse for my writing, and I’d add prayer and patience to Kathy’s perseverance,” Martha says.
The bottom line: Don’t give up too soon! Keep writing the stories God has called you to write.
Not honing your craft. Most of the time, writing mistakes like telling, not showing; starting the story with too much backstory; and not understanding viewpoint, can be “easily fixed and learned,” says Kimberly Woodhouse. Also, “there’s great technology out there (ProWritingAid AutoCrit) to help fix the easily fixable stuff like passive voice, repeated sentence starts, punctuation,” says Jayna Breigh.
The bottom line: There’s no excuse not to become a better writer. Take classes and go to writers conferences to learn more about writing in your genre.
Not researching the market to learn about their genre. “I’ve had so many writers tell me they want to write for Love Inspired, but when I ask them if they’ve read our books, they say no,” says Lenora Worth. “Reading in the line or genre you want to write is part of the research and doing your homework mode.”
The bottom line: Read, read, read in your writing genre. Really know your subject matter by researching and asking experts.
Keeping excitement in check. Sometimes, our emotions can get the better of us, but it’s always wise to wait until things are set in stone before making any announcements. “As a new author, wait to announce or tell your exciting things until the line has been signed,” says Angie.
The bottom line: Waiting is not easy (the title of a most excellent children’s book by Mo Willems), and it’s hard to not share your potentially good news. But do make sure everything’s locked in place before shouting it to the world at large.
Assuming you’re supposed to start with a book. Sometimes, writing an article or short story can be a better way to begin with an idea than a full-length novel. “Honing your writing skills and sense of audience with articles and blogs for others can be great training as you work with a variety of editors and more experienced writers,” says Janet Holm McHenry.
The bottom line: Especially for nonfiction writers, test the waters with an article or two before delving into an entire book. For example, my Ending Sibling Rivalry book started out as a Crosswalk.com article.
Taking criticism as a personal attack. It’s hard not to let edits to something you poured your heart and soul into become a personal critique of you as the author. But everyone—even the big name authors—have editors! Learning to separate yourself from the critique is vital to growing as an author. “Use critiques and edits as a tool to better your craft,” says Lee-Ann Brodeur.
The bottom line: Take your time to find the right critique group that fits both your style and your level. You want a group with a mix of published and unpublished authors that work well together. Figuring this out might take a while, but it’s well worth the effort.
Believing your first draft is your finished product. Rare is the writer who dashes off his or her entire book close to perfection with the first draft. Nearly every author gets the story down on paper, then edits and revises the manuscript.
The bottom line: Sometimes, your first book does end up being published, but more often, it will sit on your computer unread by others. And that’s okay—you’ll take what you learned and you’ll write the second book better.
Not finishing your book. Sometimes, it’s so easy to get hung up on rehashing the first three to five chapters over and over again that you never get beyond that point. Or you get bogged down in the middle and can’t see a way to make it to the end.
The bottom line: Make yourself stick with it and make it all the way to The End, even if you think it’s not any good or even if you know you’ll be erasing entire paragraphs or chapters during the rewrite. You shouldn’t start the editing process until you have a completed draft.
Never letting go. Some new authors have trouble submitting their finished work. “I’m working with one now whose writing is excellent and her story is fascinating, but she keeps editing and revising and won’t submit it although several of us in our writing group have encouraged her to. Her excuse is always ‘It’s not ready yet,’ and it hasn’t been for two years,” says Martha. Sure, it’s a little scary to hit the send button, but do it—get your work out there.
The bottom line: Your work will not be perfect, and that’s okay. We can’t expect perfection—that’s God’s domain.
Not enjoying the process. Writing should be a joy, so make sure you don’t stress too much over the process. Fall in love with your characters and nurture your stories. “My first novel and fourth book were both not under contract when I wrote them. I enjoyed that soooooo much more. I took my time. I wasn’t stressed. I enjoyed the process of creating the world and lives of my characters,” says Eva Marie Everson.
The bottom line: Writing can be hard and there will be times when you want to pull your hair out, but most of us do enjoy “having written.” So do take the time to cry when you write a sad scene, smile when the wording strikes you as funny, sigh at the romance between your main characters, and think about the joy a reader will have when picking up your finished work.
Sami A. Abrams recently stopped by my blog to share some about her writing life.
When do you find time to write? I’m a full-time kindergarten teacher, so my writing time comes in the afternoons or evenings during the week. Since my husband is a night owl and I tend to get up early, I’ll also spend time on the weekends before he wakes for the day. Basically, I write whenever I can carve out time.
What’s the weirdest way someone has died or been killed in your novels? I don’t really have a weird way that someone has died, but I think that trying to poison my heroine with antifreeze ranks up there with weird.
What does your family think of your writing romantic suspense? My kids think it’s pretty awesome that I’m a writer, and my husband is extremely supportive. But as for the romantic suspense part, there are a few in my family that think I’m crazy writing about killers.
How do you ensure your books are accurate?
I do a lot of internet searches to make sure my facts are accurate. However, my go-to is asking friends who have experience in whatever I’m writing. For example, if it’s a medical question, I’ll go to my nurse friends. For my law enforcement questions, I have a fantastic consultant that answers all my crazy questions.
How do you pick the location/setting of your romantic suspense novels?
I love small-town settings, but don’t like using real locations because I don’t want to get it wrong. So instead, I use places that I’m familiar with and create fictious locations by combining several small towns.
About Sami A. Abrams Sami A. Abrams lives in Northern California, but she’ll always be a Kansas girl at heart. She loves to travel and watch sports. However, most evenings, you’ll find her engrossed in a romantic suspense novel. She thinks a crime plus a little romance is the recipe for a great story.
Recovering her missing memories could be the key to solving a murder.
Searching for her best friend’s remains could help forensic anthropologist Melanie Hutton regain her memories of when they were both kidnapped—unless the killer gets to Melanie first. For her safety, Melanie must rely on Detective Jason Cooper, who still blames her for his sister’s death. Can Jason set the past aside to solve the cold-case murder…and shield Melanie from the same fate?
Broken Together by Brenda S. Anderson — Jennifer and Chad Taylor had dreamed of opening a coffee and cocoa shop since before they said, “I do.” When Chad is sent to prison for murder despite claiming innocence, that dream—along with their family—is shattered. After years of fighting for Chad’s release, Jennifer finally breaks free from her shame, anger, and hopelessness, and forges ahead with the dream the two of them once shared. With the help of their college-aged twins, she begins to move forward. Without Chad. When their lawyer arrives with news of evidence that may prove Chad’s innocence, a strange mixture of emotions overtakes her. Does she want Chad to return home? He isn’t the same man he once was, and she certainly isn’t the same woman. She’s worked hard to piece the remnants of their family back together, and his coming home could fracture the family once again. (General Contemporary, Independently Published)
Healing Skye by Janet W. Ferguson –People can’t be trusted. Animals always made more sense than humans did to marine biologist Skye Youngblood. After her mother’s suicide, she left Alabama and never looked back. These days, she pours her heart into protecting nature’s sea creatures. When she returns to Dauphin Island, Alabama, for a temporary manatee migration study, her dark past is much too close. She can’t let her guard down. But how can she keep her heart hidden when a kind man with a genuine smile makes her want a fresh start? (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)
No Place Like Home by Amy R. Anguish — Roots are overrated, at least to someone like Adrian Stewart, preacher’s kid, who has never lived anywhere longer than six years. That’s why her job with MidUSLogIn, Inc. is so perfect for her—lots of travel and staying nowhere long enough to have it feel like home. But when work takes her to Memphis, TN, closer to her family for the first time in years, and in the same small office as Grayson Roberts, she starts to question her job, her lack of home, and even her memories of her rocky past with the church. Gray is intrigued by Adrian from the moment he sees her, and he’s determined to get to the bottom of why this girl who loves old movies and hums when she works won’t go to church with him. As they grow closer, he wants more, too, but how can he convince her to stay in Memphis when she doesn’t believe in home—or God? Can he use his own broken past to break through hers? (Contemporary Romance from Scrivenings Press)
Reclaiming Hope by Carolyn Miller — Callie Steele might be a bit… focused on work, but despite what her employers say, she enjoys her well-ordered, productive life. When she’s sent to meet the owners of an estate requiring post-hurricane landscaping, Callie meets their son, Kai Brody, a super-chilled pro surfer, who is as opposite from her as they come. Though initially smitten, Callie knows a relationship with Kai is a bad idea—a very bad idea. Kai, however, can’t help but be intrigued by someone who challenges him to make something of his life again. He’s determined to pursue her, if she’ll give him half a chance. The more time they spend together, negotiating the challenges of work, illness, and family, the more their opposing outlooks clash and connect. What do these unlikely friends really want from life? Is it best to focus on work or recreation? As Kai and Callie answers from the Lord, they also must consider if such complete opposites have enough in common to make a relationship last. (Contemporary Romance from Celebrate Lit)
The Breakup Project by Carolyn Miller –As the twin sister of hockey’s hottest forward, romance-loving Bree Karlsson is used to being ignored, leading to a New Year’s resolution to not date any athlete in her attempt to find Mr. Right. But what happens when the man who might prove to be her personal Mr. Darcy is her brother’s hockey-playing best friend? Mike Vaughan might be happy playing in Boston, but he’d be even happier if Bree could one day see him as more than a good friend. He agrees to help Bree with a special project in the hope she’ll finally see him as something more. But when a misunderstanding ends in a Valentine’s Day disaster, Bree realizes that her breakup project may have broken her friendship with Mike in two. Can she ever redeem her mistake? (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)
Their Yuletide Healing by Mindy Obenhaus — Foster mom Rae Girard’s determined to make her children’s first Christmas with her the best they’ve ever had—and she’s shocked when the town scrooge, attorney Cole Heinsohn, offers to pitch in. Rae’s young charges have melted Cole’s heart, and he wants them to experience the special day he never had. But when disaster strikes, an imperfect holiday might bring them something better: a family… (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired (Harlequin))
Elinor by Shannon McNear — In 1587, Elinor White Dare sailed from England heavy with her first child but full of hopes. Her father, a renowned artist and experienced traveler, has convinced her and her bricklayer husband Ananias to make the journey to the New World. Land, they are promised, more goodly and beautiful than they can ever imagine. But nothing goes as planned from landing at the wrong location, to facing starvation, to the endless wait for help to arrive. And, beyond her comprehension, Elinor finds herself utterly alone. The colony at Roanoke disappeared into the shadows of history. But what if one survived to leave a lasting legacy? (General Historical from Barbour Publishing)
What Matters Most by Carol Ashby — For ten years, the incorruptible Tribune Titianus enforced Rome’s laws. He’s four days from leaving the Urban Cohort to teach at his brother-in-law Kaeso’s school when Emperor Hadrian and the Praetorian Prefect draft him to secretly investigate and thwart an assassination plot…one that might involve his own commander. He can’t refuse, but if Hadrian’s enemies discover his Christian faith, will it mean death for everyone he loves? The new tribune Glabrio wants two things as Titianus trains him: to discover for their commander who Titianus is investigating and to gain the support of Titianus’s powerful relatives. Marrying Sabina would secure the backing of her grandfather, but because of the teacher, she’s making choices no noblewoman should. As he gets closer to both his goals, will he realize in time what matters most? (General Historical from Cerrillo Press)
A Covert Cowboy Christmas by Carol James — A December ice storm destroys Rebekah Kingston’s Christmas plans. With the power out and the West Texas roads closed indefinitely, she’s forced to spend Christmas at her brother Braden’s ranch instead of at home with her parents. But Rebekah and Braden are not alone. Also stranded is an annoyingly chatty ranch hand, Dirk Sims. While Rebekah is certain she’s met him before, Dirk insists she’s mistaken. However, when Rebekah inadvertently eavesdrops on one of Dirk’s phone conversations, she discovers his lie. Dirk is not who he seems. This Christmas just got interesting. (Romance Novella from White Rose Publishing (Pelican))
Buried Cold Case Secrets by Sami A. Abrams — She can’t remember and he can’t forget. When a killer targets Melanie, it is only through her determination to relive the past and Jason’s willingness to let go of his resentment, can they find his sister’s killer and keep Melanie alive. (Thriller/Suspense from Love Inspired (Harlequin))
Stealth Insurgence by Vikki Kestell — Nanostealth | Book 5: Jayda and Zander are returning to Albuquerque, satisfied that they have completed the mission for which President Jackson called them to Washington DC. They are filled with hope for the future, bursting with joy for the unborn child Jayda carries, and keen to share the news of their blessing with those they love: Abe, Emilio, Dr. Bickel, Zander’s parents, and his sister, Izzie. They arrive in Albuquerque on a notable date: the one-year anniversary of General Cushing’s attack on Dr. Bickel’s lab hidden within the tunnels of the old Manzano Weapons Storage Facility. It was the same attack that incited the nanomites to take up occupancy in Gemma Keyes—now Jayda Cruz —the extraordinary event that will continue to impact their lives forever. (Thriller/Suspense, Independently Published)
Plus check out these recent additions to Fiction Finder published within the past month:
The Corporal’s Codebook by Susan Page Davis, Jack Miller stumbles through the Civil War, winding up a telegrapher and cryptographer for the army. In the field with General Sherman in Georgia, he is captured along with his precious cipher key. (General Historical)
Gifts: A Christmas Novella by Jeanette Hanscome, When the party guests include faces from her past, Justine must decide whether to keep running or receive a gift that might free her to give much more than her beautifully wrapped presents. (General Contemporary)
Harper’s Hollers by Ruth Kyser, Will God bring them together as more than friends—or will circumstances beyond their control keep them apart? (Contemporary Romance)