Vanished? Not Irene Hannon

Book 1, Private Justice
ISBN: 978-0-8007-2123-7

Reporter Moira Harrison is new on the job in St. Louis, but she’s no rookie to investigative reporting. She knows how to dig for answers and get results. But when she hits a pedestrian on a rainy night in a wooded area—only to have both the victim and the good Samaritan who stopped to assist disappear—she turns to P.I. Cal Burke, an ex-homicide detective, to help her sort out the puzzle. Cal is more than a little skeptical of her story, especially since the police have dismissed it. But as clues begin to surface, bringing them closer to answers, the danger mounts. Because someone doesn't want this mystery solved—and will stop at nothing to protect a shocking secret that will destroy a life built on lies.



Irene Hannon is the author of 40+ novels, including the bestselling Heroes of Quantico and Guardians of Justice series. Her books have been honored with two coveted RITA awards from Romance Writers of America, a Carol Award, a National Readers’ Choice Award, a HOLT Medallion, a Daphne du Maurier Award, a Retailers Choice Award and two Reviewers’ Choice Awards from RT Book Reviews magazine. Booklist also included one of her novels in its “Top 10 Inspirational Fiction” list for 2011. She lives in Missouri.


ANGI: What makes a story jump off the page for you?
IRENE: Characters I care about, with credible conflicts that make me want to root for them. Also, if a story doesn't grab me by page 3 (but preferably in the first couple of paragraphs), I’m less inclined to read further. A strong, compelling opening that lets me know something significant is at stake is crucial to catching my interest.

ANGI: What is your favorite tradition from your childhood that you would love to pass on or did pass on to your children?
IRENE: My husband and I don’t have children, but we’ve helped pass on one of my family’s much-loved traditions to our young nieces—an annual screening of White Christmas. That ritual has launched our Christmas season for as long as I can remember, and now it’s being passed on to a third generation.

ANGI: What are the next five books on your ‘to be read’ pile?
IRENE: Since I’ll soon be judging several of the entries in the RITA awards contest, the books that will be arriving in my mail any day are next on my TBR list!

ANGI: What’s your favorite cartoon character?
IRENE: I’m not a big cartoon fan, but my father loved the Road Runner. And I have to say, from watching some of those episodes, I like Wile E. Coyote because he never gave up, no matter the obstacles, no matter the setbacks. Kind of the same attitude writers need throughout their careers!  

ANGI: What was your favorite thing about staring in a musical?
IRENE: I love everything about performing—the rehearsal period, where everything is fine tuned, then watching all the disparate parts come together in the end (kind of like how a book is written, come to think of it!). And I love the performing part—standing in the spotlight singing a solo, delivering a line of dialogue that gets a laugh from the audience, waiting in the wings for an entrance, the fast costume changes backstage. And  I have to say that coming out last to take the final bow as the lead in a show is a truly heady experience.

ANGI: What’s your favorite thing about Valentine’s Day?
IRENE: Enjoying a wonderful dinner from a local gourmet carryout shop with my husband while sitting in front of our fireplace at a table set with our best china and silver, with romantic music playing in the background. We used to go out on Valentine’s Day, but it’s always so crowded and noisy—this is much cozier!

ANGI: Do you like surprises?
IRENE: Happy ones, yes!

ANGI: What was the first story you remember writing?
IRENE: Hmm. I can’t recall the first actual story I wrote, though it was a short story. I penned a few of those (never published) before trying my hand at a novella (never published), then moving on to a full-length novel (published after many submissions!).

ANGI’S GOTTA ASK: HI IRENE and welcome back to GLIAS. We’re all thinking about new goals and the new year… Is there one thing you’re going to do better in 2013?
IRENE’S GOTTA ANSWER:  I’m going to try very hard to turn off my computer by 6 p.m. every night and work less on weekends. Writing (and the requisite social media obligations) can be all-consuming, but people need balance in their lives and I need to do a better job at creating that!

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ISBN: 978-0800722494
The excerpt isn't available yet, but here’s the blurb: 

Two very different sisters…an unexpected homecoming…one unforgettable summer…

Karen and Val are family--yet they're anything but close. Karen has carried the burden of responsibility for her aging mother ever since her gorgeous sister left town years ago to pursue a career in theater. But Val had darker reasons for leaving town--as well as a secret to keep--and coming home has never been an option . . . until their mother suffers a stroke.
Reunited in their hometown, Karen and Val must grapple with their past mistakes, their relationship with each other, and their issues with a mother who is far from ideal. When a physical therapist raising his daughter alone and a handsome but hurting musician enter the picture, the summer takes on a whole new dimension. As their lives intersect and entwine, can each learn how to forgive, how to let go, and how to move on? And most of all, can they find the courage to love?    


Book 3 —Guardians of Justice
ISBN 978-0-8007-3458-9


RITA Award finalist

Book 2 —Guardians of Justice
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National Readers’ Choice Award winner

Book 1—Guardians of Justice

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RITA Award winner
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IRENE WANTS TO KNOW: Have you ever bought a book because you liked the trailer? Catch a glance of VANISHED.


  1. Morning Irene. Sounds like another fantastic book.

  2. Thanks, Angi! Here's the YouTube link for the trailer if any readers want to get a feel for VANISHED: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJHvK8RDAGU.

  3. Sounds like a great book! Will look for it next time i am in the library...

  4. Nice covers and trailer. Haven't bought a book because of the trailer.


  5. Irene, welcome to Get Lost in a Story. Your books are on my auto buy list!