Friday, July 12, 2013

Celebrating Romantic Suspense

The Get Lost in a Story crew sends our CONGRATULATIONS to the

J.D. Robb
Penguin Group USA, Putnam
Leslie Gelbman editor
Lieutenant Eve Dallas is no party girl, but she's managing to have a reasonably good time at the celebrity-packed bash celebrating The Icove Agenda, a film based on one of her famous cases. It's a little spooky seeing the actress playing her, who looks almost like her long-lost twin. 

Not as unsettling, though, as seeing the actress who plays Peabody drowned in the lap pool on the roof of the director's luxury building. Now she's at the center of a crime scene-and Eve is more than ready to get out of her high heels and strap on her holster and step into the role she was born to play: cop.

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Bronwyn Parry
National Parks Ranger Jo Lockwood is often alone in the wilderness, and she likes it that way – until she discovers the body of a man, brutally murdered. 

Hachette Australia
Bernadette Foley, editor
Detective Nick Matheson’s new posting to the north-west of New South Wales is supposed to be an uneventful return to normal duties and a normal life. He knows organised crime from the inside out and suspects that the victim in the camping ground is not an isolated murder.

Jo is committed to helping the investigation but she has seen the killer’s face and now she’s at risk. Nick’s determined to protect her but as the body count starts mounting, his past and present collide, threatening the people he cares about most.

Trapped in rugged country in scorching summer heat, pursued by hunters who can’t afford to fail, Nick and Jo will need to trust each other completely, and use all their skills and knowledge in order to survive.


Sharon Sala
Mariah Conrad has come home. Badly wounded on active duty in Afghanistan and finally released stateside, she has no family to call on and nowhere to go—until Quinn Walker arrives at her bedside. Quinn…her brother-in-arms, ex-lover and now maybe her future.

Harlequin, MIRA
Leslie Wainger, editor
Quinn brings Mariah to his log cabin in the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky to rest and recuperate both physically and emotionally. While she's incredibly grateful, Mariah is also confused and frustrated. She's always stood on her own two feet, but now even that can literally be torture. She's having flashbacks and blackouts, hearing helicopter noises in the night. She wants to push Quinn away—and hold him closer than ever.

But will she get the chance? Those helicopters are more than just post-traumatic stress; they're real—and dangerous. Bad things are happening on the mountain. Suddenly there's a battle to be fought on the home front, and no guarantee of survival.

MULTIPLE CHANCES through Rafflecopter to win autographed copies of Sharon Sala's trilogy: NEXT OF KIN, DON'T CRY FOR ME & TIL DEATH. (north America) Start by leaving a comment.


Trish McCallan
Beth Brown doesn’t believe in premonitions. But her recent dream feels too real to ignore: a commercial airliner is hijacked, and a handsome passenger is shot dead. Beth hasn’t met the mystery man in her dream; she would never forget a gorgeous face like his. But she can’t deny the bizarre connection she feels. Now awake, and unable to allow for the violence she’s convinced is impending, she races to the airport…and comes face to face with the man of her dreams.
Amazon Publishing, Montlake Romance
Lindsay Guzzardo, editor

Zane Winters lives for his job, using his uncanny psychic powers to carry out missions for elite SEAL Team 7. Yet the constant adrenaline highs can’t drown out the numbness seeping into his life as he yearns to find a woman he can trust. All that changes when he meets a beautiful stranger who sets his soul on fire—and somehow knows he’s about to die.

To thwart the global crisis the hijacking will unleash, Beth and Zane join forces. But even amid the danger, they can’t deny the powerful force drawing them together. Is it merely attraction…or destiny?

Trish is also a finalist in BEST FIRST BOOK


Cindy Gerard
Special operative Joe Green has gone vigilante.  His mission, avenge his Black Ops.,Inc. brother's death during a bloody ambush years ago in Sierra Leone.  He refuses to drag the BOI team or his lover, Stephanie Tompkins, into the hunt for the man responsible, so when he finds himself beaten, starving, and alone after being falsely imprisoned for the murder of a Freetown priest, he knows he's as good as dead.
Simon & Schuster, Pocket Star Books
Micki Nuding, editor

Joe meant to protect Stephanie when he walked out on their relationship, but he can't stop her now from executing his escape.  Breaking him out of prison is the easy part.  After Joe's explosive theory pans out and his cunning enemy emerges as the front runner for a high level presidential appointment, he and Stephanie must race to derail the traitor's conspiracy if they are to save their loved ones, the nation and each other.

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Laura Griffin

The dead don’t speak, but Kelsey knows their secrets. As a forensic anthropologist at the Delphi Center crime lab, Kelsey makes it her mission to indentify bodies, often using no more than shards of bone. Her find at a remote Philippines dig hints at a sinister story. When Kelsey's search for answers puts her at the scene of her ex-fianc√©’s murder, only one man can help her--the man who broke her heart months before and is also a prime suspect.
Simon & Schuster, Pocket Star Books
Abby Zidle, editor

Faced with an ultimatum—Kelsey or his job—Gage Brewer did the only thing a Navy SEAL could . . . but that doesn’t mean he stopped wanting Kelsey. Now Kelsey is running for her life and Gage is her last line of defense. As the threats escalate, Kelsey realizes this conspiracy goes deeper and higher than they could have guessed. With the clock ticking down on a madman’s plot, the slightest misstep will have unthinkable consequences. . . .

Laura Griffin
Motive, opportunity, and no alibi—it seems close to a slam-dunk. But while rookie detective Allison Doyle’s department has ID’d a suspect in a young woman’s vicious murder, she is uneasy. 
Simon & Schuster, Pocket Star Books
Abby Zidle, editor

Then legendary FBI profiler Mark Wolfe shows up with a startling theory: if he’s right, the real murderer is an elusive psychopath just days away from another kill.

Using Allison’s contacts at the Delphi Center crime lab, Wolfe is finally in striking distance of the monster he’s pursued for ten years. Except that as they work together, Wolfe finds the ambitious, stubborn woman a tempting distraction. And with this brutal predator, every thread of evidence can make the difference between being the hunter . . . and the prey.

MULTIPLE CHANCES through Rafflecopter to win an autographed copy of Laura Griffin's SCORCHED OR TWISTED. (north America) Start by leaving a comment.

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Cherry Adair
Searching for a sunken ship off the coast of Peru, treasure hunter Logan Cutter manages to pull a very different kind of prize from the sea—beautiful gallery owner Daniela Rosada. Dani claims she was thrown overboard by ruthless pirates and begs for his protection. But Logan is no stranger to a woman's lies, and something about her story doesn't add up.
St. Martin’s Press
Rose Hilliard, editor

With her knowledge of Peruvian artifacts, Dani offers to help Logan translate an ancient map that will lead them to a shipwrecked treasure—and into a carefully laid trap. But the closer they get, the deeper she falls for him, not realizing that Logan is hiding a secret of his own. By the time she learns the truth about his boat, his brothers—and his blood feud with pirates—it’s too late. By falling in love, they’ve set a course for disaster…

Previously on GLIAS
Congratulations to all the nominees for the RITA® in the
Romantic Suspense category!
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MULTIPLE CHANCES through Rafflecopter
(north America)
 *an autographed set of Sharon Sala's trilogy
*an autographed copy of Laura Griffin's SCORCHED & TWISTED  

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  1. Congratulations to all the finalists. WOO HOO !!

    My favorite suspense movie? There are too many to name. A classic that pops into my mind is Rear Window. I just watched Anthony Hopkins in Hitchcock and the past season there was the Castle episode that featured the story line. Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly were just...regal.

  2. Hmmm... I like the Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman movie, Notorious. But then I would like any movies with such a cast! :)

    I also enjoy Inception a lot....Great plot...

  3. Congrats to all the nominees. I love romantic suspense movies. Old ones like Laura and Strangers on a Train and newer ones like Speed and Witness.

  4. I liked the movie witness and of course any Hitchcock movie they keep you sitting on the edge of your seat. My favorite was the Birds.

  5. Hey Angi,

    Thanks for featuring the RITA finalists in the romantic suspense category today. :) It's so exciting to see my book and name up there among so many of the authors I've been enjoying for years!

    Most of the movies I loved that had lots of suspense, never had quite as much romantic development. Like The Mothman Prophecies, which creeped the hell out of me, or Reign of Fire--which I loved for it's emotional intensity. I think my television favorites do a better job of mixing the romance with the suspense--like X-Files, and Fringe.

  6. Congratulations to these fabulous Romantic Suspense Authors. You're all on my auto-buy list! Welcome to Get Lost in a Story, and have fun at National and celebrate BIG your success!

  7. Congrats to all the Romantic Suspense finalists! :)

  8. Congrats to all...
    .I've read Scorched and it was a real page turner. Loved it! But have not read Twisted by Laura Griffin (It;s on my list.) For a suspense movie, I really liked "Eraser" and "True Lies" with Arnold Schwarzenegger.

  9. I guess my favorite would be the Panic Room. But I love the old ones too..Hitchcock or Jimmy Stewart... :)

  10. That is a tough question since I enjoy reading suspense stories so much more than watching movies. I would pick Silence of the Lambs as my favorite.

  11. Congrats to all of the nominees. This is one of my favourite book categories and I love suspense movies, so asking me to choose a favourite suspense movie is like asking me to choose a favourite romantic suspense author, it just can not be done. :-)

  12. I don't watch a lot of suspense. Too scary. I prefer to read it.


  14. Ah ha, One of my favorite genre: Romantic Suspense. Congrats to all the nominees. I'd sure hate to have to pick the winner.

    My favorite suspense movie? Don't know that I have a fav. Taken with Liam Neeson is one movie I enjoyed. No romance there but certainly suspensful. The Bourne movies with Matt Damon would be some more.