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Mon
Sep 4 2017 11:00am

Review: Secrets in Death by J. D. Robb

Secrets in Death by J. D. Robb is the 45th In Death mystery, where Lt. Eve Dallas must separate rumors from reality when a woman who traffics in other people’s secrets is silenced (available September 5, 2017).

Take a visual tour through Secrets in Death with GIFnotes!

Some In Death books are thrillers with a race-against-time ride to the finish. Other In Death books are chilling suspense novels where the tension drips from each fast-turning page. And many In Death books are like Secrets In Death: a well-crafted police procedural that has you walking step-by-step with our heroine Eve Dallas as she solves a violent crime and proves, yet again, that she deserves her badge.

After 45 books, there’s a maturity to this series that makes it shine above most other long-running mystery series. Every book is as smooth as good whiskey, well-crafted, intriguing, and downright fun. Secrets is no exception. 

Our cop, Lt. Eve Dallas, is off-duty and dreading having drinks with Dr. DeWinter, a colleague she respects but doesn’t particularly like. Dallas is actually yearning for a call—this is New York, after all, there has to be a dead body somewhere.

[Read Allison Brennan's review of Secrets in Death...]

Mon
Aug 14 2017 1:00pm

A Different Kind of Crime Family

Raising five kids isn’t easy, and some people argue that it’s even harder today with the advent of the internet, the explosion of social media, and a myriad of ways for kids to get in trouble. Even the types of “trouble” a kid can get into are different, and unfortunately, they don’t always see it. 

For example, when I was a kid, my stupidity wasn’t documented for posterity. (Unless you count my mother verbally telling my kids about the stupid things I did.) I wasn’t a bad kid—but I wasn’t an angel, either. Fortunately, I can rewrite history because no one can point to a photo or blog or tweet and “out” my past.

I’ve always been blunt with my kids, particularly once they became teenagers. My oldest daughter, Katie, is now 23 and living on her own in Scottsdale—a Crossfit competitor, bartender, and working toward her dream of being a firefighter. She’s responsible and focused and has oodles of common sense. But at the age of 12, she wanted a MySpace page (yes, I’m aware that no one has MySpace anymore). I put my foot down. I printed out article after article about girls who were raped or murdered after meeting up with a guy online. In fact, I even wrote a book about it (Fear No Evil). Teenagers counter with, “I’m not that stupid.” I counter with, “You don’t have to be.” 

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Mon
Aug 7 2017 1:00pm

iLove iZombie

Years ago, I watched all three seasons of Veronica Mars with my two oldest daughters, then in 7th and 9th grades. This summer, my son, my younger daughter, and I binge-watched all three seasons again. This show holds up over time (nearly ten years), and I recommend it to anyone—particularly parents to watch with their teens. To this day, all my girls reassure me that they will never drink out of a container they didn’t open themselves or leave their drink unattended at a party.

Veronica Mars is one of those television shows that I wish I had written. (Confession: I have always dreamed of writing for television. Alas, that’s a dream not likely to come to fruition, though I’m not completely ruling it out … stranger things have happened!) Veronica Mars has everything I love in a good story: a compelling and intelligent heroine, complex mysteries, and great characters. This show was basically Nancy Drew for a modern audience, and as a fan of Nancy Drew way back when, I was hooked from the beginning.

[Read why you should be watching iZombie...]

Sun
Aug 6 2017 10:00am
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Allison Brennan Excerpt: Shattered

Allison Brennan

Shattered by Allison BrennanAllison Brennan's two series collide in Shattered, a powerful, enthralling read about the craving for revenge and the desire for justice (available August 22, 2017).

Over a span of twenty years, four boys have been kidnapped from their bedrooms, suffocated, and buried nearby in a shallow grave. Serial killer or coincidence?

That’s the question investigative reporter Maxine Revere sets out to answer when an old friend begs her to help exonerate his wife, who has been charged with their son’s recent murder. But Max can do little to help because the police and D.A. won’t talk to her—they think they have the right woman. Instead, Max turns her attention to three similar cold cases. If she can solve them, she might be able to help her friend.

Justin Stanton was killed twenty years ago, and his father wants closure—so he is willing to help Max with her investigation on one condition: that she work with his former sister-in-law— Justin’s aunt, FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid. Trouble is, Max works alone, and she’s livid that her only access to the case files, lead detective and witnesses depends on her partnering with a federal agent on vacation. She wants the career-making story almost as much as the truth—but if she gets this wrong, she could lose everything.

Haunted by Justin’s death for years, Lucy yearns to give her family—and herself—the closure they need. More important, she wants to catch a killer. Lucy finds Max’s theory on all three cases compelling—with Max's research added to Lucy’s training and experience, Lucy believes they can find the killer so justice can finally be served. But the very private Lucy doesn’t trust the reporter any more than Max trusts her.

Max and Lucy must find a way to work together to untangle lies, misinformation, and evidence to develop a profile of the killer. But the biggest question is: why were these boys targeted? As they team up to find out what really happened the night Justin was killed, they make a shocking discovery: Justin’s killer is still out there … stalking another victim … and they already may be too late.

[Read an excerpt from Shattered...]

Mon
Feb 27 2017 11:00am
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Make Them Pay: New Excerpt

Allison Brennan

Make Them Pay by Allison BrennanMake Them Pay by Allison Brennan is the 12th book in the Lucy Kincaid series (available March 7, 2017).

Lucy Kincaid and Sean Rogan are finally tying the knot. Two weeks before their wedding, a surprise visitor shows up at their door: Eden, Sean’s estranged sister from Europe. She claims she’s in town for the wedding and wants to mend fences. Lucy invites Eden to stay with them—after all, family is family—but her boss, SSA Noah Armstrong, knows far more about Eden’s sketchy past than he’s let on.

While Lucy is focused on her investigation tracking down dozens of children sold through illegal adoptions, Noah begins a quiet investigation of Eden and her elusive twin, Liam. He’s certain that, since they’re both thieves, they're here for a job or a heist. But they are up to something far more sinister than even Noah can imagine.

[Read an excerpt from Make Them Pay...]

Tue
Feb 7 2017 4:00pm

My Top 5 In Death Novels

I discovered J.D. Robb before I knew she was Nora Roberts

My mom has been a long-time member of the Mystery Guild, and back in 1999 she gave me her booklet and asked if I wanted anything. I was looking for something new to read, and the description of Conspiracy in Death by this unknown (to me) author J.D. Robb sounded intriguing. The Mystery Guild booklet didn’t identify J.D. Robb as Nora Roberts, but I didn’t care—a futuristic police procedural? Sounded fun and different.

I remember reading this book and losing myself in the future world expertly built with lasers and AutoChefs and holos and designer drugs. Strong, independent cop Eve Dallas; sexy, former criminal turned mostly-straight businessman; insecure-but-determined partner Peabody; annoying-but-loyal Summerset; and, of course, Galahad the spoiled cat. And many more. No character is left two-dimensional, whether they’re continuing, support cast, or in only one important scene. We are immersed in the world and with the characters.

[See which In Death novels made the list!]

Thu
Feb 2 2017 2:00pm

Review: Devoted in Death by J.D. Robb

To celebrate the upcoming release of J.D. Robb's 44th Eve Dallas mystery, Echoes in Death, we're taking a look back at every single book in the In Death series. Today, Allison Brennan reviews #41, Devoted in Death.

Buckle up for Devoted in Death because this story starts with a bang and does not let up as two love-struck killers travel from Oklahoma to New York, leaving a trail of bodies in their wake.

One of the fun things about being a fan of J.D. Robb’s In Death series from the (almost) beginning is that there’s such variety in the stories throughout the series itself while still holding true to the characters. Some books are deeply emotional and story-changing (New York to Dallas); others are almost a straight-up police procedural (Survivor in Death); and others are a bit lighter and fun, at least as fun as murder and mayhem can be (Fantasy in Death). Devoted in Death is a genuine crime thriller, a race-against-time Bonnie-and-Clyde story.

[Read Allison Brennan's review of Devoted in Death...]

Mon
Jan 30 2017 2:00pm

Review: Concealed in Death by J.D. Robb

To celebrate the upcoming release of J.D. Robb's 44th Eve Dallas mystery, Echoes in Death, we're taking a look back at every single book in the In Death series. Today, Allison Brennan reviews #38, Concealed in Death.

J.D. Robb has a knack for first lines that immediately draw you into the story:

  • “Killing was easier than I thought it could be, and a lot more rewarding.” (Obsession in Death)
  • “Men, Sima thought, can’t live with them, can’t beat them to death with a nine iron.” (Festive in Death)
  • “A late-night urge for an orange fizzy saved Nixie’s life.” (Survivor in Death)

And, of course, the book I’m talking about today—the opening line of Concealed in Death totally rocks: “Neglect could kill a building brick by brick.” Neglect kills not just buildings, but people, and as the story unfolds, we see how this theme is played out in multiple ways.

[Read Allison Brennan's review of Concealed in Death...]

Tue
Nov 8 2016 4:30pm

Re-Search & Destroy: My Time Training with the FBI

Allison Brennan, author of the Lucy Kincaid series, trained with the FBI and SWAT to make sure that her novels got all the details right. Read about her experiences and in-depth research, and then make sure to sign in and comment at the bottom for a chance to win the 11th book in the series, The Lost Girls!

I love my job.

I can work in my pajamas. I can take a break in the middle of the day to go for a walk, take the kids on a field trip, or go to a ball game. I just make up the writing time late at night.

I love writing, and my job is 90% writing. It doesn’t get much better than that. Well … sometimes it does—like the annual Regional SWAT Training put on by Sacramento FBI.

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Fri
Oct 28 2016 10:00am
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The Lost Girls: New Excerpt

Allison Brennan

The Lost Girls by Allison BrennanThe Lost Girls by Allison Brennan is the 11th book in the Lucy Kincaid series (Available November 1, 2016).

Photojournalist Siobhan Walsh has been searching for two sisters who disappeared two years ago in Mexico, so when she receives a call from a priest in Texas about an abandoned baby holding a locket with her name, she calls her friends in the FBI for help. The infant obviously belongs to one of the sisters, but how did she end up in Texas? And why did she abandon her newborn?

Lucy Kincaid and her mentor, Supervisory Special Agent Noah Armstrong, track the missing girls and uncover a human-trafficking organization that leads to a seedy underworld in which nothing is as it seems. The bad guys seem to stay two steps ahead of them, leaving behind a trail of dead bodies and Lucy with more questions than answers.

Meanwhile Lucy’s fiance Sean Rogan has a crisis of his own. An old girlfriend returns with shocking news: not only does Sean have a son, but Jesse and his step-father have disappeared. The last thing Sean wants to do is leave Lucy when she’s investigating a horrific case, but his son is in grave danger. Torn between an impossible choice, he makes a decision that has far-reaching consequences for Sean, Lucy, and everything they hold dear.

[Read an excerpt from The Lost Girls...]

Tue
Apr 19 2016 12:30pm
Excerpt

Poisonous: Audio Excerpt

Allison Brennan

Poisonous by Allison Brennan is the third thriller in the Max Revere Series (available April 12, 2016).

Teen-aged Internet bully Ivy Lake fell off a cliff and few people cared ... except her mentally-challenged eighteen-year-old step-brother, Tommy. He loved her in spite of her cruelty. He's distraught and doesn't understand why his blended family is falling apart. After a year, the police still have no answers: Ivy could have jumped, could have been pushed, or it could have been an accident. With too many suspects and not enough evidence, the investigation has grown cold.

Tommy thinks that if someone can figure out what happened to his step-sister, everything will go back to normal, so he writes to investigative reporter Maxine Revere. This isn’t the type of case Max normally takes on, but the heartbreak and simple honesty in Tommy's letter pulls her in. She travels to Corte Madera, California, with her assistant David Kane and is at first pleased that the police are cooperative. But the more Max learns about Tommy and his dysfunctional family, the more she thinks she’s taken on an impossible task: this may be the one case she can’t solve.

If Ivy was murdered, it was exceptionally well-planned and that kind of killer could be hiding in plain sight ... planning the next act of violence. Max believes the truth is always better than lies, that the truth is the only thing that matters to gain justice for victims and their families. But for the first time, she wonders if this time, the truth will kill.

[Listen to the excerpt now!]

Thu
Apr 7 2016 10:00am
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Poisonous: New Excerpt

Allison Brennan

Poisonous by Allison Brennan is the 3rd installment of the Max Revere series that follows investigative reporter Maxine Revere to Corte Madera, California, where a mentally challenged eighteen-year-old is convinced his step-sister was murdered, but the truth may have grave consequences (Available April 12, 2016). 

Teen-aged Internet bully Ivy Lake fell off a cliff and few people cared...except her mentally-challenged eighteen-year-old step-brother, Tommy. He loved her in spite of her cruelty. He's distraught and doesn't understand why his blended family is falling apart. After a year, the police still have no answers: Ivy could have jumped, could have been pushed, or it could have been an accident. With too many suspects and not enough evidence, the investigation has grown cold.

Tommy thinks that if someone can figure out what happened to his step-sister, everything will go back to normal, so he writes to investigative reporter Maxine Revere. This isn’t the type of case Max normally takes on, but the heartbreak and simple honesty in Tommy's letter pulls her in. She travels to Corte Madera, California, with her assistant David Kane and is at first pleased that the police are cooperative. But the more Max learns about Tommy and his dysfunctional family, the more she thinks she’s taken on an impossible task: this may be the one case she can’t solve.

If Ivy was murdered, it was exceptionally well-planned and that kind of killer could be hiding in plain sight...planning the next act of violence. Max believes the truth is always better than lies, that the truth is the only thing that matters to gain justice for victims and their families. But for the first time, she wonders if this time, the truth will kill.

[Read an excerpt of Poisonous here...]

Mon
Dec 28 2015 11:00am
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Cold Snap: Holiday Excerpt

Allison Brennan

Cold Snap by Allison Brennan is the 7th Lucy Kincaid Novel where the Kincaid Family Christmas Reunion is threatened by a murder.

ALL ROADS HOME
On his way home to San Diego, P.I. Patrick Kincaid takes a detour through San Francisco to check on the wellbeing of a family friend who's mysteriously been unreachable. What he doesn't expect is to be shot at before he can find out why attorney Elle Santana won't ask the police for help in finding a missing girl. Soon, he's on the run from both good guys and bad as he and Elle race to find the witness and take down a sweatshop run by a corrupt businessman with a penchant for violence.

LEAD TO DEAD ENDS
Newly sworn FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid can't remember the last time she spent the holidays with her whole family, but getting home by December 25th is proving to be a bit of a problem. A blizzard shut down the airports and she and her boyfriend Sean Rogan are stuck in a Denver hotel … with a dead body. And if that wasn't all, back in San Diego Colonel Kincaid ends up in the hospital, where an even greater danger awaits … a man with a vendetta who will kill anyone who gets in his way. This Christmas, the Kincaid family needs nothing less than a miracle to survive. And time is running out.

PART ONE

San Francisco

Saturday, December 22

Chapter 1

Patrick Kincaid had a problem: he couldn’t say no.

Whatever was asked of him, he did it, usually without complaint. He was amicable that way, and his friends and family knew it. He didn’t mind helping out; if he could do something for someone, why not? He had a challenging job he liked, a family he loved, and a few good friends who had stuck around even during his two-year stint in the hospital sleeping off a coma. Life was too short to be stingy with it.

But this time, as he circled the arcane San Francisco streets, which seemed to have no methodology, looking for a parking place in a dense fog, he wished he’d said no.

He would have, if anyone else in the world had asked him to drive two hours out of his way (which took three because of the inclement weather) to hunt down a family friend he hadn’t seen since he graduated from high school, except at her father’s funeral. He’d have found an excuse or found a replacement. Except it was his mother who had called. And Patrick had never, not once, said no to his mom. His older brother Connor had told him—often—that he was Mom’s favorite because he was her yes-man.

His job was to bring Gabrielle Santana home for Christmas. Gabrielle Santana—the girl who’d staged a sit-in sophomore year in high school to protest the expulsion of three students who she thought hadn’t had a fair hearing with the school board. The girl who’d been arrested at seventeen for organizing a rave in an abandoned warehouse in downtown San Diego. The girl who’d been suspended for skinny-dipping in the high school pool. Patrick was three years older than Gabrielle, but she’d done more her freshman year—both good and bad—than he had his entire four years of high school.

[Read more from Cold Snap here...]

Tue
Nov 3 2015 7:00pm
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No Good Deed: New Excerpt

Allison Brennan

No Good Deed by Allison Brennan is the 10th mystery featuring FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid (available November 3, 2015).

Lucy Kincaid understands the dangers of corruption. As an FBI agent, she has witnessed some very bad deeds committed by seemingly good people. That's why she's glad to see corrupt DEA Agent Nicole Rollins behind bars for murder, conspiracy, and gunrunning. But when Rollins makes a daring escape-jeopardizing a busload of children and killing five officers-Lucy becomes the key to the biggest manhunt in Texas history...and the target of a brilliant killer.

Some believe Rollins has fled the country. But Lucy suspects her plan is far more sinister-a taunting game of cat and mouse that hits much closer to home. First, an FBI agent with a connection to Texas is killed in Washington. Then, Kane Rogan disappears on a mission. When Rollins ups the ante again, Lucy is determined to save the people she loves-before her enemy strikes again. Time is running out. The body count is rising. Rollins wants more than revenge-she wants to destroy everything Lucy holds dear...Nicole Rollins had always been a meticulous planner. She had contingencies for almost every possible scenario, which was why she’d been able to deceive the DEA for fifteen years. People were mostly predictable, and mostly fools.

Chapter One

Even though being arrested wasn’t in her master plan, she had a contingency, and the minute she was arraigned the clock started ticking. Her people knew what to do and when to do it. The time line, by necessity, had to be fluid, but when she was ready, she gave the signal and the countdown began. Nothing was left to chance, because she only had one shot at escaping and she had to get it right.

[Continue reading No Good Deed by Allison Brennan!]

Thu
Jul 30 2015 2:00pm
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Best Laid Plans: New Excerpt

Allison Brennan

Best Laid Plans by Allison Brennan is the 9th thriller in the Lucy Kincaid series where the FBI agent is tasked with finding the killer of a congresswoman's husband, who was last seen with a teenage prostitute (available August 4, 2015).

Newly minted FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid is settling into her job in San Antonio, Texas, when the corpse of Harper Worthington, the husband of a sitting congresswoman, is found naked in a motel on the wrong side of town. It's up to Lucy to locate the last person to see him alive: a teenage prostitute who seems to have vanished into thin air.

When forensics determines that Harper was poisoned, Lucy and her new by-the-book partner dig deep into his life to find out who might want him dead. Why did Harper lie to his wife and his staff? Was he involved in an illicit affair? Embezzling money? Laundering money for a drug cartel? Or was he simply a pawn in someone else's dangerous game?

Lucy's boyfriend Sean Rogan is hired by Harper's company to run a security audit, causing friction between Lucy and the FBI. But when Sean finds a high-tech bug in Harper's office, an entirely new threat emerges—a far-reaching conspiracy run by a ruthless killer who will do anything to get what he wants, and kill anyone who gets in his way. And the person between him and victory is Lucy Kincaid.

[Start reading Best Laid Plans now!]

Mon
Apr 6 2015 12:30pm
Excerpt

Compulsion: New Excerpt

Allison Brennan

Compulsion by Allison Brennan is the 2nd thriller in the Max Revere series about a NYC reporter convinced that there are more murders hiding up the sleeves of a recently caught serial killer (available April 7, 2015).

Investigative reporter Maxine Revere has a theory: that the five New York City murders for which Adam Bachman is being tried are just part of his killing spree. In probing the disappearance of a retired couple who vanished the prior summer, Max uncovers striking similarities to Bachman's MO and develops a theory that Bachman wasn't working alone.

Max wins a coveted pre-trial interview with the killer, whose disarming composure in the face of her questions is combined with uncomfortable knowledge of Max's own past. She leaves the room convinced, but unable to prove, that Bachman knows exactly what happened to the missing couple. The D.A. wants nothing to jeopardize his case against Bachman and refuses to consider Max's theory. With no physical evidence, Max has to rely on her own wits and investigative prowess to dig deep into Bachman's past. The picture that Max puts together is far darker and more deadly than she ever imagined.

As Max gets closer to the truth, she doesn't realize that she's walking down a road that has been paved just for her. That every step she takes brings her one step closer to a brilliant, methodical sociopath who has been waiting for her to make just one small mistake.

And when she does, he'll be there waiting.

Prologue
Nine Months Ago

Sweat beaded on Adam Bachman’s forehead. He told himself the lights up ahead were just emergency vehicles because of the accident. No one cared about him or this car.

[Continue reading Compulsion by Allison Brennan...]

Thu
May 29 2014 2:00pm
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Dead Heat: A New Excerpt

Allison Brennan

Dead Heat by Allison Brennan is the 8th mystery in the Lucy Kincaid series and this time she must go outside the law to bring down the kingpin of a cartel guilty of kidnapping and selling chrildren (available June 3, 2014).

Deep in the Heart of Texas

Assigned to San Antonio’s Violent Crimes unit, Lucy Kincaid joins a team of seasoned veterans and newer agents for a task force called Operation Heatwave. It’s supposed to be a simple sweep of known offenders with outstanding warrants. But when Lucy and her team try to bust two local brothers for jumping bail, she walks into a hotbed of pure evil. Their names are George and Jaime Sanchez. They are charged with murder, drug trafficking, and worse. And one of them is still out there.

The Heat is On

As Lucy races to capture Jaime Sanchez, more shocking evidence comes to light. The brothers have been using their basement as a holding cell for children they kidnapped for the cartels. When George agrees to turn on his brother, he is murdered behind bars. Now Lucy has no choice but to go outside the law. Enlisting the help of her boyfriend Sean Rogan and his mercenary brother Kane, she will risk her career—and both of their lives—to bring down a crime lord’s empire…before more innocent lives go up in flames.

CHAPTER 1

Two months of planning, two days for the execution, Operation Heatwave had commenced.

[Continue reading Allison Brennan's Dead Heat...]

Mon
Oct 29 2012 3:00pm
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Stalked: New Excerpt

Allison Brennan

Stalked by Allison BrennanStalked by Allison Brennan is the fifth book in the Lucy Kincaid romantic thriller series (available October 30, 2012).

A new trainee at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Lucy Kincaid has already seen more than her share of murder and mayhem. Still reeling from the sex-crime case that sealed her reputation, she’s found a true friend and mentor in Agent Tony Presidio. No matter what goes down at the Bureau, Tony’s got her back—until he’s called to New York to help investigate the murder of a reporter with ties to Lucy.

But the reporter may not be the first victim of a patient killer with a penchant for revenge, and she’s definitely not the last. Connections between closed cases, a missing person, and Tony himself lead Lucy to fear for those she cares for most. When the FBI is rocked by the death of one of their own, Lucy seeks the help of her boyfriend, private investigator Sean Rogan, to help put together the puzzle—and puts her career in jeopardy. But the harder she pushes for answers, the clearer the truth becomes: There’s a killer inside Quantico. Watching her every move. Waiting to kill again…

(If this sounds good to you, head over to our Fresh Meat of Stalked by Allison Brennan, and enter for your chance to win a copy!)

Chapter 1  

Present Day—New York City

Dark cosmic humor was the only explanation as to why FBI Special Agent Suzanne Madeaux was investigating a murder at Citi Field instead of sitting on the first-base line with a beer. Proof that life wasn’t fair.

Suzanne stuffed her thick dark blond hair under her Mets cap and left her cool air-conditioned sedan for the early dawn New York summer. The weather didn’t bother her—she was born and raised in Louisiana, and New York had nothing on the South for humidity—but the noise from nearby LaGuardia grated on her nerves.

She looked up at the Citi Field stadium and sighed. She’d had a ticket to last night’s game and had to give it away because of work. Late to bed, early to rise, no time for her one vice—baseball and beer. Two vices. Now her team was on the road for nearly two weeks and she’d only be able to watch them on television. Sometimes, she hated her job.

[Read the full excerpt of Stalked by Allison Brennan]

Fri
Aug 24 2012 10:30am

Die Hard: You Know It, You Love It, It’s a Romantic Thriller

Die Hard movie posterAt last month’s Thrillerfest, I was asked at least a half dozen times what makes a thriller a “romantic thriller.” Depending on my mood, I have different ways of answering.

Marketing. If you’re a female author and your thriller includes a consummated relationship and happily-ever-after-for-now, you’re labeled “romantic suspense.”

Sex. If you’re a female thriller writer who includes one or more explicit sex scenes between two consenting adults, and they’re still together at the end of the book, you’re often labeled “romantic suspense.”

[Sex and money are the big definers in life, aren’t they?]

Mon
Apr 16 2012 3:05pm

Bones: The Missed Opportunities

IBones Booth and Brennan’m uniquely qualified to discuss this series; not because the main character shares my surname, or because I’ve read nearly every Kathy Reichs book, or even because I’ve seen every episode of the television series. It’s because I watched all seven seasons in less than four months, finishing only days before the second half of season seven started.

I love this show. I love the characters, the mysteries, the forensics, the grit, the dark humor, and the quirkiness. It’s brilliantly written with strong actors and they haven’t slacked off on story, which can happen in a long running series. A brave, handsome, smart hero paired with an intelligent, capable, independent heroine and a well-developed cast of secondary characters. It’s definitely one of my all-time favorite shows.

UPDATE: We had an accidental timing disconnect between the sites—sorry!— but the full text is live now at the link below for our many Bones fans!

[Read the full article on our sister site, Heroes and Heartbreakers]