Buzziest Books of January | 2020

Buzziest Books of January | 2020

The month of January was a great time for readers with a host of exciting releases from bestselling authors. There were so many page-turning novels that captivated us from cover to cover this month. If you want to catch up on the books everyone was talking about, here are our choices for the buzziest books of January. Happy reading!


The After Wife

by Melanie Summers

Release Date: January 10, 2020

Writer Abigail Carson has all but given up on life after losing her husband. After being cocooned in her Manhattan apartment for the last year, she is forced to find a new home where can she can stretch her savings. She is intent on staying isolated, so she moves to a small village in Nova Scotia where no one will interrupt her solitude. But what she didn’t realize was that a small town offers far less privacy than a big city.

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Tuesday’s Child

by Anya Mora

Release Date: January 1, 2020

After the death of our daughter, my husband and I are clinging on to what’s left of our family. Then the sheriff knocks on our door and delivers news no mother should ever have to hear. Our daughter was murdered and my son is the prime suspect. We weren’t wearing rose-colored glasses when we adopted eleven-year-old Holden, but we never would have imagined he could do this. They say you can’t pick your family but I did. Did I choose a murderer?

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Blood Bound

by M.D. Massey

Release Date: December 27, 2019

The fifth book in the Junkyard Druid Novellas series by bestselling author M.D. Massey. This short story collection includes three separate novelette-length stories in the Colin McCool series: Voodoo Ball, Prince Mark’s Price, and Breaking Up Is Hard To Do. Start reading this exciting urban fantasy collection to learn more about a thieving slenderman, a dark wizard on a quest to save a comic book store, and a zombie corgi.

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American Dirt

by Jeanine Cummins

Release Date: January 21, 2020

An Oprah Book Club Pick… Lydia Quixanon Perez lives in a Mexican city named Acapulco, where she runs a book store. Her life with her husband and son is by and large, fairly comfortable despite the cracks starting to show in Acapulco with drug cartels. Lydia knows they will never sell, but she stocks some of her all-time favorite books in her store. To her surprise, a man one day enters the shop and comes to the register with two of her favorites. Unbeknownst to Lydia, she just served the jefe of the drug cartel that has taken over the city.

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The Escape Artist

by Kitty Thomas

Release Date: January 14, 2020

Claire was a captive. For 43 days she was imprisoned by a man who did unspeakable things to her. Then she escaped. Three years later she finally got her revenge. The only problem is, she has got the wrong man. God help her if he escapes.

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Two Worlds of Redemption

by Angelina J. Steffort

Release Date: December 18, 2019

The third book in the Two Worlds series by bestselling author Angelina J. Steffort… Maray has finally been presented to the Allinan public. Her life at court soon becomes dictated by traditions and duties. Every move the princess makes is watched. Rhia may be locked up in the dungeons but the attacks on Maray’s loved ones continue. It seems Rhia’s plan runs much deeper.

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The Great Witches Baking Show

by Nancy Warren

Release Date: January 15, 2020

The first book in a new culinary cozy mystery series by USA Today Bestselling Author Nancy Warren… Poppy Wilkinson is thrilled to be a contestant on The Great British Baking Contest. As an American with English roots, she knows that appearing on the reality show will give her a chance to get into Broomewoode Hall and uncovers some of the secrets of her past. But odd things start to happen on set: accusations of sabotage, A black cat following Poppy, the unsociable residents at Broomewode Hall… and the judges are real witches.

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Accidental Shield

by Nicole Snow

Release Date: January 1, 2020

The new book in the bestselling Marriage Mistake series by Nicole Snow… I didn’t plan on waking up hitched to the husband of the century. Or for one little misadventure to erase every memory of us. No sweet nothings, no vows, no honeymoon. But every time I see Flint Calum, I have to wonder how I got so lucky. His flashing eyes and SEAL perfected body aren’t why I’m dizzy. It’s the bittersweet way he smiles when I poke at my past. Something is wrong.

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Our Audiobook Playlist For January | 2020

Our Audiobook Playlist For January | 2020

We wanted to share with you some of our favorite audiobooks we’ve been listening to in January. Our playlist includes a little something for everyone from mystery, memoir, fantasy, science fiction, and romance. Grab your headphones and happy listening!


Mozart in the Garden

by Tom Liggett

Release Date: January 17, 2020

Thousands of cookie-cutter homes for high-tech workers sprouted from the funeral pyres of a vanishing way of life as acres of lush fruit trees were destroyed to create today’s Silicon Valley. Tom Liggett was one of the children who grew up in this new suburbia in San Jose, California. He was a neglected and unwanted child of dysfunctional parents, that became friends with the “witch” who lived in the Spanish cottage on the hill. Mozart in the Garden is the story of their unlikely friendship and Tom’s remarkable adventures.

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Don’t Lie to Me

by Willow Rose

Release Date: December 24, 20219

Twelve-year-old Sophie Williams never returned home from a Girl Scout summer camp. Three months later she was found dead in a sleeping bag in the most frequent area of Cocoa Beach. The town is outraged as Sophie was not just any child, she is the town’s most beloved surf idol. When another child is soon kidnapped, FBI profiler Eva Rae Thomas dives into the investigation.

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Tempted to Kiss

by Willow Winters

Release Date: December 25, 2019

The third book in the Hard to Love series by USA Today Bestselling Author W. Winters… I knew I shouldn’t have fallen for him and I’m not the only one to ever do such a thing. I know I am not an awful person for desiring his touch, his kiss, his everything. But I knew I shouldn’t have. There’s something about it being wrong that tempts me that much more.

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As the Crow Flies

by Rysa Walker

Release Date: December 10, 2019

The first book in the Enter Haddonwood series by Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Rysa Walker and debut author Caleb Amsel… Haddonwood is not real. It can’t be. Another world, another reality, hovers just beyond Chase Rey’s reach. In that world, things are in balance. The dead stay dead and it isn’t a patchwork quilt of every scary book or movie he’s ever seen. In that world, nightmares have an end. Chase is determined to return to that world but the only way out may be the noose that seems to lurk around every corner.

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The Spark Anomaly: The Fisher Chronicles: 2067

by Jeffrey Freedman

Release Date: November 5, 2019

What happens when two earthquakes occur 42 minutes apart in Chile and China? The end of the world… As he drives his rescue vehicle across the magma lake toward the destroyed volcanic generator’s intake pipe, Arnold Spark wonders if his design is to blame for the catastrophe. Now he searches the globe for truth.

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Sex and Other Shiny Objects

by Lauren Blakely

Release Date: January 13, 2020

The second book in the Boyfriend Material series by New York Times Bestselling Author Lauren Blakely… I was given an offer to test the sexy scenes from romance novels and I jumped at the opportunity. I have to admit I’ve always been curious. Do buttons really fly off when you rip off a guy’s shirt? Is staircase nookie really that hot or does it leave you with a big bruise on your back? It’s time to find out as I embark on Project Romance Novel Scenes Research.

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Bestsellers Now in Paperback | January 2020

Take a look at this month’s selection of bestsellers now in paperback! January had a great selection of bestselling books to check out from thrilling mysteries to enthralling literary reads, and insightful biographies. Pick up these latest paperback books by bestselling authors Stephen King, J.D. Robb, David Baldacci, C.J. Box, Tara Conklin, James Lee Burke, C.A. Fletcher, James S.A. Corey, and many more!


Mystery, Thriller & Suspense


Literary Fiction


Fantasy & Science Fiction


Young Adult


Biography & Memoir

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The Latest From Oprah’s Book Club

Oprah’s Book Club is back in a new partnership with Apple across Apple Books and Apple TV+. Oprah’s Book Club is designed to connect a community of readers around the world and help them discover exciting books by today’s most thought-provoking authors. Check out Oprah’s Book Club picks below:


American Dirt

by Jeanine Cummins

Release Date: January 21, 2020

Lydia Quixanon Perez lives in a Mexican city named Acapulco, where she runs a book store. Her life with her husband and son is by and large, fairly comfortable despite the cracks starting to show in Acapulco with drug cartels. Lydia knows they will never sell, but she stocks some of her all-time favorite books in her store. To her surprise, a man one day enters the shop and comes to the register with two of her favorites. Unbeknownst to Lydia, she just served the jefe of the drug cartel that has taken over the city.

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Olive, Again

by Elizabeth Strouth

Release Date: October 15, 2019

The latest novel from New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout… Olive, Again follows the life of beloved Olive Kitteridge. Olive is struggling to understand not only herself but the lives of everyone around her in the town of Crosby, Maine. “Strout managed to make me love this strange woman I’d never met, who I knew nothing about. What a terrific writer she is.”—Zadie Smith.

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The Water Dancer

by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Release Date: September 24, 2019

The new book from the National Book Award-winning author of Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates… Hiram Walker’s mother was sold away when he was very young, he was robbed of all memory of her. But he was gifted a mysterious power. This power saved his life when he almost drowned in a river years later. Hiram’s brush with death spurs a daring scheme… to escape the only home he has ever known.

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New Cozy Mystery Books For Your Reading List | January 2020

New Cozy Mystery Books For Your Reading List | January 2020

Are you in the mood for a new mystery book for your reading list but don’t want all the gory details? You are in luck because we’ve rounded up some amazing new cozy mystery books for you to dive into. Check out the latest releases from bestselling authors Deborah Brown, Nancy Warren, Miranda James, Addison Moore, Ellery Adams, and Sheila Connolly. Happy reading!


Vanished in Paradise

by Deborah Brown

Release Date: January 13, 2020

The 20th book in the bestselling Florida Keys Mystery Series by Deborah Brown… Madison Westin lives by the Unbreakable Rule of IOUs. She doesn’t whine when it is time to collect. So, she doesn’t panic when the four kids of an undercover Miami detective temporarily land in her care. She raises a motley crew of The Cottages to lend a hand. Things are going great until she learns the apartment building next to The Cottages is about to be sold to a crime kingpin known as Trigger. Crossing Trigger is a great way to wind up dead.

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The Great Witches Baking Show

by Nancy Warren

Release Date: January 15, 2020

The first book in a new culinary cozy mystery series by USA Today Bestselling Author Nancy Warren… Poppy Wilkinson is thrilled to be a contestant on The Great British Baking Contest. As an American with English roots, she knows that appearing on the reality show will give her a chance to get into Broomewoode Hall and uncovers some of the secrets of her past. But odd things start to happen on set: accusations of sabotage, A black cat following Poppy, the unsociable residents at Broomewode Hall… and the judges are real witches.

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Careless Whiskers

by Miranda James

Release Date: January 21, 2020

The 12th book in the Cat in the Stacks Mystery series by New York Times Bestselling Author Miranda James… After a recent close call, Charlie harris has sworn off investigating murder and mayhem. She is more than happy cheering on her daughter, Laura, who is starring in a production of Careless Whispers. But when a guest artist, Luke Lobardi, collapses and dies on stage, after drinking from a glass Laura handed him, she becomes the chief suspect in the murder investigation.

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Strawberry Shortcake Sins

by Addison Moore

Release Date: January 9, 2020

The 21st book in the Murder in the Mix series by New York Times Bestselling Author Addison Moore… Lottie Lemon is a baker who sees the dead. But she mainly sees dead pets who have come back from the other side to warn me of their previous owners impending doom. In Strawberry Shortcake Sins, a couple of feuding food vloggers are shooting an episode of their show in Lottie’s bakery. This quickly devolves into a disaster.

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The Book of Candlelight

by Ellery Adams

Release Date: February 1, 2020

The third book in the Secret, Book, & Scone Society by New York Times Bestselling Author Ellery Adams… Nora Pennington is sure that all this wet weather will be great for her store Miracle Books. The local inns are packed with stranded travelers and she finds a new friend in Sheldon, who starts helping out at the store. A little rain never hurt anyone, but when it turns into a lot of rain, the Miracle River overflows its banks and amid the wreckage of a collapsed footbridge, a dead body is found.

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Tied Up With a Bow

by Sheila Connolly

Release Date: January 7, 2020

Pub owner Maura Donovan is starting to learn the customs of the Irish village she now calls home. But she is unsure of how much to decorate with the holidays fast approaching. She is also confused by the secret construction project across the street. All of West Cork is trying to guess what it might be. But the biggest mystery comes when a young boy shows up at the pub’s door, hinting that he and his mother had to leave Dublin in a hurry.

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Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reads Not To Miss | January 2020

Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reads Not To Miss | January 2020

Have you been searching for some exciting new sci-fi and fantasy reads? You’ll be able to explore fantastic new worlds with these amazing new releases from bestselling authors Leah Reise, J.S. Hudson, Kevin Pettway, Jeffrey L. Kohanek, Wilkie Martin, and S. K. Dunstall. Happy reading!


The Beauty in Darkness: A New Race

by Leah Reise

Release Date: January 11, 2020

The second book in The Beauty in Darkness series by Leah Reise… Left as a human amid a vampire war, Rena feels abandoned by her immortal kin. When the rival coven offers her a deal in exchange for the safety of her human family, she severs the psychic link to her vampire sister Edrea in order to protect everyone she loves. But her secret is bigger than she realizes, one that veils a threat to all of humanity.

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Enhanced

by J.S. Hudson

Release Date: December 9, 2019

We all have challenges. Obstacles that stand between us and what we want in life. What if there was a way to have what you wanted immediately? What would you do if all you had to do was lie? Or steal? Or put someone else in danger? would the reward be worth it? Four teenagers face this difficult choice.

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A Good Running Away

by Kevin Pettway

Release Date: January 7, 2020

The first book in the Misplaced Mercenaries series by Kevin Pettway… Keane and Sarah have escaped the mercenaries of Wallace’s Company. They are going to start fresh, where no one is trying to kill them. Keane has stolen the company’s wages in return for his attempted murder, and Sarah agrees to the plan. The only problem is that Keane doesn’t have one. Together they hop from danger to disaster. After one con too many, they soon find themselves between the King’s Swords, who are notoriously hostile towards mercenaries.

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Wizardoms: Eye of Obscurance

by Jeffrey L. Kohanek

Release Date: October 1, 2019

The first book in the Fate of Wizardoms series by bestselling author Jeffrey L. Kohanek… In a realm where wizards rule, the ambitious thirst for power. Those that are able to claim a throne are granted the power of a god. But how can you defeat a god? A thief, an acrobat, and a dwarf are joined by an old storyteller as they attempt something impossible… the assassination of a wizarding lord. Their slim chances lie in the power of an enchanted amulet, the Eye of Obscurance.

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Razor

by Wilkie Martin

Release Date: December 22, 2019

A mourning husband can no longer live with his guilt. He has decided to die, not by his own hand, but in heroically helping those that are vulnerable. There are limited opportunities for heroism in the peaceful Cotswold countryside, so he ventures further afield. But to his annoyance, new and unlikely friends keep mysteriously appearing that foil his plans. Will he succeed or will he come to terms with his grief first?

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Stars Beyond

by S. K. Dunstall

Release Date: January 21, 2020

The second book in the Stars Uncharted series by bestselling author S. K. Dunstall… Meet the crew of Another Road. Josune, Roystan, and Nika managed to escape the company thugs trying to kill them. Now they have a new ship to replace The Road and it is armed to the teeth with dangerous weapons. Before they can head out to find the legendary lode of transurides to restore Roystan’s memory, they need the genemod machine Nika has ordered.

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New Romantic Suspense Novels For Your Reading List | January 2020

New Romantic Suspense Novels For Your Reading List | January 2020

Does your reading list need some new love stories? If you’re looking for a romance that’s more on the dark side, we think you’ll adore these sexy new romantic suspense novels! You can get your hands on the latest releases from bestselling authors Kitty Thomas, Dakota Willink, Cristin Harber, Susan Stoker, Kathleen Brooks, Meghan march, and many more. Enjoy!


The Escape Artist

by Kitty Thomas

Release Date: January 14, 2020

Claire was a captive. For 43 days she was imprisoned by a man who did unspeakable things to her. Then she escaped. Three years later she finally got her revenge. The only problem is, she has got the wrong man. God help her if he escapes.

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Leave Me Breathless: The Black Rose Collection

by Dakota Willink, Crimson Syn, Sierra Hill, Sonya Jesus, Elizabeth Knox, Sienna Snow, Sin Silverfall, Pepper North, Jo-Anne Joseph, Patricia D. Eddy, and Cayce Poponea

Release Date: January 21, 2020

Leave Me Breathless: The Black Rose Collection is a set of standalone romantic suspense stories from bestselling authors. This collection includes: Master of Control by Sienna Snow, The Sound of Silence by Dakota Willink, Forbidden Love by Elizabeth Knox, Crimson Dahlia by Patricia D. Eddy, The Bullet Theory by Sonya Jesus, Marked by Cayce Poponea, Dare Dark by Pepper North, Precious Gems by Sierra Hill, Dark Desires by Jo-Anne Joseph, Insidious Love by Crimson Syn, and Mia by Sin Silverfall.

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The Protector

by Cristin Harber

Release Date: December 31, 2019

The second book in the Aces series by New York Times Bestselling Author Cristin Harber… Jane Singleton has finally found the perfect nannying job. It was her job to care for the sweet little boy in an eccentric billionaire family. Everything was going great… until the family was abducted.

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Securing Zoey

by Susan Stoker

Release Date: January 14, 2020

The fourth book in the SEAL of Protection: Legacy series by New York Times Bestselling Author Susan Stoker… Zoey Knight has had an unstable childhood. But in high school, she landed in Juneau, Alaska, and has never left. Her life is stable but she sometimes wishes for more adventure. Soon she gets more than she bargained for when a plane she is in goes down in the wilderness… and the only other passenger is a man she’s had a crush on for years.

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Forever Freed

by Kathleen Brooks

Release Date: January 21, 2020

The 13th book in the Forever Bluegrass series by New York Times Bestselling Author Kathleen Brooks… Being a part of the FBI Hostage Rescue Team, Jackson Parker has seen evil first hand. After several months with black ops overseas, he is finally home for a well-deserved break. But he gets anything but rest and relaxation.

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The Fight Forever

by Meghan March

Release Date: January 14, 2020

The third book in the Legend Trilogy by New York Times Bestselling Author Meghan March… If there is one thing I know, it is that you can only keep what you can protect. It is the way I have lived my life. But now everything I never knew I needed is at risk. I won’t let anyone take her from me.

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BOSS MAN BRIDEGROOM by MEGHAN QUINN

Swoony and hilarious! This book was 5 Star GOLD!

 ‘That man, the considerate thoughtful man, is far too dangerous for my heart.’

Boss Man Bridegroom was everything we were hoping for and more. We have been so intrigued by Rath since meeting him in The Secret to Dating Your Best Friend's Sister where we cried tears from laughing at his bromance with Bram Scott. This was followed by Diary of a Bad Boy where we fell even more in love with the enigmatic Rath and once again cried laughing from the hilarious carry-ons of Bram, Rath and Roark. This series is without question our favourite by Meghan Quinn. This series is GOLD!

This series can be read as standalone's, however, once again we urge you to pick all three books up because Meghan Quinn has proved once again that she really is the queen of romantic –HOT- comedy. Why do we love her romcom’s so much? Well, because this Author has no filter, there’s funny and then there’s ‘Meghan Quinn funny’. Meghan Quinn is an author who writes natural flawless humour with no social modesty. Just the way we love it! This is a series we can re-read over and over because we fell in love with every single character and their hilarious shenanigans. This series is a must-read and once you meet these characters you’ll know why!

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Interview with the Authors of Leave Me Breathless: The Black Rose Collection

What can you tell us about your new release, Leave Me Breathless: The Black Rose Collection?

a. Response from Dakota Willink: My book in this anthology is called The Sound of Silence. This story was inspired by something I wrote for a SOVAS Award-winning and Audie nominated audiobook anthology, Nevertheless We Persisted: Me Too, produced by Blunder Woman Productions. I took certain elements of my personal story and made them into a fiction novel about a domestic abuse survivor.

b. Response from Sonya Jesus: It combines my love for criminology, science, and romance in one.

What books are currently on your nightstand?

a. Response from Sienna Snow: Currently on my nightstand are signed paperbacks of M. Never’s Decadence After Dark Series. It is a deliciously twisted love story that I can’t get enough of. I’m rereading them for the third time.

b. Response from Jo-Anne Joseph: I actually don’t have a book on my nightstand, I’m more of a devour, return to shelf kind of reader if it’s a riveting read. More thought-provoking reads that cause me to pause now and then, are usually wherever I am.

What advice would you give your teenage self?

a. Response from Pepper North: Learn all you can about everything. Crafting intriguing books requires believable characters, locations, and interactions. Live life and be observant. Each bit of life experience will find its way into your writing to enhance it.

b. Response from Cayce Poponea: Boys lie like rugs, wait for the grown man.

If you had an extra hour each day, how would you spend it?

a. Response from Elizabeth Knox: I’d read. Sadly, I don’t read very often but I need to get back in the habit of it. When writing became my job, I somehow shifted into working more versus splitting my time equally.

What makes your world go round? Why does it bring you joy?

a. Response from Patricia D. Eddy: I’m the most fulfilled when I’m giving a voice to people who so often don’t get one. Those with anxiety, depression, invisible illnesses like MS, Fibro, etc. Those with scars who don’t think they are worth loving any longer. For a long time, I saw myself as broken. Anxiety, ADHD, and PTSD made me feel like I could never be accepted or loved or…normal. And then I realized that normal is a myth. There is no “normal.” We’re all broken in different ways, and that makes us no less perfect. Broken doesn’t mean busted. It means we’ve lived and survived and grown and learned and healed and maybe broken again. Our scars make us who we are, and we ALL have value.

What scene in Leave Me Breathless: The Black Rose Collection was your favorite to write?

a. Response from Crimson Syn: My new release is Insidious Love. It is the second book in my Bleeding Heart series and it is part of my darker trigger-filled romances. My favorite scene to write was Chapter 8, where Jake Cavanaugh is fighting with himself and whether or not to kill Rose Blackthorne or keep her for himself. There’s a very intense sex scene that involved a weapon. His struggle and the intense need between them was an interesting piece to write.

b. Response from Sierra Hill: In Precious Gems, my romantic suspense, I wrote my first ever murder scene! I’ve never killed anyone off before and I have to say it was liberating! Ha!

Leave Me Breathless: The Black Rose Collection

 

Leave Me Breathless: The Black Rose Collection is the new romance collection from Dakota Willink, Crimson Syn, Sierra Hill, Sonya Jesus, Elizabeth Knowx, Sienna Snow, Sin Silverfall, Pepper North, Jo-Anne Joseph, Patricia D. Eddy, and Cayce Poponea.

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Interview with M Gustafsson, Author of The Asset

What can you tell us about your new release, The Asset?

The Asset is a low key but intense spy novel about an interpreter turned asset to the CIA and the Swedish KSI, a branch of the Swedish Military Intelligence and Security Service.

Readers who like John Le Carré and Daniel Silva, will probably feel at home and hopefully enjoy Klara Andersson’s world.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I have always loved writing, but the trigger came when I was recruited by Stockholm’s University to teach simultaneous interpreting, and a colleague sarcastically called my Swedish, being my mother tongue, “kitchen Swedish”. The comment challenged me and I wrote a book that got published – and fantastic reviews, among them one in the largest Swedish newspaper on a Sunday, with the headline Intelligent entertainment —thrilling and fact-based.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

The Little Drummer Girl and Agent Running in the Field, by Le Carré. The Kill Artist by Daniel Silva, The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum and Blood Allegiance by Elin Barnes.

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

Elin Barnes. I would ask her how she came up with the flaw that taunts her main character, Detective Darcy Lynch.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

To start out with a small fact, something from the real world, then use it fictitiously and turn it into something totally different.

What is a typical day like for you?

Five to 8 days a month I work as an interpreter, meaning you sit in a small glass fronted and soundproof booth, with a colleague and listen to a speaker through headphones as you render, in real time, what she/he says in another language in a microphone. Through headphones, those who don’t understand the original language can follow what is being said. There are always two interpreters and you work half-hour shifts because it is so exhausting.

To be able to do that you have to prepare the topic for the political or business meeting, conference or symposium, to have all the specific terms that the speaker/s may use. That part of the job takes at least as many days or more of my time.

I love the job! It’s a little like broadcasting a live TV show, so intensely and totally ‘here and now’ – and you get to cover a wide variety of subjects.

The rest of my time I spend writing. That is eventless, peaceful and equally rewarding. My computer is by a large window, and I look up and out over the Mediterranean when I need to re-think what I just wrote. I often have to be reminded to eat because I get so engrossed in the writing. If something comes up that I need to research, I sometimes do that right away, and sometimes just make a note and leave it for later, depending on at what stage of the novel I am.

What scene in The Asset was your favorite to write?

It is hard to say. Maybe the scenes with Louis Hornett, Klara’s CIA handler. The character is based on someone I knew, a TV producer for international co-productions, and it was fun to make what I knew of him fit the story.

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

Pursue your dreams.

The Asset (Klara Andersson series Book 1)

 

M Gustafsson is the author of the new book The Asset.

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