We’re Leading Up to Season of Promises…

We’re Leading Up to Season of Promises with post from authors in previous Season of Books. Yesterday we visited with Gerri Brousseau, who explained how her short story became a series featured in each of the Season of books.


Tomorrow we’ll visit with Bobbi Lerman. She talks about her invitation to contribute to the series, as well as the nerves she had to control to publish her first story. I can’t wait to read it.


After all authors have posted, they’ll be a drawing. Two lucky readers who commented will receive an autographed copy of the first book in the series Season of Magic.

Seasons Of Magic, By Merry Holly.

Seasons Of Magic, By Merry Holly.

Buy links:


Season of Surprises: http://www.amazon.com/Season-Surprises-Holiday-Box-Set-ebook/dp/B014LZJRVM

UK link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Season-Surprises-Holiday-Box-Set-ebook/dp/B014LZJRVM

FR Link: http://www.amazon.fr/Season-Surprises-Holiday-Box-English-ebook/dp/B014LZJRVM

CA Link: http://www.amazon.ca/Season-Surprises-Holiday-Box-Set-ebook/dp/B014LZJRVM

AU Link: http://www.amazon.com.au/Season-Surprises-Merry-Holly-ebook/dp/B014LZJRVM

DE Link: http://www.amazon.de/Season-Surprises-Holiday-Box-English-ebook/dp/B014LZJRVM

IN Link:  http://www.amazon.in/Season-Surprises-Holiday-Box-Set-ebook/dp/B014LZJRVM

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/season-of-surprises-holiday-box-set-merry-holly/1122604571?ean=2940152242966

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/season-of-surprises-holiday-box-set

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1034934609

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A Series Was Born


Today I welcome author Gerri Brousseau

A Series Was Born

I never thought about writing a series, and when I was asked to join the amazing authors of Season of Magic and write a holiday novella, I didn’t expect my story, The Yuletide Bride, to lead into one. But, I’m getting ahead of myself in the telling of how this happened. I had never written a novella before. I was thrilled at being invited to join these remarkable authors involved and couldn’t wait to get started.

Seasons Of Magic, By Merry Holly.

Seasons Of Magic, By Merry Holly.



Now as often times it happens to authors, I sat before the computer staring at a blank page with the cursor flashing and no idea what to write. And then the idea for The Yuletide Bride blossomed, and I allowed the characters to reveal their story as I typed. But a funny thing happened. When I had finished telling the story of Stuart Nelson, I found that I wasn’t through with the other wonderful characters of the story. Stuart Nelson’s father, Lord Robert, always the quintessential gentleman that he is, politely requested that he have the opportunity to tell the beloved readers a story of his own. Thus, Puppy Love was written and published in the second Season of Series, Season of Love Box Set.


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Ah, now I should feel a sense of completion, and yet I did not. I pondered this for a day or so when I was promptly scolded and brought to task by the powerful Dowager Duchess, Lady Esther who insisted that her tale be told. Thus, Enticed by a Laird was born. This feisty grand dame’s story appears in the Season of Surprises Holiday Box Set.


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And now I certainly must be finished, I thought. But alas, that was not the case. Far in the recesses of my mind a small voice echoed, a voice from novella’s past. Surely the dear readers would want to know what became of the villainous Lady Roxanne who tried to thwart Stuart Nelson’s plans in The Yuletide Bride. Could it be that the villain, our relentless antagonist of The Yuletide Bride should now become the heroine? Would Lady Roxanne Rothchild finally find her happily ever after? Well dear readers, you are sure to find out because her story will be told in A Promise of Forever, set to release this coming holiday season in Season of Promise.


I have to tell you that writing of a series, although unexpected, was so much fun; and working with a group of fantastic authors so enjoyable that I look forward to being invited to take part in more to come.

Look for all of Gerri’s books here: Amazon Author Link: http://www.amazon.com/Gerri-Brousseau/e/B00927DMOI/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1468162091&sr=8-1

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gerriAuthor Bio:

Gerri was born and raised in Connecticut. She attended Connecticut State University. One night after a strange dream about a dream catcher, she was inspired to write According To Legend. Most of the novel was written while she commuted to and from work on the train. Since that time, Gerri has also written A Pirate’s Ransom, To Kill a Monarch, The Yuletide Bride (in the Season of Magic Anthology), Puppy Love (in the Season of Love Anthology), Enticed by a Laird (in the Season of Surprises Anthology), and coming this Christmas A Promise of Forever (in the Season of Promises Holiday Anthology).

In 2012 Gerri served as the Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Chapter of Romance Writers of America and is also a member of Romance Writers of America. Gerri has also served on the Board of Directors of CTRWA as a Member-At-Large.

Gerri still lives in Connecticut with her beloved pug, Mimi.


Amazon Author Link: http://www.amazon.com/Gerri-Brousseau/e/B00927DMOI/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1468162091&sr=8-1

Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/gerri.brousseau.5

Twitter Link: https://twitter.com/GMBfictionwrite

Book Links: http://ow.ly/Y27DU   http://ow.ly/Y27Ez   http://ow.ly/Y27Fg

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Happy Saturday! What Are You Reading

Today is Blog Party Saturday over at the Exquisite Quills. Jump over there and find new authors to you and their websites.

Here’s the link:Exquisite Quills


Last weekend with the 4th of July holiday I turned off my electronics, except of course, my Nook. With the electronics off I read three books in three days. It was glorious. I read one for research, one for my guilty pleasure and one to intrigue me.


Yes, three very different genres. I love romance and mysteries. When an author combines the two into a romantic suspense I’m in heaven.


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Here are some of the authors I’ve read in the last month and a half.

Serenity Woods
Heather Choate
Kristine Cayne.
Lucy Kevin (Bella Andre)
Jamie K. Schmidt.
Vanessa Waltz.
Cheryl Yeko.
N.N. Light
Kayelle Allen
Sylvia Pierce.
Lily Zante.
Maggie Shayne.
Alexandra Ivy.
Laura Wright.
Bronwyn Green
Gail Ingis
Danielle Stewart.

Have you read any New To You Authors lately?

Enjoy your weekend, and stay safe.


If you’d like to connect with me here’s my Amazon Author’s Page.  Please check me out.

Amazon Author Page



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Charlene Whitehouse you won the $10 Amazon gift card.
Audrey Steward you won More Than I Wished For
Kim Hansen you won If I Fail, A Jake Carrington Mystery.



Tomorrow I will be posting a blog, click over for your chance to win an Amazon $10 Gift Card. The link to the blog to enter is :

Two Covers one book: The Christmas cover is up now. I know I’m reversed. I posted the Summer Cover during the cold, snowy months.

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More Than I Wished For

Hi everyone, on April 12th More Than I Wished For releases. It’s Chase and Noelle’s complete story in one book for the first time. All stories previously appeared in the Season of Anthologies.

I would love to get some love for the book. Please share the Media Sheet below on all your social media sites. As a thank you and for being so awesome your name will be entered into a drawing for a free book and a $5.00 Amazon gift card.

Thank you, Merry/Marian

Media Sheet:

More Than I Wished For trilogy

Release Date: April 12, 2016

Author: Merry Holly

Publisher: Lan Hop Independently published

Word Count: 75,000

Page Count: 241

ISBN E: 978-0-996-3821-7-5



More Than I Wished For book information:

Cover: MH More Than I Wished For Barnes and Noble


Book Description: A whirlwind holiday romance, a rushed wedding, to relocating tropical Island of , challenge Chase and Noelle as they adjust to each other and life as a couple.


Noel Noel Noel by Merry Holly

Season of Magic

Dumped and lonely, is it possible to find love at the local mall? Noelle thinks not, but a chance encounter with Chase Clayborne while Christmas shopping has her rethinking her rigid set of rules as sparks flare between them.


A Wedding and a Promise by Merry Holly

Season of Love

A Christmas engagement leads to a Valentine Wedding. Noelle wants to slow down the wedding while she and Chase get to know each other better. In her opinion 63 days of dating is too soon to marry a person.

Marriage wasn’t on Chase’s mind when he headed home for the holidays. But a chance meeting sends him straight into Noelle’s arms. Once he laid eyes on her his heart was gone forever. But he has a secret. One he’s afraid to tell her for fear she’ll break the engagement.


Noelle’s Surprise by Merry Holly

Season of Surprises

Married life isn’t what she thought it would be. Now life changing news has Noelle trying to find the right time to tell Chase it. Lately they’ve been arguing more and more. Maybe they married too soon.

Frustrated at Noelle’s unhappiness, Chase has tried everything to combat it. But her mood swings are driving him crazy. When he finds a brochure on plastic surgery, he flips out. His beautiful wife doesn’t need it. How can he finish the project he’s working on while keeping her happy and on the island until its completion?



In a season filled with secrets, Noelle’s got a big one—it will change their lives forever. How will Chase react to the news?


More Than I Wished For


Excerpt: Noelle’s Surprise

The plane bounced on the tarmac a couple of times before it settled and taxied down the runway. Chase smiled at her when she loosened her death grip on his hand. This was it—their new home for the next nine months. Would she like it? Adjust? Noelle certainly hoped so. Paradise or not, she didn’t know anyone but Chase here. How would she fit in with his clients? Pushing those thoughts away for another time, she decided to enjoy her last week with him before he started work on his next project. All to herself, mmmm! What would she do with him? A smile tugged at the corner of her mouth.  Oh yeah, she knew exactly what she was going to do with him and to him.

“What’s the smile for?”

“You’ll find out when you take me home,” she whispered.


Standing, she stretched, working out the kinks in her back before reaching into the overhead bin for their bags.

“I’ll get that, darling,” Chase said, pushing out of his seat, crouched over like a pretzel as not to hit his head on the plane’s ceiling.

She stepped forward to allow him to climb into the aisle behind her. “Thanks, honey, it feels good to stretch.” With that she rubbed her lower back.

“I’ll take care of that too, shortly,” he said, his voice husky with need.

Hot glowing coals splotched across her face. Quickly she looked around to make sure no one had overheard him. “Behave.”


People started moving forward, pushing her and Chase along the aisle to disembark the plane, interrupting their conversation. And a good thing too, she thought. Would this feeling of love and want ever abate? She hoped not. The warm, humid air hit her in the face as she stepped up to the exit. Palm trees everywhere she looked swayed in the soft ocean breeze beyond the runway. Airport personnel wearing shorts in February all seemed so foreign to her. It was a wonderful welcome after leaving the snowy skies of Connecticut. Though that first hour in the air was touch and go, turbulence rocked the plane like a boat on rough seas. Thoughts of death plagued her as she downed vodka and tonics faster than Andrew Miller could throw a pitch for the Yankees. She believed Chase still had her nail marks in his forearm.

While Chase collected their luggage, Noelle decided to head to the door to hail a cab to save time and started walking away from him.

“Noelle,” Chase called out.

“I’m going to grab a cab.” The floral, peppery air filled her senses. It smelled delicious.

He caught up to her with their suitcases under his arms and pointed. Naturally he thought of everything. A big shiny limo parked at the curb, a driver holding up a sign with their name on it both thrilled and embarrassed her.

Their name.  Her name. Mr. & Mrs. Chase Clayborne in big letters it announced to the world we’re a unit. Two weeks ago she was Noelle Eve Barnes. Today she was Noelle Clayborne. And she loved how it sounded.

The driver took their bags while Chase helped her into the backseat. Stepping in from the humid air into the frigid air-conditioned car sent waves of shivers up and down her arms and legs. Her yellow sundress offered no warmth.

“Well, Mrs. Clayborne, what do you think?” Chase asked.

“It’s beautiful. I want to see the rest of the island today. Will we have time?”

“Time stands still here. This week is yours. Anything you want to do, we do.” He draped his arm around her shoulder, pulled her in close, and rubbed his hands up and down her arms to warm her.



All Stories in More Than I Wished For appeared in the Season of Anthologies.



I loved how each story ended with the author sharing a favorite, delicious-sounding recipe.
5 stars. Heartwarming Holiday Tales. A Season of Magic is a great read. Five heartwarming tales of love, romance and food. Did I mention the recipes? I can’t wait to try making my own homemade Rosie’s Christmas Cookies. You can’t go wrong with this collection after all it is reading and cooking in one!

5 stars, Delightful Reads Seasons of Love, a Box Set containing five delightful novellas by noted romance authors, is a perfect choice for times you need a break from the craziness of our world. Each story is different, yet compelling in its own way. In Wedding and a Promise by Merry Holly, a prospective bride is concerned when she realizes her fiancé is filthy rich and there’s so much she doesn’t know about him. In Bobbi Lerman’s Unexpected Match, a nurse hooks up with a restored coma patient to whom she’s revealed her innermost thoughts. Stacy Hoff had me craving chocolate in Love Delights, when coworkers compete for a promotion and end up you know where. Beachcomber Valentine is actually part of by Stephanie Queen’s Beachcomber Series, continuing the angst between two detectives who lust after each other but can’t quite get it together. I loved multi-published Gerri Brousseau’s English caper, Puppy Love. Two dogs, who are smitten, lead a wealthy Lord to find true love. All the stories in this volume are light and fun to read—a good reason to buy the book.


5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous collection of holiday stories

5 stars, Season of Surprises is a lovely collection of stories that will get you in the holiday mood early! In Merry Holly’s story, Noelle’s Surprise, Noelle and Chase and a small circle of associates confront one another in questions of trust under the glare of the Florida sun. It takes Christmas in July to shed light on their true situations. To read more of this review and other 5 star ones click on this link: http://www.amazon.com/Season-Surprises-Holiday-Box-Set-ebook/dp/B014LZJRVM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1460043988&sr=8-1&keywords=season+of+surprises#customerReviews




Marian Lanouette aka Merry Holly information

Author photo: book (119) book profile pic


Author bio:

One of ten children Marian Lanouette/Merry Holly took up writing to explore new and adventurous places. While her friends traveled on planes for vacation, Marian/Merry traveled in books. With an overactive imagination she started creating her own characters and stories. Marian’s first book If I Fail, A Jake Carrington Mystery was followed up with Burn in Hell the following winter.

The Season of Anthologies are Marian/Merry’s brain child. The books in the series include the following; Season of Magic Holiday Box Set (2014), Season of Love (2015), Season of Surprises Holiday Box Set (2015) and Season of Thrills mystery/suspense/ thriller box set (2015). Season of Magic hit the Amazon Bestselling list. She plans many more books in the Season of Series.

An avid reader, she discovered her love of mysteries by reading the Daily News as a youngster. Intrigued by the real life crimes, and how the police worked and eventually solved cases, ignited her imagination beyond the ordinary.  Her love of romance and adventure came about while reading the gossip columns.

Marian has many books planned for Jake Carrington and his crew. The third book in the series Mated for Life will be out in late 2016 as will Season of Promises Box Set.




Links for Merry Holly/Marian Lanouette:

Find Merry/Marian at:


Website: http://www.marianl.com


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Marian-LanouetteMerry-Holly-289234577799391/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorMarian

Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/mlanouette/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6478248.Marian_Lanouette?from_search=true&search_version=service

Author Central: http://www.amazon.com/Marian-Lanouette/e/B0095YFGZ6/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1459967640&sr=8-2-ent

Email: marian.author@gmail.com


Call to Action

Find More Than I Wished For at:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/More-Than-Wished-Noelles-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B01CUXG6Q6

B&N (Nook): http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/more-than-i-wished-for-merry-holly/1123557038;jsessionid=6A5AB088EFD4E3192EAB0BA23C3DDDCF.prodny_store02-atgap04?ean=2940152724158

Apple: IBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1094757600

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It’s Release Day!


The first book in a series introduces you to wonderful characters and the people in their lives, their situations –both triumphs and tribulations. Check out Season of Thrills. You’ll be introduced to five full length novels all in one place.

Pre-order the box set for a limited time for ninety-nine cents (on sale only during pre-order. Goes back to the regular digital list price on December 1st). Available at all online vendors including Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBooks, Amazon and more!

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FIRST Sentence – The desire to surrender, to slip into a painless, deep sleep tugged hard at Kay Taylor. – HELL OR HIGH WATERS by Jerrie Alexander (Lost and Found, Inc. Book 1)


FIRST Sentence – Mason Bailey gulped down his third Glenlivet. “I didn’t kill her.” –REFLECTION (A Whitney Steel Novel – Book One) by Kim Cresswell


FIRST Sentence – “Four weeks…. Two days…. Sixteen hours…….‘Til death.” –KILLING SECRETS (A Thorne’s Thorn Novel, Book One) by K. L. Docter


FIRST Sentence – “Give me the money and he’ll never see these,” he breathed, his noxious breath caused Tara Jacobs’s stomach to heave in rebellion. –BROKEN PIECES (Bits & Pieces Book One) by Rachel Kent


FIRST Sentence – “On days like this, Jake questioned if there was a God.” –IF I FAIL (A Jake Carrington Mystery Book One) by Marian Lanouette

Season of Thrills buy links:





Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-CA/ebook/season-of-thrills


iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/season-of-thrills/id1033661475?mt=11


Marian’s Blog:  http://www.marianl.com

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Today Author Jo-Ann Carson joins me.


Why suspense?

I’m a suspense junkie and I always have been. While I read all sorts of stories, I like thrillers best of all.

As a writer I feel like a marionette puppeteer pulling the strings of my characters to heighten the suspense in the plot. It’s fun. It’s great fun.


Excerpt (from Black Cat Blues launching January 15, 2016)

This is the opening from the book I’m launching in a couple months.


Walking through a dark alley at three-thirty in the morning wasn’t smart, but Maggy Malone didn’t have a choice, or at least not one she liked. A bone-numbing cold wind off the Strait of Georgia hit her face as she opened the back door of the Black Cat Blues bar. Pulling her jacket close to her body, she descended the stairs into the inky darkness of the night, her guitar case in one hand. She checked over her shoulder before she started her descent.


Vancouver in November—endless grey skies and drizzle. The waning moon slipped behind layers of dark clouds leaving her little light to help her on her way. She quickened her pace. A warm glow beckoned from the street lamp, a hundred yards away. Her scalp tingled. She took a deep breath of the salty night air.


What the hell. She could handle a few minutes of fear. Singing in the best blues bar on the coast had been her dream since she was a teenager. If it meant getting up close and personal with the creepy back alley on occasion, then so be it. Her shoulders tightened.

Stepping over the dirty needles, used condoms and Micky D wrappers left behind by the prostitutes, addicts and homeless who shared the alley, she tried not to let the filth reach inside her, but the stagnant stench of rotting garbage and urine turned her stomach. If only it would rain, really rain, then the city would be washed clean.


Where were all the street people? Usually there’d be one or two around at this time of night, huddled against the cold brick walls with only a blanket to keep out the cold and misfortunes of the night. Something felt wrong. She looked over her shoulder again. No one.

Her throat constricted as a chill crawled up her spine. She adjusted the weight of her canvas guitar case into her other hand, ready to run. It had been a long night. She should never have descended into this God forsaken alley. Friggen Frank. She took a deep breath, eyes darting in every direction.


The lights of the street were only a few yards away when she saw the body. Lying in a pool of blood with a silvery spike protruding from his chest—

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Meet Author Jacqui Nelson

Jacqui Nelson is another one of my Sisters in Suspense who is featured in Snippets of Suspense.










How did you choose the suspense genre?



I write what I love to read: high-stakes stories that leave me breathless with anticipation and worry and eventually the thrill of a hard-earned victory against seemingly unbeatable odds.



Where do you get the ideas for your stories?


From history!




Tell us about your hero.  Give us one of his strengths and one of his weaknesses.


In Between Heaven & Hell, Paden Callahan is an ex-Texas Ranger tormented by his inability to save his wife during an Indian raid. Despite Paden’s wish to leave his past behind, he cannot say no when asked to lead a wagon train west by his mentor, his dead wife’s father.



Tell us about your heroine.  Give us one of her strengths and one of her weaknesses.


In Between Heaven & Hell, Hannah or Blue Sky is a woman with two names, but no last name. After her parents were murdered by a band of renegade militiamen, Hannah was raised by Osage Indians. She’s an expert rider and sharp shooter who wins a position as scout on a wagon train bound for Oregon. Due to her unusual upbringing, she struggles to fit in with either of her two worlds.



How far do you plan ahead?


I love to plan! Before I wrote a single word of my current work-in-progress (Book 2 in my Gambling Hearts series), I created a ten-page document of story notes.



How likely are people you meet to end up in your next book?


Fairly likely. A friend’s story about her singing gospel in a karaoke bar became the inspiration for Between Love Lies’ heroine singing Amazing Grace in a saloon, and a cowboy’s response of: “You sing like a preacher’s daughter. But if I’d wanted a sermon, I’d ’a gone to church.”

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What inspired your latest book?


The spark for newest release Between Love & Lies (Book 1 in my Gambling Hearts series) came from my collection of Time-Life Old West books containing these lines: “The longhorns were carriers of a microscopic tick. The Texas animals were immune to the parasite, but the same tick produced deadly splenic fever in local cattle.”


I imagined a small farm, held together only by the grit and hard work of its owner, might not survive such an event. I wondered what might happen next, both on that unlucky farm and in the nearest town: Dodge City, the Queen of Cattle Towns—where life would be challenging for a woman who luck had deserted.



For more about Jacqui Nelson, connect with her on…


Website | Amazon | Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube | Pinterest | Email



Blurb: Between Heaven & Hell (release date June 2014)


On a trail full of danger, will he guide her to heaven or hell?


Fort Leavenworth, Kansas – 1850


Hannah knows one thing the moment she enters Fort Leavenworth—she’s arrived in Hell. But inside is the means to a new life, a position as a scout on a wagon train bound for the Western Territories. All she has to do is convince the wagon master, Paden Callahan, she’s the right person for the job.


After his wife was murdered by the Comanche, Paden let his work as a Texas Ranger consume him. Now he wants nothing more than to disappear into the West. Unfortunately, the one man he can’t refuse has asked him to guide a wagon train full of tenderfoots across thousands of miles of Indian land. But Paden’s greatest challenge turns out to be Hannah, a woman his heart won’t allow him to ignore even though she was raised by an enemy he hates.


Between Heaven & Hell buy links: Amazon | B&N |  Kobo | iBooks




Meet the author

Jacqui Nelson writes historical romance adventures set in the Old West. Her stories feature ordinary women thrust into extraordinary roles including an Oregon Trail scout, an ex-Rebel spy turned government rabble rouser, and a Dodge City cardsharp gambling with love and death. Her love for the Old West came from watching classic Western movies while growing up on a cattle farm. She’s been nominated for over 20 awards and won the RWA® Golden Heart® for historical romance & the Laramie® for western romance drama.

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Snippets of Suspense anthology buy links for B&N / Kobo is currently free. 

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Sister of Suspense Jacquie Biggar

Today I’m featuring fellow Sister of Suspense Jacquie Biggar. I’m honored to be part of this talented group. We just released Snippets of Suspense. It is a glance at ten authors and their books. Here’s Jacquie.


Jacquie owned and operated a restaurant in her hometown of Edson, Alberta for thirteen years before moving west to Victoria to take care of her grandson and pursue her dream of becoming a writer. She became an active member of Romance Writers of America, Kiss of Death—an online suspense group, and her local group, Vancouver Island Romance Authors.

Do you outline your books or wing it?  Describe your process.


I’m what’s known as a pantser, in other words I wing it. I get my ideas from current events and from there I build my character’s world.


How do you decide on setting?


The setting was the easy part. I love the west coast and small towns, so I made that an integral part of my story.


What genre(s) do you write in? Why?


I’ve always loved romance and dreamed of one day writing for Harlequin—still working on that—and suspense books keep me turning the pages, so it was a natural fit.

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What is your favorite part of writing?


When you get that scene in your head and everything flows from the fingers to the keyboard, almost without thought. Love that.


What is your least favorite part of writing?


I’d have to say editing. I go over the same words so many times it can be frustrating.


Some writers edit excessively as they write; others wait until a novel is finished to do the bulk of editing. How about you?


I edit as I go. I’m compulsive, and can’t seem to leave it alone.


What’s the strangest thing you have ever done in the name of research?


Online searches for drug-running and human trafficking in Iraq and Mexico. I expected to be flagged by the DEA at any time.


E-books, print, or both? Any preferences? Why?


For myself I prefer e-books, but I know a lot of people like print so I’ve gone with both for my novel. And let’s face it, there’s nothing like holding a book in your hands that you’ve worked so hard to make into a reality.


Please tell us your experiences with social media. What are your favorite and least favorite parts of it?


I love social media. It’s an amazing way to make friends with people from all over the globe. That being said, I’ve found since I opened an author page on Facebook, I’m getting lots of strange, “Hi, I’d like to get to know you better,” messages I could do without.


What do you read? Do you read different genres when you’re writing versus not writing?


I read a wide variety within the romance genre. Romantic Suspense-Iris Johansen, Suzanne Brockmann, Comedy-Jennifer Crusie, Paranormal-J.R.Ward, YA-Jodie Esch, Lisa Lange.


For more about Jacquie Biggar check out her website and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.


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Here is a blurb from my novel, Tidal Falls, which released Sept 15/14


Sara Reed is on the run from an abusive ex who happens to have ties to a Mexican cartel. Mistakenly thinking her and her daughter would be safer if she had some kind of leverage, she takes a copy of some valuable files, files that make her a target.

Nick Kelley is an ex-marine trying to recuperate now that his career is over due to injuries suffered from an IED. When the two of them meet in the pretty little town of Tidal Falls, the experience is explosive.


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Excerpt from Tidal Falls:


“How did you find me?” Sara fell back as Tom pushed his way inside, followed closely by Sam, and then she caught sight of Fiona being led in by two other men. Her friend was cuffed, her arms pulled taut behind her back. Her mouth, covered by a bright red handkerchief tied so tight it cut into her whitened cheeks, highlighted an obscene bruise. Her eyes, one of them black and blue, filled with tears, begging Sara to forgive her.

“GPS, my dear, you’ve heard of that I presume? I traced you from your own phone, that wasn’t very smart of you. So, this is where you’ve been hiding.” He waved the others into the room, locking the door behind them. “What, no kiss for your Husband? You do recall you have one of those, don’t you?”

He looked the same, so tall and handsome standing there in his perfectly pressed suit and tie, not a hair out of place. A wolf in sheep’s clothing. It was so obvious to her now. The narrow, cold eyes, the supercilious attitude, the rigid stance, the not-so-well-hidden-anger, had he always been that way? She didn’t like to think so. How could she have been so wrong about him? He’d pulled the wool over her eyes from the beginning.



Recently a group of suspense writers came together and formed the Sisters of Suspense. We all work to promote each other’s work, share things we’ve learned within the industry, and create an invaluable support network. These ladies are the best!

You can check us out here:

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We do a monthly giveaway filled with cash and prizes so be sure to check us out J

We’ve also just launched our first anthology, Snippets of Suspense.




Shaken and Stirred… Spine-tingling suspense with a steamy side of romance, written by ten award winning authors. The Sisters of Suspense Anthology #1 is a collection of snippets from their favorite Romantic Suspense stories. Chilling and thrilling. It’s guaranteed to spark your interest, stir your senses, set your imagination on overdrive and introduce you to new authors you’re going to love. Snippets by: Veronica Forand, Melissa Keir, Jo-Ann Carson, Jacquie Biggar, Marian Lanouette, Jacqui Nelson, Pat Amsden, Marsha R. West, Kathryn Jane and McKenna Sinclair Award Winning Suspense


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In celebration of the holidays I’d like to offer one lucky commenter an e-copy of my book, Tidal Falls and a $10 gift card to Amazon.

Happy Holidays to all, J

Jacquie Biggar




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Season of Surprises releases to excellent reviews

I’m happy to announce release day has come for Season of Surprises. Read below what readers are saying about this holiday anthology.

Thank you readers for the 5 and 4 star reviewsSeason of Surprises Cover 2 Barnes and Noble with bestselling author on it

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 4, 2015
Awesome collection of short love stories. Great reading and great writing. I enjoyed that all of the stories were so different. Hope there is another set of short stories coming out soon from these authors!

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful

on November 4, 2015
i was given an advanced readers copy in exchange for an honest review. from the very first page i was completely blown away. each story captivated me and compelled me to keep turning the pages. i could not put this down, each story is different in its own way but i truly loved them all. if asked to pick my favorite that would be am impossible task. if u r ready to get into the holiday spirit i highly recommend this book.

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 3, 2015
This is a lovely collection of stories that will get you in the holiday mood early! I loved how each story ended with the author sharing a favorite, delicious-sounding recipe.
In Merry Holly’s story, Noelle and Chase and a small circle of associates confront one another in questions of trust under the glare of the Florida sun. It takes Christmas in July to shed light on their true situations.
In Gerri Brouseau’s story, an Englishwoman, Scottish laird, a Dowager, a Scottish estate, and a colorful cast of characters interact and ultimately propel the story toward the celebration of a Yuletide bride.
Chad Prince is a provocative Manhattan art gallery owner who brings unlikely enchantment into Bella’s world with a Halloween kiss. From the snow-globed frog of the Prologue through the story’s complications, you will wait as Bella did for the full-out realization of her fate — played out against a magical holiday.
Sommerville High’s former heartthrob walks up to Callie’s handbag counter to purchase a Christmas gift for his mother … and Vicki Batman’s story is launched. This story will make you wish you’d taken your short-lived holiday job a bit more seriously … or at least long enough to take home a special gift for yourself.
Skeptical Amy wonders at the naivete of friend Charlotte, who let an art thief prey upon her hopes. Charlotte challenges Amy’s sense of magic … and Providence steps in with Bobbi Lerman’s tense time-bending tale centered on events in a holiday ballroom.
Destiny is dealing with the death of her mother, and her father’s grief — and anticipating the end of her ill-fated romantic relationship when a handsome stranger enters her flower shop. Who is Max and why has he arrived seeking her help?
In Madison West’s story, reluctant birthday girl Amelia gets an unexpected gift of a trip to Istanbul to retrieve a tapestry. But it is meeting Owen that puts her in touch with the more valuable treasure — love.
In Holiday on the Home Front, Betty and Van join efforts to save an old diner and save themselves in the process, in a beautiful story set in the shadow of World War II.
This is a gorgeous collection of holiday stories … try to read just one before bed, and you’ll find yourself peeking ahead at the next one.

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 3, 2015
What a great collection of easy-to-read stories that make you want more, more, more!!!This collection was recommended to me by a Facebook friend and I was not disappointed! Perfect start to the season–particularly loved the nostalgia Krustin Drew’s Holiday On the Homefront! Felt like I was transported back in time!
on November 1, 2015
Just loved this book filled with romance. The holiday season brings out the romantic in me. Loved Bobbi Lerman’s story of time Tavel in particular, but all stories were fun to read.

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 30, 2015

Season of Surprises is a charming collection of Hallmark Channel holiday love stories by some very talented writers, all of whom are tops in the romance genre. With their own style and voice, these unique short stories entertain and transport the reader across time and various settings–from a time travel, to a battle over a handbag, to a magical frog in a snow globe. All delightful in their own way.

My favorite was Cara Marsi’s Her Frog Prince. I love all her snow globe/fairy tale stories. Just the right the touch of magic!

As we head into the holiday shopping season, I recommend you pick of a copy of Seasons of Surprises for the romance reader on your list. He/she will love the stories. I sure enjoyed the collection.

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 30, 2015
This is a heartwarming collection of stories that kept me turning the pages. Every author made me wish their stories were longer. I especially loved Holiday Handbag Extravaganza by Vicki Batman since I grab all her books as soon as they release. She didn’t disappoint with this latest feel-good one. Now all I have to do is wait patiently for her next offering.

5.0 out of 5 stars5 Star WOW

on October 30, 2015
Season of Surprises filled me with hope, uncontrollable giggles, and an all around good time. Just as I read one tale and thought, you can’t top this, they did. Briliant tales of romance and fun with characters not without their problems just like any person but attaining their heart’s wish. They were all so much fun to read it’s hard to pick a favorite. So I picked three out of the group, though all the stories are wonderful. My three favorites were “Enticed by a Laird” by Gerri Brousseau, Her Frog Prince Holiday by Cara Marsi, and Holiday Handbag Extravanganza by Vicki Batman. Why these three? I have a soft spot for anything with a Scottish air and have loved Gerri’s Brousseau’s historical romances in the past and this one delivers too. I don’t want to give it away but it’s fun and unexpected. Just loved it. Love comes to unexpected people is all I’ll say. Her Frog Holiday is magical. I loved the forays into the art world and Manhattan high society but also the comfortable cooking at home part and thought the hero was to die for. Holiday Handbag Extravaganza really shined for me. What do you do when the school bully grows up and comes into your shop? What do you do when her cute brother comes into your shop later? I’ll let you imagine. I don’t like giving out spoilers but wow. All the books within Seasons of Surprise are the fun, enjoyable, and will make you smile all over.

on October 30, 2015
Who doesn’t need to be romantically swept away. Be prepared to be delighted with these enjoyable reads by authors who are tops in their genre. You might want to include Season of Surprises in holiday stockings for all your friends!

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful

on October 29, 2015
This is a great collection of stories! A few authors were new to me, and now I will be checking out their other books. A definite must-read box set!

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 29, 2015
Once again Bobbi Lerman has a story for Hallmark’s Holiday movies. I enjoyed nearly all of the stories in this box set – when does that happen? Kristen Drew is a great new addition to the group. What a great way to be pulled into the holiday mood.
on October 29, 2015
I love a good holiday story and Season of Surprises doesn’t disappoint. Each of the eight stories were fun, fast paced reads that by the end put a smile on my face. My favorite was a close tie between Providence, by Bobbi Lerman. I loved the story of Amy Beale who travels back o0ne hundred years to meet her destiny and Kristen Drew’s. sweet World War II romance between her tenacious heroine Betty, and Van, her soldier boy gone off to war. The recipes at the end were terrific; I plan to try them all. If you like romance, I highly recommend Season of Surprises.

on October 28, 2015
“Holiday on the Home Front” transports the reader to a bygone era with compelling characters who feel like they’d be at home in a classic Hollywood black and white movie.

on October 28, 2015
I loved each and every one of these romances. My personal favorite is “Holiday on the Home Front,” by Kristin Drew. This love story, set during World War II, develops the characters and captures the time period perfectly. I didn’t want it to ever end.

on October 28, 2015
What a great collection of stories! I adore romances and this collection has a lot to offer. I loved “Turkish Delight” what a funny and adventurous love story! Amelia grew on me as she made her way through a foreign country and tries to conquer her fears of the unknown. I don’t consider myself the travelling type but after reading this story I kind of want to get on a plane and visit Istanbul for myself.

on October 28, 2015
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase2 of 2 people found this review helpful
So many anthologies out these days, it’s not easy to chose one. But you can’t go wrong with this one. I’ve read work by some of these authors before. Cara Marsi is one author I’ve read before. I love her Frog Prince story. I can always count on her to present a story that’s engaging and well edited, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading every one of these stories. Good job, ladies!

on October 28, 2015
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I was looking for an easy read to get me through a long plane ride and this anthology looked promising with its variety of different love stories. My plane ride was more than six hours long, but because I was so immersed into this book my travelling time was a breeze! I loved all the stories in this collection, some of my absolute favorites was “Providence,” “Holiday on the Homefront” and “Turkish Delight.” I ended this book with a big smile on my face and can’t wait until these authors come out with another collection!

on October 28, 2015
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Bought this when I saw it was coming on for the wife. She liked the other Season of Box Sets and I figured it would be good reading for her on some long drives we have coming up. I am not usually one for romance (my wife will attest to this) but this book actually caught, and kept, my interest surprisingly. I was most strongly drawn into the Holiday on the Home Front story. I am a sucker for the WW2 era , and I thought the author did a good job of being true to that time period. The relationship between Betty and Van was believable, and the outlying characters and small town setting added a lot of dimension to their story-I felt like I was watching a Turner Classic Movie while reading. I also really enjoyed Providence, with it’s historical aspects… perhaps I am a historical romance fan afterall, though I won’t admit it anywhere but here. Anyway, great writing. I know my wife will enjoy these stories just as much as I did, if not more.

on October 28, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition2 of 2 people found this review helpful

I am Rick’s wife. I ordered on his account. LOVED these stories!! The characters were interesting, and you cared what happens to them. There’s such diversity from one story to the next! Old wartime love letters; a pact from the past visits a flower shop; who knew a snowglobe could predict the future; while island scenery may be beautiful, the people may not be; and my personal favorite, English titled folk mingle with Scots.

My personal favorite was written by Gerri Brousseau. I have read all of Ms. Brousseau’s offerings and had fun on all the adventures! This “Enticed by a Laird” does not disappoint. Her writing truly makes you feel like you’re in the room with these folks, and privy to their every thought, complete with accents! The British gentry even have the good taste to have a dog, or two!

Getting back to the library of stories here in “Season of Surprises”, there is something for everyone’s taste, I’m sure! And you’re going to enjoy, I’m sure!

on October 27, 2015
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase3 of 3 people found this review helpful

I received an advanced reader copy of a “Day for Destiny” by Jane Gale for review.

I found a Day for Destiny to be a refreshing change from my usual genre which is science fiction/fantasy.

This is the story of a young woman, Destiny, torn by her feelings for two men; one man being very familiar to her, but being caught up so much in his own ego that he didn’t have much room for anyone else. The other man being a stranger from her past. There are numerous twists and turns as she resolves her feelings for the two men.

Destiny is also caught up in a struggle with the local government to keep her property/shop. She must find out who is trying to take her property in order to save it.

This being a short story, I found the ending came a little too fast for me. I would like the story to have gone on and learned a little more about what happened to these characters. Perhaps there will be a sequel.

If you like romance novels, I believe you’ll enjoy this story very much. It is not at all smutty; it is just an enjoyable read.

on October 27, 2015
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I loved this set of stories. The romantic stories are all so different from each other. Each story is worth the price by itself, but you get 8 books in the set. I loved that! My favorite story is by Jane Gale. The flower shop is a great backdrop for a romantic story to unfold with the fragrant flowers and steamy green house. Jarrod her flaky boyfriend is in and out of the picture, but then a mysterious man drops by the flower shop. Then, he won’t tell Destiny his name – only that he’s come back to town for something he forgot.. I won’t give any more away but the writing is flawless and flows seamlessly. I couldn’t put my Kindle down to find out who this man was and what his intentions are! (and of course how he goes about getting into Destiny’s flower garden 😉

on October 27, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Season of Surprises is a delightful collection of heartwarming stories that entertain and transport the reader to different locations across time and the world. The characters are lovable and enjoyable…their struggles real. My favorite? Well I couldn’t say as each one was wonderful in it’s own way! Keep writing ladies!

on October 27, 2015
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Season of Surprises, make for a very enjoyable read. The writers of this delightful anthology kept me interested and engaged as I turned the pages of each of their stories. The beyond romantic Providence, by Bobbi Lerman was my particular favorite, making me wish time travel was possible. A wonderful addition to anyone’s holiday reading list.

on October 27, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition5 of 5 people found this review helpful
The team that brought us the heartwarming Season of Magic boxed set is back at it, and this time they brought a few friends. A Season of Surprises is a fantastic read. Eight stories to get you ready for a bit of magic and the holidays. My personal favorite Providence, nothing like a good time travelling Cinderella tale to get you feeling like anything is possible. Eight stories for this price, you really can’t go wrong.

on October 27, 2015
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase4 of 4 people found this review helpful
These short stories are a great representation of some of what romance has to offer. Sweet, each in their own way, I enjoyed this collection – from the handbag battle, to the English matriarch’s complicated second chance at love, to the agoraphobia who overcomes her fears. True romantic that I am, the fairy tale-like romance between Bella and Chad really stole my heart in Her Frog Prince!
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