Friday’s Feature with Connie Queen

Justice Undercover

Keeping her true identity a secret

is the only way to stay alive.


Going undercover as a nanny brings presumed-dead ex-US Marshal Kylie Stone closer to catching the man who murdered the witness in her protection—and also killed Texas Ranger Luke Dryden’s sister. When someone tries to kidnap the twins in her care, Kylie must tell their uncle the truth…and convince Luke to help her. But will revealing her identity put all their lives at stake?


Thank you for being here today, Connie. Your new book sounds very intriguing.  I have a few questions for you so let’s get started.

Tell us about your favorite character in your new book.

I love my villain. To me, it’s creates a slew of challenges when the bad guy is someone the community loves, especially if he’s respectable in many aspects of his life. Hal Alcott is a businessman who donates to charities, well-dressed and friendly. You know, someone you’d like to have as a neighbor. But he has a dark side that my heroine knows all too well.

How important are reviews to authors?

Since this is my debut, I’m not certain, but I’ve heard they are important to reaching readers. I don’t know if the number of 5-star ratings is as important the total number of reviews.

Do you read the reviews and comments of your readers?

I have so far… After I receive my one-star review, I may change my mind.

How much of yourself do you put into your books?

Well, I’m afraid of heights so I won’t be scaling the side of a cliff like my heroine. But my husband was reading a scene the other night and started laughing. I asked him what was funny and his response, “That sounds just like something you’d say.”

Some people believe being a published author is glamorous, is that true?

This week is the release of my debut book, so yeah, I’d say it’s extremely exciting. Today, I gonna go to the store and see my book for the first time which is surreal.

But the frustration, self-doubt, and rejection are also a part of that package.

Who are some of your favorite authors?

Most of the authors I read today are Love Inspired Suspense so I can get the feel/tone of the books. I started off reading Catherine Coulter, Jude Devereaux, and Phyllis Whitney.

If you could give one piece of advice to an aspiring author, what would it be?

There are not short cuts. Keep writing. Keep learning. Keep submitting.

What is your writing schedule like?

I’d like to say I sit down at the same time everyday to write, but it’s not true. I’m still learning what works best for me. So far, mornings are more conducive to critiques, blogs, and research. Mid-to late afternoon I’m more energetic and my brain is more cooperative to write the story.

If you could do anything else, what would it be?

I’m happy with staying at home writing. But if I ever wanted to do another career, I would do it. Maybe one day I’ll decide to build houses.

What is your favorite genre of books to read?

I love suspense and westerns by Louis Lamour.

 


 

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About Connie

Connie Queen spent her life in Texas where she met and married her high-school sweetheart. Together they’ve raised eight children and are enjoying their grandchildren. As a child, Connie remembers her mom and sisters reading, but she preferred to be outside. It wasn’t until later, she found the joy of being whisked away into another world. Today she resides in Nebraska with her husband, and Nash, her Great Dane, where she’s working on her next suspense.

Wednesday’s Writer with Darlene L. Turner

Darlene L. Turner

Today I have a fellow Love Inspired Suspense author, Darlene Turner. She’s here today answering a few questions and letting us get to know a little more about the writer behind the story. Welcome, Author

When you were young, did you ever see writing as a career or full-time profession?

Yes, I’ve always wanted to write ever since I picked up my first Nancy Drew book. Those books along with Anne of Green Gables instilled in me the desire to write.

Out of all the characters you’ve written about, is there one that is your favorite?

I love all my characters so far, but you’re always partial to your first ones. In my case – Amber and Dayton from my first manuscript. Maybe one day they will get to print!

Have you ever won any awards for your writing?

Yes, three! Two Daphne awards and one ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) Genesis award. So humbled and blessed.

Do you have a special place where you like to write?

My office – it’s a sunny yellow and makes me happy! However, I have a cottage I also like to go to when I can get totally away from everything.

Have you ever received a rejection?

Yes, of course. Many, but I learned from each one and pressed forward! They say that each rejection leads you to the “one.”

What is one piece of advice you’d give to an unpublished writer?

Wow. I’ve dreamed that someone would ask me that someday. I would say keep on and don’t give up. I know that’s easy to say as there were times when I felt like giving up, but I had many supporters cheer me on. Also, read writing books, go to conferences, and find a writing mentor. These will all help you.

Do you take time to plot and outline your books? Or do you like to write by the seat of your pants?

I’m a little bit of both a pantser and a plotter. I like to have a general storyline worked out before starting Chapter 1, but then let the story come to me as I write. My favorite part of the process? Setting up my characters – deciding on their backstory and picking what movie stars I picture them as.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I love to tole paint. This is painting designs onto wood surfaces. It’s fun and relaxes me. Unfortunately, I don’t have as much time to paint as I would like! I also love to watch movies and read.

Do you have a mentor author or a particular author whose work inspires you?

DiAnn Mills is my mentor and has been such a huge help, encourager, and supporter to me!

Do you have a full-time day job? If so, how do you find time to write?

Yes, I’m a Quality Assurance Analyst for an insurance company – I test our online application. I spend my evenings and weekend writing.



Border Breach

When drugs are smuggled across the border

it’s their duty to stop the culprits…at any cost.

Forming a joint task force, Canada border officer Kaylin Poirier and police constable Hudson Steeves have one objective: take down a drug-smuggling ring trying to sell a new lethal product. But when the smugglers come after Kaylin and Hudson, this mission becomes more than just a job. Can they live long enough to solve the case?

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About Darlene

Darlene L. Turner is an award-winning author and lives with her husband, Jeff in Ontario, Canada. Her love of suspense began when she read her first Nancy Drew book. She’s turned that passion into her writing and believes readers will be captured by her plots, inspired by her strong characters, and moved by her inspirational message. You can connect with Darlene at www.darlenelturner.com where there’s suspense beyond borders.

Friday’s Feature with Tanya Stowe

KILLER HARVEST

Can she stop a deadly crop virus from ending up in the wrong hands?

Biologist and single mom Sassa Nilsson just witnessed her mentor’s brutal murder by environmental extremists. Now she’s the last link to a deadly pathogen they plan on unleashing and their number one target! But can handsome border patrol agent Jared DeLuca shield Sassa and her baby long enough to find a cure…before the entire world faces the unthinkable consequences?


Excerpt from Killer Harvest:

Sassa stared at her mentor. His wife June was missing? Sam was afraid for Sassa and her baby? He stumbled over his words, searching for a way to explain.

Over his shoulder, Sassa spotted a man walking toward them. Was this Sam’s Jared? He wasn’t wearing a uniform. He wore a black leather jacket, black pants and sunglasses, even though the sun had barely risen. He looked odd. Something about his hair…it looked fake. Even his skin appeared almost waxen as he marched toward them relentlessly, like a robot.

A walking, live robot. Like the terminator from the movie.

Sam noticed her distraction and turned. He gasped and stepped toward the stranger.

“No…”

Without hesitation, the robotic newcomer pulled a knife from beneath his leather jacket, lunged and stabbed the older man. Sassa stood frozen as Sam cried out and bent over into the man’s leather-clad arms. The terminator man pulled his knife from Sam’s chest. As the professor sagged to the ground, the guy grabbed the strap of Sam’s laptop bag, cut it free of his shoulder and spun, marching for the sliding-glass doors of the exit. Sassa watched the whole scene, frozen and speechless. She wasn’t able to make a sound until Sam hit the floor.

She screamed his name and dropped beside him. Blood flowed from her friend’s chest and bubbled from his mouth. Sassa cried out again, knowing Sam was mortally wounded.

“Call 9-1-1!” she screamed at the other passengers moving toward them. “Someone call for help!”

Sam struggled to speak to her.

“Don’t talk, Sam. Help is on the way.”

“He shoved his wrist at her, the one holding his ID bracelet.

She bent over him. “Please don’t move.” Tears fell onto his wrist and the bracelet, tears she didn’t even know she was shedding.

Sam shook his head again and tried to form a word. She leaned forward to hear him whisper, “Yours.”

Then his head fell back against the cement floor with a jarring thud.


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About Tanya

Tanya Stowe is an author of Christian Fiction with an unexpected edge. She fills her stories with the unusual…mysteries and exotic adventures, even a murder or two. No matter where Tanya takes you…on a trip to foreign lands or a suspenseful journey filled with danger…be prepared for the extraordinary