Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for The Danger with Diamonds by Traci Hunter Abramson & Sian Ann Bessey, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!
About the Book:
Title: The Danger with Diamonds
Series: Falcon Point Suspense #1
Author: Sian Ann Bessey and Traci Hunter Abramson
Publisher: Covenant Communications
Release Date: October 11th, 2022
Genre: Clean & Wholesome Romantic Suspense
Some secrets are worth keeping. Others are not.
When Lars Hendriks arranges to meet Marit Jansen in Vienna, he is hoping their friendship will blossom into romance. What he doesn’t expect is a surprise visit from his cousin Cole or the loose diamonds he brings with him.
As a CIA operative, Cole Bridger is used to uncertainty, but when his work takes him back to Vienna, he looks forward to reconnecting with Isabelle Roberts, the fellow agent he dated briefly before duty took him away from Austria. Unfortunately, his silence over the last few months has created a chasm that he can’t cross without help. He barely takes a step toward repairing the damaged relationship when a brazen jewel heist seemingly links Cole, Lars, Marit, and Isabelle to the crime. The group is drawn into a deadly mystery, and once again, the treasures of Falcon Point are threatened. It doesn’t take long for them to realize they have stumbled upon something far bigger and more dangerous than a simple robbery. And someone on the inside knows it.
- Where did you get the idea for this book?
We really came up with the idea for The Danger with Diamonds while we were still
working on The Heirs of Falcon Point. Both of us knew that our characters had
more stories to tell, and it didn’t take long for the basic plot to take shape.
- How did you choose the title of the book?
We offered several title suggestions to our publisher, but Sian came up with this
one based on the diamonds that are integral to the plot and the danger that
- How did you co write this book?
We wrote together using a Google.doc with the basic idea of what the first couple
scenes would look like. Then each day Traci would write a scene or two in the
morning. When Sian woke up (she is in a time zone two hours behind Traci), she
would then work on her scene. Often when Traci would wake up, Sian would have
another scene waiting for her. Every 8 to 10 scenes, we would have a zoom call to
plan out the next portion of the book.
- What was the hardest part of writing this book?
Sian will tell you it was getting Traci to help figure out the bad guy. Traci will tell
you it was trying to figure out the bad guy. This is what happens when two
discovery writers come together, and one (Traci) has absolutely no idea what is
going to happen next.
- How much research did you need to do in order to write this book?
Traci’s CIA background saved us hours of research into the ins-and-outs of law
enforcement. There were a few times when we felt it necessary to check on
specific protocols, but for the most part, her knowledge borne of experience was
our best resource. Having grown up in Wales, Sian’s European upbringing helped
make our European characters more authentic. We have both visited Vienna, which
helped us as we decided on locations for various scenes. Our most time-consuming
research involved uncovering small details like: When does the Christmas Market at Stephansplatz open? Which U-bahn lines run underground? What are the toppings offered at a typical doner stand?
- Do you like writing the romance or suspense parts better?
We both find romantic and suspense scenes challenging to write. The suspense
build up is not as difficult as a fight scene. And the increase in romantic tension is
not as difficult as a kissing scene. Given a choice, we’d both avoid writing fight
scenes and kissing scenes completely if we could.
- Where do you get the ideas for your characters?
The main characters in The Danger with Diamonds originally appeared in Heirs of
Falcon Point. Lars and Cole are cousins who only recently learned of each other’s
existence. Neither of them has brothers, and it was really fun to develop a
brother-like relationship between them. Isabelle and Marit, our primary female
characters in this book, also had cameo appearances in Heirs of Falcon Point, but
we really enjoyed fleshing out their characters and allowing their individual
strengths to shine. Most of our characters are a blending of people we know and
people we’ve observed over the years.
- How do you write relatable characters?
No one is perfect, including fictional characters, but at their core, our heroes and
heroines are good people trying to do the right thing. We enjoy using humor to
endear our characters to readers. We also show our characters making mistakes,
overcoming difficult things, and trying to improve. Ultimately, when readers finish
one of our books, we’d like them to feel a bond with the characters and be glad for
the time they spent with them.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Traci Hunter Abramson was born in Arizona, where she lived until moving to Venezuela for a study-abroad program. After graduating from Brigham Young University, she worked for the Central Intelligence Agency for several years, eventually resigning in order to raise her family. She credits the CIA with giving her a wealth of ideas for suspense novels as well as the skills needed to survive her children’s teenage years. She has gone on to write a number of bestselling suspense novels that have consistently been nominated as Whitney Award finalists. She considers shoes an optional accessory which became evident when she won her first three Whitney Awards in 2013 (Code Word), 2014 (Deep Cover), and 2016 (Failsafe.) Safe House won Whitney Awards for both the mystery/suspense category as well as 2017 Adult Novel of the Year. She added two additional awards in 2019 (Mistaken Reality – best mystery/suspense and Sanctuary – Adult Novel of the Year.) She currently lives in Virginia with her family where she enjoys sports, travel, writing, and recently retired from coaching high school swimming.
Connect with Traci by visiting traciabramson.com to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates.
Sian Ann Bessey was born in Cambridge, England, but grew up on the island of Anglesey off the coast of North Wales. She left her homeland to attend university in the U.S. and earned a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in English.
She began her writing career as a student, publishing several magazine articles while still in college. Since then she has published historical romance and romantic suspense novels, along with a variety of children’s books. She is a USA Today best selling author, a Foreward Reviews Book of the Year finalist, and a Whitney Award finalist.
Although Sian doesn’t have the opportunity to speak Welsh very often anymore, she can still wrap her tongue around, “Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.” She loves to travel and experience other cultures, but when she’s home, her favorite activities are spending time with her family, cooking, and reading.
Connect with Sian by visiting sianannbessey.com to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates.
(1) winner will receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card, a signed copy of The Danger of Diamonds, and book-themed swag (including stickers, bookmark, and postcard).
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