Happy Thanksgiving

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How to Kiss Your Grumpy Boss

About the Book:

How to Kiss Your Grumpy Boss: A Sweet Romantic Comedy (How to Kiss a Hawthorne Brother Book 2) by [Jenny Proctor]

Title: How to Kiss Your Grumpy Boss
Series: How to Kiss a Hawthorne Brother #2
Author: Jenny Proctor
Publisher: Four Petal Press
Release Date: November 1st, 2022
Genre: Romantic Comedy

Perry Hawthorne is my boss. Only my boss. And I do NOT have a crush.

When one of THE Hawthorne brothers—known by their chiseled jawlines and their family-run farm and event center—hires me to be his virtual assistant, I do everything I can to keep him firmly in the work zone.

His grumpy demeanor helps.

His smoking hot profile picture does not.

But even if I do have a crush (a very tiny one), I can’t catch real feelings for a million different reasons.

Besides the whole business part of our relationship, I’m a single mom. I have to think about what’s best for my son, Jack. And my grumpy, divorced, humorless boss isn’t exactly giving me “ready to be a stepdad” vibes.

When Perry upgrades me from virtual to in-person assistant, I wonder if I’ve gotten him all wrong. He’s actually pretty great with Jack. And with me? Let’s just say the chemistry crackling between us might vaporize all my reasons for keeping my distance.

Trouble is, after his messy divorce, I’m not sure Perry’s ready to bet on a new relationship. But it isn’t just my heart that’s on the line. It’s Jack’s, too. And after everything we went through before my husband died, I’m not sure that’s a gamble I’m ready to take, no matter how desperate Jack is for a daddy.

How to Kiss Your Grumpy Boss is a sweet romantic comedy with all the sizzling kisses you want in a closed-door romance but no explicit scenes.

Book Review:

This was such a fun book! I mean I was really excited for it but it exceeded my expectations. I love the grumpy/sunshine trope and this book was perfect. How to Kiss Your Grumpy Boss is the second book in Jenny Proctor’s How to Kiss a Hawthorne Brothers Series. This series has been wonderful and I am super excited for the next book.

Oh, Perry. I felt so bad for Perry, he was just trying so hard to control things. But life was throwing him upside down. Perry was the grumpy brother but he had a heart of gold and he loved his family. He fell hard and fast for Lila and she really managed to shock up his world. Perry had to learn that he didn’t have to be perfect to make things work with Lila. He had to learn to enjoy life and just hope for the best.

Lila was also an amazing character. She was so funny to read about. She was a single mom just doing her best to care for her kid. She never expected to fall for her virtual grumpy boss, but life had other plans. She met Perry and she was smitten but she was also careful because of her son, Jack. I really liked Lila and how she was reasonable but she also saw the best in life. She cared for Perry but she also had to put her son first, which I admire. Lila had to learn to trust Perry and maybe learn that her wishes could come true.

Lila and Perry were so cute together! I really enjoyed their interactions and their fun banter. Jack was just so sweet and I loved reading about his interactions with Perry. He was a fun little kid. The Hawthorne family really just adds to the story and I enjoyed reading the sibling banter and advice. I love books with siblings that love each other and honestly want the best for each other. The story was sweet and I was rooting for Perry and Lila as they tried to work out their relationship.

How to Kiss Your Grumpy Boss was even better than the first book! I would definitely recommend it! I would recommend it to those at least 13 years and up because it is a closed door romance. I am also beyond excited for How to Kiss Your Enemy! How to Kiss Your Grumpy Boss is a closed door contemporary romance. 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher through Netgalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, a positive review was not required.

The Call of the Sea

About the Book:

The Call of the Sea by [Sian Ann Bessey]

Title: The Call of the Sea
Author: Sian Ann Bessey
Publisher: Covenant Communications
Release Date: November 1st, 2022
Genre: Historical Romance

A Viking Historical Romance

On the eve of her betrothal to a nobleman she’s never met, Rhiannon seeks comfort on the shores of the sea she loves so well. But instead of offering peace to her uneasy heart, the ocean heralds doom with the arrival of dreaded Viking ships. A vicious raid leads to the death of her beloved father and leaves Rhiannon’s life in tatters. Heartbroken, she travels to Ynys Môn, where she takes up residence at the royal court of Owain Gwynedd.

Leif loves voyaging on the open water. As the son of a Viking chief, he’s accustomed to his people’s practice of plundering and looting. But when one of his companions ruthlessly kills an old man in front of the man’s beautiful daughter, Leif is haunted by the memory. Desperate to find forgiveness for the atrocity he allowed to occur, he’s offered a chance at redemption through the kindly teachings of an Irish priest and the unexpected arrival of a royal fugitive. Suddenly thrust into the midst of the Cymry’s political turmoil, Leif is reunited with the dead man’s daughter—Rhiannon. Forced to work side by side to uncover the truth behind the turmoil, they come to discover that love can grow from even the most tragic of beginnings. But with such incompatible backgrounds, surely a future together can never be theirs.

Book Review:

First of all, this cover is stunning and of course the story was amazing! Sian Ann Bessey is a wonderful author and her books are always awesome. I was excited to read this book and it did not disappoint. The Call of the Sea is a Norse Romance and oh so exciting. 

Rhiannon was lovely. She had gone through much, losing her parents and yet she still sought to be kind. Rhiannon was trying to figure out what was going on in her life, she had lost not only her father but her home. Rhiannon was an easy character to read about, she felt relatable. Rhiannon had to learn to forgive those who had harmed her, never knowing that there might be some good in the Vikings. 

Lief was just a wonderful character. I loved his growth and his kindness. He knew that plugging a place was evil so he tried to change and make amends for his mistakes. Lief had to learn to look towards the future, learning from his mistakes in his past. I love how Lief still tried to help others and how he sought to do what was good even when he was trying to figure out what he believed. 

I liked the romance between Rhiannon and Lief. Although they were basically enemies, it did not feel rushed or stilted. Rhiannon had to learn to trust Lief before they could even hope to be friends. The plot was also so interesting and I was engaged in the story the whole time. There was so much going on and I wanted to see how the story was going to end. 

This book had it all, excitement, mystery and romance. The characters were also a lot of fun. I loved reading about the character’s growth. I also love how Bessey was able to weave faith into her book. This was just a stunning story. The Call of the Sea is a thrilling book and it needs to be on your TBR. The Call of the Sea is a clean historical romance. 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher through Netgalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, a positive review was not required.

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How to Kiss Your Best Friend

About the Book:

How to Kiss Your Best Friend: A Sweet Romantic Comedy (How to Kiss a Hawthorne Brother Book 1) by [Jenny Proctor]

Title: How to Kiss Your Best Friend
Series: How to Kiss a Hawthorne Brother #1
Author: Jenny Proctor
Publisher: Four Petal Press
Release Date: May 24th, 2022
Genre: Romantic Comedy

He’s a hot high school chemistry teacher living in a small town. She’s a globetrotting journalist running from her past. They used to be best friends. Then one kiss changes everything.

Kate Fletcher is my kryptonite.

She’s also my best friend. Former best friend?

I’m not sure what you call it when we grew up attached at the hip and then she left Silver Creek (and me) to travel the world.

The important thing is: Kate is back. (Temporarily.)

And I’m still in love with her. (Permanently.)

But something is different now. The attraction doesn’t seem one-sided. I don’t think I’m imagining the heat in Kate’s eyes or the chemistry crackling between us.

But will that be enough to keep Kate here, when, for as long as I can remember, all she’s wanted to do is leave?

I’m determined to give her a reason to stay. Family. Connection. Roots. And me. I’ll have to start with sparks and fire, but if I take this step, there’s no turning back to simple friendship. And if she doesn’t feel the same way, I might lose her again—this time for good.

Book Review:

This was just too cute! I have not read many of Jenny Proctor’s books but I am now adding all of her books to my TBR. How to Kiss Your Best Friend is the first book in Jenny Proctor’s new series, How to Kiss a Hawthorne Brother. I have not read many friends-to-lovers books but I enjoy this troupe when done well, and this one was perfect. 

Kate was just trying to see the world, she ran away from Silver Creek as fast as she could. But now she is back home and suddenly her best friend, Brody, seems different. I loved Kate, she was just trying to find herself and her home. I enjoyed reading from her perspective. She wanted a place to call home but she just didn’t know what that meant. Brody was her steady place, but suddenly everything was all upended when she began to see him differently. It was cute to read about her interacting with Brody and finally seeing him. Kate had to figure out what she was running from before she could think of a relationship with Brody.

Ahhh, Brody was just sweet. He had loved Kate for as long as he could remember and he just wanted her to be happy. But he was also trying to figure out if it was time to move on. I adored Brody, he was just a great guy. However he was struggling because he didn’t know what to do about Kate and to make matters worse he was dealing with things at work. Brody had to figure out what it meant to love Kate and if it would be worth it. 

I loved Brody and Kate’s relationship. They were friends and they had great chemistry. It was so fun to read about them falling in love and their interactions. I loved the dialogue in this book. I also enjoyed the pace of their romance, it did not feel rushed or drawn out. They were both figuring things out as they fell in love. 

I just loved the characters and was drawn into the story! Also the side characters were so much fun and I am beyond excited for the next books. How to Kiss Your Best Friend is a wonderful book and definitely a must read. How to Kiss Your Best Friend is a rom-com closed door friends-to-lovers romance.  

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.

Once Upon a Royal Christmas

About the Book:

Once Upon A Royal Christmas by [Teri Wilson]

Title: Once Upon a Royal Christmas
Author: Teri Wilson
Publisher: Hallmark Publishing
Release Date: November 1st, 2022
Genre: Romance

She pretends to be a princess at children’s parties.
But can she melt a real prince’s frosty heart?
Get swept away by a Christmas story from Hallmark
and bestselling author Teri Wilson—
the queen of royal romance!

“I’m Prince Nikolas of San Glacera. Oh, you’ve never heard of us? Well, you’re not the only one. Our country relies on winter tourism, but we’re attracting fewer and fewer visitors. I admit it’s a problem. I just don’t think the solution is an American who likes to play dress-up.

You see, while I was away on a trip, my younger sister convinced the palace to hold a contest. The winner gets to star in our annual Ice Village festivities and accompany our royal family to holiday events.

And who did they choose? Gracie Clark, who runs a children’s party business and performs as—I kid you not—‘Princess Snowflake.’

Of course, I do respect the fact that she volunteers at children’s hospitals. I suppose to some, she might have a certain charm… But the whole cheap spectacle is beneath our dignity.

I’m not going to shirk my duty to my kingdom. I’ll go to every event with her. At least, once Christmas is over, she’ll be gone…”

Book Review:

This was just too cute! It was honestly the perfect Hallmark romance read! Once Upon a Royal Christmas is the second Teri Wilson book that I have read and I loved it! First off let me say that it is from Hallmark and it is a total Hallmark book. I was looking for a light and fun read and this was just what I wanted. 

Gracie was so fun and full of life. She was trying her best to get her business going . She never expected to find herself playing a Christmas princess in San Glacera, spending time with the crown prince. Gracie was a sweet character, I liked how she looked out for others. She worked hard and she was kind. But Gracie was also working through her own fears of failures as she tried to keep her business afloat. I liked reading from Gracie’s perspective, it was also cute to see how she saw Nikolas.

Prince Nikolas was just trying his best. He truly cared for his people and he wanted to be the best prince that he could be. I really liked Nikolas especially as he tried to help his people. He was kind but he did have a bit of a grumpy exterior. Nikolas had to learn that he didn’t need to shoulder the burden of the world. Gracie helped show him how to live and enjoy life.

Nikolas and Gracie were a wonderful couple. They really balanced each other and helped each other be better. I loved reading about their easy interactions. The story was fun and easy to read with little stress. The side characters were a wonderful addition and I also loved the pets in this book too!

Once Upon a Royal Christmas is a must read. It is an easy relaxing read! Once Upon a Royal Christmas is a clean Christmas romance. 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher through Netgalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, a positive review was not required.

The Runaway

About the Book:

The Runaway: A Sweet, Small Town, Military Romance (Brides of Beaufort Book 4) by [Jess Mastorakos]

Title: The Runaway
Series: Brides of Beaufort #6
Author: Jess Mastorakos
Release Date: 
October 26th, 2022
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Could rescuing a runaway bride be the detour I never knew I needed?

I had a plan. But then, my cross-country road trip to my new duty station started with me getting dumped. Two seconds later, I got roped into bringing a family friend’s niece, Nikki, and her teenage daughter on the road with me.

To make matters worse, I’m aiding Nikki’s escape from her own wedding. The last thing I need after getting ditched by one flighty woman is to be stuck in the car with another one. Especially one who thinks I’m grumpy and rigid and too obsessed with keeping on schedule.

But despite the ball-of-sunshine act she’s putting on for her kid’s sake, there’s more to this story. And when I finally get it out of her, I realize this detour from my perfectly planned road trip is even more complicated than I feared.

And now, no matter what it costs me, I’ll stop at nothing to protect them.

Book Review:

Amazing of course! I can’t believe that this series has come to an end, but this was a wonderful end to this lovely series. The Runaway is the sixth and final book in Jess Mastorakos’ Brides of Beaufort series. I have been getting more and more excited for this book and it was even better than I had hoped! I read it in one day!

Nikki had a lot of things to work through but she was so still strong and considerate. Nikki had her daughter to consider and she was just trying her best. I loved how Nikki tried to see the best of things but how she could be herself with Nate. Nikki had to learn to let others in and to fight for what she wanted. 

Nate was a grump but he was a sweetheart on the inside. He was trying to work through the break up of his on again off again girlfriend, never expecting a road trip to change his life. I really liked Nate and his character. He was kind and considerate and he did his best to help Nikki and Marigold. Nate had to learn to believe that things could get better. 

Nikki and Nate were such a cute couple together. They really balanced each other out and helped the other person be better. I really liked their relationship and reading about them falling in love. It was fun to read about the progression of their relationship. Marigold was a lot of fun! I adored her relationship with Nate. He was just so sweet with her. 

Let me say, I was also so excited to see some old characters. There were some awesome scenes with the characters and I loved it! I also saw hints of a new series. The Runaway needs to be on your TBR, I could not recommend it enough! The Runaway is a clean contemporary romance with a grumpy and sunshine trope

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.

Hope for the Hero

About the Book:

Hope for the Hero: A Christian Bodyguard Christmas Romance by [Mandi Blake]

Title: Hope for the Hero
Series: Heroes of Freedom Ridge #16
Author: Mandi Blake
Release Date: November 9th, 2022
Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

She’s his opposite, and opposites don’t attract. So why is she impossible to resist?

Tessa Mitchell is finally getting a chance to work at her brother’s private security firm, and after one hundred other jobs that didn’t work out, this one needs to stick. Headquarters could use a makeover anyway. Oh, and she’s working for up-tight Adam. Ruffling his meticulous feathers should be fun.

Adam Roberts doesn’t need an assistant, especially not flighty Tessa. If she’d let him get a word in between her constant questions, he’d save her the trouble. She’s not meant to work in the security field.

Except, Tessa is intelligent underneath all that flirty chatter, and Adam can’t focus when she’s around. The smart thing to do would be to shut down the feelings and put some space between them. Instead, they’re sent out of town for work. Together.

When a snowstorm descends on their first co-assignment, will a change in the weather cause a change in their hearts?

Book Review:

Another wonderful book.  I have been so lucky and the past few books that I have read have been really good and this book is no different. Hope for the Hero is the 16th book in the Heroes of Freedom Ridge series. I have loved Blake’s additions to the series and this was just as good as I had hoped.

Adam and Tessa were so much fun to read about! Tessa was just so full of life. I really enjoyed reading from Tessa’s perspectives and learning more about her. She was constantly trying new things, but she was also trying to prove herself. Tessa had to learn to find her worth in Christ and trust that God was working out all things. I love how Tessa stayed true to her convictions. 

Adam was such a complicated character, but I loved reading about him. He had been hurt in the past and he had closed himself off. Adam had a lot to work through but I loved seeing him grow. He had to learn to give it all to God and trust that God was good even when life was hard. I love how Adam always seemed to encourage Tessa to hope for the best and never settle. 

I really liked reading about Adam and Tessa interacting together. They balanced each other. It was sweet to read about them interacting and connecting with each other. They helped each other be better and it was sweet to read about. It was fun to read about them both growing and learning to trust God more. I love how Blake is able to weave faith into her stories 

Hope for the Hero is a must read and was just a wonderful read. Hope for the Hero is a clean Christian romance book. I would recommend it to those who enjoy sweet romances with faith woven into the story. 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.

The Call of the Sea Blog Tour

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for The Call of the Sea by Sian Ann Bessey, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

About the Book:

The Call of the Sea by [Sian Ann Bessey]

Title: The Call of the Sea
Author: Sian Ann Bessey
Publisher: Covenant Communications
Release Date: November 1st, 2022
Genre: Inspirational Historical/Viking Romance

A Viking Historical Romance

On the eve of her betrothal to a nobleman she’s never met, Rhiannon seeks comfort on the shores of the sea she loves so well. But instead of offering peace to her uneasy heart, the ocean heralds doom with the arrival of dreaded Viking ships. A vicious raid leads to the death of her beloved father and leaves Rhiannon’s life in tatters. Heartbroken, she travels to Ynys Môn, where she takes up residence at the royal court of Owain Gwynedd.

Leif loves voyaging on the open water. As the son of a Viking chief, he’s accustomed to his people’s practice of plundering and looting. But when one of his companions ruthlessly kills an old man in front of the man’s beautiful daughter, Leif is haunted by the memory. Desperate to find forgiveness for the atrocity he allowed to occur, he’s offered a chance at redemption through the kindly teachings of an Irish priest and the unexpected arrival of a royal fugitive. Suddenly thrust into the midst of the Cymry’s political turmoil, Leif is reunited with the dead man’s daughter—Rhiannon. Forced to work side by side to uncover the truth behind the turmoil, they come to discover that love can grow from even the most tragic of beginnings. But with such incompatible backgrounds, surely a future together can never be theirs.

PURCHASE LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | BookBub


Author Interview:

  1. How did you choose the title of the book?
    The hero and the heroine both have a special connection to the sea. “The Call of the Sea” came to me as a way of expressing the emotions they were each feeling.
  2. What made you want to write in this era?
    I love including lesser-known historical events in my books. I grew up in Wales and so setting a book based on an actual event that involved the Vikings in my homeland was exciting.
  3. What kind of research did you have to do to write this book?
    It involved so much research. I did historical research on the Vikings, the Cymry, and the Irish, and specifically on the events that led to the rift between Owain Gwynedd and his brother.
  4. How did you come up with the names of your characters?
    Many of the names are the actual names of the people who lived through this time in history. The other names are names that would have been used in that era by those of the different nationalities.
  5. What was the hardest part of writing this book?
    The research, and meshing the real events with fictional characters.
  6. Did you have a character that you related more to?
    There were aspects of both Rhiannon’s and Lief’s characters that I could relate to. I particularly related to their love of their homelands and their desires to be true to their hearts.
  7. How do you deal with historical accuracy?
    The 1100s was a messy time in history. Historians do not all agree on the details of certain events and much remains unknown. Whenever possible, I read multiple sources to learn about specific events and everyday life. It was fascinating to learn more about this era.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sian Bessy

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.


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In the Shadow of a Queen

About the Book:

In the Shadow of a Queen by [Heather B. Moore]

Title: In the Shadow of a Queen
Author: Heather B Moore
Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishers
Release Date: October 4th, 2022
Genre: Historical Fiction

Based on the true story of the free-spirited daughter of Queen Victoria.

As a young woman, Princess Louise is considered the most beautiful and talented daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. She is also strong-willed and resists following the queen’s rigid rules and strict protocols for a princess.

After her father’s untimely death, Louise’s life is upended by the inconsolable grief of her mother and the rippling effect that rocks the British Empire. Captive to the queen’s overwhelming mourning, Louise is forbidden to leave her mother’s tight circle of control, attend balls, or have any kind of relationship outside the royal family. She is relegated to the position of personal secretary to her mother—the same position each of her sisters held until they were married.

Already an accomplished painter, Louise risks the queen’s wrath by exploring the art of sculpting, an activity viewed as unbefitting a woman. When Louise involves herself in the day’s political matters without Queen Victoria’s approval, including championing the career of a female doctor and communicating with suffragettes, the queen lays down the law to stop her and devotes her full energy and resources to finding an acceptable match for her defiant daughter.

In the Shadow of a Queen is the story of an epic battle of wills between two women: a daughter determined to forge her own life beyond the shadow of her mother, and a queen resolved to keep the Crown’s reputation unsullied no matter the cost.

Book Review:

I have been trying to read more historical fiction and broaden my horizons, so I was excited to try out this book. In the Shadow of a Queen was a fascinating book about Princess Lousie, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s daughter, by Heather B Moore.

This book was really interesting to read and learn more about Princess Lousie. I had actually never read or seen anything about her so it was really cool to read. Princess Louise was trying to balance being herself and being a princess. This book takes us through many movements in Princess Lousie’s life, the death of her father, her sister’s marriages, starting school, and even getting married herself are some of the things that this book takes us through. 

I really enjoyed the way this book was written, it was easy to read and understand. It did drag a bit more for me but that could be because I am just slowly getting into historical fiction. However I feel as if I learned a lot about Princess Louise, her family, and the time that she lived in. The Princess was truly amazing to read about, she stood firm in her ideas and beliefs and did many great things. 

In the Shadow of a Queen was a good book. I would recommend it to those who enjoy historical fiction or those who are interested in learning more about Princess Louise. It displays a world that seems so far away and different and yet it shows how these people were just human too. 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher through Netgalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, a positive review was not required.

The Danger with Diamonds

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:

The Danger with Diamonds by [Traci Hunter Abramson, Sian Ann Bessey]

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.

PURCHASE LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble


Author Interview:

  1. 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.
  2. 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
    follows them.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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?
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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

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 Bessy

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.

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