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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Love Is Murder Blog Tour: Book Excerpt and Review

Hi, everyone!

I am pleased to participate in Sandra Brown's Love is Murder Blog Tour hosted by Media Muscle.

SANDRA BROWN gathers 30 of the world’s best ROMANTIC SUSPENSE authors in one scorching book




To properly highlight each author’s contribution, Media Muscle came up with a new twist on their typical blog tour: A different author will be featured each day on the tour. The author that will be featured at Darlene's Book Nook is Heather Graham!

About Heather:

Heather Graham is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of over a hundred novels including suspense, paranormal, historical and mainstream Christmas fare. She lives in Miami, Florida, her home, and an easy shot down to the Keys where she can indulge in her passion for diving. Travel, research and ballroom dancing also help keep her sane; she is the mother of five, and also resides with two dogs, a cat and an albino skunk. She is CEO of Slush Pile Productions, a recording company and production house for various charity events. Look her up at, or

Welcome to Darlene's Book Nook, Heather!

Here is an excerpt from Heather's story, Grave Danger:

The shuffling sound of footsteps had brought her here.

A leg lay on the floor, burned and scorched, blood pooled and congealed along the severed flesh at the kneecap area. In the shadows, Ali MacGregor stepped carefully by it. She blinked and saw the enormous monster beyond the leg. Fanged teeth appeared to drip saliva; the eyes were red, as if within them, all the fires and brutal evil of hell could be found.

Ali stood still, her heart thundering. She heard the noise again, the shuffling sound that had brought her here. She moved as silently as she could. Another step brought her face-to-face with the decaying skeleton of a one-eyed zombie.
Thanks so much for joining us today, Heather!

TITLE: Love Is Murder 
SERIES: Thriller Anthology, Book #3
EDITOR: Sandra Brown 
FORMAT: Hardcover, 608 pages
GENRE: Romantic Suspense
ISBN: 978-0-7783-1344-1

Prepare for heart-racing suspense in Love Is Murder, edited by New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown, this original collection features 30 of the hottest bestselling authors and new voices writing nerve-racking romantic suspense today.

Bodyguards, vigilantes, stalkers, serial killers, women (and men!) in jeopardy, cops, thieves, P.I.s, killers—these all-new stories will keep you thrilled and chilled late into the night.

Go on vacation with Allison Brennan’s Lucy Kincaid, where she saves a man from drowning, only to discover he is in far greater danger on land. Meet Roxanne St. Claire’s “bullet catcher”—bodyguard Donovan Rush—who may have met his match in the sexually charged “Diamond Drop.” Debut author William Simon shows us what happens when the granddaughter of the president of the United States is kidnapped. And Lee Child’s pitch-perfect “I Heard a Romantic Story” puts a whole new spin on Love Is Murder.

Love Is Murder is the third Thriller anthology written exclusively by members of International Thriller Writers, Inc. Barely seven years old, ITW has a roster that reads like a who’s who of thriller writing, with 1635 members representing 28 countries worldwide and over three billion books in print. Headed by current co-presidents Douglas Preston and Kathleen Antrim, its board of directors has included such notables as Lee Child, Tess Gerritsen, Steve Berry, James Rollins, M. J. Rose, Carla Neggers, Gayle Lynds, David Morrell and David Hewson. More information is available on the ITW website.

Love Is Murder is available wherever books are sold and at


I received this book for review from the publicist as part of the book tour. I did not receive any compensation for my review, and the views expressed herein are my own.

I just love the Romantic Suspense genre, so I was thrilled to be asked to be a part of this blog tour.

Love Is Murder is a huge anthology of 29 stories by 30 different authors (one story is co-written). While the book is in excess of 600 pages, each story is between 20-30 pages which is the perfect length to enjoy at bedtime! While many of these authors (including: Lee Child, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Heather Graham, Allison Brennan, Roxanne St. Claire, and Beverly Barton) have been on my "to-read" list, each of them was new to me and provided me with a taste of their talent.

I really liked that some of the stories included paranormal elements. While I enjoyed some stories more than others, I felt that each author brought a different flavour to the anthology. Overall, I think that this book is something that most fans of Romantic Suspense will enjoy! This anthology has given me the opportunity to try a bunch of new authors, and I am interested in reading more from each of them!


3 stars!! It was good, and I enjoyed it! Thanks to Media Muscle for the review copy!

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1 comment:

  1. Wow .. 600 Pages! Sounds like an Awesome undertaking. Good thing you like Romantic Suspense and paranormal stuff.



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