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Thursday
Jul222010

Free E-Read from Anne Stuart

From Anne Stuart's website: http://www.anne-stuart.com/

The Wicked House of RohanThe delicious historical romance trilogy about the decadent Rohan family transports readers to a time as dark as it is passionate, when the aristocracy behaved with unthinkable abandon.

The House of Rohan trilogy kicks off on July 1, with a free e-book prequel titled The Wicked House of Rohan. Then get ready for Ruthless on August 1, Reckless on September 1 and Breathless on October 1.

House of Ronan

Tuesday
Jul062010

Interview with Nancy Bush featuring BLIND SPOT

 

Our interview explores BLIND SPOT...

BLIND SPOT

Kensington Books
Available now!
Amazon (print) | Amazon (kindle) | Borders (print)

WHAT YOU DON'T SEE. . .

The crime scene at an Oregon rest stop is brutal beyond belief – a young man’s lifeless body cut to ribbons, and his pregnant girlfriend left alive but comatose. . .

WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW. . .

Psychologist Claire Norris is assigned to treat the survivor at a private mental hospital.  But there are no clues to the identity of the catatonic “Jane Doe.�  A difficult job only becomes more complicated with the arrival of ex-homicide detective Langdon Stone, who questions Claire’s every move.

CAN KILL YOU

Reluctantly working together, Claire and Lang begin to unravel the chilling truth about a twisted case – one with ties to a killer who is right in their midst, eager to see a mission of evil through to its terrifying end. . .

 


Learn more about these exciting release by reading our interview!

Nancy Bush interviewed by Eye On Romance


INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

What is the basic premise of BLIND SPOT?

Two bodies are discovered at a rest stop, one dead, one alive but comatose
and very pregnant. The investigation into the pregnant victim's identity
takes a winding path that leads through a mental institution, a 'cult'
called The Colony and long ago murders.

BLIND SPOT is based in a psychiatric hospital. Why use this unusual setting?

Dr. Claire Norris works at Halo Valley Security Hospital which has two
sides, SIDE A, which houses more benign patients, and SIDE B, for the
criminally insane. A lot of the plot revolves around mental health and what
it really is.

A psychiatric hospital opens up many possibilities for different storylines. Why did you decide to introduce a side plot that involved moving a murderer from the harder side, SIDE B, to the softer side, SIDE A, of the hospital?

That particular murderer, Heyward Marsdon, is the reason my male
protagonist, Detective Langdon Stone, has a real problem with Doctor Claire
Norris. Lang's sister was killed by the man and Lang has no use for him at
all. He thinks Heyward's incarceration at a hospital is a joke. He wants
the man behind prison bars.

Did you deliberately try to redeem Heyward in the eyes of the hospital
doctors, Claire and Lang?


I'm not sure Heyward is actually redeemed in the story. There's no escaping
the fact that he killed Lang's sister. But Heyward suffers from paranoid
schizophrenia and Lang eventually has to accept Heyward's illness as the
true deliverer of his sister's death. Can you separate the man from the
illness? Lang has serious trouble doing just that.

Baby stealing is a very emotive issue. How do you think readers will
react to this thread in the story?

In BLIND SPOT the baby stealing happens because of one person's overwhelming desire to have a child. It's an obsession, a mental break with reality and doesn't occur because someone profits. The issue ties into the
mental-health theme of the book. And yes, I think it's totally emotional to
read about and even writing the story I felt uncomfortable a time or two,
and I knew how it ended!

The Colony has appeared in several stories. Do we discover more about
The Colony in this story to understand more about the leader's
machinations?

The mysterious 'cult' known as The Colony which debuted in WICKED GAME, the book I wrote with my sister, Lisa Jackson, definitely gets more play in
BLIND SPOT. Their 'leader', Catherine, is a woman whose motives are
wondered about by everyone who has contact with her, but yes, by the end of BLIND SPOT we have a much clearer picture of her.

Can you tell us more about The Colony?

Starting with WICKED GAME, continuing through my stand alone of last year,
UNSEEN, and now BLIND SPOT, and even more in next year's sequel to WICKEDGAME, WICKED LIES, The Colony's story unfolds. They are a secretive groupof women who live together in a lodge called Siren's Song and seem to all beafflicted with varying levels of mental 'gifts'. They also have some very
real threats to their existence which keeps them clinging to their secretive
ways.

Dr. Claire Norris seems to be the type of person who sees the good in allpeople. Did this quality, or her fears, make it difficult for her to see
what was really happening?

Claire is someone who tries to be fair-minded even in the most difficult of
circumstances, to her detriment sometimes. She doesn't label people as good
or bad, as Lang tends to do, and therefore she's a cooler head in a crisis
and is maybe slower to react to hidden danger.

Lang is a man lost. He thinks his life is destroyed and he has a lot
of anger to deal with. How important was it that he find his brand of
redemption and love?

When I was conceiving the characters for BLIND SPOT, I knew I wanted an
alpha-male type who, through the course of the story, would make a lot of
snap judgments and mistakes and would end up having to beg for forgiveness.
In many ways, the love story is more about him than Claire. He's the one
taking the journey and she's his 'hero'. It is totally important that he
find love or he may never be able to accept and forgive, and therefore be
redeemed.

Anyone of these characters -- Rita, Tasha, Cade, the doctors, members of
the Colony -- could walk among us. How difficult is it to make the
characters appear so normal but have their deeper issues exposed so
dramatically?

That's really part of the theme of BLIND SPOT. Mental illness, overwhelming
behavioral obsessions and character flaws are what drives many of the
characters. Their very flaws are what set up the dangerous situations that
befall them and the people around them.

Is it Tasha's unpredictability that ensures the level of tension remains
high?

I would say so. Tasha is a mystery throughout the story, even to herself.
She's the catalyst to the plot. She appears on page one and away we go, but
it takes till the end before we understand who she is, where she comes from,
and what she truly wants.

Do you think, at times, you were showing that the patients, in some
respects, were no different to those outside the doors of the
hospital?

Oh, definitely! The inhabitants of Side A and Side B just have a little
different reality and perception!

Will any of the characters from this story have their own book?

I'd have to say that's TBD, To Be Decided. I want to see some of the
characters again, for sure. One of them, a sweet, mentally-challenged boy,
was killed off in the outline but as I was writing the story I just couldn't
lose him! He turned out to be the heart of the story. An unplanned part
that just happened. He might not have his own book, but I'd like to see him
again.

 


To learn more about this author,
be sure to visit Nancy's website at:
www.nancybush.net

Monday
Jul052010

Hot Seat Author: Shiloh Walker

Ask our Hot Seat author, Shiloh Walker a question on our facebook page (and be entered for your chance to win an autographed book!)

Check it out:

http://www.facebook.com/notes/eye-on-romance/hot-seat-author-shiloh-walker/143219149022315

Thursday
Jul012010

Featured Author of the Month: Heather Graham

All month we will be featuring news & information about our author of the month, Heather Graham.

 

New Series from Heather Graham!

 

The Bone Island Trilogy

The Bone Island Trilogy

GHOST SHADOW | In Stores June 29 | MIRA Books mass market | ISBN-13:978-0-7783-2791-2

There are those who walk among us who are no longer alive, but not yet crossed over. They seek retribution…vengeance…to warn. Among the living, few intuit their presence.

Katie MacDonald is one who can.

As she’s drawn deeper and deeper into a gruesome years-old murder, whispered warnings from a spectral friend become more and more insistent. But Katie must uncover the truth: could David Beckett really be guilty of his fiancée’s murder?

Worse – the body count’s rising on the Island of Bones, and the dead seem to be reenacting some macabre tableaux from history. The danger is increasing by the moment – especially as Katie finds herself irresistibly drawn to David, who may be responsible for more than just one killing….

Order from Amazon | Barnes and Noble

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GHOST NIGHT | In Stores July 27| MIRA Books mass market | ISBN-13:978-0-7783-2815-5

A slasher movie turns real when two young actors are brutally murdered on a remote island film set. Their severed heads and arms are posed in macabre homage to a nineteenth-century pirate massacre.

 

Two years later, Vanessa Loren is drawn back to South Bimini by a documentary being made about the storied region. Filmmaker Sean O’Hara aches to see how the unsolved crime haunts her…and Sean knows more than a little about ghosts.

Lured by visions of a spectral figurehead, Vanessa discovers authentic pirate treasures that only deepen the mystery. Are the murders the work of modern-day marauders, the Bermuda Triangle or a deadly paranormal echo of the island’s violent history? As Vanessa and Sean grow closer, the killer prepares to resume the slaughter…unless the dead can intervene.

Pre-Order from Amazon | Barnes and Noble

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GHOST MOON | In Stores August 31| MIRA Books mass market | ISBN-13:978-0-7783-2796-7

Reclusive collector Cutter Merlin is seldom seen in Key West—lately, not at all. Officer Liam Beckett visits Merlin’s curious house and discovers the gentleman in his study. In his death grip: a volume of occult lore and a reliquary. His eyes are wide with fright, his mouth a horrified rictus where spiders now dwell.

Kelsey Donovan returns to the old house to catalog her estranged grandfather’s collection of artifacts and antiquities, vowing to see his treasures divested properly. But she cannot ignore the sense that she’s being watched, the reports of malevolent black figures, the pervasive smell of death.

Is the Merlin house haunted, even cursed? Liam knows well that some ghost stories are true and he swears to protect Kelsey. But there are forces at work for whom one more life is a pittance to pay for their deepest desire.…

Pre-Order from Amazon | Barnes and Noble

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Ghost Memories

GHOST MEMORIES

New York Times bestselling author Heather Graham
presents the prequel the Bone Island Trilogy....

eBook

Available June 1, 2010

ISBN-13: 9781426861925 | ISBN: 1426861923

In the early nineteenth century, pirates and privateers still wreaked havoc in the Caribbean. Bartholomew Miller had been one of them. After years of plying the seas for England as a privateer, he finally found a home and love on Bone Island off the Florida coast.
But Bartholomew also made enemies in his time—enemies that would take everything Bartholomew loved and create a curse to haunt Bone Island for centuries....

ORDER: eHarlequin | BarnesandNoble

 

Wednesday
Jun232010

Help Wanted!

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  • add books/authors and other info to our database
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If you are interested in any of the above please send an email to tara@eyeonromance.com. We pay a flat fee for ALL consultant activities. This is not a large amount but dependent on the consultant activity - ranging usually at the most to $150/month.

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