Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Review and Giveaway - Dangerous Affairs



Dangerous Affairs
by Diana Miller

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BLURB:

When soap opera star Abby Langford leaves Los Angeles for her Minnesota hometown, she’s hoping to give her nine-year-old daughter the peaceful childhood she never knew. But instead of tranquility, Abby finds an old knife hidden between the walls of her new house. Then the nightmares start: a blood-soaked victim and a killer’s arm slicing through the air, again and again.

Abby wonders if she’s having the nervous breakdown the tabloids claim she already had, especially when sexy, skeptical police chief Josh Kincaid questions her story. When menacing hate mail arrives, Josh’s professional concern for Abby soon evolves into an intense attraction, and the feeling is mutual. And now Josh wonders if her psychic visions are of crimes past—or a premonition of terrors to come.

To survive, Abby and Josh must uncover the truth and stop a killer . . . before Abby’s worst nightmares come true.

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My review:

This is one of the best romantic suspense books I have read this year.  I was hooked from page 1 and did not want to put it down.  If I didnt have to get up for work I am sure I wouldnt have. 

Abby is a great character, complex and interesting.  She has left the rich and famous life in LA for a more peaceful life in Minnesota with her daughter.  Unfortunately for her some of the issues of the rich and famous follow her to the Midwest.  When she meets Josh it is instant dislike but with an undeniable attraction.  They work together to figure out who is stalking Abby and along the way discover appearances and misconceptions are not the best way to make a judgement on someone you just met.

The story is well-written and moves along at a great pace.  There really is no wasted space, each event leads to the characters development and the conclusion of the story.  The conclusion which is not at all what you are expecting.  The mystery, suspense and romance are so well intertwined that they work together perfectly to keep you reading until the end. 

Dont pass this one up if you are looking for a new romantic suspense.  I for sure am looking out for more from this author.  Hopefully sooner rather than later.

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Excerpt:

Abby rolled back the carpet, exposing the stain. “What do you think? Is this blood or just paint?”

Josh squatted beside the stain and studied it for several seconds, scratching it with his fingernail. Then he rolled the carpet back over the stain and stood. “Have you ripped up the carpet in the rest of the bedrooms?”

“I started here. This carpet’s the ugliest,” Abby said. “I also spend a lot of time writing in here.” None of that was a lie.
           
He nodded slowly. “So yesterday you pulled out a door, vacuumed behind it, and found a knife flecked with what could be blood. Then this morning you decide to rip up the carpet in one bedroom and coincidentally find more blood?”
           
It did sound a little fantastic, but Abby certainly wasn’t telling him about the dream. “You think I dumped it there myself?”
           
“Makes it seem more like you’ve got a mystery in your own house, doesn’t it? It looks like paint to me, but I guess it could be real blood. I’m sure it’s easy to buy the stuff in LA.”
           
She threw up her hands. “Do you honestly think I brought blood out here with me? Just stuck it in a carton with my dishes and had the movers load it up?”
           
“Or you could have ordered it on the Internet.”

“Or stolen it from the Red Cross. Look, I didn’t pretend to find the knife for publicity, and I didn’t plant this stain for publicity. I told you, I don’t want any more publicity.”
           
When Josh didn’t respond, Abby massaged her temples and concentrated on taking calming breaths. If she’d been able to hold her tongue the entire six weeks Vanessa Mason had guest starred on Private Affairs, she could do it now. “I was simply trying to do my civic duty by reporting it.”
           
“Next time don’t bother.”

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About the AUTHOR:

When she was eight, Diana Miller decided she wanted to be Nancy Drew. But no matter how many garbage cans she dug through, conversations she “accidentally” overheard, and attics she searched, she never found a single cryptic letter, hidden staircase, or anything else even remotely mysterious. She worked as a lawyer, a soda jerk, a stay-at-home mom, a hospital admitting clerk, and a conference host before deciding that the best way to inject suspense into her otherwise satisfying life was by writing about it.

Diana is a five-time nominee for the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award and winner of a Golden Heart for Dangerous Affairs—a romantic suspense novel that shows not everyone in her home state is Minnesota Nice. She lives in the Twin Cities with her family.

My website link is dianamillerwriter.com. I have buy buttons for both Amazon and Kindle on my website, but have no idea what you have to do to insert them since my web designer did it.


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 Giveaway:

The author will be awarding one $25 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.

Follow along and comment often, the more you comment, the better the chance of winning. The tour dates can be found here: 

http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2012/09/virtual-review-tour-dangerous-affairs.html



12 comments:

  1. Thanks for hosting me today and for taking the time to read and review my book. And thanks so much for the wonderful review! I'm thrilled you like my book and so appreciate being here today!

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  2. Great review, thank you. I can't wait to read the book.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate it!

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to read the blurb, excerpt and review. I really appreciate it!

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  4. I love it when opposites attract, I wonder when they will finally realize they have the hots for each other! Congrats on the new book

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

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  5. Hi Shannon,

    Thanks for stopping by and for the congrats. It's my debut novel, so I'm especially excited about it!

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  6. O.o I love when a book really grabs you and I enjoy romantic suspense. New follower, thank you for following my blog and commenting. I look forward to getting to know you and sharing books :) Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer

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    1. Sorry for the slow response--I didn't read this comment until I stopped by to collect names for the giveaway (good luck, BTW). I must have gone to bed early that night! Thank you so much for taking the time to read the blurb, excerpt and review. I really appreciate it!

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  7. Your review says MUST READ. I do love good romantic suspense.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  8. Thanks for such an in-depth review. Sounds like this one is really a MUST READ!

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

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