Release Day! Interviewing Jill and Clay

Woot! It’s release day for Her Deadly Reunion, and I’m interviewing Jill and Clay to find out how they’re feeling about this latest adventure in their lives.

So Jill and Clay, I’m glad to have you with us on this exciting day! We know you two met and came to love each other in the first book, Her Deadly Inheritance. What did you hope to accomplish in this second story in your series?

Jill (sitting on my couch next to Clay): At my birth father’s invitation, I went to Milwaukee to meet him, hoping finally to know the loving father-daughter relationship I longed for all my life. But I arrived to find he might not have long to live. My heart broke, knowing we might have so little time. And discovering someone might be trying to kill him frightened me into action. Not the first Christmas I had envisioned with him.

And how about you, Clay?

Clay (with his arm around Jill): I went with Jill to give her the support she would need. But also with big plans to make our first Christmas special. I intended to include her father in my plans, if he was willing. Never had I experienced so many obstacles. And danger? I wasn’t sure any of the three of us would escape the deadly trap a killer had set for us. Jill is right–this was not the beautiful Christmas we expected until ….

Obviously all turned out well, since you two are here today and healthy.

Clay (smiling at Jill): Yes, Jill and I–with God’s help–make a good team.

You sure do. But now that this second adventure is over, what good news can readers expect in your future?

Jill: Clay leaves soon to renovate a historic hotel in Port au Prince, Haiti, and I will join him the last two weeks to finish plans for our wedding on Easter morning.

That is good news! You’re not expecting any more difficulties, are you?

Jill and Clay smile and shrug their shoulders, and I don’t blame them. Trouble does seem to find them wherever they go!

It likely won’t be different in the third book in their series,Her Deadly Vows.

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Dear Reader, if you have any questions for Jill and Clay, please let me know, and I’ll ask them.

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“Merry Christmas” Morning?

Believe it or not! We woke up to a “Merry Christmas” morning today. A bit early … as it’s early November yet … but hey! It’s beautiful and MOST APPROPRIATE.

Why? Because …

Believe it or not, in just seven days Her Deadly Reunion releases! And … it has a Christmas setting in beautiful Wisconsin.  With all the celebration and snow tucked into Jill and Clay’s continuing romance. And heart-stopping suspense as they race to outwit a yet another killer.

You’ve been asking for this sequel to Her Deadly Inheritance (Thank you so very much!). So here’s your chance to grab a copy. Go to Amazon or order it through your local bookstore. And enjoy!

Blessings to you all … and Merry Christmas (when it arrives)!

Take a Look! ACFW Exciting New Releases: November 2018

Need something great to read? Take a look at three romantic suspense releases just posted on ACFW’s Fiction Finder, select and enjoy!

Romantic Suspense:

Tell Her No Lies by Kelly Irvin — After Nina Fischer is accused of murdering her uncle and adopted father, she must unlock deadly family secrets in order to clear her name and learn to trust love again. (Romantic Suspense from HarperCollins Christian Publishing)

North by Starlight by Diane and David Munson — Attorney Madison Stone hurries to help her client Jordan Star defeat a mysterious relative who claims a share in his inheritance, and during the Christmas season Maddie learns to leave past regrets behind her, embrace the warmhearted people of Starlight, and dig deep to find her true heart. (Romantic Suspense from Micah House Media)

Her Deadly Reunion by Beth Ann Ziarnik — What will it cost an estranged daughter when she meets her birth father at his home and discovers it’s a dangerous place to mix past and present? (Romantic Suspense from Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)

 

Follow this link, and you will find more November releases in other genre categories like:

  • contemporary romance
  • contemporary women’s fiction
  • historical
  • historical mystery
  • historical romance
  • speculative
  • thriller/suspense

Revealing December 2016 New Romantic Suspense

I’m excited to share American Christian Fiction Writers announcement of  two new christmasromantic suspense releases this month. Twelve other Christian novels in five other fiction genres are also listed at the above link.

Now …

For your convenience, I’m revealing here the two romantic suspense stories–one by Liz Johnson and the other by Susan Sleeman–both excellent authors I can easily recommend. Also, in keeping with this blessed season we all love, Christmas is a part of each story’s setting.

Enjoy!

Romantic Suspense:

hazardous-holidayHazardous Holiday by Liz Johnson — Just in time for the holidays, navy SEAL Zach McCloud returns home from deployment–and discovers someone wants his family dead. When he married his cousin’s struggling widow, he vowed to help her and her seriously ill son, and now he’ll risk everything to protect them. Even if their arrangement is only temporary. Kristi’s certain an unhappy client from the law firm where she works is determined to hunt her down. But when a sniper bullet wildly misses its target, they begin to question whether it’s really her someone wants dead. Working together, can they figure out why they’ve been attacked…and keep little Cody from the nefarious forces dead set on making this Christmas their last? (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

christmas-conspiracyChristmas Conspiracy by Susan Sleeman — When Commander Jake Marsh loses control of a hostage situation and Tessa Long is injured, guilt eats at him. He blurs the line between the professional and personal, and visits Tessa at the hospital. But when a man tries to kill her in her hospital room, Jake disregards all of the rules and regulations that have allowed him to control his world and vows to keep her safe no matter what. Trouble is, the situation brings back memories from his childhood of the loss of his entire family, and for the first time in twenty years, he fears he’s no longer in charge of his life, and knows when he’s out of control bad things happen. Very bad things. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Aspiring Writer – The Big Dream

I remember what it was like back In 2003 when I dreamed of seeing my first romantic suspense novel in print. Today, so many ask the “What’s it like?” questions that I wondered if you might enjoy a look at the heart of a typical aspiring author and her persistent journey toward publication.

THE DREAM

We all have dreams right? My dad used to say, “You might as well dream big. They don’t cost anything.”

autumn-color-along-a-riverTrue–when you’re only dreaming. But venture out to achieve your dream, and the “cost” soon makes itself known.

So, what does it cost to become the author of a novel? Here is a small portion of what I’ve learned so far:

  • reading tons of the kind of novels you long to write
  • studying endless books, magazine articles, and CDs on writing (which, by the way, also cost $)
  • investing in equipment (computer, laptop, software, etc) to produce editor-friendly manuscripts
  • participating in local and online writers’ groups to share much-needed fellowship, information, and encouragement with others who understand your desire to write
  • setting up an Internet presence–website, blog, facebook, and more
  • attending writers’ conferences, seminars, and workshops to network and to learn from talented experts
  • spending months–maybe years–getting to know your novel’s characters and learning how to capture them on the page through endless practice
  • sitting long hours alone at your computer or laptop crafting your stories
  • drinking deeply at the fountain of life’s inevitable joys and sorows, then praying for the words–and the courage–to pour out what you have learned for all the world to see
  • laboring over your manuscript, writing and rewriting until your words sing on the page
  • finding the courage to endure as you submit and resubmit your manuscript at writer’s conferences, online, and through the U.S. mail (if requested)–until your story finds a home.

Is the price too high? Not when, finally, it all comes together. Your book is born. Your dream becomes a reality, and there is nothing like holding that first copy of your new book dreams-come-truein your hands.

Or so I’m told.

For I have yet to hold that frist copy of my novel in my hands. Though I’m well past the dreaming stage … and a great distance through the cost stage … I continue to labor.

Right now, I’m preparing the proposal for my first romantic suspense novel. Very soon I will launch a campaign to catch the interest of agents and publishers … and enter the endurance stage.

Only our beloved God knows if and when Her Rightful Inheritance (later renamed Her Deadly Inheritance) will take shape as a published novel.

In the meantime, with your permission, I will share my journey with you. Who knows? One day we may share a joyous cuber-shriek as I announce the arrival of Her Rightful Inheritance in the “Promised Land” of published novels!

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Dear Reader, thank you for accompanying me on my journey this far. Until next time … Dream big and go with God’s blessing!

~ Beth

Copyright 2003 Beth Ann Ziarnik

Do you have a writer’s dream? Please share!

 journey this far. Until the next time . . . Dream big and go with God’s blessing!

~ Beth

Copyright 2003 Beth Ann Ziarnik

Finding Your Dream

Do you dream of what you would like to do with the rest of your life? I’m reading Finding Your Dream by Jane Rubietta, and it’s gotten me to thinking. Am I living my dream? Do I still have a dream? Or have I given up on dreaming?

img_20161011_161615042Years ago, I dreamed of writing exciting romantic suspense novels with Christian heroes and heroines. Of exploring how their choices might differ in challenging circumstances. Of readers loving my novels so much that they couldn’t wait for the next one to come out.

I even cross-stitched a prayer that hangs on the wall near my writing desk. As you can see, it’s from the Precious Moments collection, but I changed it slightly from help with bills that are owed to help with writing manuscripts and finding editors who would say yes. Do you see the girl holding one “dear editor” paper and another marked “mss” (manuscripts).

I dreamed of one day receiving the Write-to-Publish “Writer of the Year” award. It seemed impossible. Yet the Lord surprised me on June 10 2016-wtp-writer-of-the-year-awardthis year at the Write-to-Publish banquet. That plaque also hangs on the wall near my writing desk.

Yet today, though I’m close to finishing that next novel (and I love it), I wonder If I’m still dreaming, or if I’m too scared or too busy to dream. Am I a one-book-wonder? Or will the Lord enable me to create yet another novel that will excite readers as much as the first.

In the meantime, I keep writing and praying, hoping to offer something of value to you, and hoping to sustain the dream.

Do you have a dream? Are you living that dream? Or have you simply given up on dreaming?