Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Sally Brandle's Clean Edgy Romantic Suspense #giveaway

Posted by Susan B James on 3:00:00 AM with 4 comments

Sally Brandle describes herself as an author of clean, edgy, romantic adventures. I just finished reading The Hitman's Mistake and I would say that is a very accurate description. The action never stopped and I didn't want to take time out to sleep.
Sally is giving away an eBook of either The Hitman's Mistake or Torn By Vengeance - Reader's Choice. See the Rafflecopter at the end.

My Review:
A courageous heroine racing from a determined killer while battling nightmares of her past.
A swoon-worthy hero determined to protect her and equally determined not to fall in love. The action races from Seattle to the idyllic town of Emma Springs, in snowy Montana, and back to Seattle. The love story is punctuated with gunfire, explosions, and hair curling cliffhangers. But make no mistake, At heart, it's a love story. And I can't wait to read the next book in the series, Torn by Vengeance which came out May 20th.
Sally, please tell us a little about yourself.
I’ve briefly taught special education to emotionally impaired youth, created and implemented a training program to teach commercial scale pastry baking, and now launched my third career— writing. Ten years ago, one of my delightful, uber-intelligent sons struggled in high school in a ‘will he graduate’ scenario. In order to calm my brain while lying in bed, The Hitman’s Mistake emerged. 
My son’s a successful IT technician now, and after implementing tools from umpteen classes, workshops, critiques, and rewrites of Hitman, Soul Mate Publishing acquired the manuscript. Six more books complete the Love Thrives in Emma Springs series. I’ve written a book and a half in a new romantic suspense, science-fiction series I hope to complete and release soon. On those pages, you’ll find out what happens when good science ends up in really, really, bad hands. Anyone interested?  Yes,

 I love firsts, so tell me about the moment when a publisher told you they wanted to publish your book.
My sister-in-law, Susan Wachtman, teaches high school English and has been self-publishing science fiction/fantasy stories for years. She’s mentored and guided me. Over Christmas break of 2017, the extended family members drove to the ocean and stayed in a huge home. Susan and I were sitting on a couch in front of the fireplace when the email appeared from the acquiring editor. I’d barely read aloud the first incredible sentence about contracting the book, when Susan slid my laptop onto her lap and shouted, “A publisher wants your book!” Needless to say, the duration of the trip took on an extremely happy tone.
Other than your own, who are your favorite (heroes/heroines/writers) in your genre? I’d be willing to read pages of terms and conditions if they were written by Jayne Ann Krentz. She’s a Seattle author who supports aspiring writers. I’ve been reading Mary Balogh for years. Her Bedwyn Family series is one of my all-time favorites. Her characters spring to life on the page and the banter’s fun. My other favorite romance author is Beatriz Williams. Jayne Ann Krentz in all her guises occupies three shelves on one of my bookcases. I love her, too.!
Any advice for new writers just starting out?
Please acknowledge and embrace the story banging about in your brain. Jot down ideas, no matter how random they appear. I’ve scribbled scenes and dialogue on notecards, in my phone, and on grocery store receipts. And used them later! Take those ideas and learn how to shape them into a story from experts. RWA provides wonderful classes and lists of local chapters who will help with the craft aspect. The writing community welcomes all, teaches, and supports one another. Thanks to writers like you, Susan, well-written romance thrives. Oh, that is so sweet of you.

Tell us about the second book,

Hot off the press is Torn by Vengeance, Book 2 in the Love Thrives in Emma Springs series. Corrin and Kyle are introduced in Hitman, and their story brings the reader into the motivation and determination of a stalker. Corrin’s fortitude and plucky attitude are challenged, but she’s allied with her friend, Miranda, from The Hitman’s Mistake, a miniature horse, and of course her hero, Kyle. He’s the town doctor and my favorite hero to date. Can’t beat blond and buff with a dose of compassion. Here’s the teaser:

Look over your shoulder. He’s watching.

Corrin Patten is solidly on a path to make partner in a prestigious Seattle law firm when an ominous threat from her past turns deadly. She can handle circumstances necessitating a temporary move to the backwater town of Emma Springs, but its charming physician is another matter, as she’s issued a permanent moratorium on men.

Dr. Kyle Werner revels in trust from patients he regularly treats in a community he's never wished to leave. Yet, Emma Springs lacks one thing, a woman to share his perfectly bucolic life. He's read about pheromone attraction, but never experienced desire until meeting Corrin. They make an unbeatable team, but convincing her that his interest is sincere while they dissect layers of deceit requires the precision of a surgeon’s scalpel. Can they defeat the wealthy stalker bent on mistaken revenge against Corrin and destruction of the peaceful Montana setting?

If you thrive on tenacious heroines, sizzling attraction, and a shadowy villain with a grudge, you’ll love this prescription for thrills.

What’s your current WIP?
Soul Mate Publishing contracted Book 3, The Targeted Pawn. I’m busy editing the manuscript for a March 2020 release. Elon and Rane make appearances in Vengeance. They’re close to forty years old and fit your ‘second chance’ romance appeal. This book has two suspense aspects. Elon’s going through a divorce and her ex plays dirty. Rane’s battling builders scheming to place a for-profit prison on Native American burial grounds abutting his Montana ranch. Throw in her rusty welding skills, a rescued dog, a rehabilitated Quarter Horse, and a continuing cast of Emma Springs residents, and another clean (no intimate scenes), romantic suspense appears scene by scene on my screen. Hooray!

And finally, where can we find you?
In real life, over at the barn with Lance, out in my garden, watching movies with my family, or creating rubber-stamped and watercolored greeting cards. On the web:

Website: http://www.sallybrandle.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sallybrandle/
Monthly writing tips column: www.writer-writer.com

Thank you for being here, Sally. Friends, don't miss this one. It's really good. Happy reading.

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  1. Thank you for the wonderful post, Susan. Time and Forever is on top of my TBR pile. I truly appreciate your support of authors. Happy trails, Sally

  2. Love reading your books and your blog interviews Susan!!!


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