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Author Robin Patchen-Suspense in Real Life, Suspense in Fiction

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Webster's Unabridged defines suspense as "mental uncertainty." For me, suspense is waiting with fear. I don't know about you, but my real life has enough suspense in it, thank you very much. This year alone, my family has dealt with more suspense than I'd ever throw against a fictional character. Suspense in my husband's job search, suspense in my own writing career, suspense while my oldest son was on a mission trip to a third-world country. And then there were the accidents. My daughter fell down a flight of stairs and crushed both her wrists. That was terrifying enough. Three days later, my younger son was in a devastating car accident in another state. Getting a call that your child is being medi-flighted to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. That's real-life suspense, folks. And it's not fun. (You can read about the accidents here. By the way, my eldest is safely back in the States, and my younger two will both make a full recovery, …

The Pull of Fear

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Greetings from Nebraska! My name is Sharee Stover. I’m a romantic suspense author, and I am of course, thrilled to be here. So, a huge shout-out to my friend, Stacy Simmons for inviting me to hang out with you. Grab your pumpkin spice latte (or whatever you prefer, there’s no judgment here) and, let’s talk romantic suspense.


It’s Autumn, and I’m awed by the changing leaves—brilliant reds, oranges, and yellows—that create an absolutely gorgeous canvas.




A beautiful time for falling in love. However, this particular season is also often geared toward horror movies and frightening episodes of familiar television shows. As comical as this might sound, I must admit, though I write suspense, I’m a big chicken. It’s a joke in my house that I’m not grown up enough to watch horror movies. That’s the bad thing about being a writer…our imaginations NEVER stop. Toss in a horror movie, and I don’t sleep for days. Because so many horror movies exist, clearly there are some people who enjoy control…

Review of Author Cara Putnam's latest novel, Delayed Justice

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The next weeks ahead will feature several very talented suspense author's as guest-hosts for my blog.
Prepare yourself for some fun this month. I'm looking forward to hearing what these amazing authors say.

This is the first book featured in October's "A Season of Suspense." I had the pleasure of reading an Advance Reader's copy of author Cara Putnam's latest thriller, Delayed Justice. Here is my review of her novel.

"She had long given up the desire to be loved. Now she needed to be heard."
This is Author Cara Putnam's tagline for her new novel which is out in pre-order and available on October 16th. 

Ms. Putnam writes a smart, believable, legal thriller. She delves into the subject of an adult coming-to-terms with a horrible act done to her by a family member during childhood. The writing is succinct, and crisp, which treats this sad subject matter in a caring manner. I enjoyed reading each page and looked forward to reading her novel after …

A Season of Grace

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Grace is defined as "the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings." 
During the recent ACFW conference, I experienced grace when I completely missed an agent appointment to only run into the kind person down the hall. When I explained the predicament, she graciously had a few moments to spare in order to speak with me. That my friends, typifies grace, I prayed over the situation and the improbable occurred. Near the end of the conference, an immediate family member became very ill and was hospitalized. The eleven-hour ride back home was filled with prayers and texts to my sister who flew to be with the family member. I am happy to say this beloved person is taking steps toward recovery. Several days after another immediate family member was hospitalized. During that time, my loved one spent almost a week in there we got to know some of the kind nurses and techs who would come into the room for a "breather&q…