Monday, March 18, 2013

Beguiled -- Successful Suspense Story

Suspense is a genre I wish more Christian authors would undertake to perfect. Though difficult to master, this category holds us captive from page one and only very reluctantly releases us at the end of the story . . . unless it sneaks under our skin and invades our dreams. It's one of those genres we love to hate. It sets our nerves pleasantly on edge and we jump at shadows for days or weeks afterwards. If written well, suspense novels allow us to feel as though we live, breathe and solve the mystery right along with the hero or heroine.

Beguiled by Deeanne Gist and J. Mark Bertrand is a thrilling example of a brilliantly written romantic suspense novel. It contains numerous twists and turns destined to keep you guessing until the very last page. The character depth and creativity add to the mystery, which grows with each fresh incident. This tale and its fascinating characters will swiftly capture your interest. It will not easily be forgotten once finished and reshelved.
Taking place in Charleston's wealthiest neighborhood, Beguiled is the suspenseful story about dogwalker Rylee Monroe who finds herself mixed up and targeted in a series of unusual thefts. Logan Woods, a reporter with hopes that the Robin Hood Burglar will be the key to getting his true-crime book published, must decide to chase the story, the girl or the villain, all while avoiding the one thing he's most afraid of: dogs. Will Rylee and Logan risk trusting each other in order to uncover the truth of the Robin Hood Burglar's identity?

Authors Deeanne Gist and J. Mark Bertrand apparently brought out the best in each other. Many a night I found it nearly impossible to put down Beguiled as I wanted to know all the secrets at once. As the story unfolded, my heart was more and more invested . . . and I was less and less eager to flick off my light at night. I look forward to reading more novels by Deeanne Gist and J. Mark Bertrand in the very near future.

For more information about the authors or to order a copy of Beguiled to add to the top of your to-be-read pile, please visit these websites:



You may get Deeanne's new eShort Story, Tempest in the White City, for only $0.99 at www.deeannegist.com/bookstore.php.

You may get J. Mark's e-book, Back on Murder, for free at http://jmarkbertrand.com/free/.

What do you consider a must-have for a suspense novel to keep you riveted?

4 comments:

  1. Hi! :-)
    I love suspense and I agree, we need more Christian suspense writers.
    Have you read Linda J. White's Seeds of Evidence? That book is so GOOD! I have an interview with Linda White coming up on my blog on May 31. And I have a giveaway for a suspense novel, Fire Storm, going on right now! :-) FoundaChristianbyHisGrace.blogspot.com
    Back to mysteries...
    I love that one, and the Roland March Series, (I have only read book one but it was so good!)
    And the Ray Quinn series by Mark Mynheir...
    And the Ollie Chandler series by Randy Alcorn,
    and Janice Cantore's series Pacific Coast Justice. That was excellent.. I can't wait for her next book, Critical Pursuit!!! Do you review for Tyndale? If you do you can get her next book from them this fall when it comes out.
    And I am so glad to discover the O'Malley family series. They look like one of those series that won't be easy to put down and certainly won't be forgotten- the sort of series I love.

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  2. Hi Faith! So happy to see you stop by.

    I have not read any of the books you mentioned, but I look forward to getting the chance. I don't review for Tyndale (I do for WaterBrook Multnomah).

    You will LOVE the O'Malley series. And you're right. They're not easy to put down, so you'll definitely want to clear out some time to really enjoy them.

    Feel free to drop by any time. I love getting to know new-to-me people. :)

    Blessings!
    Andrea

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  3. I love getting to meet fellow bloggers too! :-) Thank you for following my blog! Now that is music to my ears... books that I can't put down. I was just thinking I should have a page on my blog for Book Characters I Loved Meeting... That would be really fun for me to compile! :-) I may just do that... It would be a long list!! :-)
    In Him,
    Faith :)

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  4. You're welcome, Faith. That would be neat, the list you're talking about, but I think it would take a while to put together. Like you said, it'd be a long list!

    Happy reading!
    Andrea

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