The Nadia Wolf Series, by Nicolette Pierce

The Big Blind CoverAward-winning author Nicolette Pierce joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss her Nadia Wolf romantic suspense series, which begins with THE BIG BLIND.

I began reading this series during a three-week podcasting break when I had the opportunity to catch up on some of my “non-show” reading. I’d downloaded THE BIG BLIND for free sometime last year and spotted it while going through the unread books on my Kindle, I thought I’d read the first few chapters to see if I was interested. Well, that was the start of a very enjoyable binge reading week where I read all four books in the Nadia Wolf series.

Interview Notes with Nicolette Pierce

We discuss the genesis of the idea for the series, which came from a fascination Nicolette’s husband had with watching tournament poker on television.

Nicolette shares the way she developed the different recurring characters and the world she built for the series.

We discuss the world of romantic suspense and Nicolette explains why she enjoys writing and reading the genre.

After the series had concluded, Nicolette found she still wasn’t done and began a new series based four of the supporting characters in the Nadia series. Two of those have already been published, one is set to publish soon, and a fourth is in the planning stage.

From the Publisher:

cache_4211330672Series includes: The Big Blind, High Stakes, Cashing Out, and Squeeze Play.

Nadia Wolf had one wish, and it wasn’t for the latest designer purse, fashion-forward clothing, or even a handsome man to marry . . . although, that would be acceptable too. Her wish was to win the World Poker Tournament and collect the one million dollar prize, beating the arrogant men who made her professional poker career a daily challenge.

The odds were stacked against her when sexy poker celebrity Caleb Usher sat down at her table. As they pin their battles against each other, a steamy side wager drew them both in and gave them an even greater reason to fight for the championship. It only took one hand to make tournament history and leave them both hot under the collar. But before they could settle their spicy wager, the million dollar prize disappeared in front of an audience. Not one witness could explain what happened or where the money disappeared.

Nadia Wolfe SeriesGreyson Miller CEO of the Lost City Casino had a mystery to solve. Not only did a thief steal the million dollars from under his watchful eyes, but a secret swelled so large it threatened the very core of the casino. In a twist of fate, Nadia teams up with Greyson in an attempt to find the missing prize and to solve the perilous mystery that plagued the Lost City Casino. With Greyson’s overwhelming allure, Nadia has to keep both her head in the game and her hands to herself.

Will she be able to unravel the mystery and find the lost prize money while keeping both Greyson and Caleb at bay? Can she fend off her fanatical self-appointed poker manager Frankie Garza before he flushes her career down the toilet in offbeat attempts to make her famous? With Caleb, Greyson, and Frankie all claiming a stake, Nadia’s career, her life, and her heart will never be the same.

Begin the adventure today.


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Lucky Flash, by Deborah Coonts

Lucky Flash by Deborah Coonts September, 2015

Published September 2015

Bestselling author Deborah Coonts joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss her new book, the latest in her Lucky O’Toole mystery series, LUCKY FLASH.

Show Notes

Deb explains how her first published series came to be set in Las Vegas.

Series protagonist, Lucky O’Toole works as the chief problem solver for the Babylon Hotel, a mega-resort casino hotel in Las Vegas.

Lucky’s best friend Flash, plays a significant role in LUCKY FLASH. It’s the first time Deb has used anyone but Lucky as a first person point of view character in the series.  Chapters alternate between the points of view of Lucky and Flash.

Deb loves to travel, which makes her writing schedule interesting. We discuss her writing habits and the story behind where the different parts of LUCKY FLASH were written.

From the Publisher:

Deb-in-a-barLucky O’Toole, Vice President of Customer Relations at the Babylon Resort, one of the premier properties on the Vegas Strip, is back. This time she wises-up and sends her down-and-dirty best friend, investigative report “Flash” Gordon on the trail of Johnny Pismo. Pismo, a washed-up-never-been singer shows up at the Babylon singing a song about a ring of thieves stealing Vegas’ music memorabilia. They replace each piece of Vegas’s music history with a fake, selling the originals on the black market. Pismo even claims to have the prize piece in Lucky’s father’s collection—a large diamond ring given to the Big Boss by Liberace himself.

Lucky is shocked to learn he’s telling the truth.

Teddie, Lucky’s former lover, offers a few choice pieces of his memorabilia collection as bait. Of course, Lucky must join the chase to protect Teddie’s treasures.

But can she protect her heart from him in the process?


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Eye for Revenge, by Cheryl Bradshaw

Eye for Revenge Pixie Publishing,  July 2015

Eye for Revenge
Pixie Publishing, July 2015

New York Times bestselling author Cheryl Bradshaw joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss her new romantic suspense novel, EYE FOR REVENGE.

Show Notes

Cheryl shares the story line for her new romantic suspense novel, EYE FOR REVENGE.

Cheryl also writes a mystery series featuring Sloan Monroe, which is a six novel (so far) PI series.

Writing a stand-alone novel, when you have a fan base anxiously awaiting the next book in a series can cause some anxious moments, but Cheryl’s readers have embraced EYE FOR REVENGE.

Cheryl shares Sloan Monroe’s background and explains why she became a private investigator.

From the Publisher:

Cheryl-Bradshaw-Author-PhotoSomething unusual is happening to Quinn Montgomery. Trapped inside her unconscious mind, the sound of her father’s soothing voice seeps through, and the past twenty-four hours comes flooding back. She wakes to find herself in the hospital.

Her childhood best friend Evie is dead. But not just dead, murdered, and Evie’s four-year-old son witnessed it all. Traumatized over what he saw, he’s not talking. And when Evie’s cold-blooded killer goes into hiding, Quinn isn’t only out for justice, she’s out for revenge.


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Keeper’s Reach, by Carla Neggers

Keeper's Reach Harlequin Digital, Aug 2015

Keeper’s Reach
Harlequin Digital, Aug 2015

New York Times bestselling author Carla Neggers joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss her new book, the fifth in her Sharpe and Donovan series, KEEPER’S REACH.

Show Notes

Carla shares the background for her two series protagonists, Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan.

Carla’s website contains a list of her books – ALL 62 of them.

Carla shares the story set up for KEEPERS REACH and some of the research she did for the book.

We discuss a 1/2 marathon that Carla ran in June.  She began training in January, by running for one minute, then finished a 1/2 marathon six months later.

From the Publisher:

Carla NeggersEmma Sharpe and Colin Donovan, two of the FBI’s most valuable agents, are preparing for their next big assignment—their wedding—when Colin’s brother Mike alerts them that onetime friends from his military past are on Sharpe and Donovan home turf on the Maine coast. Now private security contractors, they want to meet with Mike. One of them, an FBI agent named Kavanagh, is supposed to be on leave. What is he investigating—or does he have his own agenda?

Mike zeroes in on Naomi MacBride, a freelance civilian intelligence analyst who, aside from a few hot nights, has never brought him anything but trouble. Newly returned from England, Naomi clearly isn’t telling Mike everything about why she’s snooping around his hometown, but he has no choice but to work with her if he wants to uncover what’s really going on.

But the case soon takes a drastic turn—Emma is targeted, and a connection surfaces between Naomi and Kavanagh and a recently solved international art theft case. Not every connection is a conspiracy, but as the tangled web of secrets unravels, Emma and Colin face their greatest danger yet. With everyone they know involved, they must decide who they can trust…or lose everything for good.


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As Long as She Lives, by Darcy Conroy

As Long as She Lives by Darcy Conroy Narrative Disorder, June 2015

As Long as She Lives
by Darcy Conroy
Narrative Disorder, June 2015

Author Darcy Conroy joins us in this episode of CrimeFiction.FM to discuss her terrific romantic suspense novel, AS LONG AS SHE LIVES.

Show Notes

Darcy shares the story of AS LONG AS SHE LIVES and gives listeners an overview of Caitlyn Lancaster’s background.

An early draft of AS LONG AS SHE LIVES was first published on Wattpad. Darcy explains Wattpad and shares her experience with the real-time nature of publishing on the platform.

Darcy describes the unique agreement she has with several bookstores in Australia and shares her excitement for the AS LONG AS SHE LIVES launch event in Melbourne.

From the Publisher:

DarcyConroyauthor-209x250Never Underestimate a Woman Who Survived.

Suspense, international intrigue and romance, set in Melbourne, Australia.

“…give everyone a different part of your story, then the gossip will be all about putting your story together, not questioning it.” 

After 4 years teaching in central Africa, Caitlyn Lancaster returns to her family in Australia, telling them she’s been sent home because of looming political unrest. But Cait is more fragile than she and her Federal police handler anticipated. She’s forced to accept that childhood family friend, now police detective, Riley Duncan must be told the brutal truth if she is to keep herself and her family safe.

With Riley’s support, Cait begins to recover her strength but civil war erupts around her friends in Umoja and her harrowing secret becomes the key to that nation’s future.

Putting her faith in her handler, Cait takes the ultimate risk only to discover that Agent Koffa has failed to take into account one vital detail…he’s not as good at his job as he thinks he is.


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