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Mon
Oct 21 2013 12:00pm
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Cold Snap: Exclusive Excerpt

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Cold Snap by Allison Brennan

The Kincaid Family Christmas Reunion is threatened by murder …

ALL ROADS HOME

On his way home to San Diego, P.I. Patrick Kincaid takes a detour through San Francisco to check on the wellbeing of a family friend who’s mysteriously been unreachable. What he doesn’t expect is to be shot at before he can find out why attorney Elle Santana won’t ask the police for help in finding a missing girl. Soon, he’s on the run from both good guys and bad as he and Elle race to find the witness and take down a sweatshop run by a corrupt businessman with a penchant for violence.

LEAD TO DEAD ENDS

Newly sworn FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid can’t remember the last time she spent the holidays with her whole family, but getting home by December 25th is proving to be a bit of a problem. A blizzard shut down the airports and she and her boyfriend Sean Rogan are stuck in a Denver hotel … with a dead body. And if that wasn’t all, back in San Diego Colonel Kincaid ends up in the hospital, where an even greater danger awaits … a man with a vendetta who will kill anyone who gets in his way. This Christmas, the Kincaid family needs nothing less than a miracle to survive. And time is running out.

Get a sneak peek of Allison Brennan's latest Lucy Kincaid story, Cold Snap (available October 29, 2013) with an exclusive scene!

By the time they arrived back at Elle’s apartment, they were both tired and on edge. Elle had been ignoring calls from Sandy Chin and Patrick knew the situation was bad—if the child welfare chick pushed it, Kami would the subject of a bench warrant and Elle would be in trouble with the bar. He hoped that, since it was the wee hours of Sunday morning, they could find a way to smooth things over if they found Kami soon and child welfare could see that she was safe and sound.

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Wed
Oct 9 2013 4:28pm

Come to the Dark Side: The Best Onscreen Dark Romantic Thrillers

Crash and Burn by Allison Brennan and Laura GriffinAuthors Laura Griffin and Allison Brennan have cowritten a book, the first in the Moreno and Hart series, titled Crash and Burn, which includes elements of both mystery and romance, and so they are here today to discuss their favorite onscreen romantic thrillers. Thanks, ladies!

We’re not weird!...Well, maybe we are.

Laura Griffin and I write romantic suspense on the dark side, and both of us get comments from friends and family asking why we write so dark. This always surprises us.

I never thought I wrote particularly dark until my second book came out. My husband worked in the California State Capitol at the time, and a mutual acquaintance approached him and said, “I just finished Allison’s new book.” He leaned into my husband and said, “It was really creepy. Aren’t you worried about her?”

My husband, always quick on the uptake, looked around, darted his eyes back and forth, and whispered, “I wasn’t until I read the draft of her next book. She castrates someone in the first chapter.”

Oh, to have been a fly on the wall!

Laura and I were talking about this phenomenon over drinks at a writer’s conference (because that’s what writers do at conferences, didn’t you know?) and she said her husband sometimes worries about her, too, but for different reasons. “I research a lot of pretty grisly stuff online—everything from bomb making to body disposal—and he’s convinced I’ve gotten myself on some FBI watch list.”

We started discussing why we love writing dark and suspenseful romantic thrillers. What turned us from the light, fluffy romantic comedies that we both love to read?

[Take a walk on the dark side...]

Fri
May 3 2013 12:00pm
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Stolen: Exclusive Excerpt

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Stolen by Allison Brennan

Nothing is more important to private investigator Sean Rogan than his relationship with FBI trainee Lucy Kincaid. But when his past catches up with him, Sean faces an ultimatum: clear his name and help the FBI take down a rogue agent, or go to prison and lose everything he holds dear. With only Agent Noah Armstrong as his back-up and forced to keep Lucy in the dark, Sean steps back into his old world. But the longer he’s undercover, the more dangerous the game becomes. More than Sean’s future with Lucy is at stake—so is his life.

Lucy can’t imagine Sean would keep secrets from her—until an FBI agent casts doubt about who he really is…and who he used to be. Why did Sean quit his job with his brother and move to New York? Why hasn’t he told her anything about his new job? With more questions than answers, Lucy doesn’t know who to believe or who she can trust. All she knows is that Sean is in grave danger, and this time, it’s personal.

Get a sneek peak of Allison Brennan's Stolen (available June 6, 2013)  with this exclusive excerpt!

Lucy decided to go to the source and called her friend Special Agent Suzanne Madeaux in the New York City office. She trusted Suzanne to be discreet.

After they had exchanged pleasantries, Lucy said, “I need a favor, and I need complete confidentiality. If you can’t help me, I understand. I don’t want you to get in any trouble.”

Suzanne laughed. “Where you go, trouble follows.”

Lucy didn’t see the humor. “I’m serious.”

“Lucy, we’re friends. Lighten up.”

“It’s complicated, and I don’t—”

“Just ask.”

[Continue on to read the exclusive excerpt of Stolen...]

Fri
Oct 12 2012 1:45pm
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Stalked: New Excerpt

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Stalked by Allison BrennanIN THE GAME OF CRIME

A new trainee at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Lucy Kincaid has already seen more than her share of murder and mayhem. Still reeling from the sex-crime case that sealed her reputation, she’s found a true friend and mentor in Agent Tony Presidio. No matter what goes down at the Bureau, Tony’s got her back—until he’s called to New York to help investigate the murder of a reporter with ties to Lucy.

NEVER PLAY THE VICTIM

But the reporter may not be the first victim of a patient killer with a penchant for revenge, and she’s definitely not the last. Connections between closed cases, a missing person, and Tony himself lead Lucy to fear for those she cares for most. When the FBI is rocked by the death of one of their own, Lucy seeks the help of her boyfriend, private investigator Sean Rogan, to help put together the puzzle—and puts her career in jeopardy. But the harder she pushes for answers, the clearer the truth becomes: There’s a killer inside Quantico. Watching her every move. Waiting to kill again…

Get a sneak peek of Allison Brennan's Stalked (available October 30, 2012) with this EXCLUSIVE Lucy/Sean scene!

“Thank you.”

“For telling the truth?”

“If I don’t go back I won’t have to worry about the driv­ing test on Monday. And we don’t have time for you to teach me.”

[Continue on to read the rest of the special excerpt of Stalked...]

Thu
May 31 2012 2:00pm

Smart Women—And the NCIS Men Who Love Them

All we need now is a dog and a Mystery Machine.A few years ago, my author friend Toni McGee Causey presented a workshop at the Romance Writers of America’s national convention called, “Smart Women, Short Skirts,” with a nod to the musical fun known as Jimmy Buffet. We focused on writing smart female characters – not only the kick-ass heroine, but intellectually smart. Few “too-stupid-to-live” moments, one of my greatest pet peeves in romantic suspense today. I’m not big into damsels in distress—which is probably why I never identified with most Disney Princesses. I like my heroines to be strong, independent, and smart—and in the process of pursuing their goals or feeding their obsession, learn to love and be loved by men who appreciate them.

Now that I’m caught up on Bones, I have a new obsession: NCIS. I’m in the middle of season seven and plan to be caught up long before season ten starts.

NCIS isn’t a romance, and doesn’t have much romantic subplot, though there definitely elements of the romantic thriller in some storylines and back story. For example, Agent Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and his past relationship with Jenny Sheperd (his boss for three seasons.) Their past relationship complicated their present and provided sexual tension and conflict even if they didn’t rekindle the flame.

[That’s not to say things aren’t interesting...]

Wed
May 2 2012 11:30am

Just Can’t Get Enough: Author Allison Brennan on Her TV Addiction

Haven posterToday, author Allison Brennan—whose new Lucy Kincaid novel, Silenced, was released just last week—reveals she has a weakness. An addiction, if you will. Thanks for sharing with us, Allison!

I’m a television addict.

I’d rather watch good TV than go to the movies. Maybe it’s because I can curl up on the couch in my pajamas and a glass of wine, something frowned upon in movie theaters. Or maybe it’s because I gave up TV for three years while I was working full-time at a day job and the only time I had to write was at night, after my kids went to bed.

The days of network television are pretty much over. Viewers have choices now, and great programming focusing on character dominate the landscape. Cable networks usually have shorter seasons, tighter storylines, and stronger characters—in lieu of big budgets and flashy settings. Some of my favorite shows are on cable networks – Haven, the SyFy network series loosely based on Stephen King novel The Colorado Kid. Season three launches in the summer of 2012.

[And then there’s...]

Mon
Apr 16 2012 3:00pm

Author Allison Brennan on Bones’s Missed Opportunities

Bones posterI’m uniquely qualified to discuss this series; not because the main character shares my surname, or because I’ve read nearly every Kathy Reichs book, or even because I’ve seen every episode of the television series. It’s because I watched all seven seasons in less than four months, finishing only days before the second half of season seven started.

I love this show. I love the characters, the mysteries, the forensics, the grit, the dark humor, and the quirkiness. It’s brilliantly written with strong actors and they haven’t slacked off on story, which can happen in a long running series. A brave, handsome, smart hero paired with an intelligent, capable, independent heroine and a well-developed cast of secondary characters. It’s definitely one of my all-time favorite shows.

[All that said...]

Mon
Apr 16 2012 1:00pm
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Silenced: Exclusive Extended Excerpt

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Silenced by Allison Brennan

A WASHINGTON SCANDAL

It has been seven years since Lucy was attacked—and almost killed—by an online predator. Today, she is well on her way toward a new life.

While waiting to begin her training at the FBI Academy, Lucy is tireless in her fight against cyber sex crime. Her current mission: to find out who killed a high-priced call girl linked to a powerful Congressman. 

A COLD-BLOODED KILLER

A number of known prostitutes—with scores of high profile clients—are turning up dead all over D.C. Is this the work of a depraved killer? Or the result of an inside job? Lucy’s investigation will take her into an underground network of prostitutes, the chambers of the country’s most powerful players, and her own dark past to confront an unknown enemy who’s always one step ahead of her. With the help of her P.I. boyfriend Sean Rogan, Lucy must find and protect the only witness who can identify the killer and end the conspiracy, but can the witness be trusted? Lucy will risk everything to expose the truth and ensure justice is served, even if that means putting herself in the line of fire…

Get a sneak peek of Allison Brennan’s new Lucy Kincaid novel, Silenced (available April 24, 2012), with an exclusive extended excerpt of Chapters 1-3, plus a special bonus scene featuring Lucy and Sean!

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Chapter 1
Monday

The whore traitor lived in a secure building with live cameras and nosy neighbors. Brian had to wait for her to leave.

Waiting made him antsy. He just wanted to get this job over and done. He didn’t hate the whore. In fact, he had no feelings about her at all. But she’d crossed the line from useful to problem, and problems must be solved.

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Tue
Apr 10 2012 11:00am

Author Allison Brennan on Hating Justified’s Winona, Loving Raylan

Timothy Olyphant and Walton Goggins in Justified Season 3 posterJustified is one of my all-time favorite shows, and not just because it stars Timothy Olyphant.

As soon as I discovered it—by accident, mind you—and downloaded the pilot, I was hooked. Exactly what a pilot is supposed to do, right? Hook you with an amazing story, great characters, and stellar writing so you go out and watch the rest of the series.

Which I did.

Justified stars Timothy Olyphant as U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, loosely based on an Elmore Leonard character from his short story “Fire in the Hole.” Set in Kentucky, both Lexington and the rural surrounds, the flavor of the community shines. It’s violent and fast-paced and different from all the other crime shows out there.

Did I mention it stars Timothy Olyphant?

[Raylan FTW!...]