Tag Archives: Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense

Re-Release of Plain Pursuit

10 Oct

Happy Fall! I love this time of year.

I’m thrilled to announce my first Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense, Plain Pursuit, is going to be re-released on December 29, 2015 in print. Plain Pursuit will be part of a 2 for 1 novel with Patricia Davids’s The Amish Midwife. Apparently Amish fiction is still very popular.

Plain Pursuit December 2015

Re-release of Plain Pursuit December 2015

Original Release June 2013

Original Release June 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The new cover reflects the general tone of Amish books. How do you think it compares to the original cover? I’ve always loved the “creepy” tone of the Love Inspired Suspense books, however, I do love the new cover. The baby is so cute. What do you think?

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Cheers,

Alison

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New Release: Silver Lake Secrets

22 Nov

Hello everyone,

I’m seeing a trend with this blog. I tend to post when I have a new release. I suppose that’s not a bad thing.

My latest release from Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense, Silver Lake Secrets, will be out December 1, 2014. I lovingly call this one my “funeral home book.” The main character, Nicole, is a cosmetologist in a funeral home because she refuses to work at the salon where the 9780373446407small-town gossips are likely to make her the primary topic of discussion. Of course, as in every Love Inspired Suspense, mayhem and love ensue. Here’s the blurb:

Nicole Braun left Silver Lake under a cloud of suspicion—and someone isn’t about to let her forget her troubled past now that she’s returned home. The single mom has worked hard to overcome her reputation, but suddenly she’s the target of an unknown enemy. Only local police chief Brett Eggert has the power to protect her and her young son. But nothing prepares the lawman for the discovery that Nicole’s little boy is the nephew he never knew he had. With Nicole’s secret revealed, Brett is more determined than ever to ensure her safety and find out what’s behind her deadly homecoming.

Silver Lake Secrets will be available at Walmart, Kmart, Kroger, Barnes and Noble and other retailers throughout the month of December. It will also be available at your favorite online retailer.

If you have a chance to pick it up, I’d love to hear from you. I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season.

All the best,

Alison

Happy Birthday

4 Jun

BirthdayToday is my youngest child’s birthday. It’s her last birthday in the single digits. 🙂 It’s also another birthday of sorts. My first Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense, Plain Pursuit, has an official paperback release of June 4th! It seems fitting somehow. And my beautiful daughter is excited that Harlequin chose her birthday to release my book.

It’s been a long road to publication. When I first decided to write a romance novel, I decided I wanted to have my name on the cover of a Harlequin. This was in the days before eBooks became popular. Yet, even as the popularity of eBooks exploded, I was still determined to sell to Harlequin. I am nothing if not determined.

A good friend of mine who also happened to be a writer sent me a lovely e-mail after yet another rejection from Harlequin. The editor had wonderful things to say, but she still passed on my book. I felt like I had hit a wall. My friend wrote:

If an editor said “I’m eager to get her under contract” I would have swooned. Do people still swoon? You’ve got it, kid. Don’t give up. At the very least, what a model for your kids on what it takes to succeed. Am I blowing smoke up your derriere? Nope. Close only counts when people use it as an excuse to bow out. Look at the many writers who struggled. I’m talking good writers who managed to believe in themselves no matter what. There are too many fools out there who make it because they are blind to their own BS. You just need to find your own unique voice, blend it to the “smooth, clean writing style.”

That e-mail is still in my inbox. It’s dated March 2009.  With my friend’s encouragement, I plowed ahead.

And then finally I had success. In the summer of 2011, I sold two books, Random Acts and Too Close to Home to the fabulous Samhain Publishing. I learned that sometimes dreams can be realized in unexpected ways.

I continued to write and in July 2012, I got “the call” from Harlequin.  My original goal achieved! Today, I can hold my first Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense, Plain Pursuit,  in my hand. In the dedication I wrote, in part, to my four children:

If you want something badly enough and you’re willing to word hard, dreams can come true. Thanks for helping me make my dream come true.

I hope I have taught my children something about perseverance and hard work.  I hope they have big dreams and are open to new, unexpected opportunities. I hope they never give up when success is almost within reach.

Happy Birthday, little one. May all your dreams come true.

~Alison Stone