LOVE IS MURDER: Excerpt and Author Bio - Brenda Novak

I am so pleased to be part of the LOVE IS MURDER blog tour this summer and to be able to host author Brenda Novak as my featured author!  You can click this link to check out the rest of the fabulous authors and stories being offered in this fabulous book: and you also have an opportunity to win a copy by clicking here to go to the giveaway post!

Prepare for heart-racing suspense in LOVE IS MURDER, edited by New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown, this original collection features 30 of the hottest bestselling authors and new voices writing nerve-racking romantic suspense today.

Bodyguards, vigilantes, stalkers, serial killers, women (and men!) in jeopardy, cops, thieves, P.I.s, killers—these all-new stories will keep you thrilled and chilled late into the night.

Go on vacation with Allison Brennan’s Lucy Kincaid, where she saves a man from drowning, only to discover he is in far greater danger on land. Meet Roxanne St. Claire’s “bullet catcher”—bodyguard Donovan Rush—who may have met his match in the sexually charged “Diamond Drop.” Debut author William Simon shows us what happens when the granddaughter of the president of the United States is kidnapped. And Lee Child’s pitch-perfect “I Heard a Romantic Story” puts a whole new spin on LOVE IS MURDER.

Book Excerpt – Blood In, Blood Out

Saturday Afternoon
As he sat in the run-down bar, brooding over a glass of whiskey, Rex McCready decided that his life was a series of battles in a war that would never end, and he wasn’t on the winning side very often.
“Hey, thought I’d find you here.”
His best friend, former cell mate and current business partner in Bodyguards R Us, Virgil Skinner, slid onto the bar stool next to him.
“What happened this time?” Virgil wanted to know.
“The same thing that happens every time,” he grumbled. He and Laurel Hodges, Virgil’s sister, just couldn’t get along. They loved each other, but they were both too damaged to make the relationship work, and the stress of having recently entered WITSEC—the witness protection program—together with Virgil and his wife, Peyton, only made matters worse.

Author's Bio:

“When I first got the idea to become a novelist, it took me five years to teach myself the craft and finish my first book,” Brenda Novak says. “I learned how to write by reading what others have written. The best advice for any would-be author: read, read, read…”
Brenda sold her first book, and the rest is history. A New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of forty novels, Brenda Novak has been nominated for a prestigious RITA award three times and won The National Reader’s Choice Award, the Bookbuyer’s Best, the Bookseller’s Best, the Writer Touch Reader Award, the Golden Quill, the Hold Medallion and the Award of Excellence, among others.
Brenda and her husband, Ted, live in Sacramento and are the proud parents of five children—three girls and two boys. She juggles her writing career with her children’s softball and soccer games, field trips, carpool runs and homework sessions. When she’s not spending time with her family or writing, Brenda is usually working on her annual fundraiser for diabetes research—an online auction held on her website ( every May. To date, she has raised nearly $1.4 million for this cause.

LOVE IS MURDER is the third Thriller anthology written exclusively by members of International Thriller Writers, Inc. Barely seven years old, ITW has a roster that reads like a who’s who of thriller writing, with 1635 members representing 28 countries worldwide and over three billion books in print. Headed by current co-presidents Douglas Preston and Kathleen Antrim, its board of directors has included such notables as Lee Child, Tess Gerritsen, Steve Berry, James Rollins, M. J. Rose, Carla Neggers, Gayle Lynds, David Morrell and David Hewson. More information is available on the ITW website,

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