PLEASE NOTE: NUMBER OF
INCREASED THANKS TO LAURA GRIFFIN!
LAURA GRIFFIN'S NEW NOVEL :
AN INTERVIEW, GIVEAWAY & REVIEW!
Laura: Thanks so much for inviting me for an interview, Karen! It’s been so busy lately with the upcoming book launch and a new book in the works, so I’m happy to take a breather.
Bingo: I AM THE ONE who is so happy to have you agree to this interview. So let’s start with what is your next or current book you are working on?
Laura: At the moment, I’m working on a romantic thriller called UNTRACEABLE. This is Alex and Nathan’s story… two of the characters who appear in my new release, WHISPER OF WARNING. Alex’s book is the first in my new Tracers Trilogy, which kicks off at the end of 2009.
Bingo: If you have time to read, can you share with us what have you just finished reading?
Laura: I’m part of a very fun and eclectic book club, and we read just about everything. Last month was Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut, and next month it’s Atonement by Ian McEwan. But we love to mix it up with lighter authors such as Jennifer Crusie, David Sedaris, Stephanie Meyer. Basically, our book club meetings are an excuse to get together and drink wine and catch up.
Bingo: That sounds like my book club meetings. What books would you say have made the biggest impression on you, especially starting out?
Laura: I’m sure I’m one of the many women who has been inspired by the books of Nora Roberts and Linda Howard. I started reading them right after my kids were born and I was feeling overwhelmed by new motherhood. Their stories were such a great escape and introduced me to the wonderful world of romance fiction.
Bingo: What gets you started on a new book? A character or story idea or...?
Laura: I almost always start with a character. For THREAD OF FEAR, which is about a forensic artist working on the case of a child abduction, the inspiration came from a news broadcast about the artist working on the Elizabeth Smart kidnapping. I wanted to learn everything I could about these amazing artists (typically women) who sit down and interview traumatized people. Generally, if I can get a feel for a character, the storyline develops naturally.
Bingo: What is something about you that you would want people to know about you that we probably don't know?
Laura: I started out as a newspaper reporter, but my educational background isn’t in writing at all, but fine art. Maybe that’s the reason the character of Fiona Glass (the forensic artist in THREAD OF FEAR) came naturally to me.
Bingo: What is your best advice to anyone, including young people, who want to be writers?
Laura: Be tenacious. It’s a very tough business to break into, and you have to just keep trying and not get discouraged after one or two rejections. I’ve got some more in-depth writing tips on my web site at www.lauragriffin.com, and I’m always happy to answer questions from readers and aspiring writers.
It’s been great chatting with you, Karen! I hope you’ll enjoy WHISPER OF WARNING!
GIVEAWAY: And thanks to Laura Griffin, I am pleased to announce a giveaway of her new book WHISPER OF WARNING.
-The First Place winner will receive an AUTOGRAPHED copy of WHISPER OF WARNING and a copy of THREAD OF FEAR!
-The Second Place winner will receive an AUTOGRAPHED copy of WHISPER OF WARNING and a copy of THREAD OF FEAR!
-The Third Place winner will receive an AUTOGRAPHED copy of WHISPER OF WARNING!
-The Fourth Place winner will receive an ARC of WHISPER OF WARNING! (my carefully read copy)
SO here is all you have to do to win as this is going to be VERY EASY!
US and Canada entries only, no PO Boxes, please
DATES OF GIVEAWAY March 30--April 6 at 6 PM, EST!
BOOKIN' BINGO'S REVIEW OF
WHISPER OF WARNING BY LAURA GRIFFIN
Following the great success of THREAD OF FEAR, Laura Griffin stays with the Glass clan and this time highlights sister Courtney. As you remember in THREAD OF FEAR, Courtney was the sister who seemed to always attract trouble and this story is no exception. She is such a marvelously complex character, a genuinely unfortunate soul that you'll love from the very beginning of the story. Courtney tends to make mistakes and decisions that can force the reader to pull their hair out, but in the end, you're still anxiously rooting for her to make everything turn out right. Misfortune finds her wherever she goes, but she never gives up.
From the beginning of the story, it starts. Courtney’s married former boyfriend David has contacted her repeatedly wanting to see her, and so she finally agrees to meet him to get him to stop bothering her. While Courtney waits for David who is late for their meeting that gets her off to a bad start when he wanted the meeting in the first place! Upon his arrival, he gets into her car and is acting as if she is the one harassing him! Courtney is shocked by this but not as shocked as when suddenly a gunman wearing a mask jumps into the backseat of the car. The intruder takes their cell phones and then he grabs Courtney’s hand and forces her to hold the gun he has while he pulls the trigger and shoots David. Courtney has little recourse but she does manage to use her mace on him in his mouth and while he sputters, she leaves the car. The story heats up as Courtney races away and from that point on, the race never ends as the nonstop action begins!
Courtney must then prove her innocence while this dangerous killer is after her to keep her from ever being believed. Detective Will Hodges is put on Courtney’s case along with his partner Nathan Devereaux. However, since Nathan already has an association with the Glass family, he must step down leaving only Will to work on solving Courtney’s case. He listens but just doesn’t understand or fully believe Courtney. There just is too much that doesn’t seem to make sense, he thinks. She seems to be covering up something. Given all that however, after a while, for some reason, Will does believe that Courtney is innocent. It is here that we discover the right kind of man for Courtney. Will is the perfect match to play the hero and to offset Courtney’s bad decisions. It does, however, take Courtney and Will a little longer to come to this realization and the sexual tension and chemistry between them builds slowly. Meanwhile, Will works hard on solving the case but not hard enough to please everyone. For one, they realize that the killer is probably looking for Courtney.
Secondly, David’s now wealthy widow is pushing for an arrest and if Will can’t solve this case, it will be all she wrote for this Glass sister. Try as he might, Will just can’t stop thinking about Courtney and admits to himself finally that there is something going on between the two of them. This chemistry is the explosive kind and both of them know its danger. Courtney finally realizes that the killer will not stop until he gets her because she holds an important piece of information and he wants it. What is she to do? Finally, she decides she can trust Will enough to share this information with him. She is left with no alternative. This information, along with Will’s feelings for Courtney, could either solve the case, or put an end to his career forever—and an end to any hope of being with Courtney! BUT, can Will find the killer before the killer finds Courtney? Can Will and Courtney heed the WHISPER OF WARNING and work together to solve the mystery?
The recommendation I give this book is a good one for several reasons. It can be read as a stand alone novel but you will probably want to start with THREAD OF FEAR so you can then follow the Glass sisters from here on out. One is that I couldn’t put it down. Another is that I like that there seems to be a series going on with the Glass sisters so there will be more from Laura Griffin to enjoy. Also, best of all, I love the fact that I didn’t guess who the killer was so it was a real ah-ha moment! I wouldn’t be surprised if many readers felt the same way as they read WHISPER OF WARNING by Laura Griffin.