Volume 2, February 2012
Happy Valentine's Day, everyone. Thank you for an amazing debut!
IN HER SIGHTS was released from Amazon's Montlake Romance on November 29, 2011. The story of SWAT Team Sniper Jazz Parker and ex-Army Ranger turned reporter Luke Montgomery received so much support from all of you. The reviews and sales were more than I could have hoped for. THANK YOU!
· RT Book Reviews - 4-1/2 Stars - “This riveting book will keep readers on the edge of their seats and surprise them at the end. The tightly woven plot, quick pace, and complex characters make for a remarkable read.”
· Publishers Weekly - “Perini refreshes romantic suspense…[She] convincingly ratchets up the pace…with high-tech armament and high-heat passion.”
· 21 5-star ratings on Amazon. Check them out by clicking here.
· Top 100 Bestseller: In Her Sights was ranked in the top 100 bestselling books Amazon Kindle and was #1 in New Releases of Romantic Suspense!
Coming in March 2012 – FINDING HER SON
Finding Her Son (aka 2011 Golden Heart Winner, Stolen Lullaby) Determined to find her kidnapped son, a woman suspected in her husband's death reluctantly teams with the embattled SWAT cop assigned to prove her guilt.
RT Book Reviews gave Finding Her Son 4-1/2 Stars and said, "Perini keeps the tension taut, the romance irresistible and the mystery so deep readers are going to have to pay close attention to the final, explosive climax."
Blog Tour, Booksigning & Giveaways
· Booksigning – Hastings Books and Records at 840-A Juan Tabo, Albuquerque, NM on March 10 from 4-7 pm.
· Goodreads Giveaway – I'm giving away 5 copies of Finding Her Son during a Goodreads Giveaway from February 10-24. Would love to have one of my newsletter readers win, so definitely enter by clicking here.
Coming in 2012 from Harlequin Intrigue®
I can't believe 2012 will end with three books on the shelves. Check out my website for more information, but here's a brief sneak peek.
· Finding Her Son (aka 2011 Golden Heart Winner, Stolen Lullaby) – March, 2012 - Determined to find her kidnapped son, a woman suspected in her husband's death reluctantly teams with the embattled SWAT cop assigned to prove her guilt.
· Cowboy in the Crossfire – July, 2012 - Desperate to protect her young son after he witnesses a murder, a woman is forced into an alliance with the disgraced Texas Sheriff who her family framed.
· Christmas Conspiracy - October, 2012 - Driven into hiding by an assassin, the unexpected heiress to a throne must protect her young twins by relying on the man who betrayed her–her children’s father.
Where To Find Me
· Website: http://www.robinperini.com
· Twitter: @robinperini.com – http://www.twitter.com/RobinPerini
· Facebook: http://www.robinperini.com/RobinPeriniAuthor
· Intrigue Authors Website: http://www.intrigueauthors.com/
· Intrigue Authors Blog: http://intrigue-authors.blogspot.com/
Trading Cards Available
One of the fun trends lately to pop up are romance trading cards. I have developed trading cards for my first two books. If you want copies (or a stack) simply send an SASE to Robin Perini, P.O. Box 50472, Albuquerque, NM 87181-0472. Here are a few samples! Or, you can visit my website to see all of them.
My Advice: Don't Plot a Murder in Public
Writing can be a risky business. Let me rephrase that…plotting books in public places can be a very risky business.
I have one of those voices that carry. I can't even whisper without the entire room hearing me. It's great if you're speaking to someone who's hard of hearing…not so great when you're trying to be secretive. Not that I'm a pro at that either.
Most of the books I've written (some of which will never see the light of day) have suspense in them. And frankly, most have dead bodies. I just can't seem to help adding a corpse into my book. In Her Sights, my debut novel, has several. My second book, Finding Her Son has nine…or maybe it's eleven. I lost count after about seven.
So, it probably won't surprise you that one of the things I do before starting a book is to make a list of unique and different ways for my villains to do their dirty work. Such was the case one evening in a local restaurant. The staff were kind enough to let me and my plotting partners to sit in a booth for hours upon end. I'm not sure if we were simply entertaining or disturbing, but they let us stay anyway.
I was working on a new story that was set nearby, in some spooky tunnels below a hospital. I'd walked down the corridors and decided, as is my predilection, that the cool, damp rooms would make a perfect murder site. I had my victim identified as well. An anatomy professor who had given me a grade that made me very unhappy. (Yes, I was one of those irritating A-students most people despise).
I couldn't use his name in the book, of course, but I would take my vengeance out on his doppelganger in my book. I mean, not getting an A has to be worth a painful death? Doesn't it?
So, I plotted my professor's demise, slipping back and forth between the real person and the character as writers sometimes do. So engrossed were we in our conversation—whether a gun would be too loud, or a silencer would dampen the noise enough, or whether a scalpel to the carotid would be too messy (we finally settled on potassium chloride)—when a man came up to our table.
I looked up. He was frowning, his brow furrowed in concentration. "Ladies," he said, his tone somber and serious. "I have to ask you what you're talking about."
He flipped open his badge.
My eyes grew as big as saucers. We began rapidly explaining all at once. When finally we clarified what we were doing, he smiled. "I thought it must be something like that," he said. "You're too smart to be real criminals."
Hmmm…I kind of grin when I think of that last statement, but the lesson is clear. It's not good to plot a murder in a public place. You don't know who might be listening.
· Montlake Romance Guidelines: If you're interested in guidelines or more information about what Montlake Romance's submissions editor, Kelli Martin, is looking for, check out my writing blog. I have the inside scoop here.
· Discovering Story Magic: AWESOME NEWS!! Gifted author and teacher Laura Baker is bringing Discovering Story Magic back! After two years, the acclaimed technique for building story from character returns. Three important things to note: The class is now 6 weeks long and limited to 65 students. And she's using CASABLANCA for the first time to teach DSM.
Only ONE class will be offered this year: February 1 – March 15, 2012. It's a six-week interactive experience. You can even get feedback on YOUR story. I highly recommend this awesome workshop! Go to http://www.fearlesswriter.com/ for more info.
I want to thank everyone for all of your support for my debut novel, and I hope you enjoyed this newsletter. This past year has been a dream come true. I'm so blessed that you are sharing it with me!
All my best,
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