STRANGERS SHE KNOWS Starred Review!
STRANGERS SHE KNOWS got a *starred* Booklist review. Booklist is the official magazine of the American Library Association, and this is huge!
Also, if you think I’ve bragged about this before, you’re right. ALL THREE CAPE CHARADE FULL LENGTH BOOKS GOT STARRED REVIEWS!!!
Sorry for shouting. I’m a little excited. A few quotes from the STRANGERS SHE KNOWS review:
“Dodd continues her addictively readable Cape Charade series featuring Kellen Adams with another white-knuckle tale that simply begs to be inhaled in one sitting.”
“A fascinating island setting that includes a spooky mansion, a secondary storyline involving World War II, and an antagonist who could give Villanelle from Killing Eve a pointer or two.”
“Dodd at her brilliant best.”
Put STRANGERS SHE KNOWS on your Goodreads to-read list!
I have three deadly problems:
1. I’ve seriously offended a maniacal killer.
2. I just had a bullet removed from my brain.
3. My new daughter is growing up too fast—and she’s in the line of fire.
STRANGERS SHE KNOWS is a Cape Charade full-length thriller starring Kellen Adams in hardcover, trade paperback, audio and ebook. Get your copy at your favorite independent bookstore or online!
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HIDDEN TRUTHS: Everyone has them. What are yours?
His new bride, Kellen, hovers between life and death.
A convicted serial killer threatens their child.
Max Di Luca goes on the hunt…
What would you do to protect your family?
Out now! HIDDEN TRUTHS is jam-packed with danger, action, a further episode in Max and Kellen’s romance and, of course, Rae, who fervently believes in the miracle that will return her new mother to life. Get your copy today!
Read the entire acclaimed Cape Charade series:
1. HARD TO KILL: Cape Charade suspense novella
2. DEAD GIRL RUNNING: Cape Charade full-length suspense
3. FAMILIES AND OTHER ENEMIES: Cape Charade suspense novella
4. WHAT DOESN’T KILL HER: Cape Charade full-length suspense
5. HIDDEN TRUTHS, Cape Charade suspense novella
6. STRANGERS SHE KNOWS: Cape Charade full-length suspense, Sept. 17, 2019
And for my readers who love audiobooks:
Three Cape Charade Suspense Stories in Audio! Now out!
WHAT DOESN’T KILL HER in Paperback with Reduced eBook Prices!
And if you bought it in hardcover or trade paperback, start re-reading! We have three more Cape Charade releases in the next four weeks:
One last thing: When I was writing WHAT DOESN’T KILL HER , I asked on social media what a seven-year-old girl would pack to go on a trip. The answers were hilarious, and every item Rae has in her bag is a reader suggestion.
“Did you bring extra socks?”
Rae tilted her head and viewed Kellen as if she was crazy.
“Underwear? Clothes? Toothbrush?”
“My Halloween costume!” Rae leaped to her feet. “I’m going as Luna Lovegood!”
That explained the great mop of blond hair in the bag. Rae hadn’t scalped someone. She was channeling her inner Harry Potter.
Heh, heh. I love when I’m able to tap into my readers’ knowledge and use that to make my books funny and real. Thank you for all your help!
Three Cape Charade Suspense Shorts in one Audio Package!
Ruth from my website survey asked, “I first read your Virtue Falls series and now into Cape Charade. I have thoroughly enjoyed both the books and audiobooks. I try to read the books first then listen to them… I would enjoy the opportunity to listen to your novellas/short stories in audiobook format. Are there any plans for this?”
Ruth, you must be clairvoyant! Coming in Audio on September 1, the three Cape Charade suspense shorts, HARD TO KILL, FAMILIES AND OTHER ENEMIES and HIDDEN TRUTHS, starring Kellen Adams, will be out in one fabulous audio package. The really great news: for uniformity, all Cape Charade audiobooks feature the voice talent of Vanessa Johansson! Details here.
This is also great news for those of you who don’t read ebooks. You can listen to the stories instead!
Read all the acclaimed Cape Charade series:
#1 HARD TO KILL: A Cape Charade Short Suspense
#2 DEAD GIRL RUNNING: A Cape Charade Full-length Thriller
#3 FAMILIES AND OTHER STRANGERS: A Cape Charade Short Suspense
#4 WHAT DOESN’T KILL HER: A Cape Charade Full-length Thriller
#5 HIDDEN TRUTHS: A Cape Charade Short Suspense, Sept. 1, 2019
#6 STRANGERS SHE KNOWS: A Cape Charade Full-length Thriller, September 17
Three Cape Charade Suspense Stories in Audio! Sept. 1 2019
Share Our Solstice Celebration!
You know about our stone circle and that The Husband and I (and family if they’re around) go out to greet the dawn on the summer solstice. Because we live in NW Washington, sometimes we have to be patient before the morning skies clear enough for us to see the sun rise. In fact, this year, we celebrated on June 25th. It was lovely as always and well worth the wait. I filmed a video to share with you (19 seconds); the sun is coming through the trees and between the two key stones, and The Husband steps in to throw a bundle of lavender on the fire. Enjoy this special moment with us!
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20 Best Romantic Suspense Novels!
If you’re a suspense reader, here’s the Booklist 20 Best Romantic Suspense Novels! Kiss Me or Kill Me includes authors I know—Karen Robards, Jayne Ann Krentz, Karen Rose, Catherine Coulter, Nora Roberts and (ahem) Christina Dodd’s VIRTUE FALLS—but I found some new names and titles. I love these lists and can’t wait to dig in!
The Kiss Me or Kill Me entry for VIRTUE FALLS says:
After growing up believing that her father was responsible for murdering her mother 20 years earlier, Elizabeth returns home to Virtue Falls in search of the truth only to find she has put herself in the sights of the real killer. Over the course of her long and impressive literary career, RITA Award-winning Dodd has written historical, contemporary, and paranormal romances but now focuses on edgy and sexy suspense stories.
Read a VIRTUE FALLS excerpt or buy a copy:
New Lost Hearts Covers!
The award-winning, New York Times bestselling Lost Hearts romantic suspense series has been repackaged in e-book with beautiful new covers and exciting bonus content!
“Mystery and misery scar their young lives. Three sisters and their foster brother are torn apart by tragedy and scattered across the country to grow up apart…while searching desperately for the chance to reunite.”
Survey Results: AudioBooks
Do you listen to audiobooks?
18%: Always! It’s the only way I read books.
32%: Never! I like to concentrate solely on the story.
49%: Sometimes, if I’m working out or driving.
Many readers wrote in the comment box to expand on their choice, all very interesting to this writer.
The new survey: You choose the name of my Alaskan fishing camp!
There will be six choices.
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New! Free Audio Blurb for WHAT DOESN’T KILL HER!
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WHAT DOESN’T KILL HER out now!
A writer-friend asked me that horrible question, “What’s your new book about?” I told her WHAT DOESN’T KILL HER is a thriller. And it’s a comedy. It’s about survival against all odds. And it’s about learning to be a parent. She started to make that humming sound that meant she wanted to tell me I’d lost my mind.
…Okay, she was snoring.
In a panic, I told her WHAT DOESN’T KILL HER is a mash-up between the National Lampoons Vacation movies and The
Fugitive. That got her attention.
Because anyone who’s been a parent or taken care of a child will tell you—no matter how dangerous or difficult the circumstances, a seven-year-old can’t be quiet, they can’t sit still, and they always gotta go potty.
Let’s say you’re Kellen Adams. You take a security job. You’re double-crossed. You find yourself in the wilderness, on the run, unprepared, your enemies unknown. Then, oh no, you discover your new seven-year-old daughter has tagged along to bond. What are you going to do? The consequences of failure would break you. And Kellen Adams does not break.
What doesn’t kill her…had better start running.
“Dodd’s gripping voice will appeal to fans of Sandra Brown, Nora Roberts, Linda Howard & Jayne Ann Krentz.”– Mystery Tribune Review of WHAT DOESN’T KILL HER
Read WHAT DOESN’T KILL HER now on your phone, your eReader and on your lovely paper book.