Get your heart racing this Valentine’s Day with a Silhouette Romantic Suspense 2-in-1

Editor’s Note: Happy February everyone! Today we’ve got a special treat. Not only do we have a new look for the month (our favorite at Harlequin HQ) we also have authors Justine Davis and Cindy Dees on the blog today discussing their brand new Romantic Suspense release, Deadly Valentine, available in print and ebook today!


Click on the cover for an excerpt from the book.

First up: Her Un-Valentine by Justine Davis

Okay, I’ll admit it. I don’t really like Valentine’s day. Oh, not that I don’t love chocolates, flowers, sappy cards…I just don’t like the idea that I’m getting them because the poor guy feels like he has to. Now, my husband had the right idea. We used to joke—to groans and eye-rolls—that every day was Valentine’s Day at our house. And it was true. I was that lucky. But when I was working full time and writing full time, my idea of the perfect gift was for somebody else to cook, put gas in my car, and run my stuff to the post office. Some people laugh at that, but seriously, what more precious gift can you give someone than time?

But I digress…when I was presented with the opportunity to write a Valentine’s Day story, of course I couldn’t resist creating a character who agreed with me. And Taylor Burke does; her story opens with her almost biting the head off anyone who simply asks what her plans are for the big day.

Then I got to mix in a favorite character type, one I visit often, people who aren’t quite what they seem to be. It’s something that’s always fascinated me, and something I’m drawn to explore. Perhaps it’s the difference I sense in myself, between the person I am in my head (or is that all the people I am in my head??) and the persona I present to my family, and to the world. Maybe everybody is really three people in one that way. No wonder the world is confused! But the man known as Kincaid isn’t; he knows exactly who he is.

When a smart, loyal woman collides with a man on a mission, the results are quick, hot, and explosive. But in the end, I hope for them what I hope for all my characters…a life where every day is Valentine’s Day.

Enjoy!

The February 14th Secret by Cindy Dees

Howdy everyone!

Happy Valentine’s Day and here’s hoping yours is full to overflowing with loved ones.

I was so excited to be asked to write a Valentine’s themed novella, particularly a deadly one. Visions of exploding chocolates and Valentine’s cards from dead men danced through my head immediately. Yup, right up my alley. I’d never tried the short format before, but I’m always up for a new challenge.

Full of enthusiasm, I sat down to work on my story. And got about five pages into it when reality struck. Richly developed characters, interesting plot, scary bad guys, satisfying romance story, happily ever after…in HOW many pages? That would be when the hyperventilating commenced.

Not long after I’d turned an alarming shade of purple, that would be when I remembered some advice I heard long ago, given by the great Nora Roberts. She commented that authors should not underestimate the difficulty of writing category novels; readers still expect you stage a full-length opera, but inside a telephone booth.

And here I was trying to pull off an opera in a shoe box!

Thankfully, Layla and Colt–whom I’d already met in my imagination–thought I was hilarious for doubting their story. They sat me down, shoved a computer in front of me, and told me their story so fast I had trouble keeping up as they dictated it to me.

There’s something magical about two people who are so different and yet discover that, at their cores, they have so much in common. Although it took me fully as long to capture this story as it would a full length book, I have to admit it ranks as one of my recent personal favorites. I don’t know if I’ll ever get a chance to write another novella, but I sure am glad I got the chance to do this one!

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  2. Jamie Michele
    February 1, 2011 at 11:28 am
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    Can it be? My two favorite SRS authors in one package? Happy Valentine’s day to ME!

  3. EllenToo
    February 1, 2011 at 2:31 pm
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    Just wanted to say that I have read both stories and I LOVED them. You both did an outstanding job!!!!

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