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Welcome to my Christian romantic suspense book review page, this month featuring . . .

Alison Stone. As a new mother, she decided to try her hand at writing children's books but soon learned she preferred writing for the adult market. Doing some research, she discovered that romance commanded "the biggest chunk of the fiction market." So, she "read across the different Harlequin lines and settled on romantic suspense. I enjoy writing about characters falling in love while their lives are in jeopardy."

Her first novel, Random Acts, finaled in the unpublished, inspirational category of the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. "I went on to publish that book with Samhain Publishing."

High-Risk Homecoming (Love Inspired Suspense, July 2015) is her fifth novel published by LIS.

Attacked as she prepared for her gift shop's grand opening, Ellie Winters presses the silent alarm and escapes onto the street. Breathing hard, she wonders, what did her attacker mean by, "Where is the package?"

Special Agent Johnny Rock grabs Ellie as she bursts through the front door of Gifts and More. Back in town and working undercover on an important case, he can't believe she is a party to the crime he hopes to solve, but she is definitely involved in some way--and in danger. How can he ensure her safety and discover the truth when his past as a lawman nearly destroyed her family?

Alison Stone's High-Risk Homecoming is a real page-turner! Be prepared to follow Ellie and Johnny through baffling suspense and the intricacies of overcoming their barriers to love. This is an up-all-night novel.

Alison says, "When I wrote High-Risk Homecoming, I initially thought I'd like to do something with white-collar crime and center the book around crime in the art world. However, as the story developed, the art shop turned into a gift shop, and white-collar crime turned into drug dealing. Sometimes the kernel of an idea turns into something all together different."

The setting is a fictional town she called Williamstown, NY, modeled it after one of her favorite villages near Williamsville, NY, where she lives. "I like fictionalizing towns because it allows me the freedom to make stuff up."

Alison's next inspirational romantic suspense is Plain Threats, also with Harlequin's Love Inspired Suspense line. It will release in September 2015. "This is my third book set in the Amish town of Apple Creek, NY. The first two are Plain Pursuit and Plain Peril."

Plain Threats: Rebecca Fisher's life was turned upside down when her husband was accused of murder and died in prison. Now, more than a year later, someone is reminding the Amish widow that all hasn't been forgiven. But Rebecca isn't about to pay for the sins of someone else's past. So when the threats escalate and her rebellious stepson starts keeping secrets, Rebecca turns to former army ranger Jake Burke for help. She knows the Englisher is an honorable man, but being around him rattles her traditional community. Before long, Rebecca senses Jake is the only person she can trust with her safety…and with her fragile heart.

For more about Alison Stone and her books, go to Alison Stone.


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