Monday, November 5, 2012

Review: Dangerous Affairs by Dianna Miller






Dangerous Affairs
by Dianna Miller
Montlake Publishing
Romantic Suspense




Abby Langford is a former soap star who leaves Los Angeles behind moves back to her hometown
with her daughter hoping to raise her away from the glitz of Hollywood.  While cleaning her house
Abby finds a bloodied knife and when she reports it to the local authorities but Josh Kinkaid has trouble believing that Abby is not looking for publicity and that a real crime may have been committed.


DANGEROUS AFFAIRS by Dianna Miller will have you at the edge of your seat as you  wonder
what happened at the house and who is sending threatening letters to Abby? Although two separate
incidents could they be possibly related?  Abby's character may be a diva but she is anything but
the way her character is on television and Josh has trust issues after his ex-wife leaves him for someone that has a higher income bracket.

I could not put this book down. I haven't read Dianna Miller before this but I am certainly looking
forward to more from this talented author. The chemistry between Josh and Abby is instant even when they seem to dislike each other at first.  I know readers will love this book as much as I did.




BLURB:

 

When soap opera star Abby Langford leaves Los Angeles for her Minnesota hometown, she’s hoping to give her nine-year-old daughter the peaceful childhood she never knew. But instead of tranquility, Abby finds an old knife hidden between the walls of her new house. Then the nightmares start: a blood-soaked victim and a killer’s arm slicing through the air, again and again.

 

Abby wonders if she’s having the nervous breakdown the tabloids claim she already had, especially when sexy, skeptical police chief Josh Kincaid questions her story. When menacing hate mail arrives, Josh’s professional concern for Abby soon evolves into an intense attraction, and the feeling is mutual. And now Josh wonders if her psychic visions are of crimes past—or a premonition of terrors to come.

 

To survive, Abby and Josh must uncover the truth and stop a killer . . . before Abby’s worst nightmares come true.




 

Excerpt

 

The doorbell rang, shooting a fresh blast of cold panic through Abby. She opened her mouth, but swallowed her scream—it had to be the police. Bad guys didn’t use doorbells. She unlocked and opened the front door with frozen fingers.

 

Josh was standing on the front porch, dressed in black jeans and a burgundy polo shirt, his hand on the doorjamb and his eyes narrowed. “What’s such a damn emergency?”

 

“I got another message. From the person who hates me.”

 

Josh expelled a clearly exasperated breath, running his fingers through his dark hair. “Look, I know I told you to take the letters seriously, but since the mail carrier delivered it hours ago, this isn’t exactly an emergency. Bring it to the station tomorrow. I’d like to get back to my date.”

 

“It didn’t come in the mail this time.” Abby’s voice rose an octave, her words tripping over each other. “It’s on my bathroom mirror, written in lipstick. Someone got into my house, and they could get in again.” She sounded half hysterical, but she couldn’t help it. This was in a different category from her normal hate mail.

 

Josh stepped into the house, closing the door behind him. “You were gone tonight?”

 

She slumped against one wall of the foyer, hugging herself and struggling to regain her control.

 

“Maddie and I were at a birthday party for Laura’s youngest son. At Pizzaville. We got home around nine thirty, and I put Maddie to bed. I read in the family room for a while, then went back upstairs. And found it.”

 

“Show me.” Josh grabbed her forearm and directed her up the stairs.

 

The message was short and to the point, capital letters written in red lipstick on the wall-size mirror:

 

LEAVE OR DIE BITCH. FROM YOUR BIGGEST FAN
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
 
When she was eight, Diana Miller decided she wanted to be Nancy Drew. But no matter how many garbage cans she dug through, conversations she “accidentally” overheard, and attics she searched, she never found a single cryptic letter, hidden staircase, or anything else even remotely mysterious. She worked as a lawyer, a soda jerk, a stay-at-home mom, a hospital admitting clerk, and a conference host before deciding that the best way to inject suspense into her otherwise satisfying life was by writing about it.
 
Diana is a five-time nominee for the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award and winner of a Golden Heart for Dangerous Affairs—a romantic suspense novel that shows not everyone in her home state is Minnesota Nice. She lives in the Twin Cities with her family.
 
My website link is dianamillerwriter.com. Link to Dianna's Amazon page:
 

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27 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for featuring my debut romantic suspense novel DANGEROUS AFFAIRS on your blog today. And thanks even more for taking the time to read it! I was so excited to see your review—I’m so glad you liked it!

    I’ll stop by a few times today to respond to any questions or comments.

    Again, thanks for your time and effort and for letting all the people who read your blog know about my book. I really appreciate it.

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  2. Thanks Diana. I really did like it and keep thinking you look familiar. It has been awhile but I think I may have met you at a RWA or two. :D
    What do you have coming next?

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    1. Unfortunately I've never made it to RWA--we had a daughter in an ungodly expensive college! She's graduated and employed so I'm planning to go to Atlanta (and I'm really looking forward to it). I've finaled in the Golden Heart five times, though, including twice in 2011 under my real name (Donna Meier), and I used the same photo I'm using on the book, so maybe that's where you've seen me!

      I don't have a new release scheduled, but I do have a couple things being considered by Montlake and a couple other publishers. I've got my fingers crossed!

      What do you write?

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    2. Diana I don't write anything but reviews. I like going to RWA to see the authors. Yes I know RT is more reader friendly but I used to love to attend RWA conventions for the publisher signings and hanging with the authors in the bar.

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    3. I'm already signed up for RT this year, and a friend actually convinced me to go by telling me that the highlight for her is hanging out with other authors in the bar! Works for me!

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    4. Yeah I would go to RT but it is a month before the Reader Writer get together in Cincinnati and I refuse to miss it again this year.

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  3. Sounds intense, but cool!

    vitajex(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by and reading the review, blurb and excerpt. I really appreciate it!

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  4. Sounds like a great read.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  5. Congratulations on your new book!

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    1. Thanks for the congrats! It's my debut novel, so I'm especially excited about it.

      And thanks for stopping by and reading the review, blurb and excerpt. I really appreciate it!

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  6. I love the cover. Thanks for sharing!

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

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    1. Shannon,

      Thanks for stopping by and for your nice comment about my cover. Montlake had to change it at the last minute because of some problem with the rights to the model they'd originally selected. That involved not only getting another model but also changing a few other things. I really liked the first cover, so it took me a while to get used to the new one! But now I like it, especially the back cover, which no one gets to see unless they buy a paperback version of the book. In addition to the blurb, the back has a bloody knife along one side, which is really cool!

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  7. Whoah. Intense. I'm looking forward ot finding out what happens!

    justforswag(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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    1. Chelsea,

      Thanks so much for reading the blurb, excerpt, and review. And thanks also for your comment! I really appreciate it.

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  8. Barb thanks for bringing this book to my attention.. Sound like a good read...

    superauntkx9_(at)live(dot)ca

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    1. Kathleen,

      Thanks so much for reading my blurb and excerpt and Barb's wonderful review. This is my debut novel, so I'm especially excited about it. I really appreciate that you took the time to stop by.

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  9. Oh, my God. I love the excerpt. A psychic, a cop, and a killer... oh my.

    Thanks for sharing the excerpt, Diana.

    kmccandle(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Kai,

      Thanks so much for reading the blurb, excerpt and review. And thanks for your nice comment! I really appreciate it!

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  10. Barb,

    Thanks again for hosting me yesterday. I appreciate it and the great review. I also loved interacting with your blog readers. I hope that you and I meet in person at some conference--if we do, I owe you a drink!

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  11. Hi Diana,

    I'm sorry I missed the first day of your tour. Looks like you all had a lot of fun. I'm looking forward to following you for the rest of the tour and getting to know you and your work better.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and reading the excerpt, blurb and review. I really appreciate it!

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  12. that sounds really good :)

    Mindaf at aol. dot com

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  13. This excerpt really is chilling. I love it.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Thanks for reading it and the great comment! I really appreciate it.

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