Author Heather SunseriNews and Other Notes
I couldn’t be more excited about the cover for book three of the In Darkness series. This cover by the extraordinarily talented Jessica Bell beautifully illustrates the opening scenes of Covered in Darkness, when a severe thunderstorm “reportedly” takes down part of the electric grid.
Now the Director of the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security, Brooke Fairfax has one objective: Stay on top of all threats to the people and property of the Commonwealth. The position is thankless and never-ending. It even pulls her out of Declan O’Roark’s bed in the middle of the night.
A power grid failure has struck Kentucky’s largest city and Brooke assumes the role of lead coordinator for the investigation. The power outage pushes the city to the brink of chaos. Police, fire, and rescue workers are overwhelmed—their efforts crippled by failed communication systems, looters ransacking businesses, hospitals running on emergency generators, and people desperate to find safety in a city quickly eroding into lawlessness.
While experts scramble to restore the grid before thousands lose their lives, Declan receives word from an intelligence contact that an eastern European cell of cyber terrorists are looking to take down the power grid for the entire Eastern Seaboard. Brooke and Declan must combine their efforts before the next attack. Just as Brooke and Declan get close to the truth, the attackers turn their attention on stopping their greatest threat—Brooke and Declan.
I have loved Nora Roberts and J.D. Robb (who just happen to be the same person, in case you didn’t know) for a very, very long time. I’m pretty sure my mother introduced me to Nora Roberts’ books when I was old enough to read adult romance. Maybe even before, if truth be told. My mom was a huge fan of Danielle Steele, Sydney Sheldon, Nora Roberts, Mary Higgins Clark, and I’m sure many others. Those are the ones that stick out the most though. Out of those, I fell in love with Nora Roberts the most as a reader.
When I decided to start writing my own books, I started asking myself what, exactly, made me like my favorite authors. With Nora Roberts, it was her way of developing characters so completely that I felt like I knew them intimately. For example, I’m pretty sure I have nothing in common with Eve Dallas of J.D. Robb’s In Death series, however, I’m also fairly certain I would enjoy drinking with her any night of the week after work.
What’s my point? My point is that when someone even comes close to comparing me to my hero in the romantic suspense genre, I tend to get a little giddy like a five-year-old little girl who just got her first bike without training wheels.
Aishwarya Saxena of At Least I’m Well-Read says this in her review of Exposed in Darkness (click on the link to read the entire review):
“Right after I finished her (J.D. Robb’s) latest, Echoes In Death, I was left wanting more. Thankfully, I had a copy of Heather Sunseri’s foray into romantic suspense, Exposed in Darkness, and I am so happy to have found a new favourite author in the genre.”
She also said:
“… there were a lot of questions left unanswered and I, for one, am eagerly waiting for Ms Sunseri’s next book in the series. I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of the romantic suspense genre but especially to my fellow In Death superfans.”
So yeah… I’m in love with this review for simply suggesting that fans of J.D. Robb’s In Death series will enjoy the In Darkness series.
Oh, and by the way, what Aishwarya means by “questions left unanswered” has nothing to do with a cliffhanger, so don’t think that at all. This story is a complete story. But the character’s lives do continue into a series, so there is still more info to come.
While Exposed in Darkness is a fast paced suspense, it’s not without its intimate scenes between Brooke and Declan. I love how USA Today reviewer explained the dynamic between these two powerful, yet sexy, characters in THIS REVIEW.
Since I’m currently writing the fourth book in this series, I loved being reminded of the following scene that USA Today included in their review:
There we were, standing in a parking garage, hidden between two SUVs, and breathing like we’d just outrun one of his thoroughbreds.
“I’m sor—” he started, but stopped himself. “No, I’m not sorry.” He ran a hand through his hair, turned and walked a few steps, then whipped back around, causing me to flinch again. “I want you. I’ve never wanted something so badly. And I’m terrified.”
I watched him watching me. I didn’t dare look away from his eyes. They held the intensity of a dark storm. “Why?” I asked. My voice cracked out of fear for what he might say.
“I’m terrified of this person stalking you. I’m terrified of your job, that you’ll get a lot more than a sprained arm in the line of duty.” He stepped over to me again, pushing his body against mine, and ran the back of his hand down the side of my face. “But mostly, Brooke Fairfax, I’m terrified you’ll tell me that I don’t have, or never will have, the right to be this concerned over your well being.”
“I don’t know what you want me to say,” I said softly. “I can’t promise that I won’t get hurt. I’m not capable of promising anything right now.”
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“With Exposed in Darkness, Heather Sunseri has crafted a sophisticated and absorbing thriller enhanced by a high-stakes horse-racing backdrop and a hard-won romance you’ll relish.”
You’re going to want to read the entire review by CLICKING HERE. Seriously, go read it! It includes an excerpt of one of my favorite (and extremely hot!) moments between Brooke and Declan. After you read it, share the review with your friends. They’ll thank you for it!