#Author C.B. Clark talks about her newest book SECRET BETRAYAL

I’ve said this before, but I love when one of my Wild Rose Press sistahs comes to visit, and I doubly love it when they’ve got a new book to promote! Today, romantic suspense sistah, C.B. Clark is here, talking about her newest release, SECRET BETRAYAL. The subject matter in the book sent her on a research expedition before she sat down and wrote this fast-paced, timely tale and she agreed to tell me a little about her process.

Here’s C.B…..

Authors research the most bizarre topics in preparation for writing their books. In the past, I’ve investigated unique ways to poison someone, how to distinguish human bones from animal bones, how to fly an airplane under the radar, and a dozen other topics guaranteed to raise eyebrows. For my newest novel, Secret Betrayalwhere the heroine is a victim of stalking, I researched incidents of this crime, talked to victims, and met with community support groups.

I was shocked to discover that 1 in 6 American women will be stalked in their lifetime. Victims often receive unwanted phone calls, emails, texts and lavish gifts. The terror of knowing someone is watching you and monitoring everything you do is overwhelming. No wonder these women suffer serious physical, social, and psychological effects. Most stalking occurs between people who know each other, but one-quarter of victims are harassed by strangers. Fortunately anti-stalking legislation is in place in most states, and the authorities are taking this crime seriously. If caught, stalkers face serious jail time.

Head college librarian, Marissa Reynolds has spent years distancing herself from her crime king pin uncle and his criminal empire. When she awakens in an unfamiliar hotel room with blood on her hands and no memory of how she got there, the past returns with a vengeance, and her life spirals into a nightmare. 

Straight-laced, Assistant district Attorney, Scott Bannister has spent a lifetime seeking justice for the senseless gangland shooting deaths of his parents. When he realizes Marissa is the niece of his prime suspect, he crosses a line guaranteed to put in jeopardy both his life and his beloved career. 

He’s made it clear he’ll do anything to destroy her uncle. She fears he’s using her to achieve his goal. As the body count mounts, and their lives are threatened, they must put aside their distrust and work together to find the devious killer. Will they be able to forgive and find true love?

 Excerpt: 

She pushed to her hands and knees. The pounding in her brain mushroomed into a full-blown, jackhammer assault. With a moan, she sank onto her bottom and grabbed her head in a fruitless effort to keep her brain from exploding. Despite the pain, she needed to get up. Something was wrong. Something was very wrong.

Faint wisps of light seeped through the edges of the window curtains. The distant sound of traffic echoed through the glass. A lamp imbued the room with a soft, rosy glow, revealing a king-size bed. The cover on the bed was a glossy, garish pink, the pillows covered in the same lurid color, the edges trimmed with frilly, black lace.

She rubbed the back of her neck and closed her eyes, but when she opened them again she was still in the unfamiliar room. A battered desk faced the bed, a large, flat screen television on top. The flickering images of a naked, full-breasted woman being entertained by two equally naked men played across the screen.

A wingback chair, covered in black leatherette sat in the far corner where a door was ajar revealing the cracked linoleum floor of a bathroom and the edge of a chipped porcelain sink. A framed diagram of a fire escape route was posted on the back of the other door. A hotel room? She dug her fingers into her temples. Why couldn’t she remember?

You can get your copy of Secret Betrayals here:

Amazon // iTunes // Nook // Kobo // Google Books //

A little about C.B. Clark: 

Award-winning author C.B. Clark has written five romantic suspense novels published by The Wild Rose Press. She has worked as an archaeologist and an educator. She enjoys hiking, canoeing, and snowshoeing with her husband and dog near her home in the wilderness of central British Columbia.

You can connect with C.B here:

instagram // Blog // Twitter //Facebook // Goodreads // Amazon 

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12 responses to “#Author C.B. Clark talks about her newest book SECRET BETRAYAL

  1. Ooh, great excerpt! I love a good, juicy romantic suspense. The research you did sounds fascinating – and disturbing. Happy sales to you!!

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  2. Your research definitely adds depth to your stories. Best of luck with this new release C.B.

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  3. Thanks, Luanna. I was shocked at how prevalent stalking is.

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  4. Thank you so much for hosting me on your Blog today, Peggy. It’s always so much fun to be here.

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  5. Tena Stetler

    Yep research definitely adds to the story and I enjoy it, for the most part. The only think that made me nervous, for the cozy mystery series I’m working on I used a homemade bomb and did some research on the internet. Shortly there after, a writer friend of mine who had done something similar wound up on Homeland Security’s No Fly list. When they got tot he air port, she wasn’t allowed on the plane. She told them she was a writer of romantic suspense and uses the internet for research. They missed their plane, but was finally allowed to catch the next flight. With a warning, if you use the internet for research which includes potentially dangerous topics, it would behoove her to use social media to announce her intentions as a writer and its for use in the plot of her next book. Still no guarantee she won’t be stopped and questioned. Gave me pause for thought anytime I do research. Wonder if I have wound up on the no fly list?

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  6. Tena Stetler

    Best of luck with your new release. (Hit send before I was finished.) LOL

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  7. barbarabettis1

    Stalking is a frightening thing. In college, I was stalked by a former boyfriend–he wasn’t scary–just irritating. So I was at the ‘lucky’ end of that incident. Your story sounds fascinating. Best of luck with it.—And Tena’s example of internet research? Incredible.

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  8. Lin Weich

    Your research sounds fascinating. It is a necessary component to a well written story. Your stories are always so believable and I’m sure all your efforts with research help make this happen.

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  9. Thanks, Lin. You’re so right. Research is integral to any story. Hard to write about something you know nothing about. Thank you for visiting.

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