Six LDS Writers and A Frog

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

And Here It Is

Here is the cover for Methods of Madness. I hope it's showing up better on your monitor than it is on mine, because the colors are faded on my screen. The eye should be browner, "a novel by" is blue, and the green lettering is much more striking. But you get the idea, anyway.



And here is the backliner blurb:

It’s been three years since the terrible night Emily Ramsey suffered a double tragedy—the death of her sister and the disappearance of her fiancé. She deserves another chance at happiness, and gentle, adorable Zach Sullivan is just the man to mend her shattered heart. But from the moment Emily opens the hand-carved box holding a glittering diamond solitaire, she’s seized by an unshakeable fear: she’s going to lose Zach.

That’s exactly what Monica, Zach’s ex-girlfriend, is banking on. Bitter with envy, Monica will stop at nothing to sabotage Zach and Emily’s romance. A troubling note shows up in Emily’s mailbox, fanning the flames of suspicion. A bloody photograph sends her reeling. But when someone is brutally murdered, will Emily be able to escape suspicion and the possibility that she might be next?

Whitney Award-winning author Stephanie Black treats readers to another of her brilliantly thrilling stories that will leave the reader no choice but to keep reading well past the stroke of midnight.


It’s always interesting to read the backliner for the first time and see how your publisher describes your book, what they chose to emphasize, and how they provide a hook for the story without giving too much away. I’m pleased with this backliner (and not just because they said nice things about me).

Release date is August 1st—one month from today—so I figure I ought to do some promotion or something. Okay . . . um . . . go buy my book in August! Buy copies for all your friends and relatives and visiting/home teachees! My mother loved it and you will too! Okay, actually, my mother hasn’t read it yet, so scratch that . . . How about “buy a book: feed a college student”? My daughter will appreciate that one.

How about this: I’ll just do a simple book giveaway. In the comment trail, post a comment giving the title and author of a mystery or suspense novel that you’ve recently read and enjoyed and would recommend to me. This can be either an LDS or a national-market title. (One stipulation: please don’t recommend anything that would curdle my innocent young eyeballs. Nothing gruesome or filled with bad words, please.) Everyone who leaves a book recommendation gets his/her name entered in a drawing for a copy of Methods of Madness. Next Wednesday, I’ll draw two winners (I know, I know—Jeff’s giveaway was a better deal, but Jeff’s cooler than I am. So is J. Scott).


40 Comments:

At 7/01/2009 11:36 AM, Blogger Karen said...

Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen.

I enjoyed Fool me twice. I look forward to this new one.

Oh, you don't know me, I am just a reader of this blog and many books!

 
At 7/01/2009 11:50 AM, Blogger RobisonWells said...

I have no great book recommendations, but I just wanted to say I love the cover.

Congrats!

 
At 7/01/2009 12:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Crossing the Bar, by Hemming Fitzpatrick. Very scary.

 
At 7/01/2009 12:01 PM, Blogger G.. said...

I can't wait til August 1st! I just finished Tristi's Agent in Old Lace and highly recommend it. It has lots of high suspense, handled well, but what I loved about it was the humor! I will be reviewing it later today on my blog. I haven't laughed outloud (many times) at a book in too long.
GG Vandagriff

 
At 7/01/2009 12:04 PM, Blogger Julie Coulter Bellon said...

I've read Betsy Brannon Green's new one "Code of Honor," and I'm still reading "The Historian," by Elizabeth Kostova which is really creepy. I just started "Shadow Hunters," and so far so good.

Such a great cover, Stephanie! Congrats!

 
At 7/01/2009 12:09 PM, Blogger Michele Holmes said...

Very chilling cover---which sounds like it matches the story perfectly. Congratulations on the new release.
I recently read Carol Lynch Williams, The Chosen one. It was very well written and suspenseful enough to disturb me for several days.

 
At 7/01/2009 1:18 PM, Anonymous Jordan McCollum said...

You should do a blog book tour! (Hint hint ;) .)

I'm reading Bedford Square by Anne Perry right now. It took me a little while to get into it (it kind of always takes me a while with historicals, I guess), but I'm really enjoying it.

 
At 7/01/2009 1:20 PM, Blogger Josi said...

One of the best mystery novels I've read over the last year was Fool Me Twice, ever heard of it? :-)

the colors didn't show on my computer either, but it's a GREAT cover.

 
At 7/01/2009 1:21 PM, Blogger Melanie Goldmund said...

Excellent cover! I'm looking forward to reading this!

I'm going to recommend Raven Black by Ann Cleeves. It's a murder mystery set on the Shetland Islands. There might be one or two bad words in there, but I certainly don't remember that it was filled with them, though I read it in German, so ... *shrugs* But I found it very fascinating. This is actually the first book of the "Shetland Quartet" and any of the others are definitely worth reading, too.

 
At 7/01/2009 2:01 PM, Blogger Th. said...

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Don't like the type, but I love the photograph.

 
At 7/01/2009 2:02 PM, Blogger Elizabeth said...

Read Altered State by Gregg Luke. Very good.

I am so excited for your book to come out. I always end up reading it in one sitting because once I start I just CAN'T STOP!

Love the cover!

 
At 7/01/2009 2:17 PM, Blogger Tristi Pinkston said...

Congratulations!! I can't wait to read it.

 
At 7/01/2009 2:33 PM, Blogger Julie Wright said...

Your cover rocks!!!!!! And the backliner is fabulously intriguing! My favorite recent mysteries are ones by you and Josi Kilpack. English Trifle is my most recent fav read. Loved it loved it!

 
At 7/01/2009 3:00 PM, Blogger Randy and Lisa said...

I just finished
Grave Secrets by Marlene Austin

Ghost of a Chance by Kerry Blair

I Heard That Song Before by Mary Higgins Clark
All excellent books.

I'm looking forward to reading your new book, and still have to pick up Fool Me Twice.

 
At 7/01/2009 3:22 PM, Blogger Charlie Moore said...

I like the cover and backliner. Sounds like a lot of people are anxious to get it so good luck. My recommendation is a novel that's been out for awhile so you may have already enjoyed it. If not, I urge you to read Lockdown by Traci Hunter Abramson. Well written and delves into a very important topic.

Charlie

 
At 7/01/2009 3:24 PM, Blogger Joyce DiPastena said...

I LOVE your cover, Stephanie! It accents your title WONDERFULLY!

 
At 7/01/2009 3:42 PM, Blogger Stephanie Humphreys said...

I loved Isabelle Webb:Legend of the Jewel by N.C. Allen. I also just read and enjoyed Cursed in the Blood by Sharan Newman.

Can't wait to read Methods of Madness.

 
At 7/01/2009 4:25 PM, Blogger Jon Spell said...

I highly recommend Hold Tight by Harlan Coben - you really can't go wrong with any of the stand-alones (I like the Myron Bolitar books, too, but then you have to deal with the swearing.) This book deals with issues regarding how much privacy your children should have from you and what to do when you find something out...

Just started reading Past Caring by Robert Goddard - starts off nicely, intriguing, but I can't recommend it yet. =)

I can, however, fervently recommend Methods of Madness - it will keep you up late, forsaking other commitments to keep reading... The backliner does it justice, I think.

 
At 7/01/2009 5:20 PM, Blogger Heather Justesen said...

Well, the most recent mystery/suspense book I read was Marcia Mickelson's "Reasonable Doubt."

The one before that was "Agent in Old Lace" by Tristi Pinkston. Both are fun reads.

 
At 7/01/2009 5:41 PM, Blogger Melanie J said...

Well, I admit to staying more on the cozy side of mystery but I like Pamela Mott Davidson. And my book group just did an Agatha Christie book. It was my first time reading her but I'll definitely pick up something for her again. I would love to suggest JD Robb to you but there definitely would be an eyeball problem.

 
At 7/01/2009 6:04 PM, Blogger Laura said...

I enjoyed your cover but the colors were not quite there. I just finished "Counting all the Stars in Heaven". A very enjoyable read. I liked it because it was a thicker book so harder for me to read in just one setting. Also it was written very well.

 
At 7/01/2009 6:11 PM, Blogger Kelsi Rose said...

I have been reading a lot since I have a lot of time on my hands, so I couldn't remember what the last mystery that I would recommend to read was. I think it was Madeline L'Engle's Dragons in the Water. I really like Madeline L'Engle, so read some of her stuff.

 
At 7/01/2009 6:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just finished "Just take my Heart" by MH Clark. It was only so-so, but yours looks amazing! Can't wait!
Pat

 
At 7/01/2009 7:11 PM, Blogger L.T. Elliot said...

The book I'd recommend is "I am NOT a serial killer" by Dan Wells. Techinically, it's Speculative Horror and it might give you an eyeball problem (it didn't for me but then again, there's that *line* issue Jeff talked about. =])

As for the cover, I think it's gorgeous. I love the hair and the emotion it evokes. I really like the lettering and the backliner was very intriguing, in my opinion. I'm super excited for you and you can count on me buying it!

(p.s. Will you be wearing a dress to match this new cover?)

 
At 7/01/2009 7:12 PM, Blogger Heather B. Moore said...

Great cover!

I just read The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams. It's not a mystery, but it's very gripping!

 
At 7/01/2009 9:06 PM, Blogger Jennie said...

I would reccommend Gregg Luke's Altered State.

 
At 7/01/2009 9:07 PM, Blogger Me again said...

I just read Above and Beyond by Betsy Brannon Green and am now drooling to read "Code of Honor"

 
At 7/01/2009 9:25 PM, Blogger Heather said...

I am rereading an old favorite - "The Arm of the Starfish" by Madeleine L'Engle. Looking forward to your next book with baited breath!

 
At 7/01/2009 10:11 PM, Blogger Gamila said...

Holy Crap! That cover is georgeous. Congrats!

The most recent mystery novel that I read and loved was A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce

 
At 7/01/2009 11:43 PM, Blogger Sheila said...

That cover is the best one yet! I love it! Of course I read Tristi's newest book, "Agent in Old Lace' and it was super. I started Gregg Luke's new book, "Altered State" and it is really good so far.

I can't wait to read your new book. Anything from you is always so good!

 
At 7/01/2009 11:51 PM, Blogger Lucy Eliza said...

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At 7/01/2009 11:52 PM, Blogger Lucy Eliza said...

[i]Digital Fortress[/i] By Dan Brown is very intense.

I even got my dad to read it who takes pride in the fact that for the last ten years, he's only read one novel a year. I broke his streak since now he's read two for 2009. ;)

I can't wait to read your book! I'll be at the bookstore first thing August 1st!

 
At 7/02/2009 1:43 AM, Blogger Marcia Mickelson said...

I just finished Traci Hunter Abramson's Lockdown. It was good.

 
At 7/02/2009 2:05 AM, Blogger Primarymary said...

I just finished Vanished, A Maggie McKenzie Mystery by Lynn Gardner. I couldn't put it down.

 
At 7/02/2009 4:44 AM, Blogger Jennifer said...

I really enjoy Dee Henderson's O'Malley series.

Love the cover.

 
At 7/02/2009 11:38 AM, Blogger Kimberly said...

Love the cover. Truly. And as a huge fan of Fool Me Twice the back blurb on this one has me thinking it shares the complex plot and stunning intensity of your last.

As for me, I loved Josi Kilpack's Lemon Tart. Such a delight!

 
At 7/02/2009 1:49 PM, Blogger judy said...

Stephanie, I can't wait until your new project is available! I have so enjoyed that last two. I am currently listening to Beneath the Surface by Jeni Grossman. So far so good. The underwater discriptions were quite vivid,(not gross). and her character development is quite good.

Congrats on the Whitney also. Marshall was giving me a blow by blow. He is just bursting with pride (the good kind of course!) for you. He sent out a promotional e-mail to everyone at work for your latest creation. Keep writing. We'll all be happy to contribute to your daughter's college fund. Judy Shuck - SJ&R

 
At 7/02/2009 5:29 PM, Blogger Don said...

Lemon Tart by Josi Kilpack has made the rounds at this house, to great reviews.

 
At 7/02/2009 9:37 PM, Blogger Karlene said...

Love the cover! Can't wait for this new book. Fool Me Twice is one of my all time favs (and I'm not just trying to butter you up so that I might have a better chance of winning).

I also liked Lemon Tart. And Gregg Luke's Do No Harm. Looking forward to Altered States. I also liked Freefall and am planning to read Lockdown soon. And I liked I Am NOT A Serial Killer too. But if you're squeamish about body parts, don't read it.

 
At 7/06/2009 5:37 PM, Blogger Tarmy said...

Great cover! I loved Fool me Twice and enjoyed The Believer which I own a signed copy of thanks to you!

I liked Lemon Tart and I recently read Freefall. I'd recommend both.

 

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