Monday, September 23, 2013

Declan's Cross

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I didn't have time to review this before the Dew's blog tour date, but I wanted to make sure you had the opportunity to read about Carla's newest book regardless.  ( I love to read anything that's located in Ireland!  I end up reading the dialogue out loud in a horrible rendition of an Irish accent.)




uncovers death and deception on ireland’s green shores


An escape to an idyllic Irish seaside village is about to turn deadly in this riveting new novel by master of romantic suspense Carla Neggers.
For marine biologist Julianne Maroney, two weeks in tiny Declan’s Cross on the south Irish coast is a chance to heal her broken heart. She doesn’t expect to attract the attention of FBI agents Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan— especially since a Donovan is the reason for her

broken heart. Emma and Colin are in Ireland for their own personal retreat. Colin knows he’s a reminder of everything Julianne wants to escape but something about her trip raises his suspicion. Emma, an art crimes expert, is also on edge. Of all the Irish villages Julianne could choose… Why Declan’s Cross?
Ten years ago, a thief slipped into a mansion in Declan’s Cross. Emma’s grandfather, a renowned art detective, investigated, but the art stolen that night has never been recovered and the elusive thief never caught.
From the moment Julianne sets foot on Irish soil, everything goes wrong. The well-connected American driver who invited her to Ireland has disappeared. And now Emma and Colin are in Declan’s Cross.
As a dark conspiracy unfolds amid the breathtaking scenery of Declan’s Cross, the race is on to stop a ruthless killer…and the stakes have never been more personal for Emma and Colin.
Carla Neggers
$24.95 U.S./$27.95 CAN.
ISBN-13: 978-0-7783-1463-9

Carla answers a few questions for the Dew!

1.      With more than 60 novels published, how do you come up with new and compelling stories that capture your readers’ attention?
I always have ideas. It’s why I write! Not every idea turns into a book – sometimes it’ll spark a scene or just drift away – but I always have characters, scenes and plots simmering. It’s just the way I’m wired.

2.      You started writing at age 11 up in a sugar maple tree. Your blog, Out on a Limb, honors these humble, idyllic beginnings. What kind of books did you write up in the tree? Is that tree still standing?

My favorite sugar maple is still on our family tree farm on the western edge of the Quabbin reservoir! I haven’t climbed it since college, though. It’s a beautiful tree in autumn especially. I wrote tales of romance and suspense up there. The first one I finished is called The Bronze Buddha. An archaeology student making ends meet cleaning motel rooms (my first job, not incidentally!) discovers a dead body in a room she is set to clean. Off we go from there. 

·         3. Which book is on your Next-To-Buy list?

The Wrong Girl by Hank Phillippi Ryan. Can’t wait!


·         4. For or against books turn into movies.

 For, because I keep them separate in my mind. The book is a book. The movie is a movie. That doesn’t mean I always watch a movie based on a favorite book, but I’m not against it.  

Neggers_Carla_11_col1 2Carla Neggers has been spinning stories ever since she climbed a tree with pad and pen at age eleven. Now she has millions of copies of her books in print in more than 30 countries, and more than two dozen of her books have placed on the New York Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. Declan’s Cross is the third novel in her acclaimed Sharpe & Donovan romantic suspense series that launched with Saint’s Gate and Heron’s Cove and has been praised as “a breathtaking reading experience” (Providence Journal), “gripping and suspenseful” (Nashua Telegraph), and “outstanding” (USA Today). Her popular Swift River Valley series debuted with Secrets of the Lost Summer, which spent four weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and garnered rave reviews, including a starred review from Booklist and a Top Pick from RT Book Reviews. Growing up in rural western Massachusetts with three brothers and three sisters, Carla developed an eye for detail and a love of a good story. Her imagination, curiosity and sense of adventure are key to creating the complex relationships, fast-paced plots and deep sense of place in her books.