Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Imaginary places or the real thing? The Art of Love and Murder by Brenda Whiteside #Giveaway

Thanks so much for having me today, Terri. I’m excited to have your readers learn about my latest release, The Art of Love and Murder, the first book in my Love and Murder series. I hope everyone enters the Rafflecopter drawing for a tote bag of items that relate to the book. The more you enter, the more chances you have to win. This link will direct you to all the blogs on my tour:

When it comes to the setting in a story, do you prefer an imaginary place or the real thing? To date, all my stories have taken place in real cities. I’ve had to change the names of hotels and restaurants, but I still pattern them after the real places. The Art of Love and Murder is set in Flagstaff, Arizona, a real city. Flagstaff is a college town at the base of the San Francisco Peaks.


Lacy Dahl never questioned her past until the deaths of her adoptive parents and her husband.  A husband who wasn't what he seemed.  Her research uncovers secrets about the mother she never knew; secrets that dispute the identity of her father and threaten her life.   
Sheriff Chance Meadowlark is still haunted by the murder of his wife and the revenge he unleashed in the name of justice.  When he meets Lacy he is determined not to become involved, but their pasts may make that impossible.  As they move closer to the truth, saving Lacy may be his only salvation.
Lacy begins to think the present is more important than her past...until Chance's connection to her mother and a murder spin her deeper into danger and further from love.  Will the truth destroy Lacy and Chance or will it be the answer that frees them?


Momentarily struck dumb by his eye color, she stared back. Why hadn’t she noticed until now? Although not as light as hers or her father’s, the professor’s eyes were a startling green shade.
His hand nudged her arm. “Lacy?”
She jumped. “Oh, yes.” She slipped the tissue from the half-carved wolf. Another glance at his eyes and goose bumps riddled her arms.
He lifted the wood close to his face, using both hands as if handling a delicate hummingbird. His thumb traced the neck of the creature to the juncture of where it emerged from the wood. When he brought the piece to his nose, closing his eyes and breathing deeply, Lacy wanted to turn away from the oddly erotic gesture.
He swallowed, opened his eyes and set the wolf back on the tissue. His attention shifted to the photograph of the chest. He touched the photo, a smile on his lips. “Where is the chest?”
The chest. Like he knew it, had seen it before. “I’m having it sent. You’ve seen it before?”
He didn’t move, stared out the window as if deep in thought. “I’d like to show you something, Lacy.”
“All right.” She waited, watching his profile.
He turned and stared into her face a moment. “You’re so very lovely. A creation full of life and passion, surpassing any art form.”
His hypnotic voice floated on the classical strains drifting from the living room. She couldn’t speak. Didn’t know what to say. She’d been lifted upon a pedestal of admiration. With any other man, she might consider his words a means to a sexual end. The professor’s intentions, however, were crystal. He admired her like a work of art.

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Although she didn’t start out to write romance, she’s found all good stories involve complicated human relationships. She’s also found no matter a person’s age, a new discovery is right around every corner. Whether humorous or serious, straight contemporary or suspense, all her books revolve around those two facts.

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  1. When it comes to a setting in a story i prefer an imaginary place.

    1. Usually, an imaginary place can be so much more, Linda.

  2. Art imitates life, Brenda! I understand the power of being inspired by our surroundings. Captivating excerpt. This is on my must read list!

  3. I enjoy both fictional and real settings, especially if the real place is one I've visited. Congrats on your release and wishing you many sales!

  4. Great excerpt Brenda. My daughter went to Flagstaff with the HS school in her Sr. year when we lived in Modesto, Ca and loved it. She said it was very beautiful. I like to choose real places and add my own town so I can design it the way I want to, but my characters sometimes visit real cities or towns in the area too.

    Hope to win!

  5. I love how you've brought the character of the professor to life. He's so creepy.

  6. What a good excerpt, Brenda! As far as settings, I like both. If I've been there, I enjoy the reminders. A fictional one allows me to visit a wonderful, imaginary one.

  7. It was great being here today, Terri. Thanks for hosting me!