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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Today's Special -- Leslie Tentler



Today we welcome romantic suspense author Leslie Tentler to the Romance Dish! Leslie is the author of the critically acclaimed Chasing Evil trilogy from MIRA Books (Midnight Caller, Midnight Fear, and Edge of Midnight). To celebrate the release of the third book in the series – Edge of Midnight – she’s giving away a free copy. Comment below to enter for a chance to win! Welcome, Leslie!








When Money Isn’t Enough
By Leslie Tentler

Have you ever fantasized about winning the lottery? You know, finding out the ticket you bought at a convenience store is worth...bazillions of dollars? What things would you buy or what exotic places would you travel to? Would you share the wealth with family or chosen charities?

Would you quit your job?

We’ve all heard stories on the news about lottery winners who plan to keep working despite the windfall they’ve just received. For some, money isn’t everything. They feel the drive to work or to follow the call of their chosen profession.

That’s also the case for special agent Eric Macfarlane in Edge of Midnight. He works for the Violent Crimes Unit of the FBI, where he handles grim cases on a daily basis. The pressure within the unit is huge. It demands an inordinate amount of time and takes all of what he has, professionally as well as emotionally.

I’ll also tell you a secret about Eric: He’s one of those people who works not because he has to, but because he feels the calling. He’s from a prominent, affluent family and could just as easily be living a playboy lifestyle. But law enforcement runs deep in his veins. He believes in justice and the motto of “to serve and protect.” It’s all he’s ever wanted to do.

But now his need to work goes beyond a professional responsibility. You see, a serial killer took someone very special to Eric before disappearing into thin air. That was nearly three years ago. And now, a new killer has surfaced in Jacksonville, Fla., with a very similar M.O. He’s working the beaches, abducting women and killing them. Eric believes it’s the same person and he wants to be on that case, despite his very personal involvement. And – to hell with FBI protocol or what the SAC has dictated – he has the connections within the Department of Justice to get there.

The one thing Eric doesn’t count on, however, is a new emotional entanglement. For the first time, there’s a survivor of the killer. She escaped, and the psychopath known as “The Collector” wants her back in the worst way...

I’d like to think that if I won the lottery, I’d keep working, keep writing and keep telling stories. It’s a creative outlet and it gives me pleasure to write a story that entertains or thrills, or touches readers’ hearts. I’d also like to think that instead of buying myself an island somewhere or having a different sports car for every day of the week, I’d share my good fortune with the people and the causes that matter most to me. But I would buy a house somewhere on the water’s edge. That’s one thing I’ve always wanted.

What about you? If you came into a truckload of cash, what would you do? Leave a comment below for a chance to win a copy of Edge of Midnight.



EDGE OF MIDNIGHT


The writer becomes the story when crime reporter Mia Hale is discovered on a Jacksonville beach – bloodied and disoriented, but alive. She remembers nothing, but her wounds bear the signature of a sadistic serial killer. After years lying dormant, The Collector has resumed his grim hobby: abducting women and taking gruesome souvenirs before dumping their bodies. But none of his victims has ever escaped – and he wants Mia back, more than he ever wanted any of the others.


FBI agent Eric Macfarlane has pursued The Collector for a long time. The case runs deep in his veins, bordering on obsession...and Mia holds the key. She’ll risk everything to recover her memory and bring the madman to justice, and Eric swears to protect this fierce, fragile survivor. But The Collector will not be denied. In his mind, he knows just how their story ends.



What RT Book Reviews Says About EDGE OF MIDNIGHT

4 ½ STARS

“A compelling plot, thick suspense, a cunning villain, a shattered cop and a victim who wants answers at any cost place Tentler in the same category as bestselling authors Lisa Jackson and Beverly Barton.”



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Leslie Tentler worked in PR as a writer and editor for nearly two decades before pursuing her love of writing fiction. She is the author of the Chasing Evil trilogy of romantic thrillers from MIRA Books, which includes Midnight Caller, Midnight Fear and Edge of Midnight. She lives in Atlanta.

Website: http://www.leslietentler.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/leslietentler
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/leslie_tentler


Midnight Caller at Amazon
Midnight Fear at Amazon
Edge of Midnight at Amazon



ENTER THE CONTEST

Comment to win one (1) copy of Edge of Midnight. Winner’s choice of e-book or print book. **Print option open only to U.S. residents.**

36 comments:

  1. Congrats on the new release, Leslie. I don't think I would quit my job. I would definitely share it with my family and give some to charity and probably invest the rest.

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  2. Look forward to reading this. Congrats on the new release. Me, I never fantasize about winning the lottery!

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  3. Leslie I got your book in my Mira shipment and it is on my TBR pile...good luck with your book...


    Donna
    I fantasize a lot but said I would claim it annonymously so the peole who were wrong to me would leave me alone...lol but I would like to start a unwed mother home for girls that needed help

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  4. I did not mean to have that post as Anonymous!
    Jamie

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  5. Congrats - this book looks great! Adding to my future read list.

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  6. Jane, thanks so much for stopping by - like you, I definitely have some family members and charities I'd want to share with...

    Hi Donna, glad you have the book - hope you like it! And anonymous is probably a wise choice. :-)

    Jamie, LOL - I do that all the time!

    Thanks, MK!

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  7. Yay, Leslie! If I won the lottery...I'd pay off my student loans and get a new car. That should cover every dime of the winnings.

    I'm kidding. I might be able to pay off my house, too.

    In all seriousness, if I paid off all our debt, set up college funds for the kids, finished the basement, help my dad out, and donated to a couple of charities, and still had some left over, I'd continue doing what I do now, which is write and play with graphics from home. I might stop teaching online.

    Of course, I'd have to actually start *playing* the lottery for any of this to happen. :D

    (You don't have to enter me in the contest--I already have a copy of the book).

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  8. Hi Noelle,
    Sounds like you've got it all planned out to the very last dime! thanks for stopping by! - Leslie

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  9. Hi Leslie! Great to have you with us today! Edge of Midnight sounds terrific. I'm a fan of romantic suspense. Add to that the fact that I lived in Jacksonville for many years and have a friend who works out of the Jax FBI field office and we have a "must read this book" moment! :)

    I have my lottery winnings all planned out. Now if I could only pick the winning numbers we'd be in business! ::grin::

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  10. Know how you open a fortune cookie and there's those numbers on the bottom? I'm going to start playing them.
    I want a big honkin' loaded RV. One with the big screen tv & the push out wall and the sauna & king sized bed. I want to drive that thing all over the country & CA & see the Black Hills and the Grand Canyon & the Sonoma Wine Valley & New York. *sigh*
    But who am I kidding? I'd use the winnings to pay college tuition, provide for my aging parents' needs, and let myHero retire.
    Maybe buy a vacation home on St.George or Tybee Island.
    And buy a smaller RV for LSU & Saints football games!
    Lots of great reviews about this book on Goodreads! Gotta get this book!

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  11. Hi PJ,
    Someone who lived in Jax and has a friend at the field office there?? Wish I'd known that about a year and a half ago!!!

    (And if you figure out the whole "numbers" thing, PLEASE let me know!)

    Thanks for having me today!

    - Leslie

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  12. Pamela, get that RV and take me with you! Sounds fun!

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  13. You ask a very, very good question there, Leslie. I think we all dream of winning the lottery and what we would do with the cash. That would be "legal" money. However, if I came across a truckload of cash not knowing to whom it really belonged, I think extreme caution would be my first reaction. I believe I would then try to (quietly) research the news to see how this money became "lost." If I found nothing, I might then worry that this might be drug money. What a quandary! Turning it in to the authorities would make me think twice too. Wow! I'm thinking I might have a bit of larceny in my blood! :-) Thanks for a very intriguing question. I'm adding your book to my wish list right now!

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  14. Hi Connie,
    I *think* you might have just plotted out a book there! Sounds like an interesting story! I think there was a movie - although I can't remember the name of it - that was about that very thing. Money falling out of the back of a truck. I'm thinking John Cusack was in it?

    Thanks for putting me on your wish list!

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  15. that is so unbelievable can't even come up with a "what if" , but I love your books , Edge of Midnight is on preorder!!

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  16. Congrats on your new release, sounds really good. Well if I ever won the lottery I would have a new house and car and be debt free. Wouldn't that be great.

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  17. Congratulations! All the best to you and the series :)

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  18. Hi Tresa, thanks for the preorder! I hope you like it!

    Virginia, I'm with you - debt-free would be wonderful, wouldn't it?

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  19. Hi Kellie, thank you! Best of luck to you in your writing career as well!

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  20. Hi Leslie,
    Lovely to see you here at The Dish! :) Edge of Midnight sounds like a great book, and Eic sounds like a wonderful hero.

    If anyone showed up with a LEGAL truckload of money, the first thing I would do is pay off my student loans, and get that huge debt off my back. Then I would find a great place to live inn NYC, and pursue my dreams, and donate to charities too. I really do envy people who don't have to worry about money, and I think being in that sort of position may be a dream come true in its own right!

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  21. Hi Lisa,
    Thanks for the warm welcome! Sounds like you have some good uses for your windfall. Here's hoping you get that great place in NY someday. :-)

    - Leslie

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  22. Congratulations on the new release Leslie. I would definitely sell my house if I won a bunch of money and find something more suited to us. I would work to some degree because being a lady of leisure just doesn't appeal to me.

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  23. Hi Maureen,

    Thanks for the well wishes! I think I'd get bored with being a "lady of leisure," too, but I might not mind trying it for a few weeks, just to be sure. ;-)

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  24. Loved the first two books. I already have my lottery winnings spent ... Now I just have to win. I would travel .. no getting bored. Can't wait to read the new book.

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  25. Easy. I would open my own bookstore. That has been a dream of mine for a while.

    Congrats on the new release Leslie!

    geishasmom73 AT yahoo DOT com

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  26. Hi Stacie, there's a dream I can support!!! Thanks for stopping by!

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  27. Hey Leslie! Welcome to The Romance Dish! Wow, your book sounds fabulous! Last year I started reading more romantic suspense and found that I really enjoy these stories. I'm going to have to check your books out.

    As for winning the lottery, my family and I have talked about this. We would definitely pay off bills, buy some new things, share with family and give to charity.

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  28. Hi Buffie, thanks so much for having me today!

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  29. Hi, Leslie! Congrats and thanks for being with us today!

    Like several of the others, my family and I have discussed what we'd do if we won the lottery (that is, of course, if we played it). We would do the usual things--pay off bills, buy something nice (I want a Dodge Challenger-lol), and give a lot to charity (our church, autism research, etc.) It's nice to dream!

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  30. Hi, Leslie! Edge of Midnight sounds like the perfect edge-of-your-seat romantic suspense. :-)

    In our house we have the occasional "what would you do if you won the lottery" conversation. It's always fun to see what everyone says. It would be great to pay off everyone's debt (my immediate family), give quite a bit to charity, and then take everyone on an amazing vacation.

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  31. Sounds like EDGE OF MIDNIGHT will be a tense and good story. I hope it is doing well.

    If I had a bunch of money, I would pay off the mortgages and student loans for our children. I would set up annuities for the grandchildren's future school expenses or job training. My dad is the only remaining parent and lives on a small fixed income, so I would make sure he had what he needed and didn't have any financial priblems. We would pay off our house and look for a small camp on a lake in the mountsins. A new car is needed. Once family is taken care of, I would pay off our church's mortgage. There are several charities we work with that we would give substantial donations to.
    Once all that was taken care of, we would start traveling. My bucket list of places I would like to visit is rather long. It is a nice dream.

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  32. Sounds like EDGE OF MIDNIGHT will be a tense and good story. I hope it is doing well.

    If I had a bunch of money, I would pay off the mortgages and student loans for our children. I would set up annuities for the grandchildren's future school expenses or job training. My dad is the only remaining parent and lives on a small fixed income, so I would make sure he had what he needed and didn't have any financial priblems. We would pay off our house and look for a small camp on a lake in the mountsins. A new car is needed. Once family is taken care of, I would pay off our church's mortgage. There are several charities we work with that we would give substantial donations to.
    Once all that was taken care of, we would start traveling. My bucket list of places I would like to visit is rather long. It is a nice dream.

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  33. I cannot wait to read this one. This is an awesome series! If I won the lottery, I would pay off my house, buy my hubby and I new vehicles, get him to retire. I would probably keep working though.

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

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  34. This one sounds like my kind of book. Congrats!

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  35. This sounds like my kind of book, Leslie; I love the premise. Congrats.

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