It’s Win a Book Wednesday!

Susan Vaughan here with a book to give away. Two lucky readers who comment will win a copy of Always a Suspect. June is the 20th anniversary of this, my first published book. In 2001, this romantic suspense/mystery was titled Dangerous Attraction and was part of the Silhouette (Harlequin Books) Intimate Moments imprint. Here’s the book description.

Is she a criminal or a victim? Or both?

After the deaths of two husbands and a fiancé, Claire Saint-Ange is branded the Widow Spider in her coastal Maine town. Tormented by threatening phone calls and desperate to prove her innocence, Claire hires a P.I. But her attraction to the rugged investigator poses an even greater threat. She can’t risk losing someone she cares about… not again. Never again.   

Two tragic losses cause federal agent Michael Quinn to submit his resignation, but he’s forced into one last gig—investigate the widow’s connection to her last husband’s drug smuggling. Uncovering this lovely, mysterious woman’s darkest secrets should be just an assignment, but her gentle soul and passion break down his walls and make him long to believe in her innocence. 

The frozen Maine landscape, deadly attacks, and shocking revelations test Claire and Michael at every turn—but it’s the blazing desire between them that threatens their very lives.

I had submitted to Silhouette a few times before selling this one to them. Editors said they liked the writing and the plot, but the characters’ conflicts weren’t strong enough. I doubled down with this manuscript, whose working title was “The Widow & the Cop.” As you can see from the book description, this time, my heroine has the strongest conflict possible. She believes that anyone she gets close to could die. This belief influences her relationship with everyone and holds her back from a full life. Until she hires Michael.

For a novelist, selling that first book to a publisher is beyond exciting. I was so thrilled I could hardly think and hardly remembered later what the acquiring editor said on the phone. I worked with a lovely seasoned editor who guided me and taught me. I met her and other publishing professionals at the Romance Writers of America conference the next summer when the book was published. A heady time.

Since the publication of Dangerous Attraction, I received the rights back, thus its republication as Always a Suspect in 2015. After that first book, I had five more romantic suspense novels published by publishers, and I published another ten independently. My sixteenth book, Genuine Fake, will be released later this month. If you would like a copy of Always a Suspect, leave a comment below today. Two commenters will win, chosen tomorrow at random by my dog Sasha. If the winners live in the U.S., it can be either a digital copy of the book or an autographed print copy. If outside the U.S., digital only. If you are a winner, I will notify you in a reply to your comment.


About susanvaughan

Susan Vaughan loves writing romantic suspense because it throws the hero and heroine together under extraordinary circumstances and pits them against a clever villain. Her books have won the Golden Leaf, More Than Magic, and Write Touch Readers’ Award and been a finalist for the Booksellers’ Best and Daphne du Maurier awards. A former teacher, she’s a West Virginia native, but she and her husband have lived in the Mid-Coast area of Maine for many years. Her latest release is GENUINE FAKE, a stand-alone book in the Devlin Security Force series. Find her at or on Facebook as Susan H. Vaughan or on Twitter @SHVaughan.
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28 Responses to It’s Win a Book Wednesday!

  1. Ann Hough says:

    Me, Me, Me! I would love to receive a copy of your first book. Pick me Sasha 🙂

  2. Rosemary Leveille says:

    Hi Susan – Your book sounds like something I would truly enjoy reading. And being set in Maine makes it even more appealing. Sasha – PICK ME!!!

  3. Bob Branco says:

    The twisting opening of this mystery story is different from others you have created before Susan ..all of them have been so well developed in many different areas of peoples lives…I sure would look forward to reading it…hoping to…

  4. Kay Garrett says:

    Oh, I would LOVE the opportunity to read “Always a Suspect” diving into Claire and Michael’s story!

    Thank you for the chance to win a copy! There will be two very happy people tomorrow. Shared and hoping to be one of them. Give Sasha a treat and tell her it’s from me. 🙂
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  5. Oh, Susan, I hope Sasha picks me!

  6. judy says:

    I don’t speak “arf” or “bark” (for Sasha), but would really enjoy reading your book set in Maine…one of my very favorite states!!

  7. susanvaughan says:

    Susan Vaughan here. I just noticed my math is off. After the books released by publishers, I’ve published 9, not 10 independently. Genuine Fake will make 10, but I shouldn’t have counted it. Writer, remember? Math is a challenge for me, always has been, but I should be able to add.

  8. Bob Tucker says:

    As a published author, I’m always up for reading a good suspense novel. I like to think I learn more about our craft with every novel. I read.

  9. Colleen C. says:

    Love romantic suspense books… sounds really good!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Would love to have. It.

  11. Barbara Salmore says:

    Would love to have it

  12. Grace March says:

    No, Sasha, choose me! The others are mean and will pull your tail. I will give you hugs and pats! OK, Sasha, you saw through my fiction; they’re all nice people! But, I’d still really love the book!! No fiction there!

  13. L.C. Rooney says:

    I love your publishing journey story! And I would love to win a copy of your book!

  14. L.C.Rooney says:

    Oops! Just returned from a trip to see family in NJ and was catching up on emails…now I see I am too late. Congratulations to Grace!! 😄

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