Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Rerview and Interview: Cry in the Night

With her latest book, Colleen Coble takes her readers back to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and into Bree Nichols Matthew's life. If you've read the earlier books, then you will be thrilled to walk the streets of Rock Harbor, wave at the friendly faces you remember, and hunker down for another page-turning suspense. If this is your first venture to the area, you'll soon find yourself engrossed in the tale of all that is happening to Bree, her search and rescue dog Samson, and her son Davy. You may decide after the read -- since you won't need it during the book -- that you'd like to find out more about Bree and go back for the earlier adventures.

In Cry in the Night, Bree is confronted with her worst nightmare. She's found an abandoned infant in the frozen wilderness and has welcomed the baby girl into her home -- and heart -- even as Kade cautions her to be careful. Then as she hunts for the baby's mother, the clues keep pointing to her first husband's mysterious plane crash. The more she picks away at the puzzle, the more she wonders if the very fibers of her life -- and love -- will be swept away.

I knew where this book was heading, because of some brainstorming in the early days of this book, and I honestly didn't know if Colleen could pull all the twists off. Especially in a way that would satisfy me as a reader. I kept waiting for a thread to unravel taking a large part of the story with it, but instead, the fibers of the story pulled tighter and tighter until they seemed to pull a taunt noose around Bree. And even though Bree is happily married, the romance will satisfy those of you who refuse to read a story that does have a strong romantic thread.

This is another great offering from Colleen Coble. If you like suspense with a strong romantic thread, you will enjoy this book!

Colleen agreed to stop by for an interview. Thanks for joining us, Colleen. Bree Nichols Matthew is back! What did you enjoy most about returning to Rock Harbor and the wonderful folks who live there?

Oh, it was so wonderful to catch up with Bree and Kade! And of course Samson. My daughter's dog, Harley, was the inspiration for Samson, and we lost him to bone cancer. When I was writing the book, I called Kara and said, "Harley lives on in Samson!" A piece of him will never die for that reason. Those characters are so real to me.

Do readers need to read the other books in the series first to understand what's going on?

Not at all. The story stands alone. If you read the other books in the series, you'll know more about Bree and Kade's relationship and how they came to be together, but Cry in the Night could have been written without those books.

You have made poor Bree's life very difficult in this book. How did you come up with the twist?

I was actually about 1/3 of the way into the book when the idea for that twist happened. It grew out of some of Bree's son's emotional issues. As soon as the idea came, I knew I had to write it. I'd been to see our son and daughter-in-law and was half asleep in the car. I bolted upright and said to my husband, "What if Rob comes back?" It was exciting to write about it.

You put your poor characters through all kinds of chaos. Why do that?

So readers will keep turning the pages, of course! :) My mother-in-law was reading the book and said, "It's an exciting book, but I don't know how you're going to resolve everything." That's the kind of book I like to read AND write!

Do you have plans to return to Rock Harbor for future books? I know I would love to read more about the characters in that town.

I just might. . . I'm getting multiple and daily requests for more Rock Harbor!

You became a grandma in October...what's the best part of having a little angel of your own?

Oh you picked up on that? Could it have anything to do with the way I talk about it nonstop? LOL Our little Alexa is a dream come true. The best part of our little angel is getting to pray for her, that God would hold her close and she would serve HIm all her days. That and seeing her smile at her Grammy and Poppy of course! I had the world's best grandma, and I'd always hoped to be that kind of grandma. Now I get the chance!


What's next for you?

I'm working on a new Lonestar book called Lonestar Homecoming. It's about a soldier who comes home to Texas and rescues a woman in a bedraggled wedding dress he sees on the train. She's running from something, and he's pulled into danger with her. Next up after that is a HISTORICAL, if you can believe it! My first books were historicals which is how I learned the importance of setting in a novel. The book is called The Lightkeeper's Daughter and it's set at the turn of the century in the California redwoods. I'm very excited about it, and it will have my usual blend of romance and mystery.

ABOUT THE BOOK


The highly anticipated novel that delivers what romantic suspense fans have long awaited-the return to Rock Harbor.

Bree Nichols gets the shock of her life when her husband-presumed dead-reappears.

Bree Nichols and her search and rescue dog Samson discover a crying infant in the densely forested woods outside of Rock Harbor, Michigan. Against objections from her husband, Kade, who knows she'll become attached, Bree takes the baby in. Quickly she begins a search for the mother-presumably the woman reported missing just days earlier.
While teams scour the forests, Bree ferrets out clues about the missing woman. But she soon discovers something more shocking: Bree's former husband-long presumed dead in a plane crash-resurfaces. Is he really who he says he is? And should she trust him again after all these years?
An engaging, romantic suspense novel from critically-acclaimed author Colleen Coble.

If you would like to read the first chapter of , go HERE

4 comments:

lynnrush said...

This sounds like such a great book. I'm adding it to my list to read. Thanks for the review and interview

Colleen Coble said...

Thanks for the super interview, Cara!

Debbie Gail Smith said...

Thanks for the review and interview. Sounds like I will have to get the book. I'm also interested in the Lonestar book, maybe because I'm from Texas.
I tried to subscribe to Colleen's newsletter, but I flunked the math test. hehe... I'll try again later.

Linda said...

I love to read your newsletters to keep up-to-date on all the new books coming out. You have such a way of interviewing that brings out the curiosity in people to get the book. Colleen Coble is such a great writer.

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