The amazing Susan Page Davis is back to visit with us today! Our most recent visit with Susan was this past spring when she shared The Priority Unit. Today she’s sharing her newest release, Heartbreaker Hero, with us. Before we begin, let’s take a quick look at the story.
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Eddie’s in love. The problem is, his girlfriend isn’t the only one who loves him. It seems half the women in Portland want to marry Detective Eddie Thibodeau! A dead man is found in Chief Mike Browning’s back yard in a snowstorm. It’s up to the Priority Unit to find out what brought him there and protect the chief. Meanwhile, Eddie rescues a toddler, and an old girlfriend starts tabulating how many women have cried over him. Find out what happens when Eddie goes viral.
Welcome back, Susan! What inspired you to write this series or this novel in particular?
I love mysteries, and I love my home state of Maine. This book focuses on Detective Eddie Thibodeau, who is a major player in the entire series. In Heartbreaker Hero, he has difficulty living down his past love life. The actual idea for the first book in the series (The Priority Unit) was inspired by a program I saw on television. I didn’t like the way it ended, and I started thinking of how the characters could have reacted differently and changed the entire outcome. I started writing, making up my own characters, and then there was a real incident in the area where a man put a homemade bomb on someone’s car. The plot changed significantly, and there was no turning back after that.
Sometimes I wish we could rewrite life like that. 😉 Who is your favorite secondary character in this latest novel, and do you think you’ll include that character in a future story?
I like Tony Winfield, Eddie’s new partner. He’s a bit of an upstart, and he’s finding out how he fits into the Priority Unit and life in general. Readers can expect to hear more about Tony in the future.
More to come! Yay! What are you reading right now?
Right now I’m reading Always Watching, by Lynnette Eason, another romantic suspense novel.
That one looks good, too… Speaking of reading, paper or e-reader? There are certainly pros and cons to each. Which is your favorite?
I use both. I love my Kindle for two reasons: I can carry a ton of books with me easily when I travel, and I can make the print bigger anytime I want. But I don’t like the e-reader for nonfiction. I like to be able to leaf back and forth easily and browse sections. That’s harder with an e-reader than with a paper book. Another thing that made an impression on me was a study that showed readers test better on comprehension and chronology if they read paper books. Scientists were speculating that the physical act of turning the pages and having them accumulate as you read made connections to the brain somehow. I’ll be interested to see more studies on that issue.
I read an article (which of course I can’t find again!) about ebooks preventing us from mind-mapping as we read. (You know when you go back through a paper book to find a particular spot, you can generally remember which side of the page it was on, and about how far back in the book…) It is an interesting consideration, for sure. Can you give any hints about what you’re working on now?
I’m finishing up a cozy mystery in the Tearoom Mysteries series (from Guideposts). Next up is Book 5 in the Maine Justice series, The House Next Door.
You’ve written quite a variety of books. Do you prefer writing one genre over the other? Why?
I write in several genres, and I think it keeps my writing fresh. I don’t get bored, and I can work on more than one book at once. I try not to work on two books in the same genre at the same time, because that can get confusing. For instance, if I was doing a historical novel set in 1880 and also a novella set in 1860, I would have to keep double-checking things like technology (did this area have telegraph yet, or a railroad, or…?)
That would get confusing! I’m glad you’ve found a way to keep it all straight. 🙂 Thanks so much for taking the time to visit with us today, Susan!
Your turn! Paper or e-reader for you, and why?
More about Susan:
Susan Page Davis is a Maine native now living in western Kentucky with her husband of 41 years, Jim, who is a retired news editor. They have six children and ten grandchildren. Susan has published more than 70 novels, mostly in the Christian romance, historical romance, mystery and suspense genres.
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Other books in the Maine Justice series:
The Priority Unit (Book 1)
Police detective Harvey Larson and a beautiful young software designer, Jennifer Wainthrop, are determined to find out what happened to Jennifer’s missing coworker. After the on-duty death of his partner and ultimate rejection from his ex-wife, is Harvey ready to start a new phase of his life? Despite the bullets and bombs that follow Harvey around, can Jennifer learn to trust him enough to be part of it?
Fort Point (Book 2)
One of Maine’s most famous authors is murdered the night after his class reunion. Harvey and his partner, Eddie Thibodeau, must solve the crime. Meanwhile, Jennifer plans the wedding but manages to hand the detectives some important clues, and the Priority Unit learns the police chief has had a tragic accident.
Found Art (Book 3)
Harvey and Jennifer become fine art aficionados to help solve Harvey’s case concerning a ring of art thieves. The Larsons settle into their idyllic home life, but things take a terrifying turn when they dig too deep. Meanwhile, Jennifer’s sister Abby comes to stay, and Harvey finds himself sorting out her suitors. Should he lift his ban on Eddie when it comes to dating his sisters-in-law? Worst of all, can Harvey put aside his longing for vengeance when Jennifer’s old boyfriend crosses his radar?
Heartbreaker Hero Giveaway:
Susan has generously offered to give away one copy (paperback or ebook, winner’s choice) of Heartbreaker Hero. Giveaways are subject to the Giveaway Policy.