LibraryThing is currently running a book spine poem contest. If you are a LibraryThing member, it is well worth taking a few minutes to read the poems. My entry is pictured here and I plan to put together some more entries this weekend. I hope you enjoy the poems and try it yourself! It’s a lot of fun.
The most common question I get from all you fans who have read the Liv Bergen Mystery Series since it debuted in 2010 is whether or not Liv and Streeter are an item. Of course. They were from book one. The relationship between them was strong before they ever met in book two. The frustration may be how fast I progress their relationship and what the ultimate connection will be between the two.
Let me share a secret with you… I honestly don’t know how fast their relationship will go and how it will end up. First, yes, it is true I wrote ten novels before I ever published the first and yes, I know where the relationship ended up between Streeter Pierce and my original character, Luann Calmer. But since the protagonist’s name was one of the only requests my publishing house made to the series, I had to start over. New name. New character development. All of you writers out there understand how a character’s name change is not just a “Replace All” function. I loved Luann Calmer and had to say goodbye to her. Then along comes Liv Bergen. Luann had three siblings. Liv Bergen has eight. Liv is a full of piss and vinegar (my editor calls her pithy… see how come I need her?) and she is not so easy for me to figure out. She has this ‘thing’ for Special Agent Streeter Pierce and weird fascination with Special Agent Jack Linwood, the adult version of Disney’s Mowgli (my editor would describe as exotic and mysterious…. Again, see why I need her?).
So let’s see how our pithy protagonist, Liv Bergen, figures all this out. As this develops, you’ll have to let me know if you’re Team Streeter or Team Linwood. In Widow’s Might, I will promise you there is a kiss…. shhhh!
About the author: After living in Wyoming, Washington, D.C., Washington state, and Colorado, Sandra Brannan returned to her hometown in South Dakota, where she is surrounded by family. She enjoys working with relatives in the mining business; living in the Black Hills with her husband, Joel; smiling with pride over the journeys taken by her four sons; doting over her three grandchildren; and appreciating all of life’s blessings, too many to count. With “In the Belly of Jonah” and “Lot’s Return to Sodom” out wherever books are sold or downloaded, Sandra’s forthcoming titles in her Liv Bergen mystery thriller series are “Widow’s Might” and “Noah’s Rainy Day.”
I wasn’t sure how I would like this book, sometimes crime fiction can be a little formulaic and I’ve read enough to find it sometimes interesting, sometimes boring. I really liked Widow’s Might though. The topic of land conservation and at what cost with the history tie-in made it worth the read. I liked Brannan’s handling of the issues in a way that wasn’t too heavy, but made for more thoughtful reading in a relatively light crime novel.
The South Dakota setting also really does it for me in the case of Widow’s Might. I can’t say that I have read many books set in this part of the country and Brannan does a fantastic job of incorporating the history, the geography, and the special character of the people of South Dakota (excepting the criminal who doesn’t seem to share this special character).
The mystery is a little formulaic and I thought early on that I had it wrapped up. Brannan does throw you off track, but it does seem pretty easy to come to the right conclusion as you read. Keep reading though, as the unfolding history tie-in is well worth the read!
There was a somewhat related story about Theodore Roosevelt’s North Dakota ranch on National Public Radio last week. If the subject matter of Widow’s Might interests you, you may want to give it a listen.
Now for the really great news! The Booklover will have a guest post tomorrow from Sandra Brannan, author of the Liv Bergen series of mystery novels. Widow’s Might is the third in the series. Don’t miss this!
Book Details: Published by Greenleaf Book Group Press (August 7, 2012), 304 pages, ISBN: 1608323722.