Wednesday, October 5, 2016

NBtM: Detective Madison Knight Series by Carolyn Arnold

Detective Madison Knight Series
by Carolyn Arnold


GENRE: Police Procedural/ mystery/suspense



Blurb Two:


It’s Christmastime, and this year murder doesn’t take a holiday. The killing of a woman leads detective Madison Knight in many directions to find a killer.
Book 2 in the series.

Madison Knight should have ignored the call. Now she is spending Christmas Eve dealing with her least favorite thing…blood and lots of it. 
When a female victim is found in her home, it has Madison and her partner tapping into the vic's personal life.  With a rash of former business partners and lovers, all of whom wanted her dead, there are not enough hours to question them all. 
But trying to find the person who had the most motive isn't all that's on Madison's mind.  As she struggles to establish balance in her own life, she knows she has to get her focus back.  Justice requires it.

Excerpt Two:


He had to do it. He had no choice. Pushed into an unpleasant corner, he had no other option. How could he allow himself to be walked all over, manipulated? All that he had sacrificed for her, laid on the line.

It was pitch black, the wind moaned and small flakes dared to precipitate. It was a bitter cold, the type he felt through to his bones.

He knocked on the door.

He had chosen the back side of the house for added seclusion. If the cover of the night wasn’t enough, surely this approach would diminish the possibility of a curious neighbor trying to play the hero. He didn’t need any cops showing up. This was to be a private visit.

He knocked again, harder and more deliberate. A light came on inside followed by one on the back porch. Finally, he was getting some attention.

She opened the door the few inches the chain would allow. “What are you doing here?”

“Trying to reason with you.” The chills left his body and a calm, radiant heat overtook him.

The door shut. The chain rattled. The door reopened. “You can’t just show up whenever you feel like it.” She let him in, more likely for her own comfort given the way she was dressed. Arms crossed in front of her chest, an act of modesty over a lacy piece of lingerie. He had seen it before. Shivers trembled through her, and she gripped her arms tighter. “What is it?”

He disregarded the tone in her voice, the condescending overture it carried. He ignored the body language that screamed for him to leave. He went to touch a ribbon that served as a strap.

She stepped back. “Please don’t—”

“Claire, we’re meant to be together.” His lack of control surprised him; his voice had risen in pitch with each word.

“You should leave.”

There was more to her words. And the way she was dressed. “You move on already?” He took steps forward, heading for her bedroom.

She grabbed his arm and pulled him back. She didn’t deny his accusation, and she refused to look at him when she did speak. “It was your choice. I gave you the option.”

He swore her eyes misted over. “Not really much of one.”

“You should go.”

He shook his head as if it would bury the jealousy. But the fact there was someone else here, lying in her bed, waiting on her to come back…

He would do what he came to do—regardless. He had too much to lose.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international best-selling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has four continuing fiction series—Detective Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher FBI, McKinley Mysteries, and Matthew Connor Adventures—and has written nearly thirty books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from cozy to hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures.

Both her female detective and FBI profiler series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining, leading her to adopt the trademark: POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.

Carolyn was born in a small town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower.

She currently lives just west of Toronto with her husband and beagle and is a member of Crime Writers of Canada.

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This is the perfect book series for fans of Law & Order, CSI, Blue Bloods, Rizzoli & Isles, Women’s Murder Club, and Hawaii Five-O.

Read in any order or follow the series from the beginning: Ties That Bind, Justified, Sacrifice, Found Innocent, Just Cause, Deadly Impulse, In the Line of Duty, Life Sentence (Bonus Prequel).

You can also visit the author’s McKinley Mysteries Series page:
Interview with Carolyn Arnold:
What was the hardest character in book to write? The easiest?

I’d have to say it was emotionally hard writing most of the characters in my latest release, In the Line of Duty (Detective Madison Knight series). With them facing the loss of fallen brother, a friend, a husband, each of them presented unique challenges to ensure that the direness of the situation was hitting the page and emotionally impacting my readers.  

Did you start the first book with a series in mind, or did it just happen?

Ties That Bind is the first book in the Detective Madison Knight series, and when I wrote it, I did so with a series in mind.

How did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I started writing when I was a teenager but it was around the time a lot of changes take place in a person’s life. For me, I fell in love, got married, moved across the province, and then slipped into the role of a wife. I was working full-time, too, and writing was pushed to the background.

Yet despite all the changes, I still thought it would be quite the accomplishment to write a full-length novel.

What advice would you give to struggling writers that are ready to give up?

Writing is a lot of work. Publishing is even more work.

Just focus on why you write and let your passion guide you. If you’re published and struggling, focus on the readers who love you—those are the people you are writing for.

How do you overcome every writer's worst nightmare of having writer’s block?

I’m not sure I believe in writer’s block, but I do believe in stress and it’s a creativity killer! To overcome stress, I step back and take a break. Going for a walk helps. If the stress seems really overwhelming, I might even take a few days away from a book. Also, be brave enough to adjust your schedule if it’s too overloaded.



Ties that Bind, the first book in the series is FREE












In the Line of Duty (Release date: September 29, 2016)



A hero has fallen, and hard-edged detective Madison Knight will stop at nothing short of finding justice—even if it means risking her own life.

Releasing 9.26.16

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Carolyn will be awarding $25.00 USD via PayPal International to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter, as well as 1 hardcover of Ties That Bind to another randomly drawn winner and 1 paperback copy of Ties That Bind to one more randomly drawn winner - all via rafflecopter. These are available to the US, Canada, and the UK during the tour, and a 1 hardcover copy of Ties That Bind to a randomly drawn host,available to the US, Canada, and the UK.

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  1. Judging by the excerpt, book sounds very intriguing, looking forward to reading it!

  2. When did you first consider yourself a writer?

  3. Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

  4. Fun excerpt and interview!


  5. Thank you for the amazing showcase of my Detective Madison Knight books and for the interview! :D

  6. Sounds awesome! Thanks for sharing :)

  7. Best of luck to you and your book!!

  8. I love the excerpt. Sounds like a great book

  9. How did you come up with the name for the book?

  10. I love reading. Thanks for being a part of my favorite form of entertainment.

  11. Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?

  12. What made you want to become a writer?

  13. Pen or type writer or computer?

  14. If you could have been the author of any book ever written, which book would you choose?

  15. What do you love most about the writing process?

  16. What tactics do you have when writing? (For example: outline or just write)

  17. Does your book have a lesson? Moral?

  18. Have you written any other books that are not published?

  19. Back from vacation and back to posting.

  20. Shared for the last time. Hope your tour was great!!