Thursday, September 2, 2010

Exposure: A Novel
Finalist for upcoming award!
A Question of InnocenceBrandilyn Collins is a best-selling novelist known for her trademark Seatbelt Suspense®. These harrowing crime thrillers have earned her the tagline "Don't forget  to b r e a t h e . . ."® Brandilyn's first book, A Question of  Innocence, was a true crime published by Avon in 1995.  Its promotion landed her on local and national TV and  radio, including the Phil Donahue and Leeza talk shows.

Brandilyn's awards for her novels include the ACFW Book of the Year (three times), Inspirational Readers' Choice, and Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice.

Brandilyn is also known for her distinctive book on fiction-writing techniques, Getting Into Character: Seven Secrets a Novelist Can Learn From Actors (John Wiley & Sons). The Writer magazine named Getting into Character one of the best books on writing published in 2002.

When she's not writing, Brandilyn can be found teaching the craft of fiction at writers' conferences. She and her family divide their time between homes in the California Bay Area and northern Idaho.

~ Breaking News

What a summer I've had! Since before Memorial Day I've been in our California home all of 3 days. In June and July I embarked on the Thriller Tour with fellow B&H authors Jim Rubart, Robin Caroll, and Tosca Lee. We started in St. Louis and eventually wound up in New York City. I had a wonderful time meeting readers, who drove as long as two hours one way to attend the signings.
Also this summer: our annual July 4th bash with lots of guests at our Idaho home, a family reunion in Kentucky, and the annual authors' retreat at our Idaho home. Somewhere in the mix was the ChiLibris retreat (which I attended only for a few hours due to book signings), ICRS, and a business trip with hubby to Sun Mountain Resort in Washington State.

Before leaving on the tour I turned in the manuscript for Over the Edge, my novel about Lyme Disease. Over the Edge will release in May of 2011—during Lyme Awareness month. The book is another Seatbelt Suspense® story, this one interwoven with information about Lyme Disease and the "Lyme wars" in the medical community, pitting doctors who won't treat the disease long term against patients who desperately need help. I'm already excited about the release of this novel. For incredible stories of people fighting Lyme, check out my new blog Lyme-Over the Edge.

Always Watching (The Rayne Tour, Book 1)
Finalist for upcoming Award!
A final bit of fun news: Two of my novels are finalists for this year's ACFW Carol Awards (formerly called the Book of the year Award): Exposure in the suspense category, and Always Watching (co-written with my daughter, Amberly) in the young adult category. Winners will be announced at the awards banquet in Indianapolis on September 19.

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