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The Power of Love and Murder by @brendawhitesid2 is a Snuggle Up Readathon Pick #romanticsuspense #g

Title: The Power of Love and Murder

Author: Brenda Whiteside

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Book Blurb:

This Christmas, Penny Spark’s desire to reconnect with family causes her to expose her true identity—a secret she’s hidden for thirteen years from the political powers who murdered her family.

Jake Winters is out of rehab and coming to grips with his demons. When he meets Penny, he believes this holiday season could be the start of life after rock star status…until her secrets blow up his world.

With a government agent turned hit man closing in on her, Penny and Jake race to expose the presidential contender behind the murders of her family. Even if they win the race with death, the murder that stands between them could end their hope for a new life.


Jake nodded, but all he could concentrate on were Penny’s last words before the officer appeared. When they were alone again, he threw up his hands. “What do you mean, go back to Phoenix? Why the hell would I do that? My sister’s been murdered, and I want to find out why.”

She turned her back on him, went to the open door of the bathroom, and lifted her clothes from the hook. Beneath the thin, hospital gown her spine was straight, her movements tight, as if coiled and ready to spring.

“Penny, I know how much she meant to you.” How much she meant to both of them. He wanted to hold her, share their loss. “I’m not leaving you.”

Untying the gown, she let it drop around her feet, and sidestepped out of the heap. She pulled the dark gray sweater over her head then stepped into black velvet jeans. She wouldn’t make eye contact, wouldn’t speak as she sat on the green plastic chair.

This was killing him. He needed to hold her, help her with her pain—his pain. Haltingly, he made his way to her, touched her head, and waited while she zipped her boots. “Penny.” She resisted, but he tipped her chin, forcing her to look up. “Come on, baby. You don’t have to worry about me leaving you.”

“You will.”


“When I tell you the truth, you will.”

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November is a time to be thankful. What are you most thankful for this year?

There have been health issues, financial woes, and strained relations feathering through my immediate and extended families this year. As 2019 comes to a close, all of those issues have been resolved. I’m thankful. I’m thankful to have the kind of family I was gifted in this life. I’m also thankful for a spunky rescue dog, Amigo, who adopted us this year.

Why is your featured book worth snuggling up to?

Gather that blanket around you, grab a hot coffee, tea, or chocolate and walk the streets of a snowy mountain town in Northern Arizona at the base of the San Francisco Peaks. The holidays are near and the suspense that surrounds Penny will certainly make for a thrilling, if not dangerous Christmas. Jake, an ex-rock star will be right there with you, heating up the pages with Penny as he helps her escape the murderer who could ruin all their holidays to come.


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Author Biography:

Brenda Whiteside is the author of suspenseful, action-adventure romance. Mostly. She’s been published since 2009. After living in six states and two countries—so far—she and her husband have decided they are gypsies at heart. After three years on a small farm in Paulden, Arizona, they retired to their RV in Tonto Basin to think about their next move. Three years later, they’re still there. They share their home with a rescue dog named Amigo. While FDW is fishing, Brenda writes stories of discovery and love entangled with suspense.

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