When Deeanne Gist visited us at CBD one of the many questions we asked was,” Why did you decide to write a suspense novel with J. Mark Bertrand?”
Deeanne immediately responded, “Because Mark is a brilliant writer, I jumped at the chance to work with Mark on Beguiled. Up until now, J. Mark Bertrand wrote strictly non-fiction works.”
With that recommendation, I started reading his new debut novel, Back on Murder- talk about great writing! He has me hooked!
A Bride in the Bargain
We had a wonderful visit with Deeanne Gist here at CBD last Wednesday. We’ve had many firsts together, including her first interview. This time we did our first video interview together.
By the way, this cover is actually Deeanne’s daughter posing in the bridal gown.
Several women have asked where to get the bridal gown so they can have the same style for their wedding.
A Bride in the Bargain is based in Seattle with a lumberjack as the main romantic character. What’s amazing is that they still have lumberjack festivals in Seattle, since logging continures to be a strong industry; and most of Deeanne’s details reflect the actual history of the area. There really was an Ava Mercer who conned women to come from the east to marry men in the west; and charged both the women and the men for the opportunity(?!)