IT’S GUEST AUTHOR SATURDAY! Please welcome romantic suspense author Debby Grahl…

Hi Debby! Welcome to my blog – romantic suspense is one of my absolute favourite sub-genres so I am very much looking forward to hearing more about your latest release ISLAND HEAT. Let’s get things started with my questions, shall we?

Do you use pictures as inspiration at the start
of a book? 

The location is usually the inspiration for my stories. My first
book in the Carolina series, Mountain Blaze, takes place in the beautiful
mountains of North Carolina. Island Heat, my new release, is located on Hilton
Head Island, a wonderful setting with tall pine trees, live oaks dripping
Spanish moss, and enjoyable sandy beaches.

What is your favourite period drama? 

This would
have to be Downton Abbey. I actually had an opportunity to visit England and Highclere
Castle, the setting for the story. We even got to meet the current Countess,
who was friendly and welcoming.

Are the titles of your books important? 

I try
to have the title blend with the story.

Are you an early bird or a night owl? 

Early bird.
I find it’s easier to write before the distractions of the day take over.

Do you have a pet peeve? 

This would have to be
marketing! I understand it’s an important part of publishing, but I dislike
taking the time away from my writing. Besides, I’m terrible at it!

Can you tell me a little about your next

The third book in my Carolina series will take place in Charleston SC.
I have the characters, location, plot, but can’t come up with a title.  


When bookstore owner
Suzanna Shay and writer Austen Kincade meet on a Who Done It mystery cruise,
their instant attraction has them more interested in romance than searching for
clues.  But when the leading actress in
the shipboard murder skit, Austen’s publisher’s wife, throws herself at Austen,
she’s furious when he rejects her advances and vows to have Austen no matter
what it takes.

After the ship docks,
with plans for a future together, Suzanna and Austen part, unaware vindictive
lies will soon test their newfound love and entangle them in a real mystery
that proves deadly.



Award-winning author
Debby Grahl lives on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, with her husband
David. Besides writing, she enjoys biking, walking on the beach, and a glass of
wine at sunset. Visually impaired since childhood by Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP),
she uses screen-reading software to research and write her books.

Rue Toulouse, a
contemporary romance set in the French Quarter, medalled as second place in the
Readers’ Favorite international competition, and was awarded first place in the
Top Shelf Fiction for the Romance category. His Magic Touch, a paranormal
romance, is also set in New Orleans. Her latest book, Island Heat, will be
released May 1, 2023, and will be the second book in her three-part Carolina
series. The first, Mountain Blaze, released November 2, 2020, has received a
five-star review from Readers’ Favorite.