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Written by Vicki Hinze

On December 26, 2012

Welcome to THE NEXT BIG THING Blog Hop.

What is a blog hop? Basically, it’s a way readers can discover new authors, because with bookstores closing and publishers not promoting new authors as much, we need to find  ways to introduce readers to authors they may miss in their local bookstore.

Here you have the chance to find many new authors. Here you’ll find information about me and my book Duplicity, a military thriller Library Journal says is:  ““Written in the tradition of A Few Good Men, this highly suspenseful story of a solitary woman’s fight against an evil military conspiracy is one readers won’t want to put down.”


Here are a few other quotes:

“Hinze’s suspense-filled novel is one that will keep the reader turning pages and trying to guess the next moves in a complex and intriguing plot.”
Raleigh News and Observer

“An exciting read.  Guaranteed to keep you entertained.” — Rocky Mountain News
“[A] page-turner that fuses thriller and romance.  Hinze has a knack for combining compelling realistic characterizations with suspense and a romantic plot line.”
Publisher’s Weekly

“Keeps the suspense going until the last page.  Hinze’s books demand justice.”
The Bay Beacon

“Vintage Hinze.  If you like well-plotted suspense with your romance, if you like clues and curves at a roller coaster pace, Duplicity is for you.  It’s a page-turner, and don’t skip a page.”
The Courier Herald

Also see the links below to five other authors you might like to check out.

I’d like to thank fellow author Robert Gregory Browne for tagging me to participate in this blog hop. Click the links below to find out about Rob’s books.


Buy his books:

In this particular hop, I and my fellow authors, in their respective blogs, have answered 10 questions where you get to learn about our current work-in-progress as well as some insights into our process, from characters and inspirations to plotting and cover decisions. I hope you enjoy it!

Please feel free to comment and share your thoughts and questions. Here is my Next Big Thing!

1: What is the working title of your book?

Torn Loyalties.  Here’s an image of the cover:

CBA SuspenseLost, Inc.#3

CBA Romantic Suspense
Lost, Inc.


2: Where did the idea come from for the book?

It’s actually the third book in the Lost, Inc. series I’ve been working on.  The idea for the series came from an awareness that so many people are lost and need help to find their way right now.  Times are tough and when they are people get desperate and do things that aren’t constructive.  We learn in the Lost, Inc. books that tough times come to us all, and it’s how we deal with them that makes the difference in enduring and finding good in us and others in spite of events.

3: What genre does your book come under?

Romantic suspense/thriller with an inspirational element.  Is that an existing genre?  If not, it is now. 🙂  If so, great–I’m home!

4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Reese Witherspoon would make a great Madison McKay–she owns Lost, Inc.–and Michael Shanks would be awesome as Grant Deaver.  Definitely a winning combination there.

5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Madison is framed for treason and held in a facility that doesn’t exist by people who make “problems” disappear.

6: Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?

Torn Loyalties is traditionally published and represented by my agent, Chip MacGregor, MacGregor Literary.

7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

About two months.  But the characters and their situation/events were well established before I wrote the first book in the series.  I planned three books before I wrote the first one, so the writing came faster because I was already familiar with the people and what happened to them–and their reactions to those events.

8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Clearly Survive the Night and Christmas Countdown–the first two books in Lost, Inc.   In general, stories with lots of suspense and a little romance that seek to inspire people.

9: Who or what inspired you to write this book?

The people at Lost, Inc. are as lost as those they try to help.  I wanted to show that when you’re despairing, reach out to help someone else.  That’s the constructive path to healing.  In doing this, these people help others and themselves.  It’s a life lesson I learned long ago and I wanted to pass it on through stories to others.

10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

I write stories about the kind of people who might live next door.  The ones who are genuine and real, who mess up, learn the hard way sometimes, but who are good people who really are trying to do what they believe is good and right.  Nobody’s perfect, but there are a lot of people who try to reach out to others.  We don’t hear enough about them, I don’t think.  They are us, and we should.  So I’m writing stories about the kind of people I know, who see someone hurting and react.  Who see someone flailing and act.  Who aren’t afraid to say this is wrong and I won’t just watch the train wreck that will result; I’ll act.

Unfortunately, I’m not always right and I don’t always succeed, but I’m not just watching it happen doing nothing.

There’s merit in effort.

And I sincerely hope you enjoy reading my efforts.


Below you will find authors who will be joining me by blog, next Wednesday, January 2, 2013. Several of them are members of my Writers’ Zone project.  Do be sure to bookmark and add them to your calendars for updates on works-in-progress and New Releases! Happy Writing and Reading!
1.     Kathy Carmichael’s Blog:

2.  Kimberly Lyllewellyn’s Blog:

3.  Buzz Bernard’s Blog:

4.  Kellie Sharpe’s Blog:

5.  Piper Bayard’s Blog:







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