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Cold Light of Day: Guest Post

Cold Light of Day, new romantic suspense by Elizabeth Goddard

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Cold Light of Day

Cold Light of DayPolice Chief Autumn Long is fighting to keep her job in the quiet Alaska town of Shadow Gap when an unexpected string of criminal activity leaves her with a wounded officer, unexplained murders, and even an attack on her own father. Despite her mistrust of outsiders, she turns to Grier Brenner, a newcomer who seems to have the skills and training Autumn needs to face this threat to her community.

Grier is in Alaska for the same reason so many others are–to disappear–when Chief Long enlists his help. He emerges from the shadows and proves his mettle, but his presence in her life could be a deadly trap for them both. If his secret is exposed, all will be lost. And he’s not sure even Autumn could save him.

As the stakes rise and the dangers increase, Autumn and Grier must rely on each other to extinguish the deadly threats.

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Published by: Revell
Publication Date: February 2023
Number of Pages: 336
ISBN: 9780800742041 (ISBN10: 0800742044)
Series: Missing in Alaska, 1

To purchase Cold Light of Day, click on any of the following links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | | Goodreads | Baker Book House

Cold Light of Day — Guest Post

Writing can be Messy by Elizabeth Goddard

I love the title of this blog—The Mystery of Writing. I love it because it reminds me that the act of writing is truly a mystery all its own and includes many subplots.

I’ve built my brand writing romantic suspense so you might think it’s strange to learn that when I first started trying to break into the publishing world, I pitched historical novels at writing conferences. Learning who I was as a writer took a lot of years. I’d written many novels (published), before I found my niche, my true writing self, and during that process I finally found my voice. That discovery process is as complicated as writing an actual novel. At least that’s been my experience.

The writing journey has been long and arduous but I’m so glad I stuck with it. Now I can’t even imagine writing a historical novel! All that research just to make sure my characters are wearing the right clothes and using the correct utensils? No, thanks. That said, romantic suspense requires copious amounts of research as well—all of this I’ve learned along the way and through the struggles.

The mystery of writing is not only about discovering who you are as a writer, but also about the process of unearthing each story. Even though I now know who I am as a writer and have found my voice, I tackle each new novel as if it’s a big blob of clay and I’m the sculptor. Really, I picture the blob of clay and wonder—what am I gonna do with this? Ha! A real sculptor would draw out the design before even starting, create a supporting structure and more. For me, I just start writing the story (tackling the clay) so I can get to know the characters and figure out the plot. I shape the story as I write.

To use the sculpting analogy again, I might have to press a big chunk of the clay back into place and start over until I have the general shape. Then I start fine-tuning the details as I go back through the manuscript multiple time. My process is rather dirty. Ugly even. That must be why I picture clay—it gets messy and all over your hands, clothes (if you don’t wear an apron) table and floor. But the good news about my process is that I’ve learned if I want a unique story that’s fresh and different, that I need to discover the story as I go, and the twists and turns are as unexpected for me, the author, as they are for readers.

I guess you could say that my writing journey to find my niche and voice was just as messy as my current writing process to find each story.

Elizabeth Goddard — Author of Cold Light of DayCold Light of Day

Elizabeth Goddard is the USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of more than 50 novels, including Cold Light of Day and the Rocky Mountain Courage and Uncommon Justice series.

Her books have sold nearly 1.5 million copies. She is a Carol Award and Reader’s Choice Award winner and a Daphne du Maurier Award finalist.

When she’s not writing, she loves spending time with her family, traveling to find inspiration for her next book, and serving with her husband in ministry. For more information about her books, visit her website at

To learn more about Elizabeth, click any of the following links:, Goodreads, BookBub – @ElizabethGoddard, Instagram – @elizabethgoddardauthor, Twitter – @bethgoddardFacebook – @ElizabethGoddardAuthor

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This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Wendy B

    Great guest post! As an artist… I can honestly tell you that most of the time I have no plan when I sit down to paint. I just “put paint to paper” and as the work develops it often surprises me!

    I just finished this book this morning! Fantastic!

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