Deadly secrets lurk beneath the beautiful setting of Colleen Coble’s new series

USA Today bestselling romantic suspense author Colleen Coble draws readers into a heart-pounding adventure with The View from Rainshadow Bay (Thomas Nelson), the first book in her Lavender Tides series. The story takes place amid the fragrant lavender fields of Washington state—but the beautiful scenery masks dangerous secrets. In this interview, Colleen reveals why she scouts her locations, her longtime love of suspense and mystery stories, and why a great suspense story doesn’t require objectionable content…

What was the genesis behind The View from Rainshadow Bay?

Strangely enough, I always start with setting. I saw a picture of the lavender fields of Sequim, Washington, and I was hooked. 🙂 While researching that area, I stumbled across something about the area expecting a big earthquake one of these days, and in researching earthquakes I ran across the fracking angle. So this is how coming up with story always works for me. Setting leads to a kernel of an idea which leads to another kernel and so on!

When we meet them, the protagonists have this wedge between them: she blames him for the death of her husband, and it seems like he agrees with her. What inspired such a dynamic point of friction between them?

I wondered what would happen when someone really is to blame for the death of his best friend. So that led to thinking about how that would all play out. There are surprises in this area of the story, though!

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About The Author

Best-selling author Colleen Coble's novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, ACFW Book of the Year, RWA’s RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers' Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has nearly 2 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana.