Guest Author: Dana Nussio and Her Dark Web Defender

Dana NussioThis month, my guest is a former member of of my local RWA (Romance Writers of America) chapter. Dana Nussio has been one of the real success stories of our organization. She made a name for herself writing inspirational romance for Harlequin’s Love Inspired line as Dana Corbit. This summer we all rejoiced with her when she announced that one of her  stories, Child in a Manger, would be made into a  movie! She’s also written mainstream romance, such as Home to You (one of my reading picks in my post last December), and now the gritty world of law enforcement. Book Two of her True Blue miniseries became available earlier this month, and I asked her to share with us a bit about her journey from Inspirational Romance to Romantic Suspense.

Why Romantic Suspense?

Romantic Suspense has always been my favorite Romance sub-genre as a reader, so I was thrilled when I had the chance to write books for the Harlequin Romantic Suspense line. And writing police stories was no-brainer for me. I’ve had an interest in criminal justice since college when I took so many elective CJ classes that I nearly fulfilled the requirement for a second minor and since my early days as a newspaper reporter, where I covered the weekend cops beat. I love writing stories where honorable law enforcement characters face the types of challenges found in today’s headlines, but where good always triumphs over evil in the end. My research has included everything from ride-alongs with officers from various police agencies to attending the Lakes Area Citizens Police Academy, where I learned to shoot a Glock and was Tased (by choice).

My inspiration for A DARK WEB DEFENDER was born of the many articles I read about online predators and the law enforcement heroes determined to bring them to justice. I liked the idea of building a character who looked a predator in the eye as a child having the chance to make a difference by helping to track them as an adult.

Writing as both Dana Corbit and Dana Nussio:

I made the decision to move into the Contemporary Romance and eventually Romantic Suspense as some of the stories in my head were a better fit for those markets. I still enjoy writing a good sweet story. In fact, I’m working on one right now, another Christmas book because I love them.

One my earlier stories, “Child in a Manger” a novella I wrote in 2004 in the anthology, A FAMILY FOR CHRISTMAS, (Harlequin Love Inspired) with my late friend, Irene Brand, has been made into the TV movie this year. BABY IN A MANGER, from Brain Power Studios, will play in Canada on Super Channel Heart & Home on Nov. 15, 20, 25, and 30 and in the U.S. on Dec. 24 on UPtv. The DVD is available on Amazon:


Bio: Dana Nussio began telling “people stories” around the same time she started talking. She’s continued both activities, nonstop, ever since. She left a career as an award-winning newspaper reporter to raise three daughters, but the stories followed her home as she discovered the joy of writing fiction. Now an award-winning author and member of Romance Writers of America’s Honor Roll of best-selling authors, she loves telling emotional stories filled with honorable but flawed characters.

41hyhtdvefl._sy346_Blurb for HER DARK WEB DEFENDER –

How can he protect her from a predator
When she’ll risk everything for vengeance?

State Trooper Kelly Roberts joins Special Agent Tony Lazzaro’s task force, determined to bring down a cybercriminal preying on young victims. Solving this case is a chance for redemption. If Kelly catches the killer, she’ll be one step closer to solving her best friend’s abduction. She never expects to fall for Tony. But trusting him means risking everything she holds dear…

Available at: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books-A-Million | Harlequin

Author links: You can find Dana at her website and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


My thoughts: THIS IS A MUST READ for anyone who likes to read romantic suspense! It’s dark, it’s gritty, and it makes you keep turning the pages to find out who’s behind the murders. And Tony is a class act, despite his rough edges. I found myself wanting to shake Kelly and yell, “What’s wrong with you?” every time she found an excuse not to let herself fall in love with him. My recommendation: Get. This. Book.



About Patricia Kiyono

During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level. She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her five children, nine grandchildren (so far), and great-granddaughters. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures. Check out her sweet historical contemporary romances at her Amazon author page:
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26 Responses to Guest Author: Dana Nussio and Her Dark Web Defender

  1. Diane Burton says:

    Congrats, Dana, on your book being made into a movie. This book sounds really great, and with Patty’s recommendation, how can I not buy it? 🙂 Best wishes.

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  2. margohoornstra says:

    Love this series, Dana. Similar to my Brothers in Blue. As a wife then mother to those on law enforcement, it’s alway special for me when the good guys are celebrated. Keep up the good work. Congratulations too on the movie.

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      Having read the first in your Brothers in Blue series, I found myself making comparisons as I read Her Dark Web Defender! The most striking is the way you both made me want to keep on reading. I’m so honored to know you two! Thanks so much for visiting again, Margo.


    • Anonymous says:

      Thanks, Margo. I haven’t read your series yet, but I need to add it to my list.


    • Dana Nussio says:

      Thanks, Margo. I haven’t ready Brothers in Blue, but I will have to add to my list.


  3. Jeff Salter says:

    Congratulations on your many successes, Dana… and welcome to 4F1H.
    Your new suspense series sounds like it would be right down my alley as a reader.
    I appreciate it when an author does the kind of in-depth research [and even direct exposure] to the elements in their stories… but I think I would have drawn the line at getting tased! Wow.

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      I’m not sure I’d be willing to get tased, either! And yes, I’m sure you’d enjoy this series.

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    • Dana Nussio says:

      Thanks, Jeff. I hope you like the story. I had so much fun creating the twists in this story. Thoroughly entertained myself. 🙂 Getting Tased wasn’t that bad. Hurts like heck when they touch it to you, but it stops immediately when contact is removed. Then you’re legs go out from under you. It’s really strange.


  4. Diana Stout says:

    Great blog. Congratulations, Dana!


  5. Welcome, Dana, thanks for joining us.
    Congratulations on all of your success…and the movie!
    I wish you all the best.

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  6. maryel0621 says:

    Sounds like a real page turner!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. What an interesting blog read.”Dark Web Defender” sounds like an intriguing story. Best of luck to Dana with promotion!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. trishafaye says:

    I enjoyed reading about your diverse writing. Congratulations on the movie!

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  9. pamelasthibodeaux says:

    Wow! Congrats on all of your successes!
    Good luck and God’s blessings


  10. Elaine Cantrell says:

    I love romantic suspense as well. Congrats on the book being made into a movie.


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