Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!


Congratulations to "Janet K", the winner of Maureen's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

I am a sentimental old fool. As the new year is upon us, I sit and reflect on what a great time I've had with all the wonderful readers and authors that have visited JUST ROMANTIC SUSPENSE. You know I adore you all, and it is with the warmest wishes and hugs that I say, "Happy New Year!"

The holidays are a busy time for everyone, so we had some free time on JRS, and I decided to step out of the shadows and talk a little bit about...me.  LOL, I hear the crickets chirping out there!

Way, way back in high school--back in the day when I'd hitch my horse to the school post while my mom was home beating our clothes on a riverside rock--okay, you get the idea. High school was a long time ago!  Anyway, I had crafted an 8-page short story entitled, WIDOW'S TALE. For anyone who has read WIDOW'S TALE, you'd be sad to hear that Brett Murphy died on page 8. Obviously that was my teenage drama influence.  I got an A+ on the short story, and I actually still have those 8 pages, yellowed paper and all.
The story stuck with me. The fictional, gothic-like town of Victory Cove on the rugged shores of Maine was one I wanted to revisit. Over many years, WIDOW'S TALE evolved into a 300-page book (in which Brett Murphy does live!).  I finished the book and didn't quite know what to do with it.  I ended up submitting it to the Golden Heart contest, and low and behold, I was a finalist in the Romantic Suspense category!  I didn't win, but it got me an in with Silhouette's Intimate Moments' editor. The problem, however, was that the story was too long for their line.  I hacked away at the content to the point that WIDOW'S TALE looked like a steak on a hibachi grill. In the end, I went back to the original version and self-published it. It was on the Amazon Romantic Suspense bestsellers list for several months.

But still, the little lobster village of Victory Cove beckoned me.  I pictured a sinister old house set high on the ocean cliffs. ENDLESS NIGHT was born, and "Wakefield House" received equal billing with the lead characters. This time, when I sent the manuscript out, Carina Press answered and informed me that the size was just right! :)

I would love to gift a Kindle or Nook copy of WIDOW'S TALE or ENDLESS NIGHT (winner's choice) to one random, "Happy New Year!" wisher. :)

I love Romantic Suspense, and I love you guys!


Where to find me:
Here at JUST ROMANTIC SUSPENSE!

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST Jan 1st. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email maureen@justromanticsuspense.com with a subject title of JRS GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway.


Saturday, December 29, 2012

New Year And Anniversaries



Congratulations to "lag123", the winner of Dee's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated, and Happy New Year!

There is one thing I know for certain. Everyone here loves romantic suspense. And why not? It’s a great genre to love. Where else do you get heart pounding adventure, action and love?

Today, especially, I’ve been thinking about romantic suspense since it’s my two year anniversary of getting “the call.” Yep, two years ago today, my agent called with the good news that Angela James wanted to acquire my romantic suspense for Carina Press. Carina Press actually acquired Dangerous Race and Danger Zone nearly simultaneously.  Considering that I had been working toward this goal for ten years, I have to admit to being a little happy. Okay, a lot happy. Since that date in 2010, I’ve had 3 releases and I’ve sold 4 books. The fourth book in the Adrenaline Highs series, Living Dangerously, will be out May 20, 2013. Okay… sorry I digressed…

What I want to talk about is romantic suspense itself. I don’t know about you, but I love everything about it. I love the conflict, and I love watching people discover they are more than what they sometimes think they are. Everyone can be a hero at some point and usually we get to see that in a romantic suspense. Most of my characters are just regular every day people who land in sticky situations and have to do things they wouldn’t normally do to survive. Yep, I love a reluctant hero and they come on all shapes and sizes, male and female alike.

But what’s my favorite part of a romantic suspense? Hm. It’s so hard to choose. I love the action. I love reading so fast to keep up with what’s happening that I can’t turn the pages (or scroll!) quickly enough. I love watching two people fall in love amidst the chaos of a well constructed plot. I love when the clock is ticking and our characters struggle to come out ahead, which of course they always do! And I really love watching the hero and heroine learn to trust each other, even when it looks like maybe they shouldn’t.

To celebrate my anniversary, I’m giving away a digital copy of Dangerous Race to one lucky commenter. Just tell me:  What’s your favorite part of a romantic suspense? What is it that keeps you coming back for more?

Happy New Year everyone! May it be filled with much love, happiness, success and of course... romantic suspense!

Here are the links to find me:


Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5107047.Dee_J_Adams

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST Dec. 30th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email maureen@justromanticsuspense.com with a subject title of JRS GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Dangerous Embrace


Congratulations to "Jane", the winner of Dana's giveaway.  Thank you to all who participated!

Writing Dangerous Embrace, with two completely opposite characters, was an interesting challenge.  Most writers will agree when I say, once you craft a character, they take on a life of their own. That was certainly true with these two.

To my surprise, the character with the personality most like mine was the hardest to write. Sarah’s head was a difficult space to get into. It sounds crazy, but she was so well guarded even in the stage of creation that I couldn’t get her right without an intense amount of work. The same held true in the editing stage, and it was at that time that I realized I had to let my own guard down to really see her and what she needed.

While many of Sarah’s personality quirks (ahem, read flaws) came from me, that’s where the similarities end. In my wildest dreams, I couldn’t imagine enduring what she’s overcome, which just created another challenge for me. I needed to make her strong, yet vulnerable enough to need Mark’s help and love. She was worth the challenge and I hope you all like her.

Mark on the other hand, the family man and all around nice guy, was easier to understand. I’m sure that has to do with my own imagination and the way I’d want my hero to be. All of us can draw a picture of the perfect hero. We all know what we want when we’re being scooped-up and taken care of, even when we’ve convinced ourselves the LAST thing we need is to be cared for.

Unlike Sarah, Mark has lived in the same town his entire life. His parents are still married. He’s had a very ‘normal’ upbringing, and he has a pretty positive outlook on life. Something Sarah has trouble relating too. When Mark discovers Sarah, in need of help, yet so unwilling to accept it, he’s not sure how to handle her. But he’s sure he wants too, and he knows he needs to.

Dangerous Embrace is the first in a series of books based in Northern California. All three books address second chances and learning to not take life for granted. In the next two stories, Precious Embrace and Anew Embrace, you’ll get glimpses of Mark and Sarah as secondary characters.

Synopsis:
Sarah Jennings wants nothing more than a quiet life—alone.
Raised by an eccentric mother, their life on the road only taught her how to run away from hard times. But when she finds herself in an abusive relationship, this lesson serves her well. 

Now, back in her hometown, she's found a place she loves. She’s a first grade teacher, and with few friends and less family around, she has what she wants, a quiet life under the radar where she can be free of her past and live quietly. Finally comfortable in her own skin, she’s settled, and less fearful than she’s ever been in her life.

But it only takes one night and one act of violence for everything to change. Injured and afraid, Sarah wants to run again, but Mark Summors refuses to let her go.

Just when Sarah thinks she can have Mark and the life he promises, her past comes back to haunt her.

Mark Summors was born and raised in Santa Rosa. He married his high school sweetheart and never questioned his life, until he found his wife with another man.

Now divorced, he wants something more. He’s passionate about his job, he wants to protect people, and he devotes his life to it.

This time he’s protecting more than just another client, he’s protecting his future; at least, Sarah Jennings will be his future, once he convinces her she loves him.

Excerpt:
When she exited the freeway in Santa Rosa, she drove through town toward her house instead of his. “I have to pick something up at my house.” She felt calmer now. The few moments of silence gave her a chance to plan. “This won’t take long. You can wait here if you want.” She jumped out of the car and ran into the house.
Sarah rushed to her closet, but then turned and paced, her agitation growing with every turn of the room. She had to leave. Kevin would kill her when he found her; it was there in his eyes. She wasn’t in any doubt about this fact. She stopped pacing and stared down at her engagement ring, and at the same time, tears dropped from her eyes.
One way or another, she was going to lose everything. 
“What are you doing?”
Sarah jumped at the tone in Mark’s voice. Without turning to look at him, she went back to her closet to grab a shoulder bag. “He’s going to kill us both if I don’t leave.”
“Sarah, what are you doing? You promised you wouldn’t do this to me again.” He grabbed her left hand and spun her as he held it up. “You agreed to marry me.”
She stared at the floor, unable to respond. What else could she do? It wasn’t just her life to lose this time. Mark, Jamie, they were both in danger now too. He’d kill them just like he killed Charlie. If she left, Kevin would come after her and Mark would be safe. She could hide again. She’d managed to hide from him until now, and she could do it again.

Giveaway:
Dana is giving away a paperback signed copy of Dangerous Embrace to one lucky commenter. You can find the e-book version of Dangerous Embrace on Amazon now with the special publisher’s price of $0.99 until January 1st. Regular price is $3.99.


Dana Mason Bio:
Dana Mason started writing to prove to her computer geek husband and her math & science geek kids that she actually has a brain; it’s just a right functioning brain instead of a left. She’s lived all over the country and uses that experience in her writing and character studies. Her debut novel, Dangerous Embrace, is the first in a contemporary romance series about a group of friends from Northern California who learn just how short life can be when you don’t hold on to what’s important. Second chances don’t come easy…but sometimes love is worth the risk.
When not writing, Dana specializes in professional development and training. She’s also a board member on the local Art's Council and does what she can to support the art community.  
As an avid reader and movie watcher, she always requires a happily ever after ending.

Dana Mason links:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/danamason06 or @danamason06
Sapphire Star Publishing Author page: http://www.sapphirestarpublishing.com/danamason/

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST Dec. 28th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email maureen@justromanticsuspense.com with a subject title of JRS GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway.


Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!




I want to wish everyone the merriest of Holidays! For this festive occasion I am bringing back our "Twas The Night Before Christmas" poem.  Merry Christmas to you and your families!

Twas the night before Christmas and all through JRS, 
not a creature was stirring, not even Lena Diaz.

The books were all hung on the blogspot with care
 in hopes that Roxanne St. Claire soon would be there.

The readers were nestled all snug in their beds
while visions of shirtless heroes danced in their heads.
Debra Webb in her scarf and warm woolen hat
had just settled down for a long WIP attack.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter
Debra sprang from the laptop to see what was the matter.
Away to the window she flew like a flash
and stumbled across the power cord and almost fell on her sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
gave the luster of brilliance to her swollen stubbed toe.
When, what to Debra’s bleary eyes should appear
but 
Rocki St. Claire in a sleigh with eight feisty reindeer.

With a swish she stopped, and smiled at a mouse
and then asked with great zeal, “Is this Debra Webb’s house?”
The deer stamped their feet. The rodent made them insane.
And Rocki whistled and shouted, and called them by name!

"Now 
Paula Graves! Now, Pamela Clare! Now, Angi Morgan and Patricia Rasey!
On, 
Kylie Brant! On, Carla Neggers! On Christy Reece, and Barbara Freethy!
10000 words for the day! 2 manuscripts by Fall!
If you don’t get me on this roof, I won’t be happy at all!"

As Rocki commanded, they started to move
with thoughts of their own deadlines just making them brood.
So up to the house-top the reindeer they flew,
with a sleigh full of e-readers, and Rocki St. Claire too.

And then in a twinkling, Debra heard on the roof
the prancing and pawing of each little boot.
As she drew in her head, and was turning around
right down the chimney Rocki St. Claire came with a bound.

She was dressed all in fur, from her head to her foot
and she appeared very glamorous even tarnished with soot.
A bundle of books she had flung on her back
and she looked like a Barnes and Noble clerk, just building a stack.

Her eyes-how they twinkled! Her dimples how merry!
Her cheeks were like roses, her nose like a cherry!
She started to recite a tale full of suspense
and the reindeer all listened, their expressions intense.

She said, “My sinuses are killing me with all this ice and snow.
I’ll drop off these books to Debra, and then it’s back to Florida that I shall go.”

She hauled the sack from a chimney so small
and tugged and tugged, but could not pull them all.

The reindeer all watched, amused by her stealth
as she quirked an eyebrow at them and asked,
“Where is the help?”

With the gifts under the tree, she was heard to declare,
“Ebooks for all next year!” so said, St. Claire.

Rocki sprang to her sleigh with the empty bag at her side,
and spurred on the reindeer for what she hoped was a quick ride.

As Debra ran out onto the snow, she saw them fly out of site.
But on the wind she heard Rocki exclaim,
“Happy reading to all and to all a good night.”



Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas From Lynda Kaye Frazer



Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The family was out and I wrapped presents with care
In hopes that I finished as dinner time nears. 
I had critiques to finish and a blog to write.
Edits to complete which would keep me up all night.
Two hours passed and my wrapping was through
I reach for my wine glass relaxing a moment or two.
When all of a sudden there came such a clatter.
I jumped up off the couch to see what was the matter.
Inching towards the door my heart began to race
Someone was coming, their footsteps at a fast pace.
I turned on a dime and raced down the hall
Through the kitchen, backing up against the wall.
My chest burned with every breath I took
As I peered around the corner to get a better look
I blew out my breath as the figures became clear
My family was home, nothing to fear.
Swiping my brow, I shook off my fright
I wish a very Merry Christmas to you all and a quiet, peaceful night.


I hope Santa brings you everything on your list.
I know he has filled all my wishes. My new cover is here.
Rescued from the Dark, released through Black Opal Books
February 16th, 2013

BLURB:

What if you woke from a nightmare, trapped in a world of darkness, with no memory of how you got there? Rescued from the Dark is a passionate, gripping story about FBI agent, Jason Michaels, confronting his duty to his country, and struggling with his feelings for a woman with no memory of their love.

Undercover Agent,Jason Michaels, infiltrates the terrorist cell and risks everything, even his life, to save the FBI intern who stole his heart, then walked away. Once Mercy wakes from her coma Jason struggles with the fact that she does not remember what happened, but anguishes with the idea that she believes their unborn child belongs to her ex. Jason soon realizes the terrorists vow to get her back to claim their secrets locked in her memory, no matter what the cost. In a race against time, Jason and Mercy struggle to fight their attraction, and put their differences aside, as they launch a manhunt to save their country and each other.

EXCERPT:

 An explosion ricocheted behind Jason’s eyes as the pressure mounted in his head.
The rush of panic consumed him as he struggled to move. He tried to swallow but his throat burned from the flames that engulfed his lungs. He needed to breathe but he could not, shit.
He strained to hear the muffled voices, but the pounding in his ears erased all hope. His head started to spin and he succumbed to the realization, this was it, the end, he won. The flames were dampened and his heartbeat slowed. As the drums subsided, the voices became clearer.

“Give it to him now you son of a bitch. What were you thinking? We still need him.”

A split second release had Jason sucking in a breath of much needed air. Stabbing pains shot through his head and every muscle fiber burned as the cold blast of air shot through his lungs releasing the oxygen his body craved. 

He arched his back and raised his chest trying to pull in more when he felt the
impact from the first blow. His head snapped to the side and the crack from his neck echoed in his ears. The pain jolted through his jaw as it raced across his cheekbone. Before he could gather his senses, the hand smacked across his face again and the pain set his face on
fire. What the hell? With the third slap his eyes snapped open and he wrenched upright with a lurch, hitting his head on the solid roof of the SUV. 

Jason’s eyes darted back and forth looking for something familiar until he locked onto the ice-cold stare of the devil himself, Shaun Flanagan. 

Damn! That was close.

He could not blow his cover, even if it meant he would die as David Logan, and not Jason Michaels.

I wish you a very Merry Christmas and I hope all your writing wishes come true.

Lynda Kaye Frazier
Twitter- lynda_kaye 
Writing is my passion, Reading is my Love. 




Sunday, December 23, 2012

What Makes a Great Suspense Story?

Congratulations to "LS", the winner of Kaylin's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

Although I’m a relatively new author when it comes to writing romantic suspense, one suggestion that immediately comes to mind for fellow authors is to begin your story by stating what’s at stake while providing a glimpse at the challenges your hero or heroine are forced to overcome. I love a good mystery and have discovered that mystery authors tend to be more closed mouth and secretive about ultimate sacrifices and goals in their stories. Suspense authors, on the other hand, risk giving too much away by divulging all the elements of their stories way too early, which makes writing in this particular genre a bit of a balancing act.

Secondly, suspense needs to grow through the actions of a strong protagonist while detouring away from the story’s predictable outcome. This is not an easy task to pull off but allows the author the ability to explore multiple points of view while giving insight into the vulnerabilities or flaws of their characters. The suspense author might even draw sympathy from their readers for the villain who grew up on the wrong side of the tracks or the bitter woman who’s been abandoned all her life and is hesitant to trust an ex-lover.

The ability to see inside the minds of characters in this style of writing makes it possible to add thought processes and complex layers while providing the motivation behind pitting the antagonist against the protagonist. Mystery writers are at a distinct disadvantage in this regard as they’re required to keep the antagonist’s identity hidden to the very last minute to extend the drama and excitement of their stories. But whether mystery or suspense, the trick to mastering a great story is to ensure that the reader ultimately has a thrilling experience.


Kaylin will be giving away a print copy of SEVERED THREADS to one person leaving a comment.

Severed Threads is available at:

About the author:
Kaylin McFarren is a rare bird indeed. Not a migratory sort, she prefers to hug the West Coast and keep family within visiting range. Although she has virtually been around the world, she was born in California, relocated with her family to Washington, and nested with her husband in Oregon. In addition to playing an active role in his business endeavors, she has been involved in all aspects of their three daughters' lives - taxi duties, cheerleading coaching, script rehearsals, and relationship counseling, to name but a few. Now she enjoys spending undisciplined time with her two young grandsons and hopes to have many more. 

Although Kaylin wasn't born with a pen in hand like so many of her talented fellow authors, she has been actively involved in both business and personal writing projects for many years. As the director of a fine art gallery, she assisted in furthering the careers of numerous visual artists who under her guidance gained recognition through promotional opportunities and in national publications. Eager to spread her own creative wings, she has since steered her energy toward writing novels. As a result, she has earned more than a dozen literary awards and was a 2008 finalist in the prestigious RWA® Golden Heart contest.

Kaylin is a member of RWA, Rose City Romance Writers, and Willamette Writers. She received her AA in Literature at Highline Community College, which originally sparked her passion for writing. In her free time, she also enjoys giving back to the community through participation and support of various charitable and educational organizations in the Pacific Northwest.


Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST Dec. 23rd. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email maureen@justromanticsuspense.com with a subject title of JRS GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

NATURE INSPIRED SUSPENSE



Congratulations to "Vicki T.", the winner of Kim's giveaway.  Thank you to all who participated.

Authors garner inspiration for suspenseful stories from a plethora of sources. Some observe, watching life unfold around them, absorbing the possibilities and twisting reality into dramatic fiction; some feed off emotions; others rely solely on active imaginations; and many embrace adventure through the endless bounty of nature. I accept inspiration whenever and wherever it presents itself, but the natural world is my greatest muse. Not only do I find the sensational backdrops for my novels in nature, but those forces humans try to manipulate, but generally fail to control, often add an additional layer of seemingly insurmountable obstacles, heightening suspense.

Those who follow my work may have noticed that I’ve set multiple stories in Mexico or have at least maintained a strong tie.  Though I haven’t been to Mexico in a few years, I have spent considerable time exploring its Mayan ruins, enjoying its beaches on both coasts and I’ve done volunteer work in the rural interior. While listening to a guide expound upon the practice of human sacrifice at the Sacred Well at the edge of Chichén Itzá my eyes darted around the perimeter searching for any hint of danger and my imagination ran amok – what happens when paradise turns deadly? Flee into the jungle and fight for your life. (Marked in Mexico). I found it impossible to wander through the far reaches of Cobá on a morning devoid of visitors, cautiously peering behind a mysterious ruin abutting the dark dense jungle and listening to the insects and hidden creatures without needing to take the adventure much further (Deadly Ruins). And, Big Bend National Park—anyone who has been there has surely stood on the banks of the Rio Grande looking across its muddy waters into Mexico, wondering about life on the other side and if anything could make an American risk everything to swim for another life south of the border (Desperate Dreams).

My latest novel, Big Horn Storm, stays a little closer to home. The story is set in the Bighorn National Forest, which is located in north central Wyoming and encompasses over one million acres of remote country. Its abundant wildlife, evergreen forests, grass prairies, mountain meadows, rugged peaks, deep canyons, cascading waterfalls and overall dramatic geology make the area breathtakingly beautiful and the perfect setting for an action packed adventure. Whether experiencing the Big Horn Mountains in the winter on snowmobile or in the summer months on horseback it is a place to be respected. The weather is unpredictable, with snow possible every month of the year; predators exist in its shadows, avoiding humans when possible, reacting when cornered; and help is often hours away. So, where better to set a contemporary western romantic adventure combining a too-close-to-home military crisis, harrowing horseback escapes and an attempt to reconcile the past? With a deadly storm brewing after a life-threatening accident and a terrifying bear encounter high in the mountains—to expect help is a delusion no one can afford if they hope to survive.

All writers admit to being avid people-watchers, which is essential for realistic character development, but don’t forget about nature and the experiences we encounter within its broad embrace. Not only can we find inspiration in its varied landscapes and the creatures which inhabit the diverse and unique environments, but we can also find that extra element of danger to heighten the suspense of our stories.


Please leave a comment for your chance to win a free digital copy of Big Horn Storm.

BUY LINKS:
All my books are available in paperback and eBook formats


FIND ME ONLINE AT http://kimmcmahill.com

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST Dec. 22nd. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email maureen@justromanticsuspense.com with a subject title of JRS GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway. 

Friday, December 21, 2012

You’d Better Watch Out...


Considering how much I always looked forward to Christmas for the positive things – having parties to bring friends together, getting together with my cousins to bake dozens and dozens of Christmas cookies over a three day period, making sure I visited with every relative I could – you would think I would wax poetic about the holiday when I got a chance to write a Christmas book.

Not so.

I must be hard-wired for that dangerous love thing I write. So I had to commit murder to get my hero and heroine together.

I’ve already talked about killing Santa Claus in HOLIDAY IN CRIMSON, published last month in Entangled Publishing’s Dead Sexy romantic suspense line. HOLIDAY IN CRIMSON actually is a revised and updated version of CRIMSON HOLIDAY, which I wrote for Harlequin Intrigue in the late 80s. Then when Intrigue wanted to celebrate its tenth anniversary several years later, they decided not only to reprint some of its most loved books in a leather bound edition, but to offer readers connected books to each of the ones included in the collection.

And so I wrote CRIMSON NIGHTMARE, using characters from CRIMSON HOLIDAY. My heroine, Pippa McNabb, the younger sister of Rand McNabb, was my hero in the original story. I revised and updated CRIMSON NIGHTMARE for Dead Sexy, as well.

NIGHTMARE IN CRIMSON is now available in digital formats:

Another year, another Christmas party...another dead Santa! Run down by eight tiny reindeer and a sleigh, was he killed by accident—or was it murder?

At last season’s party, it was Pippa McNabb’s faithless Santa-clad husband who died—so after another St. Nick ends up dead, she’s at the top of the police suspect list. When hunky sleigh-driver Sky Thornton offers his help to find the real culprit, she accepts, and soon finds herself snuggled up with him before a holiday fire—and falling hard for the blue-eyed stranger. But how does he know so much about her...?

Suddenly she isn’t certain if her mysterious new lover is attempting to help her clear her name, trying to frame her for a murder he might have committed...or working to win her heart forever.

Writing romantic suspense doesn’t get much more fun (at least not for me) than that.

One of the things I love to write is a hero-in-doubt, or in this case, at least to the hero, a heroine-in-doubt. I love making them suspect each other. It adds another line of tension, takes them another layer of unraveling before finding true love.

The most challenging part of writing the second story was to make it different from the first. Both CRIMSON stories are set at Christmas, both at the same department store, both with a dead Santa as the central mystery. The first thing I had to do was figure out a death that would be different, interesting and leave the authorities confused about whether the hero, the heroine, or someone else is the murderer. The fun for me was in having Pippa and Sky suspect one another even as they are attracted to each other. And in having Pippa discover Sky’s true involvement AFTER she falls for him. I hope that’s fun for readers, too.

Happy Holidays to all and to all a good night :)

Patricia Rosemoor has written more than 90 novels and has more than 7 million books in print. She writes “dangerous love,” casting her lovers against a backdrop of mystery and suspense.

                                                                                    


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

JRS HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY!



Congratulations to our Grand Prize winner, "Mary P" and our runners-up, "Ellen M." and "Claire H"!  Thank you again to everyone for their participation in the JUST ROMANTIC SUSPENSE Holiday Giveaway!

December 18-20 
JUST ROMANTIC SUSPENSE HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY!

With the spirit of giving in the air, 30 Romantic Suspense authors have pitched in with their digital books to make 3 lucky winners' holiday season an extra special one!

On December 21st, one grand prize winner will be able to select 10 titles of their choice from the list. 


Two lucky runners-up 
will receive half each of what is left in the list! (10 books each!)



The Holiday List!

Toni Anderson - EDGE OF SURVIVAL
Anne Marie Becker - AVENGING ANGEL
Donnell Ann Bell - THE PAST CAME HUNTING
Melissa Cutler - SEDUCTION UNDER FIRE
Natalie Damschroder - SOUL OF THE DRAGON
Virna DePaul - Shades Of Desire
Lena Diaz - HE KILLS ME, HE KILLS ME NOT
HelenKay Dimon - SWITCHED
Kendra Elliot - CHILLED
Misty Evans - OPERATION SHEBA
Barbara Freethy - SILENT RUN
Paula Graves - PLAYING DEAD IN DIXIE
Rita Henuber - UNDER FIRE: THE ADMIRAL
Mallory Kane - NO HERO
Sylvie Kurtz - HIDDEN LEGACY


Kallie Lane - DEADLY ABANDON
Dana Marton - DEATHSCAPE
Julie Miller - THREE COWBOYS
Terry Odell - FINDING SARAH
Anne Patrick - KILL SHOT
Robin Perini - FINDING HER SON
Cathy Perkins - THE PROFESSOR
T.R. Ragan - ABDUCTED
Patricia Rasey - LOVE YOU TO PIECES
Lisa Marie Rice - HEART OF DANGER
Patricia Rosemoor - PUSHED TO THE LIMIT
Joan Swan - INTIMATE ENEMIES
Alison Stone - TOO CLOSE TO HOME
Debra Webb - OBSESSION
Norah Wilson - EVERY BREATH SHE TAKES




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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Desert Survival


Congratulations to "Erin F", the winner in Kat Martin's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

As a writer, I am always looking for new ideas.  But I often find that my past experiences can be an important part of the story.  Have you ever spent time in the desert?
Being born in Bakersfield, California, which is close to the Great Mojave Desert, I’ve been in and around the desert a number of times over the years.  The hottest I’ve ever been was a hundred twenty two degrees in Phoenix, Arizona.  I’ll never forget what it felt like, how difficult it was just to breathe.  In that kind of brutal climate, there’s no escape from the heat. 

Mostly I visited the desert in the spring, a beautiful time of year.  I made a point to stay away when the temperatures started to climb.

In writing AGAINST THE ODDS, I drew from old memories of the heat and the dryness, the vast emptiness of the landscape.  Once I narrowly missed being bitten by a rattlesnake, and it was terrifying!  All those snippets of adventure, of traveling through the arid ground, scrub brush and mesquite helped me in writing the book.

In AGAINST THE ODDS, Sabrina Eckhart receives an inheritance from her uncle--an abandoned silver mine in the West Texas desert.  Running out of money, Rina, is determined to find the mine and make it productive. 

G.Q. handsome and obscenely wealthy, Alex Justice is a private investigator and an ex-Navy pilot--just the man Sabrina needs to fly her safely to West Texas in search of her late uncle’s property.  She and Alex are oil and water, but the man is good at his job.  She needs to find the mine--even if it means putting up with the cocky jet jockey she is determined to dislike but finds ridiculously attractive.

It’s a sexy tale of survival, murder, betrayal, and intrigue that kept me writing long after I should have been done for the day.

I hope you’ll watch for Alex and Sabrina in AGAINST THE ODDS, out in time for Christmas on December 18.  Have a wonderful holiday, Kat

What are some of your scary adventures?  

Kat will be giving away a signed copy of AGAINST THE ODDS to one lucky commenter.

RTBook Reviews
"Martin just keeps getting better and better! Her characters have more depth, and her plots are more sinister, as the Against series continues. Set in the sizzling desert of Texas and rife with mystery, intrigue and twisted family secrets, this entry is sure to earn a spot on any fan's keeper shelf."

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