Wednesday, February 15, 2012

TOP TEN THINGS I LOVE ABOUT ROMANTIC SUSPENSE



Congratulations to Ellen and Linda, the winners of Linda Conrad's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated. The winners will be contacted by the author.

I’ve been talking to readers lately about the romantic suspense genre.  Many of the publishers and editors are saying that it is not selling as well and seems to be out of favor with readers.  Really?  As a reader myself, I disagree.  I love romantic suspense!


I decided to list a few of the reasons why I love romantic suspense.  Some of the things on this list also pertain to all romances (and I do love other genres of romance too) but there’s something about romantic suspense that really grabs me.


Especially these TEN Things:


1.  A hero who can shoot, ride, kill the enemy and kiss the heroine in a way that curls her toes.  Yeah, that’s the guy for me.


2.  Intelligent characters who can figure out who-done-it.  All stupid characters have to die!


3. Love at first sight (or right afterward)  This one is not just for RS, but it happens often in RS because there’s so much going on that the characters don’t have time to think it over.


4.  Characters who trust one another enough to lay their life on the line. Sigh. Now that’s love.


5. Heroines who see something special in their alpha hero that no one else sees.  He could be a monster to the world but she will know the heroic man underneath.


6.  A hero who loves the heroine absolutely—and we know he will have no desire for anyone else as long as he lives.  This is another thing that pertains to many kinds of romance but I think it applies to our alpha heroes more than others. 


7.  Heroes and heroines who believe in each other despite evidence to the contrary. Sometimes they believe in each other more than they believe in themselves.


8. A first kiss that makes me sigh and a love scene that makes me cry.


9.  Secondary characters who keep things interesting -- and dangerous.  Just love to get my heart racing.


10.  A Happily-Ever-After!  Yeah, I know.  All romances have HEAs.  But the Romantic Suspense HEAs are special.  :)


I am starting a brand new series for the Harlequin Romantic Suspense line called Chance, Texas.  Chance is the name of a small ranching community in Texas and also the name of a large family of ranchers who own the biggest ranch in the county.  It’s given me the opportunity to include all the things I love best about romantic suspense in the stories.


The first Chance, Texas book will be out in April and is available for preorder now.  It’s called TEXAS BABY SANCTUARY and it has one very cool cover.  (love the guy)  The second Chance, Texas book will be out in May.  Called TEXAS MANHUNT, it’s both romantic and full of suspense.  The third story for Chance, Texas will be a short story in a Christmas anthology (along with a story by Marilyn Pappano) that’s out in December 2012.  Working title for the anthology is Christmas Confidential.


So as you can see, I LOVE romantic suspense.  What about you?  Can you think of any other reasons to love RS.  Or don’t you?  Prefer paranormals instead?  I’m open to other opinions (sort of)

Linda will be giving away a copy of any of her backlist books to 2 lucky commentors!

Giveaway ends 10pm EST Feb. 16th. 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 justromanticsuspense @ gmail.com with a subject title of JRS GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway.

26 comments:

  1. RS is my favorite genre and where I spend most of my money. Your ten reasons are right on! Keep up the good writing, Linda.

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  2. I'm with you, Linda! I love RS. I write it and read it. It will always be at the top of my TBR list!
    Great post and have a great day!

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  3. Thanks, Ellis! I'm writing RS as fast as I can. Kisses!

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  4. Thanks, Jennifer! We RS lovers and writers need to stick together!

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  5. I just can't image RS being out of favor with readers!! I totally agree with your 10 things to love RS.
    I am so looking forward to you new series ~ what do you expect from a suspense loving Texan? Well I can do without suspense in real life:)

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  6. LOL, Ellen! I know what you mean. I miss Texas. The best way to stay there is to write about it. But we can skip the suspense in real life.

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  7. Great list, Linda! I recently finished RANCHER'S PERFECT BABY RESCUE (it was wonderful), and I can't wait to read your Chance, Texas series. Thank you for providing us with such amazing romantic suspense stories!

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  8. Hi Linda,

    I do not like paranornals. I want Romantic Suspense. I already have the first 3 Perfect, Wyoming books and of course I will buy your Chance series books too.

    yenastone@aol.com

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  9. Thanks, Melissa! And you are welcome. So glad to have people who agree with me on RS!

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  10. Hey, Tammy! Thank you! Paranormal can be okay, but give me a good RS any day.

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  11. A post coming in from Amy Remus...

    I wish I was able to post a comment in the blog, but at work I seem to be blocked from doing that. I liked this blog! I agree with this one:

    1. A hero who can shoot, ride, kill the enemy and kiss the heroine in a way that curls her toes. Yeah, that’s the guy for me.
    I hope I win! The series sounds great.

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  12. Sorry you can't post, Amy! I like that one too. A lot. Give me those romantic suspense heroes every time.

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  13. I love those reasons and I feel the same way. Notable for me is #4, when characters trust each other enough to lay their life on the life. Really enjoy when characters learn to love under such dangerous circumstances.

    Cambonified(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  14. Yeah, there's something about life and death situations that really makes the story for me, too. It's that time when we find out what the characters are really made out of.

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  15. What a fabulous list. I totally agree with #2. It did make me laugh.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  16. I love romantic suspense. I like the action and adventure and mystery involved in them as well as the romance. I don't think that romantic suspense is becoming less popular. I'm a huge fan of your books so I can't wait to read your new series.

    seriousreader at live dot com

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  17. Would love to win, I love all romantic suspense, some erotica, some paranormal, historicals too. Every one does not have to love all of it I guess, but what is not to love? Thank you for all you do...
    lsscarchuk@att.net

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  18. LOL Marybelle. A little laughter never hurt any story (or blog) Thanks for the comment!

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  19. Hi Linda, Nice to hear from you! I hope you love the new books too!

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  20. You are most welcome, LS! I know what you mean a about loving it all. But there's a special place for Romantic Suspense in our hearts. Thanks for coming to the blog!

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  21. We have another email entry into the giveaway.

    From "Sandr" - Love the website especially the insider info on the authors and their new books!

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  22. Anyone who loves Romantic Suspense is welcome here, Sandr!

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  23. I love romantic suspense and have always believed that's what I wrote, although I sometimes wonder if mine falls more into the suspense with romance category, because my love story is always a slow burn. Anyway, love your list, and congrats on the new series.

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  24. I love the pace of romantic suspense, and the way things generally happen quickly. All of your reasons, are reason that I enjoy RS.

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  25. Thanks, Stacy! I can see suspense with romance too. Just put the two together and that's good by me.

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