Congratulations to "Maureen" the winner of Stacey's giveaway. Thank you to everyone who participated!
I write romance in two categories, straight contemporary and romantic suspense (RS). I started in RS with my very first book—before I knew what the heck I was doing. I just knew I liked a story with lots of action and suspense to compliment the romance, so that’s what I wrote.
Unfortunately, I rambled on with it for 8 years and 239,000 words. Yeah...it’s not published. It’s been edited down to about 80,000 words, but it still needs lots of work and I may or may not return to it someday.
My second book went more the contemporary route with just a hint of suspense, but alas, it hasn’t seen the light of day, either. Since it’s written longhand in a notebook, it’s chances of venturing out into the world are slim. In the writing world, those are called ‘learning books,’ and I’m glad I have them.
By book three I was back to full out RS because by then I’d figured out a little more about pacing and plotting and getting things right. That book, Trust in the Lawe, is published as part of my Colorado Trust Series with The Wild Rose Press, along with Shattered Trust, and Shadowed Trust.
Since then, I’ve snuck in contemporaries here and there and thoroughly enjoyed the breaks, but it seems when ideas are coming to me out of the blue, at least 3 out of 5 end up having that element of suspense that I enjoy reading so much.
I like turning the page and wondering, “Ooh, who’s the bad guy?” Should the heroine trust the hot guy who appears to be helping her, or is he not quite what he seems? One of my favorites is the loner hero who for some reason or another thinks he doesn’t deserve love and does everything possible to avoid falling for the ‘damsel in distress’ (who might also be able to kick his ass) but in the end has to fight tooth and nail to save the woman his heart was helpless to resist. For me, there is nothing sexier than a man protecting and fighting for the woman he loves.
With RS you have not only the relationship and the sexual tension, but there’s the excitement of outside forces that the characters have absolutely no control over. Seeing how they contend with those stressful situations while battling their inner demons is a thrill.
One might contend that in romance there is the guarantee of a happy ending, so why bother? You know how it will end—where’s the suspense in that?
Well, I would argue it’s not the destination, but the ride. And knowing I have that safety-net of the happy ending doesn’t ruin a thing, it allows me to really let go and experience the ups and downs with the characters because I don’t fear flying off the roller coaster into an abyss. The outcome may be totally different than what the characters (or I) expected, but it will still be okay in the end.
I self-published my most recent RS titled LOST IN ITALY in Oct. 2011 and have been thrilled with some awesome reviews as well as having the book final in the RS category of the 2012 Wisconsin Romance Writers’ Write Touch Readers’ Award alongside Brenda Novak and Kylie Brant. I’ll be posting the story behind that book tomorrow along with an excerpt, and am giving away winner’s choice of the ebook or a signed print* copy. (*print in US and Canada only)
All you have to do is answer this in the comment section: Why do YOU like Romantic Suspense?
Thank you very much for coming by and have a great day!
Stacey Joy Netzel
Website and blog: www.StaceyJoyNetzel.com
Stacey Joy Netzel fell in love with books at a young age, so for her the graduation to writing them was natural. An avid reader and fan of movies with happy endings, she lives in her native Wisconsin with her husband and three children, a couple horses and some barn cats. She works part-time as a travel agent, and in her limited free time enjoys gardening, canning, and visiting her parents in Northeastern Wisconsin (Up North) at their cabin on the lake. Her newest release is the contemporary romance, More Than a Kiss, but for romantic suspense you can check out Lost In Italy, and her Colorado Trust Series, Trust in the Lawe, Shattered Trust, and Shadowed Trust. Other titles include Ditched Again, Welcome to Redemption Series (books 2,4,6), Chasin’ Mason, Dragonfly Dreams, If Tombstones Could Talk, and her Christmas anthology, Mistletoe Rules, which took 1st place in WisRWA's 2010 Write Touch Readers' Award.
Giveaway ends 9pm EST May 7th. 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.