Sunday, May 6, 2012

Why Romantic Suspense?



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. 

19 comments:

  1. RS is definitely my favourite genre-- what's not to like about hot blokes with guns? :P
    I dabble in contemporaries (where it's all about the emotional journey of the H/h) now and again but keep coming back to RS for the added thrill & danger of all those external forces and evil villains. Nothing tops wondering 'whodunnit' and seeing the bad guys get their comeuppance! And, of course, the HEA :)

    stalkers00(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Cris, I do like the break of a straight relationship story every now and then, but like you, I keep coming back.

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  2. hi !! I like great heroes, great women , and wonderful stories with Hot guys . lol :) whats not to like . e dot morton at yahoo dot com

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    1. Hot guys are two key words, Ebony. Couldn't agree more! :)

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  3. I like Romantic Suspense because it brings in a relationship.
    Like you, I have been writing Suspense & then saw that I HAD to bring in some kind of close relationship.
    This is a very informative post for me!
    Jan

    janet_kerr(at)msn.com

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    1. I like that you can play the romance off the supsense and vice-versa, which gives us as writers so many more possiblities. Glad you enjoyed the post!

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  4. For all the reasons you stated above so well. I can't read and feel and enjoy the journey of the relationship if I don't know how it will end. I absolutely hate wasting my time reading of a couple falling in love and all the ups and downs it took to get there and then it all ending with one of them dying or the relationship not falling apart. I read for entertainment and fantasy and that exactly what you get with a romantic suspense. Thanks for having the imagination to write it so I can read it.

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    1. Totally agree...if one of the main characters dies in the END, I get so angry--except for Titanic, because you kinda knew that at the beginning. But there is one author I absolutely will not read because of main characters dying at the end. For me, that's a waste of time. I always say "I get enough of real life in my real life."

      You're welcome for the writing and THANK YOU for reading!

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  5. RS is my favorite genre right now. I used to only read Contemporary Romance but after awhile there are only so many ways you can write a love story, so I started reading some RS and realized that the added tension, suspense and mystery keeps the book moving and you don't always know how things will happen. It is that tension and suspense that keeps you from putting the book down because you want to know how an op or a situation is going to turn out. Thanks for the post - I always like to read posts and books from authors I have not read before. I will add you to my TBR list!

    amy at remus dot net

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    1. Yep-exactly why I like to read it as well as write it-the tension of the unknown keeps me turning the pages--or clicking the button on my Nook. Even better if it truly appears to be no way out of the situation. Though that can be a bit frustrating when you're actually writing it. LOL

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  6. I enjoy not knowing what is going to happen next and the fast pace of the stories.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

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    1. Switching a bit to movies...did you ever see Eagle Eye? That movie literally had me on the edge of my seat even the second time I watched it. Soooo good!

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  7. I like the action and the mystery.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. I'm hoping to pull off more of a mystery in the next two books in the Italy series. Only that means nailing down my plot a bit more for both books now. I can feel the tension already and it's not the good kind. :)

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  8. I just wanted to add a thank you to everyone who's stopped by so far. I appreciate your comments and love meeting new RS fans!

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  9. I like the mystery, thriller, and suspense with romance in it. It is not just the story of boy and girl don't like each other and then they like each other. There is an element of danger thrown into the story and of who is going to rescue who.

    kmccandle(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Rescues can be so sexy, no matter who's doing them! Thanks for the comment.

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  10. I love RS because of the unknown. I like to try to figure out the end before the end. I truly credit Julie Miller, Debra Web, HelenKay and the rest of the Intrigue authors for bringing back into the world of RS. A couple of years ago, I was out of work and I went to my library with my stack of Intrigues and asked the librarian for some help.

    A couple of hours later, I had Elizabeth Lowell, Sandra Brown, Cherry Adair and Linda Howard in my book bag. I have never looked back.

    Marika
    maw1725@gmail.com

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    1. All awesome choices. :) For the past 5 years I've read mostly books written by author friends, but Elizabeth Lowell has a large section of my keeper shelf from back before I was writing. One of my favorite Intrigue authors today is Carol Ericson.

      Thanks for stopping by, Marika!

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