Saturday, June 23, 2012

The Countdown Is On!

Congratulations to Lori, the winner of Dee's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated.
One month from today is the release of the third book in the Adrenaline Highs series. Dangerously Close is a little different from it’s siblings, Dangerous Race and Danger Zone in a couple of ways. The suspense in this book comes from wondering just what the villain is going to do next, how she’s going to do it and who she’s going to do it to. This was the first book I’ve written where the villain wasn’t a secret for the majority of the book and I wondered as I wrote it if it would be as scary because of that fact. I discovered that knowing who the villain is doesn’t necessarily take the suspense out of a story, it just heightens it in a different way. Instead of wondering, “Who done it?” we get to watch the villain in progress and hope our hero and heroine discover the culprit before it’s too late. It’s not only a way for us to root for the good guys, but it puts a new level of suspense on the page waiting for the other shoe to drop.

The other difference is there isn’t a race car in sight. After everything Ashley went through in Danger Zone, she insisted it was her turn for a Happily Ever After and I agreed with her. (But, the poor girl isn’t done suffering.)  I couldn’t really put Ashley behind the wheel of a race car since she was going to law school and working for a law firm at the same time.  What I had in mind for her required someone whose voice played a key role in one of the book’s turning points. Since identifying a race car driver by voice is virtually impossible for most of the population, our hero has another profession.  He’s a rock star who hits bottom after a life-changing concert.

One of my favorite things about this book was watching Ashley cope with her new life. Even though she was scared about her future, she kept a good attitude and her sense of humor. The fact is none of us know what’s around the corner and everything can change in an instant. Ashley kept reminding me to live for now. Bad stuff happens and we can’t control it, but if we deal with it and try to find any type of humor in it then we can move onward.

I’m giving away a digital (advance!) copy of Dangerously Close to one lucky commenter. Tell me what your favorite suspense is? Do you like guessing who the villain is or do you like watching them work and rooting for the good guys when they are all in a scene together? 

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  1. One of my favorite is Open Season by Linda Howard. I like both types of stories because it's the suspense of wondering what will happen next.
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  2. Oooh, more books to read in lieu of those science papers I should be reading as I write my dissertation! I'll take RS over transcription regulation, any day :).

    I like both types of stories-- the unknown villain keeps me turning the pages frantically to figure out who it is and see the good guys triumph (because if it's RS, there's always a HEA :D); knowing who the villain is from the get-go makes the stakes different for me as a reader-- it gives an almost more personal look into the villain's psyche, and I'm always tempted to yell at the hero/heroine that they're idiots & the bad guy is so-and-so. Much RS is of the unknown villain persuasion, so I guess it's probably easier to write-- the whole whodunit aspect keeps any reader with an ounce of curiosity turning the pages to get to the end! But a known villain done right, which keeps one guessing about just how depraved he/she can be and how the hero/heroine are going to manoeuvre, can be incredibly chilling.


  3. I really enjoyed the first two books, Dee. Looking forward to this one. As for suspense, I like both - the knowing, and the not knowing. I think writing where we know the villain must be hard, because it then becomes more difficult not to caricature them. (I despise a caricatured villain). Thr first one I remember reading and saying "wow" about was Karen Rise's first book (the name of which escapes me right now, and damn - that happens too often these days!). Anyway, I remember reading it and being terrified, even though I knew from the start who the villain was.

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  4. Hi Maureen,
    Yes! It's one of my favorites too! No one does it better than Linda Howard. She is incredible! She's an auto buy for me.

    Hi Cris,
    Wow! Writing your dissertation! Okay, I'm impressed. I like both types as well. I pretty much love all RS as long as it's written well. I try to warn the H/H too, when the crazy is in the house. They never hear me. LOL.

    Hi Lori,
    Glad you enjoyed Dangerous Race and Danger Zone! Lisa Gardner is also really good at writing psychos. (And you're not alone on not remembering book names!) I hope you like Dangerously Close too. (You'll have to tell me if I avoided the dreaded "caricature." Just be gentle. LOL.)

  5. Both types are ones I enjoy reading... I will admit to trying to figure out who is doing the crimes... sometimes I figure it out early... sometimes I am wrong... but it is the journey the characters take throughout the book to solve everything at the end that I truly enjoy.

  6. I love watching the villains do their crimes and guessing who they are. That is what make suspense romance interesting to read.


  7. Lately, I have enjoyed not knowing who the villain is until the last minute. The greater the twist, the better! A few books have even made me gasp out loud (much to the chagrin of my husband). I love suspense that is full of nail biting, edge of my seat, can't wait to turn the page with just enough sexy romance.

    This series was already on my wishlist. I think it just moved up. And I love the covers!

    Heather E

  8. Congratulations on the book! This sounds like a good series. I don't mind either way about the villain.


  9. Hi Colleen,
    I'm the same way in trying to solve the mystery of the unknown villain. It's fun when there are a lot of choices. LOL. But I admit to enjoying watching the bad guy "work" and rooting for the H/H to figure it out before they are dead!

    Hi Kai,
    You might like the first 2 books in this series. The first one especially has a few suspects, but you don't know until the end "who done it." Thanks for stopping by!

    Hi Heather,
    I'm a noisy reader too! Glad I'm not alone. My husband always jumps when I gasp or groan. LOL. I love my covers too! The cover Gods were definitely with me.

    Hi bn100,
    Thank you and thanks for stopping in.

  10. DEE

  11. I enjoy both types. Impossible to choose a favorite as there are just too many, so I'll go with a recent read, Dana Stabenow's Restless In The Grave.

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  12. Congrats on the newest release!

    I'm very excited as I just bought Dangerous Race! Looking forward to reading it :)

    Ummm... I really liked Elizabeth Lowell's Rarity's Unlimited Series. It's been a while since I read them but I don't think you know who the villain is til toward the end. I'm not partial to either knowing or not. It's the story that matters. As long as it keeps me at the edge of my seat and makes me "anxious" for the main characters, that's all that I want. Oh and combined with great chemistry and romance :)


  13. Hi Tammy,
    Thank you! Very nice of you to say. Thanks for dropping in.

    Hi Mary,
    I haven't read that one. I may have to put it on my list. Isn't it nice that there are so many wonderful R/S books to choose from!?

    Hi Erin,
    Thank you for picking up Dangerous Race! I hope you enjoy it. Yep, Elizabeth Lowell knows what she's doing. Great chemistry is a must for romance, I agree. Thanks for stopping in!

  14. We have an email entry...

    Dear Dee, personally, i love to know who the villian is, as right at the start of the book, the reader is able to know the characters,both good and bad on a personal level.It is great to see into the mind of the bad guy. For me, this makes the suspense level higher. Its like watching a movie when the music indicates that something scary or bad is about to happen. Mind you , i love all romantic suspense, as long as the good guys win,and the guy gets the girl and visa versa.. Thanks for writing such great books. Thank you, Ann.

  15. Hi there,
    I really like it when I know the villain. Then I get to know about them and find scenes suspenseful when I know but the hero/heroine has no idea.


  16. Hi Ann,
    Thank you! Don't you sometimes wish a book came with a soundtrack. LOL. (Although I hear that's in the near future!) I like that aspect, too... being in the bad guys' head and watching him/her work is scary and keeps me on the edge of my seat.

    Hi Jan,
    Looks like you are on the same page with Ann. I think it makes us root for the good guys even more when we know who the villain is. Thanks for dropping in!

  17. I love trying to figure out who the viiain is right along with the characters. Always love it when the author shocks or surprises me with something I didn't see coming.

  18. Hi Judi,
    Surprises are fun, right? I agree. I'm fan of either choice as long as the story is good and keeps me turning the page. Thanks for coming by!

  19. I love watching the villains do their crimes and guessing who they are. That is what make suspense romance interesting to read. research paper


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