Saturday, July 14, 2012

Sue Swift, a.k.a Suz deMello, asks: Why Romantic Suspense?

Congratulations to email entrant, "Sandra G", the winner of Sue's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated.

Why romantic suspense?

There are two answers to that question.

First, as a reader, I love romantic suspense because of the thrills, chills and spills. If I jump out of chair from surprise, if I squirm in my seat from heat-inducing romance, if I’m too tense to ever read another word—them I know I’m reading a great book.

As a writer, I love romantic suspense because of the, yep, you got it—the thrills, chills and spills. But it’s different. Duh—few surprises because I’m the writer and I generally (though not always) know what’s going on and what’s going to happen. I say “generally” because I have written books which, when I started them I had no solid ideas about how the book would end.

Because I write romance, I know that the hero and the heroine (or sometimes the two heroes and the very lucky, very sated heroine) will end up together. However, because of the suspense elements and the vagaries of character development (I never know what one will do—they’re full of surprises) I may not quite know the end of the mystery when I start.

I’ve been known to change the identity of the villain in mid-stream because I felt that the book was boring, or perhaps I was giving too many clues to the reader. Characters shift and change.

For example, in Spy Game, I had no idea whether the heroine, Ani, would continue in her job as an agent or not. And I didn’t know that’s she’d…

Never mind. That’s too much to tell.

As a writer, I also like my characters to have something to do while they’re falling in love, at least a little more than drinking lattes at Starbucks. Unraveling a mystery together is a perfect opportunity for the characters to experience both intimacy and conflict.

In For My Master, the two major characters are colleagues working for the same US agency. In
Spy Game, they’re opponents, with Ani suspecting that Richard has been selling secrets to the Chinese.

Either way, their roles keep the characters busy while they’re falling for each other.

Thanks to Maureen and everyone else at JRS for this opportunity, which is especially welcome because I have not one but two releases this month. Both are (warning!) racy.

Okay, they’re sexy.

Okay, they’re outright dirty, with one being, umm, XXX rated and the other… Well, I’m not sure if it’s an R rating or an X. In any event--if you have kids, don’t leave your ebook reader lying around with either of these steamy stories on it!

Here’s what they’re about:

For My Master—short story from Ellora’s Cave by my best-selling erotic romance alter ego, Suz deMello

Agent Kathie Belmont has long lusted after her boss, Ross Guerrero, but has never plucked up the courage to even flirt with him. Could he be the strong but tender Master she craves?

Ross wants Kathie in his life—on her knees. But the constraints of their jobs with an ultra-secret US security agency have come between them.

Then the sadistic drug trafficker El Silencio is tempted into a deal with Ross’s undercover persona—a deal that will go down at a BDSM party. With Kathie disguised as his sex slave, Ross sets out to bring down the criminal gang, and perhaps to tempt Kathie into performing her role for him…forever.

Spy Game—novel from Etopia Press (formerly in hardcover from Five Star), written by Sue Swift, award-winning, best-selling romance author

Fledgling agent Ani Sharif has finally been assigned to her first undercover mission—to seduce software tycoon Richard Rexford, known as the fearsome T-Rex of Silicon Valley. He's suspected of selling software secrets to the Chinese. Ani must succeed at her first assignment, but will handsome, clever Richard uncover her secrets and seize her heart?

Sue Swift/Suz deMello will give away a digital copy of any of her available backlist books to a lucky, randomly selected commenter…Good luck!

Author bio: 
Best-selling, award-winning author Sue Swift, a.k.a Suz deMello, has written over fifteen novels, plus several short stories and non-fiction articles. She writes in numerous genres including romance, mystery, paranormal, historical, contemporary comedy and erotica. She’s a freelance editor who’s worked for Total-E-Bound, Ai Press, Liquid Silver Books and Etopia Press. She also takes on private clientsHer books have been favorably reviewed in PW, Kirkus and Booklist, attained the finals of the RITA and reached the top ten on a bestseller list. A former trial attorney, she resides in northern California. Her passion is world travel, and she’s left the US over a dozen times, including stints working overseas for many months. Right now, she's working on her next manuscript and planning her next trip. Her blog is at Find her reading picks @ReadThis4fun on Twitter, and befriend her on Facebook ( ). Her sites are at and

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST July 15th. 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 with a subject title of JRS GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway.


  1. I love romantic suspense as it is fun to be on the edge for more than 1 reason...I read on NOOK.

  2. Congrats on your two book releases... I am enjoying the sound of both books! I am a fan of the EC books and definitely love romantic suspense novels... thanks for sharing!

  3. these sound great thanks for the chance

  4. Thanks for hosting me, JRS, and thanks for your comments.

  5. Both books sound great - thanks for stopping by and the giveaway!

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

  6. Nice post. These books sound good.


  7. Thanks for a fun post and congrats on the dual releases! I love romantic suspense for the exact same reasons. B/c the main characters can be thrown in harm's way, things can get dire indeed, and yet you know that they will still get their HEA. :)


  8. Darlings, thx for your kind comments.

  9. I think that the reason I like to read romantic suspense is because it just makes everything in the story ( emotions, actions) so much more. Because I believe in life and death situations, things just become more intense. Thanks!

  10. Yes, Shelley, you have the nature of RS appeal absolutely right! The characters are in high risk situations with a great deal at stake, so their emotions--and yours as a reader--are heightened. Thx for your comment!

  11. That's the way I read romance. I need the characters to be doing something while they fall in love. Falling in love is great but I need that extra something as in suspense, intrigue, or mystery to give me that extra kick. Thanks for the interview.



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