Thursday, August 16, 2012

Diners, Drive-ins and Dives

 

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First, it’s Maureen’s birthday. Everyone, wish her Happy Birthday! WINK

I love the television show Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. It’s one of my favorite programs. I can watch D, D &D every night and the same episodes over again. A dream vacation, for me, would be to go across country, stopping at places Guy visited, and chow down on the yummy food he was treated to by the chefs. I’d have to walk to the next restaurant, or roll, because I know, without a doubt, I’d be hoisting mega saddlebags in no time.  As a writer whose job is to keep butt in chair, sampling tons could be very bad.

What draws me to D, D & D is the unknown goodies coupled with the familiar, and the program is a learning experience. I’m sure if you’ve watched you know of what I speak.  Some of the foods the restaurateurs prepare I’ve never heard of before. Some I don’t want to think about ever again.  I give kudos to Guy for trying the very unusual and finding something nice to say.
I love learning about the unique spices used to bring distinctive qualities in meats and veggies.  And there are more ways to prepare foods than just throwing it into a pot and warming it on a stove.

By now you’re wondering what the heck this has to do with romantic suspense, right?  Watching, D, D & D is a lot like coming to this blog.  First, Guy seems to like a lot of different foods, but I truly believe beef is true love. Where Guy visits and samples dishes, you the reader came to this blog because you’re thinking you’d like to sample, or at least window shop for a new romantic suspense.  Romantic suspense is your beef. And here at Just Romantic Suspense you have a smorgasbord of the genre you love.

Our styles and voices are unique. A few of us might pick the same topic as a foundation for our stories but we approach the subject from distinct angles and dissect the issue in different ways and to various levels.  For example, my new release, Seized By Darkness, is about human trafficking, a rising transgression.  I choose to write my story from the victim’s, Nicole’s perspective. Nicole is not a likely heroine, since she was held captive for eight years and forced to become the mistress of a mafia lord.  But there was no other way I could write this story and show the victim’s heartfelt emotion that I wanted to convey.  The story was Nicole’s.  Over the years, the girl turned woman has seen horrific acts and has endured much, but she is a survivor with a capital S.  She is a lioness who wants a normal, happy life outside of hell for the child she bore. She never loses hope of enduring, but she holds no hope of being truly loved by a good man.  Enter in U.S. Marshal William Haus, a great guy with lots of heart.

I could go on and tell you the whole story, but I don’t want to spoil your reading pleasure. To me, Seized By Darkness is the perfect combination of suspense, emotion, and romance.  It’s Guy’s beef seasoned and prepared perfectly. The novel released in July and is now available on Amazon and B&N in both digital format and paperback.  I hope you’ll check it out.

Oh, August 16 & 17, my award-winning His Witness To Evil is free on Amazon!  

17 comments:

  1. Happy birthday Maureen! And thanks for the awesome post, Autumn. Your book does sound like a highly emotional read, just my type!

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    1. Good morning, Lena. Many readers tell me they really feel for Nicole and swoon over Will's interactions with her. It's a story that I wanted to write for years. I hope you enjoy and would love to hear your comments. Thanks for stopping by today.

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  2. Happy Birthday, Maureen!

    Great post, Autumn. Love the comparison.

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  3. Thank you, Autumn. Your book looked so good, I downloaded four copies and liked four times. I am finder of the great, free books on Amazon for my relatives.

    Oh, and Happy Birthday, Maureen! Thanks for all you do!

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    1. LOL Thank you, Carmen. I hope you and your family enjoy His Witness To Evil. Seized By Darkness is also an adventure I hope you like. Keep spreading the news. Thanks for stopping here too.

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  4. Happy birthday! Today is also my grandson's 11th birthday. Hope you have a great day.

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    1. Happy Birthday to you son, Brenda. Eleven is a great age. Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to download your copy of His Witness To Evil.

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  5. Hope ya Have a Happy Birthday Maureen!! ♥ ♥


    Autumn;
    Your book sounds very intriguing and I'm quite a fan! Looking forward to a real page turner story. Have a Great Day!! :-)

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    1. I hope I'm your beef. LOL. Thanks for stopping by today.

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  6. Maureen, Happy Happy B-day! Wishing you the very best! Have a truly wonderful day! :)

    Autumn thank you for sharing, Seized By Darkness sounds wonderful... definitely a book I know I would enjoy!

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  7. Thanks, Colleen C. Please share the info with your friends. WINK

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  8. I usually hide in the back room, but I popped out today to say thank you for the wonderful birthday wishes. :) Thank you, Autumn for being here with me. And what a fantastic birthday present Autumn is offering...a FREE book!

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    1. You're welcome, lady. I hope you're having a blast today.

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  9. Happy Birthday, Maureen!

    Autumn,
    Just downloaded Seized By Darkness - can't wait to read it!

    Thanks for the free copy of His Witness To Evil.

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    1. Thanks, Mary C. I hope you enjoy both stories. Have a great weekend reading.

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  10. Byerc Smith 6-15pm 8-18-12

    Happy belated Birthday, Maureen!
    I think my uncle was the scariest person I've known. He was well known for his violent acts. I've never seen his tempter but I was always walking on egg shells when he was around. You never knew when something would trigger his tempter so that's why I was scared of him.

    bvcsmith4@hotmail.com

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