Monday, August 13, 2012

Who's With Me?


Congratulations to "BN" the winner of Adrienne's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated.

Recently someone asked me why I like romantic suspense. I smiled and said, “What’s not to like?”

Who’s with me?

For me, Romantic suspense is the delightful combination of my favorite genres. I love romances and I love thrillers, so when I decided to write a book, I naturally gravitated to romantic suspense. A couple working through the emotional ups and downs of falling in love is fun, but pair that with a bad guy chasing them (or them chasing the bad guy!) and it takes the reading experience to another level.

What I love even more is when two people who are drastically different make a great couple. When I started plotting my latest release, Relentless Pursuit, I knew Billy Tripp would be the hero. He’s been the comic relief guy in my earlier books, and I thought it was time to give this smart-mouthed, big-hearted operative a shot at the top spot. One of my critique partners (shout out to Kelsey!) told me Billy should be with an older woman.

Billy is, well, let’s say he’s active. He and his mouth are constantly on the move, which seems to get him in trouble. A lot. So, the idea of an older woman appealed to me because she’d be more mature and wouldn’t be afraid to set Billy straight when needed. I realized I didn’t necessarily need an older woman. I just needed a woman who had the maturity of an older woman. Enter Kristen Dante, general manager of her father’s billion dollar hotel.

Billy instantly becomes smitten with the no-nonsense Kristen. She forgives him when he messes up, but expects him to learn from his mistakes. With her, Billy finds a safe place to land. Even if he screws up the landing. She might be serious when it comes to running her business, but Billy makes her laugh. The fact that he promised his mother he’d quit swearing doesn’t hurt his chances either.

I think it’s safe to say they balance each other out. And sometimes, I think all we need is a little balance in our lives. J

Here’s a little snippet of Billy and Kristen after he tricks her into wearing a sexy dress she normally wouldn’t consider an option.

A ferocious beating clobbered the inside of Kristen’s skull. “Excuse me?”
“Yes?”
“My security is fine?” She refused to so much as glance at the dress in the window. Otherwise, she’d kill him. She’d been bamboozled. “You said you’d check my security. That was the deal.”
“Yes. And I have checked your security. The terms of our deal have not been violated.”
“Bastard!”
“You’d better quit saying that.” He stepped closer—too close. Close enough to ignite a yearning for something she knew would be a disaster. He pressed his lips right against her ear and whispered, “It’s kinda turning me on.”
Heat rushed into her face. Placing one hand on his chest, the rock hard chest she wanted to take a pick ax to, she shoved him back a step. “If you’d told me up front the security was adequate, I’d have never made that deal.”
“Exactly.”
“Exactly my butt.”
Billy laughed. “And a lovely butt it is.”
Now the panic, deep and rooting, had set in. He’d completely manipulated her. “You knew I was feeling desperate and you used it to get what you wanted.”
He sighed, as if this conversation was nothing but a bother. “You got what you wanted. You wanted to ensure your security would hold up and it will. I’ll guarantee that. Isn’t that worth one night of wearing an incredible dress? Besides, I’ve been feeling desperate since the moment I put eyes on you. My desperation comes from a different place though.” He grinned. “Much different, but we won’t get into that right now.”
“I’m…I’m… Gah.”
She spun away and stormed off. This man was the biggest colossal pain in the butt to ever enter her hemisphere. He’d bullied her into this deal. She should renege. Tell him to buzz off. She’d entered into the agreement under false pretenses. Had she known the security was fine, she’d never have agreed. Shame on her for trusting him, a total hit-and-run driver of a womanizer, a self-admitted master at seduction.
“Shall I grab the dress for you?” he called after her.
“I hate you, Billy Tripp.”  
            Billy appeared in her office doorway two hours later and propped himself against the doorjamb. “Have you cooled off yet?”
Not. One. Bit. She cocked her head and pasted a smile on her face. “Certainly. Come in.”
“Oooh, that’s a rather frosty greeting from such a hot woman.”
“You’ll survive. What can I do for you?”
“You’re still pissed at me. Can we put it aside for a couple of minutes? Gotta talk to you about the cars disappearing.”
“Whatever you want, Billy.”
He put his hands up. “Hey, now. Don’t say that. What I want is you naked and horizontal on this desk.”
Just how insane could this man possibly be? Kristen closed her eyes and grunted. She wouldn’t lose it on him. She wouldn’t. He lived for this. The provoking. The battle. The clash of wills. He truly got off on it and the more she screamed at him, the more he goaded.
“Don’t forget that filter.”
“You’re right. I take back the horizontal thing. Naked still goes though.”
Kristen finally laughed. As much as she wanted to hurl something at him, she had to admit he entertained her. In a sick, torturous, demented way, she found this free-spirited, annoying, chaos-inducing man attractive.
That couldn’t be good.

Adrienne will be giving away a digital copy of RELENTLESS PURSUIT to one lucky person who comments...or also needs balance in their life. :)


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Bio: Adrienne Giordano writes romantic suspense and women's fiction.  She is a Jersey girl at heart, but now lives in the Midwest with her workaholic husband, sports obsessed son and Buddy the Wheaten Terrorist (Terrier). She is a co-founder of Romance University blog and Lady Jane's Salon-Naperville, a reading series dedicated to romantic fiction. For more information on Adrienne's Private Protectors series please visit www.AdrienneGiordano.com. Adrienne can also be found on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/AdrienneGiordanoAuthor and Twitter at http://twitter.com/AdriennGiordano.

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST Aug. 14th. 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 maureen@justromanticsuspense.com with a subject title of JRS GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway.

31 comments:

  1. Love the Private Protectors series, and stoked for this one! (As soon as I finish revisions for that paper... :D)

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  2. Hi, Cris. Thank you! I'm glad you like the series. I had fun with Billy. He needed some taming. :)

    Good luck with your paper!

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  3. Love romantic suspense. I love the romance and the danger. Have enjoyed all your books. Would love to win a NOOK copy please...lsscarchuk@att.net

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    1. Hi, LS. Thank you for stopping by. I'm so glad you've enjoyed the series. I do love these characters!

      We will enter you in the drawing. Good luck!

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  4. I am almost finished with this book and love it so far. I am amazed how you can take a series of connected people and have very different stories for each one. This one is unlike your others, because, well, Billy is unlike the others. This is one of my favorites of the series and that is saying something since I have liked them all so much. The other books had a more serious overall theme to them and this one is refreshingly fun since Billy's inability to filter his thoughts keeps you smiling or shaking your head at him. Congrats, Adrienne!

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    1. Hi, Amy. Thank you! Yes, Billy's book has a lighter feel to it. My editor actually pointed that out to me during revisions. Billy is one of those characters that I equally want to slap and hug. LOL. Originally, one of my critique partners wanted me to pair him with an older woman, but that wasn't really working so I gave him an ultra-responsible woman instead. I think he needs someone who can stay calm, but laugh at his mishaps too. :)

      Thanks for your continual support of this series. I so appreciate it!

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  5. Love the mixture of romance and intrigue. How characters react to danger tells you a lot about that person. Congrats on your wonderful books. grandmabkr at yahoo dot com

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  6. Hi, Brenda. Thank you so much. This series holds a special place in my heart. :)

    Thanks for popping by!

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  7. I was so excited when I saw who was doing today's post! I've completely fallen in love with the Private Protectors series. I read Vic and Gina's story first and thought it would be hard to top Vic as a hero. Then I read Risking Trust and it was clear than Vic had some competition in the hero department. I actually think I'm leaning toward Michael as my favorite Private Protector, but it might be a tie. So that leaves me with reading the rest of the series and then deciding. I like that idea. :)

    As for romantic suspense as a genre, I TOTALLY agree with you. The emotion, the anticipation, maybe some tears and in a good story a bit of anxiety are all key elements to making the book a page turner. Risking Trust was one of the best page turners I've read in a while. Looking forward to the rest of the series!

    Heather E.
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  8. I have the others in the Series. Please enter me in your draw so that I can try for a complete set!
    Jan

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  9. Hi, Heather. Thank you for the kind words! I'm glad you like "my guys." I always have fun coming up with different traits for them. I'm working on the next book now and Lynx is throwing me some curve balls! He's turning out to be quite the challenge. I'll break him though. :)

    As for romantic suspense, I love that feeling of not wanting to put the book down, but also being afraid of what might happen. It always gives me a rush.

    Thanks for popping by!

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  10. Hi, Janet. Thanks for reading my series! We'll put you into the drawing. :)

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  11. Romantic suspense has it all. Yummy guys, great suspense, fantastic heroines. Love to win a copy of Rentless Pursuit. Thanks for the giveaway. Trishleroy49 at gmail dot com

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  12. Loved thre first two Private Protector series and playing catch up.Thanks for the giveaway.


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    1. Hi, Mary. I'm glad you liked the first two books. I hope you like the rest!

      Happy reading!

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  13. Loving the interaction between those two... Billy and Kristen sound like two characters I would enjoy reading! :)

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    1. Hi, Colleen. Billy has always been a fun character to write. He always has something to say. And sometimes, what he says is so wacky that it's logical. LOL. Kristen offers a good balance. :)

      Thanks for coming by.

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  14. Hi, Trish. I agree with you! :) Thanks for stopping in.

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  15. I think a hero with a sense of humor is wonderful and you gotta love a man who can make you laugh.
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  16. Hi, Maureen. As crazy as Billy drives Kristen, he does make her laugh!

    Thanks for saying hi.

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  17. Nice excerpt. This sounds like a good series.

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  18. Active....that's one way to say it ;) Love the men in your books. Keep 'em coming!

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    1. Hello, Nancy Naigle. Oh, he's active. I'm curious if you'll like Billy better than Vic. He has that snark you love so much. :) I know how you feel about Vic though. Might be one heck of a love triangle!

      Thanks for popping in!

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  19. Thank you, BN. Glad you liked it.

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  20. I start back to school this week; I teach high school English. I will need a good book for escape!

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  21. Hi, Cari. It's hard to believe summer is almost over! I always loved English class. :)

    Thanks for saying hi.

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  22. Great excerpt. Love romantic suspence. Adrienne is a new author for me. I love to read and always looking for new authors to read. I love a little or big trill with my romance. Thanks for the great giveaway.
    Christinebails@yahoo.com

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  23. I haven't read any of your books. I'm glad I stopped by today to find out about them. I would definitely read them.

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  24. Hi, Chris and Kai. Thanks for stopping to say hi.

    What I love about this site is when I'm looking for a new romantic suspense author, I know where to go. Such an awesome resource!



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  25. Hi Adrienne!! Of course I'm a romantic suspect lover myself and when I saw your name pop up I knew I had to swing over and try my luck. Good luck with the giveaway!! Xo

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  26. Hi there, Amy! Thanks for coming by. One thing about this site is we're all like minded in the genre department. :)

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