By: Jenn Nixon
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I love a good mystery. It’s my first love in genre fiction. It started way back with Encyclopedia Brown. I eventually moved on to Nancy Drew and then graduated to adult mystery writers. It seems that whatever I write, there is always a mystery sub-plot of someone searching for something, someone, or seeking answers to a very old, sometimes painful question. In my latest Romantic Suspense, Lucky’s Charm, there are a few mysteries surrounding the main character Felicia aka “Lucky”. Not only is she searching for the people responsible for killing her mother, she and her family are all keeping secrets from each other.
I’ve been writing my whole life in one form or another. I’ve stayed away from writing a straight-up mystery because most of the time there’s a cop or PI involved, and I never felt comfortable writing the procedural aspect of solving crimes through the eyes of a trained professional. There are so many actual crime writers out there with the personal experience to make it authentic and I know I’m not quite there. However, I think mystery surrounds us every day and I never seem to tire of it. I love watching movies or TV shows that ask questions and strive to find the answers and books are no different. Having a mystery aspect to what I write keeps the story fresh and the characters engaging.
Do you enjoy a little mystery in your Romantic Suspense too?
To protect her family and find a killer, Felicia “Lucky” Fascino assumed her adoptive father’s identity and joined the network, an organization of moral assassins to finish the job he began. Eliminating the man responsible for murdering her mother has consumed her for the last five years. While keeping her Uncle Stephen and cousin Elizabeth at arm’s length, Lucky begins to feel the weight of her career choice and reclusive lifestyle. Then a chance encounter with an enigmatic hit man, during one of her jobs, turns into a provocative and dangerous affair. Distracted by the secret trysts with Kenji Zinn and mounting tension within her family, Lucky makes reckless mistakes that threaten her livelihood and almost claim her life.
Things get complicated for Lucky as her feelings for Kenji bubble to the surface…
“I’m not…good at this anymore.” Lucky puffed out a heavy breath and clutched the phone. “I can’t wrap my mind around it. I’ve really tried to forget you.”
“Because, I can’t want…this.”
“What do you mean?”
“Be with someone while doing what I do. Sharing my life… I haven’t for a long time. I don’t see how I can do it with—”
That stopped her cold. Lucky shut her eyes and banged her head against the wall. Not only was it the oddest conversation she’d ever have, it frightened her because he was dead on.
“Why add to the torment?” she snapped.
“Being with you was far from torture.” His reply was husky and saturated with innuendo. Lucky ignored the ripples of electricity on her skin.
“We’re not good people, Kenji. I’ve already accepted that, but I think you’ve still got blinders on.”
“No, I have a sense we are more alike than you realize. I know why you eliminated McKowen. He was a vile man.”
“Yeah… We might be the bad guys, but we’re never the villains.” Lucky softened her tone.
“We’re not heroes either, just stuck in the middle somewhere.”
“This is what we do, not who we are. It does not change what happened between us. We should not ignore this.”
“I don’t know….” The contact with him did something to her, but finding the words to explain it seemed impossible. Lucky did want to see him again, though, not for all the right reasons.
“Where are you, right now?”
“Miami,” he said immediately. “Let me come to you, wherever you wish.”
“I….” The confusion twisted through her. He was determined without being forceful.
“The choice is yours. Call me after you complete your task,” he said without demand.
Author Bio: Jenn’s love of writing started the year she received her first diary and Nancy Drew novel. Throughout her teenage years, she kept a diary of her personal thoughts and feelings but graduated from Nancy Drew to other mystery suspense novels. Jenn often adds a thriller and suspense element to anything she writes be it Romance, Science Fiction, or Fantasy. When not writing, she spends her time reading, observing pop culture, playing with her two dogs, and working on various charitable projects in her home state of New Jersey.
Jenn will be awarding a digital copy of Lucky’s Charm to one lucky commenter.
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