By: Stacy Green
*Win a gift from Stacy
Hi everyone! I’m so excited for my first guest post at Just Romantic Suspense! I hope you enjoy it.
Bone-tingling, spine-chilling, heart stopping, rollercoaster ride…
That’s my version of suspense. The anticipation of what might happen to the hero or heroine and the fear of what horrible thing might be around the next page is what I love about the genre. You know the really great thriller or horror movie you watch with your hands over your eyes? That’s the kind of suspense I love, and that’s what I strive to write.
One of the ingredients to a stellar suspense novel is creating an intelligent, fearsome villain. Even better? A bad guy readers can’t help but have a little bit of empathy for. We know he’s a creep, and we don’t want him to win, but he’s so deliciously evil we hope he gets close to his prize so the fun will be drawn out for as long as possible.
INTO THE DARK’s bad guy is the Taker, an almost ghost-like figure who shocks the famed Las Vegas SWAT team with his plans and eludes police in the filthy storm drains running beneath the city. He’s planned his attack for months, found the perfect spot, and is determined to capture Emilie. And yet … he’s not all bad. He speaks kindly to Emilie and seems to care deeply for her. He talks about history and his own past with reverence, and the sorrow in his voice when he speaks of Josephine might just make you feel a little bit sorry for him.
Who is the Taker?
An Excerpt from INTO THE DARK
“Don’t let him get to you.” Creepy Guy patted her shoulder. “Although I don’t see why
you needed to talk to that negotiator again.”
“Because I want out of here.” Emilie jerked away from the contact. “I’m tired of sitting
in the dark, waiting for something to happen.”
“Josephine was always afraid of the dark.” Melancholy crept into his normally serene
tone. “She said the dark held the powers of black magic, of witchcraft, and bad luck. Poor girl slept with a candle burning.”
Emilie risked another glance at him. Narrowed in either anger or grief, his eyes glistened with moisture. “She was wrong. All of those exist in the daylight as well. Poor Jo didn’t need to fear the dark. Her bad luck came on a hot, sunny afternoon.” His voice faltered.
“What happened to her?”
“That’s none of your business.” Her captor jumped as though jolted with electricity. “Josephine belongs to me and to me alone,” he snarled.
Emilie scooted as far away from the man as the small space would allow.
“I’m sorry.” His voice was contrite. “Forgive my rudeness. That was extremely ungentlemanly.”
Intimacy had crept back into his tone. Emilie cringed.
“Don’t be afraid, Miss Emilie,” Creepy Guy pleaded. “I would never hurt you.”
“You already have.”
He edged closer until his covered arm brushed her bare one. The material was soft and
lightweight. Breathable. Expensive. Not cheap rags like Joe wore.
“Only because you’re scared. But I knew we were connected the first moment I saw you.
Once you allow me to explain my actions, you will understand everything. You carry our connection with you every day.”
“We have no connection.”
“Oh but we do. I’ve watched you for so long, my dear Miss Emilie.” He spoke softly now, like a lover would. “So many times, I was close enough to reach out and touch you, to make you mine. But the time and place weren’t right. Waiting for you has been torture.”
Buy Into The Dark NOW!
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*A Gift From Stacy!
To celebrate the release of INTO THE DARK, I’m giving you TWO ways to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card! Both options will get your name into the drawing, which runs from November 5th until the end of my blog tour on January 30th.
Entry Option 1: Earns FIVE entries in the contest. Email Stacy your receipt of purchase (simply copy and paste proof of the order into the email, excluding personal information) of INTO THE DARK or the answer to this question: in what state was the Taker born and raised?
Entry Option 2: Earns TWO entries in the Contest. Donate to HELP of Southern Nevada and help the homeless. Readers can go to HELP of Southern Nevada, the organization that aids the homeless featured in INTO THE DARK, and donate. Email Stacy the receipt (personal information excluded). No donation is too small!
The homeless living in the storm drains of Las Vegas played a vital part in INTO THE DARK, and I want to give back. From November 1st until February 28th, participants will have several options to enter the raffle, including donating to HELP of Southern Nevada. The grand prize will be a $100 donation from me in the winner’s name to the homeless shelter of their choice.
Stacy Green is fascinated by the workings of the criminal mind and explores true crime on her popular Thriller Thursday posts at her blog, Turning the Page.
After earning her degree in journalism, Stacy worked in advertising before becoming a stay-at-home mom to her miracle child. She rediscovered her love of writing and wrote several articles for Women’s Edition Magazine of Cedar Rapids, profiling local businesses, before penning her first novel. Her debut novel, INTO THE DARK, is set in Las Vegas and features a heroine on the edge of disaster, a tormented villain, and the city’s infamous storm drains that house hundreds of homeless. INTO THE DARK is available on all digital formats and paperback November 30th.