Considering how much I always looked forward to Christmas for the positive things – having parties to bring friends together, getting together with my cousins to bake dozens and dozens of Christmas cookies over a three day period, making sure I visited with every relative I could – you would think I would wax poetic about the holiday when I got a chance to write a Christmas book.
I must be hard-wired for that dangerous love thing I write. So I had to commit murder to get my hero and heroine together.
I’ve already talked about killing Santa Claus in HOLIDAY IN CRIMSON, published last month in Entangled Publishing’s Dead Sexy romantic suspense line. HOLIDAY IN CRIMSON actually is a revised and updated version of CRIMSON HOLIDAY, which I wrote for Harlequin Intrigue in the late 80s. Then when Intrigue wanted to celebrate its tenth anniversary several years later, they decided not only to reprint some of its most loved books in a leather bound edition, but to offer readers connected books to each of the ones included in the collection.
And so I wrote CRIMSON NIGHTMARE, using characters from CRIMSON HOLIDAY. My heroine, Pippa McNabb, the younger sister of Rand McNabb, was my hero in the original story. I revised and updated CRIMSON NIGHTMARE for Dead Sexy, as well.
NIGHTMARE IN CRIMSON is now available in digital formats:
Another year, another Christmas party...another dead Santa! Run down by eight tiny reindeer and a sleigh, was he killed by accident—or was it murder?
At last season’s party, it was Pippa McNabb’s faithless Santa-clad husband who died—so after another St. Nick ends up dead, she’s at the top of the police suspect list. When hunky sleigh-driver Sky Thornton offers his help to find the real culprit, she accepts, and soon finds herself snuggled up with him before a holiday fire—and falling hard for the blue-eyed stranger. But how does he know so much about her...?
Suddenly she isn’t certain if her mysterious new lover is attempting to help her clear her name, trying to frame her for a murder he might have committed...or working to win her heart forever.
Writing romantic suspense doesn’t get much more fun (at least not for me) than that.
One of the things I love to write is a hero-in-doubt, or in this case, at least to the hero, a heroine-in-doubt. I love making them suspect each other. It adds another line of tension, takes them another layer of unraveling before finding true love.
The most challenging part of writing the second story was to make it different from the first. Both CRIMSON stories are set at Christmas, both at the same department store, both with a dead Santa as the central mystery. The first thing I had to do was figure out a death that would be different, interesting and leave the authorities confused about whether the hero, the heroine, or someone else is the murderer. The fun for me was in having Pippa and Sky suspect one another even as they are attracted to each other. And in having Pippa discover Sky’s true involvement AFTER she falls for him. I hope that’s fun for readers, too.
Happy Holidays to all and to all a good night :)
Patricia Rosemoor has written more than 90 novels and has more than 7 million books in print. She writes “dangerous love,” casting her lovers against a backdrop of mystery and suspense.