By: Denise Moncrief
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I love suspense and that’s what I write. I love to bend and blend genres. My stories are usually suspense and _________. My daughter tells me I can’t write anything without including at least one dead body in the story line. Well, I don’t know, maybe that’s true. Aside from traditional suspense plot lines, I find there’s an element of suspense in any conflict, a moment when the breath catches. I strive to portray that one thing in any situation that will affect the heart rate, tug at emotions, or make the reader anxiously turn the page to read what happens next. My latest release, Crisis of Identity, has plenty of suspense, some of those moments with a humorous bite.
Tess Copeland is an operator. Her motto? Necessity is the mother of a good a con. When Hurricane Irving slams into the Texas Gulf coast, Tess seizes the opportunity to escape her past by hijacking a dead woman’s life, but Shelby Coleman’s was the wrong identity to steal. And the cop that trails her? He’s a U.S. Marshall with the Fugitive Task Force for the northern district of Illinois. Tess left Chicago because the criminal justice system gave her no choice. Now she’s on the run from ghosts of misdeeds past—both hers and Shelby’s.
Enter Trevor Smith, a pseudo-cowboy from Houston, Texas, with good looks, a quick tongue, and testosterone poisoning. Will Tess succumb to his questionable charms and become his damsel in distress? She doesn’t have to faint at his feet—she’s capable of handling just about anything. But will she choose to let Trevor be the man? When Tess kidnaps her niece, her life changes. She must make some hard decisions. Does she trust the lawman that promises her redemption, or does she trust the cowboy that promises her nothing but himself?
For me, suspense is more than the villain surprising the victim kind of stuff. Suspense happens at that moment of anticipation right before something dramatic happens. Sometimes it’s that moment right before the hero kisses the heroine…or at least, he tries to kiss her. Here’s a suspenseful excerpt from Crisis of Identity.
My suspicions of Trevor dissolved like melting snow. I wasn’t sure how many minutes ticked by in silence while I contemplated my new hero. He watched me consider him. Never allowed his eyes to stray from mine.
“So? Have you made up your mind?” Had he read my mind as if I’d spoken my thoughts aloud?
He closed the space between us. His mouth hovered tantalizingly close to mine. Instead of giving in to my desire, I pushed him away. Confusion clouded his features. “I thought—”
“My life is too messed up for that. I need a lot from you, but mostly I need you to stay focused. Romance makes everything blurry.”
“Maybe.” Was he trying to change my mind with a charming grin? It almost worked.
I hope you enjoyed this snippet from Crisis of Identity. One lucky commenter on this post will be chosen at random by Just Romantic Suspense to win an eBook copy of Crisis of Identity. Good luck!
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