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Sunday, February 3, 2013

The Perfect Blend of Romance and Suspense


Congratulations to "Shellbelle", the winner of Kim's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated.

Hi everyone! I'm thrilled to be here today! 

I love writing and reading romantic suspense because not only does the suspense provide instant tension in a story, I love the push-pull-tug-of-war of romance. Will the hero and heroine get together? Will they overcome the conflict and live happily ever after?

In my book REFLECTION, my heroine, reporter, Whitney Steel is investigating an alleged human cloning project when she meets up with the hero, FBI Agent, Blake Neely, who's searching for his own answers. Everything from this point on focuses on Blake and Whitney discovering whether or not the villain has produced the world's first cloned human. They don't set out to fall in love. The relationship between the hero and heroine evolves because of the suspense. 
So what is the perfect blend of romance and suspense? In my opinion--a kick-ass heroine and a hot guy, sizzling romance, murder, and lots and lots of mayhem!

I'm thrilled to announce my debut romantic suspense, REFLECTION was released January 25, 2013 by MuseItUp Publishing!


Florida investigative reporter, Whitney Steel, has lived in the shadow of her legendary father long enough. To prove herself she needs to find the “Big” story.
She found it. 

Now it may kill her.

After Whitney receives a lead pointing to the world's first cloned human, now a small child, she vows to unravel the truth. However, sifting through the facts proves to have dangerous results, including death threats and murder.

When Whitney is nearly killed, but is saved by undercover FBI Special Agent, Blake Neely, he refuses to let her get in the way of his own objective—at least not right away. 

Caught in a lethal game between a billionaire obsessed with genetic perfection, his hit man’s thirst for retribution, and a Colombian drug lord fresh out of prison determined to make Blake pay for his twin brother’s death over a decade ago...

Can they save an innocent child before it’s too late? 

Faced with tough choices, with deadly consequences for many—Whitney soon realizes that sometimes a story becomes more than just a story.

Excerpt
Whitney rummaged through her leather bag, placed her digital voice recorder on the
table and gave the record button a firm push. “For the record, Senator Bailey, did
you kill Carmen Lacey?”

“No.” He leaned back in the chair and loosened his pinstriped tie. “It’s true. I
was the last person to see her alive. But there’s more to this than you think.”
Brown eyes that once set her heart hammering now conveyed a chilling,
hollow look. Was it guilt? Desperation?

No. Fear.

Uneasiness slid down her spine. She stopped the recorder. “Mason, you’re
scaring me. What the hell is going on? It’s been over three years since we last
spoke. Then, out of the blue, you beg me to meet with you today. I know the police
don’t believe you killed that woman.”

“But do you, Whitney? Do you believe I killed her? I need to know. It’s
important.”

Stunned by the urgency in his voice, she answered carefully. “Of course not.
You’re many things, but you’re not a killer.”

“Thank you. That means a lot to me.” He reached for his empty glass and
tapped his chunky gold ring against the side.

Whitney turned the recorder on again.

“Carmen was a scientist working for a biotech company in Nevada.
ShawBioGen. Heard of it?”

“Who hasn’t? They were one of the first to clone animals in the eighties.
Caused quite a stir. But I don't understand. What does that have to do with
Carmen’s death?”

He opened his mouth to answer.

The large window behind them dividing the patio from the main restaurant
exploded... 

Kim Cresswell will be giving away a digital copy of REFLECTION (.pdf, .prc for Kindle, .epub for Sony/Nook or HTML) to one lucky person leaving a comment.

Purchase Links:

Where to find me:

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST Feb. 4th. 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. 



41 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your debut novel Kim!
    You must be thrilled!
    Your cover is great...very inviting.
    Jan

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  2. Hi Jan. Thank you so much! I love my cover too!

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  3. Congrats on your debut release, Kim. Looking forward to reading "Reflection."

    janie1215 AT excite DOT com

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  4. Oooooh, human cloning! As a molecular biologist/geneticist (albeit, sadly, of bacteria, so no cloned humans for me :-P), I always get a kick out of books with a sciency storyline. Especially since science is much more exciting in fiction... there's no murder or mayhem in the world of bacterial gene regulation, haha.

    Congrats on the release-- looking forward to reading it!

    stalkers00(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Hi Cris. I have never met a molecular biologist before. So cool. :) Thanks stopping by.

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  5. This sounds good. I love when the hero and heroine fight against the inevitable. They are going to fall in love!! ;-). Trishleroy49 at gmail dot com

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    1. Hi Trish. Glad you enjoyed the post and excerpt. :)

      Kim

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  6. Congrats on the release, Kim. I have been waiting for this one to come out. It's on my wish list. This is my kind of reading.
    Whoo! Can't wait.

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    1. Hi Lorrie. Thank you. :) I'm thrilled Reflection was finally released so I can share the story with the world. :)

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  7. Excellent debut novel, Kim. I'm half way through--only put it down because I was at a conference the last two days. Good luck with your book.

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    1. Hi Marian. Thanks for stopping by. :) I'm so happy that you are enjoying Reflection. :)

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  8. I love getting on here and finding new authors that I've never heard of.The book sounds great I will have to read it either way.I also want to thank all of the authors for getting on here with there books.Debra Stolhand (cher123@cableone.net)

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  9. Hi Anonymous. Glad you are here. :) There a some fantastic authors on Just Romance Suspense. :)

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  10. Congrats on the release of your book! Liking what I have seen so far! Thanks for sharing a bit about it with us! :)

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    1. Hi Colleen! Thank you. I'm happpy you like what you've seen so far. :)

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  11. Congratulations on the release Kim. I am always looking for new authors with intriguing stories. Thank you for sharing the excerpt. This looks like an awesome story and I am excited about reading it!!!!! Keep up the good work Kim!!!!
    Thank you,
    Mandy
    mandyblackwell25@gmail

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    1. Hi Mandy. Happy Sunday! Thank you for the congratulations. I hope you enjoy Reflection as much as I enjoyed writing the story. :)

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  12. Congratulations on your debut release. JRS does a wonderful job of introducing us to new authors and I'm pleased to find another romantic suspense author. May good fortune follow you~~
    kacbooks(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  13. Hi Karen. :) As a reader I have found some great authors here. Just Romantic Suspense rocks! :)

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  14. Nice excerpt.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Hi bn100. Glad you liked the excerpt.:)

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  15. Congratulations on your release! Thank you for the excerpt - I enjoyed reading it along with the one posted on the MuseItUp site. I have added it to my TBR list.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  16. Sounds exciting! Thanks for sharing and congrats on the new release!

    efender1(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hi Erin. Thanks for stopping by. Glad you think Reflection sounds interesting. :)

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  17. Hi Taurus. Thank you. I'm thrilled you enjoyed the excerpt. I hope you get the chance to read Reflection. :)

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  18. Congrats on the release!! I love finding new authors and their books. This one sounds awesome, I love romantic suspense. Thanks for the giveaway.

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

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  19. Hi Martha. Great to meet you. I'm so happy you think Reflectin sounds awesome. :)
    Kim

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  20. For me it is the mayhem, kick-ass heroine, super hot hero, and lot of suspense and romance.

    kmccandle(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Hi Kai. I couldn't agree more. I love romantic suspense. :)

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  21. Congratulations, it must be so exciting to see your work published. I just love romantic suspense so, always glad to see new books out.I always think that it must be tough for FBI agents who are not tall and handsome as, all the heroes in books are portrayed this way. This really sounds like a great read. anpa@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks, Amy. It's very exciting seeing my work published.:) I hope you get the chance to read Reflection.

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  22. Congratulations on the book, it looks like an exciting story. I like the excitement of both the suspense and the romance and how the optimism offsets the scariness.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

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    1. Hi Maureen. Glad you thought Reflection looks like an exciting story. :)

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  23. This sounds like an exciting story....can't wait to read!
    mrs.robinbird@gmail.com

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  24. Hi Shellbelle. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you get the chance to read Reflection.:)

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  25. Congratulations! Sounds like an exciting book I am definitely putting on my "to read" list!!

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    1. Hi Diane. Thanks for stopping by. I'm thrilled you enjoyed the burb and excerpt for Reflection. Thank you so much for your kind words. :)

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  26. This sounds like a fantastic read! I can't wait to get my copy.

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  27. Hi Sandie. Thanks so much for stopping by. I'm glad you found Reflection interesting. Hope you get the chance to read the story. :)

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  28. I think this looks like an awesome book! I love anything romantic suspense!! I hadn't heard your name before yesterday when I saw a post on FB. I am always looking for something new to read!! I am looking forward to experiencing your books!!!

    mandyblackwell25(at) gmail (dot) com

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