Tuesday, September 3, 2013

When Planning My Next Romantic Suspense...


Congratulations to "JoAnne B", the winner of Ana's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

When I'm planning my next romantic suspense I always look for the clever twist or improbable relationship no one else is likely to come up with. In Wrongfully Accused my hero, Detective Gabe Hugo, has believed for the past eight years that his ex-sister-in-law Kate was responsible for his brother's suicide. And now he's working with the police and the FBI to prove she's responsible for her second husband's death. Does this sound like a match made in hell or what? 

John Daly, the criminal psychologist in Son of the Enemy, assumes a false identity and inserts himself into Hannah Duncan's life for one reason: to mine her repressed memories of the day her mother was murdered in order to spring his father from prison, where he has languished for 23 years for allegedly killing Hannah's mother. Imagine how you'd feel, meeting the son of your mother's murderous lover. How would a relationship between those two have a prayer of working out?


Betrayed by Trust involves not one but two improbable relationships. Joe Rossi is a journalist who nurtured an intimate, long distance friendship with Catherine when her sister was missing, and then wrote an article months later—when her sister's body was found—that disclosed an ugly confidence. Deeply hurt and disillusioned, Catherine is unwilling to trust Joe, even though she needs him to break through the cover-up surrounding her sister's murder. 

In the following excerpt, Catherine has received a mysterious invitation to a formal political fundraiser. Little did she know, Joe is there as well, having been invited by his college sweetheart, now the Second Lady of the United States. She's shocked to come face to face with the man who won her confidence and affection and then betrayed her publicly.

“You bastard,” she hissed. “You used me.
I never meant to hurt you,” Joe said. Lame. Catherine’s face had gone from white to mottled pink to enraged red as he stood there, helpless, wanting nothing more than to punch Ned’s smug face in.
“No?” she said, her green-gold eyes flashing. “You expose the most private, painful parts of my life to the world, and you didn’t think that would hurt me?”
Joe ran a hand through his hair as he searched desperately for the right words. “I’m a reporter, Catherine. That’s what I do. I dig up background information for a story and—”
“Oh, is that what you were doing all those months?”
Her voice had taken on a gritty quality. Joe felt like a boulder had settled in his gut.
“All those late-night phone calls, the emails, the stories about your unhappy childhood. That was all in a day’s work, huh? Laying out the bait to see what kind of haul you’d get?”
All conversation in the immediate vicinity had stopped. “Can’t we—”
“I have to hand it to you. You knew exactly which buttons to push with me.” Long strands of dark brown hair had escaped from the top of her head and were trailing down her neck. The one grainy photo he had seen of her, on her parents’ front lawn, bore no resemblance to the beauty standing before him. And what the hell was she doing here?
“Did you know that the National Enquirer tried to buy photos of me and Blair and my ex-husband after reading those articles?” Tears were pooling in her eyes.
Joe looked away. “No, I didn’t know that.” Any second now she was likely to break down. He laid a hand over his heart and forced himself to meet her gaze. “I swear to you. It was nothing personal.”
The blow was so fast and so hard that he stumbled backward like a drunk. He lifted a hand to his mouth and felt the sticky wetness. She had drawn blood.
Catherine’s voice was harsh with emotion. “That was personal, Joe.”

Whoa! She actually punched him in the mouth—in front of the Vice President and his wife and a roomful of Washington power players. Can this relationship be saved?

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30 comments:

  1. I love the excerpt. Joe did betrayed Catherine's trust. He could have gave her a head ups but instead he printed stuff that Catherine wouldn't have told him if they didn't have a relationship. Joe deserved that punch from Catherine and the humiliation that it happened in front of the Vice-President and the 2nd Lady and room of important guests.

    kmccandle(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Yes, I have to admit I loved writing that scene! He really did have it coming, even though he wrote the article for a good reason.

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  2. Ooh, that sounds good. I love a feisty girl!

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  3. Your story premises are different and have hooked me. I'm after your other two books and the excerpt here did its job. I've got to read more.

    Thanks for the post...this site is filling my shelves with new authors (to me).

    Jonettaallen77 at yahoo dot com

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    1. Wonderful, Jonetta, I'm thrilled to hear it. Thank you!

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  4. Sounds amazing!!! :-)
    CAMA210608(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  5. Sounds great! Will add it to my growing tbr pile :)

    Sally

    aunt1esam at hotmail dot com

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  6. I have not had the pleasure of reading your book before... but I have to say the little bit you shared has me very curious about them... they sound great! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. I read Betrayed by Trust and I liked the way you made it all work. At first I was skeptical but it totally came off as plausible and entertaining. I'm certainly going to check out some of your other work. I always enjoy your posts as well.

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  8. It's great to hear from you again, Dee! I'm so glad you liked the book. I hope you'll let me know how you like the others.

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  9. Thanks for the excerpt. It hooked me so I add Betrayed by Trust to my TBR list.

    joanneboyko at yahoo dot ca

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  10. Oh, I'm so glad, Jo-Anne. And thanks so much for stopping by!

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  11. Sounds interesting

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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    1. This scene is only in Chapter 2, and things get very interesting! Thanks for coming by.

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  12. Fresh ideas and twist are not only most welcome, but encouraged.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  13. I enjoyed the excerpt and since I'm a big romantic suspense fan I'd love to read the whole story. I'll definitely be looking for this one.

    seriousreader at live dot com

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    1. I'm so pleased that you enjoyed it. I really do love this book, and I hope you do as well.

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  14. I love improbable relationships. Betrayed by Trust sounds so good!
    boomer21(at)rogers(dot)com

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    1. A woman after my own heart! It definitely makes things so much more interesting when you have a hard time imagining how it could work out between them. I hope you enjoy it!

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  15. sounds fantastic! Congrast to Ana on the new release! Thanks for sharing ;)

    efender1(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks so much for coming by, Erin, and I hope you enjoy it!

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  16. Great excerpt. Cant wait to read the rest.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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    1. I don't think you'll be disappointed, but then I'm not exactly objective... ;)

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