Monday, January 27, 2014

ROMANTIC SUSPENSE + SF/F + TV = AWESOME!


Congratulations to "Trish J.", the winner of Jody's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

Despite the fact that my latest release, ANGELI, is a romantic suspense set during the apocalypse, I've never been a devoted romantic suspense reader. Not that I avoid the plethora of police procedurals, serial killers and secret organizations readers can find in romance fiction, but my tastes -- like my new book, which is a science fiction romance -- veer towards paranormal, urban fantasy, science fiction and the like. For that matter, so do my tastes in television.

When discussing our rather (ahem!) extensive TV recording schedule with my husband the other day, though, I realized all the supernatural shows we love are also closely tied to suspense, romance, and yes, to law enforcement organizations.

Agents of Shield? (Hubby is a huge Marvel comics fan -- gotta see that one!) A secret-ish governmental organization charged with policing supernatural and alien phenomena, items and occurrences.

Sleepy Hollow? The heroine and one of the primary secondary characters are
cops, and the characters' goal is to stop the Biblical apocalypse.

Almost Human? Cops in the future! (Hot cops in the future, actually,
especially the android.)

Grimm? The hero and his best friend are cops, and they not only have to deal
with supernatural stuff and relationships but regular cop stuff.

Haven? The heroine and one of the heroes are cops, dealing with strange
events in the small town of Haven, Maine.

Intelligence? Though we may not stick with this one -- the hero is Jake 3.0
(which we also liked) as portrayed by Sawyer from LOST and one of the
heroines is Red from...

Once Upon A Time? OUAT's heroine, early in the show, had to step into the
position of the town's sheriff, although the show is not as procedural as
others we watch.

Castle? Heroine is a cop and the writer hero helps her solve crimes.
Normally we wouldn't watch this because it has no paranormal, but...Nathan
Fillion. Firefly. Yep.

Each of these popular paranormal shows is, in its way, a police procedural.
So apparently I adore this subgenre and didn't even realize it!

Often in these shows, the suspense element and ticking clock that keep the
show rolling involve solving a crime, saving a life, or figuring out a
dangerous paranormal phenomenon. Usually all of the above, in fact. The
investigative process provides a natural sequence of events and eventual
climax that lends itself to 42 minutes of swashbuckling, wisecracking,
cinematic good fun.

In ANGELI, the hero is a career soldier, and the plot does revolve around saving a life. Actually his goal and the heroine's goal is saving all the lives on the planet earth after to a scientific slash paranormal phenomena people on Earth have been assuming is a sort of Biblical apocalypse...sans Ichabod Crane. Granted, the book took me more than 42 minutes to write but I hope it achieves some of the epic drama and pulse-pounding excitement of all
the wonderful shows we have on American television right now.

Giveaway:
What are your favorite TV shows? Are you a police-on-TV fan, a supernatural
TV fan, a reality TV fan? What keeps you coming back to stories with
suspense elements time and time again? Leave a comment for a chance to win a
$10 Amazon gift card to buy yourself a romantic suspense novel or an episode
or two of one of these fun TV shows!

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About the Author
Jody Wallace grew up in the South in a very rural area. She went to school a
long time and ended up with a Master's Degree in Creative Writing. Her
resume includes college English instructor, technical documents editor,
market analyst, web designer, and general, all around pain in the butt. She
resides in Tennessee with one husband, two children, two cats, and a lot of
junk.

ANGELI BLURB:

He's no angel.

Gregori's last mission is to save Earth from the demons threatening to take control. He doesn't care if he survives as long as he averts the impending apocalypse-until he meets Adelita, a human refugee, whose spirit and determination give him a renewed reason to fight. And live. He's falling for her, despite the fact he's told her nothing but lies and there can't possibly be a future for them.

Adelita can hardly believe the archangel Gregori, sent to save mankind, has lost his faith and his edge. After he saves her from a demon attack, she vows to help him recover both by any means necessary. But can she keep her own faith when she learns the truth about who and what Gregori really is?

Link to an excerpt: http://jodywallace.com/books/angeli/

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15 comments:

  1. Hi Jody,
    I enjoy the British crime dramas. One of my favorites is New Tricks. Many of the British shows are based on novels.
    Jan

    janet_kerr@msn.com

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  2. I love romantic suspense in any form. But Castle is my all time favorite TV series followed by Once Upon A Time.

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  3. Oops forgot my email address .... trishleroy49 at gmail dot com

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  4. We are so far behind on Castle...this "being a writer" thing really cuts into my TV watching, contrary to the impression I may be giving with the huge list of shows we like... *heh*

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  5. I enjoy watching some reality shows like Biggest Loser, Dancing w/ the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, Amazing Race... but also other shows like Agents Of Shield, Beauty & The Beast, and Arrow.... :)

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  6. Most of what I watch on television is sports, namely college football and a little professional football. During the summer though, Graceland on USA is a can't miss for me.

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  7. Amazing Race , Once Upon a Time, Revenge, The Good Wife, Betrayal , The Witches of East End , Hart of Dixie, Bones, Sleepy Hollow , Castle, The Blacklist , Intelligence,
    Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. , Brooklyn 99 , New Girl, Person of Interest, Justified, Pretty Little Liars, Ravenswood. Cougar Town, Arrow, Modern Family, Nashville, The Michael J. Fox Show . Scandal, Elementary, Reign, Hawaii 5-0, Blue Bloods, Last Man Standing. Raising Hope, Grimm, Dracula and American Idol.

    Summer Shows - So You Think You Can Dance, Dallas, Graceland, Falling Skies, Franklin & Bash, Rizzoli & Isles. and Covert Affairts

    I DVR this all and I can watch every hour in 45 minutes. A real variety of shows plus we watch a lot of sports.

    yenastone at aol dot com

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  8. Arrow
    depends on the story; no cliffhangers

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  9. Tammy, you're like the expert of TV! We try to ff through all the commercials too.

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  10. Favorite show is NCIS (love the cast) follwed by Person Of Interest and Once Upon A Time.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  11. No matter what the show I need to connect with the main characters. I love SUPERNATURAL and THE BIG BANG THEORY. Characters I love in both.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  12. My favorite shows: True Detectives, Law & Order SVU, NCIS, and anything on the Investigation Discovery Channel. :) I have DirecTV just for that channel lol.

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  13. My favorite shows are Castle, NCIS, Criminal Minds, Blacklist, Chicago Fire And Chicago PD so I guess you could say I lean towards police shows. I do like paranormal shows but mostly older ones like Charmed.

    seriousreader at live dot com

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  14. Fantastic post, Jody! So true, that so much of that "speculative" fiction (whether on TV or in books or movies) is a race against time to save someone or something, which equals suspense. As you know, I watch a lot of the same stuff you do. The characters are always what keep me coming back.

    You know, characters like Adelita and Gregori. ;)

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