Monday, February 10, 2014

AND THEY ALL LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER

By: Angi Morgan

Congratulations to "Jo-Anne B", the winner in Angi's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

How quick is too quick for readers to believe in a Happily Ever After at the end of a romantic suspense? If the characters have known each other before (reuniting for the story) does it make it easier to believe in their HEA?

I find myself leaving a lot more open-ended HEAs that are implied, "I'm ready to explore this chemistry between us" type endings. (Oooo that's actually a good line, I should use it.) I guess I have a hard time believing in couples jumping into marriage after they've known each other such a short time. (I had to face that I wouldn't want my daughter to.)

For instance, in THE MARINE'S LAST DEFENSE, the entire story takes place in less than three days. There's lots of chemistry, but I'm the author and *I* couldn't suspend my disbelief that the hero would propose. LOL  So I wrote an epilogue where Jake and Bree get back together after they've had time to ponder the chemistry a while. At the end of the story, they're willing to give a relationship a chance.

It seems that I write two types of stories (I'm going to have to branch out with the next one I write):  reuniting hero and heroines
            Hill Country Holdup
            Dangerous Memories
            Protecting Their Child
            Navy SEAL Surrender (coming up in May)
or complete strangers 
            .38 Caliber Cover-Up
            The Marine's Last Defense
            The Renegade Rancher
            The Sheriff

When the hero and heroine have a back story, they realize they made a mistake by letting the other person go. So working that HEA is easy to do. Strangers…it's the realization that they've never felt this way about anyone else. Challenging, but it's always fun to write about first loves. I haven't tried colleagues working the same case or the guy next door lending a helping hand (I do have one of these in the works). Then again, most of my stories (okay, all of my books) take place in such a short period of time, it's harder to write these types of story-lines.

So what do you prefer? Do you want that HEA ending sewn up in a wedding ring, or are you fine with just getting the hero and heroine together? Does real life play a part in your opinion? Do you want or like suspense books that take longer for the good guys to handcuff the bad guys? I just finished writing THE SHERIFF (takes place in 7 days) and I think that's the longest amount of time I've written about.  
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ANGI MORGAN writes “Intrigues where honor and danger collide with love.” She combines actual Texas settings with characters who are in realistic and dangerous situations. Angi's work has been a finalist in the Bookseller’s Best Award, Romantic Times Best First Series, Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence and the Daphne du Maurier.

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34 comments:

  1. When the timeline of a story is really short, I'm perfectly fine with their relationship not tied in a marriage bow. Otherwise, the story doesn't ring true. So many books these days are part of a series and it helps to follow the course of the relationship in future books. I think that's why so many series evolve.

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    1. Hi Jonetta, good to "see you again. I'm glad to hear your opinion (and super glad I'm on the right track with my stories).
      ~Angi

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  2. I like an implied happily ever after ending to a story, especially if the characters have had a previous relationship. I don't think we need to see a wedding to know they end up together.
    joanneboykoATyahooDOTca

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    1. Nice to chat with you Jo-Anne. Awesome....so glad you don't need that wedding ring. (Even though I'm working on having mine for 25 years. :-)
      ~Angi

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  3. An implied HEA works for me ~ as long as it's clear they will be exploring and encouraging the new relationship. :) It IS hard to believe that all HEA endings will result in marriage ~ so happy + together works for me!

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful books as well as this awesome giveaway opportunity.

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    1. Hey Kimberly !
      Thanks for the compliment and I'm glad these endings work for readers!
      ~Angi

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  4. I don't think there has to be an actual wedding or engagement ring right then, but I do like it when in the HEA both parties are thinking this is THE ONE and that they will get married eventually. :)

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    1. Absolutely. Can't wait for your debut, Janie ! and to see how you work the HEA!
      ~Angi

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  5. I like the HEA, although my husband and I only dated for 2 months (maybe 6-7 dates) and he asked me to marry him. We became engaged on Valentine's Day and we will be celebrating our 41st wedding anniversary this year. Not saying it happens to everyone, but I found my soulmate and it didn't take long to fall in love and have our "Happily Ever After".

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    1. I believe in Love At First Sight. Happened to my mom and dad and still happens today. Tim and I were friends for a long time before we decided to switch things up and kiss --we debated the issue, since I didn't want to lose one of my best friends. LOL
      ~Angi

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  6. i just love to read and i like all ur books so keep them coming

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    1. THANK YOU, Misty. Definitely nice to hear!
      ~Angi

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  7. HEA is great but sometimes a let's see what happens approach is more realistic.

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  8. I do not mind if they are not getting married , etc... for me it is the journey the characters take to find out that they should be together I enjoy most. That they are willing to see how things go between them.

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    1. Nice to hear from you Colleen. I'm so glad everyone's of the same opinion here. Just love it!
      ~Angi

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  9. I'm satisfied with an implied happily ever after. I don't think they need to be engaged or getting married, as long as I know that they are together at the end of the story.

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    1. Love it, Rachel !!
      Thanks for stopping by.
      ~Angi

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  10. If the time the character's spend together is short, I'm good with an implied HEA. Or even the implication that they're going to explore what might be for a while before settling down.

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    1. WOO HOO... We're unanimous so far.
      ~Angi

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  11. Not really

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  12. I think so... I don't need the full details... :) As long as it's not ambiguous... I am good with it!

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    1. Thanks for stopping in May! I try hard not to be ambiguous. I'll keep at that.
      ~Angi

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  13. Depending on the story, yes, I can be happy with an implied HEA. It is definitely easier to believe a quick HEA when they have a previous history.

    brookeb811 at gmail dot com

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    1. Hello Brooke,
      Glad to hear that. It's easier for me to believe, too.
      ~Angi

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  14. I don't always need the HEA. So long as the ending is satisfactory I'm happy.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. HIYA Mary !!
      Always good to hear from you. I hope I keep my endings satisfactory for you!
      ~Angi

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  15. Having the characters "know" each other before hand makes a quick HEA more believable and I can skip over the speed ;) but... at the same time, most romantic suspense have a lot going on and characters bond much faster over danger, so I'm willing to suspend the disbelief. Thanks for sharing!
    efender1(at)gmail

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    1. Erin, I always think of the last lines from SPEED:
      Jack: I have to warn you, I've heard relationships based on intense experiences never work.
      Annie: OK. We'll have to base it on sex then.
      Jack: Whatever you say, ma'am.

      I try (& hope) to write more REAL LOVE into my 60,000 words.
      ~Angi

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  16. Hi Angi,
    I like a sure thing in a happy ending.
    Jan

    janet_kerr@msn.com

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    1. HI JAN !!
      I definitely love reunion & second chance stories for that very reason.
      ~Angi

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  17. THANKS so much for having me today, Maureen. I love chatting with romantic suspense readers.

    Congratulations to Jo-Ann who won her choice of THE CRADLE CONSPIRACY or UNDERCOVER TWIN (or one of my books :)

    ~Angi

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  18. I was at a book signing this last weekend and someone gave me a term for my "implied HEA." It's HAPPY FOR NOW. Kind of rolls off the tonge better. ~Angi

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