Saturday, June 14, 2014

Chain of Title

With: Robyn Roze

Giveaway Alert!

Heroic deeds.  Monstrous acts.  Events that will leave one woman’s world spinning out of control. 
As a writer, I enjoy creating character-driven storylines.  In doing so, I often sit back and watch, much like a parent, as my characters (children) make choices I know they shouldn’t, that I’m sure I wouldn’t.  I sometimes flinch and look away wishing they’d made different choices, replaying in my head the ‘what-ifs’ of the alternative paths they could have taken, the heartbreak they could have avoided.  But I love my characters, and my children, so I let them learn from their mistakes, as we all must.  Our life stories the richer for doing so.

Yet, there is always another side, a caveat.  Sometimes we don’t recognize the fallout of our decisions until much later, after all the puzzle pieces have snapped into place.  How a seemingly innocent choice, or encounter, marked the moment our lives spiraled along a new trajectory, for better or for worse.  As those who have lived long enough know:  hindsight is twenty-twenty.

Chain of Title is just such a tale.  The main characters have all lived long enough to know better than to make the choices they do.  Yet, they get stuck in moments of time, like real people, unwilling to forgive betrayals, unable to let go of blind rage or lost love, incapable of walking away from a thorny past.

Two particular scenes in this story were difficult for me to write.  I struggled with them for days, bartering, trying to come up with ways around what I knew in my gut was about to happen, what I knew had to happen.  In the end, I relented and allowed the characters to commit the ultimate betrayals and monstrous acts, acts in opposition to their previous heroic deeds; the contrasts startling.  I did not do this to shock the reader but instead to remain true to the characters.  I let them tell their stories, live their own lives, and bear the burden of the consequences.

Life isn’t pretty and people are never perfect.  So, Chain of Title poses the question:  how do we forgive others, and ourselves, when we do fall so gut-wrenchingly short?  How do we reconcile the person we thought we knew with the stranger who now stands before us?  Or, the stranger staring back at us in the mirror…

Excerpt from Chain of Title:

“Just tell me which side you work for,” Shayna asked without judgment.  A stunned expression colored Sean’s face, then he laughed, shaking his head in apparent disbelief.  She knew he was laughing at her naïveté.

His hands reached for her face, thumbs caressing her high cheekbones, his expression now stony serious.  “Good or bad?  Right or wrong?  That’s what you’re asking me?”  The deep rumble of his voice plucked the strings wound tight in her body since this nightmare had begun.  “You’d be surprised how often you can’t tell the difference.  How often they want the same thing,” he said quietly in the dark, pushing her further away.

Shayna felt the cold armor reassembling around him.  “I was done with all of this a few years ago.  I’d paid my dues and left it all behind, with my ledger in the black.  People owed me and I never intended on cashing in.  Yes, I have skills that many people—good and bad—want to use, and I know others like me.  We’re scattered around and come together when the situation requires it or when it suits us.”  He waited, assessing her thoughtfully.  “I have contacts higher up than you can imagine and lower than I would ever want you to know about.”

She processed his words as the pieces of the puzzle began to snap into place, and then she suddenly felt awash with guilt.

“I messed everything up for you, didn’t I?  If it wasn’t for me, you’d still be in the black right now, but you’re not, are you?  You owe someone now, or some people, don’t you?”

Sean huffed indignantly.  “First of all, none of this was your fault.  Second, if it wasn’t for our paths crossing, I can promise you, you never would’ve seen Danielle again.”  Shayna gasped at the harshness of his words and the haunting memory of that same visceral nightmare she experienced nightly.  “I need to leave, Shayna.  This was a bad idea.  I knew I should’ve left, not come here first.  I just wanted to see you for myself again…one last time...” 

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post.  If you're a fan of romantic suspense, I hope you'll consider Chain of Title

Buy Link:   Amazon 


I’m offering one lucky reader who comments on this blog post a Kindle copy of Chain of Title.  Just Romantic Suspense will randomly select the winner. Good luck!

About Robyn:

I am a wife and mom who masquerades as an accountant by day.  By night, or whenever I can fit it in, I live my childhood dream and write romantic suspense tweaked with some thrills.  The heroines I create vary in age, life experiences and skills, but all are independent and on journeys of self-discovery, which lends itself to a women’s fiction voice, as well.  Now you know:  I am an unrepentant genre jumper.  I may even decide to blend, or jump into, other genres along my writing path.  Only time will tell, and that’s the really fun part: seeing, and reading, what happens next.

I hope you will consider joining me.  And if you have the time, please visit any of the other web platforms I frequent.  I love hearing from readers!

Robyn Roze

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST June 15th. 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 with a subject title of JRS GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway.


  1. this sounds very intriguing ;) congrats to Robyn on the new release! Thanks for sharing!

  2. It sounds like a very interesting story with some twists in it.
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    1. Yes, you could say there are some twists. ;)

  3. Thanks for the excerpt. Sean sounds like the kind of man I want to know more about so I have to read this.

    1. I hope you do, Jo-Anne! Thank you for the comment. :)

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  5. Interesting sounding book

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  6. What you said is so true. There are periods in my life where I just froze and can't move on. It takes me a few days just to realize what is holding me back. Thanks for the book description, excerpt, and giveaway.


    1. My pleasure, Kai. :) Thank you for sharing your own experience--we've all been there a time or two. ;)

  7. I love the sound of this. Intrigued by the title too.


    1. Thank you for your comment, Mary. :) The title has two meanings in the story. If you read it, you'll make the connection. Good luck in the giveaway.

  8. Hello Robyn! You are a new-to-me romantic suspense author, and I am so very glad to have "met" you on this blog post. I'm always looking for new authors in this genre as it is my fave for reading. I liked your comment, "Life isn’t pretty and people are never perfect." It is so true. Any one of us can get jaded or angry or sick enough to kill or main another person or is the "animal" in all of us...even when we think we can't possibly, and will not ever do such things. The questions you posed face us all at one time or another. Thanks so much for your insight and honesty. Now I really want to read one of your books...for sure! Thanks for the post and the excerpt.

  9. Thank you for your thoughtful comments, Janice. Life experience has taught me never to say never and to appreciate context--the gray areas in life. Good luck in the giveaway and if you don't win, I hope you'll consider giving Chain of Title a try. I think it is hands down my best work to date. I particularly enjoyed writing 'mature' characters for this story. :)

    So nice to have 'met' you in cyberspace! :)