Sunday, October 19, 2014

I Write Romantic Suspense…With What???

Giveaway Alert!

I’ve been writing suspense stories for as long as I can remember. Some of them were horrible, forever to collect dust under my bed. (Yes, I started writing in the days before computers were everywhere.) Some were revised and edited into my 1st set of novellas and some were expanded, edited and formed into my 1st full-length books. I have some hot and steamy romances with some light suspense elements. I’ve also created stories at the other end of the spectrum, with a sweet romance and an intense suspense angle. Of all my romantic suspense stories, though, none has had paranormal elements. Until now.

I tend to shy away from paranormal stories. The average plots, ghosts, for example, don’t appeal to me. But a seed of an idea, one completely off the beaten paranormal path I was used to reading about, lodged into my brain. As I thought more about it, I began to jot down books or movies with paranormal elements that I did enjoy: Highlander (with immortals), Outlander (with time-traveling), Terminator (with a machine killer), Evelyn Vaughn books (Goddess Grail Keepers), Supernatural (2 brothers fighting demons of the Underworld), and The Avengers (Okay, that one was mostly for Chris Hemsworth), to name a few. So when I finally admitted to myself that I might like some paranormal stories, I allowed myself to play with some possible plot ideas. It was at this time the ideas of the Hidden Destiny series came into mind. 
Once I began drafting Wake Me, I got lost in the story. A woman who sees the future in her dreams? How would she deal with her ability when no one believed her? What thoughts would go through her mind when she had no choice but to try to decipher her dreams? Add to all that, how would she deal with a detective grounded in reality? The more I wrote, the more I wanted to write. Soon I started plotting new stories connected to this one, stories with other characters who struggle with different paranormal abilities. Wake Me may be my 1st story with paranormal elements, but it will definitely not be the last.

Her psychic dreams come true.

Sarah McKinley’s attempts to take her foreknowledge of crimes to the Seattle Police Department marked her as a troublemaker and were never taken seriously. Starting over in Austin, she plans never to reveal her gift, but shortly after she arrives, the dreams begin again, and the local police want to know why she has knowledge only the killer could possess. 

Detective Jesse Cordell watched his mother con people with her “psychic ability” all through his childhood. He hones in on Sarah, who has means, motive, and opportunity to have murdered the victim in his current investigation. Instinct tells him she didn’t commit the crime, but she definitely knows more than she’s letting on.

Can he put aside his doubts and join forces with her, against everything he believes in, to find the real killer? Or will he do his job and put her behind bars? After all, there’s no such thing as the “psychic ability.” Or is there?

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Alexa is giving THREE prizes throughout her Wake Me Blog Tour! Leave comments in any (or all!) of the tour stops and you will be in the running! So for this stop, do you like paranormal elements in your stories? If so, how much is too much?   

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Alexa Bourne is a teacher by day and a romance writer by nights, weekends, and all school holidays. She also teaches online classes for writers throughout the year. She writes romantic suspense and contemporary romance and is thrilled to have the chance to share her stories with readers everywhere.

When she’s not concocting sinister plots and steamy love scenes or traveling and exploring new cultures, Alexa spends her time reading, watching brainless TV, and thinking about exercising. Okay, she also spends way too much time interacting with readers and writers on social media sites. But don’t tell her editors! Find out more about her and her books on her website,

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  1. It depends on the story. If the theme is good vs evil, than paranormal does take up most of the story with the conflict. If the story is just suspense, the conflict has to carry the story with paranormal taking the back seat beyond the main theme. The story just has to balance with all the elements to make it a good and enjoyable read.


  2. At one time, I didn't believe I'd like paranormal elements in this genre. However, a few authors (Maggie Shayne, Amanda Stevens, Kay Hooper, etc.) completely convinced me that it could work in romantic suspense and even be wonderful. As long as it's not too over the top and fits in well with the characters, setting and plot.

    jonettaallen77 at yahoo dot com

  3. I have read a few books with paranormal activity. Some of it I like, some I don't. Not a big fan of shifters or vampires or werewolves, but read one book where the heroine became invisible in the moonlight and really enjoyed it. Your dream idea sounds intriguing.

  4. I do like paranormal elements... it can be a lot or a little... depends on what the story calls for, but if it is not needed I enjoy romantic suspense with its bits of danger. Thanks for sharing!

  5. I love paranormal reads with a bit of romance! No paranormal is too much for me =)
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  6. Sometimes; doesn't matter how much if it's a paranormal book

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  7. Thanks, everyone! It seems we're on the same page. A good paranormal depends on a good, solid story.

  8. I love a good paranormal as long as the story is good!!

  9. I don't mind it but like everyone else has said, it depends on the story. I'm all for flow and originality. Congrats to Alexa on the new release! Thanks for sharing!

  10. I do enjoy paranormal reads. It really does depend on the kind of story & my mood.


  11. Yes, now I like some paranormal stuff with my romances. It took awhile for me to read my first paranormal romance sticking my toe in cold water for the first time. :-) I'm still pretty tame as far as the paranormal stuff goes though. Psychics, Second Sight, Sixth Sense. I've also read some vampire romances and shifter romances. It sorta depends on what I'm in the mood for as to what I grab next to read. Thanks for the interesting question!

  12. I love paranormal elements in my stories. And it doesnt matter how much as long as the story is good.

  13. Thanks for stopping by, donnas, Janice, Mary, Erin & Martha! Janice, I'm like you. I'm tame with paranormal, too.

  14. I do like paranormal elements. I'm not big into vampires, werewolves and such but I like the idea of visions and dreams and some ghost stuff too. This book sounds interesting to say the least. Letina Kelly

  15. Letina, I'm right there with you. I'm not really into vampires, etc. either. That's why I never thought I'd like writing paranormals.


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