Saturday, January 17, 2015

Challenging Your Characters: Hitting a Homicide Detective Where It Hurts


Congratulations to "Kimberly P.", the winner in Elizabeth's giveaway. Thank you all for participating in the giveaway.

Homicide detective Logan Greer, the hero of my romantic suspense DISARMING DETECTIVE, grew up in the small, ocean-side town of Oakville, Florida.  He’s got deep roots there, a family history of public service to the town, and he’s dedicated to protecting the people.  So, naturally, I went and killed off his sister’s friend, visiting from another state, and had her thrown in the marsh.

Why?  Well, it’s partly because I enjoy torturing my characters.  The more challenges I can throw at them, the more they have to prove themselves.

In Logan’s case, I didn’t stop there.  Next, I decided that his theory that a savvy serial killer had murdered his sister’s friend – and was probably looking for his next victim – was going to be the joke of the police department.  While I was at it, I figured they should resent him a little already anyway, because of his family name (his father is the mayor).

He’s hero material, so this couldn’t stop him.  Since he’s not getting the support he needs from his police chief and the rest of the department, he flies to Virginia on his own dime, and insists a profiler look at the case.

Just to torture him a little bit more, I give him FBI profiler Ella Cortez.  She’s sassy, and she’s got her own reasons for wanting to stay far away from Florida. 

From the second Logan meets her, there’s an instant attraction he can’t deny.  But there’s a killer on the loose, so Logan knows he needs to try and resist her if he wants to stop another woman from going missing during Oakville’s busy Spring Break season.

And when the killer targets Ella, Logan will do whatever it takes to protect her.

Here’s a little snippet from DISARMING DETECTIVE.  It’s from early in the book, when Logan comes to Ella for a simple profile, insisting that Oakville has a serial killer.  She’s about to leave on vacation, but he convinces her to review his case file first:

“You’ve got good instincts, Greer.”

Logan tapped his fingers heavily on the table.  “I thought so.”

She had just flipped the file back to the beginning when he suggested, this time sounding completely serious, “Maybe you and your friends could vacation on some Florida beaches instead.”

“No.”  The word came out more harshly than she’d intended, so she covered up her instant reaction by tilting her head and offering him an exaggerated coy smile.  “Are you trying to solve a case here or get into my pants, Greer?”

He blinked and leaned back, but just as quickly sat forward with a full-wattage version of the smile he’d been laying on her all night.  “Is it too much to hope for both?”

Giveaway:
I’m giving away one copy of DISARMING DETECTIVE to a commenter!


DISARMING DETECTIVE

The case that’s haunted one FBI profiler for years may have finally met its match in a sexy – and dedicated – detective…

When FBI profiler Isabella Cortez finds a stranger outside her office, she’s in trouble.  Because even though Detective Logan Greer is one of the good guys, their instant attraction is a serious distraction.  Ella’s got one mission: to find the criminal who hurt her friend and drove her to become a profiler.  But Logan’s appeal isn’t just chemistry.  He has a case that bears an eerie resemblance to the crime Ella’s been trying to solve for years.  Together, they’re racing to stop a killer, but the closer they get, the more dangerous the search becomes.  Falling in love could be deadly…or it could be the only way to survive.

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About Elizabeth Heiter:
ELIZABETH HEITER likes her suspense to feature strong heroines, chilling villains, psychological twists, and a little bit (or a lot!) of romance. Her research has taken her into the minds of serial killers, through murder investigations, and onto the FBI Academy’s shooting range. 

Elizabeth graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in English Literature.  She’s a member of International Thriller Writers and Romance Writers of America.  NYT bestselling author Tess Gerritsen said of her debut in her suspense Profiler series, "HUNTED is a nonstop, thrilling read that will leave you breathless, and Evelyn Baine is a sharp and gutsy heroine you'll want to follow for many books to come” and bestselling author R.L. Stine said of the sequel, "Want to read a top-rate thriller? VANISHED had me turning page after page. Wow. When you talk about our most-promising new thriller writers, put Elizabeth Heiter on the list!"  DISARMING DETECTIVE, her first romantic suspense book in The Lawmen series, was called “a hard-hitting story you won’t put down” by Fresh Fiction.

Connect with Elizabeth:
Website: www.elizabethheiter.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/elizabeth.heiter.author
Twitter: www.twitter.com/ElizabethHeiter
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/elizabethheiter/ 
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7114626.Elizabeth_Heiter

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST January 18th. 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 maureen@justromanticsuspense.com with a subject title of JRS GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway.

31 comments:

  1. This sounds right up my alley - love FBI heroes and heroines! Is your Profiler series romantic suspense too?

    willa (AT) talktalk (DOT) net

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    1. Thanks, Willa! The Profiler series is straight suspense - but there's still a strong romantic interest there, between my FBI profiler and my Hostage Rescue Team agent! :)

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  2. Oh I like what you have shared here about your book DISARMING DETECTIVE! Sounds good!

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    1. Thank you, Colleen! I had a lot of fun creating Ella and Logan! :)

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  3. nice snippet

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  4. Oh! Sounds like a wonderful story and I can't wait to read it. You are a new author for me, Elizabeth and I look forward to reading your books. (I love how JRS introduces me to new-to-me-authors!!) This sneak-peak has me hooked. :)

    Thank you for the awesome giveaway opportunity.

    Have a great weekend~
    Kimberly

    k_kperry@yahoo.com

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    1. I'm so thrilled to hear it, Kimberly! I love it here for the same reason! :) I hope you enjoy Disarming Detective!!

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  5. Totally agree with your description of a great suspense read.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  6. This sounds really good! Thanks for sharing a great post.

    brookeb811 at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks, Brooke! I love visiting JRS! :) And it was fun to admit to how much I enjoy making my characters really fight for their happily ever after! ;)

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  7. Congrats to Elizabeth on her new release! It's fun how she's "torturing" her hero :) thanks for sharing!
    efender1(at)gmail

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    1. Thanks, Erin! I probably shouldn't like throwing so many challenges at him, but a good hero can overcome!! :)

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  8. I like Ella's and Logan's sassiness, the way she asked him point blank if he was interested in her or the case... And the way he came right back at her and said "both." ;-). I like this kind of interaction between characters, this snappy dialogue. Glad I got introduced to your book on today's blog, Elizabeth. Thanks for the post. jdh2690@gmail.com

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    1. Thank you, Janice! Ella was a lot of fun to write for that reason - she's not shy and she definitely speaks her mind. And Logan isn't intimidated by it, which helps!! ;)

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  9. I really want to read this book. If I do not win it, I will buy it. Congrats to Elizabeth your your new release.

    yenastone at aol dot com

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    1. Thank you so much, Tammy! It's great to "see" you again, and I hope you enjoy the book!

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  10. Ooh, sounds good! Congrats on the new release, busy lady, :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Jacquie! And congratulations on your upcoming release...so close!!! :)

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  11. Wow! Disarming Detective sounds amazing. You sure gave Logan a lot to deal with but that makes the book a must read for me.

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    1. Oops. I forgot to leave my email so you can contact me when I win.
      joanne.boyko@yahoo.com

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    2. Thank you, Jo-Anne!! Logan was so much fun to create - and I loved making him fight so hard, for both the case and Ella!

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  12. Sounds like a great book!

    emilybaucomATyahoo.com

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  13. Love finding new authors and their books!! This one sounds really good..

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  14. This sounds great!
    Congratulations for all the new releases :)

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