With: Sharon Callender
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It’s such a treat to be back on the Just Romantic Suspense Blog! Thank you for having me.
I started writing romantic suspense in my late twenties, but never had the nerve to send any of my manuscripts to a publisher. I was terrified by the thought of being rejected. I also feared what people would think. Being a single Christian who struggled with a non-existent dating life and lived a relatively vanilla existence didn’t make me an authority on romance or romantic suspense. These insecurities stifled my courage to share my spicy romantic tales sprinkled with suspense and mystery. My manuscripts remained hidden on my USB flash drive for years and I told myself I was okay with that.
Once I reached my late thirties and forty began knocking at the door, something changed. I starting embracing my life as is, without judgment, dangerous comparisons, or regrets. I found a tiny spring of courage I never knew I had nestled beneath blood and bone.
From that place of courage, I submitted one of my manuscripts, and found a publisher within a year.
Have you ever done something you were terrified to do? Who or what was your source of courage?
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NO ONE TO TRUST
Thirty-two year old Jenna Havilland doesn’t have time for romantic relationships. Driven and career focused, she is the personal assistant to eccentric contemporary artist, Pedro Rodriguez. When Jenna inadvertently becomes the target of a dangerous international art crime ring, she reluctantly captures the romantic interest of notorious playboy and fine art management firm executive, Alex Quinlan. They are both forced into the crosshairs of this deadly storm, and Alex is determined to protect her.
Still dealing with emotional baggage from her break up three years ago, Jenna is skittish when it comes to love. She can’t deny the off the charts chemistry between her and Alex, but she questions whether she can trust the gorgeous, heartbreaking playboy with her heart and her life as they dodge danger and try to stay alive. Can they find love knowing there is no one to trust?
Before she had a minute to think, to process what was happening, she heard Alex’s voice from some distance place saying, “Get down, Jenna. Get down now!” With his arms around her, he pushed her to the ground, ducking them behind the shelter of his car.
The sound of bullets slicing through metal lasted for what seemed like years. When she heard the pulsating sound of a plane engine roaring to life, they ventured rising a bit to peer over the car. The gunmen disappeared in a Cessna headed over the Atlantic.
Jenna panted now, after holding her breath for too long.
“Are you okay, Jenna?” Alex held her face between his palms and then tucked a strand of wayward hair behind Jenna’s ear.
“I think so,” she croaked out, still in a daze. “What just happened?”
“I have no idea.” He reached for his cell phone and began dialing nine-one-one.
Jenna tried to get up and gasped. “What’s wrong?” Alex glanced at her, while still talking to the operator. “Oh my God, Jenna, you’re bleeding.” He knelt down beside her. “Operator we need an ambulance. The woman with me has been shot.”
“I didn’t even feel it.” Jenna clasped her left hand over the skin below her collar bone. She began to feel sharp pain course through the flesh of her upper body, throbbing deep inside her skin. The world started to spin too fast, making her dizzy. Jenna closed her eyes from the throbbing pain and to hide the tears threatening to fall.
“Hey, hey, don’t cry,” Alex told her gently. “You’re fine. The ambulance will be here any minute.” Jenna detected the fear in Alex’s eyes and wondered if she was going to die. He wrapped his arms around her, holding her tight. She pressed her face against his chest as he stroked her hair. Her body began to tremble. Blood drained from her face.
“You’re going to be okay,” he whispered in her ear. “Help is coming.” She hung on to him for dear life, feeling helpless as she slipped away from the world. “Stay with me, Jenna, hold on.” Jenna’s eyes fluttered closed, when all she wanted to do was stay awake.
Native New Yorker and romance author Sharon Callender is a card carrying member of the hopeless romantic club. She starting reading romance novels way too young and has been addicted ever since. Sharon enjoys crafting characters that are unraveled by love. Their predictable lives are thrown into beautiful, passionate chaos when love unexpectedly arrives.
Sharon has a MFA in Creative Writing and loves writing romance with a delicious blend of spicy and sweet, a sprinkling of suspense and adventure, and of course, a happy ending. When she’s not writing Sharon can be found daydreaming, knitting, or watching one of the home shopping channels.
Twitter Link: https://twitter.com/shariecallie