Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Keeping the Suspense Real


Congratulations to "Inishowen C.", the winner in Jannine's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

Writing suspense isn’t easy. I’ve found it’s a building process—creating an atmosphere, setting a tone, putting your reader on edge… If you want the big, suspenseful moments to be believable, you have to lay the groundwork first. The little scenes can be critical to the process. They’re the foundation that will support the greater structure. Here’s an example. In the following short excerpt, the heroine is on a hike with her daughters…

Jade shoved the empty wrapper in her pocket then lifted her head. “I heard a noise again.”

Ivy stared into the woods. “Maybe it’s the bears.”

“Or Jade’s overactive imagination.” Lark drank from her water bottle before returning it to her pack.

“No, I heard something, too.” Silence echoed in Rachel’s ears, sending a chill through her. 

“Is anyone there?”

Shadows stretched across the trail. Wind blew softly through the tree branches, and a bird chirped somewhere overhead. The forest was beautiful and peaceful, but the hair stood up on the back of her neck.

“No one’s there. Can we go?” Lark let out an exasperated sigh.

“Fine. I’m sure it’s nothing.” But she couldn’t resist one last look behind them.

When done correctly, the small details build tension from scene to scene, drawing ever closer to the black moment. Long before the reader reaches the climax, I hope she’ll have double-checked to make sure all her doors are all locked. A suspense author can’t ask for a bigger complement!

EVERY MOVE SHE MAKES

No matter where she goes, he knows her every move…

Long ago, Rachel Carpenter was a glamorous soap star. She gave it all up to move to Napa Valley with her daughters to open a bookstore near her family vineyard. Her life is safe and dependable, until she encounters Kane Lafferty at a wilderness camp in the rugged High Sierra. A burned-out police detective struggling with his own demons, Kane is instantly attracted to Rachel. And like Rachel, he isn’t sure if he’s ready to open his heart. But everything is about to change…

Someone is watching from the darkness. A fanatic obsessed with Rachel for years has decided to claim what he believes is his. It will be up to Kane to not only protect his new love and her family, but to uncover the identity of the stalker before it’s too late for all of them…

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Giveaway:
PDF copy of a suspense novella from my backlist. Winner choses from: We’ll Never Tell, She’ll Never Rest or He’ll Never Know. See Bookshelf for blurbs.

About the Author:

Write what you know. Jannine Gallant has taken this advice to heart, creating characters from small towns and plots that unfold in the great outdoors. She grew up in a tiny Northern California town and currently lives in beautiful Lake Tahoe with her husband and two daughters. When she isn’t busy writing or being a full time mom, Jannine hikes or snowshoes in the woods around her home. Whether she’s writing contemporary, historical or romantic suspense, Jannine brings the beauty of nature to her stories. To find out more about this author and her books, visit her website atjanninegallant.com.

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Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST April 2nd. 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.

18 comments:

  1. I've got Every Move She Makes ready to read on my ereader! :) Love romantic suspense! suerpeace@gmail.com

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  2. This series sounds interesting! Thanks for the post.

    Jonettaallen77 at yahoo dot com

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    1. The whole series is different and fun. I had a blast writing it!

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  3. Thanks for sharing about your book! Going to go visit your website and look around!

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  4. Thanks, Colleen. I just updated it to add my new book!

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  5. interesting premise

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  6. I must admit to checking the house was locked up when reading a suspenseful story.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  7. Awesome short excerpt. You really grabbed my attention!

    brookeb811 at gmail dot com

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  8. In so glad I "met" you on this blog, Jannine! Romantic suspense is one of my gave reading genres. I've always loved romance, but when suspense is added to it, I think you get "more bang for your buck"! I bought Every Move She Makes tonight and can't wait to read it. We're in the middle of packing, etc. for a move mid-May so I'm not doing much reading right now. The minute my head hits the pillow at night I'm dead to the world. ;-). Thanks so much for the post! jdh2690@gmail.com

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    1. Good luck with your packing, Janice. What a chore. I hope you can carve out some quiet time to relax with my book soon. Happy reading!

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  9. In so glad I "met" you on this blog, Jannine! Romantic suspense is one of my gave reading genres. I've always loved romance, but when suspense is added to it, I think you get "more bang for your buck"! I bought Every Move She Makes tonight and can't wait to read it. We're in the middle of packing, etc. for a move mid-May so I'm not doing much reading right now. The minute my head hits the pillow at night I'm dead to the world. ;-). Thanks so much for the post! jdh2690@gmail.com

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  10. I keep the lights on after reading suspenseful novels! I double check the locks too.
    inishowencailin@gmail.com

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    1. A little suspense is good for your health. Keeps the blood pumping!

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