Thursday, September 24, 2015

Life, right?

With: Karyn Good

Congratulations to "Janet K." and "Taurus", the winners in Karyn's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

Life, right? Sometimes it messes us up. For some those curve balls have the feel of cannon fire. What do you do? Who do you turn to? Away from? Where do you run? If that’s even an option. 

“It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through.”  Zig Ziglar

Romantic suspense is a look into the lives of characters in peril. A little action and adventure from a safe distance. A read to get your heart racing. But the heart of any story is the characters. And we love our heroes, the bolder and badder the better. But what about our heroines? What qualities make them the glue that holds everything together?

Determination: There is no superpower greater than determination. She will let nothing stand in her way. There is no obstacle big enough, no danger great enough to keep her from her goal. From winning. Because who can afford to lose if the life of their children is on the line? Their patient’s life? A total stranger’s?

Strength: Often the ‘flight’ or ‘fight’ response is a luxury they can’t afford. Someone has to be around to look after the kids, the dog, the house, the neighborhood, the community. Women are the fixers. The multi-taskers. The gatherers. The defenders. They can be the hunters. The thief in the night. They are skilled at adapting, they can be whatever they have to be to survive.

Commitment: They know the cost of responsibility and are willing to pay it. When all seems lost they do not allow the feeling of wanting to quit to overpower their commitment. There is no ‘taking your best shot’, there is only try harder.

Purpose: The foundation for all of it. To know what they are to do and why. Not to be confused with wanting power over something or someone else. It does not need to be about conquest and supremacy. It is deeply personal. It is passionate. It is backed up with thoughts, words and deeds. It will be evident in how she feels, heals, creates, and shapes her future.

“This is as true in everyday life as it is in battle: we are given one life and the decision is ours whether to wait for circumstances to make up our mind, or whether to act, and in acting, to live.”  Omar N. Bradley


“Do you believe in karma, Mr. Parsons? Because I do. We judge others. In turn, we ourselves are judged. That’s how it works. Can your ideals withstand that kind of scrutiny?”
At her side, Grace stifled a laugh.

“I’m glad this is a joke to you. But God speaks to me. With his guidance, I gather lost souls. Offer them the gift of redemption.” He pointed to the trash bin. “I can help you find your way back to the light.”

“I don’t need your help finding anything.” Kate had her own flock.

Seth’s patience ran out. “Get out.”

Parsons ignored him. “We all need finding, Ms. Logan. One way or another.”

The sanctimonious bastard. “Does that include your flock?”

He puffed out his skinny chest. “Every one of us has been found by the only truth that matters.”

Was he responsible for the note ending up in her pocket? Was it mind games? Or a cry for help? “But what if one of you wanted to be lost? Or found somewhere else? Would you let them go?”

His lip curled. “What are you implying?”

She prodded, “Concerned?”

“I’m concerned about a great many things. But not about the commitment of my followers. However, if you are privy to information that I am not aware of, please, by all means, enlighten me.”

Kate shrugged. “It was only a question. People are allowed to ask those, aren’t they?”

Parsons studied her, his face relaxing into a self- assured smirk. He rubbed his hands together. “Unfortunately, those of questionable morals rarely ask the right ones. For instance, you would be better served inquiring how to save your immoral soul.”

Seth interrupted. “And I’m not telling you again. This conversation is over.”

“I agree.” Grace marched over to the front door and swung it open. “We really do have a ‘No Bullies Allowed’ policy.”

Parsons’ glare raked over her. “First warning, stay away from my people.”

“Or what?” asked Seth.

“Or judgment day will be upon you.” Parsons headed for the door, but turned back at the last second. “I will shut this fair down. One way or another.”

I’m giving away two digital copies of my new release, EXPOSED. Just comment on some of your favourite heroines, or why you love great female characters?


Kate Logan needs a safe haven, a place to start over after her modeling career disintegrates in scandal. But her hometown of Aspen Lake isn’t the sanctuary she hoped. Her vow of a low-key life is disrupted by a break-in and other strange happenings at her boutique. As the chair of Aspen Lake’s Gothic Revival Festival, she’s also drawn the ire of a religious fanatic. Kate is up to her stilettos in drama and intrigue including one sexy carpenter who’s determined to get in her way.

New to town, Seth Stone is seeking inspiration and solitude to concentrate on his art. Short on funds, he agrees to take on a second job restoring the damage to Kate’s Closet. Trouble erupts along with the desire to get to know Kate better. When he’s used as a pawn in a smear campaign against his gorgeous boss Seth fights back. But now the whole town is watching. Including the man determined to further his own agenda. Time is running out with nowhere to hide.

Author Bio

I grew up on a farm in the middle of Canada's breadbasket. Under the canopy of crisp blue prairie skies I read books. Lots and lots of books. One day the inevitable happened and I knew without question the time was right. What to write was never the issue - romance and the gut wrenching journey towards forever.

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  1. I would add compassion to the four qualities mentioned.

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  2. Well the first one that came to mind was Eve Dallas from JD Robb's In Death series... what a strong woman... I love her quirks... to see what she has gone through in her life throughout the books and be who she is... she is definitely a character you remember.

  3. Elizabeth Bennett

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    1. Lizzy is one of my favourite characters too!

  4. An interesting list of traits. I would add intelligence to my list.

    Katniss Everdeen comes to mind.


    1. A great addition to the list and a wonderful example, Mary!

  5. Clarice Starling, intelligence

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