Sunday, May 1, 2016

Midnight Quest

Congratulations to "Jayne", the winner in Lisa Marie's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

MIDNIGHT QUEST is a folllow-on to MIDNIGHT VENGEANCE, the book where Jacko and Lauren fall in love.

My job as a writer of romantic suspense is to take two people who have nothing in common, put them together and apply heat and pressure--sex and suspense. Just as carbon turns to diamonds under heat and pressure, so do these characters. I have to convince you, the reader, that these two characters, the hero and heroine, not only desire each other but love each other as well. It's the best job in the world. 

But the thing is, in a romantic suspense, more or less everything is artificial. Life events are on steroids. The stakes are high, danger is around every corner, events roll across the screen in breathtaking succession. It's a roller coaster ride and that's what makes it fun. The characters are having hot sex and falling in love while fighting for their lives. They declare their love, the hero--with the help of the heroine--offs the bad guys, true love conquers all and the book ends.

But what about afterward? I just love knowing about what happens to couples after the Happily Ever After. As a writer, my characters stick with me for a long time, and Jacko and Lauren have been in my head and heart for a couple of years now. I know them well. I know they are really happy together, but...Jacko's carrying a lot of baggage around. He'd never admit it, never show it, but there is a lot of stuff in his background he hasn't dealt with.

Stunning news from Lauren opens doors in his head he thought he'd locked shut years and years ago.

Monsters must be fought and conquered before Jacko and Lauren find the real Happily Ever After, but boy, is it worth it!!

I hope you all enjoy this glimpse into Jacko and Lauren's future in MIDNIGHT QUEST. 


Lauren was laughing as he twirled her around, soft dark hair belling. “You’re early! Oh my gosh, I wasn’t expecting you until tomorrow night. How’d you get away so quickly? Did you have to shoot someone?”
“Nope.” He smiled down into her silver-blue eyes. “I was a good boy. Didn’t shoot anyone, promise. I just got everything done I had to do and came home early, that’s all.”
“But surely your trip—”
He kissed her. She was going to fuss over whether his trip had been inconvenient and tedious and tiring, and yes, it had been all of that. He didn’t want to talk about it and kissing her was the best possible distraction. Throw her off course.
The kiss distracted him, too.
When his mouth touched hers, he got that mild electric shock he always got when he touched her. Like she was the conduit for some otherworldly source of energy, and maybe she was, because his life felt flat when she wasn’t there.
He kissed her until he felt he was melting into her, until she turned boneless in his arms.


He comes from nowhere. 

Jacko is not afraid of anything or anyone. He has faced down the stuff of nightmares as a Navy SEAL. Now he is facing an enemy that terrifies him—his past. 

Lauren is the love of his life. But how can he be the man she deserves if his past is shrouded in mystery? 

Lauren loves Jacko just as he is. She doesn’t know where his quest will take him-- she can only hope it will lead him back to her. 

But Jacko's relentless search for the truth of his past will unleash a deadly enemy hellbent on destroying everything he loves most...

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One person leaving a comment or email entry will receive an ecopy of MIDNIGHT QUEST

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  1. It is always fun to look beyond the HEA.


  2. This book looks great!!

  3. I have read many books by Lisa Marie Rice. Been awhile since I have read any though. Thanks for the giveaway. Trishleroy49 at gmail dot com

  4. I have read many books by Lisa Marie Rice. Been awhile since I have read any though. Thanks for the giveaway. Trishleroy49 at gmail dot com

  5. looks interesting

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  6. This is the fave blog! I'm a huge romantic suspense fan...I devour it. :-) I started out on historical romances (still read a few), tried contemporary (too blah), tried thrillers (ick...can't sleep after reading one), and then landed on romantic suspense. Found my niche! Thanks for the post, Lisa. Can't wait to see if Midnight Quest has to say about Jacko and Lauren.

  7. Looks like a great book. I love romantic suspense. Thanks for the chance!

  8. Looks like a great book. I love romantic suspense. Thanks for the chance!

  9. I would love to read MIDNIGHT QUEST. Thanks for the chance.

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  11. Sounds Awesome jaynehendry AT Gmail DOT com

  12. I love epilogues and this sounds right up my alley :) I love reading about the couple enjoying their HEAs. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Sounds like another adventure is in store for Jacko and Lauren!