Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Mixing Elements for Great Stories

With: Susanne Matthews

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

Good day. It’s always a pleasure to spend time with you here. Please comment at the end of the post with your name and contact information for your chance to win an electronic copy of Secrets and Lies, my romance suspense that is part of a multi-author collection entitled, HEARTS OF BRADEN.

DEA agent, Emily Shepherd, is after the Chef, a crystal meth cook, who sets up labs for the Mexican cartel and walks away—the same man responsible for the deaths of her husband and unborn child. Her search leads her to Braden, Iowa, a small town just right for the Chef’s specialty. But identifying her quarry won’t be easy when she’s up against a woman who sees her as a threat, a male chauvinistic deputy sheriff, and an attractive school principal who might just be at the center of it all.

Jackson Harris has sworn off women. Life is satisfactory, if lonely, until he meets a hazel-eyed damsel in distress who gets under his skin, and triggers that protective instinct of his. There's a killer in town, one who may or may not be a notorious drug lord. Finding him, and keeping his town, his students, and Emily safe, may be harder than he thinks.

When I got married 45 years ago, my identity changed. I had been Susanne, Leo and Cecile’s oldest daughter, but now I was also John’s wife. After I had children that label changed again. I was Greg’s Mom, Jason’s Mom, Angela’s Mom, but I was still Susanne, Leo and Cecile’s oldest daughter, and John’s wife. Later, when the kids were all in school, I returned to the workforce, and I became Mrs. Matthews, Mrs. M., Madame, if the students were in French, teacher, Mrs.—but I was also still, Greg’s Mom, Jason’s Mom, Angela’s Mom, Susanne, Leo and Cecile’s oldest daughter, and John’s wife. Get the picture? It’s possible to be more than one thing without it having to change anything else about you. Today, I’ve added Susanne Matthews, author, to my list of who am I’s.

While some books are written and fit neatly into one genre, others do not—especially books that I write. Is that a good thing? Is it a bad thing? I don’t know. To be fair, all of my books fall into the category labelled fiction. From there, they fall under the label romance, but after that, they can go almost anywhere. A perfect example of that is my latest release, Hello Again. It won’t take much to realize this is a reunion romance, the title gives that away, but it’s far more than that.

What more is it? Well, let’s break it down.

Hello Again is a contemporary romance. The story is set in modern day, during the summer, in Saskatchewan. That also makes it a Canadian novel, primarily set on the Carry the Kettle reserve, just east of the provincial capital of the province. That now makes it a Native American novel, what we in Canada call First Nations, because of its location and the characters involved. The story is based on a Lakota/Dakota/Nakota/Sioux myth about a chief’s daughter and the chief of the wolves, which deals with a shapeshifting wolf/man and a cruel medicine man who uses black magic to get revenge. That little tidbit now makes the book a paranormal romance. And the fact that one of the primary characters is a shaman who speaks to spirits and the other is the reincarnation of the chief of the wolves, the story is firmly entrenched there.

But that isn’t all. Far from it! My heroine loses her husband and has to make it on her own. After a series of strange dreams she sets off for Saskatchewan and is almost killed in a tornado—so now we have man against nature, making it a survival novel. To top it all off, she’s rescued by a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer who’s on the reserve trying to catch a motorcycle gang wreaking havoc by not only terrorizing the residents, but looking for sources to sell their drugs—the same motorcycle gang responsible for murders and his own attempted murder last summer, which makes it man against man, and that makes it a suspense novel as well. One book, many different labels.

About Hello Again
For Charley Winters love means loss and pain. She’s spent the last five years struggling with her grief. Existing, not living. Drawn to Saskatchewan, she travels west take the job she’s always wanted. But life gets complicated when she's rescued from a vicious tornado by her dead husband’s double, a man who makes her feel things she hasn’t in years. Add to that a native myth, a shaman, a green-eyed wolf, and her husband’s ghost ... Can she lift a millennia old curse and find joy and love again?
There you have it, a novel that’s suspense, romance, and so much more.

Hello Again is an Amazon exclusive, available in the Kindle Unlimited Program as well as for sale.

Thanks for dropping by. Don’t forget to comment for your chance to win. Happy Reading!

Please comment at the end of the post with your name and contact information for your chance to win an electronic copy of Secrets and Lies, my romance suspense that is part of a multi-author collection entitled, Hearts of Braden.

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  1. I am always up to some romantic suspense titles. Please count me in then :)

    amie_07 AT yahoo DOT com

  2. Thanks so much for having me here again. I love spending time with your followers.

  3. Thanks so much for having me here again. I love spending time with your followers.

  4. No matter the label, I am always ready for a romance! Thank you so much for sharing with us today!

  5. You are a new to me author, which I love finding! Your book sounds awesome, I would love to read it. I also love reading books set in Canada, I've always wanted to visit there.

    mlawson17 at Hotmail dot com

  6. I always enjoy a good romantic suspense and this sounds like a good one! Thanks for the chance!

    Goldgirl149 at hotmail dot com

  7. We can be many things to many people.

    I like the sound of this.


  8. looks interesting

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  9. I love all the romance genres floating around in your book! Thank you you for being here.

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  10. I loved it when the heroine was tough as the description implied. Would love to read this book.
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