Monday, February 20, 2017

My Great Love

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Hi, I’m Sandy Vaile, a motorbike-riding daredevil who isn’t content with a story unless there’s a courageous heroine and a dead body. When I’m not devising horrible things to do to fictional characters, I write procedures for high-risk industrial activities, mentor new writers through the Novelist’s Circle critiquing group, judge romance writing competitions, present literary craft workshops, and write the odd article.

I’m honoured to be able to chat to you about my new book, “Combatting Fear”, and why I love romantic suspense.

I’ve been creative writing since I was a little girl, and have attempted many genres (not all successfully) because my life motto is I’ll try anything once. The first novel I wrote was a New Adult urban fantasy, and I’ve dabbled in erotic romance, but I keep coming back to my true love, which is romantic suspense. For me, this genre has everything: a healing romance, tension that keeps you on the edge of your seat, and that delicious uncertainty that the hero and heroine are going to succeed. It’s so exciting!

My heroines are strong-willed independent women who have some interesting skills, like kick-boxing and weapons use. Neve, from “Combatting Fear”, has been taught guerrilla warfare tactics, hand-to-hand combat, and survivalist skills by her father. Not bad skills to have when you’re facing members of an outlaw motorcycle gang!
Neve held a palm to her stinging cheek. Dave’s face was in shadow, but there were silver highlights in his moustache, a tiny stud in his left earlobe, and tattoos clawing up from his collar. She was sure she’d recognize him if she saw him again, and he was going to be in a whole world of pain if she got her hands on a weapon of any kind.
All of my heroines also ride motorbikes, like me. It’s an activity that you either love or hate, and it got under my skin twenty years ago. It’s difficult to explain to car-lovers what is so addictive about riding a motorbike, but it’s not all about speed and rebellion. There is a certain sense of freedom as you feel the sun on your back, catch the scent of grass on the breeze, and get whacked by a kamikaze bug. Ouch! Then there is the thrill of cornering, which I would liken to the G-forces of a side show ride.

But the real clincher for me was the camaraderie. Motorcycle groups (and I’m not talking about outlaw gangs here) are all inclusive, with members from all walks of like, sexual preferences, levels of affluence, and career backgrounds. (A lot like the writing community.) The one thing they have in common is a love of riding, and all other barriers fall away. No matter where I ride, other riders will nod as they pass. If I break down, the next motorcycle along the road will stop to help. They are my tribe. :)

As an independent woman, my role models and ideals revolve around other independent women. So, when I’m developing heroines, I keep traits like resilience, intelligence, passion and loyalty in mind. These multifaceted women are infinitely interesting to me, and the sorts that I find in the romantic suspense genre.

Take Neve in “Combatting Fear” for instance; she doesn’t need a man in her life to make her whole. The challenge for the hero is to be strong and self-assured enough to be her equal, so she’ll choose to be with him.

I’d love to hear why you love to read romantic suspense stories.
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Combatting Fear

How far would you go to save a child that wasn’t yours?

Mild-mannered kindergarten teacher, Neve Botticelli, leads a double life. At home with her paranoid father, she is a combat trained survivalist who lives off-the-grid.

When self-made billionaire, Micah Kincaid, storms into town in search of his four-year-old son, Rowan, he’s pushy, entitled, and stands for everything Neve despises.

But something far more sinister than a cheating estranged wife, is lurking in rural Turners Gully, and it has its sights set on little Rowan’s inheritance. It turns out there is one thing Micah and Neve can agree on, and that’s keeping Rowan safe.

As they work together to free Rowan, they glimpse beneath one another’s guises, and realise that falling in love could be even more dangerous than hunting deadly criminals.

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  1. Thanks for letting me wax lyrical about my passion for motorbike riding, strong heroines, and books of course. It's been a pleasure!

  2. This book sounds really interesting... you have my attention... thanks for sharing!

    1. Super duper, Colleen. Enter the giveaway via the link above. And if you'd like to check out my other book, "Inheriting Fear", it's available in a great bundle at the moment.

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    1. Thanks for commenting. Don't forget to enter the giveaway via the link above.

  4. I am relatively new to following this blog and have enjoyed it. I have always enjoyed novels of suspense, but had started reading another sub-genre almost exclusively. I have found several books, series, and author here that I am going to check out.
    I hope the release of COMBATTING FEAR is a big success.

    1. Thanks very much. I like to read in multiple genres and quite often am surprised at the variety of stories I enjoy. Hope to see you on the reading trail in the future.


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