Monday, July 31, 2017

Romantic Suspense: More than Romance + Suspense

Congratulations to "Debbie O.", the winner in Anita's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

The only thing I like better than writing Romantic Suspense is, yep, reading it. While RS is categorized as a subgenre of Romance, it is an example of how you can take two different things and put them together to make something so much better than either alone. That, my friends, is synergy. RS takes elements of a romance and aspects of suspense and turns out one steamy, hot bed of action worth re-reading over and over.

Much like the classic romance genre, RS puts together two people who, for one reason or another, are less than perfect. I love this part because we can see the potential and the hurdles that make for a great story. Back stories, baggage, emotional scars, bring ‘em on, the darker the better. I don’t always love classic romances because they are driven (sometimes solely) by emotions. All of the mixed signals and hurt feelings reminds me of middle school on steroids and **yawn** sometimes I find myself drifting…SQUIRREL.

What was I saying? Oh right, I love stories driven by plot. Give me a man between a rock and a hard place and I’ll give you a story that keeps you up all night. The action and drama of suspense amps up the story by forcing our heroes to do more than argue and flirt. It’s put up or shut up time. They have to grow, to change, to get creative, to do something they never considered before AND IT IS AWESOME.

RS also stands apart because of partners. In many suspense stories, the hero is a loner or has some type of helper-slash-side kick who isn’t quite sharp enough to get there alone. Where’s the fun in that? Every Jack needs a Jill. Every Phineas needs a Ferb. Doing everything by yourself, all the time, is the “b” word. Boring. In walks Romantic Suspense. Only here are partners, well, partners. He’s the yin to her yang. She’s the sunshine to his rain. He’s the glove to her hand. She’s the whipped cream to his sundae. If one can do it alone, together it is done three times better.

Next time someone asks you what you like to read, tell them Romantic Suspense. Say it loud, Say it proud!

Now enjoy this excerpt from my newest release. It is the moment when our hot and bothered hero, Tom Riley, realizes his partner, Peach Morales, is more than a beautiful face and a razor sharp mind. 

Lost in Deception Excerpt “Not Her First Rodeo” (chapter 9)
Tom couldn’t see where Peach went, and he didn’t like it. What was she going to do with a frying pan against a killer? A door opened, then a solid thump and the landing of a heavy weight. Peach. He was afraid to call out. There was no helping her if he was caught, too. He hadn’t been in a fist fight since college.
Relief flooded his system at the sound of her voice. “Tell me you’re okay.”
“I need help. The tape Poppy used this morning. It’s on the kitchen counter.”
He found the tape and went to the steps to where Peach stood over the unconscious body. They carried the guy to the basement and thoroughly taped his hands, legs, and mouth. In the windowless basement, he took out his phone and called Jeb.
“We caught one. He’s tied up in the basement. I don’t know if he was alone.”
“No. There’s a minivan on the street, engine running. I’m moving the Escalade into the driveway behind Peach’s house. Be ready to run at my signal.”
“He’s coming,” he said to Peach. “We need to be ready when he signals.”
“What’s the signal?”
He didn’t think to ask that. Engineers were not cut out for this kind of excitement. His head was so busy he couldn’t think at all. “I hope it’s obvious. We’ll get out of this.”
“Of course, we will.” He noticed she wasn’t trembling with fear. She wasn’t frantically scrambling or babbling incoherently. Everything about Peach was cool and collected.

Lost in Deception 

Private investigator Esmeralda “Peach” Morales watches in horror as the crane her uncle is operating topples into Lake Erie. He disappears and she’s convinced he’ll be the scapegoat. She’ll do anything to prove he’s innocent. Seducing the lead investigator is just part of her strategy, at least that’s what she tells herself.

Thomas Riley is at Elderberry Farm when he learns of a deadly crane accident in Cleveland. The forensic investigator suspects sabotage and amid the rubble and mangled metal he uncovers a web of lies and deception. At the center of it all is a beautiful brunette who always seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Both fiercely independent, they must learn to work together––inside and outside the bedroom––to unravel the mystery and clear her uncle’s name.

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Anita has been writing fast-paced, sexy thrillers since 2006. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio and lives and works around the Great Lakes. Anita is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America.

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  1. What are some of your favorite RS stories?

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

  2. Any favorite alphabet agency to read on an RS book?


  3. Love books with a solid plot and characters that are thrown together due to circumstances. Makes for better repartee between them, IMO

    ahui89 at hotmail dot com

  4. I like characters that seem to be totally opposite one another but find a way to make a relationship work. I also like trying new writers. Thanks for the giveaway. debbiemac73 at yahoo dot com.

  5. Just what I like, a "cool and collected" heroine!

    janet_kerr at msn dot com

  6. This sounds really interesting! I am curious about the other books in this series too!

  7. I love heroine's name. Does it matter what names you choose for your RS characters?


  8. interesting blurb

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  9. I like reading Romantic Suspense too. Thank you.



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