Tuesday, April 17, 2018

SECOND-CHANCE ROMANCES


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Have you ever wondered why we love second-chance romances? Perhaps, romance readers are a compassionate bunch, and we believe everyone deserves a second chance. Or maybe, many of us have had a relationship that ended badly, and we always hoped for another opportunity to make it work. Or are we naturally cheerleaders for star-crossed lovers? Whatever the reason, a second chance at love for the hero and heroine is a very popular trope.

I never start writing a story based on a trope, probably because I’m a pantser (i.e. I write by the seat of my pants versus plotting in advance) and don’t know where the characters will lead me. So I’m really pleased that—without even planning it—both my Rogue Security and FBI Heat series include a second-chance romance. What’s especially nice is that the reason for the demise of the first chance at love between the hero and heroine in each story is so totally different. In DEADLY DECEPTION, Sean and Jessie’s relationship is destroyed by someone’s cruel deception. In WANTED, Kat leaves Dillon at the altar because something she learns on the morning of their wedding day would ruin his dreams for the future. I hope both of my second-chance romances will tug at your heartstrings.

DEADLY DECEPTION (Rogue Security)

When her mother disappears, Jessica Hargrove’s life begins to unravel. And her problems are only just beginning. A horrible secret has been revealed, threatening to destroy three generations of her family, and the one person who may be able to help her is the man she’s never stopped loving, the man who once broke her heart.

LAPD Detective Sean Burke is back in his small hometown, pondering if his career in the big city is what he really wants anymore. As painful as it is to see Jessie again, she needs him. He can’t walk away when she’s about to lose everything she holds dear. But will what he discovers ruin their second chance at love?

Excerpt:
            A voice called to Sean through the darkness, but he couldn’t make out the words over the jackhammering in his head. The constant pounding seemed to be pulling him up, up, up, like the crank on the back of a tow truck. If the pain ricocheting around his body was any indication of what awaited him at the top, he wasn’t sure he wanted to surface.
            The voice came again, louder, clearer. The rhythmic beating quieted. The cocooning darkness faded. The throbbing pain increased.
            “Sean Burke, don’t you dare die on me. If I kill you, I want to do it with my bare hands, not my car. Do you hear me?”
            “Yeah. Loud…and clear,” he mumbled. He managed to open his eyes a slit, but the world was a blur.
            Jessie squealed. “Oh, thank God, you’re not dead.”
            “I got…the message. You want…to use your hands.” He groaned at Read the rest of the excerpt here.

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WANTED (FBI Heat)

Kat MacKenzie knows something is terribly wrong at the Diablo Beach Nuclear Power Plant, but she can’t figure out if it’s computer error, equipment malfunction, or human sabotage. Unfortunately, the only person she can trust with the problem is the man she left at the altar two years ago. If Dillon doesn’t already hate her, he surely will once he discovers why she abandoned him.

The last person he expects to call him is the woman who broke his heart. But FBI Special Agent Dillon O’Malley can’t ignore Kat’s plea for help—not when national security may be at stake. As enemies become clear and catastrophe threatens, can Kat and Dillon put the past behind them to save the day and secure their future?

Excerpt:
            A man stood several feet away, out of the glow from the porch light, partially hidden in the shadows, intensity rolling off him in waves. Tall. Muscular. Broad shoulders. Narrow hips. A shock of black hair hanging on his forehead and the hunger of a wolf glistening in his blue eyes. His handsome-as-hell image slammed into her, stealing her breath.
    
        “Dillon.” The name left her lips like a whispered prayer.
            “Kat.” A sound like a slap in response.
            She clutched the edge of the door. She needed to hang on for two reasons: Her knees had gone weak at the sight of him, and if she didn’t cling to the door, she’d throw herself into his arms and beg him to forgive her.
            All the love she’d buried for the past two years swelled inside her heart and then rose to the surface to steal her voice. She still loved this man more than she could bear. She loved him so much that she’d given him up so he could live his life as he had always wanted. As he needed. Letting him go had cost her dearly, more than Read the rest of the excerpt here.

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About Marissa:
I’m a wife, writer, chocoholic, and animal lover, not necessarily in that order. As a little girl, I cut pictures of people out of my mother’s magazines and turned them into characters in my simple stories. Now I write edgy romantic thrillers, steamy contemporary romance, and sexy paranormal romantic suspense. My stories will titillate your mind as well as your libido. I live in sunny Southern California with my husband, but enjoy traveling from Athens to Anchorage to Acapulco and many locations in between.

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Giveaway:
Enter the giveaway on my Facebook page or my website to win a $15 (US$) Amazon gift card PLUS one Amazon ebook copy of both HUNTED and TARGETED from the FBI Heat series. Good luck!

20 comments:

  1. Wow...Wow...Wow...sounds like a fascinating series!
    Good luck and God's blessings
    PamT

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  2. Romantic suspense certainly combines two great genres. This one sounds compelling! Best wishes for continued success.

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    1. Definitely, Susan. It's my absolute favorite!

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  3. I love second chance stories, and if there's a secret baby in the picture, even better!

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    1. Psst. Don't tell anyone, Alina, but WANTED has that feature also.

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    1. Thanks, Maureen! A couple of my favorites.

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  5. Second Chance Romances are also one of my favorite tropes, which is why I tend to write them. LOL! Like you, I never planned my books to be second chance romances, the stories just turned out that way. I love when tragedy pulls couples apart, but the power of their love pulls them back together again. Your books sound right up my ally and I'm looking forward to reading them. Best, Anni xx

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    1. Thanks, Anni. Love overcoming all odds makes for great stories!

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  6. Awesome covers! I've got at least two of this series on my kindle. Now that the semester's almost over, I'll be able to make more time to read them! Thanks for sharing the excerpt.

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    1. Thanks, Patricia! Summer reading time is so nice. Hope you enjoy my books and will leave reviews. They mean so much.

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  7. Love the excerpt and your series sounds wonderful!

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    1. Thanks, Darcy. Hope you'll give it a try.

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  8. Your books look fascinating, Marissa....the excerpt hooked me, so I'm going to Amazon to check out them all!

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    1. Thank you, Diana. Hope you find some you like!

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  9. Hi Marissa, great excerpts and I can't wait to read your books. Sorry I'm so late in responding, I'm trying to get caught up! Good luck with your sales, etc.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Connie!

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  10. I love 2nd chance romances. This series sounds intriguing. Wishing you much success.

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