On Writing Romantic Suspense

Writing romantic suspense involves the skillful juggling of romantic elements and nail-biting suspense. A daunting task but so rewarding when all the essential ingredients come together in a well-crafted, character-driven novel.

Here are eight tips:

• Ask yourself: what is intriguing about the premise? What will attract readers to the book? In Sue Grafton’s Alphabet Series, protagonist Kinsey Millhone is a twice-divorced private investigator who is permanently stuck in the 1980s. In the Gilda Greco Mystery Series, the protagonist is a teacher turned lottery winner who moves back to her hometown and then finds herself embroiled in murder investigations.

Continue reading on the Just Romantic Suspense blog.


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Giveaway ~ Year End Splash Party

Today, I’m participating in a Year End Splash party sponsored by The Romance Reviews. Along with six other authors, I’m offering a prize to one lucky winner.

Scroll down here and look for my question:

What did Gilda Greco overlook? (Note: You will get a clue)

Answer correctly and you could win an e-book of A Different Kind of Reunion.


Visiting the Cozy Up with Kathy Blog

interviewpixToday, I’m chatting on the Cozy Up with Kathy blog about my writing process and latest release, A Different Kind of Reunion.

Drop by the blog. Remember to scroll down and enter the Rafflecopter giveaway. You could win a $10 Amazon gift card.


In Praise of Quotes

In my late teens, I started a quote collection. I would underline sentences (and sometimes entire paragraphs) in books and jot down inspiring thoughts from other print media. I would then copy these words of wisdom into a journal. When I joined Pinterest, I set aside a page—Words I Love— where I recopied these words of wisdom. To date, I have accumulated over 400 quotes.

Maintaining a personal collection of quotes has helped me immensely. Here are some of the benefits I have discovered:

• Quotes have the power to transform moods. While books and movies can accomplish the same goal, quotes do it faster. I don’t have to invest hours of my time to experience the same effects. Whenever I need a quick jolt of inspiration, I click on my Pinterest page or visit one of many twitter hashtags devoted to quotes, among them #Quoteoftheday, #Inspirationalquotes, and #quotes.

Continue on reading on the Island Confidential blog.