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Bitter Legacy by CB Clark @cbclarkauthor #RLFblog #RomanticSuspenseWelcome CB Clark, author of Bitter Legacy, a new Romantic Suspense.

Why did you write this book?

The plot of my recent release came from hearing of terrible tragedy. Fires in sawmills are a big concern. With clouds of highly combustible sawdust clogging the air and piles of kiln-dried lumber in the yards, explosions and fires are not uncommon.

These devastating disasters provided me with the idea behind my latest story. The hero and heroine are combative owners of a multi-million dollar lumber mill, the town’s main employer. What would happen if the sawmill was destroyed by a fire? What if someone deliberately set that fire? The owners must work together to find the arsonist and save the town by rebuilding the mill. Can they find love amidst this tragedy?

What is your favorite genre to read?

I read all genres of fiction, but my sweet spot is romantic suspense.

Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?

Eve Dallas, the heroine in J.D. Robb’s romantic suspense novels is a strong, independent woman with a surprising soft side.

What are you working on at the moment?

Bitter Legacy is my third romantic suspense novel. I’m working on a fourth book where the heroine escapes from an abusive husband whom the police suspect is responsible for the murder of a wealthy publisher. With the help of a ruggedly handsome homicide detective, the heroine tracks down the killer and finds love.

What books will we see from you in coming months?

I’ve submitted another romantic suspense to my publisher. If that manuscript is accepted, it could be published within the next year. I’d like to try and release two books a year, but my daughter just had identical twin boys, so that could be a challenge.

Please tell us about your latest book.

Genre Romantic Suspense

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13

Sharla-Jean Bromley returns to her hometown after a seventeen-year absence with vengeance in her heart. From the very beginning, her plans go awry when she meets devastatingly handsome Josh Morgan, the man to whom her father left half of his multi-million dollar lumber mill.

Josh, suspicious of Sharla-Jean’s reasons for returning to town after such a long absence, vows to keep control of the company he feels is rightfully his. She is equally determined to prove she can run her father’s mill, even though it means working side-by-side with Josh, a man whose very presence evokes an attraction that is increasingly difficult for her to ignore. In the process, they must overcome a villain who’s determined to destroy both the lumber mill and their lives.

Will Sharla-Jean succeed and heal the anguish that has long filled her soul? Will she and Josh find the passion of a lifetime?

Publisher The Wild Rose Press
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06ZZVR5LJ/
Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bitter-legacy-c-b-clark/1126254341?ean=2940157509132
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/bitter-legacy-4
The Wild Rose Press http://catalog.thewildrosepress.com/all-titles/5061-bitter-legacy.html
iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/bitter-legacy/id1231855938?mt=11

CB Clark Social Media

CB Clark has always loved reading, especially romances, but it wasn’t until she lost her voice for a year that she considered writing her own romantic suspense stories. She grew up in Canada’s Northwest Territories and Yukon. Graduating with a degree in Anthropology and Archaeology, she has worked as an archaeologist and an educator. She enjoys hiking, canoeing, and snowshoeing with her husband and dog near her home in the wilderness of central British Columbia. ‘Bitter Legacy’ is her third romantic suspense novel published by The Wild Rose Press. ‘My Brother’s Sins’ and ‘Cherished Secrets were both released in 2016.
Blog https://cbclarkauthor.wordpress.com
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Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/C.-B.-Clark/e/B01BK61TQG/

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Gun for Hire by JJ Montgomery @j_j_montgomery #RLFblog #RomanticSuspenseIn JJ Montgomery’s Gun for Hire, nothing is as easy as it seems.

The job should have been easy—patrol a swank beach that serves as a backyard for Maui’s rich, kick out the riffraff, and get a tan in the process. But rent-a-cop Samantha Winters didn’t anticipate a deliciously grumpy cop, Sergeant Grady Roark, who comes down to the beach to bust her chops and instead leaves her breathless…and wondering why the one man who could help her seems determined to thwart her at every turn.

Grady is keeping secrets from Sam that have him walking the line between attraction and duty. But when Sam becomes the target of a shadowy organization, Grady will have to choose between the law and the temptation of a woman who has him breaking every rule he’s ever known.

The job should have been easy, but when the bullets start flying, Sam learns nothing is as easy as it seems when you’re a Gun for Hire.

Genre Romantic Suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG 13
Publisher http://catalog.thewildrosepress.com/all-titles/5066-gun-for-hire.html
Amazon http://amzn.to/2pF9Bl2

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JJ Montgomery writes romantic suspense novels with a sense of humor. Her heroines are as smart as they are smart mouthed and the men in their lives are just trying to keep up. Gun for Hire is the first book in JJ’s Maui Heat Series.

If you’d like to know more, including info on her newest book, where she gets her ideas, and how it’s possible she can’t use Facebook, please visit her:

Website https://jjmontgomery.wordpress.com/
Twitter https://twitter.com/j_j_montgomery/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AuthorJJMontgomery/
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/jmontgomerywrites/

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Proud Mary by Liza O'Connor @Liza0Connor #RLFblog #Contemporary SuspenseToday’s featured book is Proud Mary, a Contemporary Suspense by Liza O’Connor.

Mary Mason may have lost her job and reputation, but she has too much pride to allow vengeful women and their manipulative husbands to destroy her life and steal her new born babies. Unfortunately, pride alone isn’t going to save her.

When Captain Chad Danton answers a call about a prostitute soliciting at the local library, he discovers a determined woman in desperate need of medical care. Upon hearing Mary’s story, he resolves to help her, not realizing her enemies will join those who wish to destroy his career.

Genre Contemporary Suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG
Publisher New Authors Online
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Proud-Mary-Requires-Rescue-Book-ebook/dp/B06Y5R6YW4

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Liza lives in Denville, NJ with her dog Jess. They hike in fabulous woods every day, rain or shine, sleet or snow. Having an adventurous nature, she learned to fly small Cessnas in NJ, hang-glide in New Zealand, kayak in Pennsylvania, ski in New York, scuba dive with great white sharks in Australia, dig up dinosaur bones in Montana, sky dive in Indiana, and raft a class four river in Tasmania. She’s an avid gardener, amateur photographer, and dabbler in watercolors and graphic arts. Yet through her entire life, her first love has and always will be writing novels.

Novels by Liza http://www.lizaoconnor.com/p/liza-oconnors-books.html
Twitter https://twitter.com/Liza0Connor
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Facebook Author Page https://www.facebook.com/Liza.O.Connor.Wakes.Up
Multiverse Blog https://multiuniversesoflizao.blogspot.com/

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It Takes a Cat Burglar by Cailin Briste @CailinBriste #RLFblog #SciFi #RomanceToday’s featured book is It Takes a Cat Burglar: A Thief in Love Suspense Romance, a sci-fi suspense romance by Cailin Briste.

Sebastian St. Croix is a wealthy businessman with a specialized hobby. He steals things. As in entering without permission and purloining expensive artifacts and art objects. This could be his flaw, a penchant for taking what doesn’t belong to him, but it isn’t. He’s a thief in a white hat. The items he takes have all been previously stolen from public museums and are in private collections. He returns these priceless works of art once he appropriates them.

Like most romance heroes, Sebastian is handsome. When Darcelle sees him for the first time after a year of interacting through notes this is what she thinks. “He was gorgeous. Only a master sculptor could have formed a face of such perfect symmetry. The masculinity of his high cheekbones, angled jaw, and straight brows was softened by his exquisite lips. From beneath black locks slanting over his forehead, pale green eyes stared at her.”

On the surface it doesn’t look as though Sebastian has any flaws.

Rich? Check.

Good looking? Check.

Uses his skills for good? Check.

But a romance book isn’t as fun to read if the hero doesn’t have at least one flaw he must struggle with or overcome to find his happily ever after. The aspect of Sebastian’s personality that makes him an exceptional cat burglar also makes his love life one of physical release with no long-term connections. He must be in control. And then Darcelle Lebeau enters his life. She exposes that flaw, so that even Sebastian recognizes he must change or lose her.

It Takes a Cat Burglar is a novella, so the length limits creating a hero with multi-layered flaws. The best full-length romances are a spider web of the hero and heroine’s flaws, intractable situations, and devious villains. I personally love a hero who struggles to relinquish control. When he lets go, the result is so satisfying.

Which flaws are your favorites? Are there some flaws that would make a hero unacceptable? What about dark heroes? The darker the hero, the more flaws he has, but getting a bad boy to fall in love is a huge favorite among romance readers. So, what part of the bad boy persona is flawed and what shouldn’t change? Let me know what you think.

It Takes a Cat Burglar: A Thief in Love

When Darcelle Lebeau throws off the invisible chains that keep her bound to her family, she discovers a new vocation. Tempted to enter the illegal playground of a man she nicknames Matou, she becomes a cat burglar in training. Deeply ensnared with each task he entices her to fulfill, she fails to discover his identity and true intentions.

Sebastian St. Croix, a wealthy businessman, has a dark side. He’s a thief, a cat burglar who steals art and historical objects. For one year, he trains Darcelle to become his assistant, remaining incognito, observing her from afar. His admiration grows along with his desire for her with every phase-one challenge she completes. Phase two will test the limits of his control. Hands-on personal training? Yes. Sex? No. With his sister’s happiness at stake, nothing, not even the tempting Darcelle Lebeau, can interfere with accomplishing the biggest break-in of his career.

Genre Sci-fi suspense romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Publisher Hot Sauce Publishing
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0727MJK45/

Cailin Briste Social Media

Cailin has been writing fiction for six years and non-fiction for two decades. Her non-fiction work has been published in magazines and in a non-fiction anthology. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America, the RWA Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal Chapter, and the RWA Passionate Ink Chapter.

Cailin loves science fiction and romance, so combing the two came naturally. She is currently writing the third book in her Sons of Tallav sci-fi erotic romance series. Shane: Marshal of Tallav and Maon: Marshal of Tallav were released in 2016 by Loose Id. She’s also working on a novella for an SFR Shooting Stars anthology tentatively title Educated by the Master.

Website http://cailinbriste.com/
Blog http://cailinbriste.com/category/all-posts/
Twitter http://twitter.com/CailinBriste
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/cailinbriste/
Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/cailinbriste/
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7413817.Cailin_Briste
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Cailin-Briste/e/B00GSX9QVW
Newsletter http://cailinbriste.com/cailins-newsletter-sign-up/

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Want to read good books? Try #RLFblog #amreading #booksIf you like to read good books, the Romance Lives Forever blog is a great spot to find them. The blog features authors and new books from all genres. You can discover good books and awesome stories every day. Finding a great author can take time. If you’ve sampled books on Amazon, joined sites that promise sales and freebies, spent time cruising around booksellers, bookstores, and talking to friends, you know that to be true.

Romance Lives Forever is always on the lookout for an awesome new book and we will share one with you every day. You can choose from multiple genres, read interviews, and search for specific authors or books. It’s easy to follow the blog on social media, via RSS, or email.

There are author interviews and character interviews. Authors have a chance to share their backlist, new books, and to announce new releases. One fun type of post is called Cover Love. It’s quick and easy, providing only a blurb, where to buy the book, and giving a nice intro to the author. Use the menu to search for genres you enjoy. Click Romance and a host of subgenres drops down. Some of those also have subgenres such Paranormal >Ghost >Shapeshifter, or Military >SEALs. How many can you find?

All posts on Romance Lives Forever offer a way to find good books and beginning soon, we’ll also feature audiobooks.

Check out the book covers at the top and sides of the blog. Clicking these will take you to a place to read more and offer a link to buy.

Pull up a comfy chair, sit back, and cruise through the site. There are currently over 1500 posts, so chances are you’ll find good books in your favorite genre. Welcome to the RLFblog, where you can discover authors and books every day.

Tip for finding good books

Romance Lives Forever has a Pinterest board. Follow the board and repin covers to your own “Want to Read” board. Then, when you need a new title, you can easily find one. https://www.pinterest.com/kayelleallen/rlfblog-romance-lives-forever/

Follow the hashtag #RLFblog to discover authors and books every day.

I’m excited to share this blog with you and look forward to hearing what you’d like to see. Let me know in the comments. I read every one.

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Today’s featured book is Counterfeits, a Romantic Suspense by Kris Bock.

Painter Jenny Kinley has spent the last decade struggling in the New York art world. Her grandmother’s sudden death brings her home to New Mexico, but inheriting the children’s art camp her grandmother ran is more of a burden than a gift. How can she give up her lifelong dreams of showing her work in galleries and museums?

Rob Caruso, the camp cook and all-around handyman, would be happy to run the camp with Jenny. Dare he even dream of that, when his past holds dark secrets that he can never share? When Jenny’s father reappears after a decade-long absence, only Rob knows where he’s been and what danger he’s brought with him.

Jenny and Rob face midnight break-ins and make desperate escapes, but the biggest danger may come from the secrets that don’t want to stay buried. In the end, they must decide whether their dreams will bring them together or force them apart.

“Counterfeits is the kind of romantic suspense novel I have enjoyed since I first read Mary Stewart’s Moonspinners, and Kris Bock used all the things I love about this genre. Appealing lead characters, careful development of the mysterious danger facing one or both of those characters, a great location that is virtually a character on its own, interesting secondary characters who might or might not be involved or threatened, and many surprises building up to the climax.” 5 Stars – Roberta at Sensuous Reviews blog

“Counterfeits is a good mystery and will keep people guessing for most of the story. In fact, I was flipping fast through pages because I wanted to know how the story ended. There were lots of secrets and lots of surprises, so that moved the pace of the plot along nicely and kept me engaged in the story. Kris Bock is a mystery mastermind and did a nice job with that aspect of the story. I also liked the complex relationships in the story. Jenny never had it easy, and it was nice to see a heroine struggle to make it work with her friends and family (like it can be in real life).” Readers Favorite Reviews

Genre: romantic suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Publisher: Pig River Press
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GQOEE9M/

Kris Bock Social Media

Kris Bock writes novels of suspense and romance with outdoor adventures and Southwestern landscapes. Whispers in the Dark features archaeology and intrigue among ancient Southwest ruins. What We Found is a mystery with strong romantic elements about a young woman who finds a murder victim in the woods. In Counterfeits, stolen Rembrandt paintings bring danger to a small New Mexico town.

The Mad Monk’s Treasure follows the hunt for a long-lost treasure in the New Mexico desert. In The Dead Man’s Treasure, estranged relatives compete to reach a buried treasure by following a series of complex clues. In The Skeleton Canyon Treasure, sparks fly when reader favorites Camie and Tiger help a mysterious man track down his missing uncle.

Read excerpts at www.krisbock.com
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Today’s featured book is The Mad Monk’s Treasure by Kris
Bock.
Genre romantic suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
The lost Victorio Peak treasure is the stuff of legends – a
heretic Spanish priest’s gold mine, made richer by the spoils of bandits and an
Apache raider. When Erin, a quiet history professor, uncovers a clue that may
pinpoint the lost treasure cave, she prepares for adventure. But when a hit and
run driver nearly kills her, she realizes she’s not the only one after the
treasure. And is Drew, the handsome helicopter pilot who found her bleeding in
a ditch, really a hero, or one of the enemy?
Erin isn’t sure she can trust Drew with her heart, but she’ll
need his help to track down the treasure. She heads into the New Mexico
wilderness with her brainy best friend Camie and a feisty orange cat. The
wilderness holds its own dangers, from wild animals to sudden storms. Plus, the
sinister men hunting Erin are determined to follow her all the way to the
treasure, no matter where the twisted trail leads. Erin won’t give up an
important historical find without a fight, but is she ready to risk her life – and
her heart?
“The story has it all – action, romance, danger,
intrigue, lost treasure, not to mention a sizzling relationship….”
“Great balance of history, romance, and adventure.
Smart romance with an “Indiana Jones” feel. Well-written with an
attention to detail that allowed me to picture exactly in my head how a scene
looked and played out.”
Now 99 cents or free at all retailers!

Kris Bock Social Media

Kris writes novels of suspense and romance involving outdoor
adventures and Southwestern landscapes. In Counterfeits, stolen Rembrandt
paintings bring danger to a small New Mexico town. Whispers in the Dark
features archaeology and intrigue among ancient Southwest ruins. What We Found
is a mystery with strong romantic elements about a young woman who finds a
murder victim in the woods. The Mad Monk’s Treasure follows the hunt for a
long-lost treasure in the New Mexico desert. In The Dead Man’s Treasure,
estranged relatives compete to reach a buried treasure by following a series of
complex clues. Read excerpts at www.krisbock.com.

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Diane Noble, author of Outcast, shares her memories of
visiting India.

            The first
time I visited India I was ten years old, flying back to England with my
parents and brothers after a three year tour in Singapore. Our RAF Hermes plane
took almost three days, stopping in several countries to re-fuel, and de-ice
the wings. We’d travelled out in a troopship, the Dunera – a whole month and
school lessons every day – but the Suez Canal had been closed so here we were
in Calcutta, as it was then known. I remember the heat, the highly spiced kofta
they gave us for breakfast with a fried egg, which none of us could eat, the
hole in the floor toilet we had to squat over while flies buzzed around us, the
strange smells and sounds. How could I have known I’d begun a lifelong love
affair with India?
            A single
parent for much of the time, I had to wait until my children had grown and
flown before I could travel to Rajasthan, the princely state of maharajahs and
palaces. Since then I’ve been all over the country, generally on India’s
excellent trains, from Delhi and Agra in the north where the Taj Mahal reduced
me to tears, to beautiful Kerala in the south, the temples of Bhubaneshwar in
the east and vibrant Mumbai in the west, yet still, time after time I am drawn
back. Next year I hope to travel the width of the country by train, up to its
border with Pakistan and then into the Himalayas. My modest house – I spend all
my money on travel – needs replacement windows but hey!
            Ten years
ago I volunteered to spend three months teaching English to street children in
Kolkata. While there I realised what it is I love about the country –it’s the
people. Despite great deprivation they laugh and are joyful. This time in
Kolkata proved to be the hardest thing I have ever done. Broken, crumbling
buildings sit amid lakes of raw sewage; filthy children encrusted with sores are
homeless; families live on a patch of pavement so narrow they take it in turns
to lie down. They give birth – and die – there. Yet their indomitable spirit
shines through.
            I feared I
couldn’t do it, felt my resolve dying daily amid the horrors and hardship, but
I started writing a journal and it saved me.
            Imagine your shirt sticking to your back as
you edge round a goat, swat at flies and cough as smoke from pavement cooking
fires catches in your throat. After four hours of threadbare sleep you’re
trying to find the group of street children you’ve come to Kolkata, India to
teach English to as a volunteer.
            Your ears hurt with the noise –
shouting, blaring horns, a backfiring bus. A cow stands in the middle of the
road, munching impassively on an old newspaper, as traffic edges round it. This
animal is holy and if a driver were to run into it, he would be dragged from
his car by an angry crowd and beaten up.
            Heat beats on your head like a
hammer as you search among blackened buildings whose stonework crumbles like
stale cake. There is a smell of spices and sewage, urine evaporating in hot
sun.
            When you see the small group it
takes you an age to cross the road, weaving between rickshaws, yellow taxis,
tuk tuks festooned with dusty tinsel. The children are so tiny – malnourished –
with bare feet, cropped hair and laddered ribs, but they shriek with laughter
when you try to speak to them in Hindi. They stroke the pale skin of your arms
and clamber on to your knees as you sit, cross-legged and crampy, on the bare earth
floor. They are a joy, desperate to learn English, desperate to improve their
position at the bottom of the luck ladder.
            When you get back to your small room
that evening your feet are gritty and blistered, your chest is raw with exhaust
fumes and you are unbelievably filthy. Sweat makes white rivulets down the dirt
on your face and you feel, and doubtless smell, rank.
            By the end of the first week you
will be overwhelmed by the magnitude of the poverty, despairing at the
smallness of your contribution. How can you possibly do this for three whole
months? Whatever were you been thinking of when you signed up?
            Maybe, like me, you’ll start a
journal and at the end of every day, no matter how tired you feel, you’ll write
down every detail of your day – how the children are progressing, who made you
laugh, who can now write their names, how much their poor chests rattle, who
has the worst sores. It’s a sort of de-briefing you might find cathartic.
            Despite having nothing, the children
giggle and fool around, laugh and sing, hang on to you, desperate for cuddles,
Everywhere you go in this dreadful place Bengali men and women will get used to
seeing you, wave and call out ‘Hello, Aunty’ (a term of respect for women of a
certain age) At the wayside shrine even jolly, elephant-headed Ganesh will be
wearing a broad grin.
            My diary covered three months
and formed the basis for A Hundred Hands which tells the story of Polly who saw
the plight of the children living on the streets and stayed to help. Outcast
features the plight of the Dalits, the Untouchables. I have been back to India
many times. Despite its horrors the country is mesmeric and its people a joy.

Outcast

Rose leaves her Cornwall cafe to search for her daughter,
Ellie, in the steaming slums of Kolkata, India. In the daily struggle for
survival she is brought to her knees, yet finds the strength to confront the
poverty and disease and grows to love and respect the Dalit Community she is
helping. But then there are deaths and she fears for her own safety. Her cafe at home is at risk of being torched, and finally she has to make the terrible
choice between the Dalits and her own daughter.
Genre Romantic Suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings) PG
Publisher Tirgearr Publishing

Dianne Noble Social Media

I think I became a reader before I could walk. While other
people had childhood memories, I amassed a vocabulary. I was born into a
service family and at the tender age of seven found myself on the Dunera, a
troopship, sailing for a three year posting to Singapore. So began a lifetime
of wandering – and fifteen different schools. Teen years living in Cyprus,
before partition, when the country was swarming with handsome UN soldiers, and
then marriage to a Civil Engineer who whisked me away to the Arabian Gulf.
Most of the following years were spent as a single parent
with an employment history which ranged from the British Embassy in Bahrain to
a goods picker, complete with steel toe-capped boots, in an Argos warehouse. In
between I earned my keep as a cashier in Barclays, a radio presenter and a cafe proprietor on the sea front in Penzance.
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How do you maintain tension when writing suspense stories?
After attending dozens of writing workshops and numerous conferences, I compiled a list of rules that I depend on daily when writing romantic suspense. These recommended guidelines are a great tool for creating tension and expectation, which is essential to keeping your readers turning those pages!
Remember to show, don’t tell! I’ve heard this over and over again and it is the most common mistake among new writers. The fewer blocks of description or passive writing you include, the better. Avoid “info dumps” where you include sections of research information and background details you might consider important. This will only serve one purpose: bringing your story to a screeching halt and turning it into a boring textbook. Instead, focus on current events or the overall point of your story by including realistic dialogue and fun, action-packed scenes.
Make sure to create a “believable” threat or frightening dilemma, such as a kidnapping, unexploded bomb or an impending disaster. You might add a psychological danger such as the loss of a job or dying family member. The trick is to make the threat relevant and potentially devastating to your main characters.
When things seem to go wrong, they can only get worse, which is a great plan of attack for keeping your reader’s interest. Ask yourself, “What would people do in this situation?” Then have your character do the unexpected, open the wrong door or make the wrong choice, leaving them facing the consequences of their actions.
In suspense pacing is by far the most important aspect of your story. A common practice is to increase tension by shortening your phrases and dialogue. While lengthy sentences add a more relaxed mood to your story, short choppy ones read faster and help make scenes more suspenseful. But don’t get carried away and make the mistake of wearing your readers out by keeping action rolling at fever pitch. As in “real” life, characters need to catch their breath after an exhausting action scene.
Determine the timeline for your story, remembering that quick scenes or episodes that occur in a matter of hours or over the course of a day are far more suspenseful than scenes taking place over several days, weeks or months.
Lastly, be sure to end each chapter with a great hook or final line to keep readers from putting your book down. This could be a revelation, unanswered question or sudden discovery that can only be answered or revealed by reading further. The best suspense stories leave readers hungry for knowledge and anxious to know where the story’s ultimately leading.

Kaylin McFarren

Book: Severed Threads
When true love’s found, death has no end.
Believing herself responsible for her father’s fatal diving accident, Rachel Lyons has withdrawn from the world and assumed a safe position at a foundation office. When called upon by a museum director to assist her former love interest with the recovery of a cursed relic from a sunken Chinese merchant ship, she has no intention of cooperating – until her brother is kidnapped by a drug-dealing gangster. In order to save him and gain control over her life, Rachel must not only overcome her greatest fears, but also relive the circumstances that lead to her father’s death.
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Kaylin McFarren Social Media

Website: http://kaylinmcfarren.com
Blog: http://kaylinmcfarren.wordpress.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/4kaylin
Facebook: http://facebook.com/kaylin.mcfarren
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Goodreads: http://goodreads.com/kaylinmcfarren

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Play Is It True
with today’s guest Beverley Bateman, author of Targeted, a Romantic Suspense.
This is a game in which authors answer yes and no questions. They can elaborate
on answers as much as they choose.
First, tell us about
your book.
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG
After and eleven-year absence Janna Kincaid inherits a ranch and is
forced to return to a town she only remembers with unhappiness, a man to whom
she was briefly married and never wants to see again, and someone is trying to
kill her.
Kye Hawkins has loved Janna since he first met her. They were married
but a few weeks later she ran away, without an explanation. He still hasn’t
figured out why. Now she’s coming back. Does she still love him? Can he
rekindle the romance and also prevent her from being killed?
Janna doesn’t want Kye’s help in anyway, yet he always seems to be
there when she’s in trouble. Can they work together to find a killer, save the
Native burial ground and home of the spirits, and find romance again?
Now, tell us Yes or No for each answer below. Feel free to
explain any (or none) of your answers.

Is it true:

this is your first book? No
this book is part of a series? Yes. It’s the third in the
Hawkins Ranch series.
you lost sleep while writing this book? No
you did research for this book? Yes – lots of research on
ranch life and the Blackfoot tribe
some characters in this book are not human? (pets for
example) Yes
this book has more than one genre? Yes – western, romance
and suspense
you speak more than one language? No
you grew up where you live now? No
you love to read? Yes
you are never late?
you love pizza? Yes
you love sushi? Yes
you have a pet? Yes – two
Where can we find your
book online?

Beverley Bateman Social Media

Beverley
Bateman started writing when the locked room murders were popular and loved to
write a few of them. Recently she left the beautiful Okanagan Valley in BC, Canada with her husband and two Shiba Inu dogs for Medicine Hat, Alberta. It’s
smaller and more friendly. She lives there in the summer, and winters in
Tucson, AZ away from the snow and cold. She writes in both places. Hunted,
Missing and the newest – Targeted are part of her Montana series. She also has
her Holly Devine series; A Cruise to Remember, and a Murder to Forget. Don’t Go
is her darker romantic suspense. And By Design, a medical thriller will be out
soon.

Website
http://www.beverleybateman.com
Blog http://beverleybateman.blogspot.ca/
Twitter http://twitter/kelownawriter
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/beverley.bateman.18
Facebook Authorpage – http://www.facebook.com/AuthorBeverleyBateman?ref=hl
Pinterest http://pinterest.com/okwriter
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7052567.Beverley_Bateman

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