Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for August, 2008

We have a homeless book…boo! The original winner of Diane Chamberlain’s post has never contacted me and it’s been over a week so I’m drawing a new name.

We have a winner! The winner of Diane’s post is….

AmyC!

Congrats Amy!

Please email me your snail mail addy at mad @ romancereaderatheart.com so we can get your book out to you. Enjoy!

Read Full Post »

We have a homeless book…boo! The original winner of Joy Nash’s post has never contacted me and it’s been over a week so I’m drawing a new name.

We have a winner! The winner of Joy’s post is….

ElizabethM!

Congrats Elizabeth!

Please email me your snail mail addy at mad @ romancereaderatheart.com so we can get your book out to you. Enjoy!

Read Full Post »

We have a winners! The winners of Susan’s post are….

CrystalB!

Fedora!

Azteclady!

SusanB!

RebekahE!

Kathleen!

AnnM!

StacyS!

Estella!

&

Quilt Lady!

Congrats ladies!

Please email me your snail mail addy at mad @ romancereaderatheart.com so I can get your book out to you. Enjoy!

Read Full Post »

We have a winner! The winner of Victoria’s post is….

Caffey!

Congrats Caffey!

Please email me your snail mail addy at mad @ romancereaderatheart.com so we can get your book out to you. Enjoy!

Read Full Post »

We have a winner! The winner of Shayla’s post is….

Terra!

Congrats Terra!

Please email me your snail mail addy at mad @ romancereaderatheart.com so we can get your prize out to you. Enjoy!

Read Full Post »

Mark your calendars, ladies! This one is out on October 14 through Samhain. Isn’t the cover gorgeous?

It was supposed to be an easy mission. But nobody told her that.

Ian and Braden Thomas return to the U.S. to extract Katie Buchanan, the sister of the teammate who betrayed them. She could very well be the key to taking down the man responsible for turning Ian and Braden into unstable cat shifters. Unfortunately, they’re not the only ones after Katie.

Katie has no intention of going quietly or of offering her trust on a silver platter. She’s got troubles of her own that don’t include two pain-in-the-ass men who claim her dead brother sent them. She’s too busy trying to stay one step ahead of Ricardo de la Cruz, the brother of a man she killed.

As the bodies pile up, Ian and Braden are only sure of one thing: Katie makes them crazy. Something about her calls to their inner predator. They both want her, but she’s made a practice of making bad decisions and trusting the wrong men. And by the time she realizes that she can trust these two warriors, it might just be too late.

Read Full Post »

A journalist and who adopted a troubled teen, Madison Wade has tackled many challenges—but never one like this. Leaving Philadelphia for a small town to give her son a better life, she’s now in a tightly knit community that won’t accept her big-city ways and Ethan’s less-than-perfect past. When finally, he’s invited on a camping trip, it turns into a nightmare – and Ethan is suspected of a violent crime.

Sheriff Gabe Wyatt doesn’t want to believe this kid is guilty. He’s falling in love with Ethan’s beautiful, sophisticated, and generous mother, the first woman who has ever awakened the tender side of this tough lawman. But he can’t ignore evidence, even if it keeps him from getting close to the woman he longs to protect, even if it drives this fierce mother to find the criminal herself. Then one terrible night, the villain will find her… and Maddie Wade will come face-to-face with her darkest fears.

I remember, back in the day so to speak, my younger sister (at the time in grade school) asked what a “boldiego” was. Confused, and yet not surprised (my sister had a wild imagination), I asked, “What? What are you talking about?” Remember, I’m the older sister, so there was much eye rolling at this point. “You know,” she said, “like on Star Trek, ‘to boldiego where no man…’” You can imagine my reaction. Let’s just say, she never lived that one down.

And now years later, I, the ever prudent, ever cautious older sister, am doing a little boldiegoing of my own. After writing six women’s fiction novels, I decided to follow my passion and pen a romantic suspense. And much to my surprise, I discovered taking risks can be worth the stress. I loved, loved, loved writing PITCH BLACK — coming up with just the right cliffhanger for chapter endings, devising various ways to increase the risk my characters were taking and make their lives more complicated and dangerous. It was a delicious indulgence of the mind. (Does this indicate that deep down I truly enjoy torturing people? Possibly. After all, I used to be a dental hygienist.)

When I started this book, I wanted to combine strong characters and a fast paced plot. I wanted an easily identifiable story that could happen to almost anyone. And although this was suspense, I still wanted complicated emotional problems for my characters. So Madison Wade and her newly adopted teenage son, Ethan were born. She is a heroine so vastly different from my own personality that while writing I continually had to stop myself mid-scene and backtrack (with the muttered words, “No, Susan, that’s what you would do, not what Madison would do.) About the only trait Madison and I have in common is the fierce protectiveness of our children. For Madison, that protectiveness leads her straight into the path of a murderer. Hopefully, cautious Susan will never have to face such a challenge – but Madison is more than up to the task.

By the time I finish writing a book, any book, I’m always convinced it’s horrible, unimaginative and ordinary. PITCH BLACK was no different. Plus romantic suspense was one of those new worlds the folks on Star Trek were always searching for. After I submitted it to my editor, I spent lots of time biting my fingernails. Would she like it? Did I deliver? Remember, I am so not a risk taker.

Then I got a huge, “WOW! This is fantastic!” from my editor. Suddenly the risk-taking was worth it. And I could finally grow my nails again. By the time I got my page proofs back and read PITCH BLACK with a better perspective, I too was thrilled with the outcome. My confidence was back … at least until I submit my next novel.

Even though this risk paid off, at least for now I’m going to keep my boldiegoing limited to writing and leave the truly dangerous stuff for folks like Madison Wade.

How about you? Boldiegoer? Or do you stay in your own well-known back yard?

*****Leave a comment for the chance to win a copy of PITCH BLACK! I’ve got 10 copies to give away! Good Luck! 🙂

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »