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Category Archives: Suspense

Romantic suspense or thrillers provide readers with heightened feelings of suspense, excitement, surprise, anticipation and/or anxiety.

Meet Dylan from Lyrical Embrace, Suspense by Amber Daulton @AmberDaulton1 #RLFblog #RomanticSuspense Welcome Dylan Haynes from Lyrical Embrace, a new Romantic Suspense by Amber Daulton.

Meet Dylan Haynes

Age: 25
Gender: Male
Birthplace: Willow Springs, Vermont
Profession: Music Teacher; Ex-Drummer for a rock band
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Dylan, please provide a physical description of yourself.
I’m about six feet tall with short, spiky brown hair and blue eyes. I keep in good shape because I’m a volunteer firefighter, and I gotta be quick when disaster strikes. I have a red dragon tattoo on my left arm, and it twists around my biceps.
Please tell us a little about yourself.
I like to think of myself as a normal guy, and I hope I portray that to the people I first meet. I used to play for an indie rock band, Fortune’s Glory, but most people don’t recognize me since the band never made it big. I’m grateful for that. I’ve moved back home to Willow Springs, so I usually don’t meet clubbers and fans anymore.
Who is the significant other in your life?
Erica Timberly is the perfect woman for me. She’s strong, beautiful, and stubborn, but vulnerable too. She’s an excellent violinist and loves music just as much as I do. After all the crap she’s been through, she’s still trusting and kind. She loves with her whole heart, and I’m damn glad she picked me.

Insight from the Author

How educated is this character? Is he book smart, self-taught, widely-experienced?
Dylan grew up around music because his parents owned and operated a music academy, so he spent a lot of time learning to play the drums and other instruments. Music is his life, and even he dropped out of college freshman year to join Fortune’s Glory when he was eighteen years old.
Are any of his skills a source of pride? Embarrassment? Which ones and why?
He’s an excellent drummer and is proud of that, but he loves to teach as much as he loves performing. When his students succeed, he feels as though he’s accomplished something great and takes pride in their achievements.
What is your character’s family like?
Dylan’s parents and siblings are supportive and understanding. He’s the baby in the family, but they treat him like an adult, most of the time. His mom has a knack for embarrassing him, but he knows she only does so because she loves him.
Is your character involved in his community?
Yes, very much so. After years of partying and having fun, he wanted to do something good and give back to the community where he’d come from, so he volunteers as a fireman. As such, he’s also a certified EMT.
What is your hero’s biggest hopes and dreams?
He always wanted to be a famous musician, but his dreams changed when he was on tour and playing clubs with Fortune’s Glory. He didn’t like the person he was turning into. The drugs, alcohol, and groupies distracted him from the music, so he was just going through the motions and no longer enjoying himself. After quitting the band, he found a new dream and succeeded in reaching it. He has a real, down-to-earth life, which includes a good job and a loving woman. Life couldn’t be better for him.

About Your Writer: Questions for your character to answer about you.

To honor the person who chose to share your story, please answer at least four of these questions. Questions with more than one point should be considered one question. You may answer as many more as you like.
What do you wish your writer, Amber, had not told others about you?
Back when I was still drumming for Fortune’s Glory, Erica attended the concerts at the clubs and crushed hard on me, but I didn’t even know she existed. I just never saw her in the crowd of screaming, dancing fans. I was nothing but an arrogant, sexist hound dog back then, and Erica knew it. After I stopped drinking and left the band, I headed back home to get my life together. Then Erica and I finally met. I’m embarrassed of the way I acted before, but I’ve since proved to Erica I’m a changed man.
When your writer is writing about you, what do you think makes your writer the most sad? What makes your writer the most happy?
I think Amber was a little sad when writing about my bandmate who overdosed on heroin. That time in my life was difficult for me, so I’m relieved she didn’t go in great detail about it. More than anything, she was getting all weepy when writing about Erica’s past. You see, Erica was in an abusive relationship before we met, so Amber had no choice but to mention it.
At the end of the story, Amber really enjoyed writing the scene where Erica fought back against her ex and finally broke free from him for good. Amber prefers strong female leads, and that’s definitely Erica.
Why do you think your writer loves to write?
She likes making people smile and giving them happy endings. I’m a prime example of that. I was getting my life back on track after quitting the band, but then Amber introduced me to Erica. Wow! That one moment changed everything for me, and I wouldn’t give it up for all the money or fame in the world.
What other character from your book do you think your writer should write a book about? Care to tell us why?
Lyrical Embrace is book four in the Deerbourne Inn series–a multi-author collaboration of novellas–and each author is only allowed to write one book in the series. Hopefully, that will change because my older brother, Birley, desperately needs a woman in his life. His ex-wife split town years ago, and he’s raising his son and daughter alone. The kids are great–don’t get me wrong–but he needs another reason to get out of bed in the morning. All he does is work at the music academy and take care of the kids. He rarely dates. Damn, the man doesn’t even bed hop. So I hope Amber will brighten up Birley’s future sooner rather than later. If not, I’m gonna have a long talk with her.

Where to buy Lyrical Embrace

Publisher https://bit.ly/2AIkSFk
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Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/lyrical-embrace
Google Play https://bit.ly/2DqXlsV

Amber Daulton’s Social Media

Amber Daulton is the author of the romantic-suspense series Arresting Onyx and several standalone novellas. Her books are published through The Wild Rose Press and Books to Go Now, and are available in ebook, print on demand, audio, and foreign language formats.
Amber lives in North Carolina with her husband and four demanding cats.
Blog http://amberdaultonauthor.blogspot.com/
Twitter https://twitter.com/AmberDaulton1
Facebook Author Page www.facebook.com/amber.daulton.author
Pinterest http://pinterest.com/amberdaulton5/
Goodreads www.goodreads.com/author/show/6624921.Amber_Daulton
Amazon Author Page http://amzn.to/14JoZff

 

An Uptown Girl and a Cowboy by Lorelei Confer @loreleiconfer #RLFblog #RomanticSuspenseLorelei Confer, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about your book.

An Uptown Girl and a Cowboy by Lorelei Confer

Genre Romantic Suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): spicy
Samantha Williams, a New York City girl, wanna be photographer, stumbles into Rosie’s Diner in Saddle Creek, Wyoming, outside Jackson Hole. Disheveled from a horrid travel day, Sam finds the only seat available is at the counter beside a cowboy–a burly, staggeringly handsome, strong-muscled cowboy, who she is immediately attracted to and who has some baggage of his own.
Elliott Bouchard, an Outfitter and trainer of therapy horses, thinks he already found his one true love and buried her. He feels responsible for his wife’s death, until he meets Samantha Williams. He wants her for himself; to protect her, not only from the raw elements of the west but from someone following her who wants her gone.
After Sam’s life is threatened, due to murderous evidence she unknowingly has in a picture, Elliott comes to her rescue. But will he be there in time?

Where to buy An Uptown Girl and a Cowboy

Amazon https://amzn.to/2uu519I
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iBooks https://bit.ly/2qPIIui
Kobo https://bit.ly/2YtCPSg
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Lorelei Confer Social Media

Lorelei Confer lives on a peninsula in the mid west coast of Florida with her high school sweetheart, now husband, and AJ, her longhaired Chihuahua.
In the fourth grade, she wrote her first story–something about getting a shot at the doctors–that was produced by the teacher for parents and students in an assembly. When she was older, she spilled her guts in a journal every night and wrote long newsy love letters to Viet Nam.
She is a multi published author of romantic suspense with two series: the Deadly series and the Saddle Creek series. She also has written numerous novellas and short stories.
She loves to hear from her readers so if you want to stay “in the know” visit her website, www.loreleiconfer.com, sign up for her newsletters and contact her.
Website www.loreleiconfer.com
Blog www.loreleiconfer.blogspot.com
Twitter https://twitter.com/loreleiconfer
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Amazon Author Page https://amzn.to/2V2kV6U
Newsletter https://bit.ly/2UZyQe1

 

Know the Hero from Flotsam and Jetsam: the Amelia Island Affair by MS Spencer @msspencerauthor #RLFblog #CozyMysteryMS Spencer, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! We’re excited to find out more about your hero, but first, tell us about the book.

Flotsam and Jetsam: the Amelia Island Affair by MS Spencer

Genre: Cozy Mystery/Romantic Suspense

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13

State Park Rangers Simon Ribault and Ellie Ironstone are used to dealing with messy campers and ravaging raccoons, but when three bodies wash up on the beach, they mobilize all their powers of deduction. Who are they and how did they get to the shore of Amelia Island? Are they connected to the secretive League of the Green Cross? Or linked to a mysterious Jamaican drug ring?

Ellie, new to Amelia Island, must penetrate a close-knit community if she wants to find answers to the mystery, all while deciding between two rivals for her affection: Thad, the handsome local idol, and Simon, the clever, quirky bookworm.

Simon, for his part, will have to call on both his well-honed research skills to solve the case and his not-so well-honed skills as a Don Juan to lure Ellie away from Thad.

Know the Hero from Flotsam and Jetsam: the Amelia Island Affair

Here are some fun questions to help us know your hero.

It’s late, he’s bored. What does he do?

That’s easy: read. There are more books in Simon’s house than dust motes. He holds some five graduate degrees and is always looking to learn more.

What kind of food would he impulse buy if hungry?

Well, since Simon eats only plain hamburgers and fries, that would be his first and only choice. He does claim that at one time he was a gourmand, but there’s no solid evidence of that. At one point in Flotsam and Jetsam he is under such stress that he accepts a slice of pizza, but sadly (in my opinion) removes the anchovies before eating it.

Describe the kind of clothes he prefers to wear.

Since he is a State Park ranger, he wears a uniform. He’s happy with that—one less decision to make. Of course, it does lead to some confusion, since Ellie also wears a ranger uniform.

Does he know how to fix things?

Unfortunately, he’s one of those nerds who knows all kinds of esoteric stuff but not how to fix a toilet or employ high tech machinery. Ellie has to show him how to use a baby monitor to eavesdrop on the bad guys.

He tried to do something and it went badly. Tell us about it.

He kissed Ellie, and that went pretty well, until Georgia caught them and Ellie got jealous and wouldn’t speak to him. (Correction: she stopped speaking to him after she called him a louse.)

How does he act around children he doesn’t know?

Oh, he’s wonderful, especially with scouts. When a girl scout—acting on a dare—ends up stuck in the mud he delivers her from the jaws of an alligator in the nick of time. Or at least that’s how the other girl scouts tell it.

What is he like first thing in the morning?

A bit too bouncy in Ellie’s opinion. Although when he finds himself getting used to having eggs and coffee with her every morning he resists. (It’s that darn “M” word.)

Can he use chopsticks?

Of course! Although there’s no real need for them when you have the hamburger bun.

Does he drink coffee? If so, how does he take it? If not, what does he drink instead?

Black and lots of it. After the sun dips below the yardarm, beer. Like his food, he likes it plain and simple—Pabst Blue Ribbon always.

What apps would he have on his phone?

He wouldn’t. No need on a small island in which you know where everyone is at all times. He’s good at science (that degree in criminology) but has no use for bells and whistles.

Android or iPhone?

Android. He wouldn’t own an Apple product if he and it were the last things on earth.

Beard or clean-shaven?

Clean shaven—he likes things neat and tidy, except his house. I mean, if the house were tidied up, where would he put his books?

Earrings/piercings/tattoos or unadorned skin?

No artificial embellishments <he shivers>. Ellie would say he was handsome enough without, but the real reason is that after reading Ray Bradbury’s The Illustrated Man, Simon developed a phobia of tattoos.

Personal vehicle or public transport?

OMG, Simon’s baby is his 1966 Ford Mustang GT, with the original engine and a fully restored interior with vintage vinyl seats. Georgia claims it’s full of old magazines and books, but in fact Simon keeps it pristine. He also drives a park truck.

Recycle or toss?

Recycle. He’s a State Park ranger, for heaven’s sake. He picks up other people’s trash.

Thanks for helping us get to know your hero!

Where to buy Flotsam and Jetsam: the Amelia Island Affair

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Flotsam-Jetsam-Amelia-Island-Affair-ebook/dp/B07JKTXYJC
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/flotsam-and-jetsam-m-s-spencer/1129787048?ean=2940161601945
iBooks https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/flotsam-and-jetsam/id1439717297?mt=11
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/flotsam-and-jetsam-the-amelia-island-affair
Indigo https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/flotsam-and-jetsam-the-amelia/9781509223350-item.html
Google Play https://play.google.com/store/books/details/M_S_Spencer_Flotsam_and_Jetsam_the_Amelia_Island_A?id=bFx-DwAAQBAJ
Indie-bound https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781509223343
Bookstrand https://www.bookstrand.com/flotsam-and-jetsam-the-amelia-island-affair
Walmart https://www.walmart.com/ip/Flotsam-and-Jetsam-the-Amelia-Island-Affair-eBook/299982150

MS Spencer Social Media

Blog https://msspencertalespinner.blogspot.com
Twitter www.twitter.com/msspencerauthor
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/msspencerromance
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GoodReads http://www.goodreads.com/msspencer
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/msspencerauthor/
Linked in www.linkedin.com/in/msspencerauthor
Bookbub https://www.bookbub.com/profile/m-s-spencer
Amazon Author Page http://www.amazon.com/M.S.-Spencer/e/B002ZOEUC8/

 

A Question of Trust by Mona karel @MonaKarel #RLFblog #Romantic SuspenseMona Karel, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about your book.

A Question of Trust by Mona Karel

Genre Romantic Suspense
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Lana Greene doesn’t care that most of the world sees her as avaricious and amoral. All the better for her to stand as a shield against those who would exploit the weaker. Until the day she comes up against a situation too difficult for her to handle on her own, and she has to reach out to her ex-husband.
Adam Roberts dedicated himself to keeping the world safe until his efforts took part of a leg and much of his self worth.. When Ty Randolph asks him to take on a simple escort he’s more than willing to help out his new friends.
But there is far more at stake than anyone realizes. Lana and Adam have to learn to trust themselves and each other to succeed in saving many innocent lives.
What’s your favorite down-home family style meal?
At one time, fried chicken and fresh biscuits. Now it’s more likely Chicken Molé or an Enchilada Casserole.
What is your go-to meal when you dine out?
Sushi. I would never try to make it at home. Or really good Chinese food
What are your hobbies?
Dogs…loving them, raising them, training them. Getting rid of the collectibles at one time I couldn’t live without
When you read for pleasure, what kind of books do you choose?
Romance. Good world building Fantasy or Space Opera. I use books as a buffer against the world and I can glut read (or re-read) whole series.
If the hero of your latest book called you on the phone, what would be a perfect ringtone for him?
Adam never likes to draw attention to himself. His ringtone is going to be subtle, maybe just a quiet buzz.

Where to buy A Question of Trust

Publisher https://blackopalbooks.com
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Question-Trust-Stormhaven-Story-Stories-ebook/dp/B07HVV96DL/
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-question-of-trust-mona-karel/1129690204

Mona Karel Social Media

Mona Karel wrote some of her first book on a portable typewriter, using the backs of salvaged paper. Sounds pretty sad, but it was the beginning of a new life, and makes for a great memory. Written mainly as Romance, Mona’s books also address other pressing matters such as spousal abuse, terrorism, and human trafficking, In the Stormhaven books, Mona honors those who gave their all and more to stand against evil. Stormhaven is a ranch in northern New Mexico where these people can ease back into society.
Website https://mona-karel.com
Blog https://mona-karel.com/blog
Twitter https://twitter.com/MonaKarel
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4878639.Mona_Karel
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Mona-Karel/e/B0052GL1R8

 

Know the Hero from Mack the Wife by Debby Conrad@ConradDebby #RLFblog #RomanticSuspenseDebby Conrad, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! We’re excited to find out more about your hero, but first, tell us about the book.

Mack the Wife by Debby Conrad

Genre Romantic Suspense

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): 4

Mackenzie O’Brien believes the only way her overprotective brothers will stay out of her life and find loves of their own is if she is married and settled. When an old love returns to town, Mackenzie is anxious to see if she and Grady Sullivan can pick up where they left off.
Grady tries to fight his attraction to Mackenzie. He wants nothing to do with the spoiled little rich girl who broke his heart years ago or her ridiculous marriage scheme. He’s a cop, living on a cop’s salary and she is way out of his league. And besides, her brothers hate him.
But Mackenzie won’t take no for an answer—until Grady suspects one or more of her brothers may be guilty of murder. Then she has no choice but to reconsider her plans. Because when it comes to family, the O’Briens stick together, even if it means giving up on love. Or does it?
Crystal Lake series:
Book 1 Mack the Wife
Book 2 Aidan’s Way
Book 3 Chasing Connor
Book 4 Hunter’s Reluctance
Book 5 Blaming Owen

Know the Hero from Mack the Wife

Here are some fun questions to help us know your hero.
It’s late, he’s bored. What does he do?
Spends time with his black Labrador Retriever, Lucky.
Describe the kind of clothes he prefers to wear.
Jeans, t-shirts and boots. Cop’s uniform while on duty.
Does he know how to fix things?
Yes. In addition to being a cop he is building a home on the lake. He is very handy.
He tried to do something and it went badly. Tell us about it.
Got caught “literally” with his pants down while having sex with Mackenzie when they were eighteen. Mack’s brothers have hated him ever since.
What is he like first thing in the morning?
A little weary. He works hard, has a lot on his plate.
Can he use chopsticks?
No. He’s a man’s man. Give him a shovel and he’ll show you a few moves.
Does he drink coffee? If so, how does he take it? If not, what does he drink instead?
Black
Beard or clean-shaven?
Clean-shaven.
Personal vehicle or public transport?
Personal vehicle. Black SUV.
Thanks for helping us get to know your hero!

Where to buy Mack the Wife

Publisher Debby Conrad
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/MACK-WIFE-Overbearing-Billionaires-Book-ebook/dp/B00OA9433W/
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mack-the-wife-debby-conrad/1120506179
iBooks https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/mack-the-wife/id1139609977?mt=11
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/search?query=mack+the+wife+by+debby+conrad

Debby Conrad Social Media

Sexy reads with a dash of humor and a slice of suspense!
Debby Conrad has been spinning tales since junior high school when she would force her younger sister and a few close friends to listen to her fantasies and dreams. Back then she had no idea her silly tales would end up in print, or that her later dream of becoming a novelist would come true.
Debby lives with her husband in NW Pennsylvania, has two grown daughters, five grandchildren and a miniature Dachshund who does not like being ignored while she writes.
As an award-winning author, with 26 published romance novels to her credit, it is always a surprise as to what she will work on next. Even she doesn’t know sometimes; not until the fingers hit the keyboard. She recently completed Love, Lies and Bow Ties, the 8th and final book in the Love, Lies and More Lies series. Other series include the Crystal Lake series, Chance at Love series and the Orchard Falls series.
Website www.DebbyConrad.com
Twitter https://twitter.com/ConradDebby
Facebook www.facebook.com/DebbyConradAuthor
Amazon Author Page http://www.amazon.com/DEBBY-CONRAD/e/B007DTF646/

 

3 Quick Reads in the Crescent Creek Collection by Viviana MacKade @viviMacKade #RLFblog #RomanticSuspenseViviana MacKade, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about your book.

Crescent Creek Collection by Viviana MacKade

Genre Romantic Suspense, small town
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
From the cold Canadian border, the US1 runs along the east coast with patience. Southbound, always south, until it reaches the Sunshine State. Not the fastest way, sure, but if you have time to drive it all the way down, you might find yourself lost in one of the coastal towns that dot the US1 like little jewels. Maybe that town’s name is Crescent Creek. These are the stories of its people.
All Those Miles I Walked ~ The family man and the gypsy
Painted Love ~ The upstanding citizen and the thief.
His Midnight Sun ~ The wild one and the good doctor.
Come and join them for a collection of stories that will keep you warm even in the coldest day.

Where to buy the Crescent Creek Collection

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07N8K75Z5

Viviana MacKade Social Media

Beach bum and country music addicted, Viviana lives in a small Floridian town with her husband and her son, her die-hard fans and personal cheer squad. She spends her days between typing on her beloved keyboard, playing in the pool with her boy, and eating whatever her husband puts on her plate (the guy is that good, and she really loves eating). Besides beaching, she enjoys long walks, horse-riding, hiking, and pretty much whatever she can do outside with her family.
Website http://www.viviana-mackade.blog/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100011982152461
Twitter https://twitter.com/ViviMackade
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/default/e/B01KKY6WLQ/

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