Welcome to The RG2E, Featured Author Kristine Cayne!
Take it away, Kristine…
Thank you, DeeDee! I’m thrilled to be back at the RG2E today, doing what I love most—talking about books. More specifically, I want to share with the RG2E readers why I write romantic suspense.
This is a genre that, for years, has been deemed “dead” by the traditional publishing industry. However, a quick search on Amazon.com shows that there are over 12,000 books in the romantic suspense category by such leading authors as Lisa Jackson, Karen Robards, Nora Roberts, Cherry Adair, Cindy Gerard, Shayla Black, Nicholas Sparks, Maya Banks, Lisa Renee Jones, Gemma Halliday, and the list goes on and on. I wonder: do all these authors know they are writing in a “dead” genre? J
Romantic suspense is far from six-feet under. In fact, it is on the rise. And honestly, that doesn’t surprise me. Where else can you find finger-gripping suspense and quiver-inducing romance all in one story, one book?
So what exactly is romantic suspense?
Let’s break it down. Romantic suspense is above all romance. The hero and heroine must overcome challenges, both external and internal, to find happiness with each other.
Romantic suspense is the first cousin of the thriller. Tension increases as the story unfolds. The hero and heroine face increasing levels of danger, and its consequences, as the villain gets closer to achieving his or her own goal.
The sub-genre is vast, and while it does include some great police procedurals, many authors are now focusing on military heroes or even (mostly) ordinary people dealing with extreme circumstances. Sometimes, the suspense storylines are really more “adventure” or “thriller.”
Weaving suspense and romance
The successful romantic suspense author weaves the suspense and the romance threads in such a way that neither can exist without the other. The suspense propels the romance and the romance propels the suspense. The danger element brings the hero and heroine together. But as the romantic relationship develops, the stakes rise and the increased danger threatens to tear the hero and heroine apart. This deadlock situation creates tension for the characters and, more importantly, for you, the readers.
We love to torture our heroes and heroines
It’s not enough, though, for the romantic suspense author to torture their characters with a raging villain dead set on killing them. Oh, no. We also need to torture our heroes and heroines with their own twisted secrets, extreme passions, and deadly desires. They need to overcome their own pasts, fears, and failures if they are to have a chance at a future together.
What could be more satisfying than a story about a hero and heroine who defeat evil and find true love?
Challenges of writing romantic suspense
One of the big challenges of writing romantic suspense is that everyone comes to it with a different expectation of the ratio between the romance and the suspense. Some readers want an equal balance, while others want more emphasis on the suspense or more emphasis on the romance. Worse, everyone has a different opinion on what constitutes “more.”
I love to hear from readers. So, here is my question to you: what do you consider the ideal ratio of romance to suspense?
Deadly Obsession is the first book in my Deadly Vices romantic suspense series. It has spine-tingling suspense combined with a very hot romance.
Here’s the blurb.
When an Oscar-winning movie star meets a department-store photographer…
Movie star Nic Lamoureux appears to have a playboy’s perfect life. But it’s a part he plays, an act designed to conceal a dark secret he carries on his shoulders. His empty days and nights are a meaningless blur until he meets the woman who fulfills all his dreams. She and her son are the family he’s always wanted—if she can forgive a horrible mistake from his past.
A Hollywood dream…
Lauren James, a widowed single mother, earns barely enough money to support herself and her son. When she wins a photography contest and meets Nic, the man who stars in all her fantasies, her dreams, both professional and personal, are on the verge of becoming real. The attraction between Lauren and Nic is instant—and mutual. Their chemistry burns out of control during a photo shoot that could put Lauren on the fast track to a lucrative career.
Becomes a Hollywood nightmare
But an ill-advised kiss makes front-page news, and the lurid headlines threaten everything Nic and Lauren have hoped for. Before they know what’s happening, their relationship is further rocked by an obsessed and cunning stalker who’ll stop at nothing—not even murder—to have Nic to herself. When Nic falls for Lauren, the stalker zeroes in on her as the competition.
And the competition must be eliminated.
*** On sale for 99 cents for a limited time only. Regular price $3.99 ***
RT Book Reviews Top Pick – “Stock up on ice cubes because this is definitely one sizzling debut. Readers will be hooked from the first sentence—on the book and on Nic! As rich as a white chocolate cheesecake, Cayne’s entrance into the suspense genre is invigorating, explosive and simply intoxicating.”
Winner – Best Romance – 2012 eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards
Finalist – Best Romance – Kindle Book Review’s Best Indie Books of 2012 (just announced!)
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About the Author
Kristine Cayne is fascinated by the mysteries of human psychology—twisted secrets, deep-seated beliefs, out-of-control desires. Add in high-stakes scenarios and real-world villains, and you have a story worth writing, and reading.
The heroes and heroines of her Deadly Vices series are pitted against each other by their radically opposing life experiences. By overcoming their differences and finding common ground, they triumph over their enemies and find true happiness in each other’s arms.
Today she lives in the Pacific Northwest, thriving on the mix of cultures, languages, religions and ideologies. When she’s not writing, she’s people-watching, imagining entire life stories, and inventing all sorts of danger for the unsuspecting heroes and heroines who cross her path.
To Connect with Kristine Cayne
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Who all would like an Ebook Gift Copy of Deadly Obsession? Let us know below, and you just might win one from Kristine Cayne. :-)
Thanks bunches for being our guest, Kristine, and for Ebook gifting all of our superfab RG2E readers.
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