RG2E Featured Author Kristine Cayne takes us on her journey to write a Romantic Suspense

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

Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/KristineCayneAuthor)

Twitter (http://twitter.com/KristineCayne)

Blog (http://kristinecayne.blogspot.com/)

New Releases List (http://kristinecayne.blogspot.com/p/new-releases-list.html)

Goodreads (http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5428452.Kristine_Cayne)

Website (htttp://www.kristinecayne.com)


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.

The Best of RG2E Ereading Wishes — D. D. Scott, RG2E Founder


48 thoughts on “RG2E Featured Author Kristine Cayne takes us on her journey to write a Romantic Suspense

  1. How terrible to discover I’m reading a dead genre. LOL. I remember a couple of years ago, NY wasn’t buying contemporary romance – now it’s everywhere. Everything’s cyclical. And with e-pubbing, you don’t have to wait for the next wave. What you want to read is out there waiting for you.

    A lovely post, Kristine. Thanks for sharing.

    • It really can be a challenge, Cynthia. I think of it like an onion – you expose a clue, then as the story progresses, you expose more and more until you get to the core of it. Thank you for your comment!

  2. A dying genre? I had no idea, lol. When I think of Romantic Suspense, I think of Tami Hoag and writers like her. And I think Lisa Gardner is more of a thriller writer. And I think I’m somewhere in the middle. Would love to win a copy of Deadly Obsession:)

    • I’m also somewhere in the middle. I like the suspense story to be very strong, but I want more in the romance than a kiss at the end of the book. In my writing, the romance and sex are as “real” as the danger and suspense. Thank you for your comment, Stacy! We should let you know by tomorrow if you’ve won a copy.

  3. I like an equal amount of romance to the suspense. When I write my RS/espionage books, I try to keep an equal balance between the two, like you say; have one feed the other and vice versa. But I’m less picky as a reader – as long as the suspense is not flimsy or there just for the sake of saying it’s there, I’m good with a rom-suspense. 🙂

    • As I a reader I’m less picky as well. However, I tend to slide toward the more romance, less suspense if the balance isn’t equal. If I want a closed door book, I’ll read a mainstream suspense or thriller 🙂 Thank you so much for adding to the discussion, Zee!

    • The suspense story is a great way to add more conflict to a modern day romance. After all, in today’s western society, there are less and less concrete conflicts that can realistically keep two people who love each other apart. I hope Deadly Obsession will be a great introduction to the genre for you!

  4. Kristine! I didn’t know you lived here in the PNW. 🙂
    Love the tips for writing romantic suspense. I think it’s a well-established genre with potential to get even bigger.
    Nice to see you here!

  5. Kristine – That’s a great question, how much suspense vs. how much romance. As you noted above neither can exist without the other, thus they need to be equal partners in the story, imho. Thanks for the post!

    • Thank you for commenting, Lara! In addition to the mix of romance and suspense, I should have asked readers what heat level they liked. Oh well, maybe next time 🙂 Thank you for contributing to the discussion!

  6. I would love to have a copy of Deady Obsession for my Kindle. It’s a genre I haven’t really read before but sounds more fun than the usual romance. Thanks so much.

    • Thank you, Allison! It’s a genre that is sometimes over-shadowed by the more gruesome serial killer type books, which are definitely not everyone’s cup of tea. I hope you’ll enjoy Deadly Obsession 🙂

  7. What a great cover!

    Romantic suspense is an awesome genre. I love the thriller/suspense genre and to have a bit of romance tossed in is like icing on the cake. I certainly hope RS never goes out of style! Maybe it’s not having its day in the sun at the moment but it still has it’s authors and readers (yay!). 😀

    Looking forward to reading Deadly Obsession! The blurb sounds awesome. 🙂

  8. Hello Kristine! What a lovely and informative blog! I tend to lean a bit more toward suspense but I am starting to really enjoy the romantic suspense genre. Your book sounds amazing! Would love to win a copy and I am adding it to my “to read” list. Thanks for the interesting tips!

  9. I would love to win a copy for my Kindle fire…and I don’t think romantic suspense is dead..I love it..thanks for the chance to win.

  10. Sorry I’m so late getting to this today. But just wanted to say I thoroughly enjoyed Deadly Obsession. For me personally, I like equal romance/supsense. If it’s going to be weighted on one side, I’m more of a suspense kind of gal. 🙂

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