Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Dianna Love's Romantic Thrillers

by Cassondra Murray

Dianna Love stops by the lair regularly to comment and say hello, but it’s been two years since she made an official visit. In that time she’s added New York Times Bestselling Author to her resume.


If you spend any time with Dianna, you can’t miss that she stretches every boundary to be her absolute best.

That determination and a whole bunch of talent earned her a coveted Rita award for her first published novel, Worth Every Risk. I was lucky enough to be there that night to see her receive that award. Scroll down a little and you can see Dianna with her Rita statue on the night she won her category.

Like any award-winning novelist, she pulls out all the stops to give readers a fast-paced, page-turning story, combined with powerful characters and unexpected story twists.

But she and Sherrilyn Kenyon are stretching the boundaries of the romantic suspense genre with the down and dirty agents of the BAD Agency—Bureau of American Defense—and their cutting edge stories. In fact, Dianna now refers to the books not as romantic suspense, but as romantic thrillers.


First of all, welcome back Dianna!



Thanks! It’s great to be here again.


I’d like to focus on that shift to what you call romantic thriller. What is that, how is it different from a romantic suspense, and how did you end up going this direction?



I came to writing romantic thrillers because of my love of romantic suspense and thrillers. But there was a time the term “thriller” wasn’t being used even in mainstream.


I think of romantic suspense as an action story where the central plot is a romance and the secondary plot is the suspense about something the hero and heroine are trying to recapture or protect, but the two plot lines are wrapped so tightly together one will not stand without the other.





In a romantic thriller the main plot is also a romance, but the secondary plot has several layers that encompass a larger scope of what is at risk – generally very high stakes and it could affect a larger group of people (a city, an international organization, a world threat, etc).

I'd have to agree that these books are bigger than the ordinary suspense. In fact, there's an edge-of-your-seat quality to these stories that I have not seen elsewhere in romance fiction.

You and Sherrilyn were good friends before you started writing together, right? Will you tell us how the collaboration happened?


Sherri and I met while on the road at conferences. It was the beginning of 2005 when my first book was out. I had a busy travel schedule. Sherri on the other hand was being asked to speak everywhere – and still is, especially with hitting #1 on the New York Times list nine times in just over a year.



Okay that's definitly worth a pause to give a very loud and rowdy WOOHOOO to Sherri for that amazing accomplishment.....ahem...now back to Dianna's story....


We’d both arrive at a conference a day early to spend a quiet day writing and would run into each other at lunch. By the third conference in three weeks, we were watching for each other.

Over the next few years we toured together when she had a hardback out, went to Germany for a reader convention, hid in the mountains at a cabin to write and became very close friends. We approach marketing with very similar views and we did a lot of brainstorming on how to promote books.


One night late – early, actually, since it was 2:00 am – we were just back to some hotel room from a signing and talking about books she had coming up. We hit on the BAD (Bureau of American Defense) agency series and started talking about her next one. I love to brainstorm so I started throwing out ideas and an hour later she said, “Why don’t we do this together?”


We decided to do it and had absolutely no plan other than we had two months to turn it in.



So the BAD agency was already created when you came on board, right? How did the writing partnership change the direction for this series and bring it into the realm of romantic thriller?


When I agreed to collaborate on the BAD Agency series, the first full novel was a fun romantic suspense. I suggested we kick it up to a romantic thriller, which Sherri and our editor went for.

The difference is that in the new books in this series there is a major threat to our national security and this threat could affect the entire world. The villains are the Fratelli de il Sovrano (Italian for Sovereign Brotherhood) with international resources and a new world plan that is unfolding as the series develops.

These are multi-layer plots woven tightly with the romance and they have threads that continue to finger into future stories.



Readers are obviously loving this direction for the series. But what is it that has drawn you to this shift? Is this something that’s happened as an organic part of your growth as a writer?


I think for me it has been both part of my growth and what I’m happiest doing. My nature is to complicate whatever I work on. When I was learning to sew in school I wasn’t happy to sew a simple pattern. I sewed a man’s sport coat. When I painted large murals for companies like Coca-Cola I was happiest when it was a complex piece of artwork with many different parts.


When it comes to writing I always want to create different dimensions within the story to give the characters a large playing field with multiple possibilities. One of my favorite movies is the Italian Job – a “who’s zooming who” story. I like the twists and turns of complex stories.

The BAD Agency series has a lot of those twists and turns. I’ve heard you say that you like puzzles, and your story worlds would absolutely qualify as puzzles in my view—and yet you manage to pull the twisted threads together and have it make perfect sense at the end. It’s a wild ride, but such a satisfying ending. How do you make that happen?

I’m a plotter and Sherri is a pantser (seat-of-the-pants writer). After we brainstorm the story, I start the first chapter because it’s normally a black ops type opening and I really like to write openings. Then I start working through the plot threads and seeing where they will go or how they would be stopped or if there’s another way to go from X to Y.

I do love puzzles and think that’s the base for my thinking in writing. I want to hide a surprise or set up a twist that is not going to turn out like the character expects and hopefully the reader will be surprised. I love to read a story that surprises me. Nothing makes me happier than watching a movie or reading a book and thinking, “Had no idea that was going to happen.”


As to how I manage to keep those threads straight and pulled together, I’ve taught the Break Into Fiction® program that Mary Buckham and I created so many times I have a short check list of what I need to keep an eye out for to stay on track. The problem that happens sometimes in suspense is not so much that the threads don’t tie up as it is that some just get dropped or the character’s motivation falls apart so the reader stops following the thread.


You’ve written three BAD agency novels and a novella with Sherrilyn. By now you’ve probably seen a pattern to the men and women who save the world in this series. Tell us a little about what it takes to be a BAD agent. And among those you’ve been a part of writing, who is your favorite hero, and why?

BAD agents are operatives the other alphabet agencies wouldn’t consider taking on, but those other agencies aren’t expected to send their people into no-win situations with orders to succeed or don’t come home.

Choosing one agent as a favorite would be like picking your favorite child when you have ten. I love different things about each one, but above all I love that the men are honorable no matter how dark their past, and the women have a core of steel beneath their flaws and fears.



Nathan Drake (PHANTOM IN THE NIGHT) had no reason to ever care for another person after what he lost, but he's a wounded soul who cares too deeply.



Carlos Delgado (WHISPERED LIES) may look sexy and whisper sweet nothings with a wicked accent, but he’s as deadly as they come and his loyalty knows no limits. When he was a teen in South America, he held the young woman he loved as she died in his arms then walked away from everything he’d ever known to protect others he cared for.


Hunter (SILENT TRUTH)appears to have it all. But looks are deceiving when you dig beneath the façade and find deep scars. He does everything to the extreme, including love, which means he won’t risk someone being close to his life as a BAD agent or around when he faces off with an assassin.


Speaking of SILENT TRUTH—it’ll be out in just a few weeks—April 23rd. Will you tell us more about Hunter and Abbie and their story?


Hunter Wesley Thornton-Payne…the third. Doesn’t that just sound like a roaring pain-in-the-butt type of guy who’s a legend in his own mind?


Sherri named him a long time ago. I kept watching him as we worked on the series and thought – who would sympathize with a man whose family is one of the wealthiest in the world, who is very attractive and brilliant and knows it, who does not bond with other teammates?




Remember the part about “I like complex puzzles?” We laid his soul bare in the opening chapter and didn’t let up on him until the last page. His depth of character surprised me once we pushed him into some unholy situations.



Abbie was the one woman for him. I love that she comes from a simple background, but one full of secrets that multiply at the worst times. She’s a fighter, loyal, and refuses to let anything stop her from trying to save someone she loves from dying.



Oh, and the central villain in SILENT TRUTH is part of the Fratelli organization, but he’s an unusual assassin who enjoys puzzles as much as I do.



Okay I'm gonna admit it. I've read SILENT TRUTH, and it's the most nail-biting, emotionally poignant story I've seen in years. Having the "OMG what happens next?" factor and that level of powerful romance in one read is unusual. And yes, I have to say that Hunter...well...he's a really, really hot guy.

You can read an excerpt of Hunter and Abbie’s story by clicking on this link: http//www.authordiannalove.com/books/silenttruth.html



Thanks so much, Dianna, for being our guest here in the Bandit lair!

Thanks for having me here, but you’re not getting away that easily. I’ve got some questions for the Bandits and Buddies. I’ll answer anything else you ask, but I want to know something.

What is it that you enjoy most about a romantic suspense series?



Do you return book after book for the characters alone or is it the setting, the team cohesion or the situations they get into?



Do you like exotic locations? Are there areas you’ve not seen in books that you’d like to read about?



What type of hero is your favorite?

How long have you been reading romantic suspense?



And THANK YOU for being a reader – you allow me and other authors to do what we love most.

Dianna is giving away an awesome prize package. Autographed copies of all three BAD Agency novels, an “I’m In A BAD Mood” t-shirt, and other goodies all tucked inside a monogrammed “I’m In A BAD Mood” tote bag.


Leave an answer to Dianna’s questions to be entered in the drawing. We’ll draw a name on Wednesday.

134 comments:

Helen said...

Is he coming back to my place

Have Fun
Helen

Cassondra said...

Woooot Helen!

You got the Golden One!

What are y'all gonna do for the day?

Is there weather nice enough to be outside?

Cassondra said...

Good Lord, it's three in the morning! I've gotta get some sleep.

Dianna's an early riser, so I expect she'll be along in a little bit to check in and say hello.

Y'all keep the coffee hot, will ya? This vampire will need a pot or three to get up tomorrow. Oh...and some dark sunglasses.

Helen said...

He his coming back to my place he obviously knows we are going to visit Corey and baby Caitlyn tomorrow he loves being with the kids although I am not sure who teaches who what LOL.

Hi Dianna

I was at the Australian Romance Readers Convention that you and Sherrilyn attended and I was totally blown away listening to you both speak I have it all on CD and often listen to it.

I have Phantom Of The Night and really need to get the rest of them in the series they sound awesome.

What is it that you enjoy most about a romantic suspense series?

The edge of you seat suspense the looking after of each other (heroine & Hero) throughout the story.

Do you return book after book for the characters alone or is it the setting, the team cohesion or the situations they get into

For me all of the above but the characters first.

Do you like exotic locations? Are there areas you’ve not seen in books that you’d like to read about?

I do like exotic locations because I haven't travelled much I do love it when authors take me to new places and any place is fine by me.

What type of hero is your favorite?

Honourable strong and I like them with a sense of humour.

How long have you been reading romantic suspense?

Way to long to think about LOL I have always loved a good romantic suspense.

Did you enjoy Australia while you were here as much as we enjoyed listening to your talks and standing in queues to get books signed LOL.

Congrats Dianna and thank you so much Cassondra for inviting Dianna back to visit with us.

Have Fun
Helen

Helen said...

Cassondra

It has been really hot here since the start of autumn and finally we are starting to get cooler weather although it has rained most of today and still is. It is 7-15pm as I type this tomorrow they predict showers so it looks like he will be spending the day inside LOL

Sleep well Cassondra will catch you tomorrow.

Have Fun
Helen

Jane said...

Hi Diana,
I read romantic suspense for the its dramatic twists and turns and wondering if the hero and heroine will save the day or die trying. It's definitely the characters that keep me coming back for more. The locations are important, too. Exotic locations are always interesting to read about and maybe we can see more books set in Egypt or an island in the Mediterranean.

Congrats on the GR, Helen.

Dianna Love said...

Helen - congrats on snagging the rooster!

Dianna Love said...

Cassondra -
Thanks for pulling together all my ramblings to make me sound coherent. You're a magician more days than i can count.

Get some rest and see you much later today. Yes, I did just get up at 4am, but gmail wouldn't let me on for a bit.

thanks!

Dianna Love said...

Helen - I wouldn't say I liked Australia...I LOVED it and LOVED meeting all of you. I just wish you weren't so far away that we could pop over more often. I want to come back with my husband. I enjoy traveling with Sherri but we've talked about bringing our sweethearts when make another big trip over the ocean.

I had so much fun meeting everyone at the ARRC event. I really enjoyed the day we did the panel with the Aussie authors. That was a hoot. It was so nice to have the casual meet and greets so we weren't just up front talking from a podium. Great, great event I highly recommend for all authors and readers. I will definitely spend more time on the next trip so I can see more of Australia.

I have to tell you that your cab drivers in Melbourne and Sydney (Hachette brought us to Sydney afterwards for a signing)were the nicest people. Everyone was soooo nice. Coming from the south in the US I loved Southern Hospitality with a kewl accent.

thanks for coming out to visit. :)

Dianna Love said...

Hi Jane -

Sherri and I are always looking at ways to keep the setting familiar but fresh so I like to consider new settings based on how a certain place would fit into the story line and add an interesting spin to the story. I'd love to come up with something for Egypt (that brings up images of Indiana Jones - love those type of stories) and the Mediterranean.

But I want to do the research "there." Wait till I ask Sherri - who could we torture the most in Egypt?

thanks for stopping by! (I always know I can stop by the lair any time of day and find someone hanging out - nice to see the early ones like me)

Barbara Vey said...

I love Hunter's name. I used to date a guy with a name like that and he even had a "third" at the end. (I won't mention it in case he reads the Bandits' blog) ;)

Dianna Love said...

Hi Barbara -

I don't doubt that a wild woman like you had a Hunter in her past and may have to have you tell me that story some day. For anyone who doesn't know Barbara (IS there anyone you don't know??) - she's the face of Publisher Weekly you see at conferences across the country and has the Beyond Her Book blog.

Thanks for stopping by...and I do want to hear that story at national.

Gillian Layne said...

Cassondra, great interview!

Dianna, I've only been reading romantic suspense for a couple of years now. I found Elizabeth Lowell's Blue Smoke and Murder, loved it, and was hooked. The best part about romantic thrillers for me is the urgency surrounding the new love. When your life's in danger, how do you fall in love?

I like locations that turn into another adversary for the h/h. So foreign locals, snowy mountains, jungles, and yes Egypt would be at the top of my list.

I love series, and learning something new about the characters with each new book. And I'm not always so good at figuring out those puzzles, so I really enjoy watching a good thriller story unfold.

I'm a huge fan of your Break Into Fiction, and hope the Banditas lure you back after your plotting cruise so we can hear all about it. :)

Dianna Love said...

Hi Gillian -

***[you said] I found Elizabeth Lowell's Blue Smoke and Murder, loved it, and was hooked.

Yes, great story and a wonderful suspense author.

***The best part about romantic thrillers for me is the urgency surrounding the new love. When your life's in danger, how do you fall in love?

I agree. That's always the challenge of any romantic suspense story - figuring out how to weave the relationship and develop the romance in a way that the suspense drives the romantic arc and so that we believe the romance could happen in that situation. Another fun puzzle to solve.

I agree about the setting - for it to be an adversary whenever it can be. In Whispered Lies we had to keep a chart of time lines across the world so that when someone in Europe called someone in the US it made sense that one person might be in the middle of a business day and the other might be in the middle of sleeping.

***I'm a huge fan of your Break Into Fiction, and hope the Banditas lure you back after your plotting cruise so we can hear all about it. :)

Thanks for the wonderful comment on BIF. Mary Buckham and I have been so flattered by the tremendous response to that book. I never planned to write a book on writing since there were a bazillion on the shelves and neither did Mary, but when we developed the Power Plotting program and started teaching it we realized there was no way we could present enough workshops. We wanted to give writers something they could use like a personal critique partner.

Mary and I would love to come back to the lair any time we're invited. This is such a fabulous blog. The Romance Bandits have created an atmosphere here that is always great for writers and readers to visit. Very few blogs have managed that - kudos to the Banditos.

Laurie said...

Hi

I started reading romantic suspense when several of my favorite contemporary authors switched over...Karen Robards, Lisa Jackson, Linda Howard, Sandra Brown, Nora Roberts, Elizabeth Lowell, Heather Graham, Merline Lovelace....

I like the mystery, the who done it, the chase, the hide and seek, the twists and turns, good vs bad, who are the good guys? the bad guys...the fear factor!!!

Yes I like exotic locations all foreign countries work for me Greece, France, England, Scotland, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand Australia, Venezuela, Brazil, Chile, Russia, Turkey, Morocco, Islands in the Pacific...Bora Bora, Bali, Figi, Tahiti, Hawaii.
Why do I return?The unknown, the rush of the chase, to find out THE ANSWERS!!what happens to the characters, to find out who the bad people are and to find out if the bad get what's coming to them...who will live and who will die.

I agree with the honor and integrity for a perfect hero.

Your books sound fabulous. I enjoyed Sherrilyn's BAD Attitude book.

Dianna Love said...

Hi Laurie -

*** [you said] I started reading romantic suspense when several of my favorite contemporary authors switched over...Karen Robards, Lisa Jackson, Linda Howard, Sandra Brown, Nora Roberts, Elizabeth Lowell, Heather Graham, Merline Lovelace....

I can see that our bookshelves look very similar. :) I love the list of exotic locations - Sherri and I would be up for checking those out for sure. If we could go everywhere we'd like to research for a story we'd never get the writing done, but we still like to see the locations whenever we can.

***Why do I return?The unknown, the rush of the chase, to find out THE ANSWERS!!what happens to the characters, to find out who the bad people are and to find out if the bad get what's coming to them...who will live and who will die.

The unknown is spot on for me, too. I am such a curious person that I think it's the constant story questions along the way that hooked me on suspense from day one. I'm also an action-adventure kind of girl so I need things happening that drive us to the end.

***Your books sound fabulous. I enjoyed Sherrilyn's BAD Attitude book.

Oh, thanks! We upped the dark and edgy factor in the subsequent books, but the same team and some new ones have been added. Hope you enjoy a night with one of our BAD boys this spring. :)

Linda Henderson said...

What I enjoy most about romantic suspense is quite frankly, the suspense. I've always enjoyed reading romance but the suspense angle just adds so much more. The intensity, intrigue, and emotional aspects of a suspense novel are what draws me to them. And of course, the romantic aspect is a draw too. I would say to the second question, all of the above. Although I do enjoy returning to the characters a lot. Series books have long been a favorite of mine. I don't travel much due to my severe RA, so I do my traveling through books. I enjoy visiting places I've never been and experiencing exotic locales. My favorite heroes tend to be alpha males with tortured souls. The walking wounded, I tend to get drawn to them more. I have been reading romantic suspense for too many years to count, probably about 35 years. I look forward to many more romantic suspense books in the future. I enjoyed your interview very much and thank you for being here today.

Dianna Love said...

Hi Linda H -

***[you said] I've always enjoyed reading romance but the suspense angle just adds so much more. The intensity, intrigue, and emotional aspects of a suspense novel are what draws me to them.

I was a major suspense reader before I read my first romance. My MIL and I traded stacks of books all the time - she gave me my first romance book a very long time ago (I'll celebrate my 25th anniversary of being married to her only child this year). So I need the suspense whether it's in thriller form, paranormal, historical or whatever. Once I started reading romance and found romantic suspense it was like a gift to my mind and soul. I still read a fair amount of thrillers, but I will always prefer one with a romance involved.

I'm also drawn to the "team" - I love to see a group that bonds and goes through problems together.

thanks for stopping by to visit.
(I was thrown off for a while so I'm glad to be back)

traveler said...

I enjoyed your great post today. Romantic Suspense has always been a favorite of mine. This is due to the strength of the characters, the storyline and I enjoy exotic and unique locales which make the story fascinating and interesting. I return to the characters and enjoy them since they are unforgettable.

Dianna Love said...

Hi Traveler -

***[you said] I return to the characters and enjoy them since they are unforgettable.

That's what we bite our nails over while working through a story - are these characters unforgettable. I love when a reader comes up and starts talking about a character or a couple from a story as if they know them. That will brighten the worst day for any writer.

thanks for stopping by!

limecello said...

Hi Dianna - thanks for officially visiting with us today :D
As for your questions... I have to admit I don't read that many romantic suspense books -and series wise usually each book has a definite ending that I read. (I like closure.) But I'll give answering a go -what I enjoy most about romantic suspense series is how unique each one can be - the situations characters get into, and how the stress and danger really reveals who they truly are.
Characters are the biggest draw for me, so they're most important, but if a situation is really interesting, I'll have to know what happens next.
Exotic locations... well it seems most have been covered - South East Asia, Africa, South America... I think actually some fun urban ones could work - but they're all good.
My favorite type of hero is well rounded. He's obviously capable of any and every situation that is thrown his way, but also has a sense of humor - and is considerate - so he knows if the people around him aren't as self assured.
As for how long I've been reading romantic suspense... Well, I read Shannon McKenna's books - and a few other authors, but not that regularly as I said? So... maybe 4 ish years. :X

MsHellion said...

What is it that you enjoy most about a romantic suspense series?

The heroes. They're bad-ass but vulnerable at the core. Can't live without them.

Do you return book after book for the characters alone or is it the setting, the team cohesion or the situations they get into?

I'm all about character. And the witty dialogue.


Do you like exotic locations? Are there areas you’ve not seen in books that you’d like to read about?

Hmm. Tough one. I do like exotic locales. Prague would be good...or one of the previously Russian countries. Spain is always good.


What type of hero is your favorite?

Dangerous, yet protective.


How long have you been reading romantic suspense?

Probably 20 years. Ever since I've been reading romance.

Cassondra said...

Okay all, coffee is brewing and I'm here. At least, my body is here. My mind will probably show up somewhere along about cup number 2 of very strong brew.


Helen said:

He his coming back to my place he obviously knows we are going to visit Corey and baby Caitlyn tomorrow he loves being with the kids although I am not sure who teaches who what LOL.


Ohhh...you'll have to tell us how that goes Helen! Incriminating evidence against the GR is always welcome. ;o)

Cassondra said...

Helen said:

finally we are starting to get cooler weather although it has rained most of today and still is. It is 7-15pm as I type this tomorrow they predict showers so it looks like he will be spending the day inside LOL

Hmmm...wet rooster feathers....I think I'd keep him inside too.

Sleep well Cassondra will catch you tomorrow

Aw, thank you Helen. I did sleep well. Not long enough, but there's coffee available so I will survive.

Dianna Love said...

Hi Limecello -

It took me a while to broaden my reading beyond suspense then Romantic suspense, but I have to credit romance with that because I was willing to try a wider selection of genres when I KNEW I'd have a satisfying read and ending, so I know what you mean about not venturing way beyond your favorite genres.

*** [you said} (a hero)He's obviously capable of any and every situation that is thrown his way, but also has a sense of humor - and is considerate - so he knows if the people around him aren't as self assured.

I like that you added "knows if the people around him aren't as self assured" - I find that very attractive in a man when he is aware of the strength and weaknesses of others and takes that in consideration when interacting with someone not as confident or strong.

thanks for stopping by to say hello.

Cassondra said...

Jane said:

The locations are important, too. Exotic locations are always interesting to read about and maybe we can see more books set in Egypt or an island in the Mediterranean.


Jane, did you ever read any of the older Harlequin Presents? When you said Egypt and the Mediterranean, it made me remember my first one--it was set in Greece, and the visuals and impressions of that area of the world, and that extreme alpha hero, are still as clear in my mind as they were back then (never been to Greece, so I don't know if my impressions are accurate or not).

I don't much enjoy the extreme alpha guys NOW (then there was no male point of view in the books, so all you got was him being rather jerkish and sullen most of the book) but then that's mostly what there was, and I wasn't so picky about my romance heroes at 13 *grin*. Those books were very fomative for me--about the exotic locations for certain, and they won me to places I'd never visited.

The world seems smaller now--I think it is a little smaller with air travel so readily available, but when I was a young teenager, Greece--and the Mediterranean seemed so much further away! Presents had the magic that way.

Cassondra said...

Hi Dianna!

I somehow knew you were getting up just about the time I was going to sleep. Had a nasty computer virus attack last night and it put me later than expected posting the blog.

But hey, that meant Helen snagged the rooster!

Dianna Love said...

Hi Ms. Hellion -

You may see Russia as a location in a future BAD Agency book. That's what we like about having Fratelli infiltrating each continent of the world - lots of possibilities.

***[you said] The heroes. They're bad-ass but vulnerable at the core. Can't live without them.

I do love an alpha hero. I tried writing a beta once as an experiment and the critique group at that time handed it back with a look of "you have to be kidding..." They were so not impressed by my beta guy, but did love the alphas so I stuck with what I enjoy writing the most. I do like digging into an Alpha to find that vulnerable spot, but they're always funny to me when they end up in a situation that is "out of their control" - usually involving a woman. love that.

thanks for visiting today.

Dianna Love said...

Cassondra - I did not expect you for a few more hours. I'm not sure there's enough coffee for me to make sense with that little sleep. :)

Cassondra said...

Barbara Vey said:

I love Hunter's name. I used to date a guy with a name like that and he even had a "third" at the end. (I won't mention it in case he reads the Bandits' blog) ;)

Hi Barbara! *waves madly*

Okay clearly this is a story I will have to torture out of you next time I see you. If alcohol had to be involved to get said story, so much the better.

Karyn Gerrard AKA~Drew said...

Hi Dianna and Cassondra:
I will admit this, I have not really read much romantic suspense *hides head* but then, I only started reading romance a few years ago!

I love tortured heroes, big time, and these guys sound like they are tortured in spades.

If any book was to lure me over, this series sounds as if has all the elements to appeal to me!
And Exotic locations? I would love it! Think of the Bond books/films, all over the map!

All the best Dianna for your release!

Cassondra said...

Gillian Layne said:

The best part about romantic thrillers for me is the urgency surrounding the new love. When your life's in danger, how do you fall in love?


Isn't that the best, most satisfying read of all?!! It's like, "we'd better grab it now because ten minutes from now, we could DIE!" You're absolutely right. It adds such an edge. Now...making me believe they could stay together afterward? That takes a bit more skill, and I'm amazed that some authors do it so well.

Gillian, my computer has not been showing me avatars for a while now. Had some work done on it last night, and now I see them...and I LOVE your avatar. Girl, you are gorgeous!

Cassondra said...

Dianna said:

Mary and I would love to come back to the lair any time we're invited. This is such a fabulous blog. The Romance Bandits have created an atmosphere here that is always great for writers and readers to visit. Very few blogs have managed that - kudos to the Banditos.

Y'all have a standing invitation. Mary was here not too long ago. I don't remember who hosted her. Nancy maybe?

Maybe the two of us could get together and have the two of y'all on for a joint Break Into Fiction day!

Cassondra said...

Laurie said:

Your books sound fabulous. I enjoyed Sherrilyn's BAD Attitude book.

OMYGOSH, Laurie, if you like BAD Attitude you're going to love the next three. It's like all that was going on--but BIGGER. *grin* They're awesome reads.

Cassondra said...

Linda Henderson said:

. My favorite heroes tend to be alpha males with tortured souls. The walking wounded, I tend to get drawn to them more. I have been reading romantic suspense for too many years to count, probably about 35 years. I look forward to many more romantic suspense books in the future. I enjoyed your interview very much and thank you for being here today.

You know what I find so interesting is that I tolerate an alpha much better in a suspense novel than I do in a straight contemporary. I never put that together until I read your comment.

I think most suspense heroes kind of HAVE to be a bit alpha--especially when it's a hero who's part of law enforcement or other government agencies--because it takes that type of take-charge temperament to be able to function in those types of jobs/situations.

And they seem a lot less jerky when they're yanking you around to save your life!

So glad that the books provide a way for you to travel vicariously! They do that for me, too.

Virginia said...

Congrats Helen on getting the golden one, have fun with him! I love a good romantic suspense! I think I have been reading them for about five years now! I love them because they keep you on your toes trying to figure out whats' going to happen! I love any type of location, that's how I travel is in books and I love a good strong hero! Your books sound fantastic and I would love to read them!

Cassondra said...

Traveler said:

This is due to the strength of the characters, the storyline and I enjoy exotic and unique locales which make the story fascinating and interesting. I return to the characters and enjoy them since they are unforgettable.

Wow, another vote for exotic locales! That's interesting. I would not have guessed that so many readers place such a value on exotic settings.

Cassondra said...

Lime said:

what I enjoy most about romantic suspense series is how unique each one can be - the situations characters get into, and how the stress and danger really reveals who they truly are.


You know, I don't think I could have said it better. You know the term, "torture your characters"--well, putting their lives in danger with weird situations is just one more way to do that. And I think you're absolutely right--we get to see more of a character FASTER when they're feet are put to the fire in these ways.

Cassondra said...

Hellion said:

Probably 20 years. Ever since I've been reading romance.

Wow, that's a lot of romantic suspense! I am so impressed with you!

I would guess there aren't many locales you haven't seen done in books.

Cassondra said...

Karyn~~Drew said:

I will admit this, I have not really read much romantic suspense *hides head* but then, I only started reading romance a few years ago!



Hey Karyn! Another congrats on your new Borders gig! And I'm shocked to know you haven't been reading romance for very long! I would not have thought that. You do such a great job with blogging about it.

And yes, you have got to try this series. You'll love it.

Cassondra said...

Virginia said:

I love any type of location, that's how I travel is in books

Wow, Virginia, another vote for traveling by books! I have a series set right her in good ol' Southern Kentucky, so if it's ever published, you won't get to go far from home with THAT locale. ;0)

With Dianna's you're liable to be anywhere--and multiple locales in one book as often as not.

Dianna Love said...

Hi Karyn -

You mentioned having recently joined the romance readers and not into suspense yet - I started with historicals. My MIL had included some in a stack of books (we traded stacks of books between us all the time) then I later found suspense and was in heaven. Since then I added paranormal and have tried all the subgenres at some point. I can not see me EVER writing a historical, but I love to read them. Was thrilled when the Banditos (Donna, Anna, Christie, Loucinda, Christine...I'm probably missing someone)published so many - thank YOU ladies!!

*** [you said]
If any book was to lure me over, this series sounds as if has all the elements to appeal to me!

Oh, what a nice thing to say - I hope you get a chance to try one and that you do enjoy it.

***And Exotic locations? I would love it! Think of the Bond books/films, all over the map!

See? That's why I love action adventure. I have seen every Bond movie ever made and more than once. The current ones have gotten a little edgier and closer to my taste.

thanks for stopping by.

Dianna Love said...

Hi Virginia (I laugh every time I see your avatar)-

Thanks for your enthusiastic interest. I love a story that keeps me on my toes, too. I want to complete forget the world exists for a few hours and live in someone else's shoes. I always feel better when i finish a draining suspense and realize my life is much simpler than I thought. lol

thanks for stopping by to visit.

Karyn Gerrard AKA~Drew said...

Cassondra, thanks again!!

I know, it is hard to believe, because I will admit to advancing middle age here. But yes, only in the last three years have I got into romance reading. It's a sickness really, I am up to my armpits in books, LOL!

And Dianna, I started with historicals too, now have moved into paranormal. You have convinced to give suspense a try! I have all the Bond films on DVD, and love the Daniel Craig ones.

You're right, what am I waiting for??

Anna Sugden said...

Oh wow! One of my favourite people is in the Lair! Welcome back, Dianna! *waving madly* Can't wait to catch up with you in Nashville!

I have to echo the other writers love of Break into Fiction - awesome! (And, of Dianna's books too.) It's particularly helpful with my shift into romantic suspense.

Looking forward to getting your series with Sherri - sounds perfect for me!

I love romantic suspense, romantic thrillers and thrillers/suspenses with a strong romantic thread. What I love is the ride you're taken on by the author(s) - the tension, the suspense, the emotions, the pace and the way the layers are tightly woven. The best in the biz have you breathless! I know if my heart is pounding hard, the author has done a great job.

I also love to read series where you return to the same team. I like to see glimpses of past couples and to recognise the workings of the team. I like recurring characters whose story arc goes across several books too.

So, when are you and Sherri coming to England?

Cassondra said...

Karyn~~Drew said:

I have all the Bond films on DVD, and love the Daniel Craig ones.


OH, honey...if you love the Daniel Craig Bond films, you'll love the BAD agency. Also, you'll like Jeanne Adams' books (try Dark and Deadly). You're also going to love love LOVE Dianna and Sherri's new series starting in the fall. The Beladors are such an awesome team, and the suspense makes you stop breathing in these books! That said, they're very different from the BAD agency series. But I'm not saying any more cuz I'm not giving any spoilers.

And yes, I am gloating cuz I've read the first book. ;0p

Cassondra said...

Anna Sugden said:

I also love to read series where you return to the same team. I like to see glimpses of past couples and to recognise the workings of the team. I like recurring characters whose story arc goes across several books too.


You will LOVE these books. And I've gotten a sense of your taste in WRITING Romantic Suspense, and I have to say, if you do that book we talked about, I will be all over that one! You have a perfect sensibility for writing it. That villain was scary!

You definitely have to take a look at the BAD agency. I think it'll be right up your alley.

Anna Dougherty said...

I was so happy to stumble across this interview today! I have all the BAD books to date and am anxiously awaiting the next. I've been reading romantic suspense for a couple years now- Cindy Gerard got me started- and it is rapidly becoming my favorite genre, but don't tell my paranormal buddies:) What I like about them...I want to read about complex characters that I can get emotionally involved with, but I like the pace of a thriller- so many twists and surprises. I'm a military wife so the covert ops always looks appealing to me. The alpha heroes are an added bonus too! Who wouldn't want A Bond guy all their own?

Cassondra said...

Anna D said:

I'm a military wife so the covert ops always looks appealing to me. The alpha heroes are an added bonus too! Who wouldn't want A Bond guy all their own?

Oh I so get you Anna! My husband is former Spec Ops, so they appeal to me too. And yeah, you pretty much said it. The BAD agents are kind of your very own Bond guy! Nice description! (Only I think Nathan and Carlos were a LOT hotter than Daniel Craig--just sayin) Hunter is sort of a bigger, meaner Legolas meets Bond. SOOOOO gorgeous on the outside, so hurting on the inside.

denise said...

I love to see the electric energy between the charcters develop.
I like to follow the characters through a series to see how the grow and mature.
I love books that are in Hawaii.
I like a strong, alpha male.
I have only gotten back into reading a couple of years. Boy, have I missed it. Lots of new authors to catch up on.
Would love to read your books!

s7anna said...

What is it that you enjoy most about a romantic suspense series?
ANSWER : I love the intensity, the strong characters, the thorough development of the plot...it just allows a story greater license to grow in a variety of directions.

Do you return book after book for the characters alone or is it the setting, the team cohesion or the situations they get into?
ANSWER : I sorta mentioned it in the above answer...I think for me it's an amalgamation of all those components...not just for sole characters but for the overall development of a well though-out plot aka world which draws you in further than the first book.


Do you like exotic locations? Are there areas you’ve not seen in books that you’d like to read about?
ANSWER : Definitely, I love to read stories in exotic locations...I've read books set in areas in the Middle East, Asia, South America and lots of little tropical islands. I think that it's a fascinating way to experience another world...I mean if you are not creating a fictional world why not draw inspiration from all the wonderful exotic locations from all around the world.


What type of hero is your favorite?
ANSWER : I gotta say that I have a particular fondness for a misunderstood Alpha hero...he's kinda moody, sullen, tough (yet a marshmallow if you dig long enough).

How long have you been reading romantic suspense?
ANSWER : oi...that's a good one...I'm about to turn 28 in a week and I've been reading romances since I was like 7 years old...I got started on romantic suspense stories when I was about 8/9 years old...so give or take I've been a fan of romantic suspense fiction for about 19/20 years.

I loved reading the interview and thanks for the great questions...it certainly got me thinking and I might just have to go back and re-read some of those early romantic suspense books that made me fall in love with the genre. *my TBR pile just moaned* ;-)

hugs,
Anna
s7anna@yahoo.ca

Dianna Love said...

Karyn -
LOL, it IS an addiction, but a fun one. I'm so with you on Daniel Craig.

You'll have to try some romantic suspenses and shoot me an email to let me know how that works out for you.

Minna said...

I like the who done it, the chase and the developing relationship under difficult conditions.
It's the characters and team cohesion that make me return for them book after book.
I definitely like exotic locations.
I like a strong, protective alpha male, but on the other hand, I like protective geek, too.
About 15-17 years.

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Donna MacMeans said...

Hi Dianna! Welcome back in the lair. The GR will wing a welcome as he heads to Oz to join Helen for the day.

For me, suspense is all about the character. (Heck for any book, I guess it's about the character.) I like to watch characters grow and interact in a series set-up. It makes me feel part of the family.

The setting should be an integral part of the suspense, but I like having a comfort level with it - so I know what's possible in that environment (not sure I'm making any sense).

I'm not a big fan of fight scene choreography. Descriptions of weapons do nothing for me - but I do like a hunky hero, and you can describe his weapon ad infinitum and I'll be happy (grin).

Dianna Love said...

Hi Anna S - (I'm back - the phone is possessed today)

*** [you said] Oh wow! One of my favourite people is in the Lair! Welcome back, Dianna!

"waving madly" back at you (and blushing). :) I am all for getting together in Nashville.

***The best in the biz have you breathless! I know if my heart is pounding hard, the author has done a great job.

That’s what brings me back over and over to a good action thriller with a great romance. I loved watching every move and wondering “which move might put them in more of a dangerous spot” and what triggers the “shift in the romance.”

***I have to echo the other writers love of Break into Fiction - awesome! (And, of Dianna's books too.)

Mary and I will definitely come back to talk about writing – the problem is making us shut up once we get started. lol – I do get excited about seeing writers take their books to the next level. Nothing makes my day more than when writers get good news from editors and agents.

***I also love to read series where you return to the same team. I like to see glimpses of past couples and to recognise the workings of the team. I like recurring characters whose story arc goes across several books too.

The first person to hook me on that was Suzanne Brockman with her Navy SEALs. The second one was Sherrilyn Kenyon with her Dark Hunters. There’s nothing like stepping back into a world where you know something’s going to happen and someone’s up to their neck in trouble.

***So, when are you and Sherri coming to England?

Sherri and I would LOVE to come over. We’ve talked about doing a tour over there. I’ll let you know the minute I know.  I’d like to have enough time to visit some possible story spots…and would need a guide (hint, hint). 

Thanks for giving a shout out today.

Dianna Love said...

HI Anna D -

***[you said] I was so happy to stumble across this interview today! I have all the BAD books to date and am anxiously awaiting the next.

Oh, that's so kewl. Thanks for reading the series. We are sooo excited about Hunter's book (Silent Truth) coming out. I have to remind myself of the title, because this has been an unusual book I can think of only as "his." And Abbie's of course, who was more than up to the task of Hunter's powerful personality.

You mentioned that Cindy Gerard got you started on suspense - way to go, Cindy. By the way, Sherri and I have a BAD Agency novella (Just BAD Enough) coming out in an anthology with Cindy Gerard and Laura Griffin this September 28th. We just got the cover recently and can't wait to see it released. As if being uber talented isn't enough, Cindy and Laura are adorable on top of it all.

***I'm a military wife so the covert ops always looks appealing to me. The alpha heroes are an added bonus too! Who wouldn't want A Bond guy all their own?

We love to start our books with a covert op, which is part of the overall plot but also sets the tone for the story. Speaking of military, take a look at the dedication when you see Silent Truth. :) I second that on a Bond Alpha all our own.

thanks for coming by to say hello.

Also - Cassondra is right - if you are new to suspense, you must try Jeanne Adams. She has a new series that definitely meets the Bond hero requirement. :)

MsHellion said...

Cassondra said: I would guess there aren't many locales you haven't seen done in books.

Actually you know how some people generate to Regencies only when reading historicals? I tend to generate to American locales. I like the ones best where they take place where I've been and I can go, "Oh, I remember that area" and it sounds like the area. It feels authentic. (I like the authentic part of the escape.)

Being I haven't been to Russia, I end up thinking, "Huh, sounds like New Jersey..." and it's not quite as absorbing. But sometimes it is.

I'm more interested in author voice and characters than locales.

Dianna Love said...

Hi Denise -

*** [you said] I love to see the electric energy between the charcters develop.

Well said! There's something magical when it works. I've seen top male and female screen actors paired in a movie you would think would be amazing only to never feel that zing between them then Hollywood will pair up an unlikely couple and I'm so wrapped up I can eat my popcorn (I LOVE popcorn and movies).

***I love books that are in Hawaii.

The opening black ops in Silent Truth is in Hawaii. ;) But I would like to set one entire story around those islands.

***Would love to read your books!

I hope you get the chance to curl up with one of our BAD boys one night.

thanks for visiting today

Dianna Love said...

Hi s7anna - (okay, now i have name envy)

***[you said] I love the intensity, the strong characters, the thorough development of the plot...it just allows a story greater license to grow in a variety of directions.

That is a great way to explain why I enjoy writing romantic thrillers. I love that our editor and publisher give us the leeway to really go for a large story.

***I gotta say that I have a particular fondness for a misunderstood Alpha hero...he's kinda moody, sullen, tough (yet a marshmallow if you dig long enough).

I love that - I got an immediate visual of this misunderstood, growling Alpha.

*** I've been reading romances since I was like 7 years old......so give or take I've been a fan of romantic suspense fiction for about 19/20 years.

I've been reading just a little longer, but not that young. I'm impressed (and laughing about your "TBR pile just moaned.")

Thanks for stopping by to visit

Anna Campbell said...

Hi Dianna! Cassondra, what a great interview.

Dianna, two years since you were an official guest? We'll have to make sure it's not so long until next time.

I got such a thrill when I met you at the Australian Romance Readers Convention in Feb, 2009. Wasn't that a fun gig? And you were a huge hit!

Huge congratulations on getting to put that NYT moniker after your name. How thrilling is that? I always love hearing how people who collaborate write - partly because I'm such a control freak I just couldn't do it. Snort!

Good luck with the newest romantic thriller - love the new designation, by the way.

Dianna Love said...

Hi Minna -

*** [you said] I like the who done it, the chase and the developing relationship under difficult conditions.


Oh, yes. I watched the Italian Job several times and would see it again. Was that not a great heist and nice twist in the end? Also, De Niro in The Score had that great line that was something like "When did you start thinking you were as good as me?" when he and Ed Norton were zooming each other. It went to the wire figuring out who was going to come out on top.

I like your "I like a strong, protect Alpha, but I like protective geeks, too." When it's done right, I like the protective geeks, too. I can't write those but I've seen some clever stories with them.

thanks for coming by to say hello today.

Pat Cochran said...

My first romantic thriller reads
were by THE Mary Stewart. In fact,
I still have a couple of her "first
editions"! Over the years, I added
Mary Higgins Clark, Nora Roberts,
Jayne Ann Krentz, Erica Spindler,
and now you & Sherrilyn. I'm in
the process of locating the early
copies of the B.A.D. series. I have
Whispered Lies.

Congratulations, Helen! Have fun!!

Dianna Love said...

Hi Donna -

I'm snapping a shot of the GR as it passes over head to Helen. :) She's got a busy day planned for him with the kids. I still remember when he was kidnapped in Ohio and you got a ransom note. ;)

***[you said] The setting should be an integral part of the suspense, but I like having a comfort level with it - so I know what's possible in that environment (not sure I'm making any sense).

Yes, yes, yes - that makes perfect sense and brings up a good point. Exotic settings - to me - have to be treated like a paranormal or fantasy setting. I want to be anchored by something that feels normal or familiar. That's why I think we love historicals so much, too. We get to go back to a world and setting that existed at one time and experience it in what feels like real time.

*** I'm not a big fan of fight scene choreography. Descriptions of weapons do nothing for me - but I do like a hunky hero, and you can describe his weapon ad infinitum and I'll be happy (grin).

Hahahaha...no comment needed.

Nice to see you here - hope to see you in Nashville.

catslady said...

I love the idea of romantic thriller but characters still come first. I like variety so settings can be anywhere and plots can vary but I like not knowing what is going to happen next. I've been reading romantic suspense since way back when. I think the old gothics fit into that category.

Dianna Love said...

Hi Anna C -

***[you said] Dianna, two years since you were an official guest? We'll have to make sure it's not so long until next time.

Thanks. Cassondra was the one who put a fire under my buns to get back over here. I love to come visit but had no idea what I'd talk about until she sent me some questions. She's the best.

***I got such a thrill when I met you at the Australian Romance Readers Convention in Feb, 2009. Wasn't that a fun gig? And you were a huge hit!

We (me and Sherri)had a blast. It was wonderful meeting you there - you made me feel so at home. It was nice to have a familiar face. But the entire group was amazing and super nice. BTW - I just joined the ARRC. I'm a card carrying member now.

***Huge congratulations on getting to put that NYT moniker after your name. How thrilling is that?

It's pretty amazing. I never expected to be at this point with writing when I sat down to write my first book in 2001. All I wanted to do at that point was see if I could write a novel. When anyone asked if I was trying to get published I'd give them that thousand yard stare like they were nuts. I'm glad I got possessed and so deeply hooked on writing because look at all the great people I've met like the Banditos. :)

thanks for stopping in today - hope you make it to Nashville. Bring some more of the Aussie group with you (and a bag of Tim Tams if you can smuggle them through...I should have told Anna S, too)

Anna Campbell said...

Dianna, definitely coming to Nashville. Are you coming to RomCon?

Dianna Love said...

Hi Pat -

***[you said] My first romantic thriller reads
were by THE Mary Stewart. In fact,
I still have a couple of her "first editions"!

You want to put those in clear sleeves! Some classic suspense. I have the collection of John D. MacDonald's Travis McGee series. I think John would have loved writing romantic thrillers. He had the tortured Alpha hero down pat. Mary was rocking the suspense world back in the fifties. Absolutely classic suspense.

***Over the years, I added
Mary Higgins Clark, Nora Roberts,
Jayne Ann Krentz, Erica Spindler,
and now you & Sherrilyn.

Oh, we're in great company. :) You are a die hard romantic suspense and mainstream suspense fan for sure. Thanks for including us in your outstanding collection.

***I'm in the process of locating the early copies of the B.A.D. series. I have Whispered Lies.

The first full novel was Bad Attitude (Sherrilyn wrote that one alone), then she and I wrote Phantom in the Night, then Whispered Lies and now Silent Truth. Glad you liked WL and want to read more. It's an evil plot to hook you on this series. :)

thanks for coming by to visit today.

Dianna Love said...

Hi Catslady -

***[you said] I like variety so settings can be anywhere and plots can vary but I like not knowing what is going to happen next. I've been reading romantic suspense since way back when. I think the old gothics fit into that category.

Yep, that's the key for sure - not knowing what's going to happen next and "wanting" to find out. I can definitely see gothics fitting in. I've read historicals and other subgenres of romance that did not have suspense and I still enjoyed them, but the ones that called me back over and over had a suspense element for sure. I could see that playing a big part in the gothics.

thanks for sharing your thoughts here today

Dianna Love said...

Anna C -

***Dianna, definitely coming to Nashville. Are you coming to RomCon?

Super. No, I can't make RomCon this year, which really bites because I was in a coffee shop with them when they brainstormed the initial idea. They picked a weekend that conflicts with Thrillerfest and I'd already made a commitment to attend Thrillerfest. But if the dates work out, I plan to attend Romcon next year.

Anyone who doesn't know about this shoul check out their website www.romconinc.com, but it's a major romance reader event in Denver. This is their first year. I think it sounds terrific and am sorry I can't be there.

Anna Sugden said...

Great, Dianna! You and Sherri are more than welcome in Cambridge when you come over and I'd love to play tour guide. We have access to the Uni through hubby too.

Cassondra - thanks! My latest villain is a bit creepy too - what does it say about a person who can write chilling villains?!

Cassondra said...

denise said:

I love to see the electric energy between the charcters develop.

Me too! That tension is why I READ!!!!

I like to follow the characters through a series to see how the grow and mature.


My favorite characters are the ones I've seen in other books before they get "their" story. I think it is for this very reason. I've come to know them a little, so I know more about them going in, and that makes their stories mean more to me. It's very satisfying for me to have watched characters for a while--hoping they'll end up with a happy ending--and then to see them get it. I'm that way about Rae, one of the female BAD agents in this series. I really want Rae to find the guy who lights her fire and keeps it burning. (yes, Dianna, that's a HINT ;0)

Cassondra said...

s7anna said:

I gotta say that I have a particular fondness for a misunderstood Alpha hero...he's kinda moody, sullen, tough (yet a marshmallow if you dig long enough).

OHHH...now THIS I like. I moan and moan about the jerky alpha guys, but the ones that can take care of themselves but are marshmallows inside--I'm ALL about those heroes.

Cassondra said...

Minna said:

It's the characters and team cohesion that make me return for them book after book.


Me too Minna.

An interesting thing about Dianna and Sherri's books is that they do MEN so well. A team of men sounds like a team of MEN when they write them. I dunno how they get there from here. Maybe because Dianna has worked with so many guys in her former life building big outdoor art projects. I don't know about the how, but they get it right.

p226 said...

What is it that you enjoy most about a romantic suspense series?..

Mmmm, I'm not sure, because to my knowledge, I've only read one. Yours. :D I mostly enjoyed the suspense.

Do you return book after book for the characters alone or is it the setting, the team cohesion or the situations they get into?..

Hmm. I haven't returned. But if I did, some of the characters I read in Dianna's book were cool enough that I'd want to know more about 'em.


Do you like exotic locations? Are there areas you’ve not seen in books that you’d like to read about?..

Well, that kind of depends on the definition of "exotic." I mean, I like settings that are off the beaten path, but it doesn't have to be Rome or Monaco. I mean, imagine a book set in Malaysia. Not really exotic. But definitely different, right?



What type of hero is your favorite?

Oh, that's easy. The computer forensics nerd with surprising weapons and hand-to-hand skills.

How long have you been reading romantic suspense?

Since I got a copy of Dianna's book. :D

Cassondra said...

Hellion said:

I'm more interested in author voice and characters than locales.

While I love reading exotic locales, I'm a real stickler for authenticity as well. It really bothers me when an author gets something obviously wrong about an area I know well, so that makes me nervous about using locations that I don't know well.

It's one of the reasons that I've set one series in the region where I live. I know I can nail that region and its people. Susan Crandall amazes me because she does NOT live in Kentucky/Tennessee, but she absolutely nails almost everything about this area when she sets a book here.

If I have more opportunity to travel and spend time in a location before I set a book there I might be more comfortable writing the exotic. I think I could set a book in Scotland, or perhaps modern-day London. Other than that, New York is about as exotic as I'm getting. ;0)

Dianna and Sherri have set the BAD agency headquarters in Nashville, which is an area they both know, especially Sherri since she lives in Tennessee. But the agents are liable to deploy anywhere, in-country or out-- which I think takes a lot of spunk on the writer's part, and a lot of thorough research. I know they've travelled to a bunch of places to research the area for setting though.

Carlos, in Whispered Lies ends up in Central America for part of the book. My husband was there with the military and so knows that area, and he breezed through that book and said, "they got it right," which is a high compliment from him. I still dunno how they did that.

Anna Campbell said...

Dianna, so sorry we won't get a chance to hang out in Denver. I think RomCon is going to be brilliant. I second the suggestion for people to check it out!

p226 said...

I still dunno how they did that.

Dianna's good at finding knowledgeable folks for her research. ;)

Cassondra said...

Pat Cochran said:

I'm in
the process of locating the early
copies of the B.A.D. series. I have
Whispered Lies.

Ohhh, you won't be disappointed. Nathan is just the hottest thing on two feet. You've already met Carlos. And Hunter...slurp. The thing is, the series gets deeper and the world threat scarier with each book so far. I've begged Dianna to tell me how she's going to take down the big villains, but she won't talk.

Hmmm...must think of ways to sneak her some truth serum.....

Cassondra said...

Anna Campbell said:

I always love hearing how people who collaborate write - partly because I'm such a control freak I just couldn't do it. Snort!


I'm afraid I would be this way too! I dunno. If it was the right writer I might could. Ha! Worrying about that right now is silly. Gotta sell a book first.

p226 said...

Hmmm...must think of ways to sneak her some truth serum.....

Ballistic darts.

Hey, I'm here to help. :)

Cassondra said...

catslady said:

I've been reading romantic suspense since way back when. I think the old gothics fit into that category.

I tend to agree, Catslady. I miss some of those types of stories, too. Loved the tone of those.

Cassondra said...

Anna Sugden said:

My latest villain is a bit creepy too - what does it say about a person who can write chilling villains?!

It says you have a great career ahead of you. My villains are my weakest link in my stories. I'm bound and determined to make them as creepy as yours and Dianna's. Some readers say mine are scary, but I think they're not scary enough.

Cassondra said...

Donna said:
I'm not a big fan of fight scene choreography. Descriptions of weapons do nothing for me - but I do like a hunky hero, and you can describe his weapon ad infinitum and I'll be happy (grin).

And this..THIS is why we love your books. That sense of humor combined with the steaminess. You just go right ahead and don't worry about fight scene choreography. We scary chicks will do that. You keep writing your Mrs. Brimley books and we'll all get along fine. In fact, if you ever think of stopping, I might have to do an intervention. We want more of your amazing historicals. ;0)

Cassondra said...

Dianna and P226 said:

What type of hero is your favorite?

Oh, that's easy. The computer forensics nerd with surprising weapons and hand-to-hand skills.


SNORK! Well-played good sir!

Actually I shouldn't laugh. You have the makings of a kick-ass romantic suspense hero. ;0)

Smart, sensitive, all guy, and can kick some serious ass if he needs to. Yup. Hero material.

And of course we'd make your heroine a petite blonde cutie-pie just like youre sweetie wife.

p226 said...

Oooh. Fight-scene choreography. I found out I'm really good at that.

p226 said...

And of course we'd make your heroine a petite blonde cutie-pie just like youre sweetie wife.

Sold. Where do I pre-order this book?

Cassondra said...

Cassondra said:

Hmmm...must think of ways to sneak her some truth serum.....

to which P226 said:

Ballistic darts.

Hey, I'm here to help. :)


Oooohhh...that's a good idea! Oh, but it might hurt. I don't wanna actually HURT her. Just make her talk....

Wait...maybe we shouldn't be talkin' about his here....shhhhhh.

Cassondra said...

P226 said:

Sold. Where do I pre-order this book?

Be patient, be patient.....

p226 said...

Wait...maybe we shouldn't be talkin' about his here....shhhhhh.

Hey, if your encryption's good enough, you can talk about it on the front page of the New York Times.

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Don't worry, Dianna. We're not discussing hold-over values for serum-laden tranquilizer darts at distance or anything.

Really.

Dianna Love said...

Anna S -

***Great, Dianna! ! You and Sherri are more than welcome in Cambridge when you come over and I'd love to play tour guide. We have access to the Uni through hubby too.

You're on. I can't say anything to Sherri yet or she'll be like a kid. "Can we go to Cambridge, now?" "Not yet...we're on tour." "How about now?" "No, the DH readers will kill us both if you stop writing that next book right now." "Now?" :)

***Cassondra - thanks! My latest villain is a bit creepy too - what does it say about a person who can write chilling villains?!

Hey, hey, hey...lot's not talk about what writing creepy and frightening nevillains means about our personality or emotional state. ;0 I do find it funny that some very sweet female authors write some really twisted characters.

Cassondra said...

In response to Anna Sugden, Dianna said:

Hey, hey, hey...lot's not talk about what writing creepy and frightening nevillains means about our personality or emotional state. ;0 I do find it funny that some very sweet female authors write some really twisted characters.

Ha! One of my ulterior motives for hanging out with you is that maybe some of the "scary-villain" juice will rub off on me. Who would have thought a pretty, southern blonde like you would write villains that make you cringe and leave the light on at night?

Dianna Love said...

Hi p226 -

I step away from the computer for a minute and look who shows up. :) The master at electronics and strategizing through complex suspense plots.

*** [you said] Mmmm, I'm not sure, because to my knowledge, I've only read one. Yours. :D I mostly enjoyed the suspense.

lol - Yay. We loved that you read ours and enjoyed the suspense. :) I will let you tell everyone what exactly you do if you want, because I don't know how much you want to share, but let's just say p226 is as brilliant and mysterious as he sounds.

*** Hmm. I haven't returned. But if I did, some of the characters I read in Dianna's book were cool enough that I'd want to know more about 'em.

ahh, you're the best. I will have to send you a copy of Silent Truth to get you totally hooked.


***Well, that kind of depends on the definition of "exotic." I mean, I like settings that are off the beaten path, but it doesn't have to be Rome or Monaco. I mean, imagine a book set in Malaysia. Not really exotic. But definitely different, right?

I agree - exotic to me doesn't mean just the wide screen shots you see in travel agencies. I loved the setting in Romancing the Stone, which was made a long time ago and I believe on a tight budget, but it had so much character for a fun action romp. I like to see settings where you focus in tight on the location to the point you can practically see and smell what the author is talking about.

*** Oh, that's easy. The computer forensics nerd with surprising weapons and hand-to-hand skills.

Giving yourself away...?

***Since I got a copy of Dianna's book. :D

The book - Whispered Lies - is the one that p226 shared a small bit (which was a whole lot for us, but we knew it was the tip of the iceberg on what he knew,to use a cliche) of his vast knowledge of computer forensics so that our BAD agents and our electronic snitch operated within a plausible premise. We so appreciated having his help on that book (any mistakes are ours or probably more correctly mine, since I'm the least techno of him,Sherri and me).

Thanks for dropping in today. Now I have to go back and see what you and Cassondra have been up to on the blog.

Dianna Love said...

cassondra said - I still dunno how they did that.

p226 said - Dianna's good at finding knowledgeable folks for her research. ;)

LOL - got ya, Cassondra. ;) Of course, i have to give credit to Cassondra for helping me find these knowledgeable folks. And to thank your hubby for the wonderful compliment.

And I saw that comment about the ballistic darts and truth serum...you'd be surprised what would come out of this brain on any drugs. ;)

and the encryption...I'm starting to worry now.

Dianna Love said...

Cassondra said - And of course we'd make your heroine a petite blonde cutie-pie just like youre sweetie wife.

P226 said - Sold. Where do I pre-order this book

Dianna - See? Perfect hero material. I wish you hadn't gotten me thinking on a new hero character...I've got a full plate right now, but I'm starting to see this one. I love that you're going to be consulting on fight scene choreography next. :)

p226 said...

Bahahah, well, at least pick a martial arts style I'm familiar with. :D

Dianna Love said...

Anna C - make sure to tell everyone hello for me in Denver. And please shoot me an email when it's done to give me the run down. I'm dying to hear about the event and think it's going to be a great debut program.

Regarding collaborations - I think you have to be half bubble off some days to make it work. ;) I never expected to collaborate, but have found it to be interesting with the right people.

Cassondra said...

Dianna said:

Perfect hero material. I wish you hadn't gotten me thinking on a new hero character...I've got a full plate right now, but I'm starting to see this one.

He's MINE. I saw him first. ;0)

Cassondra said...

Okay talk has been entirely too serious here thus far. WHERE are our cabana boys and Sven with drinks?

Hey! Jeanne! Nancy! Anybody! Which Cabana boys are supposed to be on the schedule for today? I'm ready for a glass of wine, and Dianna likes appletinis.

*sigh* I guess it's me again behind the bar.....

Caren Crane said...

Dianna, welcome back! It feels like Homecoming around here. *g*

(Helen, congrats on the GR nab!)

Okay, to the questions!

I love the thrills of romantic suspense. I am a fan of thrillers and murder mysteries, so dead bodies and not knowing what will happen next entices me.

I return to a series for the characters. If I love them, I want to go back and see them again. I've read all the "In Death" books...nuff said.

Settings like exotic locales aren't strictly necessary, but they are welcome. It's fun to learn about new places, but also enjoyable when the unexpected happens in a place I know. Setting can be very powerful. When I mentioned wanting to revisit characters I love, that can be setting in some stories.

I like heroes with rough edges and a strong code of ethics. Like Capt. Mal Reynolds on "Firefly". Nathan Fillion often plays this sort of character, but he did it in spades in "Firefly"!

Does Nancy Drew count as romantic suspense? I think so! I have had a love affair with mysteries and intrigue since before I learned to read. My father loved to tell us suspenseful stories and read us poems that were rather dark and scary. I've always loved romantic suspense!

Thank you for being here with us. You are, as always, absolutely wonderful!

chey said...

I enjoy the mystery and seeing how H/h deal with the danger in a romantic suspense series.

I return book after book for the characters and the situations they get into.

I like exotic locations as long as there is a good story too.

I like most types of heros, as long as they're not more chauvinistic than the average guy for the time period they represent.

I've been reading romantic suspense ever since I discovered it years ago.

p226 said...

Since Cassondra's behind the bar, I'll have a shot of jack. Straight up. Hell, leave the bottle.

Gillian Layne said...

I drink Maker's Mark. Not often, but it's my liquor of choice. I could use some tonight; children going to conference tomorrow, nothing ready, everything scattered, general chaos abounds. Oh, Sven!

(You know what's good about my avatar, Cassondra? That it's small, black and white, and fuzzy! I looked in the truck mirror today--oh the scary reality full sunlight reveals. Bring on the candles!)

mariska said...

Am i too late to the party ?
hope Not.
Hi Dianna, i'm so glad that i see you again. welcome to the lair !

i'm trying to answer some of the questions :

What is it that you enjoy most about a romantic suspense series?
- they always make me suspense :) make me want more and more story about them.

Do you return book after book for the characters alone or is it the setting, the team cohesion or the situations they get into?
- All the elements in that book that makes me return book after book. Well, the book can't be so tempting to read when it's only Characters in it, right ?

Do you like exotic locations?
- Is Scotland is in category of exotic locations ? coz i love a story with this place.

What type of hero is your favorite?
- smart, good looking, have a sense of humor, and smart (hey, did i say "smart" twice ? :)

How long have you been reading romantic suspense?
- around 8 or nine years now :) but i just came back to book things recently, coz i'm a full time mommy now.

i'm so love to read your books !

Dianna Love said...

Hi Chey -

Glad you're a romantic suspense enthusiast.

***[you said]I like most types of heros, as long as they're not more chauvinistic than the average guy for the time period they represent.

You know,that's a good point. I critique stories whenever i can to help the not-yet-published and some published buddies. When I do, I will sometimes run up against the "brutal, unyielding, distant" (keep adding similar words) and chauvinistic hero. I always ask - would YOU date this man or consider falling in love with a guy like that? Not me. He can be chauvinistic, but then I'd expect the heroine to spin him in circles using that chauvinism against him to show the hero where he was lacking and start him on his character arc journey.

thanks for stopping by to say hello.

Cassondra said...

Chey said:

I like most types of heros, as long as they're not more chauvinistic than the average guy for the time period they represent.



Oh...another excellent statement about heroes. More and more you guys are helping me to refine my definition of the perfect hero.

Sorry Dianna. Didn't know I was gonna make use of your questions, did you? Bwahahahahahaha....

Here....have another appletini....

Cassondra said...

P226 said:

Hell, leave the bottle.

Oh, my! We must be celebrating something. Here ya go...bottom's up.

Dianna Love said...

Gillian -

You get the Maker's Mark (that was the drink of a buddy of mine for a long time - cool bottles) and I'll ask Sven for an appletini. We should bring Elio from New Orleans in to help take care of the ladies. I think I still have the pics from NO on my website that includes a shot of our favorite bartender there.

Oops...Sven heard that. On the other hand, he has sexy pout so maybe we'll talk about Elio some more.

Cassondra said...

Gillian Layne said:

You know what's good about my avatar, Cassondra? That it's small, black and white, and fuzzy! I looked in the truck mirror today--oh the scary reality full sunlight reveals. Bring on the candles!)

LOLOL! I totally hear you on the candlelight girlfriend! *High Five*

But honey, you're beautiful.

And here, as long as we're passing out bottles, you might as well take charge of the Maker's.

You want your glass chilled? Rocks? What?

Dianna Love said...

Cassondra said (in reply to Chey about chauvinistic heroes) -

***Oh...another excellent statement about heroes. More and more you guys are helping me to refine my definition of the perfect hero.

Sorry Dianna. Didn't know I was gonna make use of your questions, did you? Bwahahahahahaha....

Here....have another appletini....

Dianna said - You are a sly dog, C. :) Bribing me with an appletini? That works for me. :)

Dianna Love said...

p226 said - Since Cassondra's behind the bar, I'll have a shot of jack. Straight up. Hell, leave the bottle.

Dianna - I like the way you're thinking. But I'm only good for two drinks then stick a fork in me. :) I would say a cheap drunk, but since I only drink 2 I want good stuff.

Cassondra said...

Dianna, I don't know what you've done to the lair. We're usually all about the wine, the margaritas and the fruity foo foo drinks. Everybody's goin' for the hard stuff tonight.

We got the Tito's in for you though..(I tried that the other night btw. Too strong for my blood, and I don't remember how to spell it either.)


Sven and the cabana boys better bring some food if we're doing this hard stuff.

Wait...What's that? Joanie's gladiators are cooking dinner? OH YEAH! Barbeque on a spit!

Woooohoooo! Party time with Dianna in the lair!

Dianna Love said...

Cassondra said - We got the Tito's in for you though..(I tried that the other night btw. Too strong for my blood, and I don't remember how to spell it either.)

You have to be kidding, C. Titos was made "for women." And it isn't even expensive, but very smooth. That is my favorite and it's made in Austin,TX of all places. I do love wine, as you know, it just usually doesn't love me unless it's German or Australian. I could forego the appletini tonight for a nice cabernet-shiraz.

Sven...oh, Sven darling, where are you?

Louisa Cornell said...

Late to the party, but I KNOW Dianna can party all night! And the Banditas KNOW how to throw a party !!

I met Dianna at a Readers Luncheon in tiny Wetumpka, Alabama and have been a fan ever since. She was so encouraging to someone who was just THINKING about taking a shot at writing historical romance, a dream put aside for my singing career. So, in a way, Dianna is responsible for putting me on this road and making me believe I can do it. Thanks Di !!

I love romances that are 'born of fire' so to speak. A man and an woman in a dangerous situation who have no choice but to depend on each other for survival. The thing about it that works so well is that in that situation you can only be yourself, your true self and therefore you fall in love with the real person in the worst possible situation. Makes for hot romance!

I love a hero who is confidant to the point of being cocky, but who also recognizes that characteristic in a woman. I love a man who knows exactly what he wants and goes after it (her) with guns blazing.

I love locations that are exotic and romantic but also mysterious. I love a touch of the unknown in locations - those magical places you come upon by accident that reveal all sorts of mysteries to the hero and heroine about the world, the enemy they are fighting and themselves.

Dianna Love said...

As you may have noticed when Cassondra posted this morning, I was up at 4am. I have to roll early again tomorrow to get a few things done then I'm heading out on a motorcycle trip, so I'm going to sign off for the night. But I will stop by again early tomorrow to catch up with those night owls who are like Cassondra and Sherrilyn. And those of you in different countries/time zones - so nice to have you come out to say hello and share your thoughts.

A HUGE THANK YOU to the Bandits and their lovely friends who have made me feel welcome as always. I so appreciate all your comments, and to those of you who have read my books or are going to give one a try - you are so wonderful. :)

Have Cassondra tell you about the "extra" cabana door prizes for today. :) Now there's a hook.

And a double thank you to the wonderful Cassondra who put this together and keeps me sane. I don't know if she told you but I am very fortunate that she agreed to work with me this year as an assistant (that's why she gets to read the books First ). She is making it possible for me to do so much more than in the past. When I count my blessings, she's very close to the top of my list.

In addition to all that, Cassondra is an extremely talented writer who will be here blogging about her books before you know it.

Good night and see you tomorrow!

Dianna Love said...

Hi Louisa - So nice to see you here!

***[you said] I met Dianna at a Readers Luncheon in tiny Wetumpka, Alabama and have been a fan ever since. She was so encouraging to someone who was just THINKING about taking a shot at writing historical romance, a dream put aside for my singing career. So, in a way, Dianna is responsible for putting me on this road and making me believe I can do it. Thanks Di !!

You are the one who deserves the credit. I talk all year to writers - tons of writers - but only a few have that fire to go after what they want. I'm so proud of your success and what you've accomplished. You've won how many contests now? Louisa has finaled in the Golden Heart two times.

I know you are getting closer to selling by the list of contests you are winning. I love to tell people about how we met and you said something along the lines of "I'm not a writer." You proved that to be false.

I would stay and party, but I'm running on fumes and getting up very early tomorrow. But keep the party running tonight and drink a round on me.

Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you at national - you can drive up from Wetumpka, right? (I love that name - nice town, too)

Nancy said...

Helen, have fun with the rooster!

Dianna, welcome back! This looks like a wonderful BAD installment. I read RS and other fiction for the characters, but if it doesn't have a meaty plot--and these certainly do--then it doesn't hold my interest, and I'm unlikely to read more.

jo robertson said...

Hi, Dianna, welcome back to the Lair. The BAD series sounds terrific. I love to read or watch that kind of story too and I'm always trying to figure out what's the "truth," who's the villain, or how will the puzzle be solved.

I'm more excited about psychological thrillers than shoot 'em up ones, but I like both!

Cassondra said...

Dianna said:

You have to be kidding, C. Titos was made "for women." And it isn't even expensive, but very smooth.

What can I say? I'm a liquor wuss. With wine, however, I can hold my own.

But we got the Tito's just for you--for appletinis--so enjoy. Nobody comes to the lair and stays thirsty if we know what your fav drink is. ;0)

Cassondra said...

Louisa said:

So, in a way, Dianna is responsible for putting me on this road and making me believe I can do it. Thanks Di !!


Well, that's the thing about Dianna Love. She's responsible for setting a whole bunch of people on the writing path--or putting us BACK on the path, or keeping us on the path. Which is part of the reason she'll always be welcome in the lair.

Cassondra said...

Nancy said:

if it doesn't have a meaty plot--and these certainly do--then it doesn't hold my interest, and I'm unlikely to read more.

I don't have the same need you do for a meaty plot, but I have to have one that makes sense. No big logic flaws. It has to be motivated. And the thing for me is that the heroine and the hero have to be strong and have to deserve one another. No swooning divas for a hot secret squirrel agent. She has to be able to hold her own.

Isn't it interesting that each of us has a slightly different tweak on what we look for in a keeper book?

Cassondra said...

Jo said:

I'm always trying to figure out what's the "truth," who's the villain, or how will the puzzle be solved.

I'm more excited about psychological thrillers than shoot 'em up ones, but I like both!


OMGOSH JO, if you haven't read any of the BAD agency series, get Silent Truth I have never seen a more twisted puzzle In. My. Whole. Life.

I was reading it before she sent it in and I called her and was shaking my head and said, "HOW did you DO this?" It's the most complex, most "you'll never guess who the villain is" plot I've ever seen.

I was 85 percent of the way through the book before I went, "OMG it can't be" and then it was "OMG it IS!!!" and then it was "HOW IN THE WORLD ARE THEY GOING TO GET OUT OF THIS ALIVE?????"

Cassondra said...

Dianna said:

I was up at 4am. I have to roll early again tomorrow to get a few things done then I'm heading out on a motorcycle trip, so I'm going to sign off for the night.

Dianna, thanks for visiting the lair. I know you're on a tight schedule, and it means a lot that you took a day to spend with us. Oh, and thanks for all those nice things you said about me. I'll put your check in the mail. ;0)

We'll keep the party rolling and say our final goodbyes before you leave in the morning.

Sleep well and dream of your heroes, not your villains!

Lady_Graeye said...

Yeah! Count me in one this drawing! After a long week (and it's only Tuesday) I need some excitement. Trying to get ready for Easter, doing the college Fafsa-yuck, yuck and more yuck; I have it already!! I need a good book!

Nancy said...

Cassondra wrote:Isn't it interesting that each of us has a slightly different tweak on what we look for in a keeper book?

Yep. It's a good thing, too, or there wouldn't be room for so many different kinds of books.

I do agree that the plot needs to make sense, and so does the conflict, especially between the h/h. I have to sympathize with both of them, or it doesn't work for me.

stacey said...

I can't wait to read these books.I Return to a Book Because of the Characters alone.thay start filling like family.My Favorite type of hero is a hero whit a sarcastic sense of humor and a sad past life that a love can bring him out of.I Been reading Romantic Suspense for years now before that i read sci fi books.I like all sorts of locations but its the characters that mater most.
sasluvbooks(at)yahoo.com

Dianna Love said...

Hi Nancy -

Got a few ZZZs and am up rolling again. :)

*** [you said] I read RS and other fiction for the characters, but if it doesn't have a meaty plot--and these certainly do--then it doesn't hold my interest, and I'm unlikely to read more.

Thanks for the compliment. I do enjoy a big, complicated and twisted plot if it all makes sense. I've read your RS and know you do, too. I'm always saying "I" have to be entertained first. If I lose interest I stop typing and figure out what's wrong. I can't stick with something that doesn't hold my attention.

Great to see you here - hope you're coming to Nashville.

Dianna Love said...

Hi Jo -

*** [you said] Hi, Dianna, welcome back to the Lair.

Thanks. I love visiting the Banditos. Best party in town.

***The BAD series sounds terrific. I love to read or watch that kind of story too and I'm always trying to figure out what's the "truth," who's the villain, or how will the puzzle be solved.

Me, too. I see everything as a movie when I write (like see the scenes playing out and changing) - Sherri does too. That might be one reason this works for us.

***I'm more excited about psychological thrillers than shoot 'em up ones, but I like both!

I saw that Cassondra commented about Silent Truth in reply to this. We had an interesting villain with a twisted sense of honor. It was strange, but interesting to climb inside his head and figure out how to manipulate and outmaneuver his opponents. Then to step back into the h/h's heads to figure out how to stop him.

thanks for stopping by and hope to see you in Nashville, too.

Dianna Love said...

Hi Lady Graeye -

***[you said] Yeah! Count me in one this drawing! After a long week (and it's only Tuesday) I need some excitement. Trying to get ready for Easter, doing the college Fafsa-yuck, yuck and more yuck; I have it already!! I need a good book!

Sorry to hear about the long week, but a book is where I go when I need saving mentally, too. Hope things work out and get done soon so you'll have a break to enjoy some down time.

Thanks for coming out in your busy week to say hello.

Dianna Love said...

Hi Stacey -

***[you said] I can't wait to read these books.

Oh, great. Hope you enjoy them.

***I Return to a Book Because of the Characters alone.thay start filling like family.My Favorite type of hero is a hero whit a sarcastic sense of humor and a sad past life that a love can bring him out of.

Yes, that's what I see in a series, too. To feel like you're returning to a family, which is how a tight team feels about each other. We do enjoy watching as our tortured heroes when they meet the one person who can truly love them when they thought they would be forever alone.

thanks for stopping by to say hello.

To everyone - thanks again for having me here. I'm packing my motorcycle and heading out on a short trip with the hubby. Have a great week and a wonderful holiday.

Cassondra said...

Mariska said:



Am i too late to the party ?


Mariska, I don't know how I missed your post! So glad you stopped in, and it's NEVER too late to party here!

Cassondra said...

Lady Graeye said:

After a long week (and it's only Tuesday) I need some excitement. Trying to get ready for Easter....

It's sneaking up so fast this year isn't it? I am not ready either. Time seems to just disappear--poof--on me these days.

Cassondra said...

stacey said:

.I like all sorts of locations but its the characters that matter most.


You know, it all comes down to this for me, too. I want the whole package, but if I don't love and respect and attach to the characters, the book does not work for me.

Cassondra said...

Dianna, thank you again, and thanks to everyone for stopping by. We'll draw for prizes this evening. Dianna has added a couple of extra bonus prizes, so we'll have even more winners than we thought! Check back and I'll post a winner notification on the blog tonight.

donnas said...

Great post. Thanks for sharing. I love everything about Romantic Thrillers. And really the only genre I like better is paranormal romantic thrillers. Yours look great and I am adding to my wishlist. Thanks!