Posts Tagged ‘suspense’

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Guest Post + Excerpt: Melissa Ohnoutka on Romantic Suspense!

Sinful Secrets Melissa Ohnoutka

Thanks for stopping by today. I’m so excited to be a guest on EverAfter Romance to share my newest release with you. For as long as I can remember, suspense has been my favorite genre—books, movies, music, you name it. I live for the adrenaline rush. Throw romance into the mix and it becomes the perfect combination to keep me on the edge of my seat and begging for more. Romancing the Stone will forever be my all-time favorite movie, and one of the reasons for my madness. I first saw the action-packed film on the big screen as a teenager, then again when it came out on video. I had two babies in diapers at the time and needed an escape to save my sanity. The rest is history.

Once I started writing that first romantic suspense, I knew there was no turning back. The thrill of watching the suspense and romance unfold in one of my own creations is a feeling like no other. I’m addicted for life.

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Exclusive Excerpt

Exclusive Excerpt: HER ROGUE ALPHA by Paige Tyler

Her Rogue Alpha Paige Tyler

Turning the mic over to the amazing Paige Tyler to introduce this action-packed excerpt of Her Alpha Rogue:

This excerpt is piece of an action-packed scene in the book where the hero, Jayson Harmon, a wounded Special Forces soldier, and his girlfriend, feline shifter and newest Department of Covert Operations agent, Layla Halliwell, have broken into the home of the dangerous man who has kidnapped a dozen young women in Ukraine. Unfortunately, Jayson and Layla don’t know exactly where inside the sprawling estate the girls are being held prisoner, so they have to depend on her keen sense of smell to find them. All the bad guys roaming around makes that tricky enough, but when Jayson and Layla finally get inside, they’re shocked to realize they have to rescue someone else as well.


Excerpt:

As if on cue, an explosion from the front of the estate shook the ground beneath them and a big, red fireball rolled up through the night sky. Seconds later, the popping sound of small arms fire filled the air like someone was hosing down the front of the estate with a half- dozen machine guns.

Shit. If they blew this because he was too busy throwing a pity party for himself to stay focused on the mission, he was going to be pissed.

“Go!” Jayson urged.

Trusting the teens’ distraction would get everyone’s attention turned the other way, Layla took off running for the back of the house, Jayson at her side. Dropping to one knee, he put his back to the rough stone and cupped his hands in front of him. He tensed, knowing it was going to hurt, but doing it anyway. Layla read his mind, launching herself at him, her booted foot thumping into his outstretched hands on the fly. He shoved up at the same time she jumped, propelling her to the top of the wall.

She stretched out on her stomach, then threw one of her legs over the top and reached down with her free hand. Jayson didn’t know how the hell a woman her size could hold his weight even if she was a shifter, but he leaped up and grabbed her outstretched hand anyway. The moment their palms clapped together, she gripped tightly, pulling him up as he kicked with his legs. Considering they hadn’t practiced this particular move, they executed it amazingly smoothly, and within a few seconds, they were both dropping down to the far side of the high wall and were inside the estate.

Jayson pulled the AK-7 4 off his back as Layla drew her pistol. He waited while she tested the air inside the compound with her nose and ears to make sure there weren’t any guards hanging around back there.

After a moment, Layla gave him the all- clear signal.

“Let’s head for the main section of the house, then hope that you pick up Anya’s scent from there,” Jayson said.

Layla nodded and took point. Jayson followed her across the property as she tried to stay in the deep shadows as much as possible. They moved fast but carefully, too. It wouldn’t do Anya or anyone any good if they ran into a group of armed guards.

As they ran past a big swimming pool artfully surrounded by raised flower beds made of stacked stone and shaped concrete, Jayson had a hard time not gawking.

The place looked more like something you’d see on a private island getaway in the Mediterranean than an estate in Ukraine.

He followed Layla around the loungers and outdoor bar as she led the way to the large french doors that led into the main house. Jayson expected the gunfire from the front of the house to start to taper off—surely there couldn’t have been that many rounds of ammunition in the trunk of a car—but as he and Layla reached the heavy glass doors, the sound of weapons fire actually got heavier.

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Guest Post: “Do You Like Me?” by Kris Rafferty

Betrayed By A Kiss Kris Rafferty

Everyone wants to be liked, right?  If you get down to the nitty gritty of hard truths, life is easier if people like you.  If you doubt me, just think about how hard it was walking into a classroom when you were the new kid in town.  It’s easier to be liked.  We don’t have to devote any time or effort questioning our actions or our words if the room is smiling and hanging on your every quip and anecdote.  Being liked greases the wheels in work, at social events, and in some instances, at Thanksgiving dinner when you’re around relatives that only remember you as that kid who screamed and ran around the table as they were trying to relax after too much pumpkin pie last year…or was that twenty years ago?

It’s easy to relegate likability to a weakness, something people lean on when they don’t have the courage of their conviction, when being liked is the end, rather than the means of achieving goals…be they as simple as wheedling the car keys from a nervous parent, or that promotion you really aren’t positive you can handle, but, what the hell?  Likability is something everyone barters with daily, hour to hour, giving it up here if it holds you back, retaining it here just in case you’ll need it later.  Sometimes we get it right and everyone likes us, allowing us to relax.  Sometimes we’re not successful and we acquire enemies, or fall out of favor, then life becomes hard.  The currency of human interaction is power, money and beauty, but for most of us, all we’ve got to work with is likeability.

Is it any wonder readers want their characters to be likable?

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Q&A

Q&A: Linda Winfree of ALL I NEED

All I Need Linda Winfree

Author of some of the steamiest and most riveting Romantic Suspense stories, Linda Winfree, has been so kind as to answer a few of our burning questions! Check out our interview below and don’t miss All I Need, out now!


FAVORITE MOVIES:

 

What are your five favorite movies with romance or romantic elements?

  1. Open Range
  2. Independence Day
  3. The Mummy
  4. Jurassic World
  5. Grease

 

Describe your favorite scene from each one (you can include a Youtube clip if you want as well).

 

  1. In Open Range, it’s so hard to choose only one scene – I adore the small scene where Sue is changing and Charley is cleaning mud from the carpet and catches a glimpse. My favorite though is the “I love you” scene where Charley tells Sue he won’t be one of her disappointments.
  2. Independence Day gives you not one, but three romances. Although it doesn’t end happily ever after, I adore the entire relationship between the President and First Lady.
  3. In The Mummy, I am in love with the obvious attraction and push-pull between O’Connell and Evie. It’s hard to pick a favorite scene because every scene with them is amazing.
  4. Jurassic World has some of this same romantic push pull between Owen and Claire. They want each other, are complete opposites, and don’t really want to want one another. I love how Claire, without being stupid, refuses to let Owen go it alone. Favorite scenes – atop the water fall, when Claire prepares herself for going into the wild and after the pterodactyl attack, when Claire saves Owen and they finally kiss.
  5. I know – you’re thinking my Grease couple is Danny and Sandy. Nope. Rizzo and Kenickie. They are amazing together, even when they are breaking one another’s hearts. Favorite scene? The Ferris Wheel.

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Guest Post + GIVEAWAY: “Summer, Summer, Summertime!” by Julie Ann Walker

Devil and the Deep Julie Ann Walker

As anyone who lives in Chicago will tell you, winters are a bitch.  We’re talking bundle up, hunker down, and simply endure.  Which is probably why I began writing my Deep Six series, set in the Florida Keys.  It’s a way for me to escape all the ice and snow and wind — even if that escape is only in my mind.  I always tell my husband that, December through March, I could live anywhere but Chicago.

On the flipside, come summertime, there’s nowhere I’d rather be than the City of Broad Shoulders.  And to celebrate summer in Chicago and the release of Devil and the Deep, I’ve compiled a list of my top five favorite things about Chicago in the summer.

  1. The Chicago Cubs! Those lovable losers — although they’re big winners this year. There’s nothing quite like walking onto Wrigley Field, noshing on a traditional Chicago-style ballpark dog, and watching the “boys of summer” play nine innings.

cubs gamefood porn

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Q&A

Q&A: Alessandra Torre of MOONSHOT

Moonshot Alessandra Torre

Today we’ve got a Q&A with a Romance author that needs no introduction. Alessandra Torre, known for being one of the few authors in the world to make their characters (and readers) scream with delight and terror. Between steamy romantic scenes and sheer suspense, we’re never on the edge of our seats with an Alessandra Torre book. We’re that embarrassing girl in the cafe who’s accidentally slid off her seat. So when we heard Moonshot would combine suspense, romance, and a lot of our favorite sport, we were all over it. Check out an awesome Q&A below and pick up Moonshot, out today!


FAVORITE MOVIES:

What are your five favorite movies with romance or romantic elements?

  • Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  • The Princess Bride
  • The Proposal
  • Ghost
  • 10 Things I Hate About You

 

Describe your favorite scene from each one.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall: Singing Dracula musical songs in that Hawaiian dive bar.

The Princess Bride: When Buttercup realizes who Wesley is!

The Proposal: When Margaret and Andrew are in the plane flying to Sitka.

Ghost: When Molly finally believes.

10 Things I Hate About You: “But mostly I hate the way I don’t hate you, not even close, not even a little bit, not even at all.”

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Guest Post: “How I Bucked Family Tradition and Became a Federal Agent and a Romance Writer” by Tee O’Fallon

Burnout Tee O'Fallon

I am the black sheep in a family of severely intelligent overachievers. My mother, father, and brother have collectively amongst them three bachelors degrees, three masters degrees (two in geophysics, one in mechanical engineering), one PhD in geophysics, and one MD. And then there’s me. The fed.

I went to college then dropped out first semester of my sophomore year. Ironic, but if I hadn’t dropped out, I wouldn’t have graduated. At first read, that sentence probably doesn’t make sense to you, but dropping out for a term reaffirmed that I did, indeed, want to go back to school and finish my degree. I bartended a bit on the side for cash and fun then bounced around from being an architecture major, to a geology major, before settling on environmental science. But somewhere inside, I knew science wasn’t for me in the long run. Science was interesting, no doubt, and it was in my blood, but I was fighting my natural inclination. Until I took that hundred-question test they offer you in college to help you figure out what you want to be when you grow up. Still kinda working on that, by the way.

I took the test. Shock of all shocks, seemed like everything I liked was about law enforcement. Plus, Adam-12 reruns were my favorite show. Kent McCord was such a hottie. And lordy, did that man age well! But I digress, so back to fighting my natural inclination.

I graduated, got good grades, and did work for a bit in the sciences for an unnamed federal agency in New York City. There I became intrigued by the locked door on the second floor. Someone finally told me:  That’s where all the federal agents are. How intrigued was I? Enough to get an interview with the Special Agent in Charge of that unnamed agency. Sadly, they weren’t hiring at the time, but the agency across the river in New Jersey was. I got another interview, got hired, and went to the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, GA. I left there with another new diploma, along with a shiny gold badge, handcuffs, and a gun. I’ve been a fed ever since.

So how did I stray down the path toward becoming a Romance writer?

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Swoon-Worthy Heroes

Swoon-Worthy Heroes: Chief Logan Richards from HE KILLS ME, HE KILLS ME NOT by Lena Diaz

In the first of her Deadly Games series, He Kills Me, He Kills Me Not,
He Kills Me, He Kills Me Not by Lena Diaz author Lena Diaz gives us a terrifying serial killer, the one victim who got away, and the tough, no nonsense police chief determined to catch the killer and protect the victim, Amanda. omg yes

Logan, like any cop, has reasons for the decisions he’s made in his career. When he moves back to Shadow Falls to become Chief of Police, he has no idea he’s going to end up on the trail of a killer who has been operating for years under the radar, a killer with only one living victim. The minute Logan and Amanda meet, there is an instant attraction, and Logan vows to do anything to protect her…even sacrificing his own life.

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Guest Post: Katie Ruggle on Forensics, Nerdery, and HOLD YOUR BREATH

Hold Your Breath by Katie Ruggle

When I started working on a police Crime Scene Team, I discovered something: I’m a forensics nerd. On the first day of training, a whole world opened up, one overflowing with the possibility of evidence. No fingerprints? Then check for shoe prints. No? Let’s try DNA. Or maybe fibers or gun powder residue or bullet casings or anything else that could have been left behind at the scene.

The processes available fascinated me. At one burglary scene, we found a pair of used latex gloves. The burglar’s fingerprints could be on the inside of the gloves, but how could they be retrieved? After (very carefully) turning each finger inside out, we hung them in a Plexiglas container with a small amount of superglue and secured the airtight lid. When we heated the superglue, a fog-like vapor filled the space.

The superglue vapor attached to what the person wearing the gloves had left behind (amino acids, fatty acids and proteins), leaving a white residue that followed the lines of the latent prints. In this way, the invisible became visible and told us who’d been wearing the gloves (in this case, the home owner. It turned out that he’d faked the burglary to get insurance money).

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Exclusive Excerpt

Exclusive Excerpt: ALL THE BROKEN PLACES by Anise Eden

All The Broken Places Anise Eden


We’re thrilled to bring you this little taste of Anise Eden’s
All The Broken Places! This brilliant blend of paranormal, psychological, and the romantic is available now.


All The Broken Places Excerpt—Tai Chi Class

The exercise studio was located in the church’s basement. Multicolored Indian tapestries with elaborate geometric designs hung on the walls. There was no furniture in the room, and the floor was lined with large, gray gymnasium pads. Four new faces—two men and two women—had joined Ben in the small, windowless room. They, too, wore navy-blue sweats and all appeared to know one another. After a moment of brief panic at finding myself in a group of strangers, I noticed with relief that I wasn’t getting slammed by anyone’s feelings. None of them must be in emotional distress, I concluded.

Ben waved me over to a back corner of the room. He switched on a stereo that began to play ambient music. The others spaced themselves out and stood up straight, facing the front of the room with their hands at their sides. Ben said, “Watch me and do your best to follow along. I’ll come help if you’re getting into trouble.”

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