Friday, May 24, 2013

Roses and Romantic Suspense

Roses are one element of When Night Falls, a romantic suspense. While writing it, I really enjoyed researching antique roses, and used The Guide to Old Roses.

This is one of my own photos, which I currently use as my ID on Twitter. (I'm updating everything now across the board, so that may change.)

When Night Falls Blurb:
As the town's secret keeper, Uma Thornton has built a quiet, safe life, until the drive-by murder of her best friend. Tormented by his past, Mitchell Warren returns to town to find peace; suspicion turns to him as a serial killer stalks the quiet streets and rose gardens. When Mitchell's bad boy brother, Roman returns, old hatreds and new desire throb in the rose-scented air for Uma's friend, Shelly. Suddenly, Uma is torn from her safety, and tossed into passion and danger with Mitchell when the killer wants his secrets hidden forever....

***** There is much more going on than I could tell you in the synopsis. In fact, more than one romance blooms in the story. A secondary couple adds more spice and the third girlfriend has husband trouble. Good luck trying to figure out who is behind it all. I had several suspects in mind. I gave up trying to figure it out and just enjoyed the story. I loved it and do not hesitate to recommend it to all. *****
Detra Fitch Huntress Reviews

There are three main elements in my own life that formed the basic theme for  When Night Falls, a romantic suspense.
1. I grew up in WA State where the roses are gorgeous, though this shot was taken along a street in California. (Do visit The Antique Rose Emporium. It's fascinating.)
2. Then, from the 5th grade through high school and through life, our informal girls' club, The This N That-ers, have continued to be friends.
3. Life in a small town

Put them all together in romantic suspense? Childhood friends, now women, share their lives, the town's history and a love of roses. Then a killer stalks their rose gardens....

When Night Falls will always be my Book of Roses. :)

Friday, May 17, 2013

Writing to the Eerie

Silence the Whispers is now at Kindle and soon other places. This is one of my all-time favorite romantic suspense stories. But then, I love 'em all. :)

In going over my long career of writing across romance subgenres, which include humor (believe it or not) I may prefer romantic suspense with a touch of eerie. Silence the Whispers is definitely eerie as this Oklahoma heiress thinks she's losing her mind.

Haunted by eerie whispers, heiress Cameron Somerton is driven to uncover the secrets of her past. When big, hard-looking Hayden Olson moves in next door, she senses he’s hunting her. Why? Has he been sent to harm her?

Hayden wants answers to his family’s disaster and she’s the key. When they become uneasy lovers, he isn’t expecting Cameron’s sensuality or his fascination with her.

Stirred into action, a dormant evil believes that murder is a small price to keep secrets… Can Hayden protect her and unravel the horrible secrets of Cameron’s haunting whispers?
Silence the Whispers  joins a string of other Preferred Edition (that's my indie version) romantic suspense, Return to Fairy Cove, Season of Truth, Sleepless in Montana, and When Night Falls. My publishers also have my other ebooks and paper.

One reader thanked me for reissuing my books in epub and I'm so glad that indie publishing is allowing me to explore this avenue. I've learned so much. The above book covers are my own work and I have more to do in reissuing my backlist. (Can't wait to get to my unpublished new ones.)

Loved Silence the Whispers eerie tree background, don't you?

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