Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Yummy Suspense

Rebecca York, one of my favorite authors, and a HIGHLY talented lady, has a new book out.  This series is edgy, sexy and addictive.  Highly recommended for paranormal fans and even those who don't normally read the genre.  The woman knows how to write suspense!

SHADOW OF THE MOON by Rebecca York

(Berkley, June 6, 2006)


Lance Marshall has a nose for great news stories-not surprising, since he's aided by his werewolf abilities. Now he's prowling outside an ultra-exclusive Washington, D.C. nightclub-"The Castle." But he is not alone. Savannah Carpenter wants to know how her sister ended up in a coma, and she knows that The Castle has something to do with it. But when Lance and Savannah pretend to be lovers to gain entrance, they learn that deception and unbridled lust can be a dangerous combination.


And I came across another new suspense on one of my group blogs...LUCKY BREAK by Jan Conwell.  It's published by Triskellion Publishing.  It sounds really good and just like the kind of book I need for my new eReader. LOL  Yes, I know you're thinking...she doesn't need any new books.  Or at least that's what my editor who would like to see me turn my current book in on time is thinking.  But I can always buy it for later, right?


I like what the author put on her website even better than the back cover's a little snippet: For those of you who haven't met her yet, I'd like you to meet Fiona Wright, the heroine of Lucky Break.  She's a flat-chested, bespectacled, optimistic hippy-chick, a journalism major who (because of a rat-bastard ex-boyfriend) lands a job teaching Aircraft Fuel Systems maintenance.  Really.  She's every military man's nightmare--imagine Carrot Top as a woman, and put her on an Air Force Base.


So, let's stick with the theme...
What kind of suspense do you like to read?

If you like to read suspense that is.

Do you like the intense suspense or something lighter?


Stacy~ said...

Sometimes a really good suspense novel really hits the spot. I like all levels of suspense. For example, I read one story recently that was lighter on suspense and heavier on the more erotic elements because that was what I was in the mood for. Other times I want heavy suspense with less concentration on the romance. It totally depends on my mood.

A female Carrot Top, huh? Wow, I'd like to see how the author pulls that one off LOL.

Jan Conwell said...

Depends. For romantic suspense, I'd rather have it light on suspense, heavy on the romance. After all, if there's REALLY a maniac out to kill me, I'm, um, not exactly in the mood for love.

But for just plain ol' suspense, the scarier the better. :)

Stacy~ said...

Jan, your heroine sounds very interesting - "every military man's nightmare" with the whole Carrot Top thing going on. Was it fun to write?

Lucy Monroe said..., I'd say this sounds like *the* book for your venture into e-reading. :)

Jan...THANKS for stopping by! When it comes to rom suspense, I want heavy romance too. Not to mention a high level of sensuality. But for straight suspense, I still want emotional commitment from the author. I don't want a police procedural, but a story that pulls me into the scary world being revealed via an attachment to the characters. Mary Higgins Clark usually does this really well. :)

Jen said...

Allison Brennan found a nice balance for me, but it was pretty suspenseful/dangerous stuff.
I found Rachel Caine too much action and not enough romance. I read mysteries too, so when I sit down to read Julie Garwood or Nora Roberts I'm usually not looking for too much violence and blood.
The confusion surrounding romantic suspense is interesting, isn't it?
Did you notice the changes at SIM and HI? Mmmmm.
I wonder how it's all going to pan out.

Lucy Monroe said...

Hey, Jen :) I don't think there's nearly as much confusion in most readers' minds as there is in writer's minds. Rom Suspense is not an either or proposition. It covers a wide range of stories and there are readers for most all of them. It will be interesting to see where SIM and HI go, but lines have to change, or they grow stagnant and lose readers. The problem is when they change to chase trends that are already passing, or change to hit a niche market that cannot support an ongoing multi-book line. Don't you think?

Brandy said...

Hey Lucy have you tried Kay Hooper? Her suspense is a shock then a gradual build toward the climax with a few twists thrown in. Touching Evil is SPOOKY. I also like J.D. Robb's Eve Dallas books for suspense as well. Both contain a back story of romance.

Lucy Monroe said...

Brandy...I've heard of Kay, but never read her. And you all know I'm scared to death to read Nora as Nora or JD Robb, because if I like her, I'll glom her books and be lost...lost...lost...for a very long time. LOL

Bibliophile Bitch said...

I just finished a review of a Nora Roberts book and got a little pissy about the lack of romance. It isn't easy to develop both but I thought her book could have been written as J.D. Robb instead. Poor Nora sure takes the hits. How about it Ms. Monroe? Is it difficult to switch from writing straight romance to suspense? I notice you've done it.

Lucy Monroe said...

Here's the thing, BB...I will get criticized for being too light on the suspense by some. Admittedly not many, but it does happen because for me - it is *always* about the romance. Some would say I don't strike the right balance because of that. But for me, and my core readership, this is what works.

But I can understand without any problem how Nora might strike a different balance in a book. Because each book is unique and she's very much an instinctive writer - which I humbly assert means that it's all about the characters and story for her and what each needs.

I have read straight romance that was really well done but even without a suspense plot to distract from the romance, seemed to be way plot heavy. Again...I'm sure it's a matter of the author knowing what the story needs. But that doesn't necessarily mean that the reader is going to see the same thing.

One thing I've learned is that editors and readers (and agents actually) don't realize how little control an instinctive writer can have over the story. I've never, ever written a story without thinking of my readers, but there have been times the book has taken turns I worried about but knew that if I attempted to change would ruin the entire book for me.

One of my all time favorite authors has thrown away more than one book that just didn't work for her. My heart bleeds when she says she's done it again, because I love her work so much, I know I'd love to read that story. But something happened in the writing that ruined it for her and she couldn't reclaim it. That meant that not only that story was gone, but that there would be a big gap between books for her.

I've never thrown a story away and I pray I never have to, but I think every instinctive writer knows the potential is there. Those of us with back to back deadlines know the cost is not just that story, but whatever could have been written while we worked on it instead.

Which is totally more than you asked. LOL

But the short answer to your original question is: some books are hard, some books are easy and some books are in between. It doesn't seem to matter to me what I wrote's all about the book I'm working on now.

Would I find it difficult to jump between a JD Robb type book to a Nora type book? I'd find it darn near impossible to write a JD Robb type book to begin with. That's not where my creative heart is right now and if I'm not writing from my heart, I'm in agony. No joke. No exaggeration. Just the way it is.

Nora is a one superbly talented author and like most NYT authors, she does take a lot of hits. And I am uber impressed with the grace with which she does it. There aren't a lot of reviewers as gracious as she is...particularly when it's their work under fire...the review. It's something to ponder, you know?

Maura said...

I think I just want a really good book. I don't tend to read pure suspense - I don't find that terribly appealing but I like both lighter and heavier romantic suspense.

I just finished reading Lucky Break, by the way, for TRS. I loved it.

Kelley said...

Lucy, One thing I love about your books is that it can be suspensful, but still be primarily romance. You do a wonderful job with that. But, just to change things up a bit, I also enjoy reading books that have more suspense, and the romance is secondary. Like you, my heart mainly lies in romance, but that isnt the only thing I enjoy. I comend authors that can follow where their characters, and their heart take them. I believe you can say that about your writing as well as Nora Roberts. Each book writes differently, and goes in a different direction. If her characters led her on a more suspensful route with the book in question, I'm glad she stayed true to them, as I'm glad you always stay true to where your heart and your characters lead you. I just finished a book I have to review for RJ and it was about 80 percent suspense and 20 percent romance. But I still felt the sexual tension throughout the book. When they ended up happily ever after in the end, I believe them.
I really think it all depends on the book, the muse, and the characters. I agree with the way you worded what you wrote. But, that is just my opinion. If anything, I hope to always be able to say I stayed true to my characters, and their story, no matter where it leads me. Does that make any sense?

Lucy Monroe said...

Oh, Maura...I'm so jealous. I'm hoping the book goes on because Triskellion's shopping cart does not like me. :)

Kelley...thanks and too right. It is all about the characters. Sometimes I think they have their own hidden agenda though. LOLOL

Rita said...

I like suspense. But I really like the romance twist with it:-) I have read both Julie Garwood and Elizabeth Lowell..both historic and romantic suspense..enjoyed them.