I guess you can say that I cut my teeth on danger and secrets. My family had a pile of Ian Fleming’s JAMES BOND books and we were always watching an assortment of action-adventure movies and television shows. When I went to sleep at night, my brain would spin similar stories as I drifted off to sleep, only in my dreams it was always the girl who saved the day and got the hero.
I guess it’s no wonder that I love writing romantic suspense and paranormals since both are filled with an assortment of different dangers and secrets. Much like in those dreams that I spun as a kid, in a lot of my stories it’s the heroine who helps save the day and lucky girl that she is, she gets a happily-ever-after with a handsome and very virile alpha male.
In my latest release, AZTEC GOLD, the heroine, Cynthia, has a traumatic past. Her parents were renowned anthropologists who were murdered before her eyes and because of that, Cynthia prefers to spend her time within the four walls of the museum where she works. Unfortunately, Cynthia is in love with Rafe, a man who thrives on adventure. When Rafe and his archaeological team disappear while in search of a previously unknown Mexican temple, Cynthia’s one hope is that Rafe will eventually be found.
Nearly six months later, Cynthia is asked to authenticate journals and a map and to her surprise, the map is much like the one Rafe was using to find his secret temple. But the journals with the map warn of a demon that is protecting the temple and although Cynthia doesn’t believe in demons, there is clearly danger connected with the temple. Despite the danger and despite her own fears because of what happened to her parents, Cynthia leaves the safety of the museum walls in the hopes of finding Rafe and his team.
Action and adventure. Danger and secrets. They drive the story in AZTEC GOLD and many of the stories I like to read. My personal favorite is the IN DEATH series by J.D. Robb. I absolutely love Eve Dallas, a total kick-ass heroine. And Roarke. OMG. Talk about virile alpha male! Of course he’s the perfect partner for Eve because it’s impossible to imagine any powerful male like that falling for a wimpy woman. That just wouldn’t last for long.
What about you? What are some of your favorite stories filled with danger and secrets?
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