Tag Archive: romantic suspense


1.)   Quickly, give us the title and genre of your book and a 30-word or less tagline:

“Little Miss Straight Lace” is a romantic suspense novel, and it’s available free until 7/31/2010.
What happens when an unscrupulous pharmaceutical magnate uncovers the secret harbored by a brilliant biostatician who once crossed him?  He hatches a diabolical plan to use her, make himself rich, and keep the reader entertained with a mixture of intrigue, humor, and romance.

2.)   Who is your favorite character and why?

Easy–Nic, the computer security expert from South America.  I could eat that boy up with a spoon…

3.)   If you could change ONE thing about your novel, what would it be?  Why?

Let me answer this way:  it took me three months to write this tome, and FIVE YEARS to get it “just right”.  If there’s anything left to change, I don’t want to know about it!

4.)   Give us one interesting fun fact about your book or series:

I came up with the original idea for the plot while stirring a pot of spaghetti sauce on my stove (isn’t this the way most Italians get their inspiration?).

5.)   How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

You can find me on my website, http://contemporary-romance-books.com/, a.k.a., http://mariaromana.com/ .

6.)   What can we expect from you in the future?

I am working on another romantic suspense novel, tentatively titled “Eggs”, but at the rate I edit my work, don’t go on a hunger strike waiting for the publication date!

7.)   And now, before you go, how about a snippet from your book that is meant to intrigue and tantalize us:

    Robert spoke with open hands and a casual stance, “Look, fella, take it easy.  We just–”
    “O-okay, listen, I-I’ll tell you the whole story.  Everything.  But I swear, I never did anything to her.  Nobody did.  Not on my watch, anyway.  I took real good care of her.  I swear.  You gotta believe me!”
    Nic’s pulse quickened.  He took a step closer and cocked a brow at the stocky man, “Who her?”
    “Y-you know–your girl.”
    “My girl?”
    “Y-yeah.  You know…petite, brunette, pretty.  Kinda…”  The guy relaxed a little, pulling his hands away from the fence, and started forming an hourglass shape with them.
    Nic pursed his lips.  “Okay.  I know what she looks like.”  He lifted his chin at the stocky man, “So what are you talking about?  ‘Your watch’.  ‘Took care of her’.  Where?  When?”
    “Come on, you know…”  The tattooed man looked from Nic over to Robert, as if he expected a more reasonable interrogator–a Good Cop to Nic’s Bad.
    But Nic insisted, “Humor me.”
    “Well, uh, well…”  Nic took another step.  The tattooed man gulped and started talking, “Yeah, okay.  See, when I took the job, I didn’t know it was her, okay?  It was only when I saw her close up, in the light, that I recognized her.  I remembered her from the bar.  From that night last summer when I pulled her off the stool.  I mean, I didn’t know who she really was.  I just thought she was your date, your girl or whatever, okay?  I didn’t know she was like…one of you.”

1.)   Quickly, give us the title and genre of your book and a 30-word or less tagline:

A Shunned Man is a romantic suspense novel. Sepp Klemens is suddenly, violently expelled from his home in a religious farming community. Left with nothing, what’s next for him? What happens will rock his formerly old-fashioned world.

2.)   Who is your favorite character and why?

Sepp is obviously my favorite character. He’s an outsider, and I enjoyed getting into his head and figuring out how he’d react to seeing the modern world and dealing with complicated human relationships.

3.)   If you could change ONE thing about your novel, what would it be?  Why?

I don’t know what I’d change, right off hand. It is what it is, and I had a great time writing it.

4.)   Give us one interesting fun fact about your book or series:

It’s a romance about geeky grownups. Geeks in love is a concept that delights me.

5.)   How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

I’m on Facebook and on Twitter.

Thea on Facebook

Thea on Twitter

Thea’s Blog

6.)   What can we expect from you in the future?

I’m preparing to release the sequel to A Shunned Man in the coming weeks. It’s called Francesca’s Legacy and if I do say so, it’s even better than A Shunned Man. It takes place at a wonderful California winery that makes me want to sit around in beautiful sunny vineyards and drink wine with my friends.

7.)   And now, before you go, how about a snippet from your book that is meant to intrigue and tantalize us: 

The sun was sinking lower. In a few hours it would be dark and already it was getting cooler. The sight of bruises developing on his face and neck made her shiver at the thought of the pain he must be in. His skin was turning a painful red, as sunburn began to manifest. The guy’s a piece of work, she thought. Stubborn, pathetic and arrogant all at the same time, even while he seemed to be drifting in and out of consciousness. It was ridiculous to keep arguing with him, and now her relaxing afternoon drive in the country was no longer possible. Irritably she wondered how far her responsibility toward her fellow man went. She doubted that he could walk ten feet without passing out and wondered why he didn’t simply tell her who could come and collect him. Everyone has someone, right? She looked all around and saw nothing but rolling fields and an empty country road that sorely lacked helpful people.

“Please let me call someone who can pick you up,” she said firmly. “I don’t want to hang around here trying to help someone who doesn’t want help, but I can’t leave without knowing you’ll be okay.”

“There is no one,” he muttered drearily. “Are you satisfied?”

“No,” she said more gently. “I’m probably an idiot, but I need to know someone will help you or I can’t leave you here alone. Please, what can I do?”

His controlled expression weakened for a moment, and she glimpsed grief and confusion in his eye before he covered his face with his right hand. Compassion overcame her brief irritation. He was a sorry mess. She was obligated now.

“I don’t know what to do,” he said, so faintly she could hardly hear him. He looked up, frowning, and muttered, “Does a rapist and an adulterer deserve to be helped?”

Claire jumped and scrambled back involuntarily. She realized too late how fearful it made her look, until a cynical scowl appeared on the man’s battered face.

“Are you a rapist?” she asked slowly.

“No… I don’t think so, but it’s what I was shunned for.” He paused and then added, “And why should you believe me? It’s certainly an impossible story.”

              Her eyebrow soared skeptically. Criminals all protested their innocence, of course. And if he was shunned, he must be from one of those isolated religious communities up north. People gossiped and speculated about them, but no one really knew much about the lives of the residents. It was said that they lived in old-fashioned, even primitive ways. The man was weak, certainly no danger at the moment, and she had now invested enough time in this bizarre situation to want the truth of it. She sat down a few feet away from him and said, “Please tell me.”

1.)   Quickly, give us the title and genre of your book and a 30-word or less tagline:

Not What She Seems, a Romantic Suspense novel.  Steven Ashton, a billionaire from New York, and Emily Grant, on the run from the law… and when they meet he can’t help falling for her.

2.)   Who is your favorite character and why?

This fluctuates with my mood, but I’ll pick Steven Ashton.  He unknowingly gets entangled in Emily’s complicated life, and therefore becomes the target of a mad man.

3.)   If you could change ONE thing about your novel, what would it be?  Why?

I am pretty satisfied with my novel the way it is.  I did spend four years changing things, so I got it out of my system.

4.)  Give us one interesting fun fact about your book or series:

I wrote Not What She Seems in one week.  At least, the first draft.  Then it took me four years to revise and make it what it is today.  :o )

5.)   How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

My website is www.victorinelieske.com.

6.)   What can we expect from you in the future?

The driving force of my writing is the human relationship.  My stories all tend to have a clean romantic theme.

7.)   And now, before you go, how about a snippet from your book that is meant to intrigue and tantalize us:

       Richard threw his cigarette out the window and gripped the steering wheel.  Emily could tell he was anxious, and didn’t know what to expect from him.  Richard started hollering.  “Did you hear that?  Did you hear what they just said on the radio?”  Emily was silent.  She knew he didn’t want to hear from her.  “They just said that Steven Ashton has been reported missing for three days!  How much did that guy at the hotel look like Steven Ashton?”

       “I don’t know,” she said.  “It wasn’t him, Richard.”

       “Shut up.  I want to hear this.”  He turned the radio up louder.

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