I’m enjoying my new brand! Nope, I didn’t get a tattoo and no cowboy sizzled my skin with his logo. I’m talking about my new author signature: a suspense writer who spikes her novels with romance and exotic settings. Call me an inexpensive travel agent, if you want to. With my novels, I promise you exciting adventures in a new locale, every time.
It took a friend to point out the obvious. My characters and I enjoy adventures in far-away places with people and cultures that challenge our sensibilities. Mix in mystery, danger, and romance. Watch the intensity spike!
LAST RESORT, my first novel, published by Wild Rose Press in 2011, began my ‘trend’ by taking the reader to an isolated fishing resort in British Columbia, Canada.
My three-book series (FADEOUT, FAINT, and SWOON), about a boutique funeral planner whose dead clients refuse to rest in peace, is set in Arroyo Grande, California, which was foreign to me when I first arrived from Washington State in 2001. FEAR LAND’s adventures focus on San Luis Obispo, California, a sure bet for tourist fun.
Watch how far and wide I travel in my next novels:
LIE CATCHERS: Petersburg, Alaska, settled by natives first, and lots of Norwegians later
BAD LIES: Italy (Rome and the Amalfi Coast)
CÉZANNE’S GHOST: Aix-en-Provence, France
FIRE IS NICE (coming soon): Sequoia National Park
You see, when characters are out of their comfort zone, away from home and the homey, the suspense ramps up. Soon we discover how resilient, flexible and confident we are, when faced with unfamiliar territory.
All this provides a juicy, boiling, embroiling stew stirred up by a writer like me.
How about you? Do you enjoy/use unusual settings to challenge characters (and readers)? Please comment for a chance to win a free e-version of CÉZANNE’S GHOST. From those of you who respond to the question between today and Friday at 6AM, I’ll pick one winner at random.
I hope you’ll celebrate with me, the release of CÉZANNE’S GHOST, climbing aboard for a wild, suspense-filled ride in exotic Aix-en-Provence, France.
BLURB Three young American women vanish in Aix-en-Provence, France. The FBI suspects their American tour guide.
Leon Beaudet, formerly a U.S. Olympic wrestler, is proud of his five-star guide business, but when tourists disappear on his watch, the FBI dredges up a violent episode in Leon’s past and tap him for the crime. Worse, his new tour group includes Aline Kerig, who is as beautiful and carefree as the three missing women. Leon is fascinated and puzzled by Aline even while he fears for her safety. She refuses to go back to the States, forcing the FBI and local police to involve her in the hunt.
With the French tourist industry about to collapse and Leon as a prime suspect, how does he protect Aline and find his lost tourists?
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