Author Guest Post
Don’t get me wrong. I often let my characters get by with murder. Literally. A lot of them have killed at least one person, maybe more. I like to add a little depth to my villains. I love to give them just one redeeming quality so they aren’t so one-dimensional. To make them a little more, you know, human. But this guy? He was just way too nice and understanding and helpful. Something had to give. So you know what I did? I gave him a gun. Yep. That changed him into a detestable SOB pretty fast. Once he had the weapon in his hand, he didn’t hesitate to draw it on my heroine. Ah, did the universe just realign into proper balance? I think it did.
I’m a pantser. I decide where my story begins and where it ends when I start a manuscript. But after that? I fly by the seat of my pants. Or rather sit at my makeshift desk, which is really just my coffee table pushed up close to my sofa. My “office”. Since I quit that horrid day job the living room has become my favorite place to play…um…I mean work. Anyway, I digress.
Here’s my long-winded point… In between the beginning and the end, I allow my characters to develop their own personalities and character as the story progresses. I allow the action of the plot to proceed according to what my characters would do next based on their personalities. The story feeds my characterization. My characterization feeds my story. They feed each other. A symbiotic relationship. So I let my characters get by with a lot, even murder.
Can you imagine how a story could get all janked up if one of the characters isn’t fulfilling his or her proper role? Heroes should be heroes, albeit sometimes a wee tad flawed. Heroines should be heroines, even if they have one or two character flaws they need to work on. I love letting my characters decide how they want to act and who they want to be, but sometimes I have to smack one around and make him (or her) play nasty.
So if you want to read what kind of nasty my villains can get into, check out Crisis of Serenity, a story with several villains written in varying shades of nasty.
About The Author
Accounting is a skill she has learned to earn a little money to support her writing habit. She wrote her first story when she was a teen, seventeen handwritten pages on school-ruled paper and an obvious rip-off of the last romance novel she had read. She's been writing off and on ever since, and with more than a few full-length manuscripts already completed, she has no desire to slow down.
AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE
Crisis of Serenity by Denise Moncrief
Book 2: Crisis Series
Publisher: 5 Prince Publishing
Publication Date: July 14, 2014
Format: Paperback - 332 pages
Kindle - 464 KB
Nook - 818 KB
Genre: Romantic Suspense
BUY THE BOOK: Crisis of Serenity
BUY THE SERIES: Crisis Series
Book 1: Crisis of Identity
Book 2: Crisis of Serenity
Book 3: Crisis of Security - Publication Date: TBA
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours.
Tess Copeland lives a quiet life in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Thanks to the government’s witness protection program, she enjoys the freedom of never having to glance over her shoulder to see if someone is following her. Life has become safe, serene...and boring. Her heart longs for something more than just existing...until a ghost from her past shatters her serenity.
Once upon a time, Tess was caught between the FBI and the men the feds were trying to take down. Jake Coleman is the U.S. Marshal who extracted her from the jam she was in with the FBI, a man she could have fallen for...hard...if she had let herself. It’s been a year since she last saw Jake, and in all the months that have passed, he’s never tried to find her. The longer he keeps his distance, the more she wonders why his absence hurts so much.
When a stranger comes to town searching for her, all of Tess’ old fears are resurrected. Asking Jake for help with her current crisis might lure him into a dangerous trap involving murder, kidnapping, and revenge. When Jake and Tess come face-to-face with the past, they will have to use all their wits to survive.
My Book Review:
Crisis of Serenity is a fast paced romantic suspense thriller that grabs the reader's attention from the start, and doesn't let go until the last page has been read. Written in the first person narrative, the reader catches up with Tess Copeland as her quiet life in the federal witness protection system in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, is turned upside down when her niece is kidnapped, and Tess seeks the help of sexy U.S. Marshall Jake Coleman.
In Crisis of Serenity, the second book of the Crisis Series, author Denise Moncrief weaves another intriguing tale that keeps the reader on their toes as Tess and Jack's story unfolds. The reader was originally introduced to Tess and Jack in Crisis of Identity, the first book of the series, and now in Crisis of Serenity, the author recounts Tess and Jack's complex backstory and smoothly interweaves it with their troubled past that comes back to haunt them with danger lurking around every corner as they search for Tess' kidnapped niece.
Crisis of Serenity is an intense, action packed, and multi-layered story that has enough intrigue, danger, tension, drama, and suspenseful twists and turns that keeps the reader sitting on the edge of their seat, and guessing what will happen next. And if trying to stay alive while searching for Tess' niece isn't enough, the author throws in an emotional romantic twist between Tess and Jack that jacks up the exciting storyline another notch. This is a riveting story that will take the reader on an exhilarating roller coaster ride, leaving them wanting more!
If you are a fan of thrilling romantic suspense novels, then Crisis of Serenity is the book for you!
RATING: 4 STARS
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