Hello, my name is Angela Adams, and while I’ve written and reviewed contemporary romance stories for the past ten years, I was proud to have my first novel, Magic Moment, be a romantic suspense.
I had the idea for a hero who was going through life believing he had to be the type of person others wanted him to be, rather than the person he wanted to be. Chase Donovan was a man who grew up torn between a self-centered, unprincipled father and compassionate, selfless mother. When we meet Chase, he’s wandering through life.
Laura Roberts came from a coffee break conversation. A colleague of mine, who has three children, said she wished that her family could survive on solely her husband’s income. Since she had to have a full-time job, she mentioned some important milestones she had missed in her kids’ lives. For example, her oldest daughter took her first steps in day care. My colleague said she would be happy being a lunch mom at her daughters’ school and going to PTA meetings.
Her sadness over those missed moments tugged at my heart and influenced Laura, a woman who never aspired for a high-power career, but a simple life as a wife and mother.
My characters were developed, but I needed a plot. My television viewing is basically police dramas and soap operas. I thought about some of the novels I’d read over the years and decided the most successful romances were the ones littered with suspense. In a romance novel, readers know the couple will have a HEA, but the suspense often helps keep the reader turning the pages. I brought the FBI into their lives, and sending Chase and Laura on the run, made for plenty of twists and turns.
I’d like to share with you my top ten awesome romance suspense novels.
Top Ten List of Romance/Suspense Novels
10) No Ordinary Man by Suzanne Brockman
9) Saving Maggie by Glenys O’Connell
8) Point Blank by Catherine Coulter
7) All She Ever Wanted by Barbara Freethy
6) Love or Deception by Morgan K. Wyatt
5) Protecting the Prince by Dana Volney
4) The Baby Rescue by Margaret Daley
3) Jake’s Return by Liana Laverentz
2) Hunter’s Moon by Karen Robards
1) Magic Hour by Kristin Hannah
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Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Amazon Encore
Date of Publication: August 5, 2015
Number of pages: 264
Word Count: 65K
When the FBI brings Laura Roberts - a quiet, reserved bookkeeper - in for questioning regarding activities at the warehouse where she works, an uneasy Laura resigns her job - only to be attacked by thugs.
Chase Donovan intends to spend a few peaceful days on his boat getting his head together - and finds a woman being assaulted by two men who say his father told them to do it.
Chase doesn't want to believe his father could hurt anyone. Laura doesn't understand why she's a target. Can they learn to work together to discover the truth - before someone dies?
Prickly rain had started falling. The third window wasn’t closed entirely. The rain fell on the window seat, Chase’s head, and his shoulder. He slept soundly under the unexpected shower.
Laura slipped out of bed and padded across the room. She leaned over him and pulled the window shut. The contraption slid open. She repeated the action, but the window refused to cooperate. The water seeping in wasn’t enough to flood the cabin, but annoying to anyone sleeping on the window seat.
“Chase,” she called in a low voice. No response, she gently shook his shoulder. “Chase, you can’t sleep here.”
His eyes opened, blinked but didn’t focus. “Why not? You still mad at me?”
He must have assumed she didn‘t want him sleeping in the room with her. “You can’t sleep on the window seat,” she told him. “It’s raining, and the window’s broken. You’re getting wet.”
“I’m fine.” He closed his eyes. A water droplet hit his nose.
“Chase, you can’t sleep on the window seat,” she said, her voice stronger.
“Sleep on the floor.” She tugged the blanket. He tugged back.
“Chase. You’ll get sick.” Why were men so stubborn? “Chase!” The floor was hard, but at least it was dry.
His eyes remaining closed, he waved her away and struggled to stand. Dragging the blanket behind him, he staggered to the bed, plopped down on top of its quilt, and pulled his own covering over him.
She stared at the immovable form that appeared quite comfortable. He hadn’t opened his eyes or lost a minute of slumber. She could sleep on the floor. That idea was quickly scratched. The surface was hard under the soles of her feet. Imagine how stiff a person’s back would feel in the morning. She couldn’t blame Chase for not wanting to sleep on the floor.
Laura slid beneath her neatly arranged covers. This would work for one night. He was on top of the blanket and quilt, and she was beneath. This was an emergency. They were adults.
Lying on her side, her hands tucked beneath the pillow, Laura listened to the droplets tap, tap, tap on the windowpane. She actually enjoyed the sound of rain, found the steady pitter-patter soothing.
“I’m cold,” he said simply.
His weight shifted as he turned and one hard arm looped itself around her waist. Her slim frame stiffened, his movement more surprising than offensive. He pulled her closer, drawing her tightly against his chest.
“Chase.” She didn’t move a stunned muscle.
“This is better,” he muttered.
She hadn’t the chance to reply as his light snores mingled with the rhythmic rain drops.
About the Author:
Angela Adams writes and reviews contemporary romances. Her work has appeared in Romance at Heart, Oysters and Chocolate, Whipped Cream Reviews and The Long and Short Reviews. Her short story, "Burgers and Hot Chocolate" appeared in the Whimsical Publications' anthology, Winter Wonders. Magic Moment is her first novel.
Angela is a member of Romance Writers of America, and its chapters From the Heart Romance Writers and Elements of RWA.
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