Why do you write romantic suspense?
Hi, Donna. When, I started to write Magic Moment, I’d already had the idea for a hero who is going through life believing he has to be the type of person others want him to be, rather than the person he wants to be. My hero, Chase Donovan, is a man who grew up torn between a self-centered, unprincipled father and compassionate, selfless mother.
Then, a colleague of mine, who is married with children, said she wished that her family could live solely on her husband’s income and that she didn’t have to work. 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. She said she would be happy being a lunch mom at her daughters’ school and going to PTA meetings.
Those comments influenced Laura, a woman who never aspired for a high-power career, but a simple life as a wife and mother.
Bringing the FBI into their lives, and sending the couple on the run, I threw in for twists and turns. I needed a subplot, a reason for them to be together. My television viewing has always been basically police dramas and soap operas. The most successful, and enduring, romances are the ones littered with suspense.
by Angela Adams
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?
In a local diner, two FBI agents insist Laura come with them to FBI headquarters. As she tries to convince the agents they have the wrong person, Chase approaches.
Chase Donovan had joined the fracas. Dressed in jeans and a black leather jacket, he was tall and athletic, in his mid-thirties, with a wavy mixture of light, nearly blond, and medium brown hair.
He was also her boss’s son.
A bewildered expression covered Chase’s handsome, chiseled features. He stood so close that as Laura jerked from Phillips’ hold, her elbow nearly whacked Chase in the stomach.
Saunders identified himself to Chase. “We need Miss Roberts at headquarters to answer a few questions.”
“I’d like to see some I.D.,” Chase said firmly.
Saunders arched a dark, hairy eyebrow. “And you are?”
“Chase Donovan.” He rested a hand lightly on her shoulder. Laura stiffened at his touch, unaccustomed to Chase putting a hand on her, even if in a protective manner.
“Laura works for my father,” Chase said. “If I don’t see some identification, she’s not going anywhere with you.” To prove his point, his hand moved downward and his fingers wrapped gently around her forearm.
Chase also worked for his father, although what his role was within the business was generally debatable among the clientele. This was so embarrassing. In the three years Laura had worked as Dick Donovan’s bookkeeper, her conversations with his son had been work related or cordial exchanges about the weather. If there was any chance of the floor opening up and swallowing her, she considered now the perfect time.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Angela Adams writes and reviews contemporary romances. Her work has appeared in Romance at Heart, Oysters and Chocolate, and The Long and Short Reviews. In December 2011, Whimsical Publications published an anthology, Winter Wonders. Ms. Adams’ short story “Burgers and Hot Chocolate,” was among the collection.
Angela is a member of Romance Writers of America and its online chapter, From the Heart Romance Writers.
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