Please welcome the amazingly sweet and talented Carey Baldwin to the topdown today! I had the pleasure of reading Carey’s first book before it was published and I’ve been in love with her and her writing ever since.
First of all let me say a great big thank you to Cindy Gerard for inviting me here today. Not only is Cindy a huge talent, she is a wonderful, supportive woman who is always ready to give generously to a worthy cause. I first met Cindy through her donation of a critique to the Brenda Novak diabetes auction. Cindy not only provided the critique she promised on the auction, but she went above and beyond by offering me her ongoing encouragement and support. I am honored to call Cindy Gerard my friend.
Now, for the topic at hand: Fear and fiction. What’s the connection? I’m a huge fan of romantic thrillers. I love hot romance – and why seems obvious. But what is not so obvious is why I love to read and write scary stories and wicked-bad villains and impossible odds for the hero and heroine to overcome. And I’m not the only one! There are plenty of nice girls like me who crave a good thrill.
Maybe reading a thriller is like mounting a gargoyle outside a building.
The evil is kept outside and cannot enter the home.
As I wrote my soon to be released romantic thriller, FIRST DO NO EVIL,
I never had in mind that the story had anything to do with me or my fears. But long after the book was completed, one of my writing partners mentioned that she could see how writing the book had helped me deal with some of my own losses. I had no idea what she meant at first, but then I had a big aha moment and literally smacked my palm to my forehead.
The heroine in my novel, Dr. Skylar Novak, lost her mother to breast cancer and is at higher risk herself for developing the disease. Just like me. But unlike me, Sky keeps on losing people she loves. Her father is murdered and then her fiancé. There are other people she loses that I can’t tell you about without spoiling the story. But in the end (with some help from a hawt hero, Detective Daniel Benson) Sky learns to face her fears and grab the happiness life offers up without being overcome by the sorrow in her world.
Now that I think about it, there might have been a little bit of personal meaning in this book for me! When we read about a hero or heroine overcoming impossible odds, battling terrible evil, it makes us feel able to face our own fears and makes our problems seem much more manageable by comparison. I think that’s a large part of the appeal of romantic thrillers.
FIRST DO NO EVIL released June 26th. For those of you who may be interested, here’s the blurb:
There’s a killer lurking in Dr. Skylar Novak’s family tree: the gene for breast cancer. That’s why her brilliant brother invented the Bella vaccine. But even if the miracle drug protects her from the cancer that took her mother’s life, it can’t save Sky from the flesh and bone evil stalking her in secret.
When the killer strikes, detective Daniel Benson finds himself in the wrong place at the right time. The bold detective manages to save Sky’s life…just in time for her to return the favor. Survival leads to seduction, and Danny risks everything—his career, even his life, to keep Sky safe. But will the buried sins they uncover cost him her heart?
Danny’s strong arms may hold her close, but only Sky can stop the terror that’s coming next…
Warning: Contents include: One heart-melting hero—good luck getting this delicious detective out of your head. One reluctant heroine—wielding a Glock was never on her to-do list. One crazed villain—an entire flock of baa baa black sheep won’t be enough to put you to sleep. And a lifesaving vaccine with one deadly side effect—murder
Have you ever read a book that made you feel empowered in some way?
I’d love to hear about that book, or any other reason you love romantic suspense. I’m delighted to offer one commenter a $25 gift card to either Barnes and Noble or Amazon. Commenter’s choice.