I have the pleasure of a guest post who shares my philosophy for books I like to read...
ELF: What do you think is the strongest attraction about the genre(s) you like to write in?
Knowing that the Happily Ever After is guaranteed!
Everyday life is too often filled with disappointed hopes and wishes, or sadness and loss. We don’t get a lot of guarantees in this life—except maybe death and taxes. As a romance reader and author, I enjoy knowing that no matter how the book starts, or how dark it may get, eventually things will work out all right.
I try to create stories that connect to the reader on some level. Stories that will move them. Excite them. Inspire them. Overall, stories that gives them hope. Hope in a world that doesn’t always deliver.
On the most basic level, we seek community, companionship, and relationships. All genres of romance focus on this connection. Bringing two people, often from different worlds or backgrounds, together as one. We know that the challenges they may face, or the obstacles they may have to overcome, will only make the reward that much richer. Whether that journey is filled with humor, or fraught with despair, it always ends “the right way”. The way life should be—happy.
As romance authors, we want to entertain you. To offer you an escape and help you relax. Sure, we may keep you on the edge of you seat at times, but you trust us because you know in the end, we’ll give you what you want: a very satisfying Happily Ever After.
The Dragon's Staircase
by McKenna Grey & Everly Archard
GENRE: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
FBI Agent Alexa Kyndall devoted eight years of her life to the search for justice, showing no mercy to the guilty and depraved. When she joins a special task force to bring down a serial killer, Alexa encounters the most unexpected criminal of her career.
When a child witnesses a brutal slaying, Alexa’s life becomes intertwined with Craig Pierson’s, a man with his own haunting past. They join forces, only to discover they must put everything on the line in a pulse-pounding struggle to protect and survive.
Nestled in a small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, The Dragon’s Staircase is an intriguing, nonstop adventure that will keep readers enthralled from start to finish.
For ten long seconds, Alexa didn’t move. Her body rooted at the foot of the bed, as the breath in her throat stilled and her knees faltered. The innocuous object rested only a few feet in front of her. A manila envelope that on any other day, in any other circumstance, would’ve been overlooked. In spite of the scattered darkness, she recognized the handwriting. Her pulse raced as a single face flashed to the forefront of her mind. A face she could never forget.
If she were anyone else, the need to hyperventilate would have been dire, but her FBI training still reigned strong inside of her. It forced out an automatic command to slow her heartbeat and steady her breath. Panic was a natural reaction to stress. A reaction she’d learned to overcome through practice and experience. Slowly, her body obeyed and her mind cleared from the terror-induced daze. Right now, emotional distance was key. It offered her the detachment she needed to remain sharp.
This wasn’t her bedroom. It was a crime scene. Her crime scene.
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I was literally at the edge of my seat. The suspense level is amazing."
- My Life, One Story at a Time
"Dragon's Staircase is a heart-stopping non-stop, thrilling suspense. A must to read if you love thriller suspense with a romantic touch! Be prepared to go on a roller coaster ride of emotions!" - Nicole Laverdure, Book Reviewer
"A well written story and well developed characters . . . give the reader an exciting ride of investigation and the gentleness of a protective loving relationship." - Lyn Ehley, Book Reviewer
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
McKenna Grey is the contemporary alter-ego of award-winning historical romance and mystery author MK McClintock. Never one to limit her imagination or ignore possibilities, she decided to venture into the realm of contemporary romantic suspense and thrillers. Visit www.mckennagrey.com to learn more.
McKenna Grey Amazon Author page
Everly Archard is the pseudonym of award-winning paranormal and fantasy romance author D.D. Miers. Her passion for romance with an edge led her to explore the world of romantic suspense. Visit www.everlyarchard.com to learn more.
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