Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Kiss of Death Tour Guest Post with author Anne Marie Becker–Score an e-book
Well peeps, it seems it’s time for me to turn over my blog to another talented author. This time were focusing on romantic suspense with Anne Marie Becker. If you treat her nicely enough she might just offer up a book to win. Please give her a warm welcome.
Romantic Suspense the Ultimate Satisfying Read
Why do I read romantic suspense?
Heart pounding. Skin tingling. Toes curling. And that’s just from the romance. Add the thrills and chills of a dangerous situation, mysterious circumstances and a worthy villain and that’s a recipe for excitement that keeps me coming back for more.
In the third grade, I worked my way through the school library’s entire ghost story section and then discovered mysteries. There was an entire carousel of Nancy Drew books and I made it my mission to work my way through them. I was drawn to the macabre and anything that smacked of danger. Perhaps my ordinary eight-year-old life was just too vanilla. While I count myself lucky to have such a “normal” childhood, part of me wanted to escape. Discovering the Nancy Drew series, Agatha Christie books, Edgar Allen Poe, and then Stephen King went a long way toward satisfying that need.
But then I stumbled on a whole new type of book: romance. Living vicariously through the heroine as she was swept off her feet was a whole new thrill.
What could be better? A balance of the two. Romantic suspense… Heroines who are just as strong as the heroes. Villains who create chaos, but are thwarted. Romantic suspense is the ultimate satisfying read, giving me happy endings times two --- impending doom averted and a love that survives all.
With two Bachelor’s degrees (Biology and Psychology) and a Master’s degree in Counselor Education, Anne Marie has held many jobs in her life --- tutor, waitress, personal and family counselor, and high school counselor, to name a few. Early on, she discovered a passion for understanding people (and her characters!), inside and out. (It must be why she enjoys writing such complex villains and vibrant main characters.) As the mother of three young, active children, finding time to write is always a challenge. But Anne Marie believes it’s worth it to preserve her sanity.Writing is a way to “spice up” her daily life and, at times, it is a much needed escape. Of course, sometimes it’s the characters driving her insane, but she promises she has the madness under control.
To find out more about Anne Marie Becker and her books, click on the links below.
After a violent incident with a patient leaves scars on both her mind and her body, psychiatrist Dr. Maggie Levine craves isolation. A radio talk show host seems to be the perfect profession, a job where she can help people from a distance while staying safe. When a strange caller begins stalking her on the air and murdering people to get her attention, Maggie realizes she can no longer close herself off from the outside world.
A personal security expert, former Secret Service Agent Ethan Townsend is no stranger to tracking down the most violent monsters of society and bringing them to justice. Still it will take all of Ethan’s skills to protect his new assignment, the irresistible Maggie, from a man intent on teaching her the ultimate lesson in fear.
Buy Links: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Carina Press
Anne Marie is one of many talented authors who belong to the Romance Writers of America’s Kiss of Death chapter. At Kiss of Death we believe that every great romance should include suspense. Whether a spy thriller in Regency times, a paranormal romance with a revenge-seeking zombie, or a traditional serial killer after the heroine, romance relies on suspense, leading the reader through the trials of the heroine and hero to see if they will get their happily ever after ending. If you can call your writing suspenseful, then the Kiss of Death has something for you! Find out more and join at http://www.rwamysterysuspense.org and follow us on Twitter @RWAKissofDeath.
To win an e-book copy of ONLY FEAR -- leave a comment stating why Romantic Suspense appeals to you. Contest ends 11:59 pm on 1/20/12.