Don’t Keep Me in Suspense

Greetings and Happy Wednesday!

This Saturday, I’m teaching a class on the genre of romantic suspense, intrigue, adventure for the GCLS writing academy. I’ve got my lesson plan and Powerpoint all ready to go, but I’d love to have some reader input from those of you read this genre and I’m willing to pay for it 🙂 Just leave a comment about what you find intriguing (see how I did that?) about romantic intrigue/suspense/adventure. I’ll draw two names from the comments and the winners can select any one of my ebooks as their prize.

Thanks for your help!
Carsen

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13 thoughts on “Don’t Keep Me in Suspense

  1. As a huge fan of mystery/adventure/romance I think a believable suspenseful plot is the most intriguing element. I appreciate when authors take the time to flesh out the secondary characters also. I abhor a book that is only about characters hooking up without developing a story. All my favorite books have great character development . A great character can go anywhere! Keep your reader guessing.

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  2. I am an avid reader and enjoy romance / intrigue. My favorites would be the out-of-the-norm romance. Obviously I like it when the good girls end up together, but I enjoy something besides girl meets girl, bad thing happens, girl ends up with girl. After all, life isn’t like that, so why should all of the romance novels be?

    I love with the author thinks “outside the box” and throws unique twists or even endings to the story. (Case in point – The Cottage by Gerri Hill – one of my favorites)

    I am a romantic at heart though, so be sure to include some nicely described love scenes.

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  3. Hi, I’m really interesting in romance, crime, intrigue and suspense storys. I agree with Kris that a believable plot is necessary. For me, strong, honest and emotional woman are very intriguing. I love the mix of suspense and love story. The main characters and the hole surroundings should be well developed.
    Wish you successfull teaching on daturday.
    Greetings from Switzerland

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  4. I think that it is a combination of believable plot but also throwing in some unexpected twists and turns. I like it when I think I have everything figured out and I am surprised and realize either I missed a clue or the author just did a great job of throwing me off. I love strong female characters who make you wish that you could be a little more adventurous in life like they are. Of course there should be a nice ebb and flow to the characters achieving their HEA!
    Good luck!

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  5. I can tell you what I don’t like (I can’t pinpoint what I do like) – I don’t like a romantic intrigue/suspense/adventure where a main character is raped or tortured.

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  6. I really enjoy a good romance mixed with intigue because when its well written you get so many twists and turns that you don’t see coming. I love how the emotions of the cases can throw a couple together leading eventually to the characters getting over past hurts and finding a loving and trusting relationship with their other half. I like knowing they’ll end up together in the end but there will be ups and downs getting there.

    There has to be more to the story than just a good ending though. I’m a romantic at heart and enjoy the love scenes but only if they help towards character development. Also i think if you have a strong and relatable character that you just fall for, you’ll follow her anywhere, like in Radclyffe’s Honor series and Justice series etc. Although personally i prefer 1 off books to a whole series, where maybe there is a sequel or you revisit the characters as secondary characters in another book.

    Most of all I love to get lost in a good book which makes me want to keep turning the pages to find out what happens and i think its a mix of the characters and their stories that have to do that.

    I could go on as there are so many things i love about Romance/Intrigue/crime books. It would be easier to say what i don’t like which is an amazing story with a weak character who you just can’t relate to. Or visa versa where you have an amazing loveable character that make you want to read her story, but then the story is just so hard to believe and has no character development. It just just lets a book down.

    Good Luck on Saturday xx

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  7. I like the dimension that “suspense, intrigue, adventure” add to the romance. A recently read standout was “Taken by Storm,” by Kim Baldwin. I learned a great deal – much about the geographic area, as well as some of the ingenuity of survival in very harsh conditions – and thoroughly enjoyed the book.
    I am not a fan of the “paranormal, preternatural, zombie, vampire, whatever” genre, but I do like to read books where characters a challenged in believable ways. The plot, or action, situations can lead to a much better exploration of any romantic relationship development and result in what I like to call “more complex,” or “nuanced,” – and satisfying – interpersonal relationships within the story.
    Your own “courtship” is a good example, also, of the plot allowing the exploration of tension in the development of the relationship between the characters. (It was a completely wonderful read, btw, one of my recent favorites!
    I am impressed also with the ability, and commitment, you – and other WAW authors – have to teach and share creative processes as well as “do” the writing. Just more evidence that lesbians are great people, too!!! 🙂

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  8. In romance it’s all about the characters and if they/when they will hook up. Intrigue/suspense/adventure focuses on the action of the story and that is fun. Kind of like the movie genre books can in this category can still get the blood pressure going and the pages turning!

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  9. Wow..what a loaded question if I ever read one. You’re asking what intrigues me? what do I found interesting and can’t put down long enough to live my life?..what as a reader gets my blood pressure up and keeps me in suspense or wanting to read the book right to the end? Well here goes my answer….
    When I first pick up a book I’m looking for third person perspective first and foremost because if the story is written in the first person I find them flat and not as thoroughly built around ALL of the charaters. Some authors have the knack to write in first person and it’s interesting and thoroughly enjoyable but some authors just write the “I” perspective and the rest is just descriptive writing with no secondary character development….I know that maybe a hot debate but for me I’d rather read in third person because it shows the author had developed ALL of the characters and fleshed them out so that me as the reader get to know them fully.
    The next criteria is whether the plot has a good flow….when I begin do I find myself getting involved in the action and the characters’ lives as they are unfolded before me. The genre…supernatural, preternatural, werewolves, vampires, ghost, goblins, fairies to me doesn’t matter I can get into a good story as long as it’s written well. I can sit and imagine the characters as anything the author wants them to be but in the end the characher development and story’s plot had better be worth sitting down to immerse myself in.
    The intrigue can be the mystery of the characters’ lives or it can be a crime story, a suspense twist in the storyline you didn’t see coming or it can be the suspenseful story of the romance as it blooms between the characters…will they get to each other? will they kiss? will they dance around each other and themselves because of individual turmoil or angst? I certainly feel cheated when a story begins with a slambam…thank you mam..sex scene and the two main characters are now lovers..no building no suspense in what will happen between them…does this happen in real life…well sure it does but it’s much more interesting when a love triangle is thrown in or the characters are struggling with their own demons within as they struggle with percieved demons without before they realise their attraction for one another let alone their love..because love or lust does happen at first sight but when it builds and builds towards a climatic joining of two characters it’s intriguing and it grabs my attention and I’d be willing to put everything on hold and read a 800 page saga about them as they come together….following any twist or turn the author may take me on as long as the suspense keeps building and the characters’ lives are belieavably written.

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  10. I’m a sucker for action. Don’t get me wrong, a steamy romance is great. But when that romance is set in the middle of an intense situation, even better. And there are so many unique ways to do it.

    I love plot twists and stories that keep me guessing. I think that’s why intrigue romances are my favorite. Most of the time they do not follow the “standard” formula of a romance novel.

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  11. There should be catching personalities, believable action, romance is OK, but not people being perpetually horny, and graphic sex becomes really boring after a reader have went through several lesbian books. I hate rape and cruelty, especially when if feels that writer enjoys writing that.

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  12. I like it when they find someone that is playing hard to get and they have to work to get a date. I like a mystery that they solve together.

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  13. I like a well written romance with a mystery or adventure story as long as it is labeled as mystery romance or adventure romance. A mystery or adventure can move the relationship along or throw up roadblocks. What really irritates me is a mystery or adventure where all action stops so that the main characters can talk about their feelings.

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