I’m delighted to welcome author Cindy Bonds back to the blog today to chat about her new romantic suspense, Rainstorm!
GENRE: Inspirational Romantic Suspense
PUBLISHER: Scrivenings Press, LLC
RELEASE DATE: May 4, 2021
Can she calm a storm that only comes for her?
Laurel Ashburn has a scarred past, filled with corruption and pain. After an injury overseas sends her home, she moves back in with her foster mother and to a town that hates her. Being home puts her on a path to find a missing friend. But when she’s attacked over and over, who will be willing to help?
Detective Dev Hollister traded in the big city for a slower pace and less crime in rural Arkansas. After rescuing Laurel from an attempted kidnapping, he finds himself intrigued with this headstrong and stubborn woman.
While Dev’s job is to protect Laurel, he wants much more than to solve the case. He wants to give her a new life and reason to stay.
Laurel will have to push beyond her dark past to trust Dev with her life. But after losing so much, can Laurel survive one more storm?
by Cindy Bonds, author of Rainstorm
I love writing romantic suspense!
It’s the best of both worlds when it comes to intrigue, mystery, and personal interaction.
Cindy Bonds here and I’m pleased to be a guest today on Reading is my Superpower!
I get a lot of questions about the difference between my genre, romantic suspense, and mystery. There’s an easy formula for this: In a romantic suspense novel, the protagonist(s) is not only chasing the antagonist but is being chased by the antagonist. It’s a complete circle. In a mystery, there’s a specific crime/death/situation that is unknown. The protagonist(s) is trying to figure it all out and solve the mystery.
So when I began to write, it’s usually with a single idea that creates trails of thought much like a crack in a window. I want to write about a character that’s been through a specific event. How does it affect her view on life? How does it affect her interactions with others? How does her faith sustain her?
If I start from a current situation or crime, I then look at how my characters will react to that crime. In depth characters with specific backstories are important! While you read, you begin to think like that character and understand exactly how they would react to a situation or another character within the story.
Then there’s the antagonist. I’ll admit, this was never my focal point when I began to write! A lot of romantic suspense stories that I enjoyed didn’t really focus on that antagonist as much either. Their motivations were usually one of the easy threes: Jealousy, greed or revenge.
These are always good reasons for bad people to do bad things. But if you want to read a suspenseful and intense book, find an antagonist with a personal reason to be breaking all the laws and morals just to get to the protagonist! Something other than infatuation or revenge.
I enjoy a lot of suspense from the beginning of a story. That usually comes either with an event that will require solving or a past event that the protagonist will have to deal with later on. That kind of hook is what always draws me into a book. I, of course, appreciate the romance side as well, but it’s that suspense that makes the story jump out as I read.
When I read a book, it comes alive like a movie in my head. Am I the only one? I can picture the characters, their reactions, and interactions. As I type or read, I constantly catch myself grinning or making faces as my characters are going through a situation. If it’s a crime novel and there’s a dead body, I wrinkle my nose. If there’s that spark of romance, a smile. It’s not just what I see or feel, it’s what the character is feeling as well.
Thanks so much for joining me for this guest post. And if you’re looking for a great romantic suspense to read, you can pick up my new novel Rainstorm on Amazon.
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Cindy Bonds lives in rural Arkansas where she works for an aviation insurance agency and spends her free time with her husband and children. In between ball games and gymnastics, she loves to read and work on her crafting skills.
Writing has become an outlet for her creativity and she is excited for her novel Rainstorm as well as an upcoming three book series beginning in November 2021. You can check out Rainstorm on the link below and sign up for her newsletter at www.cindybonds.com. She’s also on Facebook @cindybondsauthor
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