Cynthia Eden Talks Elite Ops and Shadow Agents!
Posted by mandacollinsauthor
Greetings, K&T-ers! The very first book Cynthia Eden book I read was her first one from Kensington, Hotter After Midnight. What I loved most about it was that it was a police procedural romantic suspense set in a paranormal world! Two great tastes that taste great together! So when she released her Deadly trilogy of straight romantic suspense, I knew it would be good. And I wasn’t the only one who thought so: she was nominated for a RITA for DEADLY FEAR. So without further ado, it’s my honor to introduce my friend and RWA chapter-mate, Cynthia Eden!
I love the thrills and chills that can be found within the pages of romantic suspense novels. I love the danger. The intrigue. The tense, adrenaline filled life-or-death moments. Whenever I read a romantic suspense book, I fly through those pages, staying up late into the night, and imaging all sorts of scary killers.
Ah…what fun. 😉
I love romantic suspense novels because no matter how dark or dangerous things may seem, I know that my hero and heroine will prevail. They *will* survive and defeat the bad guy. That’s the guarantee with romance novels. Happy endings will be on the last pages. In real life? No, those endings aren’t guaranteed. And in real life…well, I’ve always said that real life is far more frightening than anything that I could ever dream up for my romantic suspense novels.
Because not only am I am extreme romantic suspense reader, I’m also a romantic suspense writer. I published three dark and sexy romantic suspense books with Grand Central (DEADLY FEAR, DEADLY HEAT, and DEADLY LIES), and, in 2013, I’ll be launching a four-book romantic suspense series with Harlequin Intrigue. While my Deadly books focused on FBI agents who tracked and apprehended serial killers, my Harlequin Intrigue novels will focus on a group that called Shadow Agents—my Shadow Agents work for a division of the government called the EOD (Elite Ops Division), and the agents are all ex-military: Rangers, SEALs, Delta Force. The Shadow Agents specialize in hostage rescue and unconventional warfare.
Whenever I prepare to write a romantic suspense novel, I always begin with the research aspect. And, it’s with the research that the whole “Real life is far more frightening!” aspect comes around and hits me in the face. Because as I research, I read first-hand accounts of some truly horrifying experiences. When I was researching serial killers, I read stories that had me triple checking every lock and window in my house. When I researched my military heroes, I felt such sorrow for the losses that many families have faced—and continue to face.
In the books, I can give and get happy endings. In real life, well, let’ s just say that I wish real life could end the same way. But that is why I think romantic suspense novels are so appealing to readers. You can get the danger, you can get the fear, you can get the adventure, and you KNOW that you’re safe. You know that the ending will have the bad guy being punished and the good guys and gals riding off into their sunset. Happy endings, guaranteed.
Do you have a favorite romantic suspense book that you’d like to share? I’d love to hear about it! I’ll pick one commenter to win a $10 Amazon.com gift certificate.
Have a great day!
ANGEL BETRAYED—Available 6/26/12
When you betray an angel, there’s all hell to pay…