I don’t shy away from risks. I’ve never wanted to jump out of an airplane, but last year I did take early retirement and uproot my husband in a major cross-country move from Minnesota to Carmel Valley, California. He’s still reeling from the effects of that! I also shook things up in my writing life, big time. After three small press-published Western historical romances, I took the leap to both self-publishing AND contemporary romantic suspense.
I started writing Western historicals many years ago when they were all the rage. By the time I’d learned my craft sufficiently to sell them, the market had shifted. Since I still loved the stories and characters, I contracted the first two with a wonderful small publisher and wrote a third. But times and readers’ tastes had changed, and I’d changed as well. I wanted to try something completely different.
At first I worried about finding my contemporary voice. What would it sound like? Would I even like it? Because if I didn’t like what I wrote, it’s a pretty good bet no one else would. I love reading nail-biting romantic suspense about diabolical serial killers, but I was pretty sure I couldn’t write that kind of story. There was only one way to find out. I had to sit down to write the story that had been burrowing around in my brain for months, in my own way and my own voice. The result was a bodyguard/spy story with unconventional characters and sharp, snappy dialogue. Writing it was so much fun, I think I’ll do it again!
Here’s the blurb for UNWRITTEN RULES:
Things aren’t going Madelyn Li’s way. Her bodyguard agency is teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, her grandmother keeps hatching plots to marry her off, and someone is trying to kill her latest client. All she wants is to safely escort thriller writer and former CIA agent Carter Devlin on his cross country book tour and collect her check, but two obstacles stand in her way: a shadowy assailant and her own growing attraction to her dashing client.
Carter Devlin has agreed to accept the beautiful and determined Ms. Li as a bodyguard primarily to appease his publisher. After all, who would want to kill a beat-up, retired ex-spy on a book tour? But when the attacks turn deadly, he soon learns there’s more to Madelyn than a pretty face and tempting body. Will the spark become a flame before a killer snuffs it out?
You can find it at Amazon: http://amzn.to/1cl6jDA
Thanks again, ladies!