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28 April 2014

A Look At Tamra Lassiter & 5 musts every Romantic Suspense should have ~ @tamralassiter @GoddessFish #romance #suspense

Today we have author Tamra Lassiter visiting. Welcome!

What would you like to tell readers about yourself?
* Tamra Lassiter lives in Northern Virginia with her supportive husband, two lovely daughters, elegant Great Dane and not-so-elegant, but very sweet, English Bulldog. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading and of course, writing.

What are you going to tell us about today?
* My story Something to Lose and the five musts every Romantic Suspense should have
* 1. Romance – This may seem obvious, but hear me out. Many Romantic Suspense novels just contain sex. For me, it has to be more substantial than that. Sex isn’t romance. I’m not saying it has to be all candlelight and flowers, but the characters have to have feelings for each other that go beyond plain lust.
* 2. A hot hero – Is he an agent of some kind? CIA? DEA? FBI? He doesn’t have to be an agent so if not, what is he? Is he a bad boy who was toughened up on the streets? There are options. What fits into your story?
* 3. A strong heroine – She doesn’t have to be perfect, but she has to be strong enough to be able to handle whatever situation she’s thrown into. She can’t just follow the hero to the end of the story. She has to use her intelligence to help them get to the end goal, whatever that may be.
* 4. An exciting journey – The author must take the reader on a journey with the hero and heroine. It’s more than the reader is just along for the story. The reader must be so enthralled that she has to keep reading to see what happens next.
* 5. A happy ending – It’s Romance, so a happy ending is a must-have. The characters must overcome their internal struggles as well as their external ones. It’s a lot to ask for a hot hero to overcome the demons from his childhood and/or his undercover work, while at the same time escaping sure death and falling in love with the heroine, but it has to be done.

A look into the story
~ Blurb ~
* Everyone has something to lose.
* Camden Piotrowski is justifiably upset to find her boyfriend in the arms of another woman. But it’s not the end of her world and definitely not something that a bubble bath, good wine, and cookie dough won’t help. Her pity party is interrupted when handsome Seth Vendetti bursts into her bathroom. She soon discovers that her world and those in it are not as they seem. Can she trust Seth’s version of the truth and make him realize that even he has something to lose?
~ Excerpt ~
* I finish and place my plate and fork on the coffee table and turn to face Joey. He’s totally into me, or seems to be, but is it enough for him to want to go for the full gusto? He leans towards me and lightly kisses me just below my right ear. The motion does absolutely nothing for me other than make me feel a little nauseous. It’s not like when Seth’s lips touch me. Thoughts of Seth make my cheeks flush. Joey must take that as a good sign because he goes for my lips next. I fight the urge to flee and try to fake enjoyment. Does it work? Can he tell?
* Joey’s hands move around my neck. He pulls me closer. I pull away and look to him shyly.
* “You feel it, don’t you?” he asks, a creepy smile on his face.
* I smile, as if I’m embarrassed. I know my cheeks are still flushed, mostly with worry for what I’m about to do. I nod my head towards Comb-Over and Crooked Nose, who have just taken seats at the table. “Can they go somewhere?” I ask as innocently as possible. I even bat my eyelashes a couple times just for effect. Joey smiles again, this time triumphant, a knowing smile and then snaps his fingers. The men exit my apartment without saying a word.

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Thank you for joining us here today, Tamra Lassiter! It was a pleasure getting to know you and your story.

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Tamra Lassiter said...

Thanks for hosting me today. Great to be here!

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Andra Lyn said...

This may be getting too personal for a Monday, so forgive me for asking...Tamra, what is your "something to lose"??

Andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

Tamra Lassiter said...

That is a big question for a Monday, but the answer is without a doubt, my family. What about everyone else out there? What is your something to lose?

Rita said...

It has to be my family.


Karen H in NC said...

I agree....I wouldn't want to lose my family.

Question for you now: Do you plan on writing books in a different genre or time period?

kareninnc at gmail dot com

Tamra Lassiter said...

I do plan on writing in other genres. In fact, I'm working on a YA Fantasy now. It's titled THE GIFTED, and will hopefully be available by the end of the year. Very excited about that. Another time period would be tough for me, but who knows what will come to me down the line.

Anonymous said...

It's a checklist that works, for sure!


MomJane said...

Loved the excerpt. I also insist that a really good romance have a HEA.

Tamra Lassiter said...

Thanks very much for hosting me today! It was great being here. :-)

LhasaLuma said...

I like your writing discipline! That must be tough! Good luck with the book release and thank you for the giveaway! Looks like a good read! kamclauc AT gmail DOT com

Mary Preston said...

I don't always need the HEA.


Elise-Maria Barton said...

Ha! I'm always afraid of losing my mind: lose your mind you lose everything.

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