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Writing a Mystery Romance by Shauna Wolf
Life Flight is the first mystery I have ever written. Though I am an avid mystery reader. I have started several, but they always fizzled. I’m not an outline writer, I write purely organically. I didn’t trust that instinct when it came to mystery, thinking I had to plan things out for the switchbacks, red herrings, and suspense that a mystery required to work. Once I let go of that idea, and told myself this is an erotic romance, the story took off.
Along the way as the romance developed I knew some big event would have to tear them apart, test what they felt for each other. The red herrings came up completely unplanned and I had no idea who the “bad guy” was any more than the reader, I suspected, but didn’t know for sure. And isn’t that the point of a mystery? To have a suspect, but to keep reading to find out for sure.
The romance played an important part in the story, it is the main character’s motivation for everything he does. The erotic scenes flowed into the plot naturally, I never write sex for the sake of sex, it has to be part of the plot, and come into it unforced.
I discovered along the way that even a mystery doesn’t need to be outlined, to trust the characters to lead the way, and the muse to tap my subconscious and let the story flow. The mystery grew out of the characters past, and out of their romance, so it all flowed together.
Life FlightBy Shauna WolfPublisher: Freya’s BowerRelease Date: December 9, 2013Genre: Romantic SuspenseLength: 225 PagesISBN: 978-1-617981-11-1ASIN: B00H83JQ8EAdd to GoodreadsAbout the book:Malachi Blackfeather has spent twenty years in the Army. Two of those years as a Vietnam POW. Now that he's out, all he wants is some peace and quiet to figure out what to do with the rest of his life. Between the flashbacks, and an over interest in sex that is now being called sex addiction, finding his path isn't easy.
Kat is trying to escape an abusive marriage. Her soon to be ex is a master at manipulating the system, and her family thinks she should stay with him, "because no other man will want her". She's looking for escape in any form she can get it.
When they meet, sparks fly. Trapped by a blizzard, can two damaged people, who think there is no chance of love in the world for them, find each other, and survive an unforeseen circumstance that puts both of them in danger?
Mystery, romance, and danger, fill this novel, with a story that will draw you in and not let go.
The heater stood dark and cold. I should have gotten up after we were done. Filled it and restarted it. I hadn’t wanted to move. Still didn’t want to, despite the cold in the room. Dim light streamed in through the window, sleety snow still battered the glass. Shook the door in its frame. How long could this blizzard go on?
I tightened my arms around Kat. Forever. Then she would have to stay right in this room with me--in my arms. Nothing made sense, everything my life had been for the last twenty-five years rang like a bad dream, a nightmare from the pits of Vietnam. So dead inside that any feeling fed me, woman after woman, man after man, no one let me hold on to what I felt for more than a few shared moments. Lies whispered to the tiny ember of my soul that I had left. This is the one, they told me, this one will make you feel, will bring you back to life.
They never did.
Kat ran her hand down my arm. Snuggled closer to me. A chill that had nothing to do with how cold the room had become, shook me. Spoke to me. I could again with her, and I knew I would keep feeling what I was. Alive. Warm. As if I had a soul inside me, not just a demon who preyed on others for my next fix of emotions.
“I should fill that heater and get us some warmth again.”
“Yeah, I suppose one of us should,” she said with no intention to do so in her voice.
I tightened the bear’s embrace I held her in, tangled my legs with hers. She pushed at my arm, wanted to make me let go of her.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
S.R. Howen grew up on a farm for the most part, spending part of her childhood as a military brat. The one constant in her life is story telling. She's always been a story teller--not a popular thing to be when you are five.
She's been with Wild Child Publishing. since 2000 as either an author or an editor. Currently, she lives in Texas with her family and assorted animals.
She follows a Native American life style--believing that each thing does indeed have its own spirit, and avoiding processed foods. If she couldn't kill it, catch it, or pick it in the wild, she doesn't eat it. Other than that she loves fast cars, good writing, and good editors. They are a writer's best friend.
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