Monday, July 16, 2012

Katie Reus on the Elements of Romantic Suspense #DangerNextDoor

Welcome Guest Author
Katie Reus
to the blog today!

Katie has a great post today to celebrate her latest release. If you enjoy romantic suspense, you're gonna love this. And look down below for her giveaway. Now, read on...

Thank you so much to Laura for letting me hang out here today!

I read and enjoy pretty much all subgenres of romance, but suspense will always be one of my favorites. Probably because it’s the reason I fell so in love with romance in the first place. Throwing characters into a dire situation full of suspense and danger automatically heightens the tension in a story. Whether it involves a serial killer, stalkers, rogue CIA agents, mafia henchmen, just give me danger and excitement and I’m happy.

I like a good balance of romance and suspense, but in my reading often it doesn’t matter if one area is heavier than the other. With some authors I find that I really dig their action-packed non-stop adventures from chapter to chapter, while with others the characterization is so amazing I don’t mind that the suspense aspect is slightly slower paced. Of course, in real life I probably wouldn’t want to deal with what most of the characters I read and write about have to live through, but romantic suspense is such a fun escape.

I recently launched the Red Stone Security series, a romantic suspense series that takes place in Miami. The first story (No One to Trust) is incredibly action-packed and very fast-paced. The second story (Danger Next Door) is a little darker and is a contemporary beauty and the beast themed romantic suspense. While both stories are very different, they both have one thing in common—a lot of sexual tension. No matter what, I’ve got to have that in my romance.
Kate is offering up a copy of both No One to Trust and Danger Next Door to one random commenter! Must leave your email address! Tell Katie what you like about romantic suspense or leave a question to be entered! Winner to be chosen by! Open to international! Good luck!
Danger Next Door, Book 2 Red Stone Security series: A contemporary beauty and the beast themed romantic suspense.

After an explosion leaves detective Grant Caldwell scarred he quits his job and tries to hide from his well-meaning family while he heals. When Belle Manikas, a beautiful new neighbor, moves in next door with problems of her own he finds himself drawn to her even while he tells himself she’s nothing but trouble. Even though he knows he’d never have a chance with a woman like her—not with his disfigurement—he can’t stay away.

Thanks to severe health problems as a child Belle grew up sheltered and smothered by her loving, if overbearing, family. Now that she’s finally out on her own she plans to wring everything she can out of life. When she sets her sights on her brooding neighbor nothing can stop her from getting him into bed—until a madman fixates on her.

With Grant now working for Red Stone Security, he sees it as his duty to protect her at all costs. Unfortunately a violent criminal is stalking Belle and will stop at nothing until he’s destroyed her.
A little about Katie: "I’ve been reading romance since a young age—ever since I discovered my mom’s hidden stash. Luckily the addiction stayed with me into adulthood. I write paranormal romance and sexy romantic suspense for Carina Press, Harlequin Nocturne, and NAL/Signet Eclipse. To learn more about me please visit my website, my blog, facebook or find me on twitter @katiereus."

Thanks again for having me here today!

You're so welcome, Katie! Great post! Now, everyone, answer Katie's question to be entered to win! And thanks for reading!



DeniseCovey _L_Aussie said...

Hello Laura and Katie. I loved this. And I love Romantic Suspense. Why? A story's not a story without some romantic element and don't we all like a bit of suspense to keep us turning the pages? A great mix. I'm cooking one up myself!

miki said...


I have discovered this subgenre in February thank to a challenge and i really liked it. It's a great mix and the character have to overcomes a lot to be together so i like


Laura Kaye said...

Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Denise and Miki! :)

crystlsmith said...

Hi Ladies!

What is there not to love? Two of the best genres are put together for one heck of a read!

Sandy said...

Congratulations Katie on your success.

Read and loved both the books. Looking forward to more Red Stone Securities.

SJune said...

These both sound like great books!
What I enjoy about romantic suspense is the variety of emotions involved. Not only do you have the (hopefully) hold your breathe suspense, you you also have the romantic tension between characters. And as a huge fan of the old TV show Beauty & the Beast, I can't wait to read your second book.


Terry Odell said...

I thought I was writing a mystery when I wrote my first manuscript, but my daughters told me it was a romance. I'd never read a romance at that point, but I realized I was reading series mystery as much for the characters as for the crime-solving. Romantic suspense lets me have it both ways. Some of my books are heavier on the mystery, some on the relationships.

Terry's Place

(terry at terryodell dot com)

pamerd said...


I enjoy romantic suspense because it just adds something extra to a romance, danger and thrills are always a fun addition to messing with the h/h before they can live with an HEA.

Thanks for the chance

Victoria said...

I love the interaction with the main characters and danger within romantic suspense. I always try to solve it as I'm reading along. Thank you.


Filia Oktarina said...

I enjoyed romantic suspense because i like thrill and mystery/puzzle in story. With that and mix with romance, make story more interesting to read. Thanks for chance :)

filiafntasy at gmail dot com

Joanne said...

Will there be more books in this series? I love romantic suspense. I love trying to figure out who the bad guy is and what I think he/she will do next. Thanks for the chance to win. These books sound fantastic.


divavixenqueen said...

Your books sound great. Congratulations on their release.

Mysterious intrigue,characters and a story line that grabs you
from the beginning and doesn't let go till you get to the end,
that's what I like in romantic suspense novels.

Katie Reus said...

Thanks to everyone who has stopped by so far and thank you to Laura for having me!

And Joanne, yes, I'm planning for at least three more stories in this series :)

Laurie said...

Hi ladies-I like rom/suspense as it's like two stories in one. You have your mystery/intrigue and then you get to see the hero/heroine falling in love. The books sound great, looking forward to reading them!

SdyLion said...

I love trying to figure out the sinister plot twist that will lead us all to the villian or be the undoing of the heroine so she almost falls victim to the villian. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

Shelley Munro said...

I'm an equal opportunity reader when it comes to romantic suspense. I can read anything in this genre as long as the characters don't stop for some hanky-panky when the baddie is chasing them. i.e. they need to be safe before they mess around!

shelley Munro At gmail dot com

Diane said...

Romantic suspense books have a touch more story than simply romance but still the HEA that I love; that is why I enjoy romantic suspense. A Question, which is harder to write?
dsadler53 at yahoo dot ca

Herding Cats - Burning Soup said...

Oh love the sound of book 2. Just added both to my wishlist :)

I'm a big fan of romantic suspense but I'm kinda like you and am pretty flexible with mine. I really like both aspects and how different authors balance the two or rather don't balance them. As long as there's a good spark between the hero/heroine and it leads somewhere eventually I'm a happy girl :)

Thanks for the giveaway ladies!

June M. said...

Hi Laura & Katie!
I guess what I love the most about romantic suspense is that it has the romance & emotion that I love in books, and the mystery and suspense that I enjoy. It is a great combination, fun to try to figure out the mystery, who the "bad guy" is, etc.
manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

Modokker said...

Oh boy! Love the blurbs for these books. I love Romantic suspense and have not been able to read enough of them lately. I love the romance part of course and the sexy alpha guy that tends to do with it and hopefully a pretty tough heroine as well. Little fun mixed in with the intrigue works nicely too.

Would love to read both of these.Thanks for sharing.

Lisa B
modokker AT yahoo dot com

Filia Oktarina said...

Congratulations on your success.
I read this post and enjoyed. I curious and wanna read this series, love the cover book to.
I love romantic suspense because have mystery and roman in story. That mix make stories was fun to try figure of suspect.

filiafantasy at gmail dot com

Megan@Riverina Romantics said...

I've been a romantic suspense fan for a while now. I like the tension in them.

riverinaromantic @ aol DOT com

Laura Kaye said...

And the winner of Katie's ebook giveaway is...



And thanks to everyone for commenting!

Laurie said...

Wow, thank you so much!