Friday, February 10, 2012

Snapped by Laura Griffin - Guest Post & Giveaway

Snapped by Laura Griffin
Tracers Series #4
Published August 2011 by Pocket Star


On a sweltering summer afternoon, Sophie Barrett walks into a nightmare. A sniper has opened fire on a college campus. When the carnage is over, three people—plus the shooter— are dead, and dozens more injured. Sophie escapes virtually unscathed. Yet as details emerge from the investigation, she becomes convinced that this wasn’t the random, senseless act it appeared. No one wants to believe her—not the cops, not her colleagues at the Delphi Center crime lab, and definitely not Jonah Macon, the homicide detective who’s already saved her life once.

Jonah has all kinds of reasons for hoping Sophie is mistaken. Involving himself with a key witness could derail an already messy investigation, not to mention jeopardize his career. But Sophie is as determined and fearless as she is sexy. If he can’t resist her, he can at least swear to protect her. Because if Sophie is right, she’s made herself the target of a killer without a conscience. And the real terror is only just beginning. . . .

Guest Post by Laura Griffin
Romantic Suspense: Where the Heart Is

Some of the best writing advice I ever got was “write the book you want to read.” That’s why I write romantic suspense. So… what exactly is romantic suspense? I get that question a lot and I tell people that my books are basically mysteries with a love story woven in.

Romantic suspense is a natural fit for me because I got my start as a newspaper reporter by day and a voracious reader of fiction by night. Many of the news stories I covered made an impact on me and later inspired some of the mystery elements in my books.

What I love about writing romantic suspense is taking the reader on a journey where she never knows what’s around the next corner. I like to throw challenges and puzzles at my characters and watch them struggle to figure them out. I like putting them in situations in which they have to rely on their skills, their ingenuity, and even each other to make it through.

And here’s where the romance comes in. I love books that pack lots of emotional intensity. For me, that intensity builds when the story takes a hair-raising turn. The hero and heroine get closer when they’re faced with physical and moral obstacles. It’s those high-stakes choices, those life-or-death moments that add emotional fuel to the story and reveal character. For me, as both a writer and a reader, that’s what fiction is all about. I want to go on a twisty, pulse-pounding journey with my characters. I want to feel like I’m there.

Romantic suspense is the perfect genre for readers (like me!) who want an intense, emotionally rich experience with a hard-won happily ever after.

Laura is one of the many talented authors who belong to the Romance Writers of America’s Kiss of Death chapter. At Kiss of Death we believe that every great romance should include suspense. Whether a spy thriller in Regency times, a paranormal romance with a revenge-seeking zombie, or a traditional serial killer after the heroine, romance relies on suspense, leading the reader through the trials of the heroine and hero to see if they will get their happily ever after ending. If you can call your writing suspenseful, then the Kiss of Death has something for you! Find out more and join at and follow us on Twitter at @RWAKissofDeath.

About the author:
New York Times bestselling author Laura Griffin started her career in journalism before venturing into the world of romantic suspense. Her books have won numerous awards, including a 2010 RITA (Whisper of Warning) and a 2010 Daphne du Maurier Award (Untraceable). Laura currently lives in Austin where she is working on the next book in her Tracers series. Visit her on her site and Facebook.

1 winner will receive a *signed* copy of Snapped and a *signed* ARC copy of Twisted (Tracers Series #5, expected release April 2012).

How to enter:
Leave a comment telling me your favorite thing about romantic suspense.

Giveaway details:
Giveaway is open for US only. This giveaway will run until midnight EST on February 24. Must be 13 or older to enter. Winner will be chosen using Winner will be emailed and this blog post will be updated to include the name of the winner. Winner has 3 days to contact me or a new winner will be selected.  

Sorry! This giveaway is now closed.

Winner is comment #5 (randomly selected by 
June M. 


  1. I like it because it is always moving. You aren't totally focused on them and waiting to get more character development. There is something that keeps your mind on alert to find clues and see what else happens. That's just my thoughts about it/ Just sayin....
    delivery.RN at gmail dot com
    thanks for the giveaway!!

  2. I love it because it combines my favorite genres.It sweeps me away with romance &keeps me on the edge of my seat with suspense.Perfect

  3. it keeps you wanting to know more. you can get lost for your troubles in a good book rlrlaney at yahoo dot com

  4. My favorite part of romantic expense usually starts with the first paragraph. The first paragraph usually Is intended to grab the reader and engage them. I absolutely love authors who can put an even and solid amount of romance and suspense. I don't want it to be all suspense but I don't want it be all romance with a hint of suspense either. I'm still holding out for agent Rowe and kate's book because You HAVE to give the a story! I have driven myself crazy trying to guess their story.

  5. I love the suspense and mystery added to the romance. It takes my favorite genre (romance) and adds the thrill of suspense.
    manning_J2004 at yahoo dot com

  6. I love Laura's books.

  7. i like romantic suspense because i get so caught up in their lives that i can't put the book down :)

    catherine0807 at hotmail dot com

  8. It's a great combination. Who could ask for more than a little romance mixed with sitting on the edge of your seat. :)


  9. It keeps my heart racing until the end!!!


  10. I love mysteries and thrillers that not only have intricate and surprising plot-driven stories but also develop realistic characters I'd like to meet...flawed or brilliant characters who fall in love or at least in lust! These are the romantic suspence books I look for and follow faithfully.

    justaskmom2 AT yahoo DOT com

  11. Whenever I read romantic suspense, I'm really hyped up to read the upcoming parts that I invent mini scenario inside of my mind xD
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  12. The thrill of not knowing what will be next and where is the story taking me
    helldog3 at

  13. The escape and the guilty pleasure of romantic suspense just fits the bill some day :)

  14. I like the mystery. I try to guess what is going to happen. I like that added to the romance and it makes a good read.

    Rachel V
    pefrw at yahoo dot com

  15. I love romantic suspense for the drama, mystery and action as the characters race against time to catch a murderer or save the world.
    janie1215 AT excite DOT com

  16. I like the feeling of being on edge you dont know what will happen next


  17. I like these genres of books because it has exciting plots that you cannot put the book down until you finish it.

  18. My favorite part of romantic suspense is the not knowing what will happen next. I like the mix of suspense and mystery as well but I love the twists and turns the authors come up with.

  19. I love the mixing of two great genres! Thanks so much! :) allicat0818[at]yahoo[dot]com

  20. I like romantic suspense because there is the romance, as well as another story going on.

  21. I love the mystery mixed with romance. love to read.

  22. I love suspense because you're kept on the edge of your seat, waiting to see what's going to happen, and when you throw a good romance in with it, then you have two characters who care about each other and that makes you care about them even more! Thanks so much for the giveaway:)

    Julie Witt, jwitt33 at live dot com



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