Today I am excited to turn the blog over to HelenKay Dimon!
Thank you for inviting me here today to talk about my newest release, COPY THAT, from Harlequin Intrigue.
One of the first questions I had to answer when I started writing my newest release, COPY THAT, went like this…how hard is it to blow up and house and can you do it without taking out the whole block? I can’t even imagine what anyone peeking at my Google search strings might think. If you’re worried that anything I just said is a spoiler, don’t panic. The explosion happens within the first 20 pages of the book.
Not that the poor heroine, Meredith, has it easy up until then. Nope. She’s attacked by someone who breaks into her downstairs neighbor’s apartment and finds out her rescuer is not said neighbor, Garrett Hill, as she thought. It’s Jeremy Hill, the twin brother she never knew existed. And then the house blows up.
Honestly, it’s not easy being a heroine in a romantic suspense novel. Even before the fireball (but after the attack), Meredith is a bit shaky:
She slid her hand in his. “Meredith Samms. Kindergarten teacher, upstairs neighbor and woman right on the edge of vomiting.”
“Please don’t. I’d rather you shoot me.” He could take a fire fight but dry heaving made him want to run away fast.
“Believe it or not, I’m trying not to be sick.”
Way he figured it, help was still two minutes away. He’d decided to take her mind off the horror then get her down the steps and out without incident, but his time was up. They had to go.
“You teach your students those kicking moves?”
“I might now.” She inhaled and let her breath out nice and slow as she stared at a fixed point across the street. “I like to think I’m pretty smart, but I’m totally confused about what’s going on here.”
“My hands won’t stop shaking.” She turned her palms up.
He slid his hands under hers and felt her nerves jump around. When he realized his did too, and not from fear, he dropped his arms to his sides. “Adrenalin. It will pass.”
“Will the urge to throw up?”
He sure as hell hoped so. “That takes a bit more practice.”
Things go downhill from there. I know a few people shy away from romantic suspense because of the women-in-peril angle that’s sometimes there. To me, it’s empowering. There’s something about a woman taken out of her ordinary life and thrown into this extraordinary circumstance that appeals to me. I love when the heroine’s underlying strength (emotional more than physical) and will to survive surface. Then there’s the part where the in-control hero needs this amazing heroine to help him save the day. It’s the ultimate case of needing each other to survive.
Meredith totally fits into this mold. She’s a kindergarten teacher enjoying some time off during the summer. She’s thinking about going to the beach. Instead, she deals with fires, car chases, attacks, shoot-outs and Jeremy. She conquers them all…and how great is that?
HelenKay Dimon is offering one copy of Copy That, print or digital, to one winner.
Leave a comment to enter. Giveaway ends August 12, 2012 at 11:59 PM EDT.
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