Someone posted a comment in a blog that simply said, “There’s no smiling in romantic suspense.”
NOT a Romantic Suspense cover!The context of the comment was actually that there is no smiling on Romantic Suspense book covers, which is true. You're not usually seen fleeing from a psycopath with a big ole grin on your face.Is there smiling in romantic suspense? The hero and heroine are chin deep in woes. They are battling a grandiose foe. They each carry emotional baggage, and are consumed with the reasons they shouldn't be together. There's pretty much nothing for them to smile about. And yet, in the midst of all this misery, there's that rare moment when they share an unexpected joke...that brief glimmer that a force greater than all these tribulations is at hand.
Definitely a Romantic Suspense cover!I generally write what I would call dark romantic suspense. That doesn't mean that I write something with a paranormal twist to it. It’s dark because my books take place either in the middle of a squall, or most of the dramatic scenes are at night. Basically, there’s no sun. LOL! Even when I finally decided to write a book in the hot, humid jungle, you all thought…finally! Finally, Maureen is going to let us bask in the sunshine…alas, most of the story ended up taking place underground.
So my poor characters don't have much to smile about either...until that kiss. Funny enough, no matter how desperate the situation, that kiss just makes the planets fall into alignment for one brief moment.And heck, even the author smiles at that point. :)