Lancelot’s Lady by Cherish D’Angelo
Writing Paranormal Suspense vs. Writing Romantic Suspense
Thank you so much, Barbara, for being one of my hosts during my Cherish the Romance Virtual Book Tour, which launches my “Next Best Celler” semi-finalist, Lancelot’s Lady. Today I’d like to share with you and your readers a bit about the differences between my paranormal suspense, Divine Intervention, and my romantic suspense, Lancelot’s Lady.
I wrote Divine Intervention in 2004, under my suspense pen name, Cheryl Kaye Tardif. Though there is some romance in this novel, it is not central to the story. Technically, it’s a paranormal suspense thriller or paranormal crime thriller, with lots of action and a detailed criminal investigation.
Divine Intervention is book one in a series that introduces three psychic investigators who work for a covert government agency of the CFBI, a merging of agencies in Canada and the US. As Psychic Skills Investigators, or PSIs, they travel across Canada and beyond, solving crimes with their unique special gifts. This all takes place a few years into the future, allowing me to “predict” or invent future technology. The psychic gifts my characters have allow them to be unpredictable and intriguing.
Agent Jasmine McLellan―Jasi to her friends―is a Pyro-Psychic who reads fires. One whiff of smoke sends her reeling into the minds of arsonists and killers; she sees what they’ve seen and done. Agent Ben Roberts is a Pychometric Empath who experiences flashes of symbolic visions when he touches objects and people. When he’s not working a case, he wears gloves to protect himself from overwhelming images. Agent Natassia Prushenko is a Victim Empath who sees into the minds of victims whether they’re living or dead. She often experiences their last thoughts, last words and their gruesome deaths.
The romance in Divine Intervention is fraught with friction. Jasi meets Brandon Walsh, the Fire Chief who is sceptical of anything paranormal, especially so-called “psychics”. But his mind changes as he’s drawn into the case and as he discovers he’s drawn to Jasi as well. But in the end, it’s the plot and the action that drives Divine Intervention, a story about a deadly serial arsonist who is leaving a trail of burning corpses across BC.
In contrast, Lancelot’s Lady is driven by romance and passion. It’s driven by desire―physical and emotional. Rhianna McLeod’s life has been filled with anything but love and happiness. So has Jonathan’s. They are two tortured souls who have lost their way. But fate (or an old man named JT) throws them together on a private tropical island, and soon Rhianna and Jonathan begin to feel more than irritation for one another. Though not completely explicit, their love scenes are more detailed than what you’ll find in Divine Intervention.
There’s danger in Lancelot’s Lady too. Sleazy private investigator Winston Chambers makes sure of that. Blackmail isn’t enough for him. He’s now set his sights on obtaining something he wants to own, something more than money―Rhianna. Unaware that danger lurks around the corner, Rhianna and Jonathan finally allow their passion to escape. Until Winston arrives on the scene.
Writing a romantic suspense means that I’m focused mainly on the blossoming romance. There must be a happily ever after, unlike regular suspense, where there doesn’t have to be―especially in a series. With Lancelot’s Lady, you know Rhianna and Jonathan will overcome all obstacles, but their journey is still exciting and unknown. Although there is no paranormal element, except perhaps for a touch of Fate or Destiny, readers will find the suspense in Lancelot’s Lady is still tense, the action is still fast-paced and the danger is still heart-stopping. At the very end, I guarantee every reader will “cherish the romance”.
Lancelot’s Lady ~ A Bahamas holiday from dying billionaire JT Lance, a man with a dark secret, leads palliative nurse Rhianna McLeod to Jonathan, a man with his own troubled past, and Rhianna finds herself drawn to the handsome recluse, while unbeknownst to her, someone with a horrific plan is hunting her down.
You can learn more about Lancelot’s Lady and Cherish D’Angelo (aka Cheryl Kaye Tardif) at http://www.cherishdangelo.com and http://www.cherylktardif.blogspot.com. Follow Cherish from September 27 to October 10 on her Cherish the Romance Virtual Book Tour and win prizes.
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