Romantic Suspense: Man vs. Nature

Elizabeth Goddard Uncategorized 5 Comments

Harlequin 101So glad you joined me as part of Harlequin’s Romantic Suspense Event!

This year I celebrated a milestone—my tenth Harlequin novel. And with that, I’ve noticed a pattern in my Love Inspired Suspense novels—I love to throw nature at my characters. With almost every story, I’ve let nature play an important part in the conflict. Even in my less suspenseful sweet romances, it’s always nature and setting that catches my interest first.
With the beauty and brutality of the wilderness and the weather, the unexplored and unknown, and a thousand places to get lost, there’s no other place like Alaska, the last frontier. Now all that’s left to craft a thrilling ride of a story is to add the romantic suspense hero.

 

How do you like your heroes?

I love the protectors best, but most heroes have that innate sense of protectiveness inside them whether they know it or not. It just takes the right woman playing opposite him in the story to bring out the best in him. Or sometimes the worst. But the right character to play his romantic interest should always bring out the protectiveness in a hero.

 

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Mountain search and rescuers already spend their time and energy finding strangers and rescuing them, even in the worst of conditions, so have just the right appeal for a romantic suspense. Add to that a mountain search and rescue hero knows how to battle nature. Sure, as authors we have to beat our heroes up a little, but in our romantic suspense stories . . .

they always win against nature. . . and they always get the girl. Or maybe. . .the girl always gets the guy.

 

So what kind of romantic suspense stories do you love? And how do you like your heroes in them?

 

 

Want a glimpse into the the frigid Juneau Ice Field, part of my story setting? Here’s a short Smithsonian video featuring scientists who must first learn to survive there before they can do any researhc.

 

 

Click on the image below to find out more about the event!

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Many Blessings,

Beth

 

 

 

Comments 5

  1. Denysé Bridger

    Hi, Elizabeth. First off, I’d like to tell you how much I am LOVING the Mountain Cove series. Buried was my first book of yours, but I’ve been busy ordering the rest of them from Harlequin since I read Buried. I plan to settle in with Untraceable tonight!! I love the stories, and your way of keeping the reader edgy and turning pages – fabulous writing style, and exciting, romantic stories. I’m so, SO happy I discovered your books. MUCH success to you, always – and may God’s blessings touch your life daily and make it beautiful. Thank you for sharing your wonderful stories with us. Denysé

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      Elizabeth Goddard

      Denyse! Thank you so much for stopping by the blog and letting me know your thoughts. There is nothing better for a writer to hear than that you are loving the books and buying more. LOL I hope you continue to enjoy the stories. They’re each very different, of course. I’m working on book 5 right now in hopes that my editor will buy it. It’s the Mountain Cove bush pilot’s story and I’m having a lot of fun writing that one, almost as much fun as I had writing BURIED.

      Many blessings to you, and please keep in touch.

      Beth

      1. Denysé Bridger

        I certainly can’t imagine them not wanting to continue this wonderful series for as long as you write it. What caught my attention about Buried was the location – as you said in your post, the man vs. nature angle, and the setting of Alaska. I’m so glad I bought the book, and I’m thrilled there will be more in the series to look forward to!! I’m just starting my first ever series, too, and I’m enjoying the challenge. I spend a lot of time this past year looking at options and reevaluating just what I wanted to create and send out into the world – hating it all was not a good route emotionally or psychologically. So, I began reading new genres, and discovered the Love Inspired Imprint, and in particular the Romantic Suspense line – it resonated, especially in your stories – and I found my personal creativity and love of writing again. So, when I say thank you – I mean it from my heart on many many levels, Elizabeth. God bless you, always. Denysé

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          Elizabeth Goddard

          I so get what you’re talking about and I’ve been in a similar place this year myself! LOL I’m glad you found your creativity again.

          Beth

          1. Denysé Bridger

            Thank you so much. Beth, would you consider doing an interview for my online magazine later this year? If you have time, and/or interest? It’s a small publication, we’re read internationally, and it’s also a free magazine for readers. We’ve had some awesome guests over our five years. If you want to take a peek, it’s here: Sensual Treats Magazine – Thanks again. Denysé

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