Christine has taught classes on editing. Today, she has agreed to give away one copy of her new book, An Eye for Danger, as well as a copy of either The Editor Devil’s Guide to Dialogue or The Editor Devil’s Guide to Character. She’s also decided to let this contest run all week. Hope you visit us again soon.
A Sexy Hero OUT OF Uniform
they say, especially in the Romance genre. Heroes in Romantic Suspense are
often bred of military or law enforcement characters, men who may still be
active or inactive, may be in good standing or may be retired or even stripped
of their uniform (whether they committed a wrong-doing or not).
wanted something slightly different. So I chose to write a hero who was still
in uniform but in disfavor. Easy enough. Going rogue is a common theme among
Romantic Suspense heroes, whether they are in uniform or not, and often this
‘rebel’ quality makes them even more sexy.
enforcement corruption, being in uniform, whether a cop, detective, FBI, or
military personnel, is not inherently cool. The power of the uniform is corrupt.
So which skin will my hero wear, and how do I keep him sexy and alpha male at
the same time?
line as well. That’s a given in Romantic Suspense, but that predicament is not
enough in my mind to keep me on the edge of my seat. As an author, I need as
much psychological entanglement as I need physical life-and-death pressure.
may not choose to win back his badge or even fight for the good guys. A man
paying for past regrets, and never paying enough to get himself square with his
superiors, let alone his own conscience, again. A hero in Purgatory. A man
straddling the line between right and wrong, between caring and ditching it all.
Unpredictable, in other words.
detective who’s been framed for being not just a dirty cop, but a not-sober cop.
A man labeled as not being in control of himself, which is looked upon as
weakness in the law enforcement world. Dishonorable of the badge.
Untrustworthy. He’s burned, unwanted, riding the razor’s edge between being
fired and being jailed.
Hence Sam’s kicked from one tough department
(Vice squad) to another tougher, more dangerous crew (Narcotics unit) for
dirtier, grittier undercover work, then finally punted to the Feds on loan for
the worst of the worst assignments. Sam took one for the team, let himself be
framed (did he commit the offenses or not?–I won’t spoil the story), and then
dropped a few steps down the detective hierarchy. Worse, he took more dangerous
undercover work, living like a rat on the streets to bust drug crews. You can
feel the penitence just rolling off his back. A man who doesn’t really care
about winning his reputation back.
undercover work to nail corrupt law enforcement, he’s primed to take a mission
no other agent wants. Not to say Sam’s playing the martyr hero, but he sees
himself as disposable. A throwaway on an unwinnable mission. I call this
“suicide by mission”.
our reader and Jules Larson (our heroine), a former war photographer and PTSD
sufferer, runs into him in Central Park amidst a murder scene. Sam saves her
from a henchman only to take her hostage to avoid his former NYPD nemesis,
Detective Stone McCarthy, who may be one of the corrupt cops Sam’s
questionable situation for any character, let alone a hero–more intriguing for
me as an author? By now, Sam’s desperate enough to commit a real crime–taking
Jules, an innocent, at gunpoint–and thus stripping himself of his own values. Psychologically
speaking, a man who is losing the “fight” in his world is a man who’s
losing himself. Piece by broken piece.
plain burned by his own, and so it’s fitting that he’s involved with a crew
burning down the city, because Sam’s ready to burn down the whole ‘effing
system. He stands in that very narrow space between losing the drive to fight
and losing the will to live. And that’s a dangerous space. A man like that will
commit acts he never thought possible. He knows what’s right and wrong. He’s
been on those morality front lines for years, so there’s no question of
discerning black from white. He just sees those lines differently now, or blurs
them altogether. Now he’s the one rewriting the rules. Or worse–throwing them
out the window. Again, unpredictable. Wild, even.
need for redemption, tame a wildcat like Sam? Maybe she doesn’t really want to,
since by nature she’s drawn to the front lines, to danger, to that line between
life and death. So here’s a combustible coupling that readers get to watch push
and pull against each other till they explode.
that it’s not so much a power struggle between the hero and heroine as a
“who can play with fire better” rivalry. And it’s in Jules’ losses
that Sam finally wakes up and decides what he’s fighting for. Not to say he has
a reason to live, which is slightly cliché. But that he finally found a
winnable mission, his own life be damned.
Fields, an undercover cop desperate to avoid capture by his nemesis and former
mentor, Detective Stone McCarthy. Sam can’t afford to blow his two-year
investigation of Goliath, a band of crooked cops who clean up New York City
streets vigilante style. Especially if Stone is one of them.
and Sam’s rough-around-the-edges charm has a way of roping her into helping
with his investigation. Though Jules fears Sam’s violent world will land her in
a psych ward–again–three years of self-imposed isolation since her fiancé’s
death is a long time to be lonely.
investigation keeps leading to Jules’ door, and he’s on the verge of
discovering her involvement. Not only might he be crooked, Jules is just the
kind of uptown girl Stone covets. Especially if she belongs to Sam.
witness, Sam and Stone must work together to protect Jules. But Jules can’t
grow too close to Sam, even when his touch melts her armor, or accept Stone’s
increasing advances, even though he’s twice the gentleman Sam is, for fear
either man might discover the truth about her fiancé’s accident.
with 25 years’ experience as a writer/editor, from technical to marketing to
exec communications to entertainment. She specializes in “tactical”
editing and storytelling techniques for authors, offering writing tips and
tricks at http://Editor Devil.blogspot.com and through her Editor Devil Guides
to fiction. Her debut Romantic Suspense novel, An Eye For Danger, is now
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