Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The Lure of Romantic Suspense!

Today is a special day for me because I get to welcome a lovely guest, Gerri Hines.
This lady is an author's best friend. If you don't believe me,
check out her blog here
and you'll see what I mean!!




When I pick up a romance novel, I’m certain of one thing. Boy…I mean man meets woman; man wants woman; woman discovers the man is her knight in shining armor; they fall in love and live happily ever after. A happy ending. A celebration of their love. The formula has been used for years upon years. And when I’m in the mood for a light read, I greatly enjoy a good romance.


Although to be honest, I can’t write a simple romance. I’ve tried. Every time I try, the book takes a turn, a wide turn back to what I’m comfortable with—romantic suspense. I can’t help throwing my heroine into danger. Yes, I’m one of those romance suspense authors. I also follow a formula. Conflict. Conflict. Conflict.


Up until Fragmented, most of my books have been historical romance suspense books. I’ve been drawn to the past…that is until this last spring. I live in Boston. I wanted to do something for the Marathon Bombing victims. So I wrote.


Fragmented, Book One Boston’s Crimes of Passion series, is my first suspense thriller. I have also pledged to give half my royalties to one of the charities that support the victims of this tragedy. It is my way of giving back.


I’m excited for the release of Fragmented. I’ve gotten quite a lot of positive feedback on Fragmented. Let me share a few quotes from some fellow authors. 

 Praise for Fragmented:
“Fragmented is a thoroughly engrossing romantic suspense which will have you turning the pages as fast as you can! Author Colleen Connally does a masterful job diving into the demented mind of a serial killer. If you liked Silence of the Lambs, you’ll love this story. Highly recommended!”  ~ S.G. Rogers
“A gripping, page-turning thriller. You won’t be able to stop reading. And you’ll sleep with the lights on! Colleen Connally creates evocative words that will send more than chills down your spine. There’s also a few scenes that will grip your heart!”~ Elaine Raco Chase,
“A fast-paced, sensual romantic suspense with a compelling heroine and a caring, dynamic hero.” ~ Lindsay Townsend


The first in the Boston’s Crimes of Passion Series! A pulse-pounding thriller! Ms Connally’s first murder mystery delivers! Suspenseful…shocking…a psychological thriller— leaving readers on the edge of their seat.  Cameron Quinn is caught in a web of deceit. Protecting her brother from being framed for a murder places Cameron in untold danger. When the real killer diverts his attention to her, she has nowhere to turn, especially not to the man she shared one unforgettable night… who now is trying to put her brother in prison. A “must read” for any suspense lover!
She would do anything to protect her family…
Cameron Quinn watched her father fall into a world of despair after being falsely accused of causing her mother’s death. Now, her brother is a suspect in a crime she knows he’s not capable of committing. She’ll risk everything to save her brother from the same fate as her father, even destroying evidence that implicates him in a series of murders.
He would do anything to win a case…
ADA Darren Kennedy is known as ‘the bulldog.’ He doesn’t lose. When a killer emerges on the streets of Boston, he’s dead-set on putting that killer behind bars…along with anyone that stands in his way.
A killer would do anything to get his heart’s desire…Cameron soon discovers that the police aren’t the only ones who suspect her of covering for her brother. The murderer is still out there and he isn’t happy his plans have been disrupted. Now, the twisted psychopath has turned his attention towards Cameron and will stop at nothing until he has her in his control.
Intrigue, love, betrayal…suspense!   
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