Today I am so pleased to welcome Clare London to Joyfully Jay. Clare has come to talk to us about her latest release, Double Scoop (With A Kick #8). She has also brought along copies to give away! Please join me in giving her a big welcome!
Suspense of Another Kind
I build a lot of suspense into my Romance books, but it’s not necessarily the Romantic Suspense kind that you’d find in a mystery murder or psychological thriller. I have been known to torment and tease my characters, but all in the name of love. There may not be any stalkers, anguished betrayals, fist fights or explosions – though, wait a moment, there have been *all* of those in the With A Kick series! – but there’s always the wonder and confusion of two people coming together and trying to make sense of the way they feel.
And I like to build the suspense before they actually get there! After all, in real life, few people know immediately that they’re suited, that they could live with this other person, that the excitement they feel is real love rather than just lust. And isn’t part of the fun of romance getting to know the other person? There are so many new experiences to share with them – in bed and out of it, I hasten to say!
What do you think about the role of suspense in romances? Do you like seeing the characters struggle along the path to true love? Or does it frustrate you? At what stage do you want to bang their heads together and say “just talk to each other, will you?” LOL.
I think I may have made Patrick and Lee wait just a little *too* long for some straight talking – and, of course, some sexy loving. Though I’m not apologising, because it’s been fun to write. And hopefully – for their sake! – Double Scoop will redress the balance.
A sudden disaster strikes everyone’s favourite ice cream shop, With A Kick. Not only does it threaten the livelihood of its owner, Patrick, but also his loyal assistant Lee. The last thing in the world Patrick would ever want to do is hurt Lee, either physically or emotionally. Why would he? He’s been falling in love with Lee since the day Lee invited himself into the shop’s business and Patrick’s life. But familiar and deeply-held insecurities hold Patrick back – he’s too gruff for Lee, too old, and his labour-of-love business is never going to make him rich.
Lee is weary of trying to make Patrick see how much he admires and cares for him. To Lee, it’s a very straightforward situation. Patrick is sexy, Patrick is smart, Patrick needs Lee’s help – and Lee needs Patrick in his life as more than a boss. All the characteristics Patrick finds inhibiting, Lee finds attractive. However, if Patrick’s apparently never going to make a move on Lee, how long should Lee wait to make his own move? Maybe Patrick thinks Lee is too clingy, too immature. Maybe Lee should give up his romantic hopes completely. If, that is, he can bear to do it.
The disaster at the shop brings them a whole new opportunity to work – and love – together to make a go of things. They’ve both got to look at each other in a whole new way. With the help of all their With A Kick friends, this could be make or break for the reluctant couple!
Clare took the pen name London from the city where she lives, loves, and writes. A lone, brave female in a frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home, she juggles her writing with the weekly wash, waiting for the far distant day when she can afford to give up her day job as an accountant. She’s written in many genres and across many settings, with novels and short stories published both online and in print. She says she likes variety in her writing while friends say she’s just fickle, but as long as both theories spawn good fiction, she’s happy. Most of her work features male/male romance and drama with a healthy serving of physical passion, as she enjoys both reading and writing about strong, sympathetic and sexy characters.
Clare currently has several novels sulking at that tricky chapter 3 stage and plenty of other projects in mind . . . she just has to find out where she left them in that frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home.
All the details and free fiction are available at her website. Visit her today and say hello!
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