Tuesday, October 4, 2011

A different slant on romantic suspense, here...

Tuesdays are now our days to feature  Love Inspired Romantic Suspense authors.  My own schedule is a little different this fall--thanks to a busy year of deadlines!

I've got a Love Inspired romance in November (The Loner's Thanksgiving Wish, the fifth installment of the Rocky Mountain Heirs series) and a Love Inspired Suspense in December (Duty to Protect)  but this month something different is out--a romantic suspense for the Harlequin Heartwarming Collection called  A Home in Hill Country. It's a romantic suspense that  I wrote some years ago for a different line,  now revised to  hopefully appeal to readers  looking for nice clean story, though one that doesn't have the usual faith elements in Love Inspired books.

I would love to hear some feedback on what y'all think of this new line--if you've enjoyed having this additional choice,  and if you would come back for more!

Blessings to you all,
Roxanne Rustand


  1. I'd be interested in hearing how you feel about the faith elements being removed or toned down from the original. Did you rewrite or did they?

  2. It was a smooth process. Though I wrote fifteen Superromances before making the switch to inspirationals, I was never a "hot" writer, and though I wrote romance, I had evolved away from bedroom scenes--until they were barely a paragraph or two and never graphic. I liked writing about the romance, and the attraction, but not the rest!

    So there wasn't much to change in this book (a former Superromance.) The editors deleted that small part, and then I went through the manuscript and tried to catch any word choices or references that might be offensive to a sensitive reader. i hope I caught them all.

    As for the removal of the faith element--it was not present in the previous version of the book, because I hadn't written it as an inspirational.

    That said, my secular book characters often prayed in difficult circumstances and were often people of faith even if I wasn't writing inspirationals at the time, because that's just who I am personally. In fact, a friend said that I seemed to be evolving (albeit lightly) into an inspirational voice before I even thought about making the switch.

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  4. Roxanne... I have not read the new book but I did read Home At Blackberry Hill. When I saw that it went along with two books I already had I read them as the series and really enjoyed them. One day I will get to the rest of your books on my shelf :-)
    My review of the series is on my blog.

  5. Judy DV, your comment brings up a thought I'd had about books being chosen for this Heartwarming line, since both of the books I've had for the Heartwarming line were originally part of two different Superromance series.

    I'm so glad you found the other titles to go with Blackberry Hill, and that you enjoyed them!

  6. I forgot to add my deepest thanks for the reviews! You have a lovely site, and I have just subscribed to it on my Google reader page!

  7. What an interesting line Roxanne, I'll have to look into it more :) congratulations on having so many books out!

  8. Roxanne, your stories are wonderful. Good for our publishers to see the merit in providing one of your earlier stories to LI readers! I know it must be a great read!

  9. Congrats on the Heartwarming release, Roxanne!

  10. I haven't read that line yet but wondered if it was inspy or not. Congrats on the books out!

  11. I have not read this book yet, Roxanne but I am looking forward to it. I've read several of your LIS books though, and enjoyed them all! I can't wait to read your book coming out in the "Heirs" series! I'm just waiting for it to hit the shelves!

    Valri westernaz@msn.com


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