Romantic Suspense Rules and All the Others Drool

Yeah that’s right, I’m throwing down the gauntlet you historical queens, contemporary babes, urban fantasy badasses, chick lit divas, inspirational ladies, m/m wenches , paranormal chicks, science fiction damsels, erotica dames and every other romance genre out there. Why? Because today, Dec. 1, is Kiss of Death Day and Kiss of Death members everywhere are celebrating the romantic suspense genre.

To celebrate romantic suspense day, here are some of my favorite quotes about suspense.

“This suspense is terrible, I hope it will last.” – Oscar Wilde

β€œWe all live in suspense, from day to day, from hour to hour; in other words, we are the hero of our own story.” – Mary McCarthy

“What great romance doesn’t have suspense in it? Whether a spy thriller in Regency times, a paranormal romance with a revenge-seeking zombie, or a traditional serial killer after the heroine, romance relies on suspense, leading the reader through the trials of the heroine and hero to see if they will get their happily ever after ending.” – Kiss of Death President A.J. Brower

Often, I’ll find myself reading with one hand clamped over my mouth as my heart pumps so fast blood is rushing like a tsunami in my ears. The only down side is not getting enough sleep because I have to know how the hero and heroine will catch the serial killer/kidnapper/madman and finally figure out they were meant for each other.

Over on Twitter, Kiss of Death members and romantic suspense lovers are Tweeting about why they love romantic suspense using the hashtag #romanticsuspense. Help us to make that hashtag trend on Twitter by Tweeting about why you love romantic suspense.

About Avery Flynn

Writer. Smart Ass. Lover of Chocolate. Bringing steamy romance with a twist of mystery to the masses, one hot book at a time.

7 thoughts on “Romantic Suspense Rules and All the Others Drool

  1. Well, I love romantic suspense and have tried writing it several times. But alas, I can never get the right balance between romance and suspense so I’ll stick with my contemporaries.

    I know I’m really into a good RS novel when I’m afraid to leave my bed and go to the bathroom. Hey, that madman/psycho/stalker/murderer could be waiting for me in the shower! Better safe than sorry! Happy Kiss of Death Day!

    1. Oh, I have so been there. I was reading a really dark romantic suspense and dh came home in the middle of a very tense scene. I jumped about a foot off the couch. πŸ™‚

  2. I swore I wrote this post early this morning:)…okay, is that a mystery or suspense? Just kidding. Thank you for introducing me to a new writers group though – Kiss of Death. I’m going to go on over and do some exploring. I agree though that all stories must have some degree of suspense, but I have to admit I don’t read that much romantic suspense. I’ll have to check out more of them, including of course, your Dry Creek series!…

    1. I’m totally surprised you don’t read much romantic suspense Denny because your awesome garden story really had a romantic suspense angle with the whole cop chasing the bad guy she’s hot for thing. πŸ™‚

  3. Oh my goodness, I’m such a nerd. What in the world does ‘dh’ stand for???? I’ve been trying to figure it out for about eight months now! All I can come up with is Dark Hunter which never makes sense when I put it in any of the sentences you guys use! Avery Mermaid, I’m having one of those blond moments with this…you know like the kind you saw firsthand that day I suspensed you with a ride back to your car!!!!!! Now if that wasn’t suspenseful, I don’t know what is! Gonna go check out Kiss of Death now. ;%

    1. You make me smile Carlene – but I think DH refers to ‘darling husband’ or ‘dead husband’ or if it were coming from me ‘ damn husband’ πŸ™‚ no, just joking – I divorced him eons ago:).

      1. Thank you Denny! I’m glad we have a bevy of choices. And I’m glad there is no dead in your DH!!!!!!! Just so you all know, if I ever use DH from now on, I am indeed describing my dapper hubby as a dark hunter. I think he fits the bill quite nicely! (Avery, I’m trying my darndest to stay on suspense topic πŸ˜‰

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