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Wed
Oct 9 2013 3:28pm

Come to the Dark Side: The Best Onscreen Dark Romantic Thrillers

Crash and Burn by Allison Brennan and Laura GriffinAuthors Laura Griffin and Allison Brennan have cowritten a book, the first in the Moreno and Hart series, titled Crash and Burn, which includes elements of both mystery and romance, and so they are here today to discuss their favorite onscreen romantic thrillers. Thanks, ladies!

We’re not weird!...Well, maybe we are.

Laura Griffin and I write romantic suspense on the dark side, and both of us get comments from friends and family asking why we write so dark. This always surprises us.

I never thought I wrote particularly dark until my second book came out. My husband worked in the California State Capitol at the time, and a mutual acquaintance approached him and said, “I just finished Allison’s new book.” He leaned into my husband and said, “It was really creepy. Aren’t you worried about her?”

My husband, always quick on the uptake, looked around, darted his eyes back and forth, and whispered, “I wasn’t until I read the draft of her next book. She castrates someone in the first chapter.”

Oh, to have been a fly on the wall!

Laura and I were talking about this phenomenon over drinks at a writer’s conference (because that’s what writers do at conferences, didn’t you know?) and she said her husband sometimes worries about her, too, but for different reasons. “I research a lot of pretty grisly stuff online—everything from bomb making to body disposal—and he’s convinced I’ve gotten myself on some FBI watch list.”

We started discussing why we love writing dark and suspenseful romantic thrillers. What turned us from the light, fluffy romantic comedies that we both love to read?

[Take a walk on the dark side...]

Tue
Sep 6 2011 2:30pm

Gimme Some Action: The Alpha Hero

Dallas SWATAllow me to introduce the Alpha Hero. You, and every other member of the female populace, will notice this man the moment he walks into a room. He’s got confidence. Swagger. He is strong-minded and has the body to match. Sound familiar? Although you might not know this guy personally, you’ve probably seen him recently on your favorite reality show.

No, I’m not talking about Jersey Shore.

This testosterone-saturated creature is starring in a raft of reality TV programs featuring survivalists, spec ops warriors, police snipers, and more. Flip on the tube and see what I mean. The fabled Alpha Hero, long a staple of romance fiction, is taking over the small screen. Television shows such as Dallas SWAT, One Man Army, Man vs. Wild, and Manhunters: Fugitive Task Force are just a few of the programs bringing you real-life heroes to rival any fictional character found in a romance novel. I’ve noticed this trend because as a romance author, my radar tends to perk up every time a guy with hero potential walks onto the scene.

[I know just what you mean...]