Freak accident, or attempted murder? Kate needs answers to her brother’s plane crash, but can she trust undercover DEA agent “Spike” Larsen to deliver them?
Kate Reynolds’s quest to unravel the mystery of her brother’s plane crash throws her into the turbulent wake of suave pilot/mechanic Everett Larsen. His gray gaze ignites in her a passion as powerful as a jet stream, but it also sparks a memory—one she can’t quite reel in. A bitter divorce has taught her to trust no man, so how can she trust Larsen?
Drawn by a cryptic message Keith left on his answering machine, Everett “Spike” Larsen flies to Milwaukee for answers, but he is unprepared for the torrent of emotion he feels when he sees Kate—after his wife’s death, he thought himself no longer capable of such emotion. He is afraid to give into his feelings for Kate—afraid to love again. But when Kate insists on helping out at her brother’s aircraft repair shop and gets too close to the truth, he is even more afraid to lose her.
Interview with Susan Rae and Bio:
I write, basically, because I just can’t help myself. I can't resist the challenge of taking the intriguing characters and storylines that pop into my head and fleshing them out into compelling manuscripts. Romantic suspense is a natural to me, because it allows me to combine my love of a good mystery with a passionate love story. It also lets me express my appreciation for the outdoors in the settings which I recreate on the page.
My first novel, heartbeats, is a story of romance and danger set against the background of busy Chicago and the quiet, rural cornfields of northern Illinois. heartbeats has garnered numerous awards, including RWA Golden Heart Finalist for Best Romantic Suspense Novel and Best First Book by First Coast Romance Writers.
In freefall, my second novel, danger and suspense are juxtaposed against the tranquil valley of Sylvan Lake (fictitious) in the Kettle Moraine Forest and the sun-dappled waters of Door County, Wisconsin.
When I’m not sketching characters or working out plot problems, you might find me on the golf course working on my handicap. I also enjoy traveling around the country seeking out new settings for my novels with my husband and my empty nest puppies, Ginger and Nikute.
1. What inspires you when you write?
People inspire me—mainly the strength they find to deal with the difficulties of life and love. I write romantic suspense because it allows me to create seemingly everyday characters—characters with flaws and insecurities—who grow into amazing heroes and heroines. As they push through adversity, facing life and death situations, not only do they find the strength to survive, but they help others survive, too—and find love along the way.
2. Do you have a favorite spot to write?
I write at my desk in my office, surrounded by research, reference books, and tear out pictures of men and women who look somewhat like my heroes and heroines. I feel that my desk is my place of work and when I sit down to it, that is where the magic happens. I’ve tried writing outside, or at the kitchen table, but it just doesn’t seem like the real deal unless I’m actually sitting at the desk. That’s not to say that I don’t do a lot of prewriting elsewhere, in notebooks and on scraps of paper, even on the page of the crossword puzzle I might be working on at the time.
3. Who is your favorite author?
I confess, I don’t have a favorite author. I do remember falling in love with reading when I was in grade school. I read all the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mysteries, then moved on to Louisa May Alcott, J.R.R. Tolkien, Mary Higgins Clark, Robert Ludlum, Tom Clancy, Stephen King, Nora Roberts, Jayne Anne Krentz—just to name a few! I guess you can see a pattern here—adventure and suspense.
4. What are you reading now?
I am finishing Nora Roberts’s The Search; or rather I am trying to finish it, when I get a chance to relax by the pool! With heartbeats coming out in e-book last April, and now freefall’s release, I have been doing a lot of promotion. Between that and trying to find time to write the next novel, ICE Blue, due out in the beginning of 2013, I haven’t found a lot of time to read; but it has been loads of fun!
5. Any tips to give new writers out there?
The best advice I can give it to study your craft. Study the books in the genre that you think you might like to write, take some basic creative writing classes, then just sit down and write. If you enjoy it, keep writing, no matter what anyone says. I have inspirational quotes tacked onto my office wall. One of my favorites is from skier Ted Ligety after he won the 2006 Gold Medal in men’s combined alpine skiing: “You’ve just got to get in the starting gate and throw down whatever you’ve got.” I think that applies to writing, too. You’ve just got to sit down in the chair, have faith, and let the words flow.
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Free Fall is a suspensful, mystery romance where Kate's brother is in a coma after surviving a plane accident...or was it murder. The author, Susan Rae pens the story with well written plot with good character development. I found it to be an entertaining story that all romance mystery/suspense fans will like.
I give Free Fall a 4 star rating.
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