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Romantic suspense authors Amy Lane & Melinda Leigh dish about body counts and genre expectations

Romantic suspense authors Amy Lane & Melinda Leigh dish about body counts and genre expectations

by davincikittieAugust 10, 2017

Oooo, today’s guest post is a double delight! I not only have author Amy Lane—whose stories make me laugh and cry and sigh—but also bestselling romantic suspense author Melinda Leigh! *blogger bliss*

Please help me welcome Amy Lane & Melinda Leigh, here to promote Amy’s new romantic thriller Red Fish, Dead Fish!

Note from Amy: This post was originally posted on the Happily Ever Chapter FB page, but Sue was nice enough to repost it here, because Melinda just IS that awesome and needed way-big love!

Amy’s intro

Okay folks—so, I’m here today to promote Red Fish, Dead Fish, my latest story in the Fish Out of Water series.  Now, usually in a blog tour, we talk about ourselves and our newest book until we can’t hardly stand it—but this time out I decided to do something different. I’m going to talk about other people’s books—because I know some amazing romantic suspense authors, and I wanted to celebrate them instead.

I’m going to talk about other people’s books—because I know some amazing romantic suspense authors, and I wanted to celebrate them instead.

So Red Fish, Dead Fish is out on Amazon, it’s the second in the series, and I think you’ll like it very much a lot! That being said, let’s talk about Melinda Leigh!

Melinda Leigh is an amazon.com bestselling author—and for good reason!  A couple of years ago she was looking for a piece of writing to use in a workshop and I volunteered an old piece of my own for her to “fix” in the class. My reward was a signed copy of one of her Scarlet Falls novels—and my reward was that I’ve read all of the other ones since!

Melinda writes taut, M/F suspense, with tough female characters and sensible male characters. I feel like you need to be able to run a military O course in order to just qualify to be one of her people—but damn, if you get to read about them, that’s an adrenaline rush and a treat!

In person, Melinda is the sweetest woman. She has an easy, infectious smile, and she’s so gracious. I think I can spot a core of steel in her though—she wouldn’t be out of place as the heroine in her own novel, and I’m very much in awe of her—but in a thoroughly nice way.

I know I’m a gay romance writer myself, but good mystery/suspense is just damned good entertainment—and Melinda writes it! By all means check out her backlist—and her Morgan Dane mysteries as well. She writes a thriller that will keep you on your toes!

Meet Melinda!

Genre expectations are fairly important–in YOUR words, what are the differences between romantic suspense, mystery suspense, cozy, noir, and thrillers?  Which do you feel you write–and why?

Leigh:  I pay no attention to genre guidelines (other than the HFN). I blend genres at will. There are elements of mystery, suspense, romance, horror, and humor in my books. I think the fact that I began writing while totally ignorant of the entire industry helped me find my unique voice.  I also believe that most readers don’t place these artificial boundaries around books. The publishing industry does.


Tell me about body counts–seriously. How many corpses make a good suspense novel, and why?

Leigh: Every book is different. Every plot is different. I don’t pay attention to the body counts. Every death must serve a purpose in the plot. Like sex, death in books can’t be gratuitous.

Every death must serve a purpose in the plot. Like sex, death in books can’t be gratuitous.

Dish about TV shows–which ones do you love and which ones do you hate from a suspense POV? Which TV show/movie do you most want your books to resemble?

Leigh: I don’t watch much TV but when I do, I enjoy switching up the type of programing. If I watch too much of the same thing, I get bored easily. For example, I might binge Game of Thrones one week and Call the Midwife the next. The one type of show I avoid is reality TV.


When you read outside your genre, what’s your candy? (I ask everybody this–I think it’s fascinating!)  

Leigh: I read everything, from memoirs, to research nonfiction, historical fiction, thrillers, mysteries, humorous fiction, horror, and romance. Probably my least favorite genres are women’s fiction and literary fiction because I find them depressing. Life can be rough enough. When I read, I want to be entertained or informed.

You can find Melinda Leigh online at her: website, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, GoodReads

Check out…

In this thrilling series from Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh, former prosecutor Morgan Dane faces the most personal—and deadly—case of her lifetime.

After the devastating loss of her husband in Iraq, Morgan Dane returns to Scarlet Falls, seeking the comfort of her hometown. Now, surrounded by family, she’s finally found peace and a promising career opportunity—until her babysitter is killed and her neighbor asks her to defend his son, Nick, who stands accused of the murder.

Tessa was the ultimate girl next door, and the community is outraged by her death. But Morgan has known Nick for years and can’t believe he’s guilty, despite the damning evidence stacked against him. She asks her friend Lance Kruger, an ex-cop turned private eye, for help. Taking on the town, the police, and a zealous DA, Morgan and Lance plunge into the investigation, determined to find the real killer. But as they uncover secrets that rock the community, they become targets for the madman hiding in plain sight.

Get your copy on Amazon here! (Free on KU!)

Follow the tour

For more interviews and author close ups for Romantic Suspense, check out the rest of the blog tour:

July 28 – MM Good Book Reviews Amy Lane

July 28 – Alpha Book Reviews (Just a little about Jackson in Fish Out of Water)

July 31 – Open Skye Book Reviews Andrew Grey

August 1 – Two Chicks Obsessed Kim Fielding

August 2 – My Fiction Nook Rayna Vause

August 3 – Tammy’s Two Cents Ava Drake

August 4 – Happily Ever Chapter Melinda Leigh

August 7 – Long and Short Reviews Karen Rose

August 8 – Love Bytes Charlie Cochet

August 10 – The Novel Approach Tere Michaels

Buy or reserve your copy online at*: Amazon (Kindle)

Romantic suspense authors Amy Lane & Melinda Leigh dish about body counts and genre expectationsRed Fish, Dead Fish by Amy Lane
Published by Dreamspinner Press on August 4th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Gay Romance, Romantic Suspense, Romantic thriller
Pages: 330
Add it to your To Read shelf: Goodreads

Fish Out of Water: Book Two
They must work together to stop a psychopath—and save each other.
Two months ago Jackson Rivers got shot while trying to save Ellery Cramer’s life. Not only is Jackson still suffering from his wounds, the triggerman remains at large—and the body count is mounting.
Jackson and Ellery have been trying to track down Tim Owens since Jackson got out of the hospital, but Owens’s time as a member of the department makes the DA reluctant to turn over any stones. When Owens starts going after people Jackson knows, Ellery’s instincts hit red alert. Hurt in a scuffle with drug-dealing squatters and trying damned hard not to grieve for a childhood spent in hell, Jackson is weak and vulnerable when Owens strikes.
Jackson gets away, but the fallout from the encounter might kill him. It’s not doing Ellery any favors either. When a police detective is abducted—and Jackson and Ellery hold the key to finding her—Ellery finds out exactly what he’s made of. He’s not the corporate shark who believes in winning at all costs; he’s the frightened lover trying to keep the man he cares for from self-destructing in his own valor.

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About Amy Lane

Amy Lane has two kids in college, two gradeschoolers in soccer, two cats, and two Chi-who-whats at large. She lives in a crumbling crapmansion with most of the children and a bemused spouse. She also has too damned much yarn, a penchant for action adventure movies, and a need to know that somewhere in all the pain is a story of Wuv, Twu Wuv, which she continues to believe in to this day! She writes fantasy, urban fantasy, and gay romance--and if you accidentally make eye contact, she'll bore you to tears with why those three genres go together. She'll also tell you that sacrifices, large and small, are worth the urge to write.


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Sue "DaVinciKittie" Brown-Moore is a veteran romance blogger and reviewer and the primary voice for GraveTells.com. Sue has been shamelessly pimping book boyfriends since 2010 and has won several blogging awards with GraveTells. Sue is also a freelance Developmental Editor passionate about helping authors bring out the best in their stories. She loves reading romance, fantasy, and sci-fi and edits any genre she reads for pleasure. You can follow Sue's editing blog, with tips and tricks for authors, at DaVinciKittie.com.
  • Karin Anderson
    August 11, 2017 at 7:15 am

    I love Melinda’s books! I haven’t tried this series yet, but I intend to.

    Also, in the description of Melinda Leigh you mentioned her Morgan Dane series, but you listed it as Lauren Dane (like the author).

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