A widow, a doctor, an unborn child. Three lives are at risk in this high stakes suspense. Die Auserwahlten, the Chosen Ones, have impregnated Gisa with an embryonic clone. Is it evil or just a child? It's up to Dr. Rayden Brooks to untangle the web that keeps them captive and save their lives. But will Gisa trust him?
The mandatory characteristics of a good Inspirational Suspense Romance (and maybe the differences between related genres)
In today's market of independent authors and small publishers, the list of mandatory characteristics is shrinking. As fewer rules by mainstream publishers fade away, writers are left to give their imaginations full reign.
In elementary school, my class read a story about an art teacher. She demonstrated to her students the "correct" way to mold a cow from a lump of clay. One brave little boy steadfastly refused to follow the teacher's instructions. Instead, he added his own embellishments. At the end of class, the students presented their clay cows to the teacher–identical clay cows except for one. The students oohed and ahhed over this cow, so different from the rest. And the teacher realized she should not impose her rules but allow the students freedom to explore.
However, that being said, there are features needed for us to recognize the clay figure as a cow. Genres, in the same way, must have a few basic elements. For example, all books, not just thrillers, must have elements of suspense or tension. Suspense comes from not knowing what will happen next–a difficult task in our world filled with stories–movies, TV shows, video games, and, of course, books. The different and unexpected, as difficult as it is to achieve, will keep readers engaged.
In the suspense or thriller genre, the ante is upped, creating tension by violence or, at least, the threat of it. The characters are put in grave danger and must use their wits to escape.
Mandatory in romance, of course, are two people falling in love. Obstacles, physical or emotional, keep the characters apart. Readers keep reading to discover if these obstacles can be overcome and if true love will prevail.
Also, most good stories (if not all) are inspirational. Think of Rocky, The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, etc. In all of these stories, average people (or hobbits) overcome great obstacles. They persevere through tremendous struggles, inspiring us to do the same.
So, a book in the inspirational romantic suspense genre (as is Moonbow) has characters attracted to each other and in danger. They attempt to escape the clutches of evil and find true love while inspiring us with their bravery and strength of character.
Hopefully, the "cow" (Moonbow) has its own unique embellishments along with the mandatory characteristics.
Sheila Hollinghead, an army brat, was born in Nuremberg, Germany. When she was ten, her father was stationed in Toul, France where she discovered a treasure trove of books hiding in the furnace room. The house was rumored to be the former headquarters of the Nazi Party with bullet holes decorating the foyer as evidence. The books, sci-fi, mysteries, fantasy, and the classics, opened her mind to the power of story. Today, she is married and lives on a farm in south Alabama with dogs, cats, and chickens. She agrees with Emily Dickinson who said, "I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word. Sometimes I write one, and I look at it until it begins to shine."