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March 26, 2010 - 9:41pm

This is an annotation I wrote for my mentor, suspense author Mike Kimball, at the Stonecoast MFA program at University of Southern Maine. I’m analyzing the elements of successful thrillers and romance novels in order to write more effective romantic thrillers. Please feel free to cite my work, with attribution, if it’s useful for your own efforts. Let me know if you find it useful!

March 26, 2010 - 9:39pm

In this sexy romantic suspense set in modern-day Tokyo, brainy archeology student Jill Lovitz arrives unexpectedly in Tokyo to visit her sister, and walks right into a nearly fatal trap. 88| Suddenly Japanese yakuza gangsters are trying to kill her, and Jilly has no idea why!

March 26, 2010 - 9:38pm

In this sleek romantic suspense, set in Italy and other international settings, renowned Renaissance art restorer Emily Greene barely escapes a killer who breaks into her Florence apartment, and she can’t figure out why the international terrorist cell Black Rose seems to want her dead.

March 26, 2010 - 7:27pm

This sleek, sexy romantic suspense is set in modern-day North Africa and London. Elegant master-spy/assassin Isobel Lambert’s first love was also her first kill—-or so she thought.

March 26, 2010 - 7:26pm

Set in small-town Maine, this dark psychological suspense delves into the secrets that have tortured and destroyed three generations of the Chambers family. Haunted by a hidden act of betrayal, adultery and murder that took place thirteen years ago, thirty-something artist Ellen Chambers suffers in silence day by day, watching her teenage daughter and beloved husband drift ever farther away.

March 26, 2010 - 7:25pm

Set in Mediterranean France and written in the 1950s, this classic spy thriller is the first-ever adventure of MI6 secret agent 007 James Bond. For fans of the recent movie starring Daniel Craig, the book is a particular treat, despite the many areas of divergence between book and screenplay.

March 26, 2010 - 7:24pm

This is one of the annotations I've done as part of my academic research for my MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from the Stonecoast MFA program.  You're welcome to use the material with attribution.  Please let me know if it proves helpful!


A Critical Analysis of JANE EYRE and its Deviations from the Modern Romance Novel


March 26, 2010 - 7:21pm

Just sharing for anyone who's curious some of the academic research I'm doing for my MFA in Writing Popular Fiction in the Stonecoast program at University of Southern Maine.  You're welcome to cite this material with attribution for your own research.


A Critical Analysis of Characterization in Nora Roberts' MONTANA SKY


March 26, 2010 - 7:18pm

In this historical romance set in Victorian England, widowed lady Judith Chester is only looking for diversion when she begins a liaison with cynical viscount Gideon Warton.  After surviving an abusive marriage, she swears she’ll never lose her heart again, while Gideon—whose brief marriage made him a public joke—knows he must marry a far more suitable woman this time than the scandalous w

March 23, 2010 - 9:16pm

In this captivating late Victorian romance, French cook Verity Durant is infamous in London for scandalous affairs with her titled employers.  Stuart Somerse