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AUTHOR: Linda writes romance in all categories, but what is her fave? Suspense, and not only suspense, but SUSPENSE SEALED WITH A KISS

Monday, March 15, 2010

Help! What Kind of Suspense?

Okay, I need your help.
My crit group had all sorts of suggestions to solve
my dilemma, but I'm not sure what I want to use.
I write suspense with a bit of romance in it,
maybe even a 50-50 balance of suspense and romance.
Help me pick the perfect slogan for my writing.
I like:
Suspense Tweaked with a Kiss
My daughter likes:
Suspense Sealed with a Kiss
and some in my crit group like:
Suspense Sweetened with a Kiss.
Now Sealed with a Kiss brings back all kinds of wonderful
summer memories of spinning 45's
on a-gulp-turntable
for those of us over 50,
but I like all 3 and can't decide.
What do all of you think????


  1. Hmm, if you were a known chocoholic - I'd choose #3 - but I think I like #2. Sweetened seems a bit chick-lit in taste.

  2. I have to say that tweaked is my least favorite. When I think of that word it makes me think of either some poor boy's nose or cheeks being pinched ~ or having to fix something to make it better.

    I copied this from Merriam-Webster online:

    transitive verb 1 : to pinch and pull with a sudden jerk and twist : twitch
    2 : to pinch (a person or a body part) lightly or playfully
    3 : to make usually small adjustments in or to ; especially : fine-tune
    4 a : annoy, bother b : to criticize especially in a sly or sharp manner c : to poke fun at
    5 : to injure slightly

    Most of those aren't pleasant.

    So then I look at the other two. Sealed with a kiss makes me picture envelopes and letter writing and endings. We used to abbreviate it SWAK. lol Now how the Suspense is sealed with a kiss ... Only you know how well that fits.

    The other ~ Sweetened with kiss implies that the suspense will be "lightened" or made less scary, dark, nasty, or whatever because of the sweetness of the romance. I don't think it makes it Chick Lit ~ but again, only you know the best fit for your writing.

    That's just my perspective when I hear those terms. I think everyone sees through their own colored glasses. I would go with either Sealed or Sweetened ~ but not tweaked. I think you came up with some creative choices. Good luck!

  3. Thanks Lee and Steena. Lee good research, where were you when I was developing characters??? And yes, Steena, I AM a chocoholic. Can only keep the weight off if I do low carbs. But I've found ways to incorporate chocolate in that. Yum! Thank you both, I really need to make a choice.
    Ah, decisions, decisions!

  4. I'm a tweaker myself. Good choices though. :O)

  5. I vote with your daughter. ( ;

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  7. Oh, btw: if you haven't already chosen, I vote for Suspense Sealed w/a Kiss. I like the "sealed" word that kind of makes you think of mysterious things, yet the kiss lets you know you're gonna get some romance w/the scarey stuff. :)