Thank you for hosting me for a guest post on Fresh Fiction to
celebrate my new release,
Vow of Silence. Iâ€™ve been fortunate for the opportunity to write a
few different genreâ€™s, but hands-down my favorite and the most difficult to craft is romantic
suspense. I akin writing romantic suspense to putting together a mental jig-saw puzzle. Every
piece needs to fit just perfectly, or the picture wonâ€™t come out right. For a pantser like myself,
this is an especially difficult task, but itâ€™s also incredibly rewarding. When I wrote Vow of
Silence, I didnâ€™t even know who the killer was until I was 2/3 done with the book. Sometimes
Iâ€™m just as surprised as my readers at how a story evolves itself.
Most of all, I think my favorite part of writing romantic
suspense is the thrills and chills. For me, a great book is one that gives the reader
goosebumpsâ€”both the good kind and the bad. Vow of Silence delivers both. Readers who are
familiar with my work would agree that Iâ€™m known for writing the thrills. Who doesnâ€™t love a
good, steamy sex scene? But today, I want to focus on the chills. My favorite part of writing
suspense is the opportunity to delve in the killerâ€™s POV.
I think somewhere deep down, we all have a little bit of a
darker side. To write from an antagonistâ€™s point of view involves unlocking the creative
freedom to go dark and try to get into the mind of a killer. It can be creepy and the research
disturbing. On more than one occasion Iâ€™ve given myself nightmares, and thatâ€™s when I know,
Iâ€™m nailing the character. When Iâ€™m writing a book, the characters come to life for me. Theyâ€™re
real in a way thatâ€™s difficult to explain to someone that isnâ€™t a writer.
Of all the romantic suspense books Iâ€™ve written, I think the
antagonist in Vow of Silence is the most disturbing. Maybe one of the reasons I felt that way
was the location/setting I chose for this story. In an Amish community untouched by violence,
when it arrives in Lancaster, thereâ€™s such a feeling of shock and betrayal. I think weâ€™d all like to
believe that there are still places in this world that are safe and Vow of Silence dispels that
There are elements to this book that are disturbingly
plausible. Perhaps thatâ€™s one of the reasons I love this story so much. There were many times
it gave me chills and when writing Hannah and Josiahâ€™s characters, there was no shortage of
thrills. Iâ€™m passionate about connecting to the heart of each reader and running them through
an emotional gamut.
I want to thank you again for stopping by Fresh Fiction, and
for taking the time to check out Vow of Silence.
Have a wonderful day!
~Melynda Â Â Â
A killer is hiding in plain sightâ€¦
The last thing Homicide Detective Josiah Troyer wants is to return to Lancaster, Pennsylvania,
and his Amish roots. But a madman is killing young girls and Josiah's expertise with the tight-
knit community is very much needed by the FBI. Unfortunately, going home means dealing
with his past and the woman he left behind.
Hannah is desperately trying to rebuild her life after the death of her Amish husband, and now,
the murder of her sister. Protecting her young son from the violence is her only goalâ€“â€“and
then she runs into the last man she expected to see, her ex Josiah. He left her eight years ago
to work with the Englishers and forgiving him hasn't been easy.
But the killer has Hannah in his crosshairs, and she and Josiah will have to work together if
she's going to survive.
Thriller | Amish | Mystery [Entangled: Amara, On Sale: May 27, 2019, e-Book, ISBN: 9781640637986 / eISBN:
Melynda Price is a bestselling and award-winning author of contemporary romance. Her
Against the Cage series has finaled in many awards such as the RONE, USA Today BBA,
Golden Quill, National Readersâ€™ Choice, and New England Readersâ€™ Choice.
What Price enjoys most about writing is the chance to make her readers fall in love, over and
over again. She cites the greatest challenge of writing is making the unbelievable believable,
while taking her characters to the limit with stories full of passion and unique twists and turns.
Salting stories with undertones of history whenever possible, Price adds immeasurable depth
to her well-crafted books. She currently lives in Northern Minnesota with her husband and two
children where she has plenty of snow-filled days to curl up in front of the fireplace with her
Chihuahua and a hot cup of coffee to write.
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