Does Your Villain Measure Up? by Jannine Gallant
For me, the villain in romantic suspense ranks right up there with the hero and heroine when it comes to character development. The trick is to make him believable without giving away his identity. I want my readers to be kept guessing who the crazy stalker is right along with my heroine until the big reveal. However, I also want readers to get to know him and see what makes him tick. To do this, I get inside his head. A little uncomfortable at times, but I truly believe a few scattered scenes from the villain’s POV makes any suspense book stronger. Here’s a glimpse of my stalker’s motivation.
He rose from the shadows and walked down to the canoe. Pulling out a blanket, he buried his face in the soft folds. It smelled of sex. Jordan had betrayed him. After all these years of waiting, she’d betrayed him. His face crumpled.
No more Mr. Nice Guy. No more waiting for her to realize they were meant to be together. Obviously, she wasn’t as sensitive as he’d thought if she believed Lafferty was the right man for her. Or maybe she didn’t care. Maybe she just wanted sex. If that were the case, he’d be the one to give it to her.
He was through being patient. Jordan didn’t deserve such thoughtfulness. Obviously, his concern for her feelings had been misplaced. If she was going to act like a slut, he’d treat her like one.
What do you think? Does it creep you out just a little? I hope so!
No matter where she goes, he knows her every move…
Long ago, Rachel Carpenter was a glamorous soap star. She gave it all up to move to Napa Valley with her daughters to open a bookstore near her family vineyard. Her life is safe and dependable, until she encounters Kane Lafferty at a wilderness camp in the rugged High Sierra. A burned-out police detective struggling with his own demons, Kane is instantly attracted to Rachel. And like Rachel, he isn’t sure if he’s ready to open his heart. But everything is about to change…
Someone is watching from the darkness. A fanatic obsessed with Rachel for years has decided to claim what he believes is his. It will be up to Kane to not only protect his new love and her family, but to uncover the identity of the stalker before it’s too late for all of them…
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About the Author:
Write what you know. Jannine Gallant has taken this advice to heart, creating characters from small towns and plots that unfold in the great outdoors. She grew up in a tiny Northern California town and currently lives in beautiful Lake Tahoe with her husband and two daughters. When she isn’t busy writing or being a full time mom, Jannine hikes or snowshoes in the woods around her home. Whether she’s writing contemporary, historical or romantic suspense, Jannine brings the beauty of nature to her stories. To find out more about this author and her books, visit her website at janninegallant.com.
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