Monday, Monday. The one good thing I can say about today so far is that I'm hosting a guest blog and review of Deep Connections by Rebecca Graf. Enjoy!
Release Date: August 2012
Genre: Paranormal, Suspense, Romance
Formats: Kindle, pdf
Just as love appears, so does the darkness. With her heart reaching out for one man, Brenna finds herself the target of an unknown stalker. Who is he? What does he want? How far will he go for her? Death is an option. Brenna discovers more than she bargained for and learns that the stalker will kill for her. It all comes down to decisions, and no matter what she chooses it will demand sacrifice and someone's blood.
PRAISE FOR "DEEP CONNECTIONS":
"Deep Connection is a unique thriller that will keep you guessing until the end. Who is stalking Brenna and why? As the layers of mystery unfold, you will be pulled into the twists and turns Ms. Graf has so wonderfully written. Wrapped around the mystery is a love triangle between Brenna, the cute sheriff's deputy and the handsome Native American lawyer. Who will win her heart and save her from the evil stalking her? Read the book and find out. I had a hard time putting this one down. I am waiting for the sequel as I am sure it will also be a fantastic read." – Marianne Spitzer
Deep Connections is a paranormal romance with some hot tension and a love triangle. Brenna, a high school teacher, is being stalked by someone nobody can see. She's taken under care by a family she's grown attached to in the small town they live in, and the romantic tension builds between Brenna and Slaton, while her casual date brews with jealousy.
Overall, I enjoyed this story. The plot was solid, and the author kept me in suspense for quite awhile. The romance between Brenna and Slaton was sweet and hot all at the same time, and her struggle to accept what was happening between them was very realistic. There was no insta-love in this one. I did see quite a few instances of a particular error that drew me out of the story, however, and I found myself skipping some paragraphs where the author was showing rather than telling. But all in all, this was an enjoyable read, and I'll keep an eye out for more from Ms. Graf.
Crafting a Perfect Love Triangle
Love. It can be such a beautiful thing, but it can also
wreck such havoc. When more than two people get involved, things can get dicey
and so much fun. How do you create a perfect love triangle?
First, you start off with three people obviously. The
triangle has to have one central figure whether it be a man or a woman. Most
triangles that you see or read about have the woman as a central figure but
having a man as one can be very entertaining. From there, you need feelings.
The central figure, we’ll use a woman in this example, needs
to have feelings for both of the men vying for her attention. They don’t have
to be the same. In fact, they shouldn’t be. The feelings need to be different
which helps to intensify the conflict within the central figure. She might feel
physically attracted to one man while the other one pulls at her mind and
eventually her body. These different feelings need to develop at different
paces and times. Why? Because it intensifies the conflict within the woman.
There is no perfect love triangle without it.
There have to be situations that bring more conflict. The
woman finds herself in danger and one of the men saves her which draws her
closer to him. She finds herself in another predicament and the other man
rescues her. She has to be torn between them.
It all is about the conflict: between the men, between the
woman and the men, and the situations that pour fuel on the already blazing
fire. Without this, there is no love triangle worth looking at.
When you have all this in mind, you have to develop the
characters. The woman has to have characteristics the men find appealing. I
don’t mean just physical. One might see that aspect, but her mind needs to be
involved. There could even be materialistic qualities. The man doesn’t have to
love her to be part of a love triangle. He might just want her money or what
her position can bring. That can bring about more emotional conflict which of
course adds to the story. Make them complicated. Make them hard to comprehend
yet realistic enough for the reader to relate to them a little bit. That draws
the reader in.
Conflict. Bring in three people. Give them feelings for
another. Create conflict and watch the sparks fly. It’s fun to write and fun to
Brenna’s eyes fluttered open to see a blur of trees flying by. Her head
pounded and her stomach began to roll from the pain she felt and the
fast-changing scenery. A careful look at her surroundings told her she was in
an older model car. She inhaled deeply to calm herself, but confusion set in as
her senses were assaulted by unfamiliar smells. The old smell of the car was
tainted with something repugnant and caused her nose to crinkle in response.
Her eyes widened in fright as terrifying memories began to flood her mind.
Turning slowly, afraid of what she might see, a gasp involuntarily escaped her
vocal cords when she saw he was as repulsive as she remembered. Who was he and
what did he want with her?
Sensing her stare, a pair of dark, soulless eyes turned towards her. A
smile appeared on his unkempt face. “Well, well, sleeping beauty awakes.”
Brenna’s stomach rolled again as she felt his eyes slide hungrily over her
body. She pushed up against the door in an effort to put as much distance
between the two of them as she could, but he shook his head in disapproval. “No
need to be dramatic.” He turned his attention back to the road. “We both know
you won’t jump out.”
She set her teeth and glared at him. Eyeballing her surroundings, she
saw that there was no end to the trees that lined the road, no sign of
civilization. She assumed they were still in the same state as when he grabbed
her from the parking lot of the school where she taught. Deep down inside, she
knew death awaited her no matter what. The look in his eye was not merciful.
Yet jumping from the car to end her life seemed too selfish. As she was not one
to keep such joy to herself, she quickly swung her body around and slammed into
her abductor. Might as well let him in on the fun!
The force of her body colliding into his sent the car spinning out of
control. She began fighting with all her might to prevent him from regaining
control. Two sets of hands fought for control of the steering wheel.
Profanities were shouted as the fight intensified. The car spun to the edge of
the road where a small depression nestled in the forest. The tires left the
ground when it hit the slight downward shift of the terrain, the car flipped
and somersaulted twenty feet down the hill. As it took its final turn before
slamming into a large pine tree, the passenger door flung open from the
movement. Brenna thudded on the forest ground and barely missed a clump of
trees. Stars exploded in her head and every bone in her body ached from the
impact. She looked up to the fading light and let the darkness take possession.
Rebecca Graf is a transplanted Southern girl living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her husband and three children. She worked for 20 years as an accountant before writing her first story and becoming a freelance writer online. She now writes full-time while going back to school for her history and English degree as well as run two online companies: Silver Tongue Press and The News in Books.