Raquel lives in Southern, California with her husband of sixteen years and their six children. She considers inspirational fiction a wonderful way to minister to others. She writes romantic suspense with an edge-your-seat pace.
You can visit her at her website: www.raquelbyrnes.com and her writing blog, Edge of Your Seat Romance.
I love to hang out with a cup of coffee and chat with my hubby. I'm also a fan of bubble baths.
I'm more of a tea fan myself, but do love bubble baths. You write romance novels, but what is your preferred type of leisure book?
I love a good romance, but I am also a huge cop procedural fan. I love the chase, I think.
Romantic suspense is one of my favorite genres too. If your book was made into a movie, which actors do you see portraying your characters?
Hmm...I kind of see Paul Bettany as James Corbeau and for Reyna...? Someone feisty for sure.
He's a good actor. I've seen some of his movies. A feisty character...now I definitely want to read your book. What was the setting for the most romantic scene you’ve ever written?
I think the scene at the marina is the most romantic. The sound of water lapping against the pylons and the smell of sea air all help to set the mood.
The sound of water definitely creates a romantic mood. Are you a true romantic at heart or not really?
I truly am a squishy heart. I love happily ever after and grand declarations of forever love. So yeah, I'm a romantic at heart.
What is your all-time favorite romantic movie (comedy or drama etc.)?
I'll watch the recent Pride and Prejudice over and over again. Drives my husband bonkers.
Loved that movie. I'm a big Jane Austen fan so I love her work and watch all the movies they made of her books. My favorite was Emma and Sense and Sensibility. What’s your favorite childhood memory?
My family spent a week at the beach in a rented cottage. It was such a happy and playful time. All of us with nowhere we needed to be just hanging out, laughing, and napping. Awesome.
Sounds like fun. Where is the most exotic place you’ve ever traveled to?
I would have to say the Mayan ruins on the Yucatan Peninsula. The structures are so enormous and the carvings truly beautiful. Lazing about everywhere were huge iguanas that hissed when you passed them. It was amazing.
My husband and I visited the Mayan ruins too. I agree, it was an awesome place.
A killer strikes. A love rekindled. A life-altering choice.
When her best friend, is murdered, Reyna Cruz doesn't believe the police have the whole story. An investigator by trade, she has the talent to track Summer’s killer, but when clues lead to a family connection and a vicious gang, she suddenly becomes the hunted. At the end of her rope, Reyna must decide to trust the God she believes abandoned her.
Wanting justice for his sister’s murder, lawyer Jimmy Corbeau agrees to help Reyna—even though she’s his ex-fiancé, and their break-up devastated him. Romance is reawakened, but so are memories of their tragic undoing. Jimmy must decide if he will fight for a future with Reyna or allow their past to derail the investigation and his second chance at love.
When the investigation goes awry and Summer’s infant daughter is kidnapped, Reyna must put her life on the line. Will Jimmy and Reyna survive the desperate measures it takes to recover his niece, catch a killer, and secure a happily-ever-after for them all?
Love the cover. This is going on my TBR pile. How about an excerpt. I know we'd all love to read one.
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“Rain, you have to decide what kind of person you’re going to be. I have to know.”
“What are you saying, Jimmy?” Confused I looked at him.
“I’m saying that you’re racing towards a crossroads, and I want to know what path you’re
planning to take.”
“Now is not the time for this conversation, Jimmy. We’re chasing a suspect!”
“Now is exactly the time, Rain. I need to know, right now because anything you do out of anger or grief will directly affect me, too!” Jimmy said loudly.
Dread bubbled up into my chest. I tried to answer calmly but I felt control slipping. My throat ached with the words I wanted to shout at him. “Don’t make me do this, Jimmy. Not now.”
“Yes, now, Rain.”
“What do you want me to say?” I shouted. “What do you want to hear?”
“I want to hear that you won’t put your anger ahead of our future. I want to hear that you can walk away from the possibility of revenge.”
“Why…why would I do that?” I looked at Jimmy with wonder.
“Because you’ll destroy us in the process, Rain.” Jimmy reached out and caught the hem of my sweater in his fingers. He looked worried.
“Are you asking me to choose between nailing Parker and loving you?” Anger and confusion
whipped through me like a cold wind.
“No. I’m asking you to choose between the hatred boiling in your veins and the grace hanging over your head.”
Great excerpt. Where can readers find your book online?
Purchase Link: http://www.whiterosepublishing.com/Purple-Knot
Raquel, thank you so much for stopping by today. It was so nice to get to know you and your work better. I'd love for you to guest again some time.
Hope you all can stay and visit with us for a bit. What's your favorite aspect of romantic suspense novels? Any questions for Raquel?