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Guest Blogger: Geri Foster (Contest)
Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

ACTION!

First, I’m so pleased to be here with you very talented ladies. I know several of you personally, and the others I’ll get better acquainted with as we go along. What an adventure, huh, gals?

gf3NIGHT_COVERMy blog is about what I know best. I’m not an outstanding wordsmith, as you’ll soon discover, but I know action. How to build it, use it and how it keeps the reader turning the page. If you don’t know by now, you can pretty much assume I write Romantic Suspense. I’ve just finished my third book in the Falcon Series, OUT OF THE NIGHT.

I write each book quickly. Down and dirty, some call it, but I prefer, ‘getting the action down on paper’. Well, actually a computer screen, but you know what I mean. By doing this, I pretty much know where my story is going, until the last third of the book. I never write the end until I’m completely finished with the first part of the story. That means I might write two hundred and seventy-seven pages before I even think about how I’m going to end the story. The last part of the book is where all the subplots are tied up nicely, the black moment hits, and then the resolution pulls the story to an end.

All through the book I keep the action very high by constantly having my main characters in danger. In other words, they’re pretty much running for their lives throughout the whole book. I do this by having both characters fighting to save whatever is at stake. And I make it big. I feel if you are going to write Romantic Suspense, make it big, meaningful and full of action. Yes, it’s a love story, but we all know they are going to end up with the happy ever after, so, make them work for it. Make them work hard. Take away what they value most and put it in peril, or completely destroy it.

Action is the best vessel to make your readers care. Have your alpha males get the crap beat out of him, get shot, or make a wrong move that jeopardizes the one person he cares for the most. But, never let your characters give in, or give up. You know when you’re watching a movie or a TV show, and the good guy and the bad guy are both facing off, and the bad guy tells the good guy to throw down his weapon, and he does? That’s called stupidity, or extremely lazy writing. Have a hero tough enough, brave enough, and good enough to take that kill shot.

Men of action are what dreams are made of. They run forward when others run away, they think quickly, rationally and intuitively. In all my books I force my heroes to face their worst fears and come out better. They live on the edge and can’t afford to back down for that would mean death and destruction to our country. They fight, struggle and win, because action is their middle name.

I hope you’ll check out my books, OUT OF THE DARK, OUT OF THE SHADOWS and OUT OF THE NIGHT.

Below is an excerpt from my first book OUT OF THE DARK: Mac and Emily’s first brush with danger.

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Suddenly, the door to their room crashed open and two guys rushed in. They were armed and ready to kill.

Glock in hand, Mac fired twice. Before the intruder’s eyes could adjust to the dim light, they were dead.

When Emily didn’t respond quickly enough, Mac jumped off the bed and grabbed her arm. “We have to leave now. It’s going to get real ugly.”

“What?” she screamed. “This isn’t ugly?”

“I’ve seen worse.” He released her arm.

Obviously, she hadn’t. No doubt, nothing like this ever happened in the normal world, especially hers. With her nice orderly life, Mac figured she’d probably never witnessed anything firsthand worse than a broken nail.

 “What’s going on?” Emily had her hands to her mouth, her eyes the size of saucers.

“Nothing. Get the pilot on the phone. We leave now.”  Grabbing what he could, Mac snatched up his bag and threw in an assault rifle that belonged to one of the Russians, then Emily’s briefcase, laptop and purse.

Shouldering the bag, he jammed his Glock in the back of his waistband. He took her cell phone off the dresser, handed it to her and repeated, “Get the pilot on the phone while we move.”

Mac inched around the corner where the door used to be and checked the well-lit, carpeted hall. Clear.

Taking Emily by the hand, he led her out behind him. They darted for the stairwell. Security would investigate the sound of gunfire, and Mac didn’t want to be anywhere around when that happened.

Down two flights of concrete stairs, Mac stopped and leaned Emily against the cinderblock wall in the narrow shaft. He took her chin in his hand. “Listen, we don’t have time for you to go screwy on me. Call the pilot now.”

“I don’t know…I don’t know.”

“Emily.” He shook her gently. “Call him and tell him to ready the fucking plane. You’re going to get us both killed.”

With shaking fingers, Emily punched several numbers before she actually got anyone on the line. “Mr. Malloy,” she gasped. “There is an emergency and we need to leave tonight.”

Listening for any sounds that they were being chased, Mac hugged the wall and kept an eye on the doorway. Nothing so far.

“I understand,” Emily said. “You have certain papers to file and all that, but we’ll be at the airfield in an hour. And you’d better fucking be ready to leave!”

She disconnected the call and looked at him for approval then her eyes widened and her hand covered her mouth. “God, I dropped the F bomb.”

 “You did good. Now stay close to me. When we go through the door to the lobby, we need to act as calm as possible.”

“Mac, I’m scared spitless.”

“Nothing to it, Em. Stay close. I won’t let anything happen to you.” He looked into her eyes then brushed his lips against hers. “Not ever.”

Thank you so much for stopping by. OUT OF THE DARK and OUT OF THE SHADOWS are out now. OUT OF THE NIGHT will be released later the 15th of September. For more information, contact me at my website or…

http://www.gerifoster.com/
www.facebook.com/gerifoster1
www.twitter.com/gerifoster

Don’t forget to leave a comment and win
a free download of OUT OF THE SHADOWS!

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Write on!

Geri Foster

About Geri

gf30998_440751315986804_1999557828_n[1]As long as she can remember, Geri Foster has been a lover of reading and the written words. In the seventh grade she wore out two library cards and had read every book in her age area of the library. After raising a family and saying good-bye to the corporate world, she tried her hand at writing.

Action, intrigue, danger and sultry romance drew her like a magnet. That’s why she has no choice but to write action-romance suspense. While she reads every genre under the sun, she’s always been drawn to guns, bombs and fighting men. Secrecy and suspense move her to write edgy stories about daring and honorable heroes who manage against all odds to end up with their one true love.

12 comments to “Guest Blogger: Geri Foster (Contest)”

  1. Toni Whitmire
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      · August 28th, 2013 at 9:15 am · Link

    I love the excerpt and can’t wait to get both books bibbiesparks@yahoo.com.



  2. Charlotte Copper
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      · August 28th, 2013 at 9:27 am · Link

    Well, that certainly is an action packed excerpt.
    I can’t imagine, however, writing so much of a book and not knowing the ending!



  3. Michelle - Snarky Mom
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      · August 28th, 2013 at 9:53 am · Link

    I agree – ACTION does make it all better :) !! I get bored with the book where the characters are having an crisis and TALK IT TO DEATH. Thanks so much for the excerpt – now off to check out your series :) !!!



  4. Jamie L
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      · August 28th, 2013 at 12:44 pm · Link

    Now that was quite an excerpt. It definitely sounds action packed and I love books that combine action and romance.



  5. Ilona
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      · August 28th, 2013 at 1:13 pm · Link

    Wonderful excerpt. I love action packed stories they are so much fun to read.



  6. Judy Stone
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      · August 28th, 2013 at 3:07 pm · Link

    Holy Moses, Geri! Thanks for the action-packed snippet. Now I’m going to mosey over to Amazon and check out the Falcon series. :-D



  7. Stephanie F.
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      · August 28th, 2013 at 5:36 pm · Link

    Love the excerpt, action packed and leaves you wanting more. Romantic Suspense is one of my favorite genres definitely adding to my TBR. Thanks for the spotlight on a new author to me.



  8. Susan W.
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      · August 29th, 2013 at 6:44 am · Link

    Great excerpt! I haven’t heard of this series but it’s now going on my To Buy list.
    suz2(at)cox(dot)net



  9. Anne
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      · August 29th, 2013 at 9:28 am · Link

    Great excerpt , it really shows what your post was about. Action.



  10. Geri Foster
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      · August 29th, 2013 at 11:48 am · Link

    Thank you ladies for stopping by. I hope you check out my series and join me on Facebook where I’m having a launce party for Tony’s book on the 15th. Lots of prizes! :wink: :wink:



  11. Chris Bails
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      · August 30th, 2013 at 10:47 am · Link

    Great excerpt. This book sounds interesting. Geri is a new author for me. Going to have to check out her books.
    christinebails at yahoo dot com



  12. Geri Foster
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      · August 30th, 2013 at 12:13 pm · Link

    Thanks everyone! It was a load of fun. Hope you enjoy the series