The Most UNLIKELY Setting For A Thriller

’tis the season for all things taut and thrilling.

Lately, I’ve been writing a lot of romantic suspense.  Actually, I should say, I’m getting back to writing a lot of suspense thrillers.  For readers who have only just stumbled over my stories in the recent past, it seems like a new genre for me, but it’s actually where I first started out in Romanceland.

All the running and gun waving seems like a good excuse to dip back into my backlist and have a look at one of my romantic thrillers.

Today, I was interviewed by Dave Chesson over at Kindlepreneur, for his new writing podcast.  In between/behind the scenes, we chatted about all sorts of things, including the fact that Dave used to be a member of the United States’ Diplomatic Corp.  One of his more interesting assignments was the Maldives.  I suggested that it would be a peaceful assignment, with beautiful scenery.  He disagreed — the Maldives is a lot of unmonitored territory right in the middle of essential trade routes around the globe, so it made for some interesting events.

Which reminded me sharply of a novel of my own.

Terror Stash also features a member of the US Diplomatic Corp.  The heroine, Montana Dela Vega, is posted in sleepy, pretty Western Australia where she believes nothing exciting ever happens.

Here’s the blurb:

A stash of terrorists in a tiny town? No one believes her.

American diplomat Montana Dela Vega, posted to laid-back Western Australia, discovers a band of known terrorists hiding deep in the bush. Laughed at by superiors, she must find courage and her own resources to expose the ruthless zealots.

The only people who believe her wild story are Caden Rawn, the mysterious and physically intimidating man with a terrifying reputation, and a bloody history that dogs his every step; and Steve Scarborough, a local police officer with an instinct for the truth and a secret of his own.

Caden and Montana’s private investigation entwines them in tragedy and fear, and teaches them the meaning of friendship…and love.  They must face the cost of truth and the courage of their convictions for Montana’s terrorists are very real and very deadly indeed—and they want Montana for themselves….


Just like Dave Chesson, Montana learns that idyllic locations are not always peaceful.

This book was so much fun to write because it was set in locations I knew very well.  It’s big, too.  It comes in at nearly 400 pages and that was only with cramming the text in on the page in order to keep the print costs down.

Lately, I’ve been toying with the idea of a sequel.  If you’ve read Terror Stash, what do you think?  Time to revisit Montana and Caden?

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