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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Hey Romance Lovers, Do You Enjoy A Good Chase Scene?

Thank you so much, Elaine, for being one of my hosts during my Cherish the Romance Virtual Book Tour, which launches my contemporary romantic suspense, Lancelot's Lady. Today I wanted to talk about chase scenes―and I'm not talking speeding cars and hubcaps flying.

As a reader of romance novels, I want to be part of the romantic adventure. I want to experience the thrill of the chase from both the hero and heroine's perspective. I want to feel the rush when she's finally caught, because while I'm reading that novel, the heroine is me. Deep down, women want to be "caught" by some muscle-ripped Adonis. When all is said and done and the journey is over, I want to release a long pent-up breath and say, "Whew! What a ride!"

As a reader, I love the conflict that results in a chase. I enjoy that element of (almost) surprise as he realizes he wants her and she realizes she wants him to want her. I love the little teaser scenes, like the one where he leans in close but doesn't kiss her, even though she wants him to, or the one where he kisses her but she runs away. Sometimes there's even an actual physical chase, like this little scene from Lancelot's Lady.

Jonathan raised his head slowly and she saw the warning in his narrowed eyes. It told her she was down to one choice.
With a startled yelp, she leapt to her feet and took off into the dense brush. Branches caught at her already-ruined dress, ripping a long tear in the shoulder. Behind her, she heard Jonathan crashing through the bushes.
“For Christ’s sake, stop running!” he bellowed.
There was no way in hell she was going to do that.
As she raced toward the faint golden light that she prayed was the house, two thoughts occupied Rhianna’s jumbled mind. Was Jonathan as angry as he looked?
And what will he do when he catches me?

Hmmm...yeah, I wonder what Jonathan will do. Don't you? Guess you'll have to buy Lancelot's Lady to find out.

Yes, the thrill of the chase. It's a primal need in all of us. Men tend to enjoy their chase scenes with high speed cars; women enjoy a more tentative chase that slowly gains in speed, one that is more emotional than physical. As readers, we want the tension. We want to watch as the prey is slowly reeled in, both in romance and suspense. Lancelot's Lady is a combination of both.

Lancelot's Lady ~ A Bahamas holiday from dying billionaire JT Lance, a man with a dark secret, leads palliative nurse Rhianna McLeod to Jonathan, a man with his own troubled past, and Rhianna finds herself drawn to the handsome recluse, while unbeknownst to her, someone with a horrific plan is hunting her down.

Lancelot's Lady is available in ebook edition at KoboBooks, Amazon's Kindle Store, Smashwords and other ebook retailers. Help me celebrate by picking up a copy today and "Cherish the romance..."

You can learn more about Lancelot's Lady and Cherish D'Angelo (aka Cheryl Kaye Tardif) at and Follow Cherish from September 27 to October 10 on her Cherish the Romance Virtual Book Tour and win prizes.

Leave a comment here, with email address, to be entered into the prize draws. You're guaranteed to receive at least 1 free ebook just for doing so. Plus you'll be entered to win a Kobo ereader. Winners will be announced after October 10th.


JM said...

Oh, I love a good chase. That was my favourite aspect of the historical romances I read when I was growing up. The women were feisty and brave, but they were chased. And eventually caught. :)

Sarah Lynne said...

This is stop #25 for me!! This is fun!!! (A couple of the blogs didnt have posts up though!)

Good luck with the tour!! I am following you around!! (More like stalking!!! lol)

I am enjoying finding all sorts of new blogs to follow!!

All my best,


sarahcoulsey03 at gmail dot com

Elaine Cantrell said...

I'm a bit late welcoming you to the blog, Cherish, but better late than never. Thank you so much for coming. Readers, please check out my review of Lancelot's Lady. It was posted yesterday and should be the one right behind the interview.

Cheryl Kaye Tardif said...

JM, I know what you mean. I always loved when the heroine ran away and the hero had to chase after her. Always amped up the tension and sizzle factor. :-)

Hi Sarah, great to see you dropped by Elaine's blog. You (and JM) are now entered into all my prize draws.

Thanks for the welcome, Elaine. And thank you so much for the great review! I'll check in later to see if there are more comments. :-) Cheers!


Anonymous said...

i enjoy a good chase. Whether it is a literal chase with the good guys/bad guys, the guy/girl going after "the one", or an emotional chase.

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