Monday, November 23, 2015

Monday Musings with HelenKay Dimon

Not Quite Romantic Suspense

I write a lot of romantic suspense. I love the high stakes, the mix of emotional and physical danger and fast pace. Combining heart-thumping romance with tension-filled dangerous moments is a delicate balance. After all, when the bullets are flying and things are exploding romance might not be the number one thing on people’s minds. Probably shouldn’t be, actually.

But sometimes the suspense comes in another form.  It’s more subtle and in the background. My newest release, Stranded, is not really about running and hiding and searching for bad guys.  It’s about two men who worked together and were in a serious relationship but it imploded. They’re emotionally wounded and raw.  They worked undercover in a dangerous job – as assassins – but the destruction of their personal lives left them battered and broken. Now, months later, they’re retired from the danger game and trying to see if there is anything left to salvage. But all the lies and problems between them might make that impossible.

So where’s the suspense? In the secrets they keep from each other and choices they’ve made that now slowly come back to haunt them. With each new revelation, the unraveling continues. But for those who do like the “are they in danger” question,  there’s a bit of fun for you in Stranded, too. It’s not what I would term a romantic suspense but there’s suspense of a sort throughout. I’m hoping there’s something for everyone!


Cabe got out of the gun-for-hire business the hard way—by nearly dying. Except then his former boss calls in one last favor for one final job. The mission should be simple: get a message to a retired operative in Alaska. But it puts Cabe face-to-face with the one man he doesn’t want to see and can never forget. Not after all the secrets and lies. Not after Brax almost killed him.

Brax Hughes lived hard and retired young to a cabin in the middle of nowhere. Well, that was the plan, but before he can hang up his sniper rifle, he has one last mission: win back Kyle Cabe. Brax wants another chance, wants to come clean, but after months of lying to Cabe, he knows he could face a bullet—or worse—when they meet again. And they will meet. Brax made sure of that.

With a storm moving in and someone lurking outside the cabin, time is running out. Brax needs to talk fast and keep his weapons ready. And his best weapon is the truth.

Stranded is one of Riptide's 2015 charity titles.

Twenty percent of the proceeds from this title will be donated to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) National Help Center.

Founded in 1996, the GLBT National Help Center is a non-profit organization that provides vital peer-support, community connections and resource information to people with questions regarding sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Utilizing a diverse group of GLBT volunteers, they operate two national hotlines, the GLBT National Hotline and the GLBT National Youth Talkline, as well as private, volunteer one-to-one online chat, that help both youth and adults with coming-out issues, safer-sex information, school bullying, family concerns, relationship problems and a lot more.

To learn more about this charity or to donate directly, please visit their website:

HelenKay Dimon is a former divorce attorney turned full-time romance author.  She has sold over thirty novels and novellas to numerous publishers, including HarperCollins, Kensington, Harlequin, Penguin, Carina Press and Riptide Publishing. Her nationally bestselling and award-winning books have been showcased in numerous venues and her books have twice been named "Red-Hot Reads" and excerpted in Cosmopolitan magazine.


To celebrate the release of Stranded, HelenKay is giving away a $25 Amazon or B&N gift certificate (winners choice)! Your first comment at each stop on this tour enters you in the drawing. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on November 28, 2015. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. Entries. Follow the tour for more opportunities to enter the giveaway! Don’t forget to leave your email or method of contact so Riptide can reach you if you win!


  1. I like the melding of genres, and romantic suspense is always intriguing!

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  2. Sounds interesting. I look forward to reading.

  3. Loving it already!!!!!!! (@)gmail(.)com

  4. I enjoy romantic suspense whether the suspense is over with physical danger or subtle with emotional danger (or both!). Thanks for the post and for supporting a great charity.


  5. I enjoy romantic suspense with or without either type of danger. It sounds like an awesome story.
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  6. This sounds interesting! Thanks for the post!
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  7. nice charity to support

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  8. I need to read this book, sounds amazing. And I love helping charities with my book addiction.


  9. I cannot wait to begin this book! I just can't until I finish my current one! Soon though.

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  10. Loved the story. Bad boys with a soft heart.

  11. Congratulations HelenKay on the new release.

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  12. The suspense in this isn't heart attack inducing - which is good. It has enough to keep you on the edge, swiping the page to find out what happens next.