I’m pleased to have Melanie Atkins as my guest today. Melanie is a top selling romantic suspense author at Desert Breeze Publishing, and she’s also branching off into her own. I’m so excited for her! Not only that, she and I share a love of the Castle TV show, and I’ve enjoyed reading her take on the episodes. So here’s Melanie to tell you about it!
Monday was a special day for me. I published a backlist book at Amazon, and Castle and Beckett finally got married. A friend who knows about my obsession with Castle asked me which made me happier, and I replied, “The Caskett wedding, of course. I’ve had a lot of book releases. They’ll only have one wedding.”
I do adore the show. Another friend of mine, Lee Lofland, the force behind the Writers’ Police Academy and the author of the Howdunit Book of Police Procedure and Investigation: A Guide for Writers and the Graveyard Shift blog, another fabulous resource for folks researching police procedure, also liked it. So much so, he began reviewing the show’s police procedure to appease writer friends who kept asking him if the show’s writers had “gotten it right”.
After a season or so, once the romance between Castle and Beckett caught fire, he apparently felt out of his depth when appraising that part of the show. We talked about Castle at that year’s Writers’ Police Academy (I’ve been every year), and out of the blue, after I got home, he emailed me and asked me to critique the romance while he reviewed on the police procedure. I got excited over the episodes more often than he did, and our “Good Cop/Bad Cop” reviews were born. We’ve had a blast with it ever since. You can check out our latest blog here: http://bit.ly/TYDUM5
I’ve been hooked on shows before, always ones filled with romance, such as Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman back in the 90s, but in my opinion, Castle is the first show that has truly done it right… albeit with a few recent faltering steps fans could’ve done without (i.e. the failed wedding at the end of last season and Rick’s two month absence and amnesia. Please.) Andrew W. Marlowe and Terri Edda Miller are the husband and wife team behind the show, and the main reason for its success. They’ve said in the past that they set out to write “a great romance” ,and they’ve done a bang-up job of it… all the while ignoring nay-sayers who claimed the “Moonlighting curse” would tank the show if Castle and Beckett ever got together.
Did not happen. If anything, their close bond has made the show better. I’m even more excited now that they’ve tied the knot. Can’t wait for more romance, hi-jinks, and crime solving, with maybe even a baby thrown in. Great TV inspires me to write better stories.
Of course, I was also excited about my latest release, Flash Bang, a romantic suspense/FBI story set in the fictional town of Magnolia Springs, Mississippi. It’s available at Amazon right now for the low, low price of only .99!
When Allie Robbins broke his heart, Noah Sterling couldn’t leave Magnolia Springs fast enough. He joined the military, then the FBI. Ten years later, a domestic terrorism case forces him to return, only to discover that Allie is now a widowed mother with one young son–and that she’s suspected of aiding the group responsible for setting area churches ablaze.
Allie can’t believe her eyes. Noah is back in Magnolia Springs, and he’s asking questions. She’s not worried about the investigation, because she’s innocent. But she’s willing to do anything to keep him from asking the one question that could destroy her life–a question about her son. Then the boy is kidnapped, and she must reveal the truth in order to save him by turning to the one man she can trust–and the only one who can take her son away. Noah. His father.
Hope you’ll check it out! It’s one of my favorites of all the books I’ve written.
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