Monday, April 29, 2013

Susan Arden's TEMPTED BY TROUBLE (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Today I would like to welcome author, Susan Arden!

Thank you so much Reading Between the Wines for allowing me to guest post today, and of course share Tempted with your readers. I thought we’d discuss the problem within romance.

When writing romance that sizzles, the parts that keep a reader engaged are the conflicts or problems the characters encounter.

From the opening pages, the heroine and hero has smacked with problems. Some are easy to solve and some will last the entire story. Each writer knows it is her duty to keep heaping on dilemma after dilemma. Plots must focus on a tightly driven story, one the moves the reader forward. The only way to do that is to craft a problem that is almost insurmountable. Actually many.

In Tempted by Trouble since it a love story, the central issue is about two people, Carolina and Matt, who can’t seem to romantically connect. What’s the problem? Several.On first sight, they start off on the wrong foot when Carolina sees Matt in a rather awkward position. This meeting occurs before they realize they are destined to work together.Well, workplace romances are problematic by their very nature, so it’s easy to stir the pot creating a dicey situation for Matt and Carolina.

The story problems range in severity but major ones are emotionally gripping. I’ve found, a writer cannot be kind to her characters. Pulling out the stops, even Matt and Carolina’s past romantic history must be a threat. And that one point in Tempted a dagger is thrust into the plot. For even when Carolina and Matt seem to sort out all their problems issues, well darn it if they’re thrown a curve ball by a past flame showing up and undoing everything.

In each scene, a writer attempts to stir the upset the apple cart. Never letting the characters rest, making them miserable by their desire for each other, and then keeping them apart.

In Tempted by Trouble, the characters ache for each other.  And I must say it was so much fun to use family members in showing casing Carolina and Matt’s issues. For Carolina, she comes from a close-nit Cuban family. An overprotective mother and then there’s her cousin who can sniff out a bad boy and tells Carolina, point blank: “All I’m saying is keep your eyes open. Listen to yourself. A man who’s having sex in his car. And you’re attracted. That’s wacko coming from you. Sounds like a rebel and we all know you’ve got a soft spot for a bad boy. It’s your libido sparking, nothing else.”

With Matt, his brothers and sister keep him hopping and give him advice on what to do.
“Morning,” Stephen called out, lifting his hat. “Brother, how you’ve gotten away with this one, I don’t know how you do it.”
Matt straightened and cocked his head. “Watch yourself, man. Your team is calling for you.”
“Edgy. You’d better watch yourself.” His brother slapped his thigh. “Later, Carolina.”

Tempted by Trouble is part of series, Lovers and Fighters. These hot westerns are more than sweet gentle rolls in the hay. In Tempted by Trouble, there’s a whole mess of trouble the characters have to wade through to get to the “Happy Ever After.” So in writing and reading romance, the mantra is so much pain—so much to gain. Over and over…and over again.

Author: Susan Arden
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Release Date: April 1, 2013
When a woman is the magnet for the wrong man, it takes a bad boy to break old habits.Carolina Rodriguez is a large animal veterinarian on a mission to escape South Florida and her overprotective family. Willing to do just about anything, she accepts a job in Annona, Texas over the Internet from a family connection. At her cousin’s wedding, she runs into Matt, a handsome Texan in the church parking lot. Matthew McLemore is more than gorgeous, he’s Carolina’s new boss, and needs her help to determine why his cattle keep dying. Matt’s instantaneous attraction to Carolina sorely tempts him to push the boundaries of their work contract, but a roll in the hay may prove too volatile to handle. Until she arrives on his ranch and is too hot to resist. Carolina refuses to admit Matt’s raw sexuality is more than overpowering or that she's the least bit tempted by this smooth-talking bad boy. But by the time the pathology lab reports comes back, they’ve explored every inch of each other. All of a sudden, this fiery affair is more than just a fling. And when a past flame threatens to overwhelm their new found romance, Matt must find a way to stake his claim to Carolina's heart before it's too late.
Warning: Contains a smoking mess of scorching love scenes. 
Ice may be needed for blazing imaginations.

Susan Arden is a third generation Floridian. She left the field of education in 2008 pursing her dream of writing romance fiction. Currently, she writes hot love stories within the romance genres of contemporary erotic, western, and fantasy/paranormal.  Susan also writes under the name of Susan D. Taylor.Susan currently lives in TN along with husband, two cattle dogs, two crazy cats, a gecko and a corn snake. A mother, RYT200 Yoga Alliance (registered yoga teacher), and avid gardener. You can find her on the mat when she's not writing her next hot romance novel.

Susan is offering up a $10.00 Amazon Gift Card and a SWAG Pack (T-Shirt, Notebooks & Pen) to one lucky winner that follows the tour.

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Blog Tour Schedule

4/29 - Reading Between The Wines

5/01 - Riverina Romantics

5/02 - My Reading Obsession

5/04 - Urban Girl Reader

5/05 - The Reading Café

5/06 - Book Monster Reviews

5/07 - Book Lovin' Mamas

5/09 - Ramblings From This Chick

5/10 - Books-n-Kisses

5/11 - Romance Junkies

5/12 - Manga Maniac Café

5/12 - Romancing The Book


  1. Thank you so much for featuring Tempted by Trouble.

  2. I am trolling you. Loving it too!!

  3. I am trolling you. Loving it too!!


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