Wednesday, February 17, 2016

River of Danger

A teacher and translator turned author of Christian romantic suspense, Alexa Verde loves writing more than she loves seafood and strawberry cheesecake, and that's saying something. She has over 200 short stories, poems, and articles published in the five languages she speaks and has more diplomas on the wall than she knows what to do with. After traveling the world and living in both hemispheres, Alexa calls south Texas home. Please visit her online at, on Facebook at and on Twitter at @AlexaVerde3.
Blurb: Dallas reporter River Montenegro returns to her hometown, Rios Azules, in south Texas to aid her father, a constantly recovering alcoholic. After the notorious Smiling Killer strikes close to her home -- and her own neck, River grudgingly accepts help from her childhood friend and first love, who unknowingly crushed her heart.
When his formerly awkward school buddy is being stalked and attacked, local newspaper editor and town favorite Jacob Forrester decides to protect River. Falling for River, who blossomed into a confident, beautiful woman, Jacob is also eager to take their friendship to a different level. But River always made it clear she wouldn't stick around.
Scarred and scared, River has fled to the big city lights once. But she's stronger now. The homegrown killer better be prepared because not all Rivers run...
Beverley's post about setting made me think about my fictional town Rios Azules in south Texas in my Secrets of Rios Azules series. I enjoyed creating a small town with a sense of community where everybody knows each other. I imagined places I'd like to go to myself. For example, a seafood restaurant with delicious food and a friendly atmosphere in Color of Danger (the heroine owns that restaurant). Or a library where one can also get free movies, discounted tickets for local shows and football games, or learn watercolors and ESL in my upcoming release Taste of Danger (the heroine is a librarian).
What setting do you like to see in books: big city, small town, international, country, ranch, coastal? Sometimes I also think of having an international setting. If you had a chance to travel to any country, where would you go and why?