Sunday, September 14, 2014
Sunday - Looking at my books - Code Blue by Janet Lane Walters #MFRWauthor #Suspense #BooksWeLove
Code Blue is the only book I wrote while working as a nurse but the version began during that time was not the version that ended up being published. The character I had envisioned as the heroine became one of the victims of the killer. In the initial version, the killer remained offstage with just hints of him during the story. One of the victims in the initial story became the heroine and a hero was added in but he does play a minor part in the story.
Why did I make the changes? The initial heroine was too young and just beginning her career. She didn't have enough meat on her bones or problems to make her a good heroine. The new heroine was a widow who had returned to work after her husband's death and one facing life changes and a change in a relationship with her dead husband's best friend. Control became the underpinning of the story.
What remained of the original story were the murders, the medical research, especially discussions I had with doctors to pinpoint how the killing blows would effect those who died. There was also information obtained by a patient who was a police officer at the time I was mulling over the book. So much of the original remained but the focus of the story changed. While there were still the three components of a story heroine, hero and villain, this time the hero takes the back seat and the story becomes something between the heroine and the villain.
The book is now available for download as a Kindle book and recently released in print by Books We Love.
So here's the blurb and some reactions from reviewers.
When Susan finds the body of the hospital’s “gossip queen” in the orthopedic storage room, she doesn’t realize this is the first of a series of murders involving her colleagues or that her life is in danger. She is a widow and is exploring a new romantic relationship that promises love, but she fears the man she is falling for is as controlling as her dead husband. The arrival of courtship gifts, first seen as innocuous, soon takes on a sinister note.
Previously published as Obsessions
"This book kept me on edge from the first page to the last. Several times I just 'knew' I'd figured out who the killer was, but each time, there was a bit of doubt there until the very last paragraph! I highly recommend this book. 4 Stars (Excellent!)" ~ Tracie's Book Reviews by Kathy's Faves and Raves
"A series of murders, suspense, action, a tad of love makes Code Blue an intriguing tale designed to mystify your mind. If you love mysteries, you'll love Janet Lane Walters newest release. 4 Stars!" ~ Just Views
"Fast-paced mainstream novel. . .Walters plots carefully, each scene constructed to perfection. For readers who enjoy being terrified, this is an author to turn to for entertainment. She tells all, while managing to create paranoia among the characters." ~ Affaire de Coeur