Some people complain about predictable plots, and I have to smile because some of the most memorable, most popular stories-Pretty Woman, Misery, The Hangover, Gone with the Wind, Skyfall and any other James Bond movie, The Sound of Music, Mr. and Ms. Smith, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Silver Linings Playbook, 17 Again, The Proposal and Freaky Friday, to name a few, include foreseeable scenes/chapters and endings. Would I watch any of these movies again for a 10th time? Inevitably—always yes because the story resonated with me in some way, it made me laugh, made me cry, it made me nervous, but above all, it made me care about the characters. But love for a story or book begins with a mesmerizing journey that leads to the much hoped for yet sometimes obvious ending. The journey enchants, horrifies or captivates the reader. My best advice, don’t skip the trip if the ship travels to a known port of call—Romantic Comedy, Suspense, Drama or Action Adventure—because the potential to be entertained, to be inspired, to be enlightened, to be surprised, to be shocked or to be awe-struck awaits.
Having said all of that, I recommend a voyage to one of the most dangerous countries in the world to adopt a child, to become a target of an angry Russian Mafioso, to stand in a Russian court and to find the escape door back to the US. Step into the shoes of a childless couple determined to succeed at any cost. Multi-Award-Winning Beautiful Evil Winter, which earned honors for “…writing of significant merit…” as well as a Readers’ Favorite International Book Award-Suspense, may be the next “predictable” story to add to a long list of unforgettable exotic adventures. For an equally exciting, equally startling, equally engaging read, consider my just released novel, Plenty, a haunting story infused with chills, thrills, spills and razor-sharp suspense. Most of all, Plenty, doesn't merely pushback but, punches back at Fifty Shades of Grey. See my website www.kellyklavenderauthor.com for more information about both books.