Take My Breath Away by Suzanne D. Williams

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Where did the idea for this story come from?

I wanted to write a romantic suspense for teens. Most of the ones I’ve seen out there I wouldn’t really like a young person to read. My goal has always been to produce young adult stories they can enjoy but parents don’t have to worry about. This made the suspense format more challenging, but in the end, enjoyable. I believe it will still keep the pages turning until the very end.

Tell us about the setting.

The story is set in the northwest, on the border between California and Oregon. Hannah Giselle grew up in San Francisco with her mom. Her dad, after a nasty divorce, moved into the mountains to take a Forest Ranger job. Her maternal grandmother also lives there.

Hannah’s love interest, Troy Lansing, grew up in that small town. He’s wanted to leave, see what else is out there, but has felt held back. Hannah changes how he sees himself, and as her world falls apart, he becomes the strength she needs to endure it.

Can we read a scene?

In this scene, Hannah has crashed her car into the back of Troy’s truck. He’s not the friendliest guy around:

He was taller than she expected, once up close, perhaps six-foot-one or so, and imposing. She put that down to his apparent unhappiness and therefore, partially dreaded what she had to say.

“Troy Lansing. Maura said you wanted to speak with me?”

He talked deep, like he sang, harmonic, almost.

Hannah stood to her feet, her nerves taking hold. “Yeah … I’m sorry to tell you this, but I … I had an accident. Outside?” She paused to inhale.

Why did this boy make her so nervous?

“My tire blew, not sure why, but I … I lost control and ran into a green pickup?” This last bit squeaked out too high-pitched, and embarrassment swamped her. She could, at least, sound confident and mature, not like a fifteen-year-old.

“You hit my truck?” He scowled, thick brows forming a line.

Hannah gulped, her throat dry. “I … guess? I’m really sorry. My dad …”

He blew out a breath, waving one arm outward. “Great. That’s all I need … for some … tourist … to come prancing in here …”

“Tourist?” Her anger sparked. “I admit I’ve never been here before, but …”

“There you go then,” he said.

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Take My Breath Away


This time she felt it, the luxury of his voice suffusing her chest, and the sound combined with the warmth of his arms, the pointed pressure of his chin on the top of her head, served to romance her.

She’d fall hard and fast for him if she’d let it. But the pain of her mom’s betrayal and what still lay unsaid with her dad stopped her, and instead, she teetered on the edge, her mind warring with the daydream spun around her.


Her mom and dad’s divorce, although it was years ago, still causes friction in nineteen-year-old Hannah Giselle’s life, friction she hopes two weeks alone with her dad in the northern California mountains will help begin to heal.

But her mom’s resentment seems to follow her there, taking a firm grip in the secrets which soon come to light. Her dad had a fiancée she knew nothing about, a lovely woman whose unresolved disappearance quickly turns her already troubled world upside down.

She finds comfort in the arms of handsome local, Troy Lansing. He’s stronger than he knows and, despite his personal doubts, the steady hand she needs. Especially when yet one more revelation tears her life apart.

A clean, romantic suspense for young adults by best-selling author, SUZANNE D. WILLIAMS.

About the Author:

Suzanne D. Williams

Best-selling author, Suzanne D. Williams, is a native Floridian, wife, mother, and photographer. She is the author of both nonfiction and fiction books. She writes devotionals and instructional articles for various blogs. She also does graphic design for self-publishing authors. She is co-founder of THE EDGE.

To learn more about what she’s doing and check out her extensive catalog of stories, visit http://suzanne-williams-photography.blogspot.com/ or link with her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/suzannedwilliamsauthor or on Twitter at https://twitter.com/scw1217.

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