USA TODAY bestselling author, Maureen A. Miller worked in the software industry for fifteen years. She crawled around plant floors in a hard hat and safety glasses hooking up computers to behemoth manufacturing machines. The job required extensive travel. The best form of escapism during those lengthy airport layovers became writing.
Maureen’s first novel, WIDOW'S TALE, earned her a Golden Heart nomination in Romantic Suspense. After that she became hooked to the genre. In fact, she was so hooked she is the founder of the JUST ROMANTIC SUSPENSE website.
Recently, Maureen branched out into the Young Adult Science Fiction market with the popular BEYOND Series. To her it was still Romantic Suspense…just on another planet!
I've always been a bookworm. My seventh-grade teacher yelled at me for reading a mainstream novel she felt was too mature for me. I remember that novel, and heck yeah, she was right. Even though I didn't understand half of what that mushy stuff was, I read it because it was exciting. In those early years, I would keep a dictionary on my desk for the words I didn’t understand. I remember reading Wuthering Heights and seeing the word "vexed" all over the place. I was so proud when I learned what "vexed" meant. Of course, when I told my parents that I was vexed by all my chores they just looked at me like I was an alien.
I get that look a lot.
When I grew up I had a job that took me all over the country. I read in the airports and on the planes, but at some point I started to get frustrated. You know how it is–you always hit that one book where you don't agree with the ending, and you say, well I would have done it this way...
So, I did. I started taking control of my airport daydreams and I began typing on my laptop. I typed on the planes. I used 6-point font and reduced my Word screen to about two inches wide so that the passengers sitting next to me couldn't see what I was writing.
After completing my first attempt at a romantic suspense novel, I read about the Golden Heart Awards. I said, what the heck, let me submit this. I got a call in March of that year letting me know that I was a finalist in the Romantic Suspense category. I said, “Okay, cool.” The woman on the other end seemed startled. She repeated, "Don't you understand, you just finaled in the GOLDEN HEART contest?" LOL. I was so new to it all. After a few days, I finally came to realize what that meant, and all the doors that it opened for me.
I went on to be published by Harlequin’s Carina Press imprint with my following novel, and I haven’t stopped writing in 6-point font since!
Some of my childhood fantasies lurked into adulthood. One was an absurd desire to have an alien spaceship take me from my back yard on all these grand adventures in outer space. That fantasy evolved into the bestselling BEYOND series. And now, my overactive imagination is hard at work again with BENEATH.
If romantic childhood fantasies are never far from the back of your mind, come take an adventure with me.
Author: Maureen A. Miller
Release Date: March 26, 2018
Page Count: 340
Format: Print and digital
An overnight fishing trip on the Atlantic Ocean…
It was Stella Gullaksen’s final break before starting her freshman year at college. Joining her best friend, Jill, and Jill's family aboard the STARKISSED, Stella wakes to a violent storm that capsizes the boat over a hundred miles off the New Jersey shore.
As the waves haul her under Stella knows that she is going to die. Instead, an unusual current drags her deep into the underwater canyons of the Atlantic Ocean. Powerless against the raging waters, she is suddenly sucked into a ventilated cave. One by one, Jill and her family also emerge in the sunken cavern.
With only a faulty diving flashlight to keep oblivion at bay Stella and her best friend's brother, Colin, search the cave in hope of finding a way back to the surface. What they discover, however, is that they are not alone. There are other survivors in this subterranean grotto–survivors spanning decades of maritime disasters.
Will this discovery prove salvation, or have they all been condemned to the same fate? A grim finale at the bottom of the sea?
On an alliance forged by friendship and attraction, Stella and Colin battle to escape the danger that lies beneath.