I really wanted to write a review for Inspirational Romantic Suspense Troubled Waters by Rachelle McCalla, but I loaned it out. I suppose I could still write a review but I like to have book in hand when I write them. I can tell you I enjoyed the storyline and the characters. It’s one of those stories with Coast Guard heroes. It’s also the one that piqued my curiousity where the Coast Guard is concerned.
The more I read suspense the more ideas come to mind. I don’t think I’d ever write a contemporary suspense with a main character with the motto ‘Semper Paratus’, even though my great grandfather did just that out of Ludington, Michigan. But, while watching these videos I discovered a few different characteristics some that could definitely be used whether my hero/heroine was Coast Guard, Air Force, or even a local sheriff.
Here’s episode 2 of USCG bootcamp. It’s short. As you watch it what kind of characters do you see that you could possibly portray in your story? What about the drill sergeant? His accent is hard to miss, but did you see the gleam in his eye? He’s a man that exudes pride in his job, but he also looks like a man who takes great pleasure in what he does.
Do you ever notice trends when it comes to reading? I know there have been times when I would pick up book after book that seem to have the same sort of heroine. There have been times when I’ve purchased a few books and they all seem to have the same theme. Widowed Heiress Uncovers Assassination Plot Falls In Love With Spymaster. Here lately I’ve seen a lot of Cinderella type stories.
A trend I’ve noticed (of course I just started reading them) with Romantic Suspense is that one or the other, if not both hero and heroine, have something to do with the Coast Guard. I’ve read two released in the last month where at least one of the characters worked with the Coast Guard in Michigan. Now, I’m from Kansas. A body from Kansas doesn’t really think about the CG up in Michigan. And I’m thinking a body doesn’t really think about the CG doing much beyond . . . well beyond . . . hmm . . . .
Hmm, I know they rescue fishermen from The Deadliest Catch and I’m sure I’ve seen them on a show similar to Cops only off the coast of California patrolling the borders.
I’ve never put much thought into what the Coast Guard actually does, how they train, or what they train for. So I decided to go digging a little. What makes the Coast Guard good hero material?
Let’s begin with their motto.
“Semper Paratus” says it all.
I’ll be posting videos on the Coast Guard, here and there, over the next several weeks. Some of these videos may be difficult to watch, but remember these men and women are training to protect us from all kinds of danger lurking around our coasts. And you wouldn’t want a weakling rescuing you from turbulent waters, now would you? Or drug smugglers? Or International kidnappers? Or Poachers? Or . . .