In Defense of Flashbacks
by Liz Borino
Do you want to hear a secret? Are you sure?
Okay, here it is: I love using flashbacks in my fiction. I know. I know. Readers find the technique distracting and will rate books that employ it worse automatically. Almost as badly as they rate cliffhangers… which I may also use. Sometimes.
Please put your holy water away, I’m so far past the point where that would be effective, it’s not even worth it. Let’s assume I am a reasonably intelligent heathen who listens to feedback from my much more intelligent beta readers and editors. I’ve proven that flashbacks are risky, but continue to use them. If you’ve read this far, you probably want to know why. (Or you’re bored, in which case, I can recommend some great authors. Most of them aren’t even me. ☺) Still here? Great! Below are my two main reasons for going back in time in Angel’s Hero, the first in the Angel series. Hopefully, I can prove flashbacks aren’t evil. If you lovely readers have suggestions for a flashback alternative to either of the below reasons, please tell me in the comments. The best comment will receive both Angel books.
1. I enjoy writing established couples. Readers want to know how the characters met and fell in love. So, I use flashbacks to give them a taste of the characters’ journey.
2. The heart of the story takes place in present day, but past events offer clues to solving the mystery. I needed the readers to see these scenes, as opposed to hearing them referenced in conversation or thoughts.
About Angel’s Truth
*Please Note: These Books Must Be Read In Order*
Blurb: “Freeze or I’ll shoot!” Aaron yelled and aimed the gun at Jordan’s chest.
“Angel, no, please.” Hacking fluid-filled coughs broke up Jordan’s words.
“Jordan?” Aaron whispered his name as recognition painted a mural of memories of their life together on his face.
“Yes.” He coughed red into his dirty hand. “Please help.”
So begins Angel’s Truth, the sequel to Angel’s Hero. Army Captain Jordan Collins arrives home, only to find the man responsible for his imprisonment, torture, and near-execution with his husband. Had his Angel moved on without him?
Aaron “Angel” Collins has driven his family and friends away in his quest to learn the truth of Jordan’s fate, leaving only Major General Troy Hart willing to help him. When Jordan miraculously returns, with a spirit more broken than his body, Aaron realizes Hart was really a liar with an agenda of his own. Aaron is unable to take time to heal his own emotional wounds, because he and Jordan learn Hart’s betrayal is even greater than they originally believed, threatening the entire nation. Now the reunited couple must race against time to keep a promise to Jordan’s savior and prevent Hart from bringing terrorism once again to American soil.
Angel’s Truth releases today March 12, 2014 and is available at Amazon.
About Liz Borino
Liz Borino transcribes the world inside her head onto the page, and share it with the people who are stuck in the “real world” to makes their lives a little more interesting. Because in her world, heroes fall and stand up again with the help of their partners and friends. Liz’s world is littered with formidable obstacles, which her heroes overcome with a fire of courage and passion. The beauty of love between two men is celebrated. Who wouldn’t want to live there?
When not with her heroes, Liz enjoys exploring cities, working toward social justice, and editing for other authors. Liz is less than three months from obtaining her Masters’ degree in English and published nine books since 2010.
Liz Borino has kindly offered to give away an eBook copy of Angel’s Truth!
The giveaway starts now and will end next Tuesday, March 18th, 2014, at 11:59 pm EST. After which the lucky winner will be randomly picked.
All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below with your email address and you’re in!
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