Light in the Darkness

DEADLY BONDS, the third book in my romantic suspense Mindhunters series released today (hooray!). But rather than blog about the dark, chilling world of serial killers (as much as I enjoy writing villains), I’d like to focus on happier things. After all, despite the ominous vibes, my books are ultimately about hope and resilience. Light over darkness. Rainbows and puppies.

Okay, maybe you won’t find that last one in my books. But even in my characters’ dark world, light prevails and love conquers all.

So how does one write about darkness and still emerge from the writing cave ready to face reality, keep hope alive, and function as a normal person in the real world? I find inspiration in  random acts of kindness, beauty in everyday items, and exhilaration in living in the moment. After all, it’s a writer’s job to be able to look at the challenges humans (or characters) face and see the possibilities at the end of the rainbow.

For those of you who need a daily dose of inspiration, try Kermit the Frog. I often sing “The Rainbow Connection” to my kids, especially at bedtime, before they head off to dreamland. The lyrics are about receiving a call to adventure, something that I believe every writer has experienced, and I hope my children hear that call someday…


Rainbow's EndThe Rainbow Connection

(written by Paul Williams and Kenny Ascher)

Why are there so many songs about rainbows,

And what’s on the other side?

Rainbows are visions, but only illusions,

And rainbows have nothing to hide.

So we’ve been told and some choose to believe it,

I know they’re wrong, wait and see.

Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection,

The lovers, the dreamers and me.


Who said that every wish would be heard and answered,

When wished on the morning star?

Somebody thought of that, and someone believed it,

And look what it’s done so far.

What’s so amazing that keeps us stargazing

And what do we think we might see?

Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection,

The lovers, the dreamers, and me.


RainbowAll of us under its spell,

We know that it’s probably magic …………


Have you been half asleep? And have you heard voices?

I’ve heard them calling my name.

Is this the sweet sound that calls the young sailors?

The voice might be one and the same.

I’ve heard it too many times to ignore it,

It’s something that I’m s’posed to be …….

Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection,

The lovers, the dreamers, and me ………


These  The Rainbow Connection Lyrics were found on And YouTube has some fabulous clips of Kermit playing his banjo and singing this song, if you’d like to take a look (or listen)…


How about you? What songs, images, or other things do you use for inspiration? For those of you returning from conference, what things did you find inspiring?


When you’re ready to come to the dark side, here’s the blurb for DEADLY BONDS, Mindhunters Book 3. And if you haven’t tried my series but would like to, Book 1 (ONLY FEAR) happens to be on sale for 99 cents through the end of July.

Deadly Bonds COVERA dedicated profiler. Dr. Holt Patterson has thrown himself into his work since his wife’s death, and his relationship with his young son, Theo, is suffering. He’s caught in an impossible choice—how can he make the world a safer place for his son without sacrificing valuable family time?

An unrequited love. Sara Burns, the director at Theo’s prestigious academy, once loved Holt Patterson, but he was her best friend’s husband. Now a decade has passed, and Sara realizes that her feelings are just as strong—but how can she act on them without betraying her friend’s memory?

A terrifying killer. A violent man develops an interest in Sara, and sends a body instead of flowers to get her attention. Holt is determined to keep her safe. But the killer is much closer than they expect…

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Anne Marie has always been fascinated by people—inside and out—which led to degrees in Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, and Counseling.  Her passion for understanding the human race is now satisfied by her roles as mother, wife, daughter, sister, and award-winning author of romantic suspense.  

She writes to reclaim her sanity.

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25 responses to “Light in the Darkness”

  1. Rita Henuber says:

    Happy book birthday. Wishing you many sales.
    Do not snicker but the Miley Cyrus song The Climb.
    Pink’s Perfect
    Walking on the beach is always a mind clearer. I can play an ocean waves CD and be calmed.

    • Not snickering, Rita! 🙂 I love the lyrics to Miley’s song. And Pink is one of my all-time faves. I work out to her music, and love “Perfect.” Wish I had an ocean nearby – I always find them inspiring, too. 🙂

  2. Elisa Beatty says:

    Congrats on the new book, Anne Marie!!

    And I love The Rainbow Connection….

    One of my favorite positive-energy songs in Ukelele Anthem by Amanda Palmer.

  3. Tamara Hogan says:

    Congrats on your release, Anne Marie! (clickety-clickety-click/ordered!)

    As always, there were so many inspirational things about RWA National this year. The biggest and most obvious factor, probably to everyone, is that self-publishing has arrived. The RITA will accept self-published books in 2014, and many of the most heavily-attended workshops and sessions at the conference this year were about self publishing. Writers have more ways than ever to bring their words into the world!

    Personally, my most inspirational moment probably came at a PAN session on reinvention as I listened to author Jessica Andersen talk about the factors, some of them very personal, that led her to switch from writing apocalyptic urban fantasy to taking a new pseudonym and writing sassy contemporary romance instead. Andersen definitely lives “Writer, know thyself.” As someone whose life circumstances require me to take a slower road than some, I know I will take strength from her words, and from her cool, steely resolve, for years to come.

    My ‘inspirational’ song:? Guns n’ Roses’ “Welcome to the Jungle.” Listening to it reminds me to write ferociously. 😉

    • That is a fierce song, Tamara! I love the “write ferociously” concept. And thanks for the input from RWA…I saw the RITA changes they’re making – fantastic! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Okay, I’m going to date myself here (sort of). There is this Backstreet Boys song that I love to hear when I need cheering up:

    I don’t care who you are
    Where you’re from
    What you did
    As long as you love me…

  5. June Love says:

    Congratulations on your release, Anne Marie. I hope you have sales that rival the pot o’ gold at the end of the rainbow. Like Rita, The Climb is what moves me forward. The lyrics are so suitable to my writer’s life.

    I love Kermit. Great post!

  6. Liz Talley says:

    First, congrats on the release! You write chillingly and I love it.

    At first I thought “I don’t have an image” but then I remembered a pretty poignant image Renee Ryan (HQ Historical) gave me years ago before I published. She told me how she felt she was a lighthouse for her family, giving them a safe harbor and shining the light so they could always find their way back home. It was a beautiful analogy for what she way to her family, and as I prayed and mulled over my decision to give up my day job and focus on writing, I began to see lighthouses all over the place. It was sort of profound and helped shed light on the path I took. I love the idea of being a light in the midst of darkness.

    Cool post, AM!

  7. Happy, happy release day, Anne Marie!!!

    These days I feel like The Little Engine That Could. LOL. I’ve really struggled with disappointment and the dark cloud of failure lately so I’ve had to mutter quite a few *I think I can*’s to inspire myself to move forward. 🙂

    • Hang in there, Cynthia…I have many days like that, too. Remember that poster of a kitten hanging by its front paws? I feel like that many days…it’s helping seeing everyone’s inspirational images/songs.

      And I “think you can,” too! In fact, I KNOW you can. Congrats on the final in Gemma Halliday’s contest!

  8. Kate Parker says:

    I love the Rainbow Connection, but my favorite is the dance song from Flashdance. “Take your passion and make it happen….Now I’m dancing thru my life…I can really have it all.” Great lyrics, especially when you crank that pounding beat WAY up.

    Congrats on release day!

  9. Congratulations on your release, Anne Marie. Love the Rainbow Connection. Just the pictures are inspiring!

  10. Way to go on your new release, Anne Marie. Rainbow Connection is one of my favorite songs! I’m wishing you many, many sales.

  11. Kim Law says:

    Happy dance! Happy dance! You know I love your books, so I’m so happy that you now have a third one out. Congrats!!!!!!!

    Sorry I’m so late in coming to the party, but at least I made it, right? It’s been a rough day. I’m always wiped and pretty much non-functioning the Monday after conference. Today was no different 🙂

    I’m currently listening to another crazy killer book, but yours will be next! I can’t hardly wait!! 🙂

    Congrats again!

    • I imagine there are many exhausted romance writers today! LOL So glad you stopped by, though – we’ll be partying all night. 😉 Hope you enjoy the crazy killer in this book, too! LOL


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