intriguing setting: cruise ship; hospital emergency department
feisty, lovable nurse heroine: Darcy Cavanaugh; Claire Avery
handsome hero: FBI agent Luke Skyler; ER Director Dr. Logan Caldwell
quirky sidekick: cigar-smoking Marie Whitley; Smokey the one-eared cat
fast pacing: running the decks in high heels; can you spell . . . STAT?
suspense: who dunnit? ; who will change, survive?
laughs: snarky comebacks, slapstick antics; lively dialogue, warm, tension-releasing humor
romance: angst, quick clinches; real-life relationship struggles, genuine emotion, soul-satisfying happiness
heart: in glimpses, somewhere under the sequins; beating from the get-go, in rhythm with the story
Happy ending: implied; guaranteed
Reader take away: entertainment, behind the scenes glimpse into cruise travel; entertainment, an uplifting message of hope, chance to "scrub in" on the fast-paced world of emergency medicine
TV comparison: "I Love Lucy meets ER on the Love Boat"; "Grey's Anatomy finds its Soul."
So, yeah, maybe the nail polish bottle is a good image--the fine print on the bottle, after all, reads "intensive care for soft nails." Maybe that fits, since my new series trades fluff for heart and angst for faith.
Right along those lines, we also have traded titles: The Healer's Heart now has a working title of CRITICAL CARE. A term, of course, that was coined far before the naming of the nail product and is based on an exciting and intensive field of medicine. I also like the fact that it speaks as well to the vital concept of caring . . . both physical and spiritual.
Good medicine. And a good story. Hmm . . . sounds like a bridge in the gap to me.