I'm doing research for my new project! The book-wannabe is a romantic suspense, so I have been reading A LOT of romances, as well as the usual thrillers, suspense, etc.
Last week I came across a book by Tori Carrington called 'Indecent' and it proved to be very inspiring.
This is a short quote, just to help show why:
"I believe that anything that happens before you're eighteen, you're a victim of... Everything that happens after that? Well it makes you a volunteer... It's what you do after you grow up that separates those who can take the experience and use it to make them stronger from those who allow the tragedies to destroy them..."
You can find on eHarlequin (http://www.eharlequin.com/storeitem.html?iid=22208) coupled with another Carrington read, 'Wicked'.