I hadn't planned to write any sequels to the romantic suspense novel I'm working on publishing now, but I guess series are the done thing these days. And having had beta-readers tell me they like the MCs and were sorry to leave them at the end of the current novel, I've been thinking about possible follow-ups. I have an idea for a Book 2; trouble is, I've run into a plot roadblock and I need help or it will be fatal. Here's how I've sketched it so far: The year is 1983. My architect protagonists have gotten married (they got engaged on the last page of Book 1), and are taking their honeymoon in Europe. While there, they learn that the FMC's old college boyfriend, a West German who has gone on to become a world-class violinist, has been kidnapped by a radical pro-Communist terrorist gang. They're threatening to maim or kill him if the West German (BRD) government don't release the fellow-terrorists being held in BRD custody--- something the Bonn government absolutely refuses to do. Now, this violinist has already made himself a stench in the nostrils of my MMC, but it comes down to the point where he can be rescued only if my FMC is willing to go in there and do--- what? That's where I'm stuck. What can she do that the BRD security agencies or Interpol cannot? OK, she knows the kidnap victim--- or she did, eight years before. She's a young woman of strong moral and physical courage: the ordeals she survived in Book 1 prove that. She's willing to risk her life in a righteous cause. She's highly intelligent and a fast learner. She's got excellent verbal skills. Being an architect, she knows how buildings and their systems are put together. But she's no secret ninja. All she knows about guns is what she found out in Book 1 when AK-47s were being held on her and the MMC, and she's had No Interest in the subject since. Her German is passable but not comprehensively fluent, a fact that's essential to her backstory with the violinist. At the present she has no martial arts training, though I can see the MMC, her fiance, recommending she learn karate or jujutsu after what happened to them in Book 1. But there'd be no time for her to become expert. I like the idea of throwing my two lovebirds a challenge to their relationship early in their marriage, and this old boyfriend makes an ideal bone of contention. (Though, no, she's definitely not secretly still in love with him, even if the MMC worries she might be.) And the politics of central Europe in the early 1980s makes for good suspense and thrills. But have I hit a brick wall? What do you think?