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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Susan Sleeman and Free Books!

PhotobucketWill police chief Russ Morgan protect rookie cop Sydney Tucker and those she loves from a killer, or will Russ fail and she’ll pay the ultimate price—her life?

Before we visit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of T. L. Higley's novel, Pompeii: City on Fire, is:

hollymag@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll contact you today for your snail mail address, and we'll get your book to you right away. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (below my list of books) in order to participate in future book give-aways!

Now let's meet novelist Susan Sleeman, author of Behind the Badge (Love Inspired, June 2011).

PhotobucketSusan Sleeman is a best-selling author of inspirational romantic suspense and mystery novels. She grew up in a small Wisconsin town where she spent her summers reading Nancy Drew and developing a love of mystery and suspense books. Today, she channels this enthusiasm into writing romantic suspense and mystery novels and hosting the popular internet website TheSuspenseZone.com.

Susan currently lives in Florida, but has had the pleasure of living in nine states. Her husband is a church music director and they have two beautiful daughters, a very special son-in-law and an adorable grandson.

Please tell us five random things we might not know about you.

-- I love to work on website design.

-- I have lived in nine states.

-- I used to play trumpet.

-- My dream as a child was to be a twirler for a marching band.

-- I used to teach computers to elementary school children.

Wow, the trumpet. I don't know if most people realize how difficult an instrument that is!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of
Behind the Badge.

PhotobucketBehind the Badge is a romantic suspense title from Love Inspired Suspense. In this book, a killer is threatening the life of rookie cop Sydney Tucker and her sister--unless Sydney turns over evidence from a drug bust. But she doesn’t have the evidence. Not that the thug believes her.

She and the sibling in her care are under the watchful eye of Logan Lake police chief Russ Morgan…but will his protection be enough to keep them alive?

What is it about your lead characters that will make your readers care about them?

Both Sydney and Russ struggle with past issues in their life that make them unable to trust. To trust others, themselves, and or God. I think all people can relate to having times when it is difficult to trust God and not take things into their own hands but let God work His plan in their lives.

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

This book is special to me as the characters deal with some very difficult things in life. I have had some tough times in my own life. Times when I wondered if God knew what I was going through and if He did, why didn’t He rescue me from these hardships? But when I look back on my difficulties, I can see how God used those trials to make me a better person and to allow me to use what I’d learned in these trials to help others. And I hope the readers of Behind the Badge will see the same thing.

According to my editor, Behind the Badge is a compelling romantic suspense story filled with excitement, intrigue and heartfelt romance. I would add to this list that it is also a story of a tough, independent man and woman each discovering how to let go of their past and embrace a future filled with God’s love.

If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your lead roles?

PhotobucketThe heroine, Sydney Tucker would be played by Kristen Bell. Kristen often comes across as sassy and independent in her roles and at the same time, she’s soft and vulnerable just like Sydney.

PhotobucketMark Valley would play Russ. Mark has played men who are tough on the outside, rarely liking to show their feelings. But on the inside, they are vulnerable and caring.

And if your novel were brought to film, what’s one song you’d like to hear featured in it?

Hillsong’s Eagle’s Wings is perfect for this story. The lyrics include, Bring me to my knees, May I know Jesus, More and more. Come live in me, All my life, Take over. Come breathe in me, I will rise, On eagle’s wings. In Behind the Badge the main character is brought to his knees so he can learn that he needs God in his life so he can life a full, rich life.

What is the last book you read that you would recommend?

I loved Mark Mynheir’s The Corruptible. The main character of this series is so real, so flawed and so tough, yet he is so vulnerable and wounded that you have to cheer for him. Plus I love Mark’s insider view of a police department and a police officer’s thinking.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on edits for my December release from Love Inspired Suspense called The Christmas Witness. I’ve also just started writing a new series for Love Inspired Suspense. This series is called The Justice Agency – When all else fails. It’s about five adopted siblings who work in various fields of law enforcement until their adoptive parents are murdered. When the police can’t figure out who killed their beloved parents the Justice siblings come together to solve the case. They discover in the process that they like working together and they form an investigative agency called The Justice Agency. They dedicate the agency to helping people who traditional law enforcement is either unable or unwilling to help. The first two books of this series will release in 2012.

I like that premise! Where else can readers find you online?





The book is available at fine bookstores and online via the following buttons:

444474: Behind the Badge

Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?

Have you ever wanted a character in a book named after you? If so, do you want to be the hero, heroine, the evil villain, or the quirky sidekick?

Thank you, Susan, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Susan has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, June 27. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Susan's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Be sure to check out my interview with Margaret Brownley, below, and leave a comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a signed copy of her book.

Annoying legal disclaimer: drawings void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. See full disclaimer HERE.


Jordan said...

I've always wanted to be in a Karen Kingsbury novel through her Forever in Fiction program, or in any good suspense novel...I would want to be the heroine, so I get the guy! :)


Diana Flowers said...

Actually, no, but a heroine of a nonfiction book was named after me! Princess Diana...I was born first! Alot of my friends have always called me Lady Di.:-) My parents actually named me after an actress who alot of people have never heard of; Diana Lynn. If I were to have a character named after me, of course, I would like to play the heroine. lol

Diana Flowers said...

ACK forgot to leave my email for above comment!

Its: dianalflowers@aol.com

Susan Sleeman said...

Jordon I so hear you. Getting the guy is a good thing. Diana, I'd never heard of Diana Lynn. It's cool to be named after her.

Kameko said...

Susan, thank you for visiting with Trish ~ I really enjoyed your interview. "Behind the Badge" sounds very intriguing and I can't wait to read it. I like the song you picked to be in heard if made into a film, such meaningful words. Your new series, "The Justice Agency" sounds fantastic & I can't wait to be able to read their adventures.
As to your question ~ I think I would want to be the quirky sidekick. I'm never comfortable in the "limelight" preferring to in the background helping in any way that I can. And "quirky" I can do!

Blessings to you both,

Leah said...

I've never wanted my name in a book.(although it would be kinda cool!)
But I would love to be the heroine in a book, an historical romance!

This book sounds awesome!

Susan Sleeman said...

Kameko, I'm glad someone picked the quirky sidekick. I think this kind of character is so fun to write. Guess I am quirky at heart.
Leah, you gave me an idea. I am going to put all the names of people who post a comment in a hat and use their first name in a future book. (You may not get the role you want, though.) I'll email the winner and post the name here as well. Thanks for the idea.

by Pegg Thomas said...

I can honestly say I've never thought about having a character named after me... but if one was... it would certainly have to be the quirky sidekick!

I've been enjoying several of these Love Inspired Suspense books this summer. This sounds like another good one!

twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

apple blossom said...

I'd love to have a character named after me. Love to be a feisty one.

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Trish Perry said...

That's a fun idea, Susan! I look forward to one of these fun women inspiring a future character!

Stephen Tornio said...


This is your Cousin Steve and I think I would make the perfect villian in your next book. I have recently been labeled by one of my customers as "the arrogant, lying hatchet man (I do workout for a bank). Show me a comely maiden and I will tie her to the railroad track.

Steve Tornio

Susan Sleeman said...

Glad to hear you're enjoying the Love Inspired Suspense books, Pegg and Apple Blossum, though I don't think this is your real name, it would make for a very interesting character name in one of my gardening mysteries. Ooh, cousin Steve you do sound like an evil villain. Perhaps one of these fine women will be the maiden you tie to the tracks. LOL

Merry said...

I am sure I will end up being a quirky side-kick in one of my daughter's books. Poor child she got a got crazy mom! Susan your book sounds wonderful, I read a bit of it online and it is exciting. Please include me in the drawing.
worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

barbjan10 said...

Such a nice interview with Susan. Somehow, Trish, I was dropped from your email list, and was missing you, so i came back and subscribed again. Always enjoyed your guests and interviews.

Susan's writing interests me and although I haven't been much of a fan of suspense and mystery, I'm wanting to broaden my scope on genres. I think I'd like to be a wisdom filled heroine in a historical novel. That must be my age speaking! LOL

Thanks for this great giveaway and the chance to win the book. I hope I win!

A Christian Sister,
Barb Shelton
barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

Trish Perry said...

I'm so glad you subscribed again, Barb! I remember getting a notice that said you unsubscribed--makes me wonder how often people get dropped without knowing it!

A cool idea, being the sage of the story. I like it!

Anonymous said...

What a fun question! I have never thought about having a character named after me before. I kind of wonder if I would be too distracted (comparing the real me the character-me) to pay attention to the story. It might be fun, though! I think I would definitely want to be the quirky sidekick.

I'm looking forward to reading this book!


Megan said...

I think it would be awesome to have a character named after me and I would want her to be the heroine of the story.

lovetoread205 [at] gmail [dot] com

Nancye said...

I haven't ever really thought about being a book character, but I think it would be fun to be Junie B. Jones in the series by Barbara Park. Junie B. is definitely one of a kind and hilarious too!

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Susan Sleeman said...

Megan how fun that you want to be the heroine.The heroine in The Christmas Witness, my December release is named Megan.

And Nancy, Junie B would be an amazingly fun character to be!

Jo said...

I have never given it any thought but yes, I would love for my name to be in a book. I love my name. Tease my hubby that I married him for his last name. Please enter me.


Susan Sleeman said...

Okay, I just drew a random name from all of the wonderful comments and Nancy, your name will be featured in one of my upcoming books. I have made note of your email address and when I chose the character and book, I will let you know.



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