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Monday, May 15, 2017

Susan Sleeman and Free Books!

When the Lone Wolf Bomber sets his sights on Tara Parrish, each day could be her last...but not if FBI Agent Cal Riggins can help it.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Sunset in Old Savannah, by Mary Ellis, is:


Congratulations! I'll email you for your snail mail address, and we'll get your book right out to you. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (above my list of books) in order to participate in future book give-aways! Subscribers are entered a second time when they comment.

And now let's meet novelist Susan Sleeman, author of the romantic suspense novel, Fatal Mistake (HBG/FaithWords May).

Susan Sleeman is a bestselling and award-winning author of more than 25 inspirational/Christian and clean-read romantic suspense books.

In addition to writing, Susan also hosts the popular website TheSuspenseZone.com.

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

Please tell us one random thing we might not know about you.

I never road a roller coaster until I was twenty-one.

Me too! Sometimes I think my life was way too sheltered when I was under my parents' roof!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Fatal Mistake.

Tara Parrish is the only person ever to survive an attack by the Lone Wolf bomber. Scared and emotionally scarred by her near death, she goes into hiding with only one plan–to stay alive for another day. She knows he’s coming after her, and if he finds her, he will finish what he started.

Agent Cal Riggins has had only one goal for the past six months–to save lives by ending the Lone Wolf’s bombing spree. To succeed, he needs the help of Tara Parrish, the one person who can lead them to the bomber. Cal puts his all into finding Tara, but once he locates her, he realizes if he can find her, the Lone Wolf can, too. He must protect Tara at all costs, and they’ll both need to resist the mutual attraction growing between them to focus on hunting down the bomber, because one wrong move could be fatal.

What is it about Tara that will make your readers care about her?

Tara Parrish is your everyday woman who is faced with an extraordinary challenge. At first she runs from the seemingly insurmountable problem, but then digs in and starts to fight back. I think this is how many of us first face a challenge, and that the reader can easily see themselves in her and can imagine being in her shoes.

How true. I think shock is often our first reaction to uncommon, violent adversity, before our sense of survival kicks in. 

What is something you’ve thanked God for this week?

I had an infection and hospital stay, and I thanked God for giving me the right doctor who provided the right medicine to clear it up.

Good to hear! 

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

It’s actually a novella written by Dr. Richard Mabry called Doctor's Dilemma. I love how he integrates his knowledge of the medical field in a suspense story as I love learning new things while enjoying fiction. He brings a great sense of realism to the story and, of course, the creative suspense plot kept me engaged as well.

What are you working on now?

I am working on book two, Kill Shot, in the White Knights series. This book features the White Knight’s ballistics and weapon’s expert, Rick Cannon who is about to face his worst nightmare. He knows the Department of Defense is developing self-steering bullets. Rick has long feared these smart bullets that show one hundred percent accuracy in hitting mobile, evading targets, making even a gun novice a lethal sniper, would eventually end up in the wrong hands. But since the ammunition was still in the development stage, he figured they had plenty of time before the bad guys got their hands on this ammo. He was wrong.

When a military vet suffering from PTSD is killed with a smart bullet, it’s clear that the ammunition has been stolen, and the Knights are called in to find the thief and stop the killings. Their investigation soon leads Rick to Dr. Olivia Dobbs whose PTSD client holds the dubious honor of being the first person killed with a smart-bullet. When they discover another of Olivia’s clients has been murdered with a self-guiding bullet and the sniper trains his rifle on Olivia, Rick is convinced that she is the key to solving this investigation. Rick must recall all of his Marine Scout Sniper skills to apprehend the lethal sniper before the kill shot is fired and ends Olivia’s life.

Susan, considering your plot lines, I suspect that--unlike writers like me--you probably have a sizable male readership! 

Where else can readers find you online?

Website - www.susansleeman.com
Review Site - www.TheSuspenseZone.com

The book can be purchased online via the following button:

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

What book have you read lately that you would highly recommend?

Thanks, Susan, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Susan has offered to give away a signed copy of her novel next week. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Susan's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Remember that subscribers are entered an additional time in each drawing. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com. 

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Melanie Backus said...

I read Always by Sarah Jio. I would highly recommend it.

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Susan P said...

I just finished For Love and Honor by Jody Hedlund and it is a bookshelf keeper! lattebooksAThotmailDOTcom

Susan Sleeman said...

Thanks for sharing about Jody's book, Sarah P. She's a wonderful writer.

Susan Sleeman said...

Melanie, I am not familiar with Sarah Jio's work, but sounds like Always is an amazing book.

Anonymous said...

Danger at the Border by Terri Reed was an amazing start to a great series!

Jennifer said...

Im currently reading Taken by Dee Henderson and so far it has been very eye opening at that has to be done for someone who has been "Taken". Very good and heart breaking. Highly recommended!

Anonymous said...

The Brotherhood by Jerry Jenkins.

Anonymous said...

I forgot my email address!
Martha T.
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Kelli Jo said...

Being in the hospital, I haven't read much but I'd have to say Finding Our Forever by Brenda Novak. ����

Susan Sleeman said...

sorry to hear you are in the hospital, Kelli Jo. I recently had a stay in the hospital too and am so glad that is behind me. I will pray for your recovery! Oh, and I love Brenda's books. She's so talented.

Susan Sleeman said...

Jenny, I love Dee Henderson. She'd been a fav or mine for years.

Lora said...

After reading several super intense suspense books all in a row, I really needed something fun. So I read a delightful, quirky, thoughtful, spunky story that I loved: THE BILLBOARD BRIDE by Monica Mynk. It was a delicious treat, and I highly recommend it to everyone! :-)

Susan Sleeman said...

Martha, Jerry is also a wonderful writer. His plot are always so creative, too!

Paula said...

Regency Series by Kristi Ann Hunter and ANYTHING by Roseanna M White or Jody Hedlund. I'm a fan of Dee Henderson and Sarah Sundin. I could go on and on and on!

Paula said...

I, too forget the email: paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet thanks!

Gail H. said...

Just finished True to You by Becky Wade. I'm now reading Weaver's Needle by Robin Caroll.


Mary Lawson said...

One of the many I have read recently is Janie Crouch's Critical Instinct and another are Maryann Jordan's Alvarez Security Agency: Gabe, Tony, and Vinny.

Susan Sleeman said...

You have named some amazing authors, Paula. I love that you love Christian fiction so much!!

Susan Sleeman said...

So glad you mentioned Danger at the Border by Terri Reed,199agf. She's a wonderful author and friend.

Susan Sleeman said...

I have not read these books, Mary, but they sound great!

Susan Sleeman said...

Two great authors, Gail!

Loraine Nunley said...

I just finished True to You by Becky Wade which I definitely recommend.

Thanks for the book spotlight and giveaway!


Susan Sleeman said...

Thanks for stopping by, Loraine and leaving a comment. Becky is an awesome writer!

Anonymous said...

I just finished "Final Verdict" by Jessica Patch. It was fantastic!

Thank you for the chance to win "Fatal Mistake"!

Andrea M.

Caryl Kane said...

I LOVED Operation Zulu Redemption by Ronie Kendig! Thank you for the chance to win a copy of FATAL MISTAKE.

psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

Trish Perry said...

It's always great to hear what others recommend! SO many books.Don't we all wish we had a few more hours in each day? I thought I had already read Sense and Sensibility, but I'm reading it for my book club, and I think this might be my first time. You can't go wrong with Austen. And I'm reading Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantle. Looking at the Henry VIII story through the eyes of Thomas Cromwell. Interesting, after having watched A Man for All Seasons several times.



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