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Monday, March 5, 2018

Susan Sleeman and Free Books!

Some fears haunt forever…until they become reality. Will FBI Agent Rick Cannon stop his greatest fear of seeing a self-steering bullet fall into the hands of the wrong people?

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of The Man He Never Was, by James L. Rubart, 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 chat with novelist Susan Sleeman, author of the romantic suspence novel, Kill Shot (Hachette/FaithWords, February 2018).

Susan Sleeman is a bestselling and award-winning author of more than thirty inspirational and clean read romantic suspense books. Readers love her romantic suspense series for the well-drawn characters and edge-of-your-seat action.

She graduated from the FBI and local police citizen academies, so her research is spot-on and her characters are real.

In addition to writing, Susan also hosts thesuspensezone.com. She has lived in nine states but now calls Oregon home. 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.

Oh, this is a really big change in my life. Everyone who knows me knows I’m a computer nerd and was an avid Windows user. In fact, I have had a MacBook for two years, which I bought for the quality of the machine. But…but, I ran Windows on the Mac. What few people know is that I just quit using Windows and have embraced the Mac operating system. Yes, you can teach old dogs new tricks. LOL

As an old dog, myself, I can tell you you'll never go back! I love my Mac. 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Kill Shot.

As the ballistics and weapon's expert for the FBI's special task force nicknamed the White Knights, Rick Cannon has known the Department of Defense was developing self-steering bullets. Rick feared these smart bullets--which have one hundred percent accuracy that can turn even a novice into a lethal sniper--would eventually end up in the hands of the wrong people. But since the ammunition was still in the development stage, he figured they had plenty of time before that happened. He was wrong. Dead wrong.

When a homeless vet 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. But they aren't the only ones desperate to find the killer. Therapist Olivia Dobbs is well known for her success in counseling military veterans with PTSD. When she discovers one of her clients moments after he is murdered, she becomes both the FBI's prime witness, and suspect.

Despite the mutual attraction that immediately sparks between them, Rick can't--no he won't--let Olivia interfere with his investigation. But when the sniper trains his rifle on her, Rick must recall all the skills he learned as a Marine sniper to make sure the next bullet fired isn't a kill shot that takes Olivia out.

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

Olivia, my female lead in Kill Shot is a counselor who works with PTSD sufferers. She is compassionate, empathetic, and yet, at the same time she’s a very strong woman. Readers will see her heart for helping others, and they will see her help the book’s hero, Rick come to grips with his past struggles. And they will also see that, although she is a counselor, she doesn’t have her own life together, which makes her more relatable.

What have you learned about yourself as a result of your writing career?

I have learned that I can be very self-directed and self-motivated. I don’t need a supervisor to keep me working, I can do that for myself as my love for writing keeps me creating books.

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

I read Lynette Eason’s Chasing Secrets. I recommend it because she writes wonderful romantic suspense books with interesting plots and great characters.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on two series right now. One is called McKade Law and is published by Love Inspired Suspense. This focuses on a family of law enforcement officers in Texas and the next book, Rodeo Standoff releases in May.

The other project I am working on is a series called Cold Harbor. This is an indie published series that has been really well received by readers. I just finished book three, Cold Fury and it will release in March. I am currently plotting book four, Cold Case. This series features, Blackwell Tactical – a law enforcement training, investigative and protection services agency made up of former military and law enforcement heroes whose injuries keep them from the line of duty. When trouble strikes, there’s no better team to have on your side, and they would give everything, even their lives, to protect innocents.

Where else can readers find you online?

Website - www.susansleeman.com
Facebook - www.facebook.com/SusanSleemanBooks
Twitter - www.twitter.com/susansleeman
Instagram - www.instagram.com/susansleeman/
Goodreads - www.goodreads.com/author/show/4053429.Susan_Sleeman
BookBub - www.bookbub.com/authors/susan-sleeman
Amazon - www.amazon.com/Susan-Sleeman
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?

I’d love to know what recent book they’ve read and can recommend as I am always looking for great books to read.

Thank you, Susan, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Susan has offered to give away a signed copy of her novel. To enter, leave a comment and your email 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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Amy @ Happily Reading Ever After said...

I've read Sweet Talk by Niki Turner and enjoyed it. It is a Valentine's Day novella.

My mom loves your books Susan!

Thanks for the chance. amyholbrook2003(at)yahoo(dot)com


Thank you so much for this giveaway haven't read any of your books SARAHTAYLOR601973@YAHOO.COM

Melanie Backus said...

I actually read a sequel that you really need to read. I thoroughly enjoyed these books and highly recommend them. They are by Robin Oliveira and the first one, My Name is Mary Sutter and the other one..Winter Sisters. Very well written! mauback55 at gmail dot com

Trixi said...

Hi Susan! I love your books and am enjoying the Love Inspired Suspense ones. I am looking forward to the new McCade Law installment coming up in May.

As for books to recommend; I just read Lisa Wingate's "Before We Were Yours" and would rate it as my top read for 2018 so far. She really knows how to tell a story, I'm a fan for life :-) I've also read many historical ones lately. A Most Noble Heir by Susan Anne Mason would be another highly recommended read. If you like Biblical fiction, you can't go wrong with Jill Eileen Smith and her recent one "A Passionate Hope" which is Hannah's story. The "My Heart Belongs In" series books are great too! My recent one was "My Heart Belongs In Niagara Falls, New York: Adele's Journey" by Amanda Barrett. For suspense, I'm currently reading "Oath of Honor" by Lynette Eason. You certainly won't find a bad story written by her euther!

There are so many more that I could recommend! My go-to books will always be Love Inspired, so check out any of the new ones coming out; Dana Mentink, Ruth Logan Herne, Heather Woodhaven,Elizabeth Goddard...just to name a few out of hundreds, lol! I hope you find time to read a good book soon! There are lots to choose from :-)

Trish, thank you for featuring another fantastic suspense author! And for the chance to win "Kill Shot". I have the first White Knight book (Fatal Mistake) and really want to add this to my collection.

teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com
I also am a subscriber :-)

kim hansen said...

Just started reading Night Moves by Jonathan Kellerman. cheetahthecat1986@gmail.com

Linda said...

I just finished Generous Lies by Robin Patchen. It is book 3 in the series and could probably be read as a stand alone, but I read them in order. Great romantic suspense! lhanberry1(at)gmail (dot)com

Jennifer said...

The Baby Barter by Patty Smith Hall, Winters Secret by Lyn Cote and I’m current reading Guardian by Terri Reed so far so good! :)

jennydtipton At gmail Dot com

Susan Sleeman said...

How wonderful that you all have stopped by and shared so many good books. I am jotting them down so I can add to my TBR pile. Best wishes to all in winning a copy of Kill Shot! And a special thanks, Trish for having me on your fabulous blog!

Library Lady said...

I just finished reading, "Oath of Honor" by Lynette Eason. I could not put it down and finished it in one day.
Janet E.

Paula Shreckhise said...

I just finished the second book in the Holly Cross series by C.C. Warrens. It was Cross Fire! Very good, suspenseful book! Kept you guessing. The first one is Criss Cross which introduces Holly and she meets her protector, Detective Richard Marx.
Your books are very good Susan. Can’t wait to read Kill Shot! Thanks. paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet

Paula Shreckhise said...

Oh, yes. I am a subscriber.

LadySnowAngel said...

I just finished reading Troubled Waters by Susan May Warren, I loved it. :)

Hoping to get my hands on a copy of Kill Shot soon. I read Fatal Mistake last month and really enjoyed it.


Anonymous said...

I subscribed to the blog. I just finished reading Princess Ever After by Rachel Hauck and I just started Change of Heart{Paper Hearts Book 2} by Courtney Walsh. carola245(at) hotmail(dot)com

Kim Thompson said...

I just finished reading 2 books, “Covert Justice” and “Lethal Legacy,” by a new author I discovered in the recent scavenger hunt, Lynn Huggins Blackburn. I would recommend both of these books, and I think she will join my list of favorite authors. For a non fiction read, some books I have been encouraged and inspired by recently are Bill Hybels’ “Just Walk Across the Room”, Randy Frazee’s “Believe”, and Doug Pollock’s “Activating God Space.”

I would love to win a copy of Susan Sleeman’s “Kill Shot”! She is definitely on my favorite authors list! kimcelise(at)gmail(dot)com

Trish Perry said...

I almost always read fiction, but I recently read As You Wish, by Cary Elwes, which a writer friend recommended. If you're a Princess Bride fan, you'll really love the book. The subtitle is Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride. I actually listened to it as an audiobook while I ran errands, and the behind-the-scenes stories made my driving very entertaining.

Sonnetta Jones said...

I always associated PTSD with first responders. I didn't realize as a cancer survivor you can have it too. It is a subject I love to read about. The series A Thousand Stolen Moments did a great job of highlighting what our military men and women deal with and how they have to adjust to civilian life.

I feel like I am supporting PTSD sufferers by reading these types of stories.


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