Through writing, I’ve met some wonderful fellow authors. One of these gems is Valerie Massey Goree, who happens to be an extraordinarily interesting woman in addition to being a knockout author. Here’s what my friend Valerie has to say about her latest release, “Day of Reckoning” (and don’t you love that title??)
Thank you for hosting me today, Carlene.
“Two hours crouched behind a reeking dumpster on a dead-end San Diego street must be the worst possible way to spend a balmy Saturday night. Private Investigator, Agent Lela Ortiz stretched, and massaged her taut neck muscles.”
These are the opening lines of my latest romantic suspense novel, Day of Reckoning, which is a stand-alone sequel to Weep in the Night. Both stories feature agents who work for the International Retrieval Organization. Lela was introduced in Weep, and now she has her own story in Day of Reckoning. One aspect I love about writing fiction is creating my story world. The IRO—a top-notch detective agency of sorts—has unlimited resources, and therefore my agents have everything they need to accomplish their tasks.
As a seasoned operative, Lela is assigned the kidnapping case of businessman, Chuck Davenport. When her boss allows Jay Vashon, Chuck’s brother-in-law to assist, Lela accepts the help with reservations, especially when Jay prays at the most inopportune times.
Jay would do anything to help bring Chuck home, even work with feisty Agent Ortiz. As Jay and Lela decipher clues Chuck sends to his son with special needs, they are forced to work in close proximity.
Can Jay break through the barrier Lela has constructed around her heart? Will Lela be able to overcome her distrust of men and God?
And Chuck? Can the pair locate him before the ransom deadline?
Weaving the romantic thread with the suspense element of a story is always so much fun to create. After all, we can’t have the characters sailing along without a care in the world. Speaking of sailing—my husband and I recently moved to the state of Washington. The office window of our condo overlooks the bay, and on any given day we have sailboats, fancy yachts, or brave kayakers plying the waters. To the north we often see cruise ships, or tankers and container ships heading to or from Seattle. We don’t own a boat, but we enjoy watching other people’s money go floating by!
I’ve completed the third novel in the series. It will feature an IRO agent introduced in Day of Reckoning as the hero or heroine. Who will it be? Manny, Pamela, Smitty, Cooper? Hmm. I can keep a secret.
American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis Award winner Valerie Massey Goree resides with her husband on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula of Washington State.
After serving as missionaries in her home country of Zimbabwe and raising two children, Glenn and Valerie moved to Texas. She worked in the public school system for many years, focusing on students with special needs. Now retired, Valerie spends her time writing, and spoiling her grandchildren.
Valerie’s novels include: Deceive Me Once; Colors of Deceit; Weep in the Night; and stand-alone sequel Day of Reckoning. Check Valerie’s website to learn more about her books.
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