Saturday, February 26, 2011

meet Anne Patrick

Anne Patrick is the author of more than a dozen novels of Romance, Mayhem & Faith, including the award-winning and best-selling Journey to Redemption & Fire and Ash. Her heroines are usually strong willed, witty, and often very opinionated…combinations that usually land them in situations where death seems imminent. Anne has an alter ego by the name of Kinzie Monroe, who writes Inspirational Romance. Anne, you might say, is the dark side of Kinzie. Anne’s books may be darker in subject matter, but they all carry messages of hope and faith. Born and raised in Oklahoma, she now makes her home in Kansas.

You can find Anne online her website, blog, Facebook, and Twitter.

Fire and Ash

Fire Investigator Sadie McGregor has been called to her hometown of Emerald Point, Missouri to investigate a suspicious fire which claimed the life of a local college student. By appearance the fire looks like the girl was just careless. What Sadie and Sheriff Quinn Harrington discover will not only affect those close to them, but will rock the entire community of Emerald Point and put Sadie’s life on the line.

Sadie’s life isn’t the only thing at stake. Struggling with the guilt of having been responsible for the fire that killed her family, when she was only seven, Sadie doesn’t feel she’s worthy of God’s love and forgiveness. Will Quinn be able to prove otherwise before it’s too late?

Here's an excerpt of Fire and Ash:

Quinn looked up at the yellow VW and sighed. Thank God it's Friday. He got out of his cruiser and walked up the drive that was still soaked with run off from the 1:20 A.M. fire. He looked around for the young officer he'd posted at the scene. There was no sign of him or his car. He ducked beneath the yellow tape, stepped through the maze of charred furniture, and entered the burned out structure. As he glanced around, he spotted the possible owner of the classic VW standing in what had once been the living room. At least this guy was a fireman and not a reporter. His eyes narrowed on the man who stood with his back to him. For a fireman he was very small in stature, only about 5'6" and he guessed barely over 120 pounds, even with the turnout gear and helmet.
"Excuse me, sir. Are you supposed to be in here?"
The fireman turned. Quinn's eyes widened. Even with soot covering a good portion of the face, he could tell it was a woman from the brilliant smile she tossed at him. "It's miss, and I reckon I am if you wanna know the cause of this fire."
"You're with the State Fire Marshal's Office?" he guessed. Emerald Point's Fire Chief had told Quinn earlier that he suspected arson.
She stuck her clipboard underneath her arm, reached for the badge pinned to her turnout coat and flipped it around for him to view. "Sadie McGregor, Fire Investigator."
Interesting. She shared the same last name as the Fire Chief. That couldn't be a coincidence. "I had an officer posted here. Do you know where he went?"
"I sent him on an errand. Hope you don't mind." She stepped forward. Underneath her helmet, short strands of caramel colored hair framed a pretty face with freckles marching across both her cheeks and the bridge of her nose. Haunting emerald eyes held his gaze as she offered her hand.
"Guess not." He shook the small latex covered hand, surprised by the strength of her grip. "Sorry for mistaking you for a guy."
She chuckled, turned, and walked into a room off to the right.
He followed. "I thought you were awfully small for a firefighter. I'm Police Chief Quinn Harrington by the way."
"I gathered that from your badge," she said with a smile. "Joe said you were on the scene during suppression, did anyone videotape it by chance? Or take pictures?"
"There were reporters on the scene so footage is probably available. Are you kin to Joe?"
"I'm his niece." She knelt along the baseboard. It was several seconds before she moved anything other than her head, which tilted from side to side as if in deep concentration. A few minutes later she balanced the clipboard on one knee, reached down and picked up what looked to be a framed photograph. "Must be her parents," she said, holding the frame up for his viewing.
"Mike and Donna Ingram. Larissa was their only child."
"Too bad. What do we know about her?"
"She was a senior over at the college, good kid, has never been in any trouble that I know of. The parents are away on vacation, so we think she was house sitting for them."
"Did you know her?"
"Not well. I've only been on the job a few months."
She laid the photograph on the buffet table, scribbled something on her clipboard and continued her examination of the room.
"I believe the point of origin is her bedroom, upstairs, first door on your right," Quinn volunteered.
"I've already been there," she said before exiting the room.
He followed her down the hall, into the kitchen. "How long have you been here?"
"Since dawn."
Just about the time he'd gone home to get a couple hours of much needed sleep.
Sadie pried opened the door of the soot-covered refrigerator and surveyed the contents. "Looks like our girl had herself a party."
"What makes you think that?"
"The refrigerator is almost empty and there are two barrels on the back porch with enough beer cans to pay for both our lunches."
"Preliminary findings of the coroner suggest she died from smoke inhalation."
"She also had a skull fracture."
"You've seen the body?" he asked.
"Well she could have received the head injury when she woke up disoriented. She was found next to the bed. She could have tripped and struck her head on the corner post."
"That's one possibility."
Sadie left the kitchen. Quinn followed, perplexed by both hers and the fire chief's suspicions of arson. The Ingram's were a nice family, well respected in the community. Arson meant either someone within the family was responsible, or they were the target of a crime. He didn't like either scenario.
Back in the dining room, Sadie knelt in the same spot she'd surveyed earlier. Quinn moved in behind her and followed her gaze to a deep scarring along the baseboard. "Okay, so what's your theory?"
"It's too soon to tell, but I suspect there may have been a fire here," she said in a completely flat, dry tone.
He smiled at her sarcasm. "You've been here all morning. Surely you have some kind of theory as to the cause?"
"I don't give theories, I see facts, and I develop opinions."
"Opinions based on what? Most of the physical evidence, if any, is destroyed or drastically altered during a fire?"
"The basics of fire behavior, dynamics and investigative experience based on what is visually seen, smelled, heard and touched." She glanced over her shoulder. "And just so you know, my opinions are seldom wrong."
Either she was very full of herself or she was very good at what she did. Giving her the benefit of the doubt, he rephrased his challenge. "All right, so let's hear your opinion of how the fire started."
She stood, and as she turned he was taken aback by the intensity of her expression.
"By appearances it looks accidental, as you suggested, the cause being a candle in her bedroom. One would think she fell asleep with it burning. However, there is the presence of what smells like turpentine near the bed, which is why Joe requested our help."
"The victim was an artist."
She grinned. "I sort of gathered that from what's left of the canvases, and the fact that the paints helped to accelerate the fire."
"I'm sorry. I really don't mean to keep insulting you."
"That's all right. Joe warned me that you were a little chauvinistic."
"Oh, he did, did he?"
She tossed him another beautiful smile before depositing her clipboard on the charred counter, "C'mere, I want to show you something."

You can purchase Fire and Ash from Amazon.

Anne is giving away a PDF copy of Fire and Ash. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


Linda said...

LOVE a good mystery. Sign me up!


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Meredith said...

This book sounds like an interesting mystery! Loved the excerpt!

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cjajsmommy said...

So now I want to know what happens next. Please sign me up for the giveaway.

Charity said...

Please enter me:) Thanks so much!!


Amanda Stephan said...

This book sounds like an excellent read! Thanks for the opportunity to win ~

I'll be checking on Wednesdays to see if I WiN!!
Cheers :)

kjv1611as at gmail dot com

Marianne said...

Thank you Patty and Anne for the chance to win Fire and Ice. i love mysteries with our Heroes (fireman or policeman or woman) and will look for this one. please enter me in the draw. mitzi_wanham[at]yahoo[dot]com

Anne Patrick said...

Hi everyone! Thanks so much for all the wonderful comments. I appreciate you dropping by to learn more about me and my books.

Patty, thank you for the opportunity to share my work on your awesome blog!


Miss Mae said...

Anne's books are fantastic, and Fire & Ash is one of her best!

Laurean Brooks said...

Anne is a gifted writer. She has the knack for blending suspense with a plot containing a deeper, spiritual meaning.

Her characters jump off the page, they're so real.

Great going, Anne.

Gina said...

"Fire & Ash" is SUCH a great book, and Anne is such an amazing writer! It's just fabulous how she brings her stories to life and adds the spiritual dimension with such natural ease. Bravo, Anne! Patty, it's so nice to meet you. Your blog is really lovely.

Anne Patrick said...

Miss Mae, Laurie and Gina, thank you so much for the wonderful comments! You ladies are awesome!

Jordan said...

This looks great!

Cheryl Pierson said...

Hey Anne,

This looks great. I always love stories about cops, firemen, etc. Yep, put me in the drawing--I'd love to win FIRE AND ASH.


Diane Craver said...

I read Fire & Ash and loved the characters. Sadie is an amazing woman and I felt for her deeply as she tried to cope on her own about a childhood tragedy. Anne always is terrific at research and it shows in her stories and lends an authenticity that makes you feel like you are right there in the midst of life.

Redameter said...

Anne this one looks great. I like arson stories. It fascinates me what drives people to arson.

Great book, and much luck.

Love and blessings

Anne Patrick said...

Thanks for dropping by Cheryl, Diane and Rita! I appreciate your support and friendship!


Danielle Thorne said...

I love Anne's books and highly recommend them. Great excerpt. I feel Fire and Ash is her best.

Anne Patrick said...

Aw, thank you, Danielle! I appreciate you dropping by, my friend.

Joyce DiPastena said...

This sounds like an amazing book! I'd love to read it.

jdipastena AT theriver DOT com

MomRedding said...

I would love to win and read this book!

Michelle R

Nia for Jesus said...

Allways loved romance and suspence together!

I want this one!


Kait said...

This looks like my kind of book! Please enter me!


Courtney said...

I love romance and mystery together, thanks for a chance to win this book!


debijackson said...

This looks great and I would love to read it
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Anonymous said...

This book sounds so interesting! I've added it to my must reads! Thanks for letting us get to know Anne and telling us about her book!
Blessings....Joy Hannabass

Norma said...

This book sounds very interesting. Please enter me.

Nia for Jesus said...

I'm follower.


Anonymous said...

Sound like a great read, would love to win. Carmen sent me.

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