Monday, June 6, 2011

Margaret Daley's Protecting Her Own

Margaret Daley is an award winning, multi-published author in the romance genre. One of her romantic suspense books, Hearts on the Line, won the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Book of the Year Contest.

Recently she has won the Golden Quill Contest, FHL’s Inspirational Readers’ Choice Contest, Winter Rose Contest, Holt Medallion and the Barclay Gold Contest. She wrote for various secular publishers before the Lord led her to the Christian romance market.

She currently writes inspirational romance and romantic suspense books for the Steeple Hill Love Inspired lines, romantic suspense for Abingdon Press and historical romance for Summerside Press. She has sold seventy-five books to date.

Margaret is currently the President for American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), an organization of over 2200 members. She was one of the founding members of the first ACFW local chapter, WIN in Oklahoma. She has taught numerous classes for online groups, ACFW and RWA chapters. She enjoys mentoring other authors.

You can find Margaret online at her website, www.margaretdaley.com

Protecting Her Own

Nothing short of her dad’s stroke could bring professional bodyguard Cara Madison back to Virginia. But her homecoming turns explosive with a pipe bomb package addressed to her father. Cara knows two things for sure. First, someone’s after either her father or her…or both. And second, this job is too big to handle on her own. Unexpected help comes from Virginia state police detective Connor Fitzgerald. Years ago she’d walked away from him…and love. Now, despite their unresolved feelings, they must join forces—and settle their scarred differences.

Here's an excerpt of Protecting Her Own:

"I thought that was taken care of." Cara Madison gripped her cell to her ear so tightly her hand ached as she hurried toward the foyer of her childhood home to answer the door. Exhaustion clung to her as though woven into every fiber of her being.

The bell chimed again.

"No, the State Department still has some questions," Kyra Morgan, her employer at Guardians, Inc., said.

"Hold it a sec. Someone's at the door."

She peered through the peephole, noting a deliveryman with a package and clipboard, dressed in a blue ball cap, blue shorts and white T-shirt. Probably another birthday present from one of Dad's friends. She thrust open the door and cradled the cell against her shoulder to keep it in place.

"So I have to make a trip into Washington, D.C., to see Mr. Richards at the State Department?" Cara asked her boss while she scribbled her name on the sheet of paper then took the box.

Stepping back into the house, Cara shut the door with a nudge of her hip and carried the package to the round table in the center of the dining room to put it with the multitude of others—all presents from people around the world whom her father knew.

"Cara, I'm sorry you need to go at this time. I know that last assignment was rough and now with bringing your dad home from the rehabilitation center, you don't need this complication. Mr. Richards assured me it's just a debriefing about the riots occurring in Nzadi."
She wished she could say that wasn't her fault, but what she did had set the protests off. Guilt swamped her. In protecting her client, a revered humanitarian in Nzadi was killed instead. "Don't worry. I'm tough. I'll survive. I'll call the man and set up an appointment after I get Dad home and settled."

For a few seconds she studied the plain brown box from Global Magazine with C. Madison on the label before peeling back the top flap on the carton. The sound of the tape ripping the cardboard reverberated in the stillness, exposing the top of a gift wrapped in black paper. Black? True, her father was turning sixty tomorrow, but wasn't black wrapping a little too macabre after he suffered a stroke eight weeks ago?

"I'm sure it's only a formality." Her boss's assurance drew Cara's thoughts away from the gift. "My impression from the State Department was you won't have to go back to answer any more questions from the Nzadi government."

The word Nzadi shivered down her length, leaving a track of chills even though it was summer. "I'll call you after I talk to Mr. Richards. Bye." Cara clicked off and stared down at the open box that nestled the new present, wrapped in black paper. Black like people wore to funerals. Black as the dress of the beloved lady who had been killed in the café. Cara shivered again. She wanted to forget Nzadi, but she didn't think she ever would.

The image of the beautiful woman, bleeding out on the floor of the café, nudged those last days in the African country to the foreground. She'd managed to push the trophy wife she was protecting out of the way of the assassin's bullet, only to have it lodge in the woman across from them. Again she heard the angry shouts from the crowd as she'd been driven to the Nzadian airport. The people's grief over the death of Obioma Dia had evolved into fury at Cara and the woman she'd been assigned to protect.

A shrill whistle pierced the air.

Shaking the image and the shouts from her mind, she glanced toward the kitchen. The water she was heating for her tea. The noise insisted on her immediate attention and grated her frazzled nerves. But the sound was a welcome reprieve from the thoughts never far away.
She quickly headed toward the kitchen and a soothing cup of tea along with a moment to rest and think about her father's situation—the reason she was in Clear Branch. She craved peace after the past couple of hectic days—after her last disastrous bodyguard assignment in a country that fell apart around her. Nzadi was still suffering the worst unrest in decades.

Just inside the kitchen she pocketed her phone, wishing she could silence it like she could the teakettle's racket. But her cell was her lifeline, especially when she was on a job. And now also because her dad's homecoming celebration was cancelled because of a reaction to a new medication that made the doctor decide at the last minute to keep him a few more days. She'd planned a small birthday party for tomorrow and would need to finish calling his friends to tell them she'd have to postpone the festivity.

As steam shot out of the spout on the white pot, she snatched it off the burner and set it on a cool spot on the stove. Finally the loud, annoying sound quieted. She turned toward the cabinet behind her to get a mug.

Blissful silence—no angry people in Nzadi yelling words that still curdled her blood, no rehabilitation center—

A boom rocked the foundation beneath her feet. She flew back and slammed against the edge of the counter so hard the air rushed from her lungs. Her momentum then spun her to the side, her hip clipping the corner. Her head swung back against the freezer handle then forward. Darkness swirled before her eyes as bits of wood and plaster rained down upon her, stinging her skin. Her ears rang, drowning out any sound except the thundering of her heartbeat vying for dominance.

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Margaret is giving away a copy of Protecting Her Own. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

20 comments:

cjajsmommy said...

The description of this book didn't particularly excite me, but the excerpt certainly got my attention! Another book on to-be-read list. Please enter me in this giveaway.

Anonymous said...

This book sounds good.
Sunny

Amy said...

This book sounds like it would keep me up at night. Please enter me. Thanks.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

Linda said...

I'm a fan of Margaret's and suspense. Would love her book.

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Marianne said...

Thanks, Esther and Margaret for the interview and chance to win. Would love this book. mitzi_wanham[at]yahoo[dot]com from Peace River Country, Alberta

Joanne Sher said...

Oooooh does this sound good :) Please enter me!

Jackie S. said...

Margaret is one of my favorite authors...please enter me in the drawing! Thanks!
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apple blossom said...

please enter me thanks

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Pam K. said...

What a place to end the excerpt! I'd love to win "Protecting Her Own" so I could keep on reading.
Thanks for the giveaway.

pmk56[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

Anonymous said...

Hi, this book sounds like another successful hit for author, Margaret Daley! Would enjoy reading this book very much :) Thank you so much Margaret Daley for sharing your gift of writing ~~ you are so talented! Please enter me in the drawing for this suspenseful book:

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Peace,
Ann Villanueva

ann said...

Would like the chance to win a read your book.
Please enter me.


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DOT net

Linda Kish said...

Sounds great. Count me in please.

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Teresa M said...

Another book to add to the Summer read list. I absolutely "devour" suspense books! :) Hope to win, thanks for the chance! Teresa Mathews tsmathews61@gmail.com

Jo said...

Another book that sounds great that I would love to read.

Blessings,
Jo
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Tracy Smith said...

Thank you for hosting this giveaway. It sounds like a really good book!

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Diana Flowers said...

Please enter me for the giveaway! Thanks!

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Merry said...

Protecting Her Own sounds exciting, I'd love to be entered. Thanks!
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misskallie2000 said...

I can't wait to read Margaret's Protecting Her Own. I love suspense and romance and she has another winner with this one.

Thanks for another opportunity to enter.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Emma said...

Great interview.PROTECTING HER OWN sound wonderful.Please enter me in the giveaway.Thanks for the giveaway. I enjoy reading all of your books.

Judy said...

Enjoyed the interview. "Protecting Her Own" sounds like a very good read! Thanks for the chance to win this book.

judyjohn2004[at]yahoo[dot]com

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