Monday, November 21, 2011

Suzanne Hartmann's Peril

Suzanne Hartmann is a homeschool mom of three and lives in the St. Louis area. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Composition & Linguistics from Western Illinois University. To relax, she enjoys scrapbooking, reading, and Bible study. She began writing fiction when her children were young, and four of her short stories were published in a Milliken Publishing reading workbook. Peril: Fast Track Thriller Bk. #1 is her debut novel.

On the editorial side, Suzanne is a contributing editor with Port Yonder Press and operates the Write This Way Critique Service. Through her blog, Write This Way, she has become known as an author who can explain writing rules and techniques in easy-to-understand terms. Her popular Top 10 series of articles formed the basis for her e-book on the craft of writing, Write This Way: Take Your Writing to a New Level

You can find me online at
My Website – (FastTrackThrillers), My Blog - Write This Way, Facebook, Twitter - (@SuzInIL), GoodReads – Suzanne Hartmann

You can find my books online at
OakTara Publishing, Amazon, CBD, At my website: Fast Track Thrillers



Peril

A top secret agent with enhanced strength must use her extraordinary abilities during several high-profile assignments from the White House to NASCAR tracks. When unwanted publicity threatens to expose her, she herself becomes a terrorist target, with danger surrounding her on all sides.

“Plenty of action and unexpected twists.”

Foreword by Jimmy Makar, General Manager of Joe Gibbs Racing


Here's an excerpt of Peril:

The moment Lady Anne stepped outside the Mashkoori embassy, the Washington, D.C. heat hit her like a wall. The humidity wrapped itself around her like a blanket, heightening the ball of tension writhing in her stomach like slithering serpents. As she placed a hand on the arm King Ahmad held out for her, she firmly pushed her misgivings aside. Premonition or not, she had a job to do.

While she settled herself near the king in the rear of the second of two stretch Hummers, two of his personal bodyguards took up positions by the driver’s compartment. She brushed a neatly manicured finger against a miniscule earbud as she tucked a stray strand of curly blonde hair into her elegant updo. The wallet-shaped wireless device in her purse would pick up the chatter between the Secret Service agents at the White House and transmit it to the earbud. Knowing she would hear if they spotted any danger eased some of the tension which had been building all morning. But would the well-respected agency live up to its reputation and stop the planned assassination attempt against the king, or would she need to display her enhanced strength to protect her charge?

As the driver pulled away from the embassy, she glanced at King Ahmad. The sea-green eyes in his swarthy complexion under black hair liberally salted with gray seemed out of place, but it was a tribute to the mixed European and Arabic heritage of Mashkoor, which set between Bulgaria and Turkey. Had he heard that a representative of Husam-Jabbar announced the group’s intentions on Al Jazeera this morning?

“Are you ready, my lady?” Something about the glint in his eyes and the set of his jaw told her he was prepared for whatever might come today, whether he’d heard the latest news or not. Perhaps he had become used to the constant threat. After all, every Muslim terrorist group in existence had pledged to kill the first Arabic king to convert to Christianity.

He opened a cabinet that hid a wet bar and refrigerator, pulled out a long-stemmed glass, poured himself some water, then waved a hand towards the cabinet. “Please help yourself.”

Grateful for something to focus on, Lady Anne followed the king’s lead. A sip of the water’s coolness washed clarity into her thinking as though it were a dose of fresh confidence. If this had been a normal assignment, her veins would have pulsed with restrained energy at the thought of a reason to unleash her enhanced strength.

But nothing about this mission was normal. And if she must use her abilities today, it would be under the watchful eyes of the media. The thought of the power the media held to expose her secrets sent a shiver up her spine. The ball of tension writhing in her stomach like serpents slithering inside a small cage finally burst. It was far too late to back down now. Either way, she would fulfill her duty.

A rap on the glass behind the driver’s compartments brought her thoughts back to her surroundings.

The thin, beardless guard nodded to his bearded partner. In sync, they pulled out twin Ruger .40 SWs and aimed them at King Ahmad.

Lady Anne’s hand shook, spilling water onto the floor. She tapped the king’s arm to warn him. Were the intelligence reports wrong about the attack? Perhaps Husam-Jabbar had intentionally misled them.

Thin Guard slid down the long leather seat lining the driver’s side and came to a stop directly across from King Ahmad. He straightened his back, raised his chin, then addressed the king in Arabic. Although Lady Anne couldn’t understand the words, the gleam in his eyes radiated pride and determination, not hatred.

King Ahmad looked down his long nose at the guard. “You are rude, Kalil, to speak Arabic in front of my guest. Will you condemn her to death without even the benefit of knowing why?”

Kalil glanced at Lady Anne and wrinkled his nose as though she were a piece of garbage, then nodded. “I will grant the wish of a dead man.” He pulled his shoulders back and seemed to take on the role of a judge. “King Ahmad, you have defiled both yourself and Mashkoor by taking up the blasphemous practices of Christianity. According to Hadith 9:57, it is my duty to kill you.”

Here's the book trailer for Peril:




You can purchase Peril from Amazon.

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

7 comments:

marybelle said...

PERIL looks amazing. I'm loving the idea of enhanced strength & extraordinary abilities.

marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

Jo said...

Wow, What I read has me hooked already. I want to read the rest of this book. Please enter me.

Blessings,
Jo
ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

cjajsmommy said...

This is the not the genre I usually read but the excerpt has my attention. Please enter me to win this book.

djragno [at]
hotmail [dot] com

Marianne said...

i would love to win this book, Esther and Suzanne - the genre i like, the topics i love. i also follow Write This Way blog. Thanks for the giveaway and post

marianne[ot]wanham[at]gmail[dot]com

Rev. Kim Justice said...

What an opportunity to win an awesome book.. Thanks so much..

Teela said...

Would love to win and read this book. Thanks for the chance to win!
Teelayoung@hotmail.com

Amy said...

This book looks really good. I bet my mom would like it too.

amyholbrook2003(at)yahoo(dot)com

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