Published: Aug 19, 2014
Publisher: Penguin Intermix
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Faking her death was easy, living with her past is harder, but nothing is more dangerous than falling in love…
Sandra Walsh was a deadly sniper for the Sweet Briar Group, a covert agency with assassins for hire, until her last mission went horribly wrong, accidentally killing an innocent girl. Knowing she’s a danger to her team, Sandra goes off the grid, becoming a Shade—an agent declared dead but secretly hiding among the living. She intends to honor her vow never to pull another trigger or have contact with the spy world again. Until she meets Casper Grady…
Grady is a former Marine with a troubled past and a debt to pay. His life mission has gone from protecting the nation to helping local children and their families. The moment he meets Sandra, he knows there’s more to her than meets the eye, but he can’t help but be drawn to the mysterious femme fatale. And when Sandra’s past suddenly catches up to her, Grady is determined to protect her at all costs, no matter how dark and dangerous her secrets are.
As the danger increases, so does their intense attraction. But when they’re forced to choose between each other and the people they’ve sworn to protect, their growing love might not be enough to keep them together—or alive…
Guest Post by P.A. DePaul
Thank you Share My Destiny for hosting me today! My name is P.A. DePaul and I’m the author of the Romantic Suspense, SBG series. Exchange of Fire, SBG #1 introduces a clandestine Black Ops team working for SweetBriar Group (AKA SBG), a corporation the rest of the world believes is an environmental company.
One of the top questions I’m asked is how I researched for Exchange of Fire. I used the internet, library, bookstore, and… today’s topic: Writer’s Police Academy.
Attending the Writer’s Police Academy has been invaluable in so many ways. For two years I’ve been able to attend this awesome academy (which is getting harder and harder to do since attendance is limited and its popularity is increasing). What is the Writer’s Police Academy (WPA)? So glad you asked! To quote their website (because they define it best) “The Writer’s Police Academy offers the most hands-on, interactive and educational experience writers can find to enhance their understanding of all aspects of law enforcement and forensics. This is a one of a kind event, featuring real police, fire, and EMS training at an actual police academy. Top instructors and experts!”
Nice! I need as much help as I can get. Writing about Black Ops teams completing covert missions doesn’t exactly make it easy to find information. Cue the top instructors and experts part of the definition. Men and women traveled to Greensboro, NC from all over the country to give workshops and demonstrations. They gave up their days off to stand in front of bunch of authors and talk about what they know best. Thank God.
Authors are a weird bunch (Yes, I include myself in this statement). We want to know the nitty-gritty. We lobbed off-the-wall questions and macabre scenarios at these experts and they coughed up the answers—sometimes after pausing, blinking, and stuttering with laughter. I did mention we’re a weird bunch, right?
Now, I’d take over this blog if I tried to list every expert I got to talk to or attend a workshop for over the last two years. There are just that many and I don’t think Share My Destiny would appreciate it. <grin> So, I promised myself I’d stick to a handful of key contacts who I can call on with my questions as I write the SBG series.
Having one of the top snipers in the country on my list of experts is jaw-dropping and invaluable. I can’t stress the last word in that sentence enough. I can’t begin to describe the time and attention he has given me over the years answering all my varied questions. He’s drawn charts and pictures, responded with long emails explaining a certain point in detail (thank goodness), he’s given me sources for more information, and he’s allowed me to hold and lay down behind his rifle as he continues to explain his world. In Exchange of Fire, Wraith, a female sniper, would not be as badass with his expertise.
Other contacts on my short list include a police chief in Louisiana, a NY Times bestselling author who used to be an explosives expert, a chief pilot, a fire marshal, an ATF special agent, and a microbiologist. Seriously cool! I want to go into detail for each one of these experts like I had for my sniper contact, but I have to turn the blog back over. I will state that without these experts willing to give up their time to talk to us and to field questions beyond the workshop, the SBG series would’ve been almost impossible to write with any type of believability. I truly thank them for that.
Just like I thank you so much for taking the time to experience one of the nuances of attending the Writer’s Police Academy with me! Do you have questions for me? Woots! Bring ‘em on. I’m ready!
PA is offering a tour wide giveaway of 5-- $10 Amazon or B&N gift cards (winner’s choice) plus 4 e-copies of Exchange of Fire (sent via Netgalley). Just check out today’s post, leave a comment, and then fill out the giveaway widget!
P.A. DePaul is a multi-genre romance author including paranormal fantasy and romantic suspense. She originally hails from Carroll County and Baltimore County, Maryland, but also lived in Macon and Warner Robins, Georgia. She currently resides in a beautiful community just outside Philadelphia. Exchange of Fire is the first novel in the SBG series with the second novel, Shadow of Doubt, releasing April 2015
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