Please join me in welcoming Claudia Shelton to Discover...
Writing the opening to Dangerous Lies was a wonderful memory revisit. A few years back I vacationed on Sanibel Island, which also means I spent time on Captiva, plus a day trip to Ft. Myers. Staying in a waterfront condo meant an endless view of the Gulf of Mexico, thick mangroves along the paths to the beautiful beaches and the sound of waves tumbling end over end before rushing in to shore. Those experiences helped me write the first few chapters.
But if you read Dangerous Lies, you'll find the hero and heroine end up in a totally different area of Florida which meant researching via the internet. In fact, I saw some gorgeous views and marinas and beachfront houses that reached into the millions. And since this story is fiction and I'm the one writing the story, I was able to take parts I wanted from different locations and make the location exactly what this romantic suspense adventure needed.
I think I hear Sanibel/Captiva calling me again!
Dangerous Lies Blurb:
To ex-Navy SEAL Mitch Granger, responsibility isn’t just a word. It’s his Code of Honor. But when assigned to protect Coercion Ten’s latest target, she challenges his authority, defies his rules, and wreaks havoc on his personal willpower. Fighting for her isn’t a problem. Giving his life for her isn’t a problem. Forgetting their world-stopping kiss? Definite problem. And if he can’t concentrate solely on keeping her safe, it may cost them both their lives.
Journalist Liz Walkert’s missing father sent her a cryptic message that she was in danger. What he didn’t tell her was why. Unbeknownst to Liz, her family has been in Witness Protection all her life. Mitch may be her bodyguard, but his protection comes close to being control, the one thing she has none of in his presence. After a kidnap attempt and a narrow escape from attacking CT forces, they both realize they’re going to need to focus on the mission and fight their attraction if they have any hope of surviving.
Each book in the Shades of Leverage series is STANDALONE:
* Slater's Revenge
* Dangerous Lies
* Slater's Revenge
* Dangerous Lies
Dangerous Lies Excerpt:
Racing out of his bedroom, he crouched low, hugging the wall as tightly as he clutched his gun. Should he alert Liz? Set up his perimeter at her door? No. Right now, he had a clear lead on the intruder. Other movement might put him on the defense.
Slowly, he inched down the stairs. Heard muffled footsteps. Saw a flash of light turned on. He inched farther down. Darkness flashed as the switch was evidently thrown off, leaving only the kitchen's nightlight casting a slight glow.
The footsteps headed toward him. A loud pop cut through the air.
Mitch jumped the railing. Landed, rolled twice, stood, and aimed his weapon. "Stay right where—"
Liz's terrified expression greeted his aim as she sucked in a panicked breath. Caught in the glow of the night-light, she scrunched her arms against her sides, shielding her chest by holding her hands in front of her, one of which held a chocolate milk.
"Wha-what are you doing?" Her shaky voice matched the tremble of her body.
"I heard a sound. Thought it might be CT."
She flipped on the overhead light, which illuminated her hair dripping wet. Her oversized sleep shirt skimmed more than halfway up her thighs. "Do I look like CT?"
Redundant question. No need for an answer. He was the one who needed answers. And, to keep his eyes on her face. "What was the loud pop I heard?"
Liz bent and retrieved a bag from the floor. "I dropped my cookies."
Dangerous Lies (Shades of Leverage Book 2)
About the Author
Award-winning author Claudia Shelton could write her name before the first day of school, but now she writes romantic suspense, thrillers and contemporary romance. In addition, she presents workshops for readers and authors. Her debut novel, Risk of a Lifetime, released to 5-star reviews, reached Amazon's Best Sellers Romance Series Top 100 and was named one of eBooks Galore top reads for 2014. She is also a two-time nominated Daphne Du Maurier (Unpublished) finalist for excellence in mystery. Claudia is the author of the Shades of Leverage action-adventure romantic suspense series.
On a personal note, Claudia considers herself a traveler, music lover and water person. A cool drink while listening to the splash of waves is always nice—so is a mug of hot chocolate in the falling snow. Her main priority is spending time with family, friends and her two sweet, conniving rescue dogs.