Favorite Suspense Books... No Safe Place by Sherri Shackelford (Guest Post & #Giveaway)

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No Safe Place
By Sherri Shackelford
Christian Romantic Suspense
Paperback & ebook, 224 Pages
January 1st 2019 by Love Inspired Suspense


He lives by the law.

She’s running for her life.

After forensic accountant Beth Greenwood uncovers a money-laundering scheme tying her company to the organization that murdered her mentor, she knows she needs to go into hiding. With ruthless killers in pursuit, she’s forced to rely on homeland security agent Corbin Ross’s protection—even as his investigation suggests Beth is complicit in embezzlement. Can their uneasy alliance develop into something deeper—and keep them alive?

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Guest Post: My Favorite Suspense Books
By Sherri Shackelford

Like many people, I got hooked on romantic suspense after reading the classic, Rebecca by Daphne DuMauier. Lately, I’ve been addicted to the Orphan X series by Gregg Hurwitz. Another favorite is Alex Kava, whose first book was set near where I live. The latest book I read was The Far Empty, by Scott J. Todd.

My favorite sleuth growing up was Trixie Belden. I enjoyed Nancy Drew, but she was a little too perfect for me. Plus, I got tired of hearing about how the character of Bess was pudgy. I always felt a little pudgy myself growing up, and George’s unkind digs toward his cousin often felt personal.

There was scene that stuck with me particularly hard. Bess, Nancy and George were eating lunch, and when Bess reached for another piece of bread, George physically restrained her! Seriously, George, get over yourself. Added to my worries about Bess, Nancy drove a perfect car, had a perfect dad, and always had perfect hair. I could not relate to any of that.

For me, Trixie was much more relatable. Her hair wasn’t always pristine, and her family was loving, though not necessarily perfect. Trixie got into trouble. A lot. She was too young for a car, but I’m sure she’d drive a jalopy and not blue convertible (Really, Nancy?! Your dad bought you a convertible?!)

When writing characters, people want to feel as though they can relate to something. I’m sure a lot of people related to Nancy, just not me. I still tend to like the scrappy heroines like Kinsey Milhone of the “A to Z” series. (Sadly, Sue Grafton died before she finished. The last book was Y is for Yesterday.) I also enjoyed Sarah Paretsky and her heroine, V.I. Warshawski. (They made a movie in the 90s based on her books, but it was awful! They’re making a mini-series out of Rebecca, and I have my fingers crossed it’s good.)

As some of you might know, for many years I wrote historical novels. Whether by accident or design, I always seemed to have an element of mystery in my story telling. When Harlequin closed the Love Inspired historical line, switching to contemporary romantic suspense was a natural fit.

I can’t say that I’ve completely gotten the hang of writing suspense. I’m still growing and learning and reading and trying to improve. There’s a definite trick to keeping the tension high while still giving the reader a chance to breath once in a while. Discovering authors who know how to write excellent romantic suspense helps me improve my own writing.

Help me discover some great new authors! Do you have a favorite suspense book or suspense hero/heroine you enjoy?

About the Author

A former naval reservist with a top-secret security clearance, Sherri writes rapid-fire suspense featuring captivating characters and heart-pounding romance. She's authored more than a dozen novels for Harper Collins publishing, including both historical and contemporary suspense.

Tour Schedule

January 7th:
The Power of Words
Splashes of Joy
January 8th:
Hearts & Scribbles
Jorie Loves A Story
January 9th:
Rockin' Book Reviews
January 10th:
Simply Kelina
Labor Not in Vain
By The Book
January 11th:
Wishful Endings
Heidi Reads...
January 14th:
Faithfully Bookish
Locks, Hooks and Books
Among the Reads
January 15th:
Book by Book
The Becca Files
January 16th:
The Barefoot Reader
Author Loraine D. Nunley
January 17th:
Tell Tale Book Reviews
Harlie's Books
Two Girls and a Book
January 18th:
Min Reads and Reviews
January 19th:
Grand Finale

Tour-Wide Giveaway

1 winner will win "A Little Bit More Romance Box," which includes the following items in a Decorative Box (pictured):
- Romance Bubble Bath
- Classic Cover Harlequin Notebook
- Collectible Addition Book of Romance Poems
- Romance Bath Bomb
- Scented Candle
- Fuzzy Socks
- Books: No Safe Place and His Substitute Mail-Order Bride by Sherri Shackelford, and Undercover Memories by Lenora Worth

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Ends January 23, 2019

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