By Deena Adams
Please welcome Valerie Massey Goree to the blog this week as she shares a bit about her newest release, Justice at Dawn. She’s graciously offered a paperback or digital copy to one person who comments on this post by August 10.
Welcome Valerie! And thanks so much for sharing on the blog today.
Justice at Dawn is the third novel in the Stolen Lives Trilogy. An International Retrieval Organization (IRO) agent in the first novel, Weep in the Night, is highlighted in the second, and an agent in Day of Reckoning takes the lead in the third.
I always knew I wanted to tell Cooper’s story after his brief appearance in the second novel. How did he get his scar? Why was he one-track minded in his work? Why was he single?
It is always exciting to create a backstory for a character. To uncover his fears, his shattered dreams, his greatest desire for the future, and discover how those events shaped his personality and his present life.
Of course I had to create a heroine worthy of Cooper’s attention. In my opinion, there are enough novels where the heroine is petite, helpless, always concerned about her perfect makeup. So . . . my heroine in Justice at Dawn is anything but petite or helpless, and she has a unique backstory. Now, don’t get me wrong, KC is vulnerable and has issues from her past she has to overcome, too, but she is the perfect foil for Cooper.
My characters talk to me as I reveal their stories. I knew a little of KC’s early years when I began, but then she filled in the rest and I nearly cried. Poor little girl to be—never mind. You’ll have to read the novel to find out more.
Researching for my plot points always interests me. IRO agents are essentially private detectives on steroids. They have access to superior technology, and with a hefty budget, they can provide services regular PIs can’t. However, they have to abide by the state’s requirements to obtain a license to operate.
As the lead training agent, Cooper provides KC with the necessary course work she needs. He has never had a rookie quite like her before. Will KC pass the test, or will her stubborn streak cause Cooper more problems than he’s willing to overlook?
It’s been great learning more about your book, Valerie. Thanks again for sharing with readers! May God continue to bless you as you write for Him.
Join the conversation. Have you read any of Valerie’s previous novels? Do you enjoy reading romantic suspense? Are you intrigued by Valerie’s description of Justice at Dawn?
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Justice at Dawn by Valerie Massey Goree
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Cooper Callahan has been an International Retrieval Organization operative for fifteen years. In all that time he has never worked with a trainee like Kitty Claire Briggs. Overflowing with energy, KC isn’t quiet long enough for him to think. But when the boss assigns them a training mission to follow Sadie, his wife, KC’s serious side emerges.
Sure, former stunt double, KC, wants to be an agent, but she also has an ulterior motive to be accepted by IRO—she wants access to their superior technology. Can she locate her quarry without Cooper finding out?
As Cooper shares the finer points of surveillance with KC, his waning faith is strengthened by her enthusiasm for the Lord and for the job. When the training exercise turns into a real abduction, will KC’s naiveté lead to death or to a successful conclusion to the case?
American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis Award winner Valerie Massey Goree resides on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula of Washington State.
After serving as missionaries in her home country of Zimbabwe and raising two children, Glenn and Valerie moved to Texas. She worked in the public school system for many years, focusing on students with special needs. Now retired in Washington, Valerie spends her time writing and spoiling her grandchildren.
Novels include: Deceive Me Once; Colors of Deceit; The Stolen Lives Trilogy, Weep in the Night; Day of Reckoning; andJustice at Dawn. Set in Australia, Forever Under Blue Skies, is now available from Amazon.
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