Welcome back, Tina. How did you come up with the idea for this story?
My love for WWII and movies of that time gave me the idea for this story. The Trail of the Sandpiper Series. Betrayed, Rescued and Avenged follow the story of Justine Whitman, a missionary wife whose compound is attacked and she must get herself and several children off the island through enemy lines. The navy is there and after a spy. And they have to use code to decipher between the real Sandpiper and the fake. The story comes from three movies
Pearl Harbor, which shows
the attack on the island. Father Goose,
a story about a drunk coastwatcher and a girl's school teacher and the girls
they have to get off the island, and Windtalkers,
which tells about the Navaho Code Talkers.
Many times, people (and other authors) think you have it made with so many books published. What is your most difficult problem with writing at this time in your career?
Right now my mind feels kind of fried. I have several books to finish, and one on deadline, but we just moved and are still unpacking and getting our house in order and we are trying to set up a business and still trying to get our other house sold. Plus I just got over being sick. Needless to say, it makes sitting down to think hard. Not that I can't sit down, but when I do, I can't always formulate the words that have been running through my head. I hand write most of my stories and still come back wondering if that's what I really meant to say.
Tell us about the featured book.
Rescued is the second in my Trail of the Sandpiper Series. Justine Whitman, whose missionary compound was attacked in Betrayed— book one, is still trying to get herself and several children off the island. She also has the
US military to contend with. Tyler
Merrick of the US Navy has finally decided she is not the spy and can be
trusted, and he follows her to a sheltered island where they hope the Nandus,
the sub that is coming to get them, can pick them up without Japanese detection
as the Japanese are not only following them on land but they are waiting
offshore for the sub as well. Justine and Tyler still don't know who the enemy
in their ranks is and hope they can catch them before someone else dies.
Please give us the first page of the book.
"Please, please, don't kill me. Don't..." She shrank back against the muddy sidewalls of her prison—afraid to look up at the man who reached for her through the bars of the grate. In her heart, she knew who reached for her; she could almost see his leering smile.
She whispered his name, "Thomas MacGregor," better known as Tomoyuki Nekata, the Japanese commander. The enemy.
He wanted her trust. Ha. The traitor. He'd come back to kill her. She froze, hoped he'd go away. He stood there. Watching her. Breathing heavily.
A long arm spanned the distant and his fingers fell on her. His nails cut into her head as he grabbed a handful of hair and began to tug.
She shivered and started to whimper, "No, no, please. I don't want to die. I can't die, my children, my children..." She pled with her tormentor. Thomas MacGregor didn't answer. He was a shadow with dark eyes and a white smile.
She started to scream.
Slapping at her tormentor, Justine sat up and found herself wildly swatting thin air. There was no hand in her hair, no tormentor. She sat in darkness. Alone. Her heart fluttered in her chest as she labored to breathe, she covered it and pressed. Then felt along her limbs and body to make sure she was okay. Her gaze darting about, she listened to the night and realized where she was.
It had been a dream, only a dream. Justine assured herself as she took a deep breath. She was still in Dugan's back room and, for now, she was okay.
"For now." She still wasn't off the island. All the fears that threatened to overwhelm her surfaced again.
Since the Japanese invasion, Justine's life had become one ordeal after another. She'd been imprisoned. Her husband, Mark, had died. The mission camp where she'd lived had been obliterated, leaving her with several orphaned children to lead to safety. Now she had the help of Tyler Merrick and the US Navy, but still ... she felt like she'd done a dismal job. Would she ever get herself and the children to safety?
Interesting. How can readers find you on the Internet?
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/TinaEPinsonAuthor
Pinterest - http://pinterest.com/tinapinson/
Thank you, Tina, for sharing this book with us.
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Rescued (Trail of the Sandpiper Book 2) - Kindle
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