Sunday, November 04, 2012

DEAD WRONG - Susan Sleeman - Three Free Copies of DOUBLE EXPOSURE

Welcome back, Susan. Tell us about your salvation experience.
I believe that being baptized as an infant saves and so my experience was as a baby. I believe I was brought into God’s family as an infant, however my life has been dedicated to discipleship and living out His word. I have always lived with faith and don’t know a time when I didn’t believe in Jesus Christ. My walk has changed over the years and has matured, but it has always been there for me, and I have always been assured of my salvation.

You’re planning a writing retreat where you can only have four other authors. Who would they be and why?
Wow, this is a tough question. I believe we can all learn from each other’s experiences and our needs change as we grow and develop. So who I may want at my retreat today, could change tomorrow. That said. . ,

I would definitely want to include someone who has been in the writing business for a long time and could share business tips with me. Someone who has seen the many changes in the business. I guess, that person for me would be my agent Chip MacGregor. In addition to being an incredible agent, he is also an author so I can include him on my list.

I would want to include an author who is doing well in the genre I am writing in and who is a fabulous writer. A very successful Christian suspense author whose writing I admire is Sibella Giorello so I’d invite her. I love her creativity, her prose and her characters and would love to talk with her about the genre. Plus I just love her name. lol

For much of the same reasons, I would also ask Steven James. He creates such amazing thrillers with intricate plot twists and big story kind of books. Plus I interviewed him in person many years ago, and he’s a very interesting and creative person.

My last pick would be Sandra Robbins, my dear, sweet friend who is the best encourager. Sandra has given me great advice and has helped steer my career in the early days and she continues to do so today. Plus she’s just so sweet and fun. I’d love to spend time with her.

Do you have a speaking ministry? If so, tell us about that.
I do speak to groups at times, but I don’t do so on a regular basis.

What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you and how did you handle it?
Wow, only one, huh? One that stands out in my mind is from the days when I traveled weekly. When you fly on a weekly basis, you sort of go on autopilot, especially in airports you frequently pass through. I was in the Cincinnati airport after a long week and was exhausted. My plane was delayed. I had to use the restroom, and I’d sat at this particular gate many times so I thought I knew which restroom was the women’s and which was the men’s. Let’s just say I must have been more tired than I originally thought. I was wrong, and both, I and a man were surprised to see me in there. I averted my eyes and rushed out of the room, my face burning. I’m far more careful in choosing public restrooms now.

People are always telling me that they’d like to write a book someday. I’m sure they do to you, too. What would you tell someone who came up to you and said that?
I tell them that is how I started writing and I encourage them to try it if that is there dream. I then explain the realities of the publishing world and tell them it is difficult to break into it. I then encourage them to join a writer’s group. If they want to write inspiration fiction, I refer them to American Christian Fiction Writers. And if they show me they are serious over time, I give them Randy Ingermanson’s book Writing Fiction for Dummies. This is a wonderful beginner’s book and people have told me how much it helped them get started.

Tell us about the featured book.
My November release, Dead Wrong is the second book in my Justice Agency series. This is a five book series about five siblings with a law enforcement background who now work together in a private investigations agency to help people who traditional law enforcement can’t help.

Dead Wrong features Kat Justice a former Portland police officer. When her client and old college friend is murdered, Kat knows the killer will come for her next. Her survival depends on finding her unknown enemy first…and working with homicide detective Mitch Elliot, her onetime crush. It takes all her professional skills to ignore the sparks between them, but Kat can’t allow the handsome cop to get close. She’s seen too many people she loves die, so she vows just to do her job without getting emotionally involved. Yet keeping her distance may not be the best way to protect her heart—or their lives.

Please give us the first page of the book.
Something was wrong. Seriously wrong.

Kat Justice flipped the light switch again. Once. Twice. Three times. Click, click, click.


She held her breath and listened. No hum from the refrigerator on the other side of the wall. No bubbling of the aquarium. She couldn’t even hear the heater that should be running on this unusually cold Oregon day. Just silence, pulsing in the dark.

Someone had cut the power to Nancy’s house. Were they still here, hiding in the murky shadows? Should she continue going forward or back out of the house?

A fresh wave of concern sent a shiver down her back.

“Easy, Kat,” she whispered as she often had when she’d served on the Portland police force. But calming her nerves wasn’t so easy anymore. Not since she’d left the force to work as a private investigator in the family agency. Now she rarely faced danger.

But this new case was different. A man had followed her friend Nancy home. She feared it had to do with her brother Nathan’s recent death. She believed he’d been murdered.

Kat had told Nancy to call 911, but the police weren’t here. Had Nancy been unable to make the call? After finding the house dark, Kat called 911 herself, but she couldn’t stand outside and wait for them to rescue Nancy. She had to protect her friend at all costs.

Gun in hand, she slowly set off, putting one foot in front of the other and hugging the dining room wall to make herself less of a target. Her heart thumped wildly as she felt her way to the kitchen doorway.

Nancy,” she whispered.

No response. She took another step, sliding her foot along the floor. It thudded into something soft yet solid. She knelt down and felt along the floor. A leg. A jean clad female leg.

Her breath hitched in her lungs as she moved toward the spicy scent of her friend’s signature perfume.

Nancy?” she whispered again, fear ripping open her heart.

She located her friend’s neck and checked her pulse.


For a moment, she could only sit in horror. Nancy was dead. Her old college friend, the woman she’d just reconnected with after seven years was gone. Kat had failed her.

No, God, no. Not this. Not Nancy.

A sound drifted through the darkness. The barest of sounds like a whisper. Kat held her breath and listened. Soft footfalls. One then another, moving on carpet in the next room. Step after slow step. Heading her way.

He’s still here.

Hands trembling, she jerked back against the wall.

Way to leave us hanging. I want more. How can readers find you on the Internet?
The best places to find me on the Internet are,
Review Site

Thank you, Susan, for sharing this book with us.

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Dead Wrong (Love Inspired Suspense) - paperback
Dead Wrong (The Justice Agency) - Kindle

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Unknown said...

Why don't we hear guys talk about bathroom embarrasements? Don't they ever walk into the wrong one, or are they immune to the feeling? Thanks for the interview, Lena and Susan, and for the chance to win.

marianne from northern Alberta

Anonymous said...

We have Susan's books in the church library. I would love to win a copy of "Double Exposure".
I live in the Sunshine State of Florida.
Janet Estridge

Linda Kish said...

Sounds great. Count me in, please.


lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Bethany said...

I'd love to be entered- I'm in Ohio :)

cbus.blogger at gmail dot com

scottsgal said...

I love mysteries - please enter me
cheryl in IL
msboatgal at

Jo said...

I love cozy mysteries. Would love to win a copy of this book.

Jo from Southern Arizona

Anonymous said...

I had my own bathroom experience and thank God it turned out ok. My niece was 3 and ran into a bathroom at a rest area to find her brother. What else could I do? I ran in after her praying no guys were in there. God was looking out for us because the only guys in there were her brother and mine washing their hands.

Jasmine from near Glacier Park Montana.

Jasmine A. said...

Anonymous said...

I had my own bathroom experience and thank God it turned out ok. My niece was 3 and ran into a bathroom at a rest area to find her brother. What else could I do? I ran in after her praying no guys were in there. God was looking out for us because the only guys in there were her brother and mine washing their hands.

Jasmine from near Glacier Park Montana.

P.S. Sorry I forgot to post this with my name.

Anonymous said...

Would love to win!! Angela from KY

Amy C said...

Double Exposure sounds really good!
Amy C

Breanna said...
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Mary Preston said...

I think my heart stopped reading the first page. Very dramatic & exciting.

Mary P


Susan Sleeman said...

Marianne you are so right. Men never share bathroom stories. Janet I'm thrilled you have my books in your church library. Jasmine, so glad your story turned out well. Breanna so thrilled that you enjoy my books. Mary P. wouldn't want your heart to stop, but glad you found the opening exciting. Thanks Linda, Cheryl, Bethany, Angela, Jo and Amy for stopping by to leave comments. Best wishes to all in winning Double Exposure!

rubynreba said...

Dead Wrong looks very exciting. I enjoy books about law enforcement and I'm anxious to see how the siblings work together.
Beth from IA

Connie R. said...

I love to meet new authors by winning their books! Have met many wonderful new friends! I live in the Pine Tree State of Maine.

Cindy Q said...

Would love to win. Enjoy reading new-to-me authors.

Living in Tempe, AZ.

bonnie said...

Would love to be introduced to your writing style by winning one of your books!

Linda Ortiz said...

You are a great writer! Love your suspense books :-)

DenaNetherton said...

Hi Susan, I just added you to my twitter. Loved your interview. Please enter me in the drawing for your book. I write suspense and am considering trying my hand at romantic suspense I'm a member of ACFW, and live in gorgeous Estes Park, CO.

Hannah said...

I would love to win Double Exposure!
Hannah from CA

Kandra said...

Whew...this sounds pretty chilling for the first page! Count me in!
Kandra in TN

Sharon Richmond said...

Enter me this book looks great!!
Sharon Richmond

Susan Sleeman said...

Beth I too am a fan of law enforcement books. That’s why I write them. Thanks so much for the compliment, Linda! I really appreciate it. Thanks for leaving comments Connie, Cindy, Bonnie, Hannah, Kandra, and Sharon. Best wishes to everyone in winning Double Exposure!!

Deenie said...

Please enter me. I love this genre

Anonymous said...

I love to read Christian suspense
novels. Please enter me for a chance
to win this book.
God Bless You!

Dennie Richmond
Blanch, NC

Katie said...

Sounds GREAT! I'm from NC.

Katie G.

Sarah Rebekah Richmond said...

Enter me!!

Susan Sleeman said...

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment Sarah, Katie, Dennie, and Deenie. Best wishes in winning a copy of Double Exposure!!

Nancee said...

This sounds like such a good book. I'd love to win a copy! Thank you, Lena, for offering such a nice interview with Susan, and for offering this contest!

Nathanael Richmond said...

Looks Interesting!
Enter Me!
Blanch, NC

Holly Magnuson said...

HollyMag from Sunny Southern California! I would love a chance to win one of Susan's books!

Lourdes said...

Sounds like a great series. Great interview would love to win.

Lourdes in Long Island, NY

Diana Gardner said...

Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks! Portsmouth, VA

Susan Sleeman said...

Thanks for stopping by to enter to win Double Exposure, Nancee, Nathanael, Holly and Lourdes! Best wishes on your entry!

Janet Kerr said...

Hi Susan,
I would very much like to read this book...series. And your cover is great!
Jan from B.C. CANADA


Jes said...

I couldn't help but chuckle at your airport public restroom experience - "both, I and a man were surprised to see me in there." LOL! :) Thanks for the giveaway!

Jes (CA)
jswaks at gmail dot com

Shopgirl said...

This sounds really suspenseful! I'm in MN.

Mark said...

I'd like to enter. Ohio here