Thursday, January 05, 2017

THE SABOTEUR - Susan Page Davis - One Ebook Giveaway

BIO: Susan Page Davis is the author of more than 60 novels and novellas in the historical romance, mystery, and suspense genres. She is the mother of six and grandmother of ten. A Maine native, she now lives in western Kentucky with her husband Jim. Visit her website at:

Dear Readers, Susan and I have been very good friends for a long time. We’ve been involved in several novella collections together. And we’ve attended a retreat for historical fiction authors in south Texas, as well as being at ACFW conferences together. I love her books. She’s a master at grabbing the readers and dragging them straight into the action. And I always love her characterizations.

 Welcome back, Susan. How did you come up with the idea for this story?
Well, for one thing, I had my first (and only so far) panic attack, and it terrified me. I was afraid a heroine who suffers anxiety attacks might be unsympathetic, but I’ve tried to make Debra a likeable person. And a town near where I used to live actually had a run-down old building for a police station. I learned from an officer that they had quit using holding cells there because state laws were so stringent on the care of people in confinement, so it sort of sprang into my mind that there might be old jail cells that were no longer being used. I’d better not say any more.

If you were planning a party with Christian authors of contemporary fiction, what six people would you invite and why?
I’d pick Sibella Giorello (Love her Raleigh Harmon series!), Cara Putman, Sunni Jeffers, and Kristen Eckhardt (I’ve worked on some cozy mystery series with them), James Scott Bell, and Terri Blackstock.

Now let’s do that for a party for Christian authors of historical fiction, what six people would you invite and why?
You, Lena, because you’re always fun to be around! Also, Vickie McDonough, Erica Vetsch, Angela Breidenbach, Julianna Deering (That’s her pen name, but you know—I adore her Drew Fathering series!), and Kim Sawyer. I think that would make a very interesting gathering. A little mystery, a little romance, a little humor.

I’d really enjoy that party. 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?
So many ideas, so little time, Lena! I want each book I present to be well done, and that takes time.

Tell us about the featured book, The Saboteur.
Debra Griffin takes a job at the local police station as secretary to the detective sergeant, Michael Van Sant. Michael is trying to learn who wants to sabotage his unit, and Debra is soon caught up in his hush-hush investigation—while she tries not to fall head over heels for her boss. But danger is nearer than she thinks. When she confronts the saboteur, Mike and his detectives race against the clock. But is one of the men he trusted is trying to get Debra out of the way and bring them down? 

Please give us the first page of the book.
Debra Griffin turned her face into the breeze as she pumped gas into the tank of her forest green Sentra. Pale green leaves were just unfurling on the big maple tree at the edge of the parking lot. Another fleeting Maine summer was on the way. The sun warmed her skin, and she wrinkled her nose as the gas fumes rose around her.

Behind her, the door to the convenience store closed, and she turned her head slightly. A young man hurried toward the Jeep Cherokee parked on the other side of the pumps. He pulled off a knit cap, and she thought he was overdressed for the warm spring day. His tousled brown hair eclipsed the goatee he was growing. He glanced toward her, and their eyes met for an instant. Debra turned away, not liking his sharp expression.

The Jeep started, and he pulled out of the lot onto the main road through town, driving swiftly away to the south. Massachusetts license plate, Debra noted. That figured. An early tourist. They always thought it was chilly.

She replaced the hose in its niche on the pump. Every week when she was at home, she bought gas at Farnham’s. The small general store had somehow survived on the edge of the city of Rushton, catering to people who had lived in the area for many years. Debra entered the little emporium, which sold everything from stovepipe to cappuccino, and was surprised that Belinda was not behind the counter.

She stood for a moment uncertainly, perusing the displays of small items on the counter. Lollipops, fudge, “penny candy” that sold for a dime, Maine key rings, Slim Jims, and bookmarks. Behind the counter was a lottery ticket dispenser and a rack of cigarette cartons. No other customers were in the store.

Debra turned around and called heartily, “Hey, B’linda! Where are you?”

“Back here!” came her friend’s voice, from the office at the back corner of the store. Debra walked swiftly through the aisles of Band-aids and tube socks.

“It was a guy in a black Jeep,” Belinda said as Debra entered the tiny office.

Belinda put her hand over the telephone receiver. “Sorry, Deb, we’ve been robbed.”

I’m eager to read the rest of the book. How can readers find you on the Internet?
Find Susan at:
Twitter: @SusanPageDavis

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Susan Page Davis said...

Hi, Lena! Great to visit again, and to have a brand-new book to talk about. I hope to have the paperback by the time you draw our winner, so they can choose an e-book or a paperback of The Saboteur.

Linda Kish said...

Well, that was a good start and a great way to get people hooked. I'd love to read more.

Linda in So Cal

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Susan Page Davis said...

Thanks, Linda! Glad you stopped in.

Britney Adams said...

I love Susan's stories and can't wait to read this one! Thanks so much for sharing this interview and giveaway, ladies.

Britney Adams, TX

Caryl Kane said...

I'm currently enjoying Susan's Frasier Island series. I would love to read this one. Thank you for the wonderful interview and giveaway.

Caryl K, TX

Susan Page Davis said...

Britney, thanks for your longtime support! Caryl, I saw your review of the first book today (Frasier Island). I'm glad I get a chance to say thank you! Those reviews really help the authors, and we appreciate so much the time you take to leave your comments in reviews.

EJ said...

OK I'm already hooked & have added this book to my list of must reads! Elaine in WI

Susan Page Davis said...

Thanks, Elaine! (My middle name, BTW).

Susan Johnson said...

This looks like a great book. I would love to win a copy.
Susan in Texas

Marianne Barkman said...

I don't often comment though I love most of the books you feature, since I'm only inthe US as a snowbird. I love Susan's books, and would love to win

Marianne in Arizona

Susan Page Davis said...

Marianne, I love Arizona, too! I have a book releasing in March that is set there (My Heart Belongs in the Superstition Mountains), as well as a re-issue of my older book Almost Arizona, under at new title: Desert Moon. I was out there last January, just about this time, and it was so warm and beautiful! I loved poking around Prescott and that area while doing research.

Kim hansen said...
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Kim hansen said...

Sounds like a good read. north platte nebraska.

Connie said...

I absolutely loved this first page! Thanks for sharing.
Connie from KY

Susan Page Davis said...

Thanks, Connie and Kim!

Lourdes said...

WOW thanks for the giveaway, love what I read on the first page.

Lourdes Long Island, New York.

Anne Payne said...

The teaser is awesome! Can't wait to read this suspense story. Panic attacks are scary. I've had one or two and hope I never have another one. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of The Saboteur.


Susan Page Davis said...

Thank you, Anne and Lourdes! I'm thrilled with the reception this book is getting.