Late nights of reading, writing, frantically organizing clothes to pack, and stressing over pitches. This has been my life for the last few weeks. Know why?
The ACFW Writers Conference
That's why! I am so looking forward to this weekend and cannot wait to spend five days surrounded by writers talking about the things we all love. Plots, books, characters, description...if it has something to do with writing, we will probably talk about it!
It was during one of those later nights while I was enjoying a few minutes of "me" time (a.k.a. reading time) that we set the stage for a funny, Emilie-story.
There I was, home alone at night, not a care in the world, hoping to catch up on some of my review-reading (because I've been quite behind as of last). I was really enjoying my current read, Lifeline by Christy Barritt (more on this in a moment) when suddenly a knock on the door shattered the silence.
Immediately my heart was beating. My eyes were wide. My hands frozen in the air, suspending the book in front of me. You see, my roommate and I don't often get house calls and it was late (in my opinion) for an unannounced visit.
That's when the questions began - do I answer it? Do I pretend I'm not home though the lights are on? Do I even hazard a peek through the window?
Well...eventually, when I was breathing regularly again (almost) I made my way to the door and peeked out at a young gentleman holding a pizza box. Apparently, he had the wrong door I went through all that fright for nothing.
Either way, this is a great transition into the fantastic book that had me fearing for my life at the knock from a pizza deliverly guy.
Second in the Security Experts series, Christy Barritt does it again with Lifeline! Her first novel in this series, Key Witness (find my review here) introduced us to Eyes, a private security organization.
In Lifeline, Eyes once again plays a role in the novel with familar characters Elle Phillips and Mark Denton (from Key Witness).
Julianne Grace doesn't trust men, and for good reason. Her ex-fiance, Darrell, was abusive and, when he passed away in a training accident, she couldn't help but feel relieved. The only trouble is that Julianne has reason to believe Darrell didn't actually die. There have already been two murders and Julianne fears she will be the next. In a panic, Julianne turns to the only person who can help, Bradly Stone.
Bradly works for Eyes as a security analyst and was there at the time of Darrell's accident. If anyone can shed light on the reality of Darrell's death, it's Bradly. But how can he believe Julianne if he saw Darrell die with his own eyes?
Will Julianne and Bradly discover the truth behind Darrell's accident in time to save their lives?
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel! It held me captive with wonderful, descriptive writing and action-packed suspense. The danger was almost palatable! I completely recommend this novel to anyone who is interested in romantic suspense done right.
__________________________I received a free copy of this book for review purposes, but was under no obligation to read the book or post a review. I do so under my own motivation and the opinions I have expressed in this review are honest and entirely my own.