By Connie Mann
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I love that question. For me—and for many of the writers I know—those two little words are the starting place for any story. They open a portal into another world and set the stage for an adventure.
That’s how Angel Falls, my new romantic suspense, started. My father was born in Porto Alegre, in southern Brazil, and on a trip there, I learned about the street children. For years, swarms of orphaned and abandoned children roamed the downtown area. I was horrified and started wondering…what if your father dropped you off as a six-year-old and left you there? What would you do? How would you survive? And who would you grow up to be?
Those questions became Regina, my fiercely protective, switchblade-toting orphanage director and heroine of Angel Falls.
A heroine like that needed a very special hero, so I looked to our military, people I hold in the highest esteem. Former Army Ranger Books Anderson is the hero Regina needs—but certainly not one she wants.
Regina needs help protecting her best friend’s baby, but Brooks never wants to protect anyone again. Ever. Not after the failure of his last mission.
Then came more what-if questions. What if they were chased across Brazil?
Part of my trip included a visit to Iguacu Falls—one of the largest waterfalls in the world. The falls straddle the border between Brazil and Argentina and make Niagara Falls look tiny by comparison. On the Argentine side, there are old-fashioned catwalks suspended directly above the falls. The spray soaked us to the skin as we looked down at the rushing water disappearing under our feet. We slipped and slid along the catwalks, the concrete slabs shifting with every step, and I knew this had to be the climax scene of a story. How could it not?
So, what if…?
After all the questions were asked, here is a quick blurb about Angel Falls.
Two pasts collide in a deadly race to save an orphaned baby…
She’ll do whatever it takes to protect her best friend’s baby. He won’t protect anyone ever again. The last time he tried, they died. But when bullets fly, Brazilian orphanage director Regina da Silva and burned-out Army Ranger Brooks Anderson dive headlong into danger to protect one defenseless child. As the danger closes in, they’ll have to trust each other to stay alive. Will that be enough to save their little angel—and themselves—from certain death?
I’m very excited that Angel Falls is now available from Abingdon Press in both print and eBook. It received a Four-Star review from RT Book Reviews and bestselling author Debbie Macomber called it, “Non-stop action, heart-pounding excitement!”
If you leave a comment about this post, you’ll have a chance to win a copy of Angel Falls (print copy, US only).
Thanks for the chance to visit with you! I’d love to hear what you think of Brooks and Regina’s story.
Connie Mann loves stories of suspense, adventure and second chances. She offers encouragement to busy women on her blog: www.BusyWomenBigDreams.com and is an active member of Romance Writers of America and American Christian Fiction Writers. She’s also a USCG-licensed boat captain, so when she’s not writing, she’s usually on Central Florida’s waterways with local school children or her fabulous family.
If you’re interested in more of the what-ifs behind Angel Falls, please check out the book trailer:
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