Monday, August 26, 2013

Pushed To The Edge


Congratulations to "LS", the winner of Loren's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

Hello Just Romantic Suspense Readers!


I’m Loren Mathis and I’m a new romantic suspense author.  I grew up in a rural town in eastern NC. I went to college at UNC.  I started writing my first novel, Pushed to the Edge, during my last year of law school.  I came up with the idea for Pushed to the Edge during a Public Health Law course where I did a research project on the dangers of bioterrorism.  Earlier in the year, the New York Times had posted an article about the U.S. government’s stockpiling of smallpox vaccines, and I thought that a rogue terrorist cell on the search for smallpox would make for an interesting read.  When reading Pushed to the Edge, I hope that readers take away thoughts about the interconnection between terrorism and the drug trade. 

In addition to the suspense plot line, the key romantic plot thread involves Joshua Laurent and Victoria Sanchez.  When penning the lead characters’ relationship, I wanted it to be as realistic as possible.  Given the unique strain that is placed on military couples, I wanted to convey the toll that both the physical and emotional distance had on Joshua and Victoria’s relationship.



The U.S.-Afghanistan War has ended, a new Islamic jihadist terrorist cell has formed, and U.S. Navy SEAL Joshua Laurent and his teammates are racing against the clock to stop a bioterrorist attack on U.S. soil.  When Joshua’s ex-girlfriend, newspaper reporter Victoria Sanchez, stumbles upon a dangerous web of drugs and money involving a former U.S. Congressman, the two are reunited once again as they attempt to stop the unthinkable.

Excerpt:
“Joshua, please,” Victoria said, twisting a long strand of her hair in her fingers, biting her lower lip nervously.

“Please what, Vicki?” Joshua blew out a deep breath. “What do you want from me?”

“I want you to talk to me. I didn’t mean for you to get into any trouble today.”

“I already told you, everything is fine.”

He still wasn’t looking at her, so Victoria walked over to his bed. She sat down right beside the open suitcase that he was filling up.

“Joshua, I’m sorry. I’m sorry for dragging you into this with me,” she said looking at him. 

She was sure that her eyes were pleading with him at this point—for what, she didn’t know. Finally, Joshua’s eyes met hers.

“Yeah, well, don’t be. There’s nothing for you to be sorry about.”

“When do you have to leave tomorrow?”

“Early.”

“Joshua, just be careful, okay. Tomorrow, I mean.”

“Yeah sure.”

Victoria didn’t know what else to do. What else could she say to him? To make him understand how she felt. Well, maybe she could start with the truth. “Joshua, I never meant to hurt you before. I . . .” she trailed off and Joshua looked down into her eyes from where he stood at the foot of the bed, holding her gaze.

Victoria started again, “I gave you that ultimatum a year ago because I loved you.”
Joshua just gave a bitter laugh at that pronouncement, “Yeah that sure sounds like love Vicki.”

“It’s true. I did love you. Very much. But . . . God. I don’t know, I was just—I was just scared.”

“Scared of what?” Joshua stood there looking down at her.

“I didn’t want to get a knock on my door someday from Will or Malcolm telling me that you had been killed. That you weren’t coming back home to me,” she finally answered, tears pooling in her eyes.

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18 comments:

  1. Nice to "Meet" you!! :) Your book looks really great, I will add it to my list!!

    suerpeace@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks for your comment, Sue! I had a fun time writing Pushed, and I hope that you enjoy reading it!

      Loren

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  2. Book sounds good, can't wait to read it :)

    Best Regards
    Sally

    aunt1esam at hotmail dot com

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    1. Thanks for dropping by, Sally! I hope that you enjoy reading about the characters that I created in Pushed.

      Loren

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  3. Hello to a fellow Carolinian (I'm in Greensboro)! You kind of had me at Navy SEAL:) Good luck with your writing career and I'll be checking out Pushed to the Edge.

    Jonettaallen77 at yahoo dot com

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    1. Thank you for your comment, Jonetta! It's great to hear from a fellow North Carolinian! My sister went to UNC-Greensboro for college, so the Spartans are another staple in my family. I hope that you enjoy reading Pushed!

      Loren

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  4. Congrats on the release! Sounds like just my kind of read... and much more interesting than the thermodynamics and reaction equilibrium stuff I'm supposed to be reviewing so I can teach it to first-year students now that I'm Dr. Cris... :)

    stalkers00(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Cris! Congratulations on your doctorate, that's an awesome accomplishment! I hope that you enjoy reading Pushed to the Edge.

      Loren

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  5. Nice excerpt

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  6. Congratulations on your first novel Loren. PUSHED TO THE EDGE sounds very exiting.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Thanks for your comment, Mary! I hope that you enjoy my novel.

      Loren

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  7. Pushed to the Edge would be my type of book to read. It's kind of funny that I'm in forensic and my sister is in biochemistry. The book just reminds me of me and my sister. Yes, we do get into huge debates about certain things in our career.

    kmccandle(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Thanks for your comment, Kai! It's interesting that you and your sister are in complementary fields. I hope that you enjoy Pushed!

      Loren

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  8. Congrats on your first book, may you write real fast so that we can keep reading...LOL. I would love to win, thanks for the chance...lsscarchuk@att.net...

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    1. Thank you for your support and encouragement! Good luck in the giveaway, and I hope that you enjoy Pushed!

      Loren

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  9. It looks like a very timely story which is interesting to me. I do enjoy stories that relate to recent headlines.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

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    1. Thank you for dropping by, Maureen! I hope that you enjoy reading my novel.

      Loren

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