Thursday, April 3, 2014

Could you chuck your whole life on a moment's notice?

With: Rogenna Brewer

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

There are somewhere between 9,000 and 10,000 families in the Witness Protection Program, also called Witness Security Program (WITSEC).  According to the US Marshals Service, no witness who has followed the rules has ever been killed.

Some interesting facts about the program you might not know:
Witnesses can choose their new names, but are advised to keep current initials or same first name.  
Name changes are done by the court system just like any other name change, but the records are sealed. 
Witnesses must not contact former associates or unprotected family members.  Or return to the town from which they were relocated. 
If the witness has a criminal history, local authorities are made aware of the situation.  Only a small percentage of criminal witnesses return to a life of crime. 
Have you ever felt like chucking your old life for a new one?  While this has always been a favorite fantasy of mine, the reality is I’m far too attached to my life for that kind of change. But what if you’d already lost everything and had nothing more to lose?

Such is the case for Kenneth Nash in The SEAL’s Special Mission.  Wrongfully convicted of his wife’s murder, the Navy SEAL accepts a deal from the Feds that allows him to go deep undercover in search of the real killer.  Seven years later, his cover is blown and he must choose between the integrity of his mission or saving the son he’s never known along with the sister-in-law who testified against him.

Available for preorder:
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Giveaway:
Rogenna will be giving away an autographed copy of The Seal's Special Mission to one lucky person leaving a comment or email entry.

Excerpt:

Coronado, California

“FREEZE!” HER VOICE shook almost as badly as the SIG Sauer in her hand. After twenty weeks of G man U in Quantico, Virginia, twenty-three-year-old rookie FBI Agent Mallory Ward never imagined facing down her first perp in her sister’s kitchen. “Freeze, Nash. I mean it, damn it!”

Her false bravado lost all conviction as she tried to comprehend the bizarre scene playing out in front of her. Her brother-in-law, covered in her sister’s blood, cradled a blue bundle in the palms of his hands.

“Dear Lord, Nash, what have you done?”

Mallory shook her head to clear it. She’d stepped outside for just a moment.

One minute Nash was giving her sister mouth to mouth. The next he was ordering Mallory to grab his cell phone from the pack he said he’d left outside the back door. When she couldn’t find his phone, she’d taken those precious extra seconds to grab hers from her rental car parked out front at the curb.

Mallory kicked past an overturned chair and stepped over the cordless phone unit that had been ripped from the wall. Her sister’s still-warm body lay lifeless on the cold tile floor where her brother-in-law had been performing CPR.

Mallory couldn’t remember if she’d punched 911 before dropping her cell phone to reach for her gun. Though only seconds, it seemed like a lifetime ago. She’d initially been willing to give Nash the benefit of the doubt when she stumbled upon him at the center of an obvious crime scene….

Until she watched the Navy SEAL slice the swell of her sister’s belly.

“She’s gone, Mal.” His voice never wavered.

“You have the right to remain silent…”

“There was nothing more I could do for her, except save our son.” Nash dropped his KA-BAR in the puddle of blood.

Sidestepping the slick pool, Mallory still managed to leave the imprint of her sole behind. Biting back the copper tang of panic, she continued to read him his Miranda rights—Article 31 in the military. “Anything you say or do can and will be used against you in a court of law….”
Nash ignored her, concentrated on the little bundle in his arms. He covered the teeny nose and mouth with his own mouth. The tiny concave chest expanded and then contracted with each puff.

“Do you understand these rights as I have read them to you…?”

She couldn’t afford to make another rookie mistake.

Sirens blared in the distance—emergency responders, too late to save her sister. Mallory’s world spun out of control.

The tile floor rushed up to meet her.

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST April 4th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email maureen@JustRomanticSuspense.com with a subject title of JRS GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway. US postal addresses only.

27 comments:

  1. Good morning! I'll be dropping by to check on comments and say hello :)

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  2. This book sounds great!!! I have to say that I've never had the desire to just up and disappear. I'm entirely too attached to my family and friends. However, IF something I had lost everything....I'd probably be ok with it! It might be nice to start over with a brand new life!
    kdjohnston 73 at yahoo dot com

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    1. Hi Karen;

      I'm with you. I'd find it hard to leave family and friends behind. But also the little things like my favorite pair of slippers which I'm wearing right now. And, of course, my hard drive and USB drives with all my stories :)

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  3. This book sounds interesting. I love military men and secret baby stories. And yes, somedays I'd love to up and move away, as long as I can take my husband and sons with me.

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    1. Hi Dena;

      I think I'd like a cabin in the woods where I could be alone as long as I could come back to my husband and sons when I wanted to. Nash is there to deliver his son, but that's the last time he gets to hold him for years and years.

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  4. I am way too attahced to my husband and daughter to do this. Your book sounds great- would love to read it
    yenastone at aol dot com

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    1. Hi Tammy;

      Nice bumping into you here :)

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  5. If I was able to be with my family... then I might be able to do it, but on my own... no way.

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  6. That seems to be the consensus. Colleen :)

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  7. What an intense scene for Mallory. I, too, love a SEAL hero. I look forward to reading this book and finding out the who and why of the wife/sister's murder.

    I could handle the relocation.... for about a month. Then I would need to get back to my family.

    Julie O
    blameitonabook at gmail dot com

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    1. Hi Julie;

      I don't think I'm spoiling anything when I say we all know it can't be the hero :)

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  8. Not sure; the book sounds good

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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    1. I guess one never knows unless or until something happens :)

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  9. Couldn't do it - it would be too hard not to have any contact with loved ones.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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    1. A couple guys answered in tweets and both said they could for someone they loved. I thought that was interesting. I imagine, even if we could bring our immediate family into the program, it would be hardest for someone with a large extended family.

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  10. congrats Rogenna on the new release! Thanks for sharing! I'd have to say that I've always fantasized about leaving the old and starting over but once I do stop daydreaming, I realize that I do like my life and I couldn't leave the people in it :)
    efender1(at)gmail

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    1. I agree, Erin. Our life is our comfort zone :)

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  11. Oh wow! This story sounds fascinating. Definitely one that I would love to read. I think I would be able to if my immediate family came. It's hard to imagine that in today's world full of surveillance, electronics and social media, that people can still stay hidden.

    brookeb811 at gmail dot com

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    1. So true. Maybe hidden in plain sight? Even Google tried to sign me up for facial recognition so it could tag all my photos across the internet--what!! Why would I want that.

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  12. I would love to win, I love Romantic Suspense and Seals...thanks for the chance...Could I chuck it? I don't think so, but if I had to I guess I would do what ever needed....

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    1. We're all probably much stronger than we think.

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  13. Wow, I don't think I could do it. I love the life I have. The SEAL's special mission sounds intriguing!

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    1. I find it really heartwarming that so many people here love their lives. That's a good thing I think :) Good for us anyway :)

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  14. I don't think I could give up my life and just move on as someone else. This life has too much attached to it with my family. But before I got married and had my kids, I think I could have washed it all away and started over pretty easily. I've been looking forward to reading this story for almost a year now, it will make a great read on the flight home in May!
    angiewacker at live dot com

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  15. Hmmm . . . that's a good question! I hope never to be put in the situation to actually have to make this decision, because I would NOT want to give up my life, family, friends, etc. as I know it and begin again with a new identity and no friends/family. But I am grateful for the witness protection program and how it provides safety and security for those who need it.


    The Seal's Special Mission sounds like a great book! You are a new author for me (love how JRS introduces me to new-to-me authors) and I look forward to reading your books.

    Thank you for the wonderful giveaway opportunity!!

    Blessings ~

    Kimberly Perry
    k_kperry@yahoo.com

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    1. Good answer, Kimberly. Three cheers for our US Marshals and the Witness Protection Program.

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