Saturday, March 14, 2015

Creating an FBI SWAT Agent


Congratulations to "Erin F." the winner in Elizabeth's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

Ten years ago, after she was abducted and attacked, Maggie Delacorte made a pact with her older brother and her best friend: join the FBI.  Stop what had happened to her from happening to others.  But when the Fishhook Rapist sends Maggie a note telling her that he’s coming back for her on the anniversary of her attack, everything changes.

Back then, Maggie was a naïve college student.  Now, she’s a toned, trained FBI agent whose hands are as dangerous as a gun.  But the mere thought of the man who has evaded capture for a decade makes her hands sweat and her trigger finger shake.

Still, she’s never been the type to run and hide.  As the only woman on her SWAT team at the FBI’s Washington Field Office, her teammates like to use her to prank the newbies.  “[O]ne of her teammates’ favorite ways to initiate the newbies was for her to walk up, hold out a limp hand for them to shake, then promptly flip them to the ground.”  Maggie’s attitude on that?  “Drop a guy on his very first day on SWAT, and he wasn’t likely to go easy on her just because he was a woman.”

Maggie’s strong, capable, and her attitude is that she doesn’t need to be bigger than her opponents.  She just needs to know how to leverage her strength, and the skillset the FBI taught her.  When it comes to the man who attacked her when she was a young college student, Maggie refuses to sit idly by while others investigate.  But when the Fishhook Rapist decides the best way to get to her is to target those close to her, her teammate Grant Larkin won’t let her face the Fishhook Rapist alone.

Maggie met Grant on his first day on SWAT – and like she did with all the newbies, she flipped him.  Unlike the rest of them, he pulled her down with him.  And then he offered her a hand as he got to his feet, laughing.  For Maggie, that was the moment she fell for him.  And as she finds out in the course of the book, it was the moment he fell for her, too.

It was a lot of fun to create Maggie and Grant – they’re both physically capable, and really well trained.  And they’re both FBI, so they’re used to tackling tough cases.  But pitting them against a predator this savvy, with targets this personal, was a good way to force them to face not just their fears for each other’s safety, but also to trust each other when the stakes are the highest.

Here’s a little snippet from the beginning of SWAT SECRET ADMIRER.

“Invisibility in three…two…one…now!”

The words echoed in Maggie Delacorte’s earbud as her SWAT teammate stepped back from the neat hole he’d cut in the window. Behind her, everything was quiet in the predawn darkness.  But that wouldn’t last for long.

The FBI had gotten word that a wanted fugitive was hiding out in this gang-infested part of DC, armed with an AK-47 and surrounded by a pack of die-hard supporters. Maggie and his teammates were here to make sure his time on the run was finished.

She moved quickly forward, tossing a flash-bang grenade through the window. The world in front of her exploded in white light, a massive boom echoing as the flash bang landed.  Smoke billowed, providing cover.

“Go, go, go!” Grant Larkin yelled in that deep voice that always sent goose bumps running up her arms, as he used a ram and his massive upper body strength to break down the door….

SWAT SECRET ADMIRER

A predator is no match for her protector...

It's been ten years since the attack that drove Maggie Delacorte to become an FBI SWAT agent. She's an elite fighter now—and when the Fishhook Rapist sends her a letter saying he's coming back for her, she knows she has to find him first. Her teammate Grant Larkin is assigned to the case, and he's determined to protect Maggie, even if it damages the connection that's been growing between them. And even if her attacker has decided that the way to get to Maggie is by targeting the people she cares about. Her feelings for Grant could get him killed, but she needs him—and his love—to make it through the worst danger yet...



Giveaway:
I’m giving away one copy of SWAT SECRET ADMIRER to a commenter or email entrant!

About Elizabeth Heiter:
ELIZABETH HEITER likes her suspense to feature strong heroines, chilling villains, psychological twists, and a little bit (or a lot!) of romance. Her research has taken her into the minds of serial killers, through murder investigations, and onto the FBI Academy’s shooting range. 

Elizabeth graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in English Literature.  She’s a member of International Thriller Writers and Romance Writers of America.  NYT bestselling author Jeffery Deaver said of VANISHED, the most recent book in her Profiler series, "Gripping from the first page, Vanished will keep you on the edge of your seat all the way to its searing conclusion.” SWAT SECRET ADMIRER, the most recent book in her Lawmen series, was a Top Pick from RT Book Reviews.

Connect with Elizabeth:
Website: www.elizabethheiter.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/elizabeth.heiter.author
Twitter: www.twitter.com/ElizabethHeiter
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/elizabethheiter/ 
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7114626.Elizabeth_Heiter

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST March 15th. 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.

39 comments:

  1. This sounds like just the type of book that I love to read. Thanks for the giveaway! jmvarner50@hotmail.com

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  2. I guess this is exactly my cup of tea ;)
    I'm intrigued by Maggie and Grant and if I'm not the lucky winner, well... I'm gonna buy it :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Silvia! I hope you enjoy reading about Maggie & Grant!! They were so much fun to write!

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    2. Can't wait April 1st for the release :D

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  3. Nice giveaway, thanks.

    inishowencailin@gmail.com

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  4. Got me intrigued by reading the excerpts. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity, but like the others if I don't win I am going to purchase the book.

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    1. I'm so happy to hear you're intrigued, Jan! I hope you enjoy the story!

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  5. Got me intrigued by reading the excerpts. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity, but like the others if I don't win I am going to purchase the book.

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  6. That book sounds amazing! I can't wait to read it!

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    1. Thank you so much!! :) I loved writing Maggie & Grant's story!

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  7. I just finished book 1 in this series and loved it! Thanks for a look into Maggie's story! :)

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    1. Hi Colleen!! I'm so happy you enjoyed Ella & Logan's story! It was a lot of fun to continue with them first in Scott & Chelsie's book and now with Maggie & Grant! :)

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  8. sounds interesting

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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    1. Thanks very much! And thanks for stopping by JRS today! :)

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  9. Can't wait to read this one too!!

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    1. Thanks, Janie! It's so much fun being Intrigue buddies! :)

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  10. I'm impressed with your writing. Looking forward to read this one!

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    1. Thanks so much, Karen! I hope you enjoy it! :)

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  11. This sounds very exciting.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  12. I love books with FBI agents. This sounds very good. Thank you for sharing!

    brookeb811 at gmail dot com

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    1. I do too, Brooke - both reading and writing them! The jobs are so fascinating! I hope you enjoy! :)

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  13. I'm new to your books, but this one sounds awesome!! Thanks for the chance to win.

    mlawson17 at Hotmail dot com

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    1. Thanks so much, Martha! It's great to "meet" here on JRS!

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  14. Another winner Elizabeth, congrats! I love how you make your heroines strong enough to overcome horrible pasts, good job :)
    Jacquie Biggar

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    1. Thanks so much, Jacquie! I love writing strong heroines (who still have vulnerability and challenges to overcome). And thank you for your support! :)

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  15. Congrats to Elizabeth on her new release! I love how Maggie "meets" new team members. definitely makes her very interesting :) thanks for sharing!
    efender1(at)gmail

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    1. Thank you, Erin! I loved writing the scene where Maggie thinks back to the first time she met Grant...and to how, as a woman, she fit onto the FBI SWAT teams (of mostly men). I hope you enjoy the story!

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  16. I like the idea of a female FBI agent and am looking forward to reading SWAT Secret Admirer. I especially like reading books where the heroine is strong and capable like Maggie. joanne.boykoATyahooDOTcom

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  17. I like the idea of a female FBI agent and am looking forward to reading SWAT Secret Admirer. I especially like reading books where the heroine is strong and capable like Maggie. joanne.boykoATyahooDOTcom

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    1. Hi Jo-Anne! Thanks for stopping by - I adore writing female FBI agents (both my suspense series and this RS series have female FBI, which has been great fun on the research side too!). I hope you enjoy Maggie's story!

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  18. I can't wait to read the book!!

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    1. Thanks very much! :) I hope you love it!

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  19. Thanks for sponsoring this giveaway. This is a book that I'd really like to read.

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    1. Thank you, Alexa, and thank you for stopping by! :)

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  20. That sounds so adorable with Maggie and Grant's first meeting. I want to read their story. Thanks for the giveaway and Happy St Paddy's Day.

    kmccandle(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Happy St. Patrick's Day, Kai! I'm so glad you liked the peek into their first meeting! Good luck! :)

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