Teague McMurtry spent 6 years in the Army in Afghanistan. After coming home, he’s looked forward to a quiet life. He’s content to live in his small house in Edgewater, Florida. When he runs into Vivica Rambo at the Dunkin’ Donuts, he thinks his life is going to change. Little does he know how much.
As he’s driving to his first appointment, he gets into a weird sort of convoy on Riverside Drive. There is a pickup in front of him, followed by a Ninja motorcycle. He’s next, with another biker behind him. Next to last is a red Jeep and at the end is another biker. When the other vehicles turn off, two of the bikers follow them. The third stays on Teague’s tail, dogging him down the road. Paranoid and a little freaked, he shakes it off until another biker follows him on the way to his next job.
Both bikers leave when he arrives at gated communities, but that night, he finds men watching his house. He disables one, ties up another and sends the third back with a message for his boss that he’s messing with the wrong man. The police arrive and take one man to jail, the other two get away.
The next day, Teague has lunch with Vivica. He finds out that her brother, Randy, is a very dangerous man. He runs a biker gang that’s into drug trafficking, gun running and all manner of illegal activities.
Later in the afternoon, Vivica shows up at his home, terrified. Her brother has made threats against her. She went to great pains to lose him, including leaving her phone on a city bus. He tracks her with the GPS. They are involved in a romantic moment when his neighbor taps on the door. She hands him an envelop with pictures of Teague. Each photograph has a red targeting scope drawn on it. One was taken only minutes before through Teague’s front window.
At this point, Teague realizes he has to protect himself and Vivica. He makes plans to “get lost in the woods” and contacts family who can help him accomplish that. Unfortunately, a late season storm drives them in from the woods, forcing them to take shelter in a campground near Silver Springs, Florida.
When Randy and his gang track them down and converge on the campground, Teague has to call upon all his military skills to protect himself and the woman he loves.
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How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
Romantic Suspense combines mystery and romance elements. It gives the story a complexity that a pure romance or mystery novel doesn’t have. That’s the main reason I’m drawn to it – lots of intrigue, conflict and action as well as hot love scenes.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Don’t expect to get rich quick! Those fortunate ones who do skyrocket to fame are few and far between. That doesn’t mean you should give up your dream. Far from it. Just because you’re completely unknown now doesn’t mean you will be forever. Keep dreaming, keep trying and keep writing.
Dellani Oakes doesn’t claim to be an expert on anything, but she has a lot of experience making something out of nothing. Thrown into the world of publishing four years ago, she found that trying to promote her work was the hardest part of being an author. Since then, she’s branched out, lost her inhibitions and faced the publishing world head on.
Dellani once told her publisher that she had enough books, finished & unfinished, to keep him busy for the next 10 years. He didn’t believe her, but he should have. Two novels, Indian Summer and Lone Wolf are published by Second Wind Publishing, but she has 42 finished romance novels and at least that many (she won’t count them) that are still in the works.
One of the 42, a romantic suspense, The Ninja Tattoo, came out September 24, 2012 from Tirgearr Publishing. The sequel to Lone Wolf, Shakazhan, is coming soon from Second Wind.
Dellani Oakes is a former A.P. English teacher, photo-journalist. She’s an avid reader & reviews the work of others. She hosts two shows for the Red River Radio Network – Dellani’s Tea Time the second Monday of each month, @ 4:00 PM Eastern and What’s Write for Me, every fourth Wednesday @ 3:00 PM Eastern on Blog Talk Radio.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
This book was inspired by an incident that happened to me as I drove home along Riverside Drive. The bizarre convoy that Teague is involved in really happened to me. I wasn’t followed twice or marked for death, but it was such a creepy experience, I had to use it in a book.