Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Valerie Massey Goree & Day of Reckoning

Posted January 22, 2020 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christian, contemporary, giveaway, mystery/suspense, romance, Valerie Massey Goree / 17 Comments


Please join me in welcoming Valerie Massey Goree to the blog to chat about her romantic suspense, Day of Reckoning!

DAY OF RECKONING
GENRE: Inspirational Romantic Suspense
PUBLISHER: White Rose Publishing
RELEASE DATE: August 30, 2019
PAGES: 243

International Retrieval Organization Agent Lela Ortiz is assigned the kidnapping case of businessman, Chuck Davenport. When her boss allows Chuck’s brother-in-law to assist, Lela accepts the help with reservations, especially when Jay Vashon, prays to God at the most inopportune times.

Jay would do anything to help bring his brother-in-law home, even work with hesitant Agent Ortiz. As Jay helps Lela decipher the clues sent to Chuck’s special-needs son, Jay begins to fall for the feisty IRO agent.

Can Jay break through the barrier Lela has constructed around her heart? Will Lela be able to overcome her distrust of men and God? And what of Chuck? Can the pair locate him before the ransom deadline?

 

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I’m honored to be hosted by Carrie today. Thank you for the opportunity to share my latest romantic suspense novel with your readers.

Day of Reckoning is a stand-alone sequel to Weep in the Night. Both stories feature agents who work for the International Retrieval Organization. Lela was introduced in Weep, and now she has her own story in Day of Reckoning. The third novel in the series is with my publisher. It features an IRO agent introduced in Day of Reckoning as the hero or heroine. Who will it be? Manny, Pamela, Smitty, Cooper? Hmm. I can keep a secret.

As a seasoned operative, Lela is assigned the kidnapping case of businessman, Chuck Davenport. When her boss allows Jay Vashon, Chuck’s brother-in-law to assist, Lela accepts the help with reservations, especially when Jay prays at the most inopportune times.

Jay would do anything to help bring Chuck home, even work with feisty Agent Ortiz. As Jay and Lela decipher clues Chuck sends to his son with special needs, they are forced to work in close proximity.

Can Jay break through the barrier Lela has constructed around her heart? Will Lela be able to overcome her distrust of men and God?

And Chuck? Can the pair locate him before the ransom deadline?

Ooh. Such intrigue! But that’s what I love about writing romantic suspense. Twists and unexpected turns are so much fun to create. If my characters sail along without a care in the world, then I haven’t done my job. We all know that life is full of bumps and sometimes craters. The ‘happily-ever-after’ will come, but not without facing hardships along the way.

Speaking of sailing… We recently moved to Washington state. Our condo is right on the water, and my office window overlooks the bay. Talk about inspiration! Little sailboats, fancy yachts, brave people paddling kayaks. And then to the north we often see cruise ships, or tankers and container ships heading to or from Seattle.

I haven’t incorporated any of these sights in a plot yet, but when my husband and I see a boat anchored in the middle of our bay—and yes, we do consider it ours—we speculate as to what the crew might be doing. Are they picking up a load of drugs? Tossing a body overboard? Spying on the houses tucked away in the trees on the bluff? The possibilities are endless. Of course, the crew could just be fishing or enjoying the weather. But that’s too tame.

In Day of Reckoning, Jay’s nephew Sean, has fragile X syndrome. I worked with children with special needs for twenty-five years. I often include a special child in my stories. People use sign language to help communicate with Sean. The sign for ‘wait’ is cute. Hold your left open hand, palm up by your left side. Then hold your right hand in the same position, a little closer to your body, fingers pointing to your left wrist and wiggle your fingers. Wait. This sign plays a crucial part in solving the kidnapping case.

My next project is close to my heart. I’m revising the first novel I wrote way back when word processors were in vogue. The story is set in Australia and is a romance with a dash of mystery.


American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis Award winner Valerie Massey Goree resides with her husband on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula of Washington State.

After serving as missionaries in her home country of Zimbabwe and raising two children, Glenn and Valerie moved to Texas. She worked in the public school system for many years, focusing on students with special needs. Now retired, Valerie spends her time writing, and spoiling her grandchildren.

Novels include: Deceive Me Once; Colors of Deceit; Weep in the Night; and stand-alone sequel Day of Reckoning.

Valerie loves to hear from her readers. Connect with her on her website and Facebook.


Valerie Massey Goree is offering one of my readers a print copy (US only) or ebook copy of Day of Reckoning! (ebook is open internationally, except where prohibited by law or logistics) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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17 responses to “Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Valerie Massey Goree & Day of Reckoning

  1. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for the interview with Valerie Massey Goree and the information on “Day of Reckoning”.

    Really enjoyed Valerie’s guest post and learning more about this amazing book. I love a book that will tingle you spine, curl your toes and make you think and I think this one fits the bill. Can’t wait for the opportunity to read more about Lela and Jay. Definitely on my TBR list.

  2. Alicia Haney

    sounds intriguing and like a very good page turner! Thank you for sharing about this book and about the author . Have a Great rest of the week. God Bless you.

  3. Amy M.

    Curious as to why Lela’s boss would allow Jay to assist with the investigation. Also, like that a special needs child is part of the story.

  4. It’s a Inspirational Suspense and shows how teamwork can help two people or more better than just working on your own. It also shows the distrust you get from one situation doesn’t necessarily mean it will happen that way again. Trust God the whole way and He will guide you to what He wants you to do next. He will never leave you nor forsake you no matter what the situation.

  5. IRENE HENDERSON

    Love romantic suspense! Should be an extra interesting story if Jay “prays at the most inopportune times.” Can imagine when the silent symbol for wait could come in handy.

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