Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Elizabeth Goddard & Present Danger

Posted April 6, 2021 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christian, contemporary, Elizabeth Goddard, giveaway, mystery/suspense, romance / 42 Comments

I’m so excited to have Elizabeth Goddard on the blog today to share some behind the scenes facts about her new romantic suspense, Present Danger!

Rocky Mountain Courage #1
GENRE: Inspirational Romantic Suspense
RELEASE DATE: April 6, 2021
PAGES: 381

Former FBI Special Agent Jack Tanner is working as a detective in Montana when he comes across a body in the national forest during a search and rescue mission. He’s committed to finding the killer, even if it means working alongside his old flame, US Forest Service Special Agent Terra Connors.

When Terra discovers that the murder victim had ties to a powerful and dangerous trafficker of archaeological artifacts, the investigation takes a deadly turn–one that hits too close to home. As Terra fears she lacks the courage to face what comes next, Jack is more determined than ever to protect her. But he’s failed her before. And if he fails this time, it will cost them far more than just their hearts.

Join bestselling and award-winning author Elizabeth Goddard as she plunges you into a web of deceit made of hidden crimes, open threats, and long-buried family secrets in this gripping first book of an explosive new series.


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Ten Behind-the-Scenes Facts

by Elizabeth Goddard, author of Present Danger

1. Present Danger is the first book in the Rocky Mountain Courage series. Readers will meet three friends who bonded over a tragedy that happened during their teenage years. Their loved-ones died during a SAR mission on the mountain. A memorial was created in their memory—the Rocky Mountain Courage Memorial. There are many such memorials, but I first came across the Mount Rainier National Park Valor Memorial and came up with the idea for my series from this memorial. Their website states the memorial is “dedicated to five park employees who lost their lives while in the line of duty at Mount Rainier National Park. Their service and sacrifice will never be forgotten.”

2. A minor character from Don’t Keep Silent (book 3 in Uncommon Justice) is the main character in Present Danger.

3. Present Danger is set in a fictional town called Big Rapids, Montana. I used to buy my groceries in Big Rapids, Michigan.

4. Big Rapids, Montana is set in a fictional county called Grayback. The Grayback River, also fictional, plays a role in the Uncommon Justice series set in the Jackson Hole area of Wyoming. I pictured the Yellowstone River, an actual river that cuts through Montana and Yellowstone National park in Wyoming, when creating the Grayback River.

5. Nadine’s story of the dog who lost his boy is based on a real story shared by a dear friend from Michigan.

6. The main character, Terra Connors, is a Special Agent, working for the Law Enforcement and Investigations Division of the U.S. Forest Service—a little known division. Fortunately, I was able to connect with the Special Agent in Charge of the region. He answered all my questions and even brainstormed with me!

7. A lot of fascinating facts came to light during my research about archaeological artifacts, and also, it’s against the law to keep an Eagle’s feather. There are exceptions and complicated rules and a huge fine too.

8. I had a lot of fun coming up with a way for my characters in Don’t Keep Silent (Uncommon Justice 3) to show up in Present Danger, and it plays so well into the archaeological aspects of the story. But I don’t want to give anything away.

9. I decided that my first chapter was boring, so I rewrote it, actually coming up with an entirely new scene and introducing a new character. In doing so, though, the story was changed more than I expected. After all, I had to fit this new character into all my plans. But that opened up so many unexpected twists and turns. It was totally worth it.

10. I left a note to the reader in the back explaining that my premise was based on reality since some readers might not be aware of certain happenings. Ahem. . . I’d love to say more, but that would be a spoiler to some of the big twists in the story.

Elizabeth Goddard has sold over one million books and is the awardwinning author of more than fifty novels and counting, including the romantic mystery The Camera Never Liesa 2011 Carol Award winner. She is a Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery and Suspense finalist for her Mountain Cove seriesBuried, Backfire, and Deceptionand a Carol Award finalist for Submerged. When she’s not writing, she loves spending time with her family, traveling to find inspiration for her next book, and serving with her husband in ministry. For more information about her books, visit her website at

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What about you? What makes you want to read Present Danger by Elizabeth Goddard? Which behind the scenes fact interested you the most?

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42 responses to “Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Elizabeth Goddard & Present Danger

  1. Kay Garrett

    Elizabeth Goddard is an exceptional author & “Present Danger” is a fabulous must-read book. I loved it!

    Not entering contest since I’ve already read it, but shared it everywhere. Word needs to get out about this book so EVERYONE can read it. It’s that good!

  2. Roxanne C.

    The process for creating the town, county, and river for the book is interesting. I’ll be wondering which character was not originally in the story but was created when the author wrote a totally new first chapter.

  3. Colleen H.

    I really enjoyed reading the Uncommon Valor series (which were the first books by Elizabeth Goddard that I read), and I am anxious to get to read this one, especially since characters cross over!

  4. Lisa Stillman

    The background fact that interested me the most was the rewrite of the 1st chapter that introduced a new character that then had to be put into the rest of the story.

  5. Anne

    A captivating and enthralling novel. I enjoyed learning about the town where the author shopped in Michigan.

  6. Amy M.

    I had no idea there was a Law Enforcement and Investigations Division in the U.S. Forest Service.

  7. Megan H

    I love the unique jobs you come up with in your books.
    Hoping I get to enjoy this one some day too!

  8. MS Barb

    I enjoy Elizabeth’s books, and, I didn’t know that the Wildlife Dept had it’s own investigative unit!

  9. Hannah Baum

    I didn’t know it was illegal to keep an American Eagle feather. The connection behind the memorial sounds like it’ll be fun to learn about

  10. Sinda Conrad

    I love reading the stories by Elizabeth Goddard and always look forward to the next one. Present Danger is great. I would love to win one for my great-niece since I was fortunate enough to get an ARC of the book. I thought that the fact about the dog who lost his boy being a true story was precious.

  11. Diana Hardt

    I love Elizabeth Goddard’s books. It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

  12. Patricia Barraclough

    This sounds like a story I will enjoy. I am glad you mentioned it is illegal to have an eagle feather. Many people do not realize this and I have known a couple who got into trouble over it. At a pow wow, if a feather drops from someone’s regalia, dancing stops and there is a ceremony for picking it up.

  13. Thomas Gibson

    I visited Montana a few years back and Montana is one of the most underrated states for travel in tourism in my opinion. Sounds like an excellent read.

  14. IRENE

    Really love romantic suspense stories/novels. My favorite! Elizabeth writes great books… rewriting her first chapter shows her dedication to her story telling. I liked the fact that the dog story was based on a real story.

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