You know it’s going to be a good day when the fabulous Tina Radcliffe stops by, and today I’m delighted to host her as she chats about her upcoming romantic suspense Sabotaged Mission – and the spy who kept her awake!
SABOTAGED MISSION by Tina Radcliffe
GENRE: Inspirational Romantic Suspense
PUBLISHER: Love Inspired Suspense
RELEASE DATE: July 26, 2022
Framed and on the run…
With nowhere left to hide
When a failed mission leaves CIA operative MacKenzie “Mac” Sharp injured and her partner presumed dead, going off-grid is the only way to survive. But her old flame, CIA officer Gabe Denton, has tracked her down and led a well-connected enemy right to her door. Now with someone trying to frame and kill her, working with Gabe is the only way to clear her name…and stay alive.
From Publishers Weekly bestselling author Tina Radcliffe
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the spy who kept me awake at night
by Tina Radcliffe, author of Sabotaged Mission
Hello, Reading Is My SuperPower readers!
I’m honored to be back with you again today. And I’m excited to share my very first romantic suspense. Sabotaged Mission releases on July 26th from Love Inspired Suspense. After writing over a dozen cowboy books, I’m writing a CIA romantic suspense. A big thank you goes to the editors for allowing me to make my suspense dreams come true.
I’ve been a huge suspense fan all my life. My first suspense reads (really thrillers) were Alistair MacLean. Books like Where Eagles Dare and Ice Station Zebra, kept me up all night.
Then I discovered Mary Higgins Clark. I consider her suspense, not mystery. You can’t tell me her books aren’t downright suspenseful. I used to have a fear of flying, but I got over that by reading her books during take-off and landing.
More than five years ago, I started the tentative beginnings of my own suspense. In preparation, I attended not one, but two local Citizen Police Academies and Writer’s Police Academy, honing my craft.
This photo is from my graduating class at the Glendale, Arizona, Citizen Police Academy where I got to fire a Glock, drive a police car at high speed, do a ride-along, and more. I highly recommend you check out your local programs. It’s a great way to learn about your community and have fun.
Though I was writing cowboys during the day, the characters of Mackenzie Sharp and Gabe Denton kept me awake at night. These CIA officers would not let me alone. While they whispered in one ear, my husband kept after me to finish that “suspense book.”
I made my protagonist’s CIA because a writer has a bit more creative license with the CIA than many of the other “alphabet agencies.” And perhaps because I have a background in a top-secret government agency from my army days.
Another facet of the story that I was certain of, was Mac’s dog. Winston is an American bulldog who flunked out of obedience school but has my heroine’s back as she flees an unknown assailant who wants her dead. I love Winston!
In truth, this story was the most fun and the most challenging of my career. And I’m ready to do it all over again with Ben Denton, Gabe’s brother.
Here’s a sneak peek at the opening of Sabotaged Mission.
Winston growled, the feral sound low and drawn out, then it morphed into a snapping bark. The bulldog’s barking continued, loud enough to nearly drown out the banging on the front door.
Mackenzie Sharp grabbed the Glock from the coffee table long before it registered that she’d fallen asleep on the couch again. She glanced at her watch and tensed.
It was well after 10:00 p.m. on a Friday night.
Whoever was at the door had guts. They kept knocking, and Winston kept barking. The dog was in a frenzy now, his nails clicking on the tile floor as he raced back and forth.
The cacophony immediately ceased. The animal crossed the living room to her.
“Good boy.” She praised him as he shoved his nose against her shoulder and licked her cheek. The animal’s fierce devotion had only increased since she’d returned from the CIA assignment that nearly claimed her life.
Mac slowly sat up. Gripping the handle of her ebony cane, she stood and grimaced at the stab of intense pain that shot down her left leg. She wiped a bead of sweat from her forehead.
Flying into action was no longer an option. Instead, she methodically tucked the Glock she kept for protection into the waistband of her jeans and hobbled to the door.
“No more than I can handle,” she muttered. “Wasn’t that our deal, Lord?”
She pulled up the security cam on her phone to assess her visitor. Framed by the silhouette of a huge palm tree that filled the horizon and backlit by the haze of a full moon, the man on her stoop faced the street.
When he turned toward the camera, she gasped.
Gabe Denton, a mistake from her past. From the days when she’d foolishly believed she could have a normal life. One that included a relationship.
So, tell me about your reading habits. Do you read more than one genre? Are you a suspense or mystery reader? Willing to give Mac, Gabe and Winston a try?
Publishers Weekly bestselling author Tina Radcliffe is a Romance Writers of America, and American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Honor Roll member, and a four-time ACFW Carol Award finalist. Her Love Inspired novels have won the ACFW Carol Award and the Holt Medallion. Besides her novel-length fiction and independent publishing releases, Tina has sold nearly four dozen short stories to Woman’s World Magazine. A US Army Veteran, a former registered nurse, and library cataloger, Tina resides in Arizona, where she writes novels that carry her trademark humor. Visit her on the web at https://www.tinaradcliffe.com/
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Tina Radcliffe is offering a print copy of Sabotaged Mission, a fun assassin mug, and a $20 Amazon gift card to one of my readers! (US only. Void 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.
What about you? What makes you want to read Sabotaged Mission by Tina Radcliffe? Do you read more than one genre?
I’m so excited to read Tina’s first adventure into romantic suspense!! 💜💜
Aw, thanks, Susan!
I’m not much of a “blogger”. This book looks really, really good! Can’t wait to read it. added it to my TBR list.
Good morning, Brenda! Hope you enjoy Gab, Mac and Winston’s story.
Sabotaged Mission was a very good story, was surprised at ending
Janice! You’re in the BookClub. Yay for you. And thanks for dropping by.
I just love a good suspense story
Denise! ME TOOOO!! WHODUNNIT!!!!
Hi, Kim! Thanks for stopping by!
Congratulations on your upcoming release of Sabotaged Mission, Tina, I enjoyed the post and the sneak Peak and your book sounds like a thrilling read for me! Good luck with your book, thanks for sharing it with me and have a wonderful day!
Thanks for taking time from your day to stop by and comment. And thanks for the sweet words 💙
I read many genres now, but I didn’t prior to being in my Genre Book Club. We meet quarterly and vote on the next genre. I would never have discovered that I love steampunk! Of course, I still love my “regular” genres of historical fiction, mystery, and suspense.
I also love the fact that you attended those police academies. Very cool!
Hi , Heidi! I’m the same way. I tend to stay in my lane, but every now and then I step outside the lines and discover I was missing so many good reads. Being brave is a good thing.
Thanks for stopping by.
Sounds like a great book.
Hi Rita! It is a great book. LOLOL 😁
I read several genres. Historical fiction, mystery, thrillers and suspense. This book sounds captivating and memorable.
Anne, thanks for stopping by. I hope you’ll check out Gabe and Mac and Winston’s story. 🐾🐾🐾
I love all kinds of genres Romantic Suspense, Mystery & Historical are all favorites. This sounds really good!
I’m so excited you’ve jumped into the suspense pool. It’s going to be fun to see what characters manage to harass you until they get their stories told. Pesky, aren’t they?
I love that you have an American bulldog in this book. I’m overly partial to this amazing breed of hardheaded, loyal and too smart for their own good pups.
Congrats on this first book! I’m making room on my Tina Radcliffe shelf of greatness for all the new ones!!!
LISA!!! Awwww. Don’t you love, love, love WINSTON. That overbite!!!!
So looking forward to this book! Love suspense, and love Tina’s writing. Cannot wait to read Mac, Gabe and Winston’s story!
Laura! Thanks for dropping by. I owe you a “checking in” email. And thanks for the kind words.
Loved learning more about you 😊
Aw, thanks, Melissa. I just looked up your newest “must watch” British Crime shows last night and am excited to watch them. Thanks for the reccs.
I enjoy a good suspense story. Thank you for sharing!
Megan, thank YOU for stopping by and for being a reader.
What a great author feature. I’m looking forward to reading Tina’s upcoming novel, suspense is one of my favorite genres. Blessings!
Hi Stacy! Thank you so much for visiting. Sending hugs.
I read several genres. Mostly sci-fi and fantasy, with a good bit of YA thrown in. I do like both suspense and mystery. Also enjoy the cozy mystery genre. I pretty much read anything where the blurb catches my curiosity factor.
Although, regretfully I have not been able to enjoy books on late because of lack of free time 😭
I would LOVE to give Mac, Gabe, and Winston a try.
Don’t you just wish for a weekend in a hotel, with room service and nothing but reading? It’s like my dream vacation. LOLOL.
Thank you for sharing more about yourself! I’m excited for you (and me as a reader!) for your first foray into romantic suspense. CIA? (Call It Amazing!) 😊
🤣🤣LOLOL. Love that, Heather. Thanks for visiting.
I loved this book! You have proven you can switch genres effortlessly. This was some really good suspense.
That means a lot, Susan. Thank you. 💙💙
I’ve loved every story I’ve read that’s written by Tina Radcliffe! And this one sounds like a super winner!! I don’t stick to one genre bc I don’t want to miss any great stories.
Aw, thanks so much, Kimberly. XXXXXXX
My favorite author <3
You sweet thing!!! Hugs.
Tina’s books are an automatic buy for me. Can’t wait. I read a few different genres. Can’t wait to retire in a few years so I can read more. Don’t have much time now but my TBR piles are huge and in boxes.
WOWZA. Mine are mostly on Kindle. 2K and counting. Thank you so much for the sweet words. 💙💙
I read multiple genres. This book sounds like a lot of suspense and danger. The blurb sounds good.
Hi Lynn! Thanks for taking time to stop by and comment. Hope you get a chance to read Sabotaged Mission.
I like reading suspenseful stories so I know I’d enjoy the book. I enjoy more than one genre. I also like Amish, historical romance fiction, and contemporary romance fiction.
Me too, Linda Palmer. Thanks for visiting! Hope you win.
Although my favorite genre is mysteries, I also read regular fiction, historic fiction, medical and legal thrillers, non-fiction, biographies, and some books with suspense.
You, Nancy, are a well-read reader. Brava!
This book so good,I would love to read it.
Nice to meet you!
Thanks for visiting. Happy Reading.
I look forward to reading this. I like to read different genres.
Waving hello to you, Julie Bickham. I’m a varied reader too.
Hi Tina, I love reading suspense romance and mystery , I like to read different genres, I just don’t like to read gory stuff for sure, especially is it is way too scary, I will stick to suspense , mystery romance. Have a great week.
I’m with you, Alicia. Many genres but I want to be able to sleep at night. 🙂
I want to read this book because it sounds exciting and like there is a lot going on.
Thanks, Heather. And thanks for stopping by.
This sounds like a great tale of suspense.
It is a great tail…Winston is in it. 🐾🐾🤣
I have read Tina’s books before. They are always so good.
Jocelyn, what kind words. Thank you for visiting today!
I love to read a variety of books including Amish,historical and mysteries.
Me too, Marilyn. High-five! 🖐
I love Suspense! I can’t wait to read it!
OOH! Amelia! Thank you for stopping by. I hope you enjoy Sabotaged Mission.
I enjoy romantic suspense
Denise! Hi, my friend.
Thanks for stopping by
I love Tina’s LI romances, and I kept thinking she wrote suspense as well and then realized she had not—until now. So excited about her new release, and the excerpt has me hooked!
I enjoy reading a variety of genres including historical, suspense, contemporary romance, and Amish.
Roxanne! Hi there, friend.
I hope you enjoy the book.
I love a good mystery and romance!
Born to be. Like peanut butter and jelly! Right??
I love Tina’s books, and she’s an amazing lady! I’m excited to read her suspense story. I read mostly historical fiction, but I also enjoy a good contemporary romance or suspense.
Winnie! Thank you so much for the praise. I didn’t know you were primarily a historical reader. Well, now I am very honored to have you on my team.
Congratulations on your release. I hope no one is in the vehicle.
Lucy! They are in the vehicle. That’s what makes it soooo scary!
A favorite author.
Lori! Thanks for those three amazing words. I’m honored. 💜💜
The book sounds interesting, that why I want to read it. I also like Romance novels.
Hi Deb! I hope you enjoy Sabotaged Mission. A little bit of suspense, a little bit of romance and a little bit of Winston.
I always love a mystery or suspense story, especially if it’s that engaging.
Thanks, David. I hope you enjoy! Winston says hi. 🐾🐾
This sounds like a really good book.
Patricia! Good to see you. Thank you.
I read many genres as long as they are clean! At 4 years old I started a lifelong love of the Traditional Whodunit when finishing (with my grandmother’s help) The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie. I have dabbled into some romance but I have learned (the icky way) that I am best reading Christian Fiction (Romance, Suspense, or YA), clean Historical Fiction, clean Mystery (my first love,) and any Cozy Mystery! I am excited to see our library has ordered Sabotaged Mission so I will try to be the first to read it!
Thanks for stopping by to chat, Cheryl. YAY for your library. I’m a cozy writer too. Deeds of the Deceitful with Ellery Adams. Thanks for stopping by and sharing. The world needs MORE READERS!!
I will try this a second time. I enjoy reading Love Inspired Suspense books. Thank you for sharing. God bless you.
Thanks for stopping by Debra!!
I read any genre that’s clean (i.e. little swearing, no sex, little violence). My fave is Biblical historical fiction (retelling or elaboration of characters in Bible times).
I love watching NCIS & NCIS:LA so I figured I might be interested in a book with those types of “special ops”!
I love NCIS LA. IT’s got the perfect blend of suspense and humor and it’s clean. Thanks for stopping by, Sarah!!!
Sounds good and I love the cover. I read a few different genres.
Hey, there, Jan. I love that cover too. Thanks for visiting.
I read nearly everything. Romantic Suspense, Contemporary, Historical, Amish, and the list goes on. And, I haven’t met a Tina Radcliffe book I haven’t enjoyed, so yes, I’d love to give Mac, Gabe and Winston a shot!
Aw, thank you so much, Pam Graber. Sending Winston love.
Outstanding book! I actually highlighted portions, which is uncommon for me. You know I love your books. I highly recommend this one and hope you continue to write suspense! No need to enter me in the drawing.
I actually answered you below. (your night owl club pal)
Good word!! Intriguing Espionage. With a DOG!
Thanks, so much Terri. I’m working on Ben’s story right this very minute. xxxx
The old flame leading a deadly enemy to her is a truly intriguing plotline!
Hi Lisa! Thanks for stopping by. THE PLOT THICKENS!!!
Romantic suspense is my favorite. Add in a dog and that’s just icing on the cake.
Winston, to the rescue. Thanks for stopping by, Amy!
Congrats, Tina! I can’t wait to read your first Rom Suspense. I think you could write in any genre, put your personal voice and flair in it and come up with a best seller!
Aw, thanks, Audra. xxx
I really enjoy reading Tina Radcliffe’s books. *Reader tip: If you can get your hands on any past issues of ‘Woman’s World’ magazine, Tina has some cute short stories published there, too. My favorite genres of romance are: Suspense, Western, Amish, and Historical. I also enjoy mysteries and thrillers and lots of non-fiction such as sewing, quilting, crafting, gardening, and cooking. **Congratulations on your new release, Tina. :0}
Well, June. You are a sweetie. thank you so very much. Have I mentioned I am addicted to cookbooks? 😜
I read historical and contemporary romance, and I will read suspense occasionally. I’d read this one since I love Tina’s books!
Thanks so much, Heidi. That means a lot!! xx
Looking forward to reading Sabotaged Mission. Like romantic suspense, cozy and historical mysteries. Basically all mysteries. Thanks for the giveaway.
You’re my kind of reader, Patricia Pinkston! Thanks for stopping by!
I love a good suspenseful book and/or mystery and this sounds like a great one. And I like many different kinds of genres.
Hi Debbie P! I am with you. Variety makes reading more fun. Thanks for stopping by!
Tina is a great author and this book sounds like a can’t put down story.
Aw, thanks, Maryann! And thanks for taking the time to stop by!
she really is!
Sounds like a great romantic suspense.
Thank you for taking time from your day to stop by. I hope you enjoy Gabe, Mac, and Winston’s story. 🐾🐾
With Tina writing it, it definitely will be!
IT SOUNDS EXCITING. YES, I READ MULTIPLE GENRES OF NOVELS.
THANKS FOR STOPPING BY!
This is a new to me author, thank you for the introduction! I read lots of different genres.
You are a new-to-me reader, Laura. Delighted to meet you!
This sounds very intriguing and yes I read across many different genres.
Hi Cindi!! I hope you give, Gabe, Mac and Winston a try!
I’m excited to read your first romantic suspense book! I like the variety of different genres.
Hi Lynette, We keep bumping into each other, all over the internet. 😜
Thanks for the kind words.
I love second chance stories. I also want to know why Winston flunked out of obedience school.
I enjoy a good suspense.
poor Winston lol
Winston just has a mind of his own. Love that dog.
Tina is one of my favorite authors and I love romantic suspense, so I’m excited that she’s venturing into this new genre!
right?!? Me too!
Aw, thank you, Connie! 💜💜💜
Romantic suspense is one of my favorite genres because it keeps me guessing what will happen next.
Me, too, Kerri. I love romsusp. Thanks for stopping by!
I can’t wait to read your suspense novel, Tina!
Aw, thanks, Rose. You are the perfect poster child for multiple genres. xx
I love to read Christian suspense!! Throw in CIA operatives, and I’m all in!! Sabotaged Mission sounds so intriguing!! Thanks for the chance to win this book and an Amazon gift card!! Woo Hoo!!! 🙂
I love your enthusiasm, Alison. Thanks for stopping by.
I would love to read this suspenseful book with romance added in. It sounds like a fun read for a vacation read.
Thank you for stopping by. I hope you love, love, love Sabotaged Mission. (I want to go to the beach!!) 😎🌞🕶⛱
Looks like a fun book. I read all kinds of genres
Thanks for the contest.
Me, too, Sarah! Thanks for visiting!
Sounds like a great book! I like reading Thrillers, Romance, Mysteries and True Crime.
Hi Susan! Thanks for stopping by. I read all of the above too! Although, I am a bit of a coward and can’t read anything too gory. CHICKEN!!! 🐔