Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Meet Romantic Suspense author Anne Patrick

Anne Patrick is the author of ‘Sweet’ Edge of Your Seat Romantic Suspense. She has penned more than a dozen novels. She’s a confessed suspense junkie with a bad habit of mixing chocolate and diet colas when writing, which can, and often does, lead to mayhem. Her heroines are usually strong willed, witty, and often very opinionated…combinations that usually land them in situations where death seems imminent. Anne has an alter ego by the name of Kinzie Monroe, who writes Inspirational Romance. Anne, you might say, is the dark side of Kinzie. Anne’s books may be darker in subject matter, but they all carry messages of hope and faith.

First of all I’d like to thank Vijaya for having me on her blog today, and for giving me the opportunity to talk about my new book that releases this month.

In Out of the Darkness, ex-FBI Profiler Alex Michaels is forced into hiding by the serial killer who murdered her twin sister and left her with a career ending injury. Meeting up with an ex-pro football player who is also facing an uncertain future, Alex makes Royce McIntire an offer he can’t refuse. Settling into her new life, Alex has no idea the killer is hot on her tracks along with the team of FBI agents who failed to protect her before. When they all catch up to her, not only is her peaceful life shattered, but once again her life is in jeopardy.

Here’s an excerpt from it:

The house was dark as Alex Michaels drove onto the lawn. She slammed the gearshift into park, pulled her gun from its holster, and jumped from the car. She swiped frantically at the tears as she stepped cautiously to the front door and grasped the knob. Please God…Please don’t let me be too late. Her grip tightened on the 9mm as beads of perspiration formed on her forehead. Inside the entryway, she reached out with her left hand to flick the light switch.

The knife came out of nowhere.

A sharp pain, followed by a burning sensation, seared up her right forearm. Her fingers went numb and the gun clattered to the floor. She jabbed with her left arm, her clenched fist coming in contact with the jaw hidden behind a black ski mask.

The intruder retaliated with a punch to her right cheek that slammed her body back against the door. The room swirled, her knees grew weak. She struggled to stand on solid ground. With a fistful of hair, her head was jerked back as the attacker’s knee rammed her rib cage, forcing a gush of air from her lungs.

She cried out as her knees buckled and she dropped to the floor. Another blow to her rib cage knocked her back onto the floor. Her left arm pinned beneath her, she raised a bloody right arm toward the intruder and stared in horror at her hand dangling lifelessly.

With the full weight of his body pinning her, she writhed beneath him trying to free her left arm.

“Fight me, Alex. Show me you’re not as weak as the rest.”

“I swear I’m going to kill you.” Using her feet as leverage, she rolled against him but she was no match for his strength.

He laughed. “Come on, Alex. Your sister put up a better fight than this.”

A sob escaped her lips. She could still hear Cassie’s cries for help and her bloodcurdling screams of terror.

“Sorry you didn’t make it in time to say goodbye. But you’ll be with her soon enough.”

Out of the Darkness releases this month from Champagne Books. To learn more about me and my other releases, please visit my blog: http://www.suspensebyanne.blogspot.com/ or my website: http://www.annepatrick.weebly.com/

Thanks again, Vijaya, for having me on your blog!


Judy said...

I'm not sure if I can actually take a breath or not. Wow. Another book to add to the TBR pile. Is this book being released as an ebook only? I checked Amazon and didn't see it listed.

StephB said...

Vijaya and Anne, nice post. That was a very suspenseful excerpt! I was on the edge of my seat. Like Judy, another book for the TBR. Congrats on the new release, Anne!


Anne Patrick said...

Hi Judy, right now it's only available in ebook. It'll go to print later this summer. And since it was just released Monday I imagine Champagne Books is the only place you can get it for a week or so. I'm not sure how long it takes them to get it up at other places.

Hi Steph, glad you liked it!
Thank you both for dropping by. This stop is part of my month long virtual book tour so all comments will be eligible to win goodies throughout the month.

Gail Pallotta said...

It sounds as though you've done another great job. I'm putting this on my TBR list for sure.

Joyce DiPastena said...

Anne is an awesome writer! Thanks for helping to spread the word about her talent and books!

Anne Patrick said...

Thanks Gail and Joyce!
You ladies are awesome!