Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Anne Patrick's Kill Shot

My special guest today is Anne Patrick, who's returning to talk about her new book and catch us up on what's going on in her life. Anne Patrick is the author of more than a dozen novels of Romance, Mayhem &Faith, including the award-winning and best-selling Fire and Ash, Lethal Dreams and Sabotage. Her heroines are usually strong willed, witty, and often very opinionated…combinations that usually land them in situations where death seems imminent. When she's not working on her next novel she enjoys spending time with family and friends. Born an Okie and proud of it (Go Sooners!), she now makes her home in Kansas. 

Welcome back, Anne. Please have a chocolate chunk cookie and some hot tea.

Yummy! Thanks, Susan. I think I'll just do that.

Tell us your latest news.

Glad to, Susan!  My latest release, Kill Shot, book one in my Wounded Heroes series, comes out today.  Here's the blurb: Former combat medic Kory Wagner has been in four war zones, served three tours in Iraq, survived countless firefights, RPG’s, IED’s and even a helicopter crash. Now she’s home and out of the Army for good and someone is trying to kill her in her own backyard. Just as disturbing is the handsome sheriff who’s on the case. Sheriff Sean Harding doesn’t quite know what to think of the decorated veteran that managed to outsmart an entire search party. What bothers him more is the body of a PI, whom she hired, was found dead in a building she owns. And Kory isn’t being very cooperative with helping him find the answers as to why someone would kill her sister and want her dead. Will he be able to keep her alive along enough to discover the truth?

Folks, Anne is giving away a free pdf copy of the new book. See below to get your name in the cookie jar.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in this latest book? If so, why? 

I don't think so.  A couple of years from now I may think differently.  As I continue to grow as a writer, I can usually look back at a book and see things I could have done better. 

That's got to be a great feeling.
Can you share a short excerpt from the book? 

The steel door creaked as she pushed it open, the sound echoing throughout the metal building. "Mr. Urlik?" She waited for her eyes to adjust to the change in lighting before stepping all the way inside. A wide stream of light from the door spread out in front of her. "Mr. Urlik. Are you in here?"

Kory heard a sound a few yards in front of her. She quickly scanned the area. Three rows of huge metal shelves lined the interior. She inched forward, peering around the corner of the second row. Mr. Urlik lay on his side, facing her, clutching his chest. His eyes were opened and his mouth moved, but no sound came out. A heart attack? She ran to him, knelt down on the cement floor, and took his hand. It was wet, slimy. She looked down and saw his hand covered in blood. Her eyes shifted to his chest. A large crimson stain spread across the width of his white shirt from a small hole near the center. He was breathing erratically. Experience told her a bullet had pierced at least one lung and he didn't have much time. She immediately pressed the heel of her right hand against the wound.

"I'm sorry," he murmured.

"Where's your cell phone?" Hers was in her backpack but she didn't want to waste valuable time digging it out.

"No time. Get out."

"Who did this, Mr. Urlik?"

He grabbed her right hand and squeezed it tightly. "You were right -- no accident."

His hand went limp.

Kory felt something in the palm of her hand, looked down and saw it was a key. She shoved it into her jeans pocket. A whizzing sound buzzed past her, followed by the unmistakable clink of a bullet ricocheting off metal. She instinctively threw herself over his body as another bullet struck metal. Kory felt for a pulse. There was none. She lowered her hand to his chest and felt under both arms and along his waist. I thought all PIs carried guns. Just my luck this one didn't.

She scrambled to her feet, as more shots ricocheted around her, and dove through an opening on the first row of shelves. A piercing pain sliced through her upper arm as she took cover behind some boxes. They wouldn't shield her from the gunfire but they would conceal her presence while she figured out how she was going to get out of there. She paused long enough to grab her cell phone from her backpack, wishing she hadn't when another bullet tore through a box beside her. She ducked lower to the floor.

Kory ignored the throbbing in her arm and slithered along the floor toward the back of the building. As a child, she and her sister, Callie, had often accompanied her grandfather to the warehouse where he worked on boats as a hobby. She remembered a back exit that led to the side parking lot and nearby woods. If she could reach the door, she had a chance of getting out of this alive. She looked down at the tear in her shirt, drenched with blood.

This isn't good!

Okay, so I'm hooked! A must-read for me for sure.

How about sharing a review or two from your other books with readers?

Barbara Hightower gave Fire and Ash 5 stars: What a wonderful read this has turned out to be...The book has a lot of angles and twist to keep the reader guessing and want to know more. I am now a fan of Anne's and will be looking into her other books.

Sherry Kuhn said this about Journey to Redemption: WOW! I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It grabs you from the first page and does not let you go until the last. I truly did not know who all the bad guys were until the end. I really like that in a story.

Where can we purchase Kill Shot?

You can get the eBook at Desert Breeze Publishing,, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and most online bookstores.

Do you have plans for another book?

There are four other books under contract in the Wounded Heroes series.  Trespasses release May 2012, Vengeance in February 2013; Betrayal in November 2013, and Secrets in August 2014.  Each book is a stand-alone inspirational romantic suspense.

Where can we find you online?                                              

My website (where I have monthly giveaways): Blog:

Thank you for allowing me to come and talk about my new book, Susan.  I'd love to give away a PDF copy of Kill Shot to one of your readers. 

How generous of you!
So, readers, if you want Kill Shot, you have to leave a comment. Anne will get in touch with the winner.


Cindy Weber said...

This sounds like another great Anne Patrick book. Sign me up, I'd love to win it.

Cindy Weber said...


DJ said...

Nice cover! Liked the excerpt too.

Danielle Thorne said...

Wonderful interview! I'm a BIG fan of Anne Patrick's books!

E.A. West said...

Great interview! Kill Shot sounds like an excellent book.

Gail Pallotta said...

A great interview and excerpt. Suspense fills Anne's books. I enjoy her writing very much.

Crystal Ennis said...

Great interview, Anne. I wish you lots of success with all your books.

Diane Craver said...

Your books are fantastic and I'm sure I'll love your Kill Shot one too.

Hope you sell tons of books.

Btw, I didn't forget about the review for No Greater Love - will write it today - another awesome book.

Cindy Keen Reynders said...

This sounds like a great book! And I enjoyed the interview as well. Nice to know you, Anne!

Susan Whitfield said...

Thanks so much to all of you who dropped by to learn more about talented Anne Patrick. I hope you'll continue to check in from time to time. I'm looking forward to reading Kill Shot myself:-))

Anne Patrick said...

Oh wow, thank you for all the wonderful comments!

Susan you're a great host and I really appreciate you giving me the opportunity to give a shout out about Kill Shot.

Susan Whitfield said...

You're certainly deserving, Anne. I'm glad you could visit again. Keep those great books coming! The contest for a copy of your book is open until 8:00 AM Thursday morning (11/17/11)

Susan Whitfield said...

Congratulations, David. You won the book. Anne will get it to you.

Alicia Jennings said...

Oh man I'm too late for the drawing. Oh well, I will just have to buy it. I've read several of your books, Anne, and have loved everyone of them!