Today I'm featuring romantic suspense author Anne K. Albert's new release, Defending Glory. Available now. Take a peek...
DEFENDING GLORY: Suffering from survivor's guilt and unable to resume his career with the FBI, Mac McKeown moves to northern Minnesota to start over as a general contractor and forget that fateful day that changed everything. When he discovers the body of the man who ended his career on Glory Palmer's property, along with a warning for her to leave while she still can, Mac realizes his past has come back to haunt him and an innocent woman's life is in danger. He vows to keep her safe during construction of the retreat, but can he protect his heart as well?
“Glory?” Mrs. Cole, the B&B owner, exited the back door.
“I’m in the gazebo.”
The older woman sauntered across the lawn, juggling two ceramic mugs.
“Chamomile tea,” she said as she offered one to Glory. “Steeped for five minutes. I thought you could use a cup. Something to settle your nerves.”
“Thank you.” Glory inhaled the delicate aroma before taking a sip. “I take it you heard about the murder at Hanover Point?”
Mrs. Cole sat in the chair opposite the chaise. “I did. It’s shocking. I’m glad the pastor was with you. And that you’re safe and sound.”
“I hope you were spared from seeing the body.”
“I wasn’t. It was awful.” She relayed a few details, sparing the older woman most of the gruesome facts. Still, Mrs. Cole’s eyes bugged out of her head.
“Please tell me this horrid event hasn’t changed your mind about moving here. Or building the retreat.”
The threatening words printed on the back of Manny Singh’s neck zipped across the front of Glory’s brain. Goosebumps formed on her arms and she had the strangest feeling she was being watched. Her fingers tightened around the mug. She concentrated on its warmth and willed away her fears.
“No,” she said at last. “I’m here to stay.”
A snapping sound, like someone stepping on a twig behind the cedar hedge, made her jump. She turned her head, but saw nothing out of the ordinary. Another twig snapped just beyond the B&B’s backyard.
“Are you all right, dear?” Mrs. Cole asked.
Glory did her best to shake off the eerie feeling. Surely, if someone was spying on them, Mrs. Cole would sense it too. She smiled at her hostess, and stood up. “I’m fine. But it’s getting chilly. Do you mind if we go inside?”
What an great excerpt. Its sounds like a whirlwind read. If you'd like to know more, you can get in touch with Anne at her links below.
Bio: Anne K. Albert has taught high school art, sold display advertising for a small town weekly newspaper, and worked for a national brand water company, but now writes full time.
A member of the Romance Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and married to her high school sweetheart for more than a quarter of a century, it's a given she'd write mystery and romantic suspense.
When not in her home office, she enjoys traveling, visiting friends and family, knitting, crocheting, and of course, reading.
Links: Buy link for Defending Glory: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0045JL61E
Visit Anne's website: http://www.AnneKAlbert.com
or her blogs: http://anne-k-albert.blogspot.com, http://piedmont-island-trilogy.blogspot.com