Prism Book Alliance would like to thank Adrian J Smitth for taking the time to talk with us today. There is also a Giveaway, so don’t miss that.
Title: For by Grace
Author: Adrian J Smitth
Publisher: Supposed Crimes, LLC
Cover Artist: Heidi DeCausemaker
10 things you didn’t know about AJ:
- I have a Muppet phobia, and yes, that is a real thing. I don’t like seeing them. I’m okay with hearing them, but I can’t stand to see them. I tense up, I grind my teeth and I can’t move when I see them anywhere on a screen. I don’t know why, but they have always creeped me out.
- I wanted to be a police chaplain for quite a few years when I was in college. It’s not as easy as you think to become one, and unless the department is big enough, they’re usually just volunteers from the local churches.
- I have defensive tactics training from a Sheriff’s Department, and I’ve gone through the training more than once. This means, I’ve been sprayed with pepper spray (one more than one occasion, I might add as recertification to carry had to happen every year), and I’ve been Tased, so I know what it feels like!
- I often listen to Christian radio when writing erotic scenes. Yes, I know it’s weird. There’s two reason. One, it’s upbeat, and two, I rarely know the lyrics so I’m not tempted to hum or sing along. Except when “God’s Not Dead” comes on, then I rock out!
- I hate shoes and often go without them. I take them off at work sometimes and it freaks people out! Also why I prefer carpeting in a house over hardwood. My wedding shoes are “barefoot” sandals so I don’t have to wear shoes.
- My first car was named Huggle Mobile. She was a dark blue Mazda protégé 1996, and I loved her to death!
- I went to Guatemala in 2013 for a school trip, and I would love to go back! The Mayan culture is so alive today. I also participated in a Mayan healing ceremony.
- My favorite scent is sweet pea, anything that has it really. Bath wash, body spray, lotion.
- I am slightly obsessed with pumpkins. I love them to death and have for years. Every Halloween I have at least 3-5 pumpkins on my front porch. I’ve even contemplated getting a pumpkin tattoo.
- I want to be a foster parent in the next couple of years. I want to provide safe housing and a loving home for kids who don’t have one readily available to them. I’m particularly interested in housing for teenagers and emergency housing. Check back in a few years and see how many kids I have!
Deputy Halling tensed her shoulders as her cruiser sped up—she was always ready for the next suspect. The truck was already four blocks ahead of her and did not look to be slowing down. She reached up and hit the mouthpiece of the radio at her shoulder, tilting her head as she spoke. “337—speeder on Hosmer and 126th, heading northbound. Red Ford Ranger, early model, plate is boy-boy-charles-seven-zero-nine. In pursuit.”
“10-4,” dispatch responded.
Hitting the gas, Grace got as close to the truck as possible. They weaved in and out of traffic, cars pulling over to the side and hitting their brakes as the driver either caught sight of the truck or heard her sirens. He blasted through a red light, horns beeping continuously at him as she drove to catch up.
Grace slammed on her brakes. She let out a quick breath as a black mustang came to a forceful stop, letting her drive past them. She picked up her speed, scanning the roadway ahead to try and see where the Ford had gone. Biting her lip, Grace cocked her head to the side, skimming the intersections to make sure everyone had stopped or was coming to a stop before she went through them. One car was too close of a call for her.
Being a Sheriff’s Deputy is not all about saving lives and arresting criminals, and each day Grace wonders if she’ll make it home.
While kids at the schools Deputy Grace Halling visits see her as the knight in blue-cotton armor, people involved in the cases she is dispatched to have a different opinion. She has every confidence in her ability to do her job and arrest criminals. She easily takes down a knife-wielding woman and a drunken combatant teenager without hesitation. Everyone—victim, suspect, or witness—has a story to tell or to lie about, and Grace is never perturbed by their tales.
That all changes when she looks down the barrel of a gun. She loses confidence in her ability as a deputy, she loses trust in herself and fellow officers, and she struggles to stay afloat as shift after shift passes. Grace cannot find her rhythm of being a deputy again. And when the Police Chaplain unexpectedly barges into her life, her personal and professional lives are flipped upside down. Grace struggles to find her even ground, worrying that the next time she stares a murderer in the face will be the last.
About the Author:
Adrian J. Smith, or “AJ” as she is often called, is a part time writer with an epic imagination, sharp wit, and kind heart that gets her into a bit of trouble when it comes to taking in all the neighborhood stray cats. Being obsessed with science fiction, Smith often goes off on tangents about the space-time continuum. She is also a part time lunatic with a secretive past. It’s been rumored that she was once a spy for the government, but anyone who has gotten close enough to know the truth has never lived to tell the tale. When traveling around the world on various classified tasks, Smith requires the following be provided: buffalo jerky, mimosas, and eighty six pennies. This is all we know about the reclusive woman.
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