Adrian J. Smith on Spirit of Grace Series ~ Excerpt, Guest Blog, Rafflecopter Giveaway

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Title: Spirit of Grace Series
Author: Adrian J. Smith
Publisher: Supposed Crimes
Cover Artist: Heidi DeCausemaker
Genre: Contemporary, Crime Fiction, Fiction, Lesbian, Lesbian Romance, Mystery

Blurb:

*Should be read in order

For by Grace
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.

Fallen from Grace
Parables and riddles can’t undo the confusion Deputy Grace Halling experiences after her close call with death. Each morning she wakes up, puts on a uniform that feels far more like a target, and goes out to enforce the laws and protect the innocent. While her comrades in blue are murdered one by one with each passing month, Grace pushes for a call to action from her Captain. Her worst fear has become a reality. 

Grace doesn’t know if she’s next.

Grace through Redemption
Learning to trust herself again wasn’t easy. Deputy Grace Halling is back patrolling, and after a few months of quiet, murders of her comrades in blue begin again. Scared and determined, Grace follows every lead she can until she finds herself face to face with the barrel of a gun, only this time her finger is on the trigger.

Ten things I wish I had known before becoming a published author

  1. The ups and downs are constant: no matter how long you’ve been writing, how long you’ve been publishing, no matter how long you plan to do it. They’ll always be there, and you just gotta ride them both out and know tomorrow is a new day.
  2. Publishing one book does not in anyway prepare you for publishing a second book.
  3. There will always be mistakes in the book, no matter how many editors go through it.
  4. The best you can hope for is to improve and to enjoy the improvement process.
  5. There’s a community out there than can be the best and the worst of each of us. Find your friends, stick with them, but always allow room for more friends to come into the picture. Also, don’t be annoying or stuck up or too quiet or say something you might regret later; these people can make it or break it for you.
  6. Marketing isn’t a science, and I’m still convinced no one really knows how to do it well and do it well consistently except those experts none of us can afford.
  7. You really can write anywhere, and you’ll only as good as the effort you put into what you’re doing.
  8. Being published is an honor no one can describe. Having fans who respect you and keep coming back is so much more a blessing and a joy than you could ever think to happen.
  9. Never put your relationships to the side for the sake of a novel.
  10. Never stop reading.

 

Excerpt

From Grace Through Redemption

Opening her eyes, she was thoroughly disappointed. The guy, with his dark, curly hair and olive complexion was probably dream of a looker for any straight woman or gay man. He had his dick hanging out of his pants and his fist firmly wrapped around it. Grace held her breath high in her lungs and knocked on his window.

When it rolled down, she glared. “Sir—”

“Yes?” he cut her off.

She wasn’t even sure what to say. She balked and swallowed, trying to start over. “Sir, what’s going on?”

He at least had the grace to blush. His mouth opened then closed twice before he shook his head, his hand still wrapped firmly around his dick.

“Sir, I pulled you over because you were driving erratically. Over the speed limit, then under it, then over again, and you couldn’t stay in a lane.”

“I understand.”

Grace shook her head. That wasn’t the excuse for poor driving she normally got. Normally there were excuses thrown at her, the number one being, “I had to pee, Officer!” She blanched and put her hands at her sides.

“I need to know why.”

“I—I was having some issues.”

“What kind of issues?”

“Well, I…” he trailed off and looked down at his dick.

Grace was impressed with the fact he still hadn’t stuffed it back into his pants. She tried to look anywhere except down at his lap, but her gaze kept being drawn in that direction. Of all officers to get that call, why couldn’t it have been a man? She sighed and looked at his face again. He hadn’t looked at her since he’d first rolled down the window.

“Sir.”

“I was masturbating, okay?” He sounded exasperated and completely embarrassed. His cheeks flashed redder than they had been before, and Grace snickered. He did need to blush. At least that meant he had some emotions going on under his mask of “what the hell is going on.”

She shifted onto her left foot and more snow melted down the side of her boot. “Sir, you can cover yourself up.”

“Oh good.” He slid his dick into his slacks and zipped them closed.

Grace shuddered. What guy would need permission to cover up when pulled over by a cop? She shook her head, not wanting to answer her own question. She bit her lip, trying to figure out where to go with the situation next. In all of her nine years as a beat cop she’d seen some extraordinary and embarrassing things—this one had to top it all. She licked her lips.

“You were driving erratically,” she repeated.

“I couldn’t—I couldn’t get off, and it was getting hard to focus.”

“Sir—why were you jerking off while driving a motor vehicle anyway?”

His mouth opened, but Grace put her hand out to stop him.

“Wait. Don’t answer that. I don’t want the answer. Give me your license and registration please.”

Links

Spirit of Grace Series on Goodreads

For by Grace

Amazon US
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Amazon CA

Fallen from Grace

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Grace through Redemption (pre-order only until 12/1)

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Giveaway


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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.

Where to find the author: 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/adrian.j.smith066

Facebook: www.facebook.com/adrianjsmithbooks
Facebook: www.facebook.com/supposedcrimes
Twitter: @AdrianAJSmith

Tour Dates & Stops: 

17-Nov: Jessie G. Books

24-Nov: Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words

1-Dec: Unquietly Me, Bayou Book Junkie

8-Dec: Velvet Panic, Happily Ever Chapter

15-Dec: QUEERcentric Books, Divine Magazine

22-Dec: Love Bytes, Havan Fellows

29-Dec: Inked Rainbow Reads, Cathy Brockman Romances

5-Jan: Prism Book Alliance

12-Jan: Wake Up Your Wild Side, Elisa – My Reviews and Ramblings

19-Jan: BFD Book Blog

26-Jan: MM Good Book Reviews

2-Feb: Parker Williams

Final

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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