Wow, what an abfab cover. Can’t wait to get into the interview with Allyson Carter on her new romantic suspense novel, HEARTS UNDONE. How exciting!
Nike: When did you start writing for publication?
Allyson: Six years ago I started writing seriously and for publication. And why? I was snowed in with the kids and going crazy. A book idea came to me and wouldn’t let me go. I had to write it down. What drives you to write? The joy I get from writing drives me to get them on paper.
Nike: How do you get inspiration for your stories (plots, characters, etc.)?
Allyson: Everywhere. That’s pretty much where I get my ideas. It can come from a song I heard on the radio, something I read in a newspaper or even on the news.
Nike: Can you give us a sneak peek or preview into the next work in progress (WIP) you’re working on? When do you expect to release it?
Allyson: I just finished and sold book two in this series. It has a working title, but that might change. This book picks up with two characters from HEARTS UNDONE. Two I think no one will expect. There’s lots of danger, romance and faith. It releases July 19, 2016.
HEARTS UNDONE excerpt…
Hannah’s hair bounced as she skipped down the sidewalk with her mother. Shelby unlocked the car door. A piece of paper sat on her seat. She pulled her daughter back before she could get in.
“Stay right here, sweetie.”
Reaching in, she picked up the paper and read the words: “Keep quiet or else!” Her hands shook and her bacon burger sat in the pit of her stomach like a lead weight. Nausea made her head swim.
Approaching the car, Mark spotted the white square in Shelby’s hand. “What’s wrong, Shelby?”
Shelby coughed as a lump formed, making it difficult for her to speak. Swallowing several times, she began to feel light-headed.
“What’s the matter, Shel?”
She tried to talk and nothing would come from her lips. Shelby shook her head. He rushed to her side and took the white piece of paper from her. The note had been written with words cut out from magazines and glued to the page. At first glance it looked like a preschooler put the note together. She tightened her hold on Hannah as she glanced around. Someone got into her locked car when they were only a few feet away. Why?
“Take Hannah and move to the sidewalk.” The dominant tone to his voice forced her to focus better. She blinked to stop her mind from racing.
After a bitter divorce, Shelby Johnson is looking to rebuild a life for herself and her daughter, Hannah, while avoiding the thing she mistrusts most: men. Her resolve is tested, however, when her brother’s best friend, Mark, moves in across the street and her long-buried feelings for him rise to the surface. Can she open up her heart again? When someone threatens her life, she realizes that her heart isn’t the only thing on the line. She turns to the only man she feels she can trust.
Mark Daniels returns to his hometown to solve a crime committed in the military. When he gets caught up in Shelby’s troubles, he knows she needs someone to protect her, but can he be that man? Being around her again is forcing him to face the way he feels—something he’d rather not do. When his past comes to haunt him, he vows to protect Shelby and her daughter until his last breath.
Through God’s love, Shelby and Hannah find their way into Mark’s heart. Will there be room for God too?
About the author…
Allyson writes Edgy Christian romance and suspense novels. In her books, readers will find emotionally stirring story lines, as well a compelling mixture of suspense and faith. She resides in Missouri with her loving husband and four wonderful children, and three cats. When not spending time with her family, you can find her knitting, and watching perhaps a few way too many suspense and reality television shows.
She can be found around the Internet at these places, website, blog, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. You can get a copy of HEARTS UNDONE on eLectio Publishing and Amazon.