Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Virtual Book Tour: Spirit of Grace Series by Adrian J. Smith ~ (Author Interview, Excerpt + Giveaway)

Virtual Book Tour: Spirit of Grace Series by Adrian J. Smith ~ (Author Interview, Excerpt + Giveaway)

Author Name: Adrian J. Smith
Book Names: For By Grace, 
Fallen From Grace, Grace Through Redemption
Series: Spirit of Grace
Books: One, Two, and Three
Series should be read in order
Release Dates: 1. For by Grace (June 1, 2014), 
Fallen from Grace (June 1, 2015), 
Grace through Redemption (Dec 1, 2015)


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.

For by Grace 257
Fallen from Grace 294
Grace through Redemption 287

Categories: F/F Police Procedural/mystery

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.
“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.”

Author Interview:

Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Adrian J. Smith author of the Spirit of Grace series.

Hi AJ, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.

I’m a writer who lives in the middle of nowhere. I’ve been published for about three years now and still absolutely love it. I worked for years in security and alongside with the local sheriff’s department, which helped inspire this book series. I wanted people to know what real cops dealt with, not what is shown in television shows and movies.

  1. Do you buy a book because of the cover, the blurb, or something else?
    It can be either the cover or the blurb, usually it’s the blurb though. There are only a few authors on my auto-buy list. The cover will help me be interested, but the blurb is what keeps me.

  1. What does ‘romance’ mean to you?
Romance means fluffy and happy endings, which is not necessarily what I write, or at least what I focus on in most of my writing. Romance to me is fantasy, meaning we don’t get the reality of peoples lives in the story itself, which is why I tend to shy away from it. When I do write romance, I try to not let it follow the tradition romance book narrative.

  1. What are your current projects?
I’m currently working on a romance novel. Haha! I can also be hypocritical. I do like to read romance, just not necessarily write it, although sometimes that story and that character get stuck in my head and I can’t get them out until I get it all down on the electronic page! So I’m working on another May/December romance, which will be my second, called OBlique. I’m also editing the first book in a Spirit of Grace spin off series, which is set to release in June, and my publisher things I’m working on a book called De-Termination, which has vampires in it, but shhhh, don’t tell her I’m avoiding it!

  1. What is the most difficult part of writing for you?
Right now it seems to be finding the time. I have a full-time job I love and adore and don’t plan on giving it up. I also co-run a review blog, I copy-edit, and I write. So time is the biggest issue at the moment. My spouse does yell at me a lot when I don’t write though; apparently I get cranky monster face and he wants nothing to do with me.

  1. Tell us something about yourself that would surprise people.
I’m pregnant. 7months. I look like I’m 2 months pregnant. This whole baby belly thing is not happening, but the baby does NOT like my laptop because ze keeps kicking it whenever I try and type. Oh! And I plan on being a foster parent in the near future.

Buy the book:

For by Grace

Fallen from Grace

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

Meet 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/adrianjsmithbooks
Facebook: www.facebook.com/supposedcrimes
Twitter: @AdrianAJSmith
Goodreads Links:
For by Grace: http://bit.ly/1iI9D3w
Fallen from Grace: http://bit.ly/1GQ5pxo
Grace through Redemption: http://bit.ly/1S3U9TB

Publisher: Supposed Crimes, LLC
Cover Artist: Heidi DeCausemaker

Tour Dates & Stops:
19-Jan: BFD Book Blog

Rafflecopter Prize: 2 Signed copies of For by Grace and Grace Through Redemption

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