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Today’s Wednesday Writers’ guest is a newcomer to the blog—romantic suspense author Terri Reed. Terri will be talking about her military K-9 Unit continuity series from Love Inspired Suspense. Frankly, I’m interested in finding out what a continuity series is, so here’s Terri to explain it. Welcome, Terri!

 

Thanks, Catherine.

 

My latest release, Mission to Protect, is part of the Military K-9 Unit continuity series from Love Inspired Suspense. Each month from March to December a new book in the series is released. I’ve heard from many readers who like to buy all the books in the series then read them back to back. Kind of like having a Netflix binge experience with books. If you’ve never read a continuity series, you’re in for a treat.

Let me tell you a bit about how a continuity series works. There is an overarching mystery that spans the books and isn’t resolved until the last book, but each book has its own suspense story and its own romance. The authors receive a workbook generated by the editors with the continuity elements for each individual book and the overarching suspense. This is the fun part where the authors get to create their own story from all of the elements, incorporating the central plot points.

I go through the workbook with a highlighter, marking all the information pertaining to my story and my characters as well as information needed for the primary suspense thread. Armed with this info, I piece it together like a jigsaw puzzle. I love puzzles so this is really enjoyable. I love the way the story unfolds with each bit of information.

In Mission to Protect the story takes place on a fictional air force base in Texas. This was my first time writing military characters and the research was fascinating. Learning about the Military Working Dog Program, the nuances of military life and showing the special bond between our service men and women and the dogs has given me a greater respect and admiration for those who serve, both the two-legged and the four-legged

Yet, the best part of being involved in writing a continuity book is the camaraderie with the other authors. We brainstorm plot points and characters, we support and encourage each other, and share the joys and the challenges together. Mostly this is done via email, though we have gathered in person at conferences as well. It’s always fun to relate face to face with my fellow authors.

I am so thankful for my author friends and am excited to share the Military K-9 Unit series with you all. I hope you’ll enjoy the stories as much as we loved writing them.

 

Mission to Protect

By Terri Reed

Enter the world of the Military K-9 Unit

A riveting new series begins!

When the Red Rose Killer leaves his calling card for Staff Sergeant Felicity Monroe, she knows exactly what that means—she’s on his revenge list. Her boss, Master Sergeant Westley James, and K-9 German shepherd Dakota become her guardians, but they’ll have to act fast to escape the man who wants her dead.

 

Excerpt:

The back door of Canyon Air Force base’s military working dog training facility stood open. It should be closed and locked tight.

Alarm slithered through lead trainer Master Sergeant Westley James like the venomous red, yellow and black coral snake inhabiting this part of Texas.

Something was wrong.

As he entered the building an eerie chill breathed down his neck that had nothing to do with the early morning April air. The stillness echoed through the center as loud as a jet taking off. His pulse spiked. He rushed to the kennel room and drew up short.

The kennels were empty. All of them.

Lying on the floor in a pool of blood were the two night shift dog trainers, Airman Tamara Peterson and Airman Landon Martelli. Each had been shot in the chest.

Grief clutched at Westley’s heart. Careful not to disturb the scene, he checked for pulses. None.

They had both been murdered.

Under the left arm of Tamara and Landon was a red rose and a folded white note, the calling card of a notorious serial killer.

Horror slammed into him. The news report he’d heard this morning on his way to work had become reality.

Boyd Sullivan, a.k.a the Red Rose Killer, had escaped prison and was back on base.

*

Staff Sergeant Felicity Monroe jerked awake to the fading sound of her own scream echoing in her head. Sweat drenched her nightshirt. The pounding of her heart hurt in her chest, making bile rise to burn her throat. Darkness surrounded her.

Where was she? Fear locked on to her like a guided missile and wouldn’t let go. Panic fluttered at the edge of her mind.

Memories flooded her system.

Her father!

A sob tore from her throat.

The familiar scent of jasmine from the bouquet of flowers on her bedside table grounded her. She was in her bedroom of the house on Canyon Air Force Base in southwest Texas. The home she’d shared with her father before his accidental death a month ago.

Her breathing slowed. She wiped at the wet tears on her cheeks and shook away the fear and panic.

Just a nightmare. One in a long string of them.

According to Dr. Flintman, the base therapist, she suffered mild post-traumatic stress disorder from finding her father after his fall from a ladder while cleaning the gutters on the house. Knowing why her brain was doing this didn’t make the images seared in her mind any less upsetting.

She filled her lungs with several deep breaths and sought the clock across the room on the dresser.

The clock’s red glow was blocked by the silhouette of a person looming at the end of her bed.

Was her mind playing a trick on her again? Or was she still stuck in her nightmare? She blinked rapidly to clear the sleep from her eyes.

Her breath caught and held.

No trick.

Someone was in her room.

 

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About the Author:

Terri Reed’s romance and romantic suspense novels have appeared on Publisher’s Weekly top 25, Nielsen’s Bookscan top 100, Amazon Bestseller and featured in USA Today, Christian Fiction Magazine and Romantic Times Magazine, finaled in RWA’s RITA contest, National Reader’s Choice Award contest and ACFW’s The Carol Award contest. Contact Terri @ http://www.terrireed.com/ or P.O. Box 19555 Portland, OR 97224

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