Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Whole Lot of Shaking Going On

Susan Sleeman here. We had an earthquake Sunday night. Not a big one. Just a 3.3 and we were a few miles from the epicenter. No damage. No injuries. Still, our house shook twice as my hubby, daughter, and I looked at each other. We've experienced bigger quakes so I knew immediately it was an earthquake. Nothing else feels quite like the rolling of the ground beneath your feet and let me tell you, nothing makes you feel as helpless either.

This made me think about Dark Tide, my latest book release and final book in my Justice Agency series. The hero Derrick Justice lost his birth parents in a car accident and his adoptive parents were murdered. He doesn't want to experience such loss again so he puts all kinds of controls in place so he can make sure bad things don't happen in his life. But, as we all know, you can't control everything.

Like the earthquake. We could do nothing to stop it. Nothing. And experiencing that unsettling shaking of my home served as a reminder to me, a control freak of sorts, that God is in control and I need to rest in the assurance of His control rather than try to fight it.

What about you? Have you experienced an earthquake or another situation where you were totally out of control? How did you react? Did it change your thinking?



Gina Evans knows her brother was murdered—even if the police won't believe her. After catching a quick glimpse of the evidence her brother had gathered, the same criminals are after her and her baby niece. And Gina's only hope is the man she left behind.

Despite the painful memories, private investigator Derrick Justice won't fail Gina and her baby. Yet now, the woman he never stopped loving and the baby he's come to adore are in a killer's crosshairs. But can Derrick trap the cold-blooded murderer before he strikes again?

SUSAN SLEEMAN is a best-selling author of inspirational and clean read romantic suspense books. Her first book, High-Stakes Inheritance was an ECPA bestseller. Award nominations include The Christmas Witness for the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence and Thread of Suspicion for the 2013 Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Best Book Award.

In addition to writing, Susan also hosts the popular website TheSuspenseZone.com. She currently lives in Oregon, but has lived in nine states. Her husband is a realtor and they have two daughters, a son-in-law, and an adorable grandson. . To connect with Susan outside of her – Website visit any of these social media sites-


Leann Harris said...

A long time ago, Denver had a series of earthquakes. I remember we had one in the middle of the night. I rushed out of my room, worried that the huge mirror my parents had over the sofa would fall. What I thought I could do about it, I don't know. This I know, earthquakes make you realize you are not in control.

Susan Sleeman said...

Isn't it amazing the things that come to mind in a situation like an earthquake, Leann? This one was over so fast I didn't even have time to think of anything other than to realize it was a quake.