Ready for a little suspense? Today we have the privilege of visiting with Allyson Carter, author of the Carolina Danger series. Allyson shared about book 1 (Hearts Undone) last fall, and I invited her to return to share her latest. Before we visit, though, here’s a quick look at book 2, Buried Secrets.
A message from her dead husband turns Mary Cox’s life upside down. Someone wants to kill her and her daughter, Faith. They’ll stop at nothing to track her down. The only man she trusts is her best friend’s brother Jace, except, he lied to her before. Will secrets from her past destroy the life she’s made for herself or bring them closer together and to God?
Just as Jace Smith begins to adjust to civilian life, a cry of help from the only woman he’s ever cared for sends him back into the heat of battle. The type where someone—may not come out alive in the end. Secrets are revealed and nothing will ever be the same again. He’d do anything to keep Mary and her daughter safe from the danger after them. But a secret from his past threatens everything. Can they ever get back what they once had or die trying?
Welcome back, Allyson! Let’s start with five fast favorites:
Favorite color? Purple
Favorite season? Summer
Favorite writing snack? Anything chocolate
Favorite animal? Pigs
Favorite movie? This is a hard one. I’d have to say Grease.
There’s one I haven’t seen in a while! 🙂 What inspired you to write Buried Secrets?
I was in the middle of writing book one and realized that Jace and Mary had a secret past. It started there and then they wouldn’t leave me alone with their story, so I knew I had to write it.
You’ve gotta love those insistent characters… What do you hope your readers take away from the story?
I hope they take away that second chances can be hard and yet at the same time the best thing to happen to you. God gives us chances. He can take the worst situation and make it into testimony.
It can be hard to imagine how Romans 8:28 might come about when we’re dealing with terrible situations, but even the worst He can use for good. Which authors have had the most impact on your writing?
That would be Julie Lessman. She taught me that you don’t have to show everything between a character. That you can show the attraction between the hero and heroine without having to be sexy with it. You can be edgy without crossing any lines and still be giving God the glory.
Julie is such a great encourager, too! Can you give us any hints about what you’re working on now?
I’m working on book 3 in the Carolina Danger Series and also two top secrets that I can’t talk about yet. Those who have read book 1 will think they know Mark’s little sister, but they’re going to find out she has some secrets of her own.
It seems like there’s often more to the story that we at first see… Would you share something that the Lord has been teaching you recently?
He’s been teaching me that sometimes it’s not easy to follow him. You may lose friends or family. If He’s told you to do something. Do it. Don’t let anyone tell you any different.
Ugh. That’s not an easy lesson, is it? Thanks for taking the time to visit with us today, Allyson, and for being faithful to what the Lord is calling you to do!
Allyson writes in the Edgy Christian market in the suspense and romance genres. In her books, you’ll find emotionally stirring story lines, as well as suspense with faith mixed in. 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 way too many suspense shows and reality TV.
Also by Allyson:
After a bitter divorce, Shelby Johnson is looking to rebuild a life for her 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 return. Can she possibly open up her heart again? When someone threatens her life she quickly realizes that her heart isn’t the only thing on the line and she turns to the only man she feels she can trust.
Mark Daniels goes back 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 and he’d rather not. 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 snuggle into Mark’s heart. Will there be room for God too?