Wednesday, May 11, 2016

DEADLY TESTIMONY (Safeguard, #2) by Piper J. Drake ~ Guest Post & Giveaway

Deadly Testimony (Safeguard, #2)
by: Piper J. Drake
Series: Safeguard
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: May 9, 2016
Publisher: Carina Press

Kyle Yuen's life is in danger and Lizzy Scott will stop at nothing to protect him.  He's arrogant, annoying and completely irresistible.  They'll risk it all to keep each other safe even if it means walking away when the danger has passed. Fans of Marie Force’s Fatal series or Laura Kaye’s Hard As It Gets, will love this  romantic suspense series from Piper J. Drake and Carina Press.

The stakes have never been higher as an elite team member must outwit a dangerous killer and save the man she's sworn to protect. The second installment of the exhilarating Safeguard series from Piper J. Drake.

Kyle Yeun didn't start out bad and he doesn't intend to end his life while on the wrong side of the law, either. His testimony to his former employer's environmental misdeeds has earned him a protection detail compliments of the US government. But due to a dark international conspiracy Kyle was unaware of, his former employers have made ending his life a top priority. Realizing he needs more protection than the US Marshals can provide, he turns to Safeguard after seeing the beautiful, deadly Lizzy Scott in action.

One look at Kyle, and sniper Lizzy Scott knows this isn't going to be an easy protection job. He's arrogant, irritating and almost irresistible. Instead of being put off by her hardened attitude, Kyle seems to thrive off the challenge. And she's slowly giving in to his charms.

After narrowly escaping the latest assassination attempt, Lizzy starts taking dangerous risks to keep him safe. But the last thing Kyle wants is another life ruined because of his actions. He found his redemption in Lizzy's arms and he'll risk everything to make sure they both make it out alive. As will she, even if it means walking away from him to keep him safe.

Isabelle sighed. No wingman or cavalry coming to his aid. He needed help but it wasn’t forthcoming. This was not going to resolve in the next thirty seconds and that was all she was willing to wait. Besides, she couldn’t leave a person alone to face odds like these. She’d been on her own in these situations plenty of times and it’d never been fun.

“Gentlemen, get out of my way.”

Humor and interest sparked in the Asian man’s eyes. He understood English, apparently. Seattle being a major city for travelers, it was always good to note rather than assume a listener could understand the conversation. Especially if she might have to advise him to take action.

The hulking goon who’d originally spoken to her turned then. “What did you say?”

Maybe the English language, or conversation in general, wasn’t goon number one’s strong point.

“Get. Out. Of. My. Way.” She put some steel into her voice this time. No need to increase volume when intensity works better.

Beady eyes narrowed at her as goon number one flexed his thick fingers into a meaty fist and released them. Threat clear.

Ah, well. Intonation could work on people with more neurons firing inside their heads. She might not have a whole lot of stature going on at five foot four, but her new friend should’ve at least spared a moment to ponder that maybe a woman in a black suit with white dress shirt and an earbud hanging over her collar from a wire might mean something.

He was a thug dressed in a monkey suit.

She was a much higher pay grade.

Lizzy’s training as a sniper was highly specialized. In fact, she was a part of a two-man team during her active service with the U.S. Military. However, and this is backstory not included in the book, she was in a situation where her commanding officer may not have had optimal understanding of how to utilize the highly specialized assets he had in the sniper team. They were placed in a difficult situation, perhaps unnecessarily.
Lizzy was the spotter. Often times, the more skilled individual is. She and her partner had to choose a less than optimal hide and her partner crawled into firing position. They were detected and her partner died as a result. Lizzy carries the responsibility of their mistakes with her.
In Deadly Testimony, Lizzy found a place for herself as a loner within a Centurion Corporation mercenary fire team that allowed her space while still including her effectively in their team. She’s faced with the choice to evolve with the fire team into the Safeguard Division or return to the Centurion Corporation main squadrons to become a part of a new fire team. Becoming part of a team, and coming to terms with being responsible for the lives of her teammates the way they commit to watch out for her too, is a struggle.
One of several research sources for Lizzy’s character is “Modern Sniper: Army” –
Two inspirations for Lizzy’s character were Isabelle from Predators and Victoria from RED 2. One quote from RED 2 that still makes me giggle is:

“I love the way your toes curl right before you fire.” ~ Ivan
I hope you love Lizzy as much as I do. I certainly enjoyed writing her.

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Click here for Gemini’s 5 star review of Deadly Testimony.

Piper J. Drake (or “PJ”) began her writing career as “PJ Schnyder” writing sci-fi & paranormal  romance and steampunk. She has recently received the FF&P PRISM award for her work as well as the NJRW Golden Leaf award and Parsec award.

Now, PJ is exploring the complexity of romantic suspense, incorporating her interests in mixed martial arts and the military into her writing.

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