About the Book
Book: Day of Reckoning
Author: Valerie Massey Goree
Genre: Christian Romantic Suspense
Release date: August, 2019
International Retrieval Organization Agent Lela Ortiz is assigned the kidnapping case of businessman, Chuck Davenport. When her boss allows Chuck’s brother-in-law to assist, Lela accepts the help with reservations, especially when Jay Vashon prays to God at the most inopportune times.
Jay would do anything to help bring his brother-in-law home, even work with hesitant Agent Ortiz. As Jay helps Lela decipher the clues sent to Chuck’s special-needs son, Jay begins to fall for the feisty IRO agent.
Can Jay break through the barrier Lela has constructed around her heart? Will Lela be able to overcome her distrust of men and God? And what of Chuck? Can the pair locate him before the ransom deadline?
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About the Author
American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis Award winner Valerie Massey Goree resides with her husband on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula of Washington State.
After serving as missionaries in her home country of Zimbabwe and raising two children, Glenn and Valerie moved to Texas. She worked in the public school system for many years, focusing on students with special needs. Now retired in Washington, Valerie spends her time writing, and spoiling her grandchildren.
Novels include: Deceive Me Once; Colors of Deceit; The Stolen Lives Trilogy, Weep in the Night; Day of Reckoning; and Justice at Dawn, to be released July, 2021. Valerie’s latest novel Forever Under Blue Skies, is now available from Amazon.
Valerie loves to hear from her readers.
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More from Valerie
“Dressed in black, Lela stretched out of the chair like a panther on the hunt.” Would that sentence entice you to know more about Lela?
It worked for me, and I wrote the sentence!
Here’s how it all came about. When I outlined the plots for my Stolen Lives Trilogy, I knew that an International Retrieval Organization (IRO) agent mentioned in Book One would became the star in Book Two, and an agent highlighted in Book Two would take the lead in Book Three.
I first ‘met’ Lela Ortiz two-thirds of the way into writing Weep in the Night, Book One in the trilogy. She was a minor character, a proficient agent, but serious and quiet. Up until that point, I still hadn’t decided which agent would go on to fame in the next book. However, when I wrote the sentence already quoted, I knew Lela was my gal.
Ooh. I fell in love with that description of her and had to delve into her backstory. Why was she so serious? What happened in her past to make her such a good agent? At first, I decided she was an orphan, but she ‘informed’ me she had a loving family. Scratch that idea. If her troubles didn’t stem from her immediate family, where did they originate?
Quite often a character will ‘give’ me details during a conversation with another member of the cast. My plan might be for the plot to veer left, then lo and behold, the character will say something that takes the story in a completely different direction. This may sound strange to some readers, but believe me, many authors will agree that if your character isn’t ‘talking’ to you, maybe it’s because you’re taking them in the wrong direction. Lela certainly did that with me. And I think her story is so much richer and deeper than the one I’d originally planned.
After you read about her life before becoming an agent, you’ll understand her desire to help people, and why her boss holds her in high regard.
Interview with Valerie
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve read about so many authors who had a passion for writing at an early age. Not me! My journey did not start off well.
I grew up in the former British Colony of Rhodesia, now called Zimbabwe in Central Africa. We followed the British educational system, and many of our teachers were from England. Although I believe we received an excellent education, some of the teachers were straitlaced and well, cold. I distinctly remember the teacher we had for 7th grade English. After we wrote our essays, she’d have us stand in front of the class and read them out loud. Then, she would critique our work and allow students to add their pros or cons.
At the time, I didn’t know I had OCD tendencies. I followed instructions to the letter. I had no imagination outside of the assignment. My math work was immaculate, not always correct, but all my columns of numbers lined up perfectly.
The essay topic for this class assignment was to write about things we collected, for instance coins from foreign counties. My older brother had just left home and had given me his stamp collection. As you might imagine, the tiny square or rectangular stamps lined up next to each other on their special pages indulged my OCDness. Well, woohoo. I had something to write about. So I planned my essay, and began writing.
Mrs. Teacher—I remember what she looked like, but not her name—walked around the room and commented on what kids had written. One student received flowery compliments because she chose to write about two of her collections. I could do that. I collected many things that caught my OCD eye, items that met my desire for symmetry, or variations in color or size.
I completed my essay on my stamp collection, then added a few paragraphs about how I collected buttons and liked to sort them into colors, then line them up on the parquet flooring in my bedroom. I so wanted to receive compliments and couldn’t wait for Mrs. Teacher to hear my composition.
I have no idea what she said about my stamp collection because all I remember are her harsh words about how silly it was for a thirteen-year-old to be playing with buttons!
As you can imagine, creative writing was not high on my list after that. In fact, I hated writing and dreaded every writing assignment that came my way, even in University. I only began to open up to putting words on paper for fun when I was in my forties. Once I began, I couldn’t stop. Sure, I had to learn the ropes by reading craft books and attending conferences, but when I sent out my first manuscript and, although it wasn’t contracted right away, I glowed in the positive comments from the publisher.
What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
As I mentioned, I have OCD tendencies. I like order and symmetry, I make lists, and I approach tasks in a systematic way. For my novels, I keep all my notes in a folder instead of using a computer program. Each novel gets a new pocket folder where I keep important details for the story. Character descriptions, maps, a calendar, research notes, and most important, a list of names used.
Before I begin the story, I select a piece of colored paper so it will be easy to locate in the folder. Down the right hand side of the page, I write the alphabet. I usually have a good idea of my main characters’ names, so I list them on the left, and then place a checkmark by the alphabet letter for their first and last names. I continue the process for all the characters, ensuring I won’t have too many names that begin with the same letter or names that will clash. One time, I had a Rick and a Nick in the same scene. One name had to go! I choose my characters’ names carefully, and also select letters of the alphabet that are not frequently used, such as Q, Z, Y. I haven’t yet used any names beginning with X! I keep the folder next to my laptop so I can refer to my list when needed.
What’s your favorite part about being a writer?
I consider the first draft to be the hardest part of the process for me. Editing is my favorite task. The bones of story are down on paper, and although I edit for gramma, spelling, and word choice as I write, I love to go through the chapters and add those details that hopefully will draw the reader into the story. The atmosphere of the setting, the sights and sounds, the feel of the hot wind on your skin, or the damp seeping through your layered clothing. Naturally, I catch plot holes or inconsistencies, but the fleshing out process is a joy.
What do you think makes a good story?
I read romantic suspense, police procedurals, and mysteries. For me to consider a novel a good story, it must grab my attention right at the beginning. I want likeable characters and I must be given a reason to care about them. When they are in a dire predicament, I want to root for their success. Add doses of danger, tension, conflict, and a little humor wouldn’t hurt.
The plot must be believable, with many twists and turns, and unexpected subplots always add to the intrigue. I don’t like predictability, either with a character’s action, or in the plot. I do like for an author to drop little clues or hints, but please don’t reveal the mystery or the identity of the protagonist too early.
At the end of the story, the main characters must show how they’ve grown, changed due to the trauma or because they faced their greatest fears. I want justice for the bad guys/gals, and all loose ends tied up, with wedding bells for the love birds.
What project are you working on now and how do we find your books?
I’m writing a story under the umbrella topic of My Mother’s Secret. Many authors will contribute to the set. Anna’s mother worked at a genetic research facility and was very secretive about her job. After she passes away, Anna questions how her mother could have accumulated millions of dollars. What Anna discovers will affect her present situation, but may also have dire implications for her future.
Check out my website for details about all of my books. http://www.valeriegoreeauthor.com
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