Author Name: Adrian J. Smith
Book Names: For By Grace, Fallen From Grace, Grace Through Redemption
Series: Spirit of Grace
Books: One, Two, and Three
Series should be read in order
Release Dates: 1. For by Grace (June 1, 2014), Fallen from Grace (June 1, 2015), Grace through Redemption (Dec 1, 2015)
For by Grace
Being a Sheriff’s Deputy is not all about saving lives and arresting criminals, and each day Grace wonders if she’ll make it home.
While kids at the schools Deputy Grace Halling visits see her as the knight in blue-cotton armor, people involved in the cases she is dispatched to have a different opinion. She has every confidence in her ability to do her job and arrest criminals. She easily takes down a knife-wielding woman and a drunken combatant teenager without hesitation. Everyone—victim, suspect, or witness—has a story to tell or to lie about, and Grace is never perturbed by their tales.
That all changes when she looks down the barrel of a gun. She loses confidence in her ability as a deputy, she loses trust in herself and fellow officers, and she struggles to stay afloat as shift after shift passes. Grace cannot find her rhythm of being a deputy again. And when the Police Chaplain unexpectedly barges into her life, her personal and professional lives are flipped upside down. Grace struggles to find her even ground, worrying that the next time she stares a murderer in the face will be the last.
Fallen from Grace
Parables and riddles can’t undo the confusion Deputy Grace Halling experiences after her close call with death. Each morning she wakes up, puts on a uniform that feels far more like a target, and goes out to enforce the laws and protect the innocent. While her comrades in blue are murdered one by one with each passing month, Grace pushes for a call to action from her Captain. Her worst fear has become a reality.
Grace doesn’t know if she’s next.
Grace through Redemption
Learning to trust herself again wasn’t easy. Deputy Grace Halling is back patrolling, and after a few months of quiet, murders of her comrades in blue begin again. Scared and determined, Grace follows every lead she can until she finds herself face to face with the barrel of a gun, only this time her finger is on the trigger.
For by Grace 257
Fallen from Grace 294
Grace through Redemption 287
Categories: F/F Police Procedural/mystery
INTERVIEW WITH ADRIAN J SMITH
VP: Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Adrian J. Smith author of the Spirit of Grace series.
Hi AJ, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
I’m a writer who lives in the middle of nowhere. I’ve been published for about three years now and still absolutely love it. I worked for years in security and alongside with the local sheriff’s department, which helped inspire this book series. I wanted people to know what real cops dealt with, not what is shown in television shows and movies.
Tell us something no one else knows about your characters:
Each of the MCs has very particular personality traits that are definitely from me. Grace is stubborn as hell and very closed off. Amya is very compassionate and has a saving complex. There are also quirks that are the total opposite of me. I hate orange juice, and Grace LOVES it, for example.
Have you ever written something that made you cry?
Yes, but I’m not telling what. =P
Have you ever co-written with someone before?
I have! Several times in fact. I love co-writing. It’s refreshing to see how someone else works in writing, what they’re gifts/talents are and where they fall down. It’s also good for finding out what my gifts/talents are. Communication in the author world is key for anything, and co-writing helps us be able to communicate better with each other. My two published co-written works are Loneliness Ebbs Deep with Rachael Orman, and Across Worlds: Collision, which is under a pen name S. A. Snow. I’m obviously the “A”.
What is the most difficult part of writing for you?
Editing? I don’t mind editing anywhere near as much as I used to, but I still don’t enjoy it at all. I much prefer to be in the moment of the story the first time it’s unraveling itself.
Name your four most important food groups:
Chocolate, chocolate, MILK, chocolate.
Excerpt: (From Grace Through Redemption)
Opening her eyes, she was thoroughly disappointed. The guy, with his dark, curly hair and olive complexion was probably dream of a looker for any straight woman or gay man. He had his dick hanging out of his pants and his fist firmly wrapped around it. Grace held her breath high in her lungs and knocked on his window.
When it rolled down, she glared. “Sir—”
“Yes?” he cut her off.
She wasn’t even sure what to say. She balked and swallowed, trying to start over. “Sir, what’s going on?”
He at least had the grace to blush. His mouth opened then closed twice before he shook his head, his hand still wrapped firmly around his dick.
“Sir, I pulled you over because you were driving erratically. Over the speed limit, then under it, then over again, and you couldn’t stay in a lane.”
Grace shook her head. That wasn’t the excuse for poor driving she normally got. Normally there were excuses thrown at her, the number one being, “I had to pee, Officer!” She blanched and put her hands at her sides.
“I need to know why.”
“I—I was having some issues.”
“What kind of issues?”
“Well, I…” he trailed off and looked down at his dick.
Grace was impressed with the fact he still hadn’t stuffed it back into his pants. She tried to look anywhere except down at his lap, but her gaze kept being drawn in that direction. Of all officers to get that call, why couldn’t it have been a man? She sighed and looked at his face again. He hadn’t looked at her since he’d first rolled down the window.
“I was masturbating, okay?” He sounded exasperated and completely embarrassed. His cheeks flashed redder than they had been before, and Grace snickered. He did need to blush. At least that meant he had some emotions going on under his mask of “what the hell is going on.”
She shifted onto her left foot and more snow melted down the side of her boot. “Sir, you can cover yourself up.”
“Oh good.” He slid his dick into his slacks and zipped them closed.
Grace shuddered. What guy would need permission to cover up when pulled over by a cop? She shook her head, not wanting to answer her own question. She bit her lip, trying to figure out where to go with the situation next. In all of her nine years as a beat cop she’d seen some extraordinary and embarrassing things—this one had to top it all. She licked her lips.
“You were driving erratically,” she repeated.
“I couldn’t—I couldn’t get off, and it was getting hard to focus.”
“Sir—why were you jerking off while driving a motor vehicle anyway?”
His mouth opened, but Grace put her hand out to stop him.
“Wait. Don’t answer that. I don’t want the answer. Give me your license and registration please.”
Buy the book:
For by Grace
Fallen from Grace
Grace through Redemption (pre-order only until 12/1)
Meet the author:
Adrian J. Smith, or “AJ” as she is often called, is a part time writer with an epic imagination, sharp wit, and kind heart that gets her into a bit of trouble when it comes to taking in all the neighborhood stray cats. Being obsessed with science fiction, Smith often goes off on tangents about the space-time continuum. She is also a part time lunatic with a secretive past. It’s been rumored that she was once a spy for the government, but anyone who has gotten close enough to know the truth has never lived to tell the tale. When traveling around the world on various classified tasks, Smith requires the following be provided: buffalo jerky, mimosas, and eighty six pennies. This is all we know about the reclusive woman.
Where to find the author:
For by Grace: http://bit.ly/1iI9D3w
Fallen from Grace: http://bit.ly/1GQ5pxo
Grace through Redemption: http://bit.ly/1S3U9TB
Publisher: Supposed Crimes, LLC
Cover Artist: Heidi DeCausemaker
Tour Dates & Stops:
17-Nov: Jessie G. Books
24-Nov: Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words
5-Jan: Prism Book Alliance
19-Jan: BFD Book Blog
26-Jan: MM Good Book Reviews
2-Feb: Parker Williams
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