Shielding the Tiny Target by Deena Alexander- Guest Post: Mischief + Giveaway

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Shielding the Tiny Target (Love Inspired Suspense)
by Deena Alexander

About Shielding the Tiny Target

Shielding the Tiny Target (Love Inspired Suspense)
Inspirational Romantic Suspense
Setting – Long Island New York
Love Inspired Suspense (July 26, 2022)
Mass Market Paperback ‏ : ‎ 224 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1335587187
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1335587183
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09N7QBRJR

A little girl in peril…

And a killer in pursuit

Accepting help from Jack Moretta is widow Ava Colburn’s last chance after her late husband’s killers track her down and target her little girl. But after years on the run, it’s hard to trust anyone else with their lives—and even harder to trust Jack with her secrets. Could he be just what this little family needs to put the deadly past behind them?

From Love Inspired Suspense: Courage. Danger. Faith.


Mischief

The inspiration for my newest romantic suspense novel, Shielding the Tiny Target, actually came from the little girl, Mischief, and the entire story evolved from her. I have three children, two of them extremely mischievous. My oldest and my youngest got into literally everything! They couldn’t be left alone for five minutes without finding trouble. My son is only eleven now, so I don’t know how his curiosity and independence will serve him, but my daughter is thirty-one, and they have served her well in life. But, boy, you couldn’t take your eyes off them for a moment when they were toddlers.

My daughter once wrapped my father’s belt around her waist and buckled it, then hung it over a doorknob so she could fly. She got her head stuck between two railings, got her knee stuck between two railings at Disney World, and fell off the top of the refrigerator when she stacked things up to and on the counter top so she could climb up and get a cookie. I came home one day and found her jumping off the roof of the shed, over the fence, and into the neighbor’s yard. My husband found her and a friend swinging together on a vine over a dug out basement when they were building a house across the street from her friend’s house. (FYI, they didn’t make it, but neither of them were hurt when they fell.)

My son was a climber. If you could climb up it, jump or slide off it, or swing from it, he did. When he was two, he jumped off the back of the couch and broke his arm. The doctor said he was putting a short cast on instead of a long cast. I asked him if he was sure that was a good idea. He said yes, but Logan can’t fall on it because it’s not healed yet, so no running, jumping etc… I asked him how I was supposed to keep him from doing any of that. He said, “Tell him not to.”

Ooookaay!

So the doctor sat Logan down for a serious conversation:

Doctor: “You can’t run or jump until your arm heals.”

Logan: “Why not?”

Doctor: “Because if you fall, your arm will break again.”

Logan: “I want a purple cast next time.”

Doctor: “No, no. No next time. You don’t want to break your arm again.”

Logan: “So no rough play?”

Doctor: (All proud) “Yes, no rough play.”

Logan: “Okay.”

Doctor: “Promise?”

Logan: “I promise.”

The doctor gave him a high five, looked at me smugly as if that was that, and opened the door. Logan took off like an Olympic runner down the hallway. The doctor’s mouth fell open and he said, “Oh no.”

While in the cast, he climbed my den bookshelves, hung upside down from the chicken bar in my car, and somehow managed to get the cast halfway off while eating breakfast.

In the first scene of Shielding the Tiny Target, Ava wakes to something rattling around underneath her and poking her in the back. I won’t say what, though the picture is a clue, but I will say, it’s a true story!


About Deena Alexander

Deena grew up in a small town on the south shore of eastern Long Island, where she met and married her high school sweetheart. She recently relocated to Florida with her husband, three kids, son-in-law, and four dogs. Now she enjoys long walks in nature all year long, despite the occasional alligator or snake she sometimes encounters. Deena’s love for writing developed when her youngest son was born and didn’t sleep through the night, and she now works full-time as a writer and a freelance editor.

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