|Street-smart Miri Chambers wants nothing more than to help everyone at the Galloway House shelter lead new and productive lives, but residents are disappearing without a trace. An unexpected meeting with Dalton at a gala turns into an assignment for him, but Miri doesn't think he's taking the job seriously. Trust doesn't come easy to Miri. When the situation escalates into a combat zone, can she trust Dalton with her life... and her heart?
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Reviews for Where Danger Hides
"Odell follows 2010's When Dangers Calls with this sizzling suspense tale. Dalton, "just Dalton," is a sweet-talking Texas black ops contractor equipped with a sharp mind, big muscles, an intriguing background tragedy that makes him cry over babies, and boatloads of sex appeal. Miri Chambers, manager of a shelter for wayward teens, is just his type: "proud, strong, intelligent, compassionate, and one hundred percent female," with a past she'd rather not reveal. ...the real action is in Miri and Dalton's passionate mutual attraction, and not even his cold showers and her idealistic do-gooding can douse its uncontrollable flames. Romance fans will drool over Dalton and his fellow camo-clad helicopter-riding commandos as they look for runaways and love." - Publishers Weekly
"Odell provides a lot of sexual tension and enough hot sex to please avid romance readers. It takes front and center in the novel, but eventually the mystery of the missing people leads to a major crime operation. An exciting climax should satisfy the most demanding thriller readers." - Gumshoe Reviews
"Readers hang on every word reaching for the climax to WHERE DANGER HIDES and are not left disappointed but eager to learn more about the fascinating group of Blackthorne, Inc. men. Thrills, romance, danger and mystery fill the pages of WHERE DANGER HIDES and thoroughly entertains." - Single Titles
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About Terry Odell
Terry Odell was born in Los Angeles, moved to Florida, and now makes her home in Colorado. An avid reader (her parents tell everyone they had to move from their first home because she finished the local library), she always wanted to "fix" stories so the characters did what she wanted, in books, television, and the movies. Once she began writing, she found this wasn't always possible, as evidenced when the mystery she intended to write rapidly became a romance.
Her writing credits include Finding Sarah, Hidden Fire, What's in a Name?, When Danger Calls, and Nowhere to Hide. Where Danger Hides, a sequel to When Danger Calls, was released May 2011. She's recently published another Blackthorne, Inc. novel, Danger in Deer Ridge, and a fourth, Rooted in Danger will be available in hard cover in April 2012.
When she's not writing, she's reading. She used to do a lot of needlepoint, but ran out of wall space in the house. Terry is a member of Romance Writers of America, Mystery Writers of American, and International Thriller Writers. Her writing has garnered awards from The Lories, The Gayle Wilson Award Of Excellence, Aspen Gold, and the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense.
Visit her website, http://www.terryodell.com, and her Blog, Terry's place, http://terryodell.blogspot.com.
Also by Terry Odell
What's in a Name?
Nowhere to Hide
When Danger Calls
Danger in Deer Ridge
Plus numerous short stories http://www.terryodell.com/available-now.html
An Interview with Terry Odell
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio
HH: Terry, thank you so much for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is Where Danger Hides. Where did you get the idea for this action packed tale of two lovers in danger of losing their hearts -- and their lives?
TO: Dalton was a character in When Danger Calls, the first book in my Blackthorne, Inc. series. I knew there was a lot more to him than showed on the pages of that book. I wondered what had drawn him to the life of a covert ops specialist, and what would happen if he couldn't work with his team. So, being the nasty author I am, I gave him an assignment he really didn't want. And, as is the case in most of my books, what starts out looking like a routine "dog and pony show" assignment escalates into one with life-threatening consequences. And not just for the hero and heroine.
HH: What can you tell us about Miri and why will readers be drawn to her?
TO: Unlike Dalton, who grew up with a loving family, Miri grew up on the streets with only her older sister to count on. She's learned that she can't trust anyone to be there when she needs them, so she depends on herself. When Miri and her sister found the Galloway House shelter, they were able to start new lives, and Miri found that working at Galloway House helping others gave meaning to her life. She cares for each of the residents, even though she knows they can't all be turned around. She's proud, strong, intelligent, compassionate, and one hundred percent female, with a past she'd rather not reveal.
HH: What can you tell us about Dalton and why will readers love him?
TO: Who wouldn't love a smooth-talking Texan whose area of expertise is scamming whatever his team needs? He's the guy who can blend in anywhere. On the outside, he's confident. But inside, he's harboring some secrets he's never told anyone—not even his teammates, and he trusts them with his life—until he meets Miri, who seems to be able to slice him wide open and let his emotional side escape. I think Publishers Weekly said it better than I can: Dalton, "just Dalton," is a sweet-talking Texas black ops contractor equipped with a sharp mind, big muscles, an intriguing background tragedy that makes him cry over babies, and boatloads of sex appeal."
HH: What sort of research did you do for this story?
TO: First, there's the basic research—everything from geography to cars to weather. I researched shelters, helping serve a Thanksgiving dinner to those who needed it. And, since illegal immigrants are part of the story, I looked into how they crossed the borders. I talked to a total (but friendly) stranger on a plane, who was ex-military and shared information about the tunnel systems that are used by drug runners and illegal immigrants at the California-Mexico border. I checked out migrant workers, what crops they picked when and where, and what their living conditions were like. And I talked to my local cop contacts about what then were the relatively new regulations on over the counter medications used in making meth. I have some very nice law enforcement and military contacts who help make sure I get those details right. I try very hard to be accurate, although sometimes one has to fudge a little for the sake of the story -- or because things change between writing and publication. And sometimes, I just goof up.
HH: What else do you have in the works?
TO: Another Blackthorne, Inc. book from Five Star will be published in April of 2012. This one, ROOTED IN DANGER is Fozzie's story. And I've just e-published DANGER IN DEER RIDGE, which is also a Blackthorne, Inc. book.
On another front, I have two straight mystery short stories coming out in an Anthology from Highland Press, tentatively scheduled for August of this year.
HH: What, in your opinion, is required of a good romantic suspense tale?
TO: I like a mystery focus rather than suspense (there is a difference), but regardless of the emphasis, for me, the mystery and the romance have to be entwined so that one can't exist without the other. And, since things move quickly in order to wrap up the mystery, the romance has to move quickly but still be believable. I actually prefer a hero and heroine who are working together to solve the mystery, who are not at cross purposes, although they may have different motivations for wanting it solved.
HH: Do you own an ebook reader or read on an electronic device? If so, what?
TO: I have two e-readers. My first was the eBookwise, which I got before any of the current popular readers even existed. I also have the NOOKcolor, and I love it. In a pinch, I can also read on my phone, but that's only when I'm stuck with nothing else to read. I think the expansion of e-books has made it possible for authors to keep their back lists alive (I'm waiting for rights on 2 more of my books) and to make things available that don't fall within the confines of the major print publishers.
HH: As a romance reader, what sort of stories do you personally prefer?
TO: Romantic suspense (not surprising, is it?) is my favorite. I prefer stories where the hero and heroine are tested. I'm not all that excited to read about people who already can do their jobs well, which is why I'm constantly taking my characters out of their comfort zones, both professionally and emotionally. I want them to have to do things they don't want to do, or aren't experts at.
HH: What's your favorite guilty pleasure?
TO: Probably vegging in front of cooking shows, especially Iron Chef America, Top Chef, Chopped, Food Network Star, etc. (I don't need to mention eating chocolate, right? That's a given.)
HH: Any vacation or appearance plans this summer?
TO: I'll be at RomCon in Denver in August (and I can give anyone who's interested a $20 discount on their registration – code's on my website. But being a retired empty-nester, it's sort of like one big vacation. Or one big workday. There's not much difference.
HH: Thank you!