D.L. Wood is a USA TODAY and Amazon bestselling author who writes thrilling suspense laced with romance and faith. Her books have won multiple awards and her novel Unintended Target was selected as the May 2019 American Christian Fiction Writers Book Club book. D.L. writes clean captivating fiction that entertains and uplifts. In her novels she tries to give readers the same thing that she wants: a “can’t-put-it-down-stay-up-till-3am” character-driven story, full of heart, believability and adrenaline. She lives in North Alabama, where, if she’s not writing, you’ll probably catch her curled up with a cup of Earl Grey (light milk, one sugar) and her Westies – Frodo and Dobby – bingeing the latest BBC mystery series. You can stay apprised of D.L.’s releases and promotions (including free and discounted books) by subscribing to her newsletter on her website at dlwoodonline.com.
I think it’s safe to say that the last two years have been very hard for all of us. Frankly, that’s a monumental understatement. We’ve all lost—in some cases, people we love—been isolated, unsure, and realized more than ever the fragile nature of the world we live in.
Someone once asked me why I write Christian Fiction, and couldn’t I sell more books if I just took out the references to God? The truth is, I probably could. And there are lots of great books that don’t have a faith component that are impactful and meet people where they are. I may even write some one day. But I’ve also found that many of my readers find the faith elements in my books uplifting and encouraging. Maybe they see a bit of themselves in the characters living out their faith in very difficult circumstances. Or in the characters who are finding faith for the first time. Ultimately, my hope is that my books provide hope. A “renewing of the mind” that resets our focus on the things that last, when the things of this world are so troubling and unstable, like shifting sand beneath our feet.
My first book in the Unintended Suspense Series—Unintended Target—seeks to address that very issue in the midst of a roller-coaster romantic suspense storyline that has you wondering who our heroine, Chloe McConnaughey—a travel photographer with a penchant for getting into trouble—can trust to avoid ending up a casualty of a conspiracy she didn’t even know she was a part of. On the run from killers as she tries to understand why she’s even in danger, she wrestles with the question, why do bad things happen to good people?
It’s a common question. One we probably all ask at some point. And one, I would venture to guess, that’s been asked many times since 2020. It seems we’ve been battered by one wave after the other, slammed back into weariness each time there’s been even a hint of reprieve. And this downpour of trouble has drenched all humankind, without discrimination between good and bad, falling both on “the just and the unjust.” That’s why, in this season, the thrilling story and hopeful message of Unintended Target seems particularly fitting. Here’s an excerpt to get you started:
It never ceased to amaze him how death could be so close to a person without them sensing it at all. Four hours had passed and Chloe McConnaughey hadn’t noticed a thing. It was dark now, and rain that was turning to sleet ticked steadily on the car, draping him in a curtain of sound as he watched her vague grey shadow float back and forth against the glow of her drawn Roman blinds. He was invisible here, hunkered down across the street behind the tinted windows of his dark Chevy Impala, swathed in the added darkness of the thick oaks lining the neighbor’s yard.
Invisible eyes watching. Waiting.
Watch. Wait. Simple enough instructions. But more were coming. Out of habit he felt the Glock cradled in his jacket and fleetingly wondered why he was watching her, before quickly realizing he didn’t care. He wasn’t paid to wonder.
He was just a hired gun. A temporary fix until the big guns arrived. But, even so . . .
He scanned the yard. The dog was gone. She was completely alone. It would be, oh, so easy.
But he was being paid to watch. Nothing more.
Her shadow danced incessantly from one end of the room to the other. Apparently, the news had her pacing.
What would she do if she knew she was one phone call away from never making a shadow dance again?
More about Unintended Target:
Unsuspecting photographer Chloe McConnaughey is hunted across the Caribbean after her computer-hacking brother makes her the only link to stolen information killers are desperate to recover. Her only ally is Jack, a mysterious stranger who is as dangerous as he is charming. Is he her savior or part of their plan? An Amazon bestseller, 2016 Illumination Awards best Christian Fiction ebook and American Christian Fiction Writers Book Club May 2019 book selection.
We all need an escape from time to time and reading has always been my favorite version. But even better than an escape that simply gives you a break is one that leaves you better than you were when you started it. One that encourages and uplifts you and girds you for going back out into the fray. I hope that’s what you find in my books if you decide to spend some time in them.
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D.L. has also graciously offered ONE audiobook copy of Liar Like Her, a suspense novel. The drawing will end Monday, March 28th, and the winner will be announced next Wednesday.