Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Spirit of Grace ~ A Series by Adrian J. Smith #LGBT #Mystery @PridePromo #Giveaway

Spirit of Grace ~ A Series by Adrian J. Smith

Series should be read in order

Release Dates:
1.                   For by Grace (June 1, 2014)
2.                   Fallen from Grace (June 1, 2015)
3.                   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

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 wasnt even sure what to say. She balked and swallowed, trying to start over. “Sir, whats 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 couldnt stay in a lane.”
I understand.
Grace shook her head. That wasnt 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 hadnt 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 couldnt it have been a man? She sighed and looked at his face again. He hadnt looked at her since hed 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 shed seen some extraordinary and embarrassing things—this one had to top it all. She licked her lips.
“You were driving erratically,” she repeated.
“I couldnt—I couldnt 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 dont 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:

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.
What genre is your book and what drew you to this genre?

Police procedural or crime/mystery. I was drawn in because I worked alongside law enforcement in college. I wanted to be able to tell the real story, the side of cops we never get to see. I loved working with the Sheriff’s Department. All the guys were great and loved to laugh, especially at 2 or 3 in the morning.

How many days a week do you write?

I write 6-7 days usually, if I stick to my writing schedule. If I take a day off, it’s typically Sundays. Those are busy day-jobbing days for me. I write at 5:30 in the morning, though, for about 3 hours straight and then I’m done for the day.

On average, how long does it take to write a book?

About a month for the writing portion. It depends on the length of the book, obviously. But I average 1-2 chapters a day. I think I got this because I started out writing with NaNoWriMo and just never stopped once November ended!

Do you have a trailer for your book? If yes, give us the link. If not, do you think you’d like to have one done at some point?

I have a trailer for the second book in the series! I’m not sure if I’ll ever make another trailer, but it was a fun and new experience to play around with.

If I could be a character in a book, I would be _______?

I really have no idea. Maybe myself in a book? I quite like who I am; it would be very hard to be someone else. 


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:

Twitter: @AdrianAJSmith
Goodreads Links:
For by Grace:
Fallen from Grace:
Grace through Redemption:

Publisher: Supposed Crimes, LLC
Cover Artist: Heidi DeCausemaker

Tour Dates & Stops: 

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