Christian Suspense, Romance
Book 1: Running Home
Ivy’s husband is a cheat and a liar, but when he gets caught up in a game of espionage and flees the country with his latest bimbo, Ivy has finally had enough. She packs up the kids and moves back to her hometown to escape the fallout. Trouble is – her problems don’t stay behind in California, but follow her all the way to Omaha, Nebraska.
Home is no safe haven for Ivy Winter. Danger lurks behind every smiling face. The FBI tracks her every move, hoping she’ll lead them to her fugitive husband while evil men threaten her family’s safety to get what they want.
Agent Samson Sinclair is assigned to keep an eye on Ivy. He is her only ally against threats and suspicions that come from every side. But can he keep their relationship professional when he finds himself falling for the woman he’s supposed to be protecting?
Ivy’s attempt to assemble the broken pieces of her life may prove harder than she anticipated. Especially on her own. Will her husband’s secrets push her over the edge or into the arms of grace?
"Author Barbara Ellen Brink has penned a Masterpiece!"~Amazon reviewer
"...captivating, suspenseful, and fun..."~Amazon reviewer
"I absolutely love everything that is going on in this story! You find yourself cheering, smiling, holding your breath, chewing on your lip, and simply enjoying the book the entire way through!"~Amazon reviewer
Seeking redemption in all the wrong places…
Brenna has lived most of her life just left of the right side of the law, but her past is finally catching up. Her father, who she hasn’t seen since she ran away at sixteen, suddenly wants to reconcile, and in exchange for a clean slate, the FBI has a job for her. They want to place her undercover in the home of a known drug lord… as the nanny to his two spoiled children.
Will the secrets she discovers bring absolution from the past she’s tried so hard to leave behind, or simply tear her heart in two?
"Riveting, absolutely a brilliant read."~Amazon reviewer
"I wanted to BE Raven Black!"~Amazon reviewer
"As the story progresses the author casts a net of characters around Raven, each with their own story and skillfully draws in the net, encircling Raven with men who are strong in their faith."~Amazon reviewer
CIR: What gave you the idea for this series?
BRINK: I wrote Running Home quite a while back, so it’s a little hard to remember if there was something specific that got me started. I have always loved books filled with suspense or mystery and the Second Chances books have a bit of both, as well as a theme of redemption. Alias Raven Black takes a secondary character from Running Home and puts her in the spotlight. Despite trying to turn over a new leaf, she ends up pressured to go undercover for the FBI. As nanny in the home of a notorious Italian mobster, she searches for evidence to put him away and in the process discovers secrets involving her own father that could get her killed.
CIR: What is your writing process like?
BRINK: I start with a question. With Running Home: What if a woman wakes up one day and finds that her husband’s entire life is a lie and that he has abandoned her to deal with the fallout of his many sins? I decided she would go back to the place she started from. Before him. Her hometown. Of course, trouble follows like a bad case of Meningitis after the flu. With Alias Raven Black: What if a woman still struggling with guilt over giving away her baby when she was a teenager, suddenly finds herself in the position of nanny to a couple of kids who seem to have everything but lack the one thing they truly desire… a mother’s love?
CIR: What would you compare these books to?
BRINK: Well, I’d like to compare Running Home to Silence of the Lambs, but it doesn’t have any serial killers, cannibals, human skin collectors, or swearing. Actually, it’s more of a Hallmark movie with sweet romance, lots of suspense, a little espionage, and a single mom willing to do anything to keep her kids safe. Alias Raven Black is sort of like an episode of La Femme Nikita but without the clandestine underground government agency. I just used the FBI. It was simpler.
CIR: What do you hope your readers will get out of this book?
BRINK: As Christian suspense, these stories do have a message of hope, forgiveness, and renewal in Christ. I hope readers enjoy the ride, get caught up in the suspense, and are surprised somewhere along the line.
CIR: These two books star different characters. Can you tell us about them?
BRINK: In Running Home, Ivy is mother to two young children. She’s been terribly unhappy in her marriage long before her husband up and disappears, and regrets many of the choices she’s made along the way. Moving back home is her chance for a fresh start. The experience she’s had with men has led her to believe they are all users and trust is not something that comes easily to her. When Agent Sinclair enters her life, a man of high morals and ethics, he seems a little too good to be true. Also, she loves her children and will do anything to protect them. In Alias Raven Black, Brenna is a young woman in her mid-twenties who has been on her own since she ran away at sixteen. She has street smarts and has been living the life of a con artist for years. Beneath a smart-mouthed exterior, she’s desperate for the kind of forgiveness Ivy told her about in book one. She wishes to start over, but doesn’t think she really deserves a second chance. Unresolved issues with her father become entangled with the undercover job she’s working on, making her life even more complicated.
Learn more about Barbara Ellen Brink and her writing at www.barbaraellenbrink.com