Friday, November 9, 2018

Author Spotlight Featuring Beverley Bateman's ~The Fourth Victim

Ohhh, wait until you read Beverley Bateman's intro. 
I'm jealous I didn't think of it.  Can't wait to read more. 

Welcome back to An Indie Adventure Beverley.

Thanks, L.A., it's great to be back on the blog.

I love the strong, smart and savvy heroines in today’s books. I want my heroine to be one of those. About the time I was thinking about the book I saw an article about a woman sentenced to die in the Middle East. I thought, wouldn’t it be great if someone rode up on a white horse and saved her.  And wouldn’t it be even better if that someone was a woman?  But she couldn’t do it alone, not in this day and age, but if she was part of a group of well-funded women… maybe.

And so The Foundation was formed. Three women with access to money and international and domestic contacts, who learned the skills to rescue women in dangerous or abusive situations. And then they formed a secret training center to train more women. Sara is one of those women recruited in The Fourth Victim.

Sara clutched her worn purse to her chest, slid out of the cab, and scurried through the emergency room doors.
What if he was dead? She didn’t have any money. Gordon did all the finances and never shared anything with her. How would she manage?
Twenty years ago, she could have handled it. Could she do it again? But he couldn’t be dead. Gordon would never allow that to happen.
His face flitted in front of her, fixed in an angry glare.
He had to be dead or she wouldn’t be seeing him. He didn’t want to be dead. He didn’t want her to be free. If he thought she could see him he’d be furious.
Sara shuffled toward the reception desk. She glanced over her shoulder, searching for some sign of Gordon, listening for his voice, waiting for him to yell at her. She couldn’t believe he was really dead, even though she had seen him. She clung to the edge of the transition counter, her head down, chewed on her lower lip and waited to be noticed.
Finally, a brusque voice snapped, “Can I help you?”
Sara looked up to see a heavy set, older woman in a loose blue top. The woman’s thick dark brows met in a v in the middle of her forehead.
“I’m sorry, I ...I’m looking for my husband. His office phoned to say he’d been brought here.” Sara shrunk into her body.
 “Name?” the woman commanded.
“Gordon, Gordon Peters.” Sara stared at her worn black oxfords, then at the scuffed, gray linoleum with the red, blue and yellow lines that led to different areas. Maybe she shouldn’t have come. Maybe she should have waited for Gordon to call and tell her whether she should be here or not. But if he was dead she would have to make her own decisions. Her pulse raced. Her head pounded. For the last nineteen years she had never made a decision. Gordon made all of them for her.
 “When was he admitted?” The woman reminded Sara of a sergeant major.
“I’m not sure, less than an hour ago. They told me to meet him here. Maybe he’s been discharged already?” She chewed her thumbnail. If Gordon had been discharged he’d be furious at her for spending all that money on a taxi. But she’d seen his ghost.
Tension twisted her stomach into knots. The pain caused her to clutch her purse tightly against her abdomen. She needed to get home and start dinner. She’d have to take a bus. Did she have enough money? She opened her purse.
The woman moved to a second pile of folders and pulled one out. “You’re his wife?”
“Yes. Can I see him?” A sob slipped out. If she didn’t find see him soon, he’d be furious. He’d think she was too stupid to find him in a hospital and he’d be right.
His ghost floated in front of her. This time confusion mixed with his anger.      
“Have a seat, Mrs. Peters. I’ll have the doctor speak to you.”


Sara’s emotionally abusive husband dies unexpectedly. She’s struggling to reclaim the intelligent, independent person she was before she married.  She vows never to let a man take over her life again. Now she’s part of a special team, training to help other women.

Mac is responsible for training women in special ops techniques, so they are prepared when they are challenged to save other women. When he meets Sara, sparks fly between them. He wants her to quit the training and let him take care of her.

Sara graduates and now she and her team have to save Sara’s daughter from a serial killer. Can Mac step back and trust her in a dangerous situation? Can Sara and Mac resolve their issues, or will they go in opposite directions?

Beverley Bateman is a Canadian author who now lives in Medicine Hat, Alberta, exchanging the Okanagan vineyards and orchards for ranches and farms. 

She lives there with her husband and a Shiba Inu dog. Winters she’s a snowbird and heads south. She writes her latest romantic suspense in both places. Hunted, Missing and the newest – Targeted are part of her Montana, Hawkins Ranch series. She enjoys reading, watercolor painting and playing the Native American flute.

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  1. Leslie, thank you for having me and allowing me to share my latest release.

  2. Finally, I can comment. Sorry Beverley, that I'm so late. I think your premise is outstanding. I can't wait to read the series. I love strong heroines and I think I'm going to love the books.
    Hugs, L.A.

  3. Beverley,
    Nice to see you back again, spitting fire in your books!!!!

    Missed you,

    1. Thanks, Neringa. Miss you and the rest of the group, too.

  4. I'm behind, Beverley, but this is a terrific post! I love your concept, and the excerpt had me on the edge of my seat. I'm lucky to know you, and I wish you happy writing and unlimited sales!