About the Book
Book: Covert Danger
Author: Jerusha Agen
Genre: Christian Romantic Suspense
Release Date: September 22, 2022
A K-9 protection team. An assassin. Only one can survive.
An assassin is on the loose in the Twin Cities, aiming to kill FBI witnesses the Phoenix K-9 Security and Detection Agency is hired to protect. Rogue CIA agent Amalia Pérez and her protection K-9 must get the edge on this deadly opponent before he kills her childhood best friend—the only man who knows her true identity.
Investigative journalist Michael Barrett can’t believe his eyes when the woman he’s spent years searching for walks back into his life. But he soon fears the woman he loved is lost forever beneath the secrets Amalia wears like armor.
As the assassin closes in, Amalia will risk anything to keep Michael safe—anything except believing in the God he trusts. When the layers of deception become as dangerous as bullets, can Amalia and Michael uncover the truth in time to stop the assassin from completing his lethal mission?
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About the Author
Jerusha Agen imagines danger around every corner but knows God is there, too. So naturally, she writes romantic suspense infused with the hope of salvation in Jesus Christ. Jerusha loves to hang out with her big furry dogs and little furry cats, often while reading or watching movies. Find more of Jerusha’s thrilling, fear-fighting stories at JerushaAgen.com.
More from Jerusha
Covert Danger was especially fun and challenging to write because it was the first time I’ve written a book with a heroine who is two people. At least, that’s what it seems like when you start to read Covert Danger.
Amalia Pérez is a security specialist at the Phoenix K-9 Security and Detection Agency in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. She has two K-9 partners—Raksa, a German shepherd protection and search and rescue K-9, and Gaston, a Newfoundland water rescue dog.
Amalia doesn’t talk much about her past, even to her fellow co-workers at the Phoenix K-9 Agency. But her past comes crashing into her present in Covert Danger.
First, Michael Barrett shows up as a witness Amalia is assigned to protect. Trouble is, Michael is her former childhood best friend. And he knows she used to be someone else.
When an assassin arrives on the scene, gunning for Michael, another piece of Amalia’s secret past threatens to hijack her present. Because he’s an assassin that eluded her once before, on her last mission as a CIA operative.
So what is an author to do with a heroine who has two identities? A heroine who is determined her old self is gone forever?
Well, this author dug into the truth.
Thanks to years of running and years of deception before that, Amalia is buried in lies. As Michael points out to her, she doesn’t even know what the truth is anymore.
Sound familiar? Our culture is flooded with lies right now. Lies that grow more and more sinister as people abandon reason completely.
Rampant relativism—the “it’s true for me” mentality—has morphed into outright rejection of all real truth. Worse, it’s also turned into drastic efforts to pressure everyone to identify right as wrong and wrong as right.
Calling good evil and evil good is where we’ll all end up if we abandon the truth. Which is one reason why Amalia’s story—a search for truth and right amid deception and evil—is so important.
God taught me more about truth and deception as I took on the challenge of writing Amalia’s and Michael’s story. And He used this story to make my foundation in the truth stronger, strong enough to withstand the onslaught from our culture and from within.
Even as Covert Danger takes you on a thrilling ride of action and romance, I hope this story helps you find and hold onto the truth like never before.
Interview with Jerusha
- What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
Fragments of Fear by Carrie Stuart Parks. It’s one of the cleverest and most unique suspense novels I’ve read with brilliant characterization while still being highly entertaining, amusing at times, and substantive in its theme and message.
- How do you select the names of your characters?
A lot goes into name selection for my main characters. I like to find somewhat unusual names for my characters when I can, but I try to make sure they aren’t too difficult to pronounce. If I choose one unusual name for either the hero or heroine, then I’ll balance that out with a more familiar name for the other protagonist.
The meanings of the main characters’ names are also important to me. I like the name meaning to have added significance thematically or at least fit the character well.
And I always consider why that characters’ parents would have given their child that particular name. The name needs to be a realistic choice for that character, all the way back to their parents and family history.
In my romantic suspense novels, like Covert Danger, I also need to make sure the heroine’s and hero’s names pair well. They need to sound nice so that when they reach their happily ever and share one last name, they sound like they belong together!
- What is your favorite childhood book?
There were so many I enjoyed that it’s hard to choose! I would probably say The White Stallion by Elizabeth Shub. It was the first book that made me cry—in a good way that made me want to read it again and again to be moved by the story.
- What comes first, the plot or characters?
The characters! The character journey is the heart and soul of my stories. All the other aspects, including the plot, grow out of my characters’ journeys and are there to serve the unfolding of those journeys.
- What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I most enjoy watching movies! Watching films is not only enjoyable but I’ve found it’s also the best way to recharge my creativity for writing.
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