Synopsis: Ransom - Book #4 Northern Border Patrol - Terri Reed - February 2016 "WE HAVE YOUR SISTER."
Cantrell is terrified when she receives a call from a man holding her
newlywed sister captive - and she's convinced her sketchy
brother-in-law's involved. Willing to pay any price for her sister's
freedom, Liz flies to Niagara Falls with the ransom: an uncut diamond
necklace worth millions. But the moment she lands, a handsome,
world-weary Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent takes her into
custody. Blake Fallon's determined to catch a ruthless diamond smuggler -
and the pretty antiques dealer trying to save her sister could be just
the break his case needs. But as they team up to rescue Liz's sister and
trap the criminal mastermind, a desperate stand-off will threaten
everything they hold precious - including their lives.
Northern Border Patrol: Keeping the US-Canada border safe.
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Use 1 tbs
of the butter to grease two 8-ounce ramekins. Coat the ramekins with cocoa
powder, tapping out the excess.
In a large microwave-safe bowl,
microwave the chocolate and remaining 2 tbs of butter in 30-second bursts,
stirring between each burst, until melted and smooth. Stir in vanilla and egg
yolks, one at a time.
In a clean bowl, use an electric
mixer to beat the egg whites, sugar, salt, and cream of tartar just until stiff
peaks form. Gently fold the egg white mixture into the chocolate. Spoon into
the prepared ramekins. Soufflés can be covered in plastic wrap and refrigerated
at this point for up to 1 day.
Bake until puffed and set, about 20
minutes (25 minutes if baking directly from the refrigerator).
While the soufflés are baking,
purée the raspberries and sugar in the bowl of a food processor, blender, or
with an immersion blender, until smooth. Press the mixture through a fine mesh
strainer to remove the seeds.
Garnish the chocolate soufflés with
powdered sugar and serve immediately with raspberry sauce.
How-To-Tips for Aspiring Writers:
Advice on how to break into the series-writing business.
1.Read and study books in the series line you
are targeting. Notice that each series has a different tone and different
guidelines. Make sure you understand them so that your story can meet reader
2.Find and hone your voice. This is the
unique way that you tell a story. Honor your voice and stay true to it.
3.Be creative with the genre tropes but
not so creative that your work is unmarketable.
4.Be persistence but professional. Keep
submitting. Don’t give up on the first try.
5.Be teachable. If you’re given feedback
from an editor, agent, or a respected critique partner, heed it.Keep honing your craft.
A prepared playlist of songs that embodies the book’s characters and their love
I can’t write without music playing, the more
upbeat the better. Here are some songs that make me think of my characters from
Ransom and their love story.
sung by Sara Evans --this country love song is so pretty, full of conflict and
angst. And the book is set in Niagara Falls, after all.
for Love sung by Rod Stewart, Bryan Adams and Sting—the awesome talent of the
three guys notwithstanding, this is such a powerful song and I think of Blake,
the hero of Ransom, when I hear it.
Kind of Wonderful sung by Michael Bublé—such an upbeat tune and the words are
indicative of Blake and Liz. They both are so closed off yet they have all
these feelings that they don’t know how to express.
for a Girl Like You sung by Foreigner—not only is this my absolute favorite
song from one of my favorite bands (I saw them in concert three times when I
was in college-okay dating myself!) but also it speaks to the heart of Blake
and Liz and the wounds of the past and the hope for the future.
and Now sung by Luther Vandross—a throw back to the 80’s but one of the all
time best love songs and perfect for Valentine’s and for Blake and Liz’s HEA.
Real life romance lessons learned from the book.
would say the real life romance lesson is seen in the way Jillian, the
heroine’s newlywed sister, remains faithful to her marriage vow, despite her
new husband’s duplicity. A case could have been made that she could exit the
relationship for a variety of reasons but Jillian and Liz were taught to honor
their commitments. Liz admires Jillian and learns from her how to take a chance