Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Wowing this Wednesday with talented Sarah Wallace, author of the fabulous book Price of a Bounty




 Sarah Wallace's wonderfully suspenseful  book Price of a Bounty is a real page turner and is free on Amazon.com.


Keira Maddock lives in a dark future in which the Elite have everything, and everyone else suffers. She is a survivor. Out of necessity, she has become a skilled seductress, thief and bounty hunter – a Freelancer. When a typical job goes awry, it changes everything. Alliances are formed, long kept secrets are revealed and lives are forever changed. 


In book one of the Reliance on Citizens trilogy, S.L. Wallace introduces a world divided in which not everyone is who he seems to be. In a seamless blend of action, sci-fi, romance and political suspense, we are encouraged to consider the bonds that makes us human. 


We arrived early. I went in first and chose a small table off to the side of the room as far away from the dance floor and piano as possible. Guy sat at the bar, ordered a drink and turned his gaze toward the dancers. He looked like a businessman who had just concluded a long day at the office.

I saw Brody Delaney before he saw me, so I stood to get his attention. He walked over and joined me.

“Hello, Brody.” I smiled. “It's nice to see you again.”

“How do we do this?” He started to hand me his briefcase, but I stopped him.

“Put that down. After a job well done, it's traditional to sit and have a drink first. We'll talk, and then make the exchange. There's really nothing to it.”

He sat and placed the briefcase on the floor beside him.

“How do I know you're not really working for Cybonautics? I wouldn't put it past them, and this could get me into a lot of trouble.”

“You're being paranoid. Why would anyone at Cybonautics hire me to do something that will only advance your career?”

He signaled to the waitress and ordered two martinis, one for each of us. As she was leaving, Guy walked by, stumbled into her, apologized and continued on to the restroom.

I put my hand on top of Brody's and commanded his attention with my eyes. “Brody, I think you've got what it takes. You saw an opportunity and took it. I think you'll make an excellent CEO at CalTech.”

“I can only do that if you've done what I hired you to do.” He spoke as if this had been his idea. That was a good sign.

“I have, and I hope you'll remember that Kendra James gets the job done.”

“Kendra, now I have a name to go with your face.”

The waitress arrived with our drinks. As she turned to leave, Guy stumbled into her yet again, on his way back from the restroom. I covered my mouth and giggled. Brody looked at me rather than Guy. He smiled too.

I reached out my glass. “I'd like to propose a toast...to new friendships.”

Our glasses clinked, and we each took a sip.

“Do you like what you do, Brody?”

“I guess. It pays well. I didn't realize I'd have to be watching my back so much though. Everybody wants the top position, but everyone can't have it.”

“I know what you mean. Those access codes you wanted? They'll help both you and your company get to the top, won't they?”

“Yes, they should.”

The waitress returned then with an appetizer. “Oh, I didn't order...” Brody began.

“I did, before you arrived. Thank you.” I smiled at the waitress who set down two small plates and a platter with artichoke dip and cubes of bread.

There was also small tracking device on the plate she set in front of me. I picked it up. “I hope you'll remember who helped you get to the top and that we'll be able to trust each other from now on.” I dropped it into what was left of Brody's drink.

He looked down at his briefcase in alarm, then back at me. “Did I blow it?”

“Not yet. I can't fault you for being cautious, but I wouldn't try anything like that again. I am good at what I do. I hope you believe that now.”

He glanced around the room. I was glad to see that Guy had already left.

“I also hope we'll be able to work together again sometime soon.” I stood and held out my hand.

“What do you mean?”

I dropped my hands to the table and leaned toward him. Did I really have to spell it out? “There may come a time when I'll want to call in a favor from a friend at CalTech.”

Brody looked at me in alarm.

“Don’t worry. You could always say no. Until then, let's get together for drinks every now and again.” I removed the list of access codes from my purse and handed it to him.

“That's it?”

“That's it, and to show you that I really am a nice person, I gave you a discount. I wouldn't leave your briefcase unattended until you've emptied it. Enjoy the dip.” I picked up a small piece of bread, scooped up some artichoke dip, popped it into my mouth and swallowed. “Delicious!” I held out my hand again. “It's been a pleasure working with you, Brody Delaney.”

My Review

The action starts right away. Within seconds you are in the middle of a suspenseful story that carries through the entire book. I was glued to the pages and careful to pay close attention to the clues. I didn't want to miss a thing.

This story shares the point of view of more than the main character which I really enjoyed. It makes you feel like you are taking a trip inside everyone's brain. The writing was crisp and sharp and the story was clever and intriguing. It was easy to indulge myself into the unpredictable plot.


"I hurried through the hall, down the stairs and into the bright sunlight. Once on the street, I projected an air of confidence as I walked along, joining the flow of pedestrians and cyclists. Eventually, I paused and knocked on the window of the cab. It was a rusty old blue wagon. Hopefully, it would get me more than a few blocks before breaking down."

Bio
Let me tell you a little bit about S. L. Wallace. The surname is a pseudonym, but it's a pen name based on fact. She is indeed related to the famous William Wallace.

You see, her mother has a passion for genealogy, and people in her family like to tell stories. That makes for some interesting dinner conversations. Her paternal grandmother always told outrageous stories, like how she was considering going out for Halloween with nothing on, just a raisin in her navel -- yep, she was planning to go as an oatmeal cookie! Her mother, on the other hand, likes to tell family history as true, yet fascinating, stories. Because of her mother, she had heard the surname Wallace.

When the movie Braveheart came out, she went to see it. Once she heard the name William Wallace, she had trouble concentrating on the film because she kept thinking that name sounded so familiar. As soon as she got home, she called her parents, hoping to connect with her mother. Alas, she was not home, but her dad was, so she posed her question with the hopes that he may have the answer, or if he didn't, that he would be willing to pass along the question to her mother upon her return.

"Dad," she said. "I just got back from seeing Braveheart, and the main character's name was William Wallace. Is he any relation, do you think?"

"Yes, he is," her father said with certainty.

"Really?" she asked.

"Yes, but that doesn't mean you're related to Mel Gibson."

Clearly, her father inherited his mother's sense of humor, but he's also a history buff. He went on to explain the Scottish clan system, including surnames. S. L. Wallace is honored to be able to carry on the name. 

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1 comment:

  1. Great feature on SL Wallace and what looks like a fascinating book. Headed over to Amazon to get a copy for my Kindle.

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