Dangerous Secrets: New FREE Online Read by Love Inspired Suspense Author Shirlee McCoy
As I wrote the proposal for Running Scared, my husband and I were getting ready to travel to China to meet and adopt our seven year old daughter. I’ll never forget the moment she walked into our lives. We were in the lobby of the civil affairs office, and she walked around the corner carrying a strawberry ice cream cone, her white hair cut short and nearly glowing, her clear blue eyes filled with the same anticipation and fear that I felt. She was a stranger. A child who had lived seven years of her life without us, who had a history and experiences that didn’t include us.
And, yet, she was our daughter.
I thought of that moment often while I plotted Kane and Eli Dougherty’s journey. Here was a man who’d nearly given up believing his missing son would be found, a man who’d almost lost hope that a miracle would happen. Five years after his four year old son’s disappearance, he would meet his child again.
His son, but a stranger, too.
As compelling as that moment of meeting would be, I knew that I had to begin their story after the phone call that brought Kane to Deer Park, Washington, and after his initial meeting with his son. Their story, after all, had to be about Maggie Tennyson, as well. It had to build the mystery and romance and the faith that grew as all three characters learned to trust each other. That’s why I was thrilled to be given an opportunity to tell readers more about Eli’s journey and the days that led up to his reunion with his father. My online read, Dangerous Secrets, does just that.
Shauna Trenton is Eli’s teacher and Maggie Tennyson’s friend. She grew up in Deer Park, and her life is as easy and uncomplicated as Maggie’s is difficult and filled with secrets. Levi McCleary is her high school sweetheart, a guy whose big city dreams and need for adventure pulled him from Deer Park and from her life. Now, years after he said goodbye, he’s back.
And Shauna’s not sure she’s happy about it.
She’s given up her dreams of happily-ever-after and is content with life in rural Washington, but even small towns have their secrets, and when danger threatens, Shauna finds that she has no choice but to rely on the one man she swore she’d never trust again.