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Monday, November 27, 2023

My Thoughts - Undercover Christmas Escape By: Terri Reed


About the Book

Book: Undercover Christmas Escape 

Author: Terri Reed 

Genre: Christian Romantic Suspense 

Release Date: November 28, 2023

An undercover mission

has deadly consequences

The assignment was simple: infiltrate an office Christmas party, gather evidence and take down a drug cartel. However, DEA agent Duncan O’Brien and deputy US marshal Sera Morales encounter more than they were expecting when masked thieves crash their undercover operation and abduct Sera, who narrowly escapes. Can Duncan and Sera work together, despite their competitiveness and hidden attraction, to capture a merciless drug lord—before this Christmas becomes their last?

From Love Inspired Suspense: Courage. Danger. Faith.

About the Author

Terri Reed’s romance and romantic suspense novels have appeared on Publishers Weekly top 10 Romance Mass Market Paperback and Publishers Weekly top ten Religion Fiction, Nielsen’s Bookscan top 50, Amazon #1 Bestseller, featured in USA Today and a Fresh Pick at Her 2016 novel, A Family Under the Christmas Tree, was adapted into the Hallmark movie and retitled Picture a Perfect Christmas.
She resides in the Pacific Northwest with her college-sweetheart husband and when not writing, she enjoys agility with her Australian shepherd.
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Interview with the Author

 How long have you been writing or when did you


I started writing in 1993. It took my ten years of learning, writing and submitting before I finally was offered a publishing contract. I’ve been writing ever since. 

  What is the most difficult part of your writing process? 

The middle of the book is the most difficult for me. The first three chapters and the last five or so go swiftly but the in-between chapters take more time, focus and angst as I make sure I’m hitting the right beats and not letting things drag.  

  What comes first for you — the plot or the characters — and why? 

Each book is different. Sometimes the plot will come to me first and then I look for characters that will be challenged by the plot. Sometimes the characters will start talking to me, telling me their story and I look for a plot to challenge them with. 

What advice would you give to a writer working on their first book?

The advice I would give is to learn the craft, write to the end and not worry about perfection. You can revise and polish once the story is done. And be persistent in your pursuit of story.  


How many books have you written and which is your favorite?

I’ve written over sixty books, most for Harlequin’s Love Inspired line, but I’ve written for Tule Publishing and Howard Books as well. My favorite book is whichever book I’m working on at any given moment. That book is also my least favorite book until I finish it. LOL

   If you could meet your characters, what would you say to them?

I’d say Thank You for providing me house of entertainment, joy and for letting me tell their stories. 

  How long did it take you to write this book?

Undercover Christmas Escape took roughly four months to write but I did take some time off in that time period for a conference. I also don’t write on the weekends unless I’m behind and I take time every day to play with my dog, clean house or visit with friends. I firmly believe in work/life balance. 

My Thoughts

Undercover Christmas Escape is written by Terri Reed. Ms. Reed is an author that I will always have in my TBR list. Her books always have so much heart pounding action and suspense, that does not let up throughout the entire book. This is the third book in the U.S. Marshals Series. They can all be read as stand alone stories. The other books in the series are: Forced to Flee and Forced to Hide.

DEA agent Duncan O’Brien and deputy US marshal Sera Morales had a simple assignment. They were to infiltrate an office Christmas party, gather evidence and take down a drug cartel. However their undercover disguises, Santa and Mrs. Claus  do not work out the way that they plan. They suddenly find themselves fighting to survive. Sera is kidnapped - but manages to get away. Sera and Duncan need to find the individuals responsible so they can make sure the case does not fall through the cracks. 

This author has written some amazing characters. They have unique banter and chemistry - but it works. I love unique characters. The author has thrown in so much action and suspense that you will not want to put this one down. 

Thank you to the author and publisher for allowing me to read a copy of this book - all thoughts are my own.  

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