Romantic Suspense and Thriller

A Matter Of Trust By Sandy Loyd

Friday, March 29, 2013

Hi! I’m SO excited to be back. Thank you, Karen and RomComInc, for hosting me today.

For those who don’t know me, my name is Sandy Loyd. I was born and raised in Salt Lake City and consider myself a Western girl through and through. Though I love the west, I didn’t stay there as long as I wanted to. My job in sales meant extensive traveling and relocating. I’ve worked and lived in some of the most fabulous places in the US, including South Florida. I now call the blue grass state of Kentucky home, where I write full time. I will admit that as much as I love Louisville, I miss the Wasatch Mountains in Utah and need to go back to my roots to get my mountain fix at least once a year. It helps refresh my muse and keeps me writing.

To date, I’ve published eight books with several in the works. The first four are contemporary romances set in the Bay Area of San Francisco or the Florida Keys. I’ve also published four Romantic Suspense novels. A Matter of Trust is my latest and one that I loved writing.

I’m not sure if I can put a label on the type of suspense I write, but a good description would be a cozy romantic mystery blended with an edgy situation. My mysteries aren’t dark, nor is there a lot of graphic violence. People do get shot, and planes and cabins blow up, but the stories are more adventurous than bloody. They are light and fun, yet the end result could be bleak if my characters fail to stop the bad guys from winning.

A Matter Of Trust is full of action and adventure and romance and intrigue. I’ve always loved a good puzzle, so I write the type of mystery/suspense stories that provide both elements.

The premise of A Matter of Trust still scares me senseless. What could be scarier than terrorists hiding among us in plain sight, pretending to be one of us, while plotting to end our way of life and utilizing our own weaknesses to do it? In the west we are free to believe and do what we want without fear of reprisal. What if our enemies use that freedom to integrate our government organizations that are there to protect those freedoms so they can destroy from within? As my character Josh says to Cat, “What better way to weaken the heart of America than to attack where people feel the safest? To strike where it’s least expected and invoke as much fear as possible—to incapacitate? That’s the true definition of terrorism.”

Tired of living in fear of an abusive ex-husband, Cat Tyler is taking charge of her life by learning to fly. Unfortunately, she discovers what true fear really is when her cross-country flight ends in a forced landing. Now she’s trapped in the Montana wilderness with her flight instructor, Josh Buchannan—a jerk who’s been riding her butt since she first stepped into the cockpit. She definitely doesn’t like the attraction that has sprung up between them. Worse, someone is trying to kill them.
Josh doesn’t wait to find out why they’ve become a target—or who’s behind it. Instinct takes over and Josh spirits Cat away to safety. Yet, while on the run, he discovers that an incident from his past, one he’s tried to forget, connects him to Cat. He was in charge of a failed mission in which her parents lost their lives. Is this her twisted way of getting revenge? Josh can’t trust Cat, but he protects her as they narrowly escape fiery graves, not once but twice.

Unwittingly, the two are fighting more than trust or attraction. An unknown terrorist cell has unleashed its secret weapon—a human Trojan horse—which gives a new meaning to terror.

As Cat and Josh struggle to stay alive, their trust in each other is threatened at every turn. Josh senses Cat’s somehow involved in this mess and works doubly hard to keep his attraction to her under control. Still, he craves her belief in his innocence, impossible once she discovers the truth about his involvement in her parents’ deaths.
As they work together to uncover the plot that threatens western civilization, they must come to grips with the past in order to create a lasting relationship built on mutual trust in each other.

I love stories that make me think about what’s going on in today’s world. I strive to come up with fun characters—people you would love to call friends. And we all know friends have their baggage and when we discover what makes them tick, we come to love them even more. I also love stories that impart messages.

A Matter of Trust is a story about what can happen when our trust in the system that ensures our way of life is threatened. What I really love about A Matter Of Trust is that after reading it and being entertained in the process, I come away thinking about our freedoms. I show what some people are willing to do to destroy other ways of life when those ways aren’t to their liking. It’s another one of those grey areas. Our freedoms allow those enemies to pick at us and as we try to defend ourselves, we risk losing those freedoms.

How about you? Do you like to read books that make you think about our way of life and how easily it can be threatened? What kind of mysteries/suspense/thrillers do you like? I’m interested in learning your opinion, so leave a comment and you’ll be entered in a drawing for free download of A Matter of Trust.

You can check A Matter of Trust out on:
Amazon at http://amzn.to/XWJsZ1
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iTunes – http://bit.ly/XuM9OS