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For By Grace, Fallen From Grace, Grace Through Redemption
Adrian J. Smith
Series: Spirit of Grace, book 1-3 – should be read in order
Adrian J. Smith is in the hot seat…tell us everything!
I’m a writer who lives in the middle of nowhere. I’ve been published for about three years now and still absolutely love it. I worked for years in security and alongside with the local sheriff’s department, which helped inspire this book series. I wanted people to know what real cops dealt with, not what is shown in television shows and movies.
The Spirit of Grace series is a police procedural that turns into a mystery/thriller. Deputy Grace Halling isn’t someone who likes to cause problems or stir things up; she really just wants to do her job and go home at night. She also has this bad habit of finding trouble. During the course of the first book, several officers are killed in the line of duty. Grace thinks they may be connected but can’t really convince any of her superiors that she’s right. This continues in the second book, where she finally convinces her supervisor the murders are all connected and a task force is created. The third book is the conclusion and we find out if they are or are not all connected and just exactly how everything is resolved.
Grace is very closed off emotionally because of her past. She’s rarely open with anyone other than her BFF Crystal and her mentor Daniel Mason Brady. When Amya, a Police Chaplain, steps into the fray of her life, she’s really not sure what to do with her or how to be in a relationship with someone. She’s quite inexperienced on the relationship scale and is constantly worried she’s doing something wrong. She also is stubborn because she’s afraid being in a relationship will force her to lose her independence. So while there is a relationship in the series itself, it is on the slowest burn possible because Grace is a stubborn woman who needs someone to smack some sense into her.
Have you ever read something that made you think differently about your genre? Can you tell us what it was?
Every time I read something else in my genre I think differently about it. I think about ways I can be more creative, ways other authors are bringing the genre itself into the writing and also ways I can cross genres. I love the idea of crossing genres, but I’ve only done it on rare occasions.
Tell us about your character’s family life?
Her family is her mentor Daniel Mason Brady and his wife, Carol. To share the rest is a bit of a spoiler.
Compare yourself to your main character.
Hahaha. We look somewhat similar, though Grace is a good 5 years or so older than I am, and definitely in far better shape. We’re both stubborn as hell, we both love to snack almost constantly. We both also love to help other people out, particularly children.
My past week? Well, it was rainy and windy on Sunday, all day long and into the night. Monday wasn’t much better and happened to be joined in with some sleet. Tuesday included hail. The weather was awful for these three days straight, so by the time Wednesday rolled around, we were all pretty much snowed in but had to dig ourselves out. Because of the hail and sleet, the streets were icy and there was some damage to vehicles around. By the end of Wednesday, the clouds covered the sky so quickly no one knew it wasn’t even sunset yet. Thursday was the first day the sun was allowed to shine, melting some of the ice and snow left over from the start of the week. Friday started well, with sun shine, but a massive wind storm took out the power lines and forced residents into hiding as electricity shocked anyone who passed by. Saturday, the power lines were mostly fixed, the sun was out, and the forecast for the upcoming week looked fantastic.
For by Grace
Being a Sheriff’s Deputy is not all about saving lives and arresting criminals, and each day Grace wonders if she’ll make it home.
While kids at the schools Deputy Grace Halling visits see her as the knight in blue-cotton armor, people involved in the cases she is dispatched to have a different opinion. She has every confidence in her ability to do her job and arrest criminals. She easily takes down a knife-wielding woman and a drunken combatant teenager without hesitation. Everyone—victim, suspect, or witness—has a story to tell or to lie about, and Grace is never perturbed by their tales.
That all changes when she looks down the barrel of a gun. She loses confidence in her ability as a deputy, she loses trust in herself and fellow officers, and she struggles to stay afloat as shift after shift passes. Grace cannot find her rhythm of being a deputy again. And when the Police Chaplain unexpectedly barges into her life, her personal and professional lives are flipped upside down. Grace struggles to find her even ground, worrying that the next time she stares a murderer in the face will be the last.
Parables and riddles can’t undo the confusion Deputy Grace Halling experiences after her close call with death. Each morning she wakes up, puts on a uniform that feels far more like a target, and goes out to enforce the laws and protect the innocent. While her comrades in blue are murdered one by one with each passing month, Grace pushes for a call to action from her Captain. Her worst fear has become a reality.
Grace doesn’t know if she’s next.
Grace through Redemption
Learning to trust herself again wasn’t easy. Deputy Grace Halling is back patrolling, and after a few months of quiet, murders of her comrades in blue begin again. Scared and determined, Grace follows every lead she can until she finds herself face to face with the barrel of a gun, only this time her finger is on the trigger.
Categories: F/F Police Procedural/mystery
For by Grace – 257 pgs
Fallen from Grace – 294 pgs
Grace through Redemption – 287 pgs
Publisher: Supposed Crimes LLC
Cover Artist: Heidi DeCausemaker
(From Grace Through Redemption)
Opening her eyes, she was thoroughly disappointed. The guy, with his dark, curly hair and olive complexion was probably dream of a looker for any straight woman or gay man. He had his dick hanging out of his pants and his fist firmly wrapped around it. Grace held her breath high in her lungs and knocked on his window.
When it rolled down, she glared. “Sir—”
“Yes?” he cut her off.
She wasn’t even sure what to say. She balked and swallowed, trying to start over. “Sir, what’s going on?”
He at least had the grace to blush. His mouth opened then closed twice before he shook his head, his hand still wrapped firmly around his dick.
“Sir, I pulled you over because you were driving erratically. Over the speed limit, then under it, then over again, and you couldn’t stay in a lane.”
Grace shook her head. That wasn’t the excuse for poor driving she normally got.
Normally there were excuses thrown at her, the number one being, “I had to pee, Officer!” She blanched and put her hands at her sides.
“I need to know why.”
“What kind of issues?”
“Well, I…” he trailed off and looked down at his dick.
Grace was impressed with the fact he still hadn’t stuffed it back into his pants. She tried to look anywhere except down at his lap, but her gaze kept being drawn in that direction. Of all officers to get that call, why couldn’t it have been a man? She sighed and looked at his face again. He hadn’t looked at her since he’d first rolled down the window.
“I was masturbating, okay?” He sounded exasperated and completely embarrassed. His cheeks flashed redder than they had been before, and Grace snickered. He did need to blush. At least that meant he had some emotions going on under his mask of “what the hell is going on.”
She shifted onto her left foot and more snow melted down the side of her boot. “Sir, you can cover yourself up.”
“Oh good.” He slid his dick into his slacks and zipped them closed.
Grace shuddered. What guy would need permission to cover up when pulled over by a cop? She shook her head, not wanting to answer her own question. She bit her lip, trying to figure out where to go with the situation next. In all of her nine years as a beat cop she’d seen some extraordinary and embarrassing things—this one had to top it all. She licked her lips.
“You were driving erratically,” she repeated.
“I couldn’t—I couldn’t get off, and it was getting hard to focus.”
“Sir—why were you jerking off while driving a motor vehicle anyway?”
His mouth opened, but Grace put her hand out to stop him.
“Wait. Don’t answer that. I don’t want the answer. Give me your license and registration please.”
Buy the book:
For by Grace
Fallen from Grace
Grace through Redemption
Let’s talk about the author:
Adrian J. Smith, or "AJ" as she is often called, is a part time writer with an epic imagination, sharp wit, and kind heart that gets her into a bit of trouble when it comes to taking in all the neighborhood stray cats. Being obsessed with science fiction, Smith often goes off on tangents about the space-time continuum. She is also a part time lunatic with a secretive past. It's been rumored that she was once a spy for the government, but anyone who has gotten close enough to know the truth has never lived to tell the tale. When traveling around the world on various classified tasks, Smith requires the following be provided: buffalo jerky, mimosas, and eighty six pennies. This is all we know about the reclusive woman.
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