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Library Journal has called Irene Hannon the “queen of inspirational romantic suspense,” and she definitely lives up to this title with Hidden Peril, the second novel in her Code of Honor series. Readers will be captivated by this edge-of-your-seat thriller that will have them staying up late as they rush toward the explosive conclusion.
As teenagers, Kristin Dane and her two best friends vowed to make the world a better place. Twenty years later, she is now fulfilling her pledge through her fair trade shop that features products from around the world. All is well until, one by one, people connected to the shop begin dying.
Police Detective Luke Carter is determined to find the killer and uncover the motive behind these murders. But before he can solve the mystery, the FBI weighs in and Kristin suddenly finds herself in the middle of international intrigue—and in the sights of the ruthless mastermind behind an ingenious and deadly scheme. Can this cold-blooded killer be stopped before more people die . . . including Kristin?
What is ONE thing you’ve learned the hard way so that others don’t have to?
I learned that I don’t need a literary agent. After having one briefly, I realized I was much more comfortable dealing directly with publishers. Some authors use agents as first readers or enjoy having a cheerleader in their corner, but I tapped my agent only for contract negotiations. So I was paying for a smorgasbord but choosing just one item from the buffet. I do have a literary attorney in New York, and that’s money well spent. But I discovered that I’m fine dealing with business issues and negotiating contracts on my own, perhaps due to my daily interactions with top management in my previous career as a communications executive with a Fortune 500 company. But my advice to all authors, whether you have an agent or not, is to learn everything you can about the business and read every line in your contracts. No one cares more than you about your career.