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Bestselling author Irene Hannon is an award-winning novelist who has the gift of delivering a perfect mix of intrigue and romance. With combined total sales of over 3.5 million, Hannon has established herself as a leading author in the romantic suspense category. Her fans continue to grow with each new series, and her newest book, Dark Ambitions (book 3 in the Code of Honor series), will mesmerize readers as Hannon ramps up the action once again in this fast-paced saga.

Former Army Night Stalker Rick Jordan runs a camp for foster kids, which has proven to be a peaceful refuge especially during the winter months when he has the camp to himself. But when Rick discovers a trail of blood on the frosty ground, his previous training kicks into high gear. One of the clues left behind tips Rick off to the identity of his visitor, but he soon learns that the visitor is dead. The police claim it was an accident, but Rick isn’t convinced. With the help of private investigator Heather Shields, he sets out to decipher the remaining clue. Except someone doesn’t want them to succeed—and will stop at nothing to keep them from finding the truth.

With her trademark psychological suspense ratcheting up the tension on every page, bestselling and award-winning author Irene Hannon takes you on a search for a cold-blooded killer with an ambitious goal and deadly intent.

Author Spotlight with Irene Hannon

What is a Bible verse that inspires you to keep on writing?

I have two favorite Bible verses that influence everything I do in life. The first is I Corinthians 13:13—“So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” This verse is the reason love is such an important part of all my books. Romantic love, certainly, but also the love between parents and children, friends, siblings…all the many types of love we experience in our lives. In every book, I try to demonstrate the tremendous power of love—both human and divine—to transform lives. The second verse is Matthew 6:21—“For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.” I’ve always considered my ability to write and tell stories a gift…a treasure…and so I put my heart into every story I tell, seeking to entertain, uplift, and inspire.

Describe the moment that you knew you were born to write.

Honestly, I can’t remember a time when I didn’t write. I always had a passion for creating magic with words. I ended up getting a master’s degree in journalism and worked for many years in the corporate communications department of a Fortune 500 company, where I wrote every day. But I had a great love for fiction, and eventually, I decided to try my hand at writing a novel. The rest is history!

________ is your escape from writing, because it makes you feel ________.

I love to sing, and performing in musical theater productions is my escape from writing because it requires me to immerse myself in a character, to become someone else for a short time. And singing, whether in a theater or church or some other setting, requires absolute concentration if you want to do it well. Without an activity like that, which fully engages the mind, novelists can never escape their job because the brain is always working on the book in progress. That’s the bane—and the beauty—of the profession.

What’s your strategy for coping with bad reviews?

In this business, you have to develop a thick skin. There will always be someone who doesn’t care for your books. It’s hard not to take that personally because writing is such a personal exercise. Authors pour their hearts into their books, and it hurts when someone doesn’t like or appreciate what you’ve written. But after 55+ books, I’ve learned to enjoy the good reviews, be open to constructive criticism, and ignore the unkind comments.

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Irene Hannon is the bestselling and award-winning author of more than fifty contemporary romance and romantic suspense novels, including Dangerous Illusions and Hidden Peril, as well as the MEN OF VALOR, HEROES OF QUANTICO, GUARDIANS OF JUSTICE, and PRIVATE JUSTICE series. In addition to her many other honors, she is a three-time winner of the prestigious RITA Award from Romance Writers of America. She is also a member of RWA’s elite Hall of Fame and has received a Career Achievement Award from RT Book Reviews. Each of her suspense novels have been ECPA/CBA bestsellers.

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