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Award-winning author Lynn H. Blackburn introduced readers to her new Dive Team Investigations series with Beneath the Surface (March 2018). Now she ramps up the romantic tension and action-packed suspense with In Too Deep.
When the Carrington dive team is called in to recover a body from a submerged car in Lake Porter, they also find an encrypted laptop with an unsettling connection between investigator Adam Campbell and the dead accountant.
Adam turns to the only person he can trust, Dr. Sabrina Fleming, whose unparalleled computer security and forensics skills can help him recover the files from the laptop. But the deeper they dig, the deadlier the investigation becomes. When evidence uncovers a human trafficking ring and implicates members of Adam’s own family, he and Sabrina may have to make a choice between loyalty and truth. The truth could set hundreds free—but will they risk everything to solve the case?
What I’ve Learned the Hard Way So You Don’t Have To
One thing I’ve learned the hard way is that there’s no shame in being a beginner.
It’s okay to not know how things work, to struggle to make sense of what’s going on, and to *gasp* make mistakes while learning something new, whether it’s writing a novel or knitting a blanket or scuba diving.
I lean heavily toward being a perfectionist and I never want to make a mistake. Ever. So I have, at times, shied away from doing anything new that I couldn’t at least attempt to master in private. I knew I would mess up, a lot, and I didn’t want to be embarrassed by my incompetence.
But this spring I pushed all of that aside and signed up for a scuba diving certification course. I was horrible at it! One of the worst beginners ever. But I stuck with it. After near panic attacks, some tears, and quite a bit of literal hand-holding by my instructors, I earned my certification and was able to reef dive this summer off the Florida Keys. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life, but I would have missed it if I hadn’t been willing to be a beginner.
If there’s something out there that you want to do but you think you’re too old to try it or you think you’ll be awful at it, just go for it. You might be terrible at first—in fact, you probably will be! That’s okay! Wear that beginner badge with a smile. Tell everyone the truth—that you have no idea what you’re doing but you’re excited to learn. You’ll be amazed at how gracious people will be and then one day you’ll realize you aren’t a beginner anymore.
Lynn H. Blackburn is the author of Beneath the Surface, Hidden Legacy, and Covert Justice, winner of the 2016 Selah Award for Mystery and Suspense and the 2016 Carol Award for Short Novel. Blackburn believes in the power of stories, especially those that remind us that true love exists, a gift from the Truest Love. She’s passionate about CrossFit, coffee, and chocolate (don’t make her choose), as well as experimenting with recipes that feed both body and soul. She lives in Simpsonville, South Carolina, with her true love, Brian, and their three children.