Silenced Memories by Brittney SahinPublication date: September 15th 2015
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense
Kate Adams has never found it difficult to keep a professional relationship with her clients . . . but then she’s never had a client like Michael Maddox. From the moment she arrives in Charlotte, Kate is tongue-tied by the devastatingly gorgeous former Marine and intelligence genius turned multi-millionaire entrepreneur. Michael seems at first glance to be the perfect catch, except for one problem. He doesn’t do relationships. And Kate doesn’t do one-night stands.
But as the tension mounts between them, Kate discovers she has larger problems—an untraceable stalker . . . and a dangerous past. When Michael offers his protection, Kate is grateful, and yet afraid. For as they grow closer, she realizes that Michael has his own secret past. And while he might save her life, he will surely break her heart.
Excerpt from Chapter 3: Kate Adams (her POV) & Michael Maddox - at his office
“Did you tell Julia that we’ve met already?”
Startled, Kate turned toward him, her soft eyes looking at him from beneath long eyelashes. Her arched brows gave hint of her embarrassment. “I am so sorry about your shirt. You should let me pay for it.”
“Did you know whom I was last night?” he asked with a deep voice.
She touched the back of her neck, as if working out a kink. “Yes.”
“Why didn’t you say something?” His eyes narrowed on her, and he took a step closer.
“I. . . .” Could she tell him she had been completely tongue-tied by his devastating good looks? “Honestly, I did not think you would remember me, and then I was in a hurry, so I just kind of rushed out when your friend showed up.” Her poker face was failing her.
“You thought I would forget you?”
His words sent shivers dancing up her spine, and she could have sworn she had a heart palpitation. She bit her bottom lip.
“If we are going to work together, I would strongly suggest you not do that,” he murmured, staring at her lips. His smoldering blue eyes turned a shade darker.
She allowed his words to hang in the air for a moment, free of gravity, as she contemplated the appropriate response. She couldn’t help but wonder if she’d wind up being the fourth planner fired. Was he attracted to her, or was it a game he was playing to unnerve her? She chose to ignore his comment and maintain professionalism. “Mr. Maddox, how would you feel about an auction?”
“Please, call me Michael.”
What’s your favorite genre to write? Favorite genre to read?
I like to write Romantic Suspense. I like to read suspense, romantic suspense, thrillers/mysteries, and contemporary romance
Is there something that draws you to this genre?
I love to read about the development of a relationship between characters. I can read any genre as long as there is an element of romance involved. Although I read traditional romance too, I prefer another underlying story (suspense/thriller) weaved within the book.
Print or E-book?
E-book just because I tend to read a lot more this way!
If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring writers, what would it be?
Don’t do it alone. Get help/feedback from others- and try not to let constructive criticism get to you.
What novel have you recently released (or is up and coming)?
My novel, to be released 9/15- is a romantic suspense: Silenced Memories. The novel takes place, for the most part, in the heart of Charlotte, N.C. – Romance tangles with mystery as an ex-Marine, turned millionaire, steps in to save his stunning events planner from a stalker and her dangerous past—but readers will discover he deals with his own issues, which he has tried to ‘silence.’
When writing, do you have a target audience in mind?
I would say women over 18 (no age limit!). Although my book is both romance and suspense- the general assumption is that women are the target readers for romance.
Tell us about your protagonist.
Kate Adams is smart (Harvard MBA grad). She took over her stepmother’s event planning business at an early age & developed it into a multimillion dollar company by 27. She is headstrong, a bit stubborn–and always pulled together–until she returns to her place of birth (Charlotte) & meets the elusive Michael Maddox.
Michael Maddox is an ex-Marine (Special Forces). He retired from the Marines 5 years prior to meeting Kate. He became a successful and wealthy entrepreneur upon exit of the Marines, but he is heavily committed to helping veterans and launches a business initiative for veterans (which is how Michael and Kate meet- through planning an event for the business initiative).
What kind of research have you done for your story?
A lot of research on the military (with specific regards to the Special Forces division of the Marines). I try to make everything as authentic as possible. Whether I speak with the police, or do research with a designer (my female protag: an events planner) . . . I like to cover the details.
Any last shout outs or words of wisdom?
Follow your dreams because we only get one shot at life.
It wasn't until her students encouraged her to follow her dreams that Brittney said goodbye to Upstate New York in order to start a new adventure in the place she was raised: Charlotte, North Carolina. Here, she decided to take her students' advice and begin to write again.
In 2015, she published her first novel, Silenced Memories. When she is not working on upcoming novels, she spends time with her family. She is a proud mother of a spunky toddler and a lover of suspense novels, coffee, and the outdoors.