Who is ready for an action-packed thriller romance? Get ready for...
False Front (Bishop Security Series) – April 25, 2020
by Debbie Baldwin (Author)
• a steamy romantic thriller
• a fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat suspense novel
• a timeless romance
Emma Porter is not real. She is an accomplished young woman, living a fulfilling life in New York City, working for an online news agency, and striving toward normalcy. The truth, however, is something else. She was once Emily Webster, a child of privilege, and the twenty-first century Lindbergh Baby. Her high-profile, unexplained abduction and subsequent rescue led to a childhood of paranoia and preparedness, as her kidnapper remained at large and still on the hunt. With her father’s guidance and resources, Emily became Emma Porter, living each day in her new identity, vigilant and unattached. Unattached but for the seemingly unbreakable tether that connects her to the man who, as a young boy, lived next door.
Like Emma, Nathan Bishop is not what he seems. Preparing to helm his family’s defense contracting company, Nathan is better known for his womanizing and reckless behavior than his business acumen. His striking image peppers the pages of society tabloids and police blotters, but beneath the facade of a rake, lurks a warrior. When an arms dealer procures a lethal bioweapon and is rumored to be selling it on U.S. soil, Nathan and his team must use every resource at their disposal to stop the threat.
With danger closing in, fate, once again, puts Emma in Nathan’s path, and the two must determine if the weathered bond between them is enough to find the truth behind their false fronts.
Fans of Nora Roberts, Linda Howard, and Jayne Ann Krentz will love False Front.
Be advised: this story contains scenes of violence equivalent to an R-rated movie and explicit sexual situations.
"An intricately woven, arresting romantic thriller..."
"Endless plot twists go hand in hand with psychological depth in this sizzling romantic thriller from Baldwin."
"Complex characterizations and a fast-paced plot filled with romance and suspense will make readers eagerly wait for the next in the series."-Prairies Book Review
I just finished False Front and can hardly wait to see what happens next to these well-drawn characters. This book has it all. The timing of this release couldn’t have been more perfect! In a time of social isolation and stay-at-home orders, False Front whisked me across continents, through bustling cities, into elegantly appointed homes, and onto the edge of my seat. A contemporary setting, a romantic love story, a well-paced plot, and believable dialogue... this suspenseful story offered a much appreciated escape. This is a fun, readable, and timely debut novel from a writer I can’t wait to hear more from. A great beach read, but no need to wait for your next vacation to relish this. Enjoy False Front now - your front porch, back patio, or favorite armchair are waiting!
What an amazingly riveting book! The storyline is fantastic! I have read many romantic suspense books and this one is at the very top of the list! I can see Debbie Baldwin's books becoming as popular as Marie Force's Fatal series! The love story was so moving.
Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.
I was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri where I attended John Burroughs High School, which claims such notable alums as actors Jon Hamm, Ellie Kemper, and Sarah Clark, restauranteur Danny Meier, and House of Cards creator Beau Willimon. I am a graduate of Princeton University and The University of Virginia School of Law. After law school, it took no time at all to realize that I had a passion for writing. I interned at Newsweek Magazine in their Washington DC bureau while in graduate school, and worked in a variety of marketing jobs before settling into a career as a humor columnist and movie critic for a local paper in St. Louis. In 2015, I created and wrote a ten-episode single-camera comedy that I sold to DirecTV/ ATT. "Almost There" starring Steven Pasquale (Rescue Me, Bloodline) and Susan Kelechi Watson (This Is Us) aired on Audience Network in 2016. When the show wrapped, I decided to take on a novel. Between the kids, the dog, and general life chaos, I finally finished False Front in the fall of 2019. The second novel and a bonus novella are both ready to publish as well.
What inspired you to author this book?
Honestly, about two years ago, I was voraciously reading romantic suspense, and I just couldn't find a story that got me excited. I love coming across a blurb and thinking, "yes! This is exactly what I want to read." One night, I was doing my usual scroll through suggested reading and said to myself, "I'm just going to write the story I want to read." And that night, at one in the morning, I got out of bed and wrote the prologue for False Front.
Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?
The two main characters in False Front have a shared love for a lighthouse on Nantucket Island. Personally, I have always found them fascinating. There is a lighthouse near where my family and I spend summers and the very sight of it conjures thoughts of mystery, suspense, and, of course, romance.
Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?
My background is in visual arts—theatre and television. So my inspiration comes from all kinds of places. Alfred Hitchcock, Agatha Christie, M. Night Shyamalan, and Charlotte Bronte all inspire me to create love stories set against a backdrop of suspense.
What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?
Ugh. That's a difficult question because there is not enough space. I'm a writer, not a marketer or promoter. The biggest obstacle, among the many, was probably figuring out what kind of help I needed and getting that help. I tend to like to control things, but I learned to trust certain aspects of the process to people who know what they are doing.
Tell your readers about your book.
The story centers on Emma Porter, a young woman who was abducted as a child and, as a result, lives under a false identity. Emma has spent her life being vigilant and preparing for her enigmatic kidnapper's return, forming few friendships and hiding from the pain of her past. As a girl, she had an inexplicable bond with Nathan Bishop, her next-door neighbor. Nathan is now the heir apparent at his family's defense contracting firm, but Emma's kidnapping changed the course of Nathan's life as well. Nathan shows the world a careless playboy, but secretly he is a warrior fighting to help those in need. When the two cross paths as adults the connection is still there, and together they reforge their bond and battle a mysterious arms dealer with a hidden agenda.
Who is your target audience, and why?
I didn't really think about that when I wrote it. There are aspects of the book that appeal to all demographics. I would have said women, but my first two pieces of fan mail were from men. I guess I would say that the target audience is genre-specific: people who like romance with an equal measure of intrigue.
What do you consider your greatest success in life?
Ah, finally an easy one. My children.
What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?
I would say my ability lies in painting a picture with words. I see the stories in my mind and translate them onto the page. It's a talent, but it's also a skill that I work on every day to try to improve.
About Debbie Baldwin
Debbie Baldwin is a
successful print media and television writer. She is a graduate of Princeton
University and the University of Virginia School of Law.
Debbie and her husband live in Saint Louis, Missouri with their puggle, Pebbles. They have three children in college. False Front is her first novel.
Author website: https://www.debbiebaldwinbooks.com
Goodreads author page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/20274777.Debbie_Baldwin