P. A. DePaul’s Shadow of Doubt . . . Pure Action & Romance!

Today, I am so excited to introduce P. A. DePaul, an amazing romantic suspense author who Julie Ann Walker calls “A bold new voice in romantic suspense”.  P. A.’s first book, Exchange of Fire, has one of the best RS covers I’ve ever seen. So I was thrilled to see her recent release, Shadow of Doubtthe second in her SBG military romantic suspense series, has an even better one. And those fabulous covers contain action-packed love stories that remind me of the classic Suzanne Brockmann’s Troubleshooter series and Roxanne St. Clair’s Bullet Catchers series.

So let’s get started with a short blurb about Shadow of Doubt:

When her secretly filmed tryst shows up on the internet, Michelle Alger goes on the run. She has no choice. Not only was her one-night stand the son of a US senator, but he’s been murdered—and she’s the number one suspect. With both the senator and an avenging drug lord on her trail, her life is in danger. There’s only man she can trust. He saved her once, but will he still be her hero six years later?

Captain Jeremy Malone and the rest of Delta Squad have the senator’s order: find the mystery woman who killed my son. But to Jeremy, she’s no mystery. Six years ago his team of Green Berets rescued her from the torturous clutches of a Colombian cartel, and he’s never forgotten her. His personal and covert mission: find Michelle before anyone else. When he and Michelle do meet again, the sparks are explosive and consuming. They’re also dangerous as hell.

Because with each new bit of evidence, Jeremy suspects that Michelle’s innocence may be a ruse—a beautiful trap set by a woman who has even more secrets yet to bare.


SW: Welcome, P. A., to Kiss and Thrill!

PD: Hello Kiss and Thrill! I’m so excited to be here today. Thank you for having me!

One of the questions I’m asked a lot is about who inspired me to start writing. I usually blink stupidly at the poor individual while my mind is rapidly imagining every book I’ve ever read. Then panic sets in because I’m such a bookoholic, I know I’m forgetting as many as I’m remembering. Sidebar: I’ve always loved to read since the moment I could sound out the words on the page. Family trips to the library were my favorite and I always took the maximum amount of books out. So from that perspective the simple answer is: Everyone I’ve ever read inspired me. Some authors completely captivated me, sweeping me away into the worlds they created, while others made me slam the book down and think why would the author have the character do X instead of Y.

The real question I think for me to answer is: Which author jolted me so hard, my mind became consumed with “I can do this”? That answer is: J.R. Ward. She wrote a compendium to her Black Dagger Brotherhood series and within those pages was a chapter encouraging anyone with the desire, thought, wish, whatever to just go for it, even if the person never sends it anywhere. I read that chapter before bed and woke up the next morning with an idea for a book. And so began my writing career.

My first completed novel never actually saw the light of day sadly. That story still carries a very special place in my heart and I’m hoping someday the world will want to read about a twenty-one year old boy who dies in a robbery gone wrong and finds out there is an entire world he’s never known existed, and a war raging between heaven and hell…and he’s one of the keys to victory.


I will admit it took me four years (and many manuscript versions, re-writes, and new drafts…not to mention tears, frustrations, and wondering why I thought I could do this) before I sold my first book to a small press publisher. Guardian Redeemed is a paranormal romance about angels, demons, and the humans caught in between. Perversely, in the hurry-and-wait world of publishing, it only took six months before I sold my Romantic Suspense SBG series to Penguin in their Berkeley InterMix line. In this series, SweetBriar Group—or SBG as the operatives like to call it—is a corporation the rest of the world believes is an environmental company, but is really a front for a privately funded clandestine agency. Delta Squad is one of SBG’s Black Ops teams. It’s made up of men and women who have their ups and downs, good days and bad days like the rest of us. They laugh, fight, cry, and squabble but in the end, they are a fully functioning, extremely cohesive group who are closer than family. They’ve learned to rely on each other to the point they’re considered the best of the best.

Now I want to take a moment and pay forward the advice that meant so much to me. If you ever had an inkling, an idea, a crazy thought that maybe, just maybe, you have a story to tell…do it. You never know what you can accomplish until you try. There are so many excellent online courses through powerhouses such as Writer’s Digest and/or writing associations such as Romance Writers of America (RWA), you can learn everything you need to know to start. As J.R. Ward said (and I’m paraphrasing) even if you never present your book to a publisher, at least you have a novel you’d like to read.

SW: And in case you’re still not convinced to give this series a try, here are a few quotes that might change your mind.

Praise for Shadow of Doubt

“Nonstop action and heart-melting romance on every page! P.A. DePaul is a bold new voice in romantic suspense.”— Julie Ann Walker, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author

Praise for Exchange of Fire

“If you enjoy military action, suspense, steamy romance, and a little danger, this is the series for you.” —Library Journal

“A pulse-pounding thrill ride from start to finish that will leave you clamoring for more.”—Elle Kennedy, author of the Killer Instincts series

“A dynamic tale…fast-paced and riveting, with surprises at every turn of the plot.”—Fresh Fiction

“This book was everything I love about romantic suspense.”—Smitten with Reading

SW: Thank you, P. A., for spending the day with us and we wish you tons of success with your SBG series!

Now P.A wants to hear from you! Have questions about writing? Want to know something about the SBG series? Just want to say hello? Awesome. Please comment so we can chat!! And there are a few prizes for lucky commenters. P. A. is offering one e-copy of Shadow of Doubt, a very cool SBG T-shirt, and various SBG swag!

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P.A. DePaul is a multi-genre romance author including paranormal fantasy and romantic suspense. She originally hails from Carroll County and Baltimore County, Maryland, but also lived in Macon and Warner Robins, Georgia. She currently resides in a beautiful community just outside Philadelphia. Shadow of Doubt, is the second novel in the SBG series. You can find the first: Exchange of Fire, at all major E-Retailers. You can also learn more about her at www.padepaul.com, www.facebook.com/padepaul, https://twitter.com/PADePaul, http://www.pinterest.com/padepaul, http://www.goodreads.com/PADePaul, and https://www.tsu.co/PADePaul.

 And the winner of Sarah Andre’s $20.00 Amazon gift card is Patti Straight! 

About Sharon Wray

Sharon is a librarian who once studied dress design in the couture houses of Paris and is the author of the Amazon bestselling Deadly Force romantic suspense series.

Posted on April 28, 2015, in Author Interview, Sharon Wray and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 32 Comments.

  1. Wow! Thanks for that awesome intro! I’m humbled. I truly am.
    I’m thrilled to be here today. Thanks for having me and allowing me to invade the blog! 🙂

  2. Holy Smokes! Hot covers, brilliant high concept and I’m lovin’ the custom T-shirt! Welcome, P.A., we’re delighted to have you with us. PS: I lived in Villanova as a teen.

    I completely agree with you in encouraging ANYONE to follow their dream of writing. When I first designed my website I had nothing to say about myself so I devoted most of the pages to helping new writers with lingo, links to organizations/contests/other blogs on writing, and the generally accepted ways to traditional publishing. This is very much of a pay-it-forward profession and I admire you for championing it in this blog.

    Best of luck, so nice to have ‘met’ you! 🙂

    • *Waving like a loon* Hi Sarah! Nice to “meet” you too!! I do love these covers too. My walls look sooooo good with them hanging up! 😉

      I also love the romance writing world. Everyone is so supportive and so helpful. I absolutely want to encourage anyone who has even a miniscule thought of writing to just try it. You never know if that ONE thought could lead to a rewarding outlet unless you take the plunge. 🙂

    • I’ve always loved that section about your website, Sarah. I just never felt like I had anything to offer until I published. But I always love it when other authors share their advice and journeys. 🙂

  3. Hi P.A., so nice to meet you. Your covers are to die for and the blurbs sound so wonderful! Good luck with your latest. Did you have a harder time writing your sophomore book than your first? Or did you breeze right through the sophomore slump a lot of us suffered?

    • I would never have known you had a sophomore slump, Lena. I have loved ALL of your books, including the second!

    • Hi Lena!!! Thanks on the cover love (Totally agree with you!) 🙂

      I actually did find it harder to write the second book than the first but not for the reasons you may think (or maybe you did think them and I’m not giving you credit…if that’s the case, Sorry!)
      The first book, Exchange of Fire, actually had been rewritten 3 times. And when I say rewritten, I’m not talking about minor changes. I’m talking total rewrites to the point the hero Grady is not even the same personality as he originally started, the action scenes now take place in different locations, and the conflicts are totally different. This made me a little gun-shy when tackling Cappy’s story (I so did not want to have to re-write book 2 (which I call the beast because it originally started out as 132k words!)) Also, Cappy’s story is deeper than Grady/Wraiths. He and Michelle had to overcome some very horrible events and it made writing the novel that much more harder in order to portray those topics right.
      I’ve been on the edge of my seat since the book released last Tuesday, crossing my fingers that readers and reviewers alike would love Cappy’s book as much as I do.

      Whew! Sorry for the longwinded answer! Did I miss anything? 🙂

      • Thanks for sharing! I’m glad your book two challenges were more over pouring your heart and soul into the book (which it sounds like you did) instead of the self-doubt variety. I hope your readers connect to it too but it sounds wonderful. And Sharon listed some pretty big names when comparing your writing to other authors so I bet your books are fantastic! If you’ll be at RWA this summer I hope to meet you there.

        • I’m humbled to be compared to those big names!! I’ve been fortunate in that the reviewers are loving the second book (in some cases, more than the first) so that acts like a balm on my nail-biting angst! Fingers crossed the readers will feel the same.
          I am going to RWA Nationals for the first time ever this year. I hope we can meet sometime during that crazy event. 😀

  4. Welcome to Kiss and Thrill, P.A.! Sharon has great taste in books which means yours must be fabulous! Can’t wait to read it.

  5. Welcome to K&T, P.A.! I love your story about how you started writing. I was a total library rat too, and spent summers working my way through the stacks of books I brought home (also the max allowed). 😉 The SBG books sound fantastic. Can’t wait to read. Great to “see” you again!

    • Hi Gwen!! *waving like a kid hopped up on sugar*
      Libraries rule! I love them. Wish I had time to read the max allowed now! lol

      Congrats on all your book successes!! Hope you enjoy the SBG series when you get a chance to read ’em! 🙂

    • Glad I’m not alone in the world of library rats! I honestly don’t know what I would’ve done if I had a kindle. I would probably still be living in my parents how, in my bedroom, reading. 🙂

  6. Hi PA! Your SBG series sounds like it’s off to an amazing start. I love the slogan on your t-shirt 🙂 I’ll be a newbie at RWA Nationals too. Maybe we’ll see each other at the First Timers orientation.

    • Hi Krista!!!! Thanks for the complements!! I’m kinda partial to my series slogan too. It’s so pompous, yet so true with what my team does for a living!! 🙂
      Oh boy. I’m nervous and excited about Nationals. So much activities going on I hope I can keep up! Hopefully I’ll see you there! 🙂

    • Krista, you are going to have an awesome time at Nationals and I am so glad you are going!

  7. Congratulations, PA! I love the sound of your SBG series so much. Can’t wait to give them a try!

  8. Welcome P.A.! Thanks so much for sharing with us on the blog today. I have to agree these books sound awesome and congratulations on all the accolades you are already stacking up. I can’t wait to read your work.

  9. So glad you’re here with us today, PA! These books are definitely going on my TBR pile. Such wonderful inspiration to anyone with a dream to just do it. Great interview as always Sharon. 🙂

  10. Hello PA DePaul, I loved reading about your new book. I love the books like this that has a covert ops story line and each one center’s on a new member, and you get to know all of them. Of course I will buy both books and all the rest you write in this series.

    As I was reading about your book I was thinking, so many great books and so little time. So with that said I need to get busy reading.

    Thank you K&T for another great author and interview.

    • Woohoo! Music to my ears Patti!! I’m with you on enjoying a series when we meet the core group of characters and read about their stories as the series progresses.
      Thank you so much for the support!! I hope you enjoy reading them! 😀

  11. Howdy P.A. DePaul! Awesome work on the shirt! Exchange of Fire kicked ass, I can’t wait to read Shadow of Doubt. Best wishes on your writing!

    • Hi Missy!!!!
      Thanks for the complements!! Hopefully you’ll win the T-shirt for your very own. 😉
      Overjoyed to hear how much you liked Exchange of Fire and am queued up to read Shadow of Doubt. Woot! Woot!
      Fingers crossed you enjoy the second as much (if not more ) than the first! 😀

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