Top Ten Characters Whose Jobs I Wish I Had

Today’s Top Ten prompt from That Artsy Reader Girl is all about the jobs held by the characters in the stories we read. I asked this question of my fellow Diversity Between the Pages contributors and together we created our top ten list of favorite jobs held by diverse characters.

  1. Nurse – Pecca Gallegos in Silent Shadows by Natalie Walters.
  2. K-9 Officer – FBI Agent Julianne Martinez in Sheriff by Laura Scott.
  3. Hostage Negotiator – FBI Special Agent April Ramos in Burden of Proof by DiAnn Mills.
  4. Dive Team Investigator – Gabe Chavez in One Final Breath by Lynn H. Blackburn.
  5. Boardinghouse Owner – Millie Middleton in The Dress Shop on King Street by Ashley Clark.
  6. Ballerina – Octavia Ricci in The Price of Dreams by Toni Shiloh.
  7. Detective – Amara Alvarez in Collision of Lies by Tom Threadgill.
  8. Firefighter – Omar Young in An Unlikely Proposal by Toni Shiloh.
  9. Outdoors Store Owner – Tomás Santos in A Future for His Twins by Susanne Dietze.
  10. Diner Owner – Piper Miller in Alaskan Christmas Redemption by Belle Calhoune.

Tell us below – What character’s job intrigues you the most?

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Book Review: Unknown Threat

Today I am featuring a book written by one of my favorite romantic suspense authors, Lynn H. Blackburn. Unknown Threat, the first book in her new Defend and Protect series, focuses on the United States Secret Service. Faith Malone, the heroine of Unknown Threat, is a FBI special agent who is half Cherokee. I am thrilled to share my thoughts on Unknown Threat today. You definitely want to add this fabulous book to your TBR lists!


ABOUT THE BOOK

US Secret Service Special Agent Luke Powell is lucky to be alive. Three of his fellow agents have died in unusual circumstances in the past ten weeks. Luke is devastated by the loss of his friends and colleagues, and his inability to locate the killer feels like a personal failure. He’s an expert at shielding others, but now the protectors are in need of protection.

FBI Special Agent Faith Malone is driven to succeed and confident in her ability to solve every case she’s assigned. She’s been put in charge of the investigation into the unprecedented attacks, and with Luke’s life in danger, the stakes have never been higher. But it’s hard to know how to fight back when you don’t know who the enemy is.

As more agents are targeted, Luke and Faith will have to work together to bring a killer to justice and prevent any more names from joining their fallen brothers and sisters on the Secret Service Wall of Honor.

Award-winning author Lynn H. Blackburn pulls out all the stops in this brand-new romantic suspense series that will have you holding your breath one minute and swooning the next.

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MY THOUGHTS

With the perfect blend of romance and suspense, Unknown Threat, the first installment in award winning author Lynn H. Blackburn’s Defend and Protect series, is sure to delight readers. This book is absolute perfection… romance, suspense, humor, fast-paced action, wonderful characters, and faith elements.

Lynn H. Blackburn continues to do a fabulous job incorporating characters of diverse backgrounds into her storylines, including Unknown Threat’s heroine Faith Malone, who is half Cherokee. She consistently creates characters who readers care about long after the final page, such as charismatic and swoon-worthy US Secret Service Special Agent Luke Powell. Luke is giving Dive Team Investigator Gabe Chavez some serious competition as my favorite hero of Lynn H. Blackburn’s.

The background on the United States Secret Service is fascinating as most people think Secret Service agents only serve on protection details of VIPs, and the cameos from beloved Dive Team members are a special treat for longtime fans of the author.

Unknown Threat is highly recommended for readers of romantic suspense, especially those who enjoy books by authors such as Dani Pettrey, Irene Hannon, Lynette Eason, and Rachel Dylan. Unknown Threat has been my most anticipated book of the year, and it will definitely be on my list of top 10 books of 2021.

I RECEIVED A COMPLIMENTARY COPY OF THIS BOOK FROM THE AUTHOR/ PUBLISHER AND WAS NOT REQUIRED TO WRITE A POSITIVE REVIEW. ALL OPINIONS EXPRESSED ARE MINE.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lynn H. Blackburn is the author of Beneath the SurfaceIn Too Deep, One Final Breath, 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) and experimenting with recipes that feed both body and soul. She lives in Simpsonville, South Carolina, with her true love, Brian, and their three children.

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Throwback Thursday: Beneath the Surface

Happy Thursday! Today I am featuring a book written by one of my favorite romantic suspense authors, Lynn H. Blackburn. I’m throwing it back to 2018 with Beneath the Surface, the first book in Lynn H. Blackburn’s Dive Team Investigations series. Leigh Weston, the heroine of Beneath the Surface, is a nurse practitioner who was adopted from a Chinese orphanage as a young child.

There is a fabulous cast of characters in this series, and just wait until you meet the handsome and charming Investigator Gabe Chavez, who is a supporting character in this novel. He completely stole my heart in Beneath the Surface, and I was thrilled when he finally had his own story told in the third book in the series.

One Final Breath, the third and final book of the series released in September 2019, so if you haven’t had a chance to read this wonderful series, here is the perfect chance to get some binge reading done!

Photo courtesy of Lynn H. Blackburn’s Facebook page

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ABOUT THE BOOK

After a harrowing experience with an obsessed patient, oncology nurse practitioner Leigh Weston needed a change. She thought she’d left her troubles behind when she moved home to Carrington, North Carolina, and took a job in the emergency department of the local hospital. But when someone tampers with her brakes, she fears the past has chased her into the present. She reaches out to her high school friend turned homicide investigator, Ryan Parker, for help.

Ryan finds satisfaction in his career, but his favorite way to use his skills is as a volunteer underwater investigator with the Carrington County Sheriff’s Office dive team. When the body of a wealthy businessman is discovered in Lake Porter, the investigation uncovers a possible serial killer–one with a terrifying connection to Leigh Weston and deadly implications for them all.

Dive into the depths of fear with an exciting new voice in romantic suspense. Award-winning author Lynn H. Blackburn grabs readers by the throat and doesn’t let go until the final heart-pounding page.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lynn H. Blackburn is the author of Beneath the SurfaceIn Too Deep, 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) and experimenting with recipes that feed both body and soul. She lives in Simpsonville, South Carolina, with her true love, Brian, and their three children.

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Book Review: Beneath the Surface

Happy Friday, Reader Friends!

Today I’m bringing you a book review of Lynn H. Blackburn’s Beneath the Surface. Leight Watson, the heroine in this book, was adopted from China. She’s in desperate need of protection and Investigator Ryan Parker is just the man.


About the Book

The Blurb: “After a harrowing experience with an obsessed patient, oncology nurse practitioner Leigh Weston needed a change. She thought she’d left her troubles behind when she moved home to Carrington, North Carolina, and took a job in the emergency department of the local hospital. But when someone tampers with her brakes, she fears the past has chased her into the present. She reaches out to her high school friend turned homicide investigator, Ryan Parker, for help.

Ryan finds satisfaction in his career, but his favorite way to use his skills is as a volunteer underwater investigator with the Carrington County Sheriff’s Office dive team. When the body of a wealthy businessman is discovered in Lake Porter, the investigation uncovers a possible serial killer–one with a terrifying connection to Leigh Weston and deadly implications for them all.

Dive into the depths of fear with an exciting new voice in romantic suspense. Award-winning author Lynn H. Blackburn grabs readers by the throat and doesn’t let go until the final heart-pounding page.”

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Review

This is a great start to a new series. Book 1 in the Dive Team Investigations, Ms. Blackburn has set up a great group that you want to get to know more of. The hero and heroine in this book were refreshingly different in my opinion. The heroine has some anxiety, but she’s determined not to let it shake her. I love that!

The hero wants to do right by Ms. Watson which ranks him high on the hero skill. Throw in an over protective big brother and you have a great romance.

But that’s not all this book is. The suspense is fantastic! I couldn’t figure out who did it until the story revealed it. I loved that because I was guessing throughout the entire story on who I thought was the bad guy. I did feel like there were some loose ends in the bad guy’s story. I’m not sure if those will be revealed in book 2 or I’ll be left to wonder forever.

Regardless, this is a series I’ll continue to read.


About the Author

Lynn Huggins 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) and experimenting with recipes that feed both body and soul. She lives in South Carolina with her true love, Brian, and their three children. Her first book, COVERT JUSTICE (Love Inspired Suspense), won the 2016 Selah Award for Mystery and Suspense and the 2016 Carol Award for Short Novel. Her second book, HIDDEN LEGACY (Love Inspired Suspense), released in June 2017 and her new Dive Team Investigations series kicks off in March of 2018 with BENEATH THE SURFACE (Revell).

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