Conspiracy and temptation … what could go wrong?
This is the question a reader might ask of Granite City author Tierney James, who recently released her second geopolitical thriller, “Winds of Deception.” James will be promoting her new novel at a book signing from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Johnson Road Library, 2145 Johnson Road.
This new book is the second in her “Enigma” series, following “An Unlikely Hero.” A third volume, entitled “Rooftop Angels,” is in the works. The series follows Tessa Scott, a stay-at-home mom living the American dream, who is suddenly thrown into a secret world of international terrorists. The life-and-death events Scott confronts not only affect her life but the course of the United States, as well. Assassination plots, misguided missiles, natural disasters and the mysterious self-possessed Captain Hunter lead this seemingly ordinary woman into high-velocity adventures.
With the creation of “Winds of Deception,” the author is working with one of the crew members of USS Liberty in hopes of helping him to obtain the coveted Medal of Honor.
Granite City locals may know James by her birth name, Patty Johnson. She resides in the Ozarks near Springfield, Mo., where she enjoys her family, gardening, reading and music.
James worked in education for more than 30 years, teaching world geography at colleges in Illinois and Missouri. She’s also served as a solar system ambassador for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab and attended Space Camp for Educators. On top of her writing and teaching, she is a world traveler, visiting places such as the Great Wall of China and the Okavango Delta of Botswana, Africa. For many years, she lived on a Native American reservation as well as a mining town, which fueled characters for her stories such as the romantic-suspense tale “The Rescued Heart.”
James also has written two informative children’s books, “Zombie Meatloaf” and “There’s a Superhero in the Library.”
The full-time writer boasts a busy schedule, including workshops for beginning writers, speaking at schools, blog hunting and serving as an officer in the writing group Sleuths’ Ink. She has been invited by New York Times best-selling authors to an upcoming fundraiser in Boston.
“The fundraiser is for Mission K9 Rescue, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the service of retiring and retired military and contract working dogs,” she said.
“Winds of Deception” and her other books are available for sale online at Amazon.com in Kindle and paperback editions. Readers can learn more about Tierney and her literary work by visiting her blog at www.ptierney.blogspot.com.
“Now that I’m getting more well-known, I suppose it’s time for (a website),” she says. “A website is in the works.”
For information on the book signing, call (618) 452-6244.