Hi, reader friends! Today, we welcome back our author friend Sherri Shackelford to celebrate her new release, No Safe Place, with a guest post and Prism Book Tours giveaway! Sherri is sharing some of her fascinating research with us and she’s put together a wonderful giveaway prize you won’t want to miss!
author guest post
Tips on Hiding
When I bought the book, Playing Dead: A Journey Through the World of Death Fraud, my husband was a little worried. The book was written by Elizabeth Greenwood, and I used her name as the inspiration for my heroine, Beth Greenwood.
The book is a fascinating look into the underground world of ‘making people disappear.’ Believe it or not, there’s an entire underground industry dedicated to helping people fake their death—should the need arise.
Some fun facts:
- You’ll need about $30,000 to disappear. Start saving.
- Overwhelmingly, people disappear to avoid debts rather than to flee bad love affairs.
- Pretending you’ve drowned virtually guarantees you’ll be caught. Think about a disappearing while on a hike, instead.
Beth, my heroine, was the daughter of a cop who worked with some shady characters over the years. Beth uses these contacts to begin the process of disappearing. The hardest part, it turns out, is the human factor. Documents can be forged, and histories can be created, but the first time you call home to wish your mom a ‘happy birthday’, the gig is up. Depending on what you’ve done and who you’re running from, there’s a good chance your mom’s phone has been tapped.
Years ago, I was watching a documentary about a bank robber. He did everything right. He walked away from his family without a backward glance. He started a new life across the country. He didn’t go on a spending spree with his ill-gotten gains. Instead, he saved and spent his money wisely—except for one minor splurge: He bought a fancy car.
I guess if you’ve successfully robbed a bank, you can’t resist a little treat for yourself. Unfortunately for our bank robber, a sheriff lived in the same neighborhood. Each day when the sheriff left for work, he’d wonder how a regular guy could afford such a fancy car. The sheriff figured the guy was dealing drugs, and he decided to do a little digging. Instead of uncovering a drug ring, the sheriff solved a twenty-year-old bank robbery.
Had our guy bought a Volvo, he’d probably still be on the lam.
Disappearing in the twenty-first century comes with a unique set of challenges. Paying cash isn’t easy to do these days. Action hero, Jack Reacher, travels by bus to ‘stay off the grid’. Personally, I’d rather pay my debts and stay on the grid than ride the bus!
I think most of us would have a hard time leaving our family and friends forever. Do you think you could successfully disappear if you had to?!
about the book
No Safe Place by Sherri Shackelford
Christian Romantic Suspense
Paperback & ebook, 224 Pages
January 1st 2019 by Love Inspired Suspense
He lives by the law.
She’s running for her life.
After forensic accountant Beth Greenwood uncovers a money-laundering scheme tying her company to the organization that murdered her mentor, she knows she needs to go into hiding. With ruthless killers in pursuit, she’s forced to rely on homeland security agent Corbin Ross’s protection—even as his investigation suggests Beth is complicit in embezzlement.
Can their uneasy alliance develop into something deeper—and keep them alive?
about the author
A former naval reservist with a top-secret security clearance, Sherri writes rapid-fire suspense featuring captivating characters and heart-pounding romance. She’s authored more than a dozen novels for Harper Collins publishing, including both historical and contemporary suspense.
One winner will receive”A Little Bit More Romance Box,” which includes the following items in a Decorative Box (pictured): Romance Bubble Bath, Classic Cover Harlequin Notebook, Collectible Addition Book of Romance Poems, Romance Bath Bomb, Scented Candle, Fuzzy Socks, and Books: No Safe Place and His Substitute Mail-Order Bride by Sherri Shackelford, and Undercover Memories by Lenora Worth!
US only | Ends January 23, 2019
Did y’all get a good look at that giveaway prize?!
It’s a reader’s dream day in a box! I love it!
Sherri asks, “Do you think you could successfully disappear if you had to?!” Leave your answer in the comments!