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Safeguarding the Witness: Q & A with Laurie Winter + Enter to Win


Safeguarding the Witness JustRead Blog + Review Tour

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Safeguarding the Witness by Laurie Winter, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

About the Book

Safeguarding the Witness

Title: Safeguarding the Witness
Series: The Protectors
: Laurie Winter
Publisher: Inspirational The Protectors Collection (Love Inspired Suspense)
Release Date
: April 25, 2023
: Christian Romantic Suspense
A treasure worth killing for…  
Unless the bodyguard can protect them 
Kayla Swartz’s return to Snowberry, Montana, has been a living nightmare. She found her estranged father murdered, and unless she retrieves some missing jewels, Kayla and her three-year-old sister could be next. With nowhere else to turn, Kayla entrusts their lives to bodyguard Nicholas Galanis. But is hiding at a remote cabin in the mountains their best chance to survive…or the perfect opportunity for an ambush?

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About the Author

Laurie Winter

Multiple award-winning author Laurie Winter is a true warrior of the heart. Inspired by her dreams, she creates authentic characters who overcome the odds and find true love. She keeps her life balanced with jogging and binge-watching true-crime shows. When not pounding the pavement or the keyboard, she's enjoying time with her family, who are scattered between Wisconsin and Michigan. Laurie has three kids and one fantastic husband, all who inspire her to chase her dreams.

Connect with Laurie by visiting lauriewinter.com to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates.

Author Interview

Welcome, Laurie! Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions and allowing my readers a chance to get to know you and your new book Safeguarding the Witness.

I like to start these interviews the same way, with something fun to break the ice. Can you share 5 random facts about you that we will not find in your bio?

1.      I volunteer as a CASA—Court Appointed Special Advocate.
2.      I’m a huge dog lover and share my house with a border collie and a collie mix.
3.      My favorite travel destination is Turks and Caicos Islands.
4.      I enjoy camping.
5.      My favorite classic book is Wuthering Heights.

When did you first discover you had a passion for writing?

About seven years ago, I got the idea for a story that wouldn’t go away. I decided to try writing a book and became hooked. That idea became my first published story, HOME FIELD.

What drew you to romantic suspense?

I love reading romantic suspense because the stories might be a little scary but you know there’s a guaranteed happy ending.

As a suspense writer, what’s the most incriminating search we might find in your history from research?

Probably searching for a drug that would render a person unconscious for a short while but not kill them.

If you had to describe your hero and heroine in this story in just three words each, what would they be?

Kayla—guarded damaged heart; Nicolas—naturally fierce protector

Can you tell us a little bit more about Safeguarding the Witness?

It’s my debut Harlequin book! Along with pulse pounding action and suspense, Safeguarding the Witness deals with strong emotions, such as regret and forgiveness. The heroine has been wronged in the past and has every reason to not return home when her father asks for help. Her answering his call and coming to protect her little sister starts her on a path toward forgiveness and healing.

What was the most challenging part of bringing this story to life? The most rewarding?

I find writing a satisfying romance the hardest part in writing romantic suspense. In order for a reader to invest in a story and root for the hero and heroine, they have to feel the emotions the characters are feeling. The hero and heroine have to be perfect for one another yet have huge obstacles standing in their way to a happy every after. I hope I did a good job in Safeguarding the Witness of bringing Kayla and Nicolas's love story to life.

What do you hope readers will take away from the book?

I hope readers will fall in love with all the characters in the story as much as I have. My favorite character is Kayla’s therapy dog, Sasha, who I know will steal hearts.

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions. Before you go, where can readers follow along to see what’s coming next?

My next Harlequin romantic suspense is part of their Cold Case line and will be released in January 2024, titled HUNTED BY A KILLER. 

Tour Giveaway

(1) winner will receive a $50 Amazon gift card & signed copy of Safeguarding the Witness

Safeguarding the Witness JustRead giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight April 24, 2023 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on May 1, 2023. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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  1. Great interview, thank you for sharing.

  2. wonderful interview! Thanks for being on the tour :)

  3. Thank you for sharing this interview

  4. Thank you for the awesome giveaway! Congrats on the book!

  5. This looks like a great book! Love the cover! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Sounds like my kind of book.

  7. I think it is interesting that Laurie Winter like to binge-watching true-crime shows because I do too!

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