Fan Friday With Guest Author Sandra Orchard – Book Give Away

Today for Fan Friday I am delighted to introduce a friend and award-winning romantic suspense author Sandra Orchard. Sandra hails from Niagara, Canada. She writes for Love Inspired Suspense and is currently working on a three-book series called Port Aster Secrets, for Revell Publishing. Sandra enjoys offering her readers “extras” to enhance their experience of her books. You can check out these, along with other resources for readers and writers, at her website:

You can also connect at: and

Leave a comment to enter the drawing for a free copy of her new book!


Michelle thank you so much for the invitation to tell your readers about my newest Love Inspired Suspense.

Critical Condition is the final book in my Undercover Cops series, and I am so excited to finally be able to tell Zach’s story. Zach was the sidekick of the hero in my first book, and quickly took over my heart.
What I figured out by the end of that first book, but only hinted at to my readers was that Zach was a widower.

Here’s the exchange in the final chapter of Deep Cover where Zach tries to talk some sense into his thick-headed partner:

“Listen to me, because I’m only going to say this once. A love like Ginny’s comes around once in a lifetime, and you’d better cling to it with everything you’ve got, because one day you’re going to wake up and realize God wanted to give you so much more than you were willing to let Him. And you threw it away.”

   “It’s easy to dispense advice when it’s somebody else’s life on the line,” Rick snapped. “Have you ever even had a serious relationship?”

   Zach sucked in a breath, as if he’d been punched in the gut. As if maybe he knew what he was talking about … from experience.

I love wounded heroes, the kind who resist love, not because they’ve been burned by it, but because they’ve experienced love in all its sweetness, endured its loss, and can’t imagine being twice blessed.

I love them because they recognize that love is a gift to be cherished. And because they’ve proven that they’re in for the long haul no matter what.
In the opening of Critical Condition, Zach finds himself working undercover, as an IT consultant, in the last place he wants to be. Here:

He followed Barb into the happy hum of staff sharing cake and juice with patients—smiling patients, clothed in bathrobes and brightly colored caps. The kind of caps that masked chemo-razed hair.

His stomach knotted into a hard, tight ball.

He’d held his palm to spurting bullet wounds, wrestled drug-crazed addicts, immobilized the fractured bones of abused wives. But not one of those encounters had hit him like this, with this unnerving sense that if he looked one of these patients in the eyes, his grip on his emotions would completely unravel. 

Thanks to the suspicions of a nurse on the cancer ward, Josh has been tasked with figuring out if a sudden rash of inexplicable deaths are the work of a killer. To protect Tara, Zach lets her in on his secret, and unwittingly into his heart. She and her three-year-old daughter are like the family he lost years before. And Zach will risk everything to keep them safe.

Ahh, I love him. He has flaws as every good hero must, but he cherishes the women he loves. And he doesn’t back down from calling other men to task when they don’t, as he did with one no-good ex-husband:

“You vowed to honor and protect her. Cherish her. Do you even know the meaning of the word?”

And in case you were wondering, besides the romance, the story has an “edge of your seat” mystery, too… at least that’s how one book club member described it on my FB page. ~grin~

I hope you’ll agree!!

Your Turn: What’s your favorite kind of hero?


About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

11 thoughts on “Fan Friday With Guest Author Sandra Orchard – Book Give Away

  1. I love the heroes who are tough enough to beat up the bad guys but gentle enough to cuddle a newborn or crawl around on the floor with a toddler playing with toys.

  2. PS. I love suspense novels but they keep me up too late at night trying to solve the mystery. I’ve had my daughters read some of the LIS suspense books since they don’t get into mom’s historicals.

  3. Melissa Tagg says:

    My favorite kind of hero is a flawed, but noble one. Like Rafe in Susan May Warren’s Taming Rafe–awww. 🙂 Love the sound of your hero too, Sandra!

  4. I love romantic suspense/mystery. 🙂 I like wounded heroes too. They aren’t cocky, and they don’t see their worth–even though it’s very great!

  5. Bonnie, Melissa and Lindsay, I’m so enjoying reading your answers. I’m a fan of Rafe, too. 🙂 thanks for having me today Michelle!

  6. Sara White says:

    Would love to win a copy of this book. I love romantic supense stories.

  7. Love your writing! And if I don’t win Critical Condition, I’ll be off to buy it! Excited about your Revell series.

  8. jackielayton says:

    Congrats on your new book. Can’t wait to read Zach’s story. Would love to win it.

  9. Thanks for throwing your names in the hat, Sara, Pat and Jackie.

  10. Veronica says:

    I love cop stories! This looks great!

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