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Veronica Forand | Split Second Decision


True Peril
Veronica Forand

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True Lies #3

March 2016
On Sale: March 7, 2016
Featuring: Dane O’Brien; Trista Patterson
ISBN: 1633755770
EAN: 9781633755772
Kindle: B01BKN0BPY
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Also by Veronica Forand:
Christmas Blizzard Rescue, November 2023
London Calling, April 2019
Heartbreakers and Heroes, July 2016
True Peril, March 2016

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People either rise to circumstances or fall apart in a crisis. A gunman walks into a school and out emerges a few heroes who save the day. What about the other people in the same incident? Some may hide, others might keep children calm just by remaining composed under stress. There are other individuals who may do the wrong thing, and the outcome is dark and ugly. Those split moment decisions say a lot about people, but they don’t always tell the whole story. Luck, perspective, and instinct can also play a part in a person’s reactions.

The few times in my life when I’ve been in dangerous situations, I didn’t always make the best decision. If I could go back I time, I would turn into Wonder Woman and become the hero of my own story, but life doesn’t give rewinds. So instead, I’m left to ponder why I made the decisions I did.

When I lived in Paris as a college student, the university warned us against going to Sacre Coeur at night. The place had a reputation as a hangout for young people. It was also a dangerous place filled with pickpockets and street thugs. Being young and stupid, my friend and I decided not only to head over to Sacre Coeur, but to head over there by Metro at night. Two blonde American females with more bravado than brains. A group of about six men took notice and surrounded us the minute we stepped out of the Metro station. My friend, instincts in tact, slowly backed out of the group so if she needed to run, she could. Me? I remained in the middle of everything until someone took hold of my collar. Split second decision. I punched him. Straight in the gut. It couldn’t have hurt, but it sure shocked him. He released my collar, and we bolted into the Metro and back to our apartment. The punch was a dumb move. If I hadn’t shocked him, he might have punched back, or pulled a knife, or worse. Sometimes lucky breaks bring a lot of soul searching. While I like to think I use my brains in tense situations, I didn’t. Instead, I did something dumb and was darn lucky.

Years later, I enjoyed a picnic on the banks of a river with my children and my friend and her children. A beautiful day. The children frolicked in the water, and the moms chatted about all the things moms chat about. A crack overhead grabbed our attention. A huge branch started to fall. Split second decision. I pushed myself backwards to safety. My friend, however, dove in the other direction, toward the children, a completely selfless action that could have saved lives. While the branch missed us all, I was devastated. Why didn’t I have the ability to rescue my children in a time of need?

Why? Because it was a split second decision. My line of vision and my brain might have assessed that the children were okay, or my brain may have overridden everything to protect myself. I might have instinctually known that the kids were out of harm’s way, but I think there was more to it. It was part instinct, part perspective, and part luck. Maybe my friend had been looking at the kids while we were talking. When the branch broke, her focus was aimed in their direction. Whatever it was that made the decision, it’s over. There’s no going back.

My characters have to make split second decisions all the time, and some of the decisions go horribly wrong.

A split second decision. Have you ever had to make one? What was the end result?

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About TRUE PERIL

True Peril

She's this assassin's toughest assignment ever...
Socialite Trista Patterson has turned her back on her life of privilege and dedicated herself to helping others. Her mission to protect the world’s children often takes her into the bleak and violent underbelly of third world countries. When a kidnapping attempt goes wrong, Trista quickly finds herself running for her life...and married to a man she just met...as she’s placed at the top of the Cartel’s most wanted list.

Some days no good deed goes unpunished.
Dane O’Brien has spent his life in the shadows. Once a lethal assassin he grew tired of losing his soul with every hit, trading his gun and missions for a conference table and office politics as an undercover operative for the CIA. But when visiting his humanitarian sister turns deadly, Dane finds himself swearing to protect her beautiful and passionate friend Trista no matter the cost...even if it means stepping back into the world he swore never to return to. Although falling for the tough-hearted Trista is easy, keeping her alive is hard.

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About Veronica Forand

Veronica Forand

A Bostonian by birth, Veronica Forand regrettably lost her Boston accent while moving from state to state and country to country. Cleveland probably had the most profound effect on her ability to pronounce the "r" in the word "park."

She does try to return now and then to visit family and eat long neck clams and lobster. Summers on Cape Cod are also high on the priority list.

Her experience in crime involves time as a court appointed attorney. Eventually, she switched fields to where bigger crimes take place, corporate tax. The allure of spending mornings in her pajamas homeschooling her children and writing fascinating fiction caused her to change careers again. Now that the kids are out of the house (in school), she writes romantic thrillers by day and is the perfect wife and mother at night.

Her experience in romance is limited to one man. Luckily, he's still finding ways to charm her by taking her on vacations to the south of France, Fiji, and the Green Mountains when time is short. Avid travelers, they love to roam with their kids across continents in pursuit of skiing, scuba diving, and the perfect piece of chocolate.

She's lived in London, Paris, Geneva, Washington D.C., and the accent destroying city of Cleveland. She currently resides near Philadelphia.

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Comments

3 comments posted.

Re: Veronica Forand | Split Second Decision

Someone tried to mug me and in the shock of the moment, I
behaved indignantly instead of handing over money. Still
don't know what was wrong with me. In the end the mugger
decided I was too much trouble to bother with and left.
(G. Bisbjerg 12:36pm April 15, 2016)

I have been surprised a few times in my life... seeing that I was able to function in crazy moments... then breakdown after...
(Colleen Conklin 12:55pm April 15, 2016)

I once ran after some Teenage Would be burglers - it was
by chance that my hubbys crowbar was in the laundery... I
ran after them screaming like a banshee with it, that I
was going to whoop their Arses for being such lowlives
and that their parents were going to have a surprise when
I dumped their sorry arses on their doorsteps! They ran
like the clappers into the dark, I was so mad. I kept my
kids away from the door they had touched but the cops
weren't interested (and we wonder why crime escalates!)
and said they could arrest me for brandishing a weapon in
the street... needless to say its a good job they got
away but I was mad that the cops had their priorities
wrong. 3 mths later they broke into the lady across the
street... when the cops came asking if I saw anything, I
told the cops that maybe they should have acted last time
and to stop wasting my time - I found out they had
turned into quite a little crime spree ring of 15yr olds.
I often think if I had caught them maybe they would have
had a consequence that may have stopped them thinking
larceny was an easy pastime.
(Kat Smith 8:16pm April 18, 2016)

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