Spotlight & Giveaway: Classified K-9 Unit Christmas by Terri Reed

Posted December 6th, 2017 by in Blog, Spotlight / 41 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome author Terri Reed to HJ!

Hi Terri and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, Classified K-9 Unit Christmas!

Hello, I’m super excited to be here today. I love the holiday season and can’t wait to share a bit about me and my latest release.

Please summarize the book for the readers here:

Classified K-9 Unit Christmas-2 in 1 novella
Yuletide Stalking…the last thing anyone needed at Christmas was a firebug on the loose. FBI agent Tim Ramsey and his accelerant-detecting K-9 partner, a German shepherd named Frodo, must protect baker Vickie Petrov after she witnesses an arsonist set a building on fire. Soon it’s apparent the serial arsonist is now stalking Vickie. Tim and Frodo must use all their skills to ensure Vickie lives to see the New Year.

Please share the opening lines of this book:

The cold December night air smelled of burned rubber and the lingering acrid odor of consuming flames. If not for the quick response of the Billings, Montana, fire department, the downtown tire store would have been a total loss. Agent Tim Ramsey, a junior member of the FBI Tactical K-9 Unit headquartered in Billings, sat back on his haunches next to his canine partner.


Please share a few Fun facts about this book…

The heroine and her family are Ukrainian . I have a fondness for the Ukrainian people. In 2011 my family traveled to the Ukraine to spend time with friends and to visit with children in several villages. We played games, shared stories and sang. The country was beautiful and the people of the Ukraine were so loving and accepting. I really enjoyed the food and learning about a culture that was different yet similar. I hope to go back one day.


Please tell us a little about the characters in your book. As you wrote your protagonist was there anything about them that surprised you?

FBI agent Tim Ramsey was a confirmed bachelor. It was fun to draw him out of his self-imposed isolation. What surprised me about Tim was how vulnerable he could be. I hadn’t planned for that. Vickie Petrov had been hurt both physically and emotionally in the past by someone she’d thought had cared for her. She had to learn to trust Tim with not only her life but her heart. Vickie made me proud by facing her fears, something I have a hard time doing in my own life.


If your book was optioned for a movie, what scene would you use for the audition of the main characters and why?

I would use the following scene because its one of the first interactions between the hero and heroine.

Vickie lifted her chin as if steeling herself to talk to him. There was apprehension in her gaze. “I was taking out the garbage when I smelled cigarette smoke.”
“Did you smell gasoline, too?” Anticipation revved in Tim’s veins. “So you saw the person?”
She frowned. “No gasoline. It all happened so fast. I only caught a glimpse of his face in the shadows.”
“Maybe with the help of a forensic artist, you’d be able to describe him enough for us to get an ID.” This could be the break in the case they needed.
“I could try.” Her tone suggested she doubted her success.
Tim had seen the FBI forensic artist work wonders with witnesses who were convinced they had nothing to offer. “You saw the guy start the fire?”
He glanced at the shelter. The flames had rapidly crawled up the building. Not the same modus operandi as the previous fires. But he wouldn’t know for sure until the fire chief gave him the all clear to work the scene, which might not be until tomorrow.
“No. I only heard it after…”
Tim focused back on her. “After?”
“Maybe he dropped the cigarette when he grabbed me.”
Her softly spoken words clanged through Tim’s brain like a fire alarm. “He grabbed you? Why didn’t you lead with that?” This took things to a whole new level.


What do you want people to take away from reading this book?

I would like readers to have a deeper understanding of accelerant-detecting dogs and arson investigations as well as having spine tingling suspense story and a sigh worthy romance.


What are you currently working on? What other releases do you have planned for 2017?

This is my last book for 2017. However, I just finished the prequel and the first book on the upcoming 2018 Love Inspired Suspense continuity featuring military working dogs and their handlers. The Military K-9 Unit kicks off with a short story, Tracking Danger, which releases in March and then opens with Mission to Protect which releases in April. A serial killer is on the loose and terrorizing Canyon Air Force base in Texas. The brave K-9’s and their handles must bring the villain to justice before more lives are lost.

Thanks for blogging at HJ!


Giveaway: 3 copies of Guardian, book 1 of the Classified K-9 Unit series, chocolate and sparkly ornament. (US residents only)
To international readers, I will gifted via Amazon, 3 copies of Agent-in-Training, the Classified K-9 Unit prequel novella.

Six winners!


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Excerpt from Classified K-9 Unit Christmas:

A slither of sensation along her nape raised the fine hairs at the base of her skull. She glanced behind her. No one was there.
Paranoid much? she asked herself. She studied the cars passing by on the street, remembering the squeal of tires when the dark sedan had tried to run her and Tim down.
“It would be shorter cutting across the community park than staying on the sidewalk,” Vickie said, as they neared the corner where the street diverged around the tree-filled green space.
The sense of being watched shivered across her flesh, again urging her to move quickly into the park. Officer Reeves marched along a few paces behind her.
An odd sound had her glancing back to ask if he was okay, but the words died on her tongue. The officer was face-first in the snow, the box he’d been carrying beside him. Had he fallen?
She spun awkwardly, intending to rush to his aid, but was stopped by hands clamping down on her shoulders and dragging her backward. She dropped the box in her arms as a wave of fear crashed into her, stealing her breath.
Jerking and twisting in an effort to free herself, she jabbed her elbows backward, but her assailant kept out of reach. An arm wrapped around her neck, pressing painfully against her throat.
A male voice hissed into her ear, “You’ll pay for talking to the cops.”
Clawing at the arm choking her, she tried to make sense of his words. Pay? “Please! Let me go.”
Panic fueled by adrenaline infused her. She couldn’t be a victim. Not again.
Save me, Lord.
She kicked backward and tore at the arm holding her. Her attacker lifted her off her feet and slammed her to the ground, burying her face into the snow. Icy wetness stung her cheeks and slipped beneath the collar of her coat. She kicked and punched as best she could, but the lack of oxygen caused the world to swim and fade. She was being choked and smothered.
Please, Lord, I don’t want to die like this.
From a distance she heard a dog’s furious barking.
Spots danced before her eyes. Her lungs ached. Terror ripped at her mind. She despaired of ever seeing Tim or her parents again as the world went dark.
Horror electrified Tim’s blood as he brought his SUV to a screeching halt at the curb beside the community park. A man wearing a black hoodie and ski mask had Vickie on the ground in a chokehold.
Using the fob on his key chain, Tim popped open Frodo’s compartment. The dog bolted from the vehicle and sprinted forward in a burst of muscle and ferocious barking.
The assailant shot to his feet and ran in the opposite direction.
Tim jumped from his SUV. Heart hammering in his chest, he raced through the snow. “Halt! FBI!”
Frodo leaped in the air and bit down on the man’s arm. The suspect let out a howl of pain, then twisted out of the jacket he wore, leaving Frodo with a mouthful of material. The dog spat it out and resumed his chase, easily gaining on the perpetrator.
When the assailant darted into the street, running directly into the path of the traffic, Tim feared for his partner’s safety and gave a sharp whistle. Frodo wheeled around and raced back to his side.

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Book Info:

A Killer Christmas by Lenora Worth

When FBI K-9 agent Nina Atkins thwarts an attempted murder, she becomes a target of the killer—the same hit man US Marshal Thomas Grant is tracking. Even caught in the crosshairs, Nina’s reluctant to share her case, but working with Thomas may be the only way to capture a murderer before she becomes his next victim.

Yuletide Stalking by Terri Reed

Determined to stop an arsonist with the help of his accelerant-detecting K-9 partner, FBI agent Tim Ramsey must protect the only witness. But when the criminal begins stalking Vickie Petrov, can Tim convince her to trust him…and help her survive to see another Christmas?
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Meet the Author:

Terri Reed’s romance and romantic suspense novels have appeared on Publisher’s Weekly top 25, Nielsen’s Bookscan top 100 and featured in USA Today, Christian Fiction Magazine and Romantic Times Magazine, finaled in RWA’s RITA contest, National Reader’s Choice Award contest, ACFW’s The Carol Award contest. Contact Terri @ or P.O. Box 19555 Portland, OR 97224
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41 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Classified K-9 Unit Christmas by Terri Reed”

  1. Shannon Capelle

    I do the same things as my grandma and great aunt did when i was younger. Pick out a tree as a family, decorate it and inside outside of house. Then we shop for presents for them to exchange with eachother and friends on Christmas eve. Then we all bake cookies together while listening to christmas music and make trays for family friends and neighbors. We eat a ham and sides for christmas eve and on Christmas day we host an italian meal for friends and family. I love these traditions and memories were making like what i had.

  2. Kay Garrett

    My favorite Christmas tradition was my Dad always arriving very early so he could go down the hall saying “Hohoho Santa’s been here!” and waking up my daughter to go see what was under the tree. It was a tradition that we all loved – including his granddaughter. When she had just turned a teenager, she actually woke up very early to get dressed and fixed up (you know teenagers when it comes to having their photos taken) and then crawled back into bed just so Pappaw could “wake her up” Christmas morning like he always did. I cherish these memories since both Dad and our daughter are together now having Christmas in heaven. <3

    Although our Christmas has changed over the years, it’s good to cherish old memories and create new ones. That is what traditions do. We just downsized and moved in our new home this year at the opposite end of the state. Been a lot of adjustments including this Christmas decorating since there’s not the room to put up the seven Christmas trees of the past. However, we will have new experiences and joys this year as we celebrate Christmas making new traditions and memories.

  3. Teresa Williams

    We all 35 get together at my sister’s Christmas eve.Then we party and eat lots of stuff

  4. Glenda

    We do the extended family Christmas on Christmas Eve and have smaller individual family Christmas mornings. We may visit homes later in the day but have a more relaxed Christmas morning. When all the couples were first married, we wanted to have together time in the morning, then in bacame important for the kids to have Santa at their houses… It works

  5. Jeanna Massman

    We always host a gathering for family and friends on Christmas Eve. It’s important because it’s a chance for us to reconnect and enjoy each other.

  6. Nancy Luebke

    One of our traditions is the Christmas letter and cards. When hubby was in the military, we made friends all over and I use this as a chance to touch base with them.

  7. Angel C

    We still have Breakfast for Christmas Eve dinner because it was my Dad’s way of helping mom and it helps my kids remember him

  8. Amanda Frank

    My extended family gets together Christmas Eve to celebrate, we switch off who has it, and it’s been done since my mom was young.

  9. lraines78

    We always have a Christmas Eve buffet and let the kids open one present. The kids are all grown up but they like this special tradition and will pass it on to their families. It has also made some fond memories.

  10. Ashley F.

    We usually go to the candlelight service at our church and open one present a piece on Christmas Eve. Not only does it make us feel closer but also reminds of us the important things.

  11. laurieg72

    We get together as a family to bake my MIL’s famous spritz cookie recipe. We then walk on Christmas Eve through the neighborhood to see all of the yard lights and decorations.

  12. kermitsgirl

    Besides the usual, my husband gives me an ornament every year that represents something that happened to us that year – some examples include “Our First Christmas” when we were dating, “Engaged” when we got engaged, and a diamond ring with wedding-attire Mickey and Minnie when we were married on a Disney cruise. Sometimes it’s silly, like Agent P wrapped up in Christmas lights when we discovered and binge-watched Phineas & Ferb on Netflix one summer.

    It’s a tradition his dad started with his mom and he continued it with me, and it’s something so special 🙂

  13. Kathleen O

    It has varied over the last few years. We usually end up on my oldest brother’s house now, either before or just after Christmas..

  14. Terri Reed

    Thank you Harlequin Junkie for feature Classified K-9 Unit. I am so grateful for the opportunity to share this book with you all. Especially because I was able to partner with Lenora Worth. She’s been an inspiration and a mentor to me over the years.

  15. Colleen C.

    We decorate together… enjoy the moments we have together whether opening gifts or sitting down for meals…

  16. Kathleen Bylsma

    Stockings, decorating the tree to A Christmas Carol are most important…family tradition and a reminder of all we have to be grateful for.

  17. Jana Leah

    We spend Christmas Eve day making treats for Santa. We spend the time talking & laughing & it’s something we can all do together.

  18. jovialvampyre

    The children’s Mass on Christmas Eve and then dinner together. Family togetherness is the important thread.

  19. Carole Smith

    Our traditions are to go to the Christmas Eve service, then dinner and game night. On Christmas we gather for dinner and gifts.

  20. Patricia B.

    I would love to do what my family did when I was a child, but the families are so scattered, it isn’t possible. My mother’s family would go to midnight mass together then go to my grandparents’ house for brunch afterwards. My mom was one of 9 siblings and I had 60 cousins. It made for a crowded and fun get-together. When we got home at 2AM or so, we would open our gifts, then go to bed. This allowed those who wanted to to sleep in Christmas morning. We would go to my other grandparents’ house for Christmas dinner. Not as crowded, Dad was one of 7 and there were only 10 grandchildren. Unfortunately, families are too scattered to do this today.

  21. wendy rinebold

    We have our family over on Xmas Eve and we do Xmas day on our own with just our small family.

  22. Stephanie Jenkins Ortiz Cerrillo

    We have gift exchange, food, Chinese gift exchange at my parents on Christmas Eve with siblings and extended family so our individual families can have Santa at home Christmas morning.

  23. BookLady

    We enjoy decorating the Christmas tree, exchanging gifts, baking cookies, and getting together for a special family dinner.

  24. Jen B

    We put on our Christmas records and decorate the tree. Dad does the lights and Mum and I do the rest. One of my earliest memories is my dad lifting me up to put the angel on the top of the tree.

  25. Terrill R.

    Volunteering at our church and our Christmas Eve service. Those are the best times and they truly are some of the reasons we celebrate Christmas.

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