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The UNPLANNED Bloopers

A first-year college student adjusting to life in the States.
A brand-new pregnancy center desperate for new volunteers.
A mysterious phone call from a girl who’s far too young to be pregnant.


UNPLANNED
from award-winning suspense novelist Alana Terry

After volunteering at a crisis pregnancy center, Kennedy Stern finds herself a pawn in a deadly game of intrigue, at the mercy of those who consider a few innocent lives a small ransom to pay for victory.

One of my favorite things to share when I release a new novel is the blooper reel. I type really fast, and my fingers almost always get ahead of my brain. When I’m dictating instead of typing, my computer program is even more likely to come up with hilarious approximations to what I really tried to say.

I hope you enjoy the Unplanned blooper reel as much as I did.

(Also, be sure to see below to get your own pre-release copy of Unplanned before it hits the bookstores.)

Bloopers from Unplanned

Dictation Errors (My computer tries to understand my voice. It really does. But sometimes it fails epically.)

Her voice was too horse to allow her to talk on the phone. (Unless you’re Mr. Ed the talking horse, you probably don’t have that problem.)

Her heart was sobbing so hard when she got back to the couch. (Well, I guess if I was trying to get all poetic and emo it might have worked, but I imagine a sobbing heart would require a defibrillator or something.)

A man in uniform stood over Kennedy’s dad. (That’s supposed to be bed. If Kennedy’s dad hadn’t been overseas in China, you may have overlooked it.)

Dustin stretched his cheek. (Unless you do crazy yoga exercises with your face every day, you probably can’t do this. At least not as well as he does. You probably can, however, scratch your cheek without straining a muscle.)

She flashed the rest of breakfast down the toilet. (This is just wrong on so many different levels.)

Her salsa turned into loud, terrified shrieks. (No, this isn’t a line from Revenge of the Tacos. It was supposed to say Her sobs had.)

My Errors (I can’t blame these on a dictation program, a computer slipup, or anything besides my own overworked fingers or foggy brain.)

From where she sat, Kennedy could see his profile at an angle. (Aren’t all profiles seen at an angle?)

She flung her eyes open at the sound of a muffled Braham’s Lullaby coming from her bookback. (What’s a bookback, you’d like to know? I think it’s a cross between a book bag and a backpack, but I’m really not sure.)

Reuben and Willow were really the only people who would really care if she vanished. Had she really not made any other friends? (These two sentences have way too many instances of a particular word. They really do.)

By the time the image of his family finished loading, she had already read the captain. (I still don’t know if that’s Captain Ahab, Captain Picard, or Captain Crunch. I never got the chance to ask. I was too busy wondering what the caption said.)

Kennedy winced as her wrist cut against the handcuff. (I have heard of handcuffs cutting wrists before, but never the other way around. At least not until now. This does, however, make for a fun tongue twister.)

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A first-year college student adjusting to life in the States.
A brand-new pregnancy center desperate for new volunteers.
A mysterious phone call from a girl who’s far too young to be pregnant.


UNPLANNED
from award-winning suspense novelist Alana Terry

After volunteering at a crisis pregnancy center, Kennedy Stern finds herself a pawn in a deadly game of intrigue, at the mercy of those who consider a few innocent lives a small ransom to pay for victory.

(Be sure to see below to get your own pre-release copy of Unplanned before it hits the bookstores.)

Protagonist Kennedy Stern vs. Author Alana Terry
(a video interview)

It’s always fun to learn how much of themselves authors put into their characters. For Alana Terry, it can be a whole lot! In her new Christian suspense series, the main character Kennedy Stern is a lot like Alana was in college. They both were in school in the Boston area, they both were pre-med students, and they both loved Russian literature. Watch the four-minute video to learn about even more similarities.



WANT YOUR OWN COPY OF UNPLANNED NOW?

Unplanned is the newest Christian suspense novel from award-winning author, Alana Terry. PRE-ORDER the ebook today, fill out the form below, and receive:

  • a pre-release copy of Unplanned (no waiting for launch day)
  • the Unplanned Bonus Materials (go behind-the-scenes with deleted scenes, bloopers, character studies, and more!)
  • 30 Days of Prayer to End Abortion devotional
  • an exclusive 20-minute video from the author answering readers’ frequently asked questions (includes  the story of the mysterious phone call Alana received that was the basis for the novel)
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Torn Asunder by Alana Terry

Torn Asunder is the newest suspense novel from award-winning author Alana Terry. Torn Asunder is the story of Hannah and Simon, two North Korean refugees who sneak back into their country to serve as underground missionaries. In this world of spies, secret police, and informants, Simon and Hannah learn that staying together won’t just compromise their ministry. It could cost them both their lives.
 
Torn Asunder launches today for just 99 cents, and all book sale proceeds today support the work of Liberty in North Korea, an organization that runs an underground railroad for North Korean refugees. You can get the paperback or the ebook for 99 cents for a limited time only. And remember the best news ~ Your purchase will help save a North Korean refugee!
Excerpt from Torn Asunder:


Simon gritted his teeth. His head felt like it was sinking. The general kept his voice level and pleasant as he slipped the device over Simon’s pinky. “Now, you just tell me who you delivered your Bibles to, and I’ll let you leave here with everything intact.”Simon tried to swallow. His whole jaw was swollen from his scuffle in the woods. He shut his eyes and hoped the general couldn’t feel him tremble.

General Sin chuckled to himself. “Silly me. I forgot.” He slid the device off Simon’s finger. “This kind of tool won’t work on a big, strong man like you.” He strode over to Hannah and yanked her hand before Simon could even cry out. He jammed her ring finger into the opening.

Simon struggled against his iron restraints. “Let her go!”

Hannah sucked in her breath. General Sin still glared at Simon. “This is your last chance. Give me the names, and I’ll release her unharmed.”

Simon’s field of vision blurred over. He wanted to scream. The metal from his handcuffs sliced open his wrists. He pictured himself breaking free and tackling the general to the ground.

“Better talk.” General Sin yawned. “I hate getting my uniform messy.”

Hannah’s hand trembled, but she didn’t make a noise.

“Three …”

Simon clenched his jaw, unable to tear his face away from Hannah’s wide, terrified eyes.

“Two …”





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Torn Asunder is the upcoming release from award-winning Christian suspense novelist Alana Terry. You can pre-order Torn Asunder on amazon now for only 99 cents and have it delivered right to you when it’s released in December. As an added bonus, Alana, along with recording artist Cherie Norquay, is offering free downloads of one of the songs featured in Torn Asunder.

Synopsis: After graduating from the Secret Seminary, Hannah and Simon are ready to return to their homeland. Their training has equipped them to carry the gospel to a country ravaged by darkness and despair. If necessary, they’re even prepared to face the North Korean labor camps, but the hardest part of their mission isn’t the hunger, cold, and incessant danger. The hardest part is cutting off contact with one another.

In this world of spies, secret police, and informants, staying together might not just compromise their ministry. It could cost them both their lives.

A Christian romantic suspense from the author of The Beloved Daughter, which won awards from Women of Faith, Grace Awards, Readers’ Favorite, The Book Club Network, and more.

Pre-order Torn Asunder for only 99 cents or enter the giveaway below! You can also sign up to get a free mp3 song download from Cherie Norquay, whose work is put out by Grammy-award-winning producer, Phil Naish, and whose lyrics helped inspire certain scenes in Torn Asunder. Click below or get her free song downloads here. (Several of her song lyrics also appear in the novel itself.)

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