New Release Final Strike by Vanessa M. Knight #Books #RomanticSuspense

Wow. Brutal… Family can be the most toxic place on Earth.

Final Strike by Vanessa M. Knight will release October 13 in the Romantic Suspense genre.

Julie Connolly thought she had perfected the art of emotional eating, but ever since she learned of her father’s passing, she’s taken it to new heights. The bastard has figured out how to destroy her life from the grave.

Her father’s proposal—abandon her son Cody, so someone else can raise him, or lose her inheritance. The outrageous condition doesn’t deserve a response but the lawyer her father hired demands an answer. Before she can tell the ambulance-chaser exactly where he can shove his demands, her worst fears come alive: Cody is kidnapped. Her only hope comes from Ben Mooring, a man she hates nearly as much as her father.

Though Ben Mooring lost his chance with Julie years ago, she and Cody still mean the world to him. He practically raised the kid for years when he was with Julie. When Cody goes missing, Ben drops everything to search for him. He might never win a spot in Julie’s life again, but he can’t rest while Cody is in danger and Julie needs him.

Julie and Ben join forces to find Cody, but they have to work quickly. If she doesn’t find him soon, she might lose her son forever.




Julie’s bedroom door vibrated with a knock. “Is everything okay in there?” Ben sounded concerned. He should be. Julie was holding down a bad guy. Not that he knew that.

She almost called out for help. She almost told Ben to come in.

“Mommy?” Soft knocks on the door. “Is everything ’kay?”

Dammit. She couldn’t let Ben in here. Not while Cody was in the house. There might be more intruders. There might be someone with a weapon.

“I’m fine. Ben, please take Cody to his grandma’s and call the police.”

“Are you sure you’re okay?”

“Please get him out of here.” She tried to hide her groan, but she had to keep the bad guy here, at least until Ben could get help.

“I’ll be back in a minute.” Ben must have heard the strain in the words, and she appreciated that he was trying to hide it from Cody. Thank goodness. “Let’s go see Grandma, buddy.”

As soon as she heard the front door close, Julie asked the squirming mess on the floor, “Who are you?”

The person underneath her surged, and made it halfway to their feet. There was no way Julie could hold on to them. Legs scrabbling, Julie launched herself at the intruder. Stars danced in her eyes when a foot banged the side of her head.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Who is Vanessa M. Knight?  Well, I’m an author.  Wow.  After years and years of wanting to use those words, that is fun to say.  It’s almost as fun as supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.  Did I spell that right?

I write contemporary romantic suspense.

I live in Chicagoland with my family and menagerie of four-legged friends.  In my mind, these lovely animals do everything as they should.  I’m the alpha, keeping peace and harmony amongst my humble servants.  In real life, they own me.  I’m the maid, here for their feeding pleasure.  Well, that and to clean up their messes.

When not catering to the needs of adorably-furry faces, I slug through the nine to five grind and head home so I can write.  Of course, that’s after I make dinner and clean the house and all the other tasks that go into family life.  So really, I work, cater to animals and my family… and then, if I don’t fall face first into bed, I write.  I love putting my characters into crazy situations and watching how they react. I hope you love reading about them. 

I love to hear from fans.  I can be found on Facebook at VanessaMKnight and at





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  1. Thank you so much for having me here. I’m sorry I’m late to the party, but I was in quarantine with the flu. Thankfully it was nothing more serious. I really hope you liked the peek into Julie’s story.

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