Research for Peril, a NASCAR Thriller, by Suzanne Hartmann

I’m excited to host Suz on 777 Peppermint Place today! Her new thriller is sure to please everyone who loves fast-paced action!

Whenever an author starts a novel, there will eventually come a point when he or she needs to do some research. Most of the time we search for information on-line or check books out from the library. Maybe an interview or two is in order. In the case of my novel, PERIL: Fast Track Thriller #1, I had a fantastic opportunity to gain first-hand experience through an organization called Midwest Raceway Ministries.

I have to admit, however, that this is an opportunity I almost missed. When I discovered Midwest Raceway Ministries, I was under the impression that they ministered to the families of the racecar drivers and their crews. So when I talked with Greg Doussard, the director of Midwest Raceway Ministries and found out that they mainly minister to fans when there are injuries at the track, I was disappointed.

I prayed over it and when I didn’t receive the information about the ministry that I requested, I figured that was God’s answer: this ministry wasn’t for me. But God had a different plan. I received a phone call a couple of months later. Normally I check caller ID before I answer the phone, but this particular time, the light glared on the display and I could only tell that it was a local call. Since it probably wasn’t a sales call, I picked it up. It was Greg and he asked me if I was still interested in volunteering with Midwest Raceway Ministries at the track. Without even thinking about it, I hear myself tell him that I was.

And I’m very thankful that God orchestrated all of that. Not only did I gain first-hand experience working at NASCAR Nationwide and Truck races over the next four years, but I also discovered that I liked being out on pit road watching the cars take qualifying laps and running the race. Once I finished writing PERIL, Greg also volunteered to read it, then to endorse it! Here is his wonderful endorsement:

Give Suzanne Hartmann the checkered flag for her new book, Peril: A Fast Track Thriller. This novel is like being on the race track, packed with fast-paced excitement and intrigue, and you never know what is going to happen next. Each new turn in the story also shows the importance of one’s relationship with God. This book is a great read for any racing fan and/or person of faith.

To think of all that I would have missed out on if I had ignored God’s obvious attempt to connect me with this wonderful ministry. Here’s a little about PERIL and how the NASCAR aspect fits into this Christian suspense novel:

A top-secret agent.

A high-profile assignment.

Danger at a NASCAR track.

A top secret agent with enhanced strength, who must use her extraordinary abilities during several high-profile assignments, from the White House to NASCAR tracks, while escorting the first Muslim king to convert to Christianity. When unwanted publicity and the attention of a NASCAR champion threatens to expose her secrets, she becomes a terrorist target with danger surrounding her on all sides.

Plenty of action and unexpected twists.”

Foreword by Jimmy Makar, GM of Joe Gibbs Racing


Thank you for hosting me on your blog today, Linda. Before I close, I would like to invite your readers to enter the give-away I’m hosting to celebrate the release of PERIL, my debut novel. At the end of this blog tour (12/16), I will give away a KINDLE to one lucky entrant. For details on how to enter, follow this link: WIN A KINDLE!


Suzanne Hartmann is a homeschool mom of three and lives in the St. Louis area. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Composition & Linguistics from Western Illinois University. To relax, she enjoys scrapbooking, reading, and Bible study. She began writing fiction when her children were young, and four of her short stories were published in a Milliken Publishing reading workbook. PERIL: Fast Track Thriller Bk. #1 is her debut novel.

On the editorial side, Suzanne is a contributing editor with Port Yonder Press and operates the Write This Way Critique Service. Through her blog, Write This Way, she has become known as an author who can explain writing rules and techniques in easy-to-understand terms. Her popular Top 10 series of articles formed the basis for her e-book on the craft of writing, Write This Way: Take Your Writing to a New Level

Where can we find your book on-line?


Christian Book Distributor

At my website: Fast Track Thrillers

Where can we find you on-line?

My Website – FastTrackThrillers 

My Blog – Write This Way

Facebook – Suzanne Hartmann – Author

Twitter – @SuzInIL


Thanks tons for visiting my site today, Suz. Great reminder of just how interested God is in everything we do–even creating fictional characters!

I wish you all God’s best on your new release!



Don’t forget! Monday: I’m going to be a guest on Jo-Anne Vandermuelen’s blog-talk radio show, “Authors Articulating.” Tune in at 5:30 CST (3:30 Pacific) to catch my Texas accent as I discuss public speaking, my 2011 release, Give the Lady a Ride, and my hopes for The Cat Lady’s Secret, which is now on the publication trail. I’m nervous about this, so y’all tune in and offer some support okay?

Starting Tuesday, 12/13, and extending to Thursday, 12/15: I’m participating in Karen Blaney’s launch of her fourth title, Nickels. Through the promotional efforts of WoMen’s Literary Cafe, I and nine other authors are offering the Kindle version of our books at the special low price of 99c. (Remember, if you want an autographed Kindle version of Give the Lady a Ride, be sure to click on the “I can Kindlegraph your books!” button in the sidebar.)

About Linda W. Yezak

Author/Freelance Editor/Speaker (writing and editing topics).
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4 Responses to Research for Peril, a NASCAR Thriller, by Suzanne Hartmann

  1. Suzanne, the book looks absolutely fantabulous! Congrats on the release. I just added it to my Amazon wishlist, and I’ll look forward to reading it sometime soon.


  2. Thank you, Katie! The cover designers at OakTara did a GREAT job with the cover. I was so excited the first time I saw it. Thank you for putting it on your wishlist. If you’re waiting for it to come out for Kindle, it should be a week or two. At least that’s what I was told.


  3. tammybarley says:

    That’s how the saying came about–“God works in mysterious ways.” Wow!


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