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Race’s million-dollar prize to save the life of her friend Bailey.
The treacherous five-day race traverses a remote volcanic island
that’s home to beasts that slither, fly, swim, and slink through the
jungle. But the wildlife turns out to be the least of Tana’s problems
when she draws the name of Sebastian Callendro as her partner.
Sebastian’s personal life has put him in the national spotlight, and
his nosy followers are the kind Tana can’t afford. Her name isn’t
really Tanzania, and everything else in her biography is invented,
too. She’s been running for three years─from the men who murdered
her parents. If her cover is blown, she could be next.
messages from the mysterious P.A. Patterson, who seems to suspect
her real identity as Amelia Robinson. Four years earlier, she
was the only one to escape when the Robinson family was
professionally “eradicated” in Bellingham, Washington.
relay in her home town, she decides to use the race as a cover
to gather information about who killed her mother and
father, and what became of her then-nine-year-old brother.
mother helped to create, Quarrel Tayson Laboratories. Worse, her
sleuthing attracts the attention of a very frightening man in
Bellingham, who knew both her parents. It now seems more a matter of
“when” than “if” she will be the next to be killed. Can she
turn the tables and reveal who was behind the death of her
parents before she becomes their next victim?
invitation to the Extreme Africa Endurance Challenge, she fears it
might be a trap. The multi-day race is in Zimbabwe, the
violence-prone homeland of her brilliant biochemist mother, who was
murdered along with Tana’s father. The killers, never apprehended,
seem to suspect that Tanzania Grey is actually Amelia Robinson, the
girl who escaped their deadly grasp. But when Tana sees a Mom
Lookalike in the promotional video for the race, she can’t say no.
She doesn’t know whether to be alarmed or delighted when her former
race partner Bash Callendro, the “love child” of the U.S.
President, arranges to run with her. Tana’s determined to find any
remaining family in Africa, and expose the secrets that led to her
parents’ deaths. As the clues pile up, Tana realizes that her quest
for the truth could destroy not only her and Bash, but will also
endanger the lives of everyone she cares about back home.
Short Q&A with the Author
A Short Q&A about the Run for Your Life Trilogy
from Author Pamela Beason
Q: What inspired you to write this trilogy?
Pam: All the fearless young women athletes we see in sports these days inspired me to create my protagonist, Tanzania Grey. How can anyone not be amazed and inspired by the gutsy female skiers, snowboarders, triathletes, and all the rest? Each year, my town sponsors an incredible relay race called Ski to Sea, with seven different “legs”: cross-country ski, downhill ski or snowboard, run, road bike, canoe, mountain bike, and kayak sections, and I see thousands of athletes of all ages train for and compete in this unique event. (I featured an extreme version of Ski to Sea in the second book of the Run for Your Life trilogy, Race to Truth.) Extreme multi-day races like The Patagonia 500 Challenge fascinate me. As a former private investigator, I also have a soft spot for the teenagers I’ve met who have hard lives but indomitable spirits. I adored the Hunger Games books and movies for that reason, too. And I’m basically a mystery writer, so of course I had to have a background mystery, too. All these elements came together in the Run for Your Life trilogy.
Q: Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in the Run for Your Life trilogy?
Pam: The main character is Tanzania “Tana” Grey, whom readers soon discover is also Amelia Robinson. Amelia was forced to create a false identity after escaping from her parents’ killers, who may still be looking for her. The murders happened when she was only 14. Now, she’s older and taller and looks different as 17-year-old competitor Tana than she did as 14-year-old Amelia. In Race with Danger, Tana is appalled when she draws the name of Sebastian Callendro as her partner. She’s trying to live under the radar and Sebastian has recently been “outed” as the U.S. President’s “love child” with his Cuban housekeeper. This was unwelcome news to Sebastian, too. So now both Tana and Sebastian are pursued by paparazzi and accompanied all too often by Secret Service agents. The situation is uncomfortable, to say the least, and made more awkward by Tana’s jealous boyfriend, Emilio Santos, who is overseas in the army but checks in with Tana whenever he can. There’s a wide variety of international characters among the competitors in each race. And throughout the trilogy, readers will get to know Tana’s adopted family, who helped her survive from age 14 through 17.
Q: What did you enjoy most about writing this trilogy?
Pam: The fast pace made the stories exciting to write, and so did the gutsy characters and the extreme situations. Writing in first person present tense was new for me, but it makes every situation seem immediate and important, and that point of view makes it easier for readers to see the world through Tana’s eyes and feel her anxiety and fear as well as her moments of joy and triumph.
Q: What can we expect from you in the future?
Pam: Oh, you never know. Very soon I’ll publish Again, which is my second romantic suspense novel, a companion book to my novel Shaken. I’m currently working on my fifth Sam Westin novel. There’s always a new book in the works.
Northwest. When she’s not hard at work on another book, she explores
the natural world on foot, on cross-country skis or snowshoes, in her
kayak, or underwater scuba diving.
RACE TO TRUTH, and RACE FOR JUSTICE in the Run for Your Life YA
suspense trilogy, THE ONLY WITNESS, THE ONLY CLUE, and THE ONLY ONE
LEFT in the Neema mysteries, ENDANGERED, BEAR BAIT, UNDERCURRENTS,
and BACKCOUNTRY in the Summer “Sam” Westin series, and the
romantic suspense novel SHAKEN. She’s also the author of the romantic
adventure novella CALL OF THE JAGUAR, and nonfiction titles SAVE YOUR
MONEY, YOUR SANITY, AND OUR PLANET and SO YOU WANT TO BE A PI? She is
currently working on a sequel to SHAKEN and the next Sam Westin novel.
that we are the superior species. Each of her titles takes readers on
an adventure while reminding us that drifting through life is not
enough; you have to live it.
adventures, and the value of being present in the moment. She looks
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