Meet T.L. Mahrt, author of “Withstanding the Enemy”

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Thank you for stopping by Nesie’s Place today, TL!

Do you go by TL, or do you have a nickname?

Thanks for having me. I do go by Traci. T L is an abbreviation of my name Traci Lynn.

I’ve only read the blurb of your latest release, Withstanding the Enemy, TL. Can you tell us a bit about it?  What inspired the story?

Of course, Withstanding the Enemy is a suspenseful steamy romance. Emma Andrews is the main character. Emma must learn her strength to endure the life she was given. She has a tendency to mix reality with her imagination, which, gets her in trouble time and again. Rick is Emma’s captor; he is dark and he loves hard. Rick has twisted himself into the depths of some underground business. Rick hires Chance as Emma body guard to ensure Emma safety. Chance is working undercover trying to build a case against Rick, but Chance wasn’t expecting to meet Emma and the overwhelming need to save her.

Do you have a favorite character in the story?

I really don’t. I love them all in their own way.

When did you write your first book?

This is my debut novel.

Are you self-published, traditional, or hybrid?

I am self-published, however, I call it, Indie. I hire professionals. For example, editor, cover artist etc. I know where I have to draw the line and somethings are best left to professionals.

What do you do when you’re not writing?

I am a stay at home mom to two inspiring children. My son (4) was diagnosed with DYRK1A and Cerebral Palsy before his first birthday. My daughter (10) is a warrior of a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) from a fall in 2016. Between raises my children, I work at trying to raise awareness to brain injury’s and how they can affect a family.

 As a child, What did you want to do when you grew up?

Honestly, be a mother. I did go and get my cosmetology, barbering and massage therapy licenses. After having my own business for eight years, I decided to stay home to raise my children, which was my first dream and I love it.

Totally addicted to social media or could you live without it?

Totally addicted but only because I use it as my platforms. Otherwise, I could live without it…

What’s your next project?

Currently, I am working on Book Two of With Emma Series, Within the Shadow.

Please share an excerpt with us from one of your favorite scenes in Withstanding the Enemy.

“An attacker will take you out when you least expect it; when you are most vulnerable.”

I open my mouth to respond, just as he advances on me and sweeps me to the floor. I quickly adjust my position; when he pins me, I have one of my legs free.

“That’s better… Now get yourself free.”

I turn and rock myself underneath him in an attempt to wiggle myself free. His hand lands on my hip, firmly holding me into place. The heat of his hand sends a tingle across my skin, stopping me. Shit… I think as the sensation drives to my center. He pins me deeper into the mat. Warmth radiating from him awakens all my senses. The smell of pure woodsy male assaults my nose, causing me to feel dizzy with need.

His weight shifts and he hovers over me. “Emma?”

I blink myself back to reality and nod my head.

“Are you okay? Did I hurt you?”

“Um… No…”

“You went limp, I thought you blacked out.”

“Oh… I…” I stutter, watching his eyes question me.

He looks down my body and I begin to heat like a wildfire everywhere his eyes touch.

He stops and I watch his eyes flicker to life.

“You…” he says in a deep, low tone.

My chest squeezes and I lose all words as I dive into the depths of emotions that flash through his eyes. First, shock to disbelief, and then the green of his eyes flame with hot desire. He knows it was me … that I was the woman in the mask.

I feel his hand cup the curve of my thigh and he runs his thumb across my birthmark. His eyes lock onto mine. I watch as the blue depths of his eyes vibrate with longing. I’m completely powerless in stopping him as he lowers his lips to mine.

Do I even want him to stop?

He softly brushes his lips against mine, so light at first it feels dreamlike. Then his lips come crashing down, causing a thousand sensations to explode inside me. His lips part and he licks the outline of my bottom lip. A surge of desire slams hard to my core. I… I have to have him… My soul vibrates with need.

A loud crashing sound startles me, and I break the kiss.”

Many thanks to Traci for visiting with us today! Keep scrolling to check out Withstanding the Enemy and pick up your copy today!




 Emma Andrews was orphaned at a young age with no family to turn to. Tired of the broken foster-care system, and believing it was her only option, she runs to a multi-millionaire with a reputation of hiring young women. It is only then that she learns what real monsters look like…

Emma uses her overactive imagination to help her get through the toughest of days. By daydreaming a life full of love and freewill, she manages her colorless prison, but even in her wildest dreams, she would have never imagined it could become a reality. That is, until she meets Chance, a man willing to lay his life down to save hers.

But what Emma doesn’t expect is to fight her own personal demons—her heart.

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About the AuthorTL Marht

T.L. Mahrt is a former business owner, where she utilized her education in cosmetology, barbering and massage therapy for several years. She was raised on and is currently living on a farm in Nebraska, where you can find her running barefoot in the country side with her loving husband and inspiring children and massive dogs.

After having her son, who was born with Cerebral Palsy, she made the life altering decision to stay home to care for her two children and pursue her love for writing. She has a love for romance and poetry where, her overactive imagination, along with her adventures and up beat lifestyle drives her inspiration for her writing.

T.L. Mahrt has a thirst for knowledge and is currently working on her Bachelor of Applied Science in Communication Studies degree.

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