Sunday, May 19, 2019

Book Tour and Giveaway: Game of Revenge (Francis Scott-Wren Series Book 2) by Charlotte Larsen

Game of Revenge
Francis Scott-Wren Series Book 2
by
Charlotte Larsen

Genre:
Crime Thriller
Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves”— Confucius

Heart crushing international thriller from a bestselling Scandinavian author.

In 1944 a snitch denounced a couple and their eldest son for resistance activities. The mother was separated from her husband and son and sent to Bergen-Belsen. The husband and son sent to Dachau. None of them returned.

Years later, their grandson, James takes on a revenging role towards the affluent descendants of the snitch. One by one he takes them down.

But along the way, Francis Scott-Wren picks up the scent and sends in his agent Jo Vermeer to stop the destructive rampage of James.

However, the relationship between her and her target brings her a dilemma of loyalty, that unstable her significantly.

As we travel with the characters through Copenhagen, Marrakesh and into a jungle monastery in Sri Lanka, we must ask ourselves: What are our true values? And how far will we go to defend them?

Game of Revenge is a nail biting standalone crime thriller and a gripping exploration of human nature.

If you like a passionate heroine, spine-chilling suspense, and a fight for what is right, then you’ll love Charlotte Larsen’s fast-paced thriller.

Buy Game of Revenge to be captured in a brave fight against evil today!

Charlotte Larsen is a bestselling Scandinavian author of more than twelve books, including the bestselling crime thriller GAME OF GREED, and a series of management books.

A graduate of Aarhus University and University of New South Wales, Charlotte is highly recognized as a specialist in managerial issues. Besides working on her next novel, she serves as a high-end management consultant for high performing industries such as the legal profession, finance, and defense.

Charlotte keeps a blog on creativity, writes for a Danish broadsheet, and is generally an opinion maker in the Danish business community.

She lives and writes in the Danish countryside and keeps a closet full of business suits in a flat in Copenhagen.

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Book Blitz and Giveaway: The Contessa's Brooch (Harmony Duprie Mysteries #4) by P.J. MacLayne


Title: The Contessa’s Brooch
Series: Harmony Duprie Mysteries, #4
Author: P.J. MacLayne
Publication Date: May 12th 2019
Genres: Adult, Mystery
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A firebug is stalking Oak Grove and internet researcher Harmony Duprie is on the case. It starts as a simple data analysis project for Police Chief Sorenson, but things get personal when the house she renovated is targeted.

The arsonist is in it for the glory, posting videos of his exploits on social media. So, Harmony calls for backup from her favorite computer hackers, Eli, Lando, and Scotty. Complications arise when Fiesker, a fire investigator with a chip on his shoulder, is brought in to unmask the culprit and put an end to the fires. Then there’s the mysterious emails being sent to the town’s firefighters. And who is leaving a trail of Celtic brooches behind?

Harmony finally gets a break when Jake, her ex, stumbles across information that might lead to the guilty party.

Can Eli, Lando and Scotty help Harmony track down the pyromaniac before someone gets hurt? Or, worse yet, killed?

EXCERPT:
The emergency vehicles traveled faster than the speed limit and soon were out of eyesight. It didn't matter because the red glow in the sky led me to the fire's location, a residential area on Broad Street.

I parked a block away. Close enough for my purposes. I knew the house because I thought about buying it to fix up before I started working at the library. Built in the '50s, it wasn't anything fancy, just a solid little house that had seen better days. No one lived there when Sarah, my real estate expert, took me on a walk-thru, and I prayed no one had moved in since then.

I couldn't resist getting out and walking a little closer but staying well back from the police lines. I wanted a better view, not of the fire, but the people in the crowd. Was one of them the mystery videographer? With all the cell phones aimed at the incident, it would be impossible to isolate any one person as the guilty party. Unless they did something that made them stick out, like sneaking in under the police tape. I eliminated the ones in pajamas, rousted from the neighboring homes as a safety precaution. But everyone was behaving themselves.

The water brigade made their appearance, with cheerful smiles and those silly purple vests they wore. They stood as close as possible to the fire lines. It was like those water stations they use along the routes of marathons. Every now and then, a firefighter grabbed a bottle from them and emptied it before returning to work. The volunteers always cleaned up after themselves, so they were tolerated.

With a loud crash, the roof caved in. The shower of sparks fell as far as the police lines, and the people in front forced their way backward. Torrents of water from every available firehose streamed through the sky to quell the hotspot. Steam and ash from the fire drifted throughout the neighborhood. The stench of smoke and over-heated chemicals burned my nose and I sneezed several times.

Engrossed in the scene, I didn't pay attention to my personal 'bubble.' My self-defense coach taught me better. I wished I had listened to him when Fiesker appeared only inches in front of me. How did I miss him in the crowd? My first instinct was to push him away but stopped myself. He hadn't touched me.

“You shouldn't be here. You're interfering with my investigation.”

His frown and narrowed eyes would scare most people. Not me.

“And you should be over there,” I waved my hand towards the fire, deliberately almost touching the tip of his nose. “Instead of hassling me. I'm standing well away from the area, minding my own business. Go find out what caused the fire.”

Which he couldn't do until it was out and had cooled. But his presence irritated me and I wanted him to go away. After I got in one last dig.

“Just stay out of the way of the real firemen.”
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Born and raised among the rolling hills of western Pennsylvania, P.J. MacLayne still finds inspiration for her books in that landscape. She is a computer geek by day and a writer by night who currently lives in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. When she's not in front of a computer screen, she might be found exploring the back roads of the nearby national forests and parks. In addition to the Harmony Duprie Mysteries, she is also the author of the Free Wolves adventures.

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GUEST POST:
I didn’t set out to write a mystery series. In fact, the original name of the first book was “The Ghost Who Loved Me.” It was going to be a stand-alone paranormal romance.

But it didn’t take long before Harmony, the main character, let me know that Eli wasn’t a ghost at all. Then I had a short-lived vision of writing a series of romances featuring Harmony and her friends. Well, she shot that down, too.

So, I wrote a mystery and made her happy. Oh, she got her romance too, but as a subplot. The book was renamed “The Marquesa’s Necklace.”

But I decided she was so much fun to write that I wasn’t done with her. Or maybe it was the other way around, and she wasn’t done with me. I’m not sure. But her plans have been fairly solid and I’m willing to play along. The series, originally called the “Oak Grove Mysteries” has turned into “The Harmony Duprie Mysteries.”

What was a single book has turned into four books (so far) and a short story. No, I’m not done yet. Although the major mystery is solved in each book, there’s an underlying story arch that I haven’t figured out how to resolve. Mostly because Jake, Harmony’s ex, has secrets he doesn’t want to share.

With that, I’m pleased to present the fourth book in the series, “The Contessa’s Brooch.“ In normal fashion, I had to redo the first chapter several times as Harmony told me what I was doing wrong. The mystery I’d originally plotted wasn’t the story she wanted me to tell and I had to fix it to make her happy. Naturally, it turned out better than what I originally planned.
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GIVEAWAY:
Win a $10 Amazon gift card (US/INT) or signed copies of the first three books in the Harmony Duprie Mysteries (US and Canada only). An international winner will receive eBook copies of the books plus signed postcards.
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Book Blitz and Giveaway: Soul Mates (Soul Mates #1) by Mira Crest


Title: Soul Mates
Series: Soul Mates, #1
Author: Mira Crest
Publication Date: May 13th 2019
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance
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I’ve been broken. Time and again.

My body.

My heart.

My soul.

I’m tired of pretending I’m happy. Even when he makes it seem easy. But my heart is incapable of loving again.
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She thinks she can’t love.

That there is nothing left in her to give to anyone.

Especially me.

But I would give anything to love her. If only my demons can stay in the past.

EXCERPT:
“You wished to speak with me, child?” he asked. Only the fact that he was older than her grandfather kept her from being annoyed by the endearment.

“Yes,” she replied, bowing her head. “I want to know how to get to Annwn. The tales say there’s an entrance somewhere nearby.”

He blinked and sat up straighter. “What business does a young lady have in the land of the dead?”

“Someone I love arrived there recently, and I’m going to get him back,” Nia said, clenching her fists.

The Archdruid sighed. “It hurts to lose a loved one, I know, but it is not for us mortals to interfere in the natural cycle of life and death. The gods have a purpose beyond our comprehension.”

“There was no purpose to Celyn’s death!” Nia exclaimed. A hush fell over the hall, and her face flooded with heat, but she soldiered on. “If the gods have an issue with my plans, then surely they can stop me without your help. All I ask is knowledge. Will you deny me?”

He frowned, and she wondered if maybe she had taken things too far. But then, he nodded thoughtfully. “I will take an omen. If the gods do not wish you to undertake this journey, they will tell us so.” It felt like just a more roundabout way of refusing, but Nia sensed this was the best chance she was going to get, so she nodded.

Nia was led into the chamber behind the main hall, a room dominated by a colossal round hearth sunk into the floor. The Archdruid gestured for her to sit on one of the cushions around the edge of the room. Once she was settled, he tossed a bunch of herbs onto the fire. Fragrant smoke tickled the back of her throat. The shadows leapt and danced in a way that made her shiver with unease.

“This will help us to see more clearly,” he said, seating himself beside her and picking up a pouch that rattled like raindrops on a hollow log. “Close your eyes, and when I speak the words, I want you to tell me what images come into your mind.”

Nia did as he said, though she was beginning to feel anxious. It was well known that druids practiced magic, and though it was fun to hear about magic in tales Nia never thought she’d be participating in it. There’s probably a lot more magic in Annwn, she thought before turning her attention back to the Archdruid. The hollow sounds from the pouch seemed unnaturally loud.

“Journey,” said the voice of the Archdruid, and the images swimming behind her eyes reformed, becoming rain lashing her face while the sounds of wind and water roared in her ears.

“I see… a storm, on the ocean I think,” she said, shivering. Though her family had not been sailors, she knew a storm at sea could be deadly.

“Good.” More rattling. “What about choice?”

Again, visions flickered rapidly before her. “I see… a cauldron, and then… animals? A raven, a fox, others? I’m not sure.”

“That’s fine. One more… what does your heart say about fate?”

At the word, Nia felt like she was swallowed by darkness. In the distance she saw something shining. A thread, golden-white in color, fragile and all alone out in the void. Four new threads appeared. One was a violet so dark it was nearly black, one bright red, one cool blue, and one brilliant green. These threads wove around the original thread, and as a weaver, Nia knew that they were much stronger together. This vividly colored thread spooled upward into a tapestry. It was so intricate and beautiful that she couldn’t form words to describe it. When the vision disappeared the loss felt like a blow. She relayed everything to the Archdruid in a shaking voice.

“Hmmm,” he hummed for a moment. “You can open your eyes now. I am ready to give my judgment, if you are still willing to hear it.”

His words didn’t bode well for Nia in her estimation, but she was determined to see this through. She sat up straight, set her jaw in a fierce line, and nodded.

The Archdruid sighed. “This omen tells me that this journey is important for you, and perhaps for others. You will not, I think, find what seek, but you will find your destiny. Are you certain you wish to enter Annwn?”
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Since young, Mira loves fantasy romance with strong female protagonists and perilous adventures to magical realms and parallel universes to visit dragons, witches, shifters, and fairy tale creatures, bringing heroes and heroines together and aiding their epic fantasy battles against dark enemies so they can have the happily-ever-afters they deserve.

When she grew up, she takes a liking to young adult stories, which explains her passion writing in the young adult fantasy romance genre. Her books are clean romance with character development as the prime focus. Even now, she still journeys to fantasy realms whenever she's not writing.
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Saturday, May 18, 2019

Book Tour and Giveaway: Faithful Falls by Elle Linder

Luke Hamill: Before Faithful Falls
Faithful Falls Prequel
by
Elle Linder

Genre:
Contemporary Romance 
Luke Hamill, staunch in his convictions, is a family man who will go to any length to preserve his marriage, even leave his beloved Marines. After his final tour of duty, his life is upended by the two people he trusted most. Now, a new course is set, one that takes him to Faithful Falls, Idaho.

In this prequel to Stay With Me, Julia, discover what drove Luke to leave all that he knows, and discover Faithful Falls. Even though the road ahead is bumpy, it leads Luke to abundant love and a strong community beyond the horizon. Meet some friendly, unique locals and get comfy in the little tourist town, where those destined to together prove love is stronger than any obstacles life throws their way.

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Stay With Me, Julia
Faithful Falls Book 1
She is only to be in Idaho for three months.

Her task is simple: run the lakeside resort in her aunt’s absence and return to her life in Los Angeles.

Easy. Or maybe not.

Ruggedly handsome Luke Hamill—Brook Trout Resort’s grounds manager—instantly piques her interest. A former Marine and divorced father of two, Luke introduces Julia to small town living and a passionate love like she’s never known. The mountain man is the total package: tender, strong, sexy, and honorable. He could be everything Julia wants… except for his problematic and meddling ex-wife.

Julia is smart, sensible, and irresistible, and she immediately captures Luke’s heart with her playful tenderness and saucy independence. Now he can’t imagine his life without her.

As Julia’s departure nears, Luke’s mission is clear: show her their love can conquer anything life throws their way.

Can Julia embrace her feelings for Luke, and will they be enough to keep her in Faithful Falls? Or will the challenges of a blended family make her abandon it all and head back to Southern California?

Stay With Me, Julia, is the first book in the Faithful Falls series, where those destined to be together prove love is stronger than the obstacles threatening to tear them apart.

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Love Me, Lauren
Faithful Falls Book 2
She wants more than a one-night stand.

Lauren, a fiercely independent woman, is afraid to commit. Still, she secretly desires to fall in love.

Could it be that simple?

Enter Rick, ex-Marine and single dad, who is looking for a fresh start in Faithful Falls. He has big plans to open a brewery, and no time for love. When he crosses paths with Lauren, her formidable lure is irritating yet irresistible, and sparks fly.

Unexpectedly, Lauren is rattled when her past collides with her present, exposing her fears and insecurities. Once the truth is revealed, it may destroy Rick’s plans, her dreams, and their future.

Can they find the courage to face down Lauren's demons together and ignite the fire and passion that leads them to their HEA?

Love Me, Lauren is the second book in the Faithful Falls series. Reconnect with Luke and Julia and the quirky characters of this little Idaho tourist town.

Get this sizzling book NOW.

Elle lives in NW Minnesota (or the Frozen Tundra, as she likes to call it) with her family. She has lived in all four corners of the U.S., and as a native California country girl, her heart yearns for the Pacific Coast. The One That Matters is Elle's first novel.

Elle is currently wrapping up several novels in the Faithful Falls series, which include:

Love Me, Lauren
Trust Me, Tiffani
Choose Me, Erika
Forgive Me, Kandace

To find out more about Elle's published books, future books, biography, and other information, visit her website and be sure to sign up for her newsletter while your there to stay up to date on her book releases and to participate in special promotions and giveaways.

- What can we expect from you in the future?
Oh, I have lots in store for my readers. For the Faithful Falls series, I’m writing a wedding and Christmas novella to release at the end of summer, early fall. There are several other planned stories in the series. I’m also working on a new Romantic Suspense family saga and New Adult college romance series.

- Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story?
My characters are notorious for hijacking the story. They’re very real and through dialogue the story has changed more times than I can count. I’ll be typing away and before I know it, the story is heading in a different direction and I’m stunned. And sometimes frustrated. Haha!

- What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
I love so many things about creating my story, but I had the most fun crafting the small town of Faithful Falls. Between quirky and interesting characters, the history among the locals and some scandal, it grew into my dream escape. Honestly, I want to move to Faithful Falls.

- If your book had a candle, what scent would it be?
Mmm, huckleberry!

- Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Yes. I spent some time researching blended families and issues relating to dating a single dad. My main character is an independent woman who’s never been married. Falling for Luke, a divorced single dad brings a lot of challenges for Julia. The biggest is dealing with his ex-wife. Since I’m not experienced in this kind of situation, I read up on the subject and spoke to a few blended families so I could do them justice in writing this story.
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Book Tour and Giveaway: Cursing (Angie Faust Series Book 1) by Lynne Murray

Cursing
Angie Faust Series Book 1
by
Lynne Murray

Genre:
Urban Fantasy 
The day she killed her boss...

Everything changed.

She never laid a hand on him to take his life. She didn’t have to.

As her boss lies on the floor with a dozen witnesses staring and paramedics working in a futile effort to save him, a mysterious stranger approaches Angie with a bizarre offer.

It’s a job with the ExtraTerrestrial Protection Agency, a secret organization. Can Angie trust a group whose very existence is ultra classified?

She has to decide in a hurry because her newly released power starts drawing attention from life-draining, telepathic, Mindworms and alien scientists obsessed with abducting humans. Most terrifying of all, she’s stalked by one of the most fearsome predators in the galaxy.

If you loved Men in Black or Ilona Andrews’ Innkeeper Chronicles series, buckle up for a wild ride with Angie Faust in Cursing. Get it now!

Lynne Murray was born in Illinois, but she grew up in transit due to her father's work with the military. She's lived in Texas, Alaska, Florida, Washington state, and Southern California, before landing and staying in San Francisco.

Lynne writes the kind of books she loves to read. Those usually feature a lot of action, quirky characters and supernatural attitude. She just might read anything that isn't tied down, but some of the books that have to be restrained also make it onto her list. Her favorite authors include Illona Andrews, Faith Hunter, Patricia Briggs, Kim Hamilton, Terry Pratchett and T.H. White.

She now lives and writes and stares out the window at the ocean with a group of rescue cats, who rescue her right back with heroic feats of purring.


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Book Blitz: Girls of Yellow (Elise De Jong/Sami Ali Book 1) by Orest Stelmach

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Title: Girls of Yellow
Series: Elise De Jong/Sami Ali Book 1
Author: Orest Stelmach
Publisher: Penwood
Publication Date: May 2018
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
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Imagine a world where modern governments failed their citizens and long-simmering conflicts escalated into global war. Imagine if its survivors migrated toward those who share the same faith. Imagine the continents are ruled by religions.

When the mysterious death of a teenage girl triggers memories of a similar childhood event, police Detective Sami Ali becomes consumed with solving her murder. Persecuted by the shame of his past, Ali will stop at nothing to find the killer, even if his investigation puts his wife and daughter at risk.

As he follows the clues, Ali collides with another lost soul - a foreign spy. Elise De Jong's official mission in Eurabia involves the acquisition of a priceless item that could shift the balance of power among the theocracies. But she also has a personal objective - to find her last living relative, the little sister whom she hasn't seen since her birth.

To succeed in their missions, Elise and Ali must find common ground despite their religious differences, for they can depend only on each other.
EXCERPT:
Ismael nodded for Ali to come closer, then glanced in both directions to make sure the other two technicians taking pictures of the church interior couldn’t hear him.

“She wasn’t killed here,” Ismael said. “She was brought here after the fact.”

“How can you be sure?”

Ismail lowered his voice further. “Because there was a witness.”

Ali lost his breath. “A witness?” There were never any witnesses in Dhimmi Town, at least none brave or stupid enough to come forward.

“The caretaker who called it in. He was here when the killer brought in the body. Point of entry, front door. Point of exit, front door.

“He saw the killer?”

“He was taken to headquarters to give his statement and for his own protection. But I don’t think it’s his protection your boss will be worried about. Especially not with the world leaders in town for that conference. Think about it. The heads of all four kingdoms – the Buddhists, Hindus, Christians and us – all in the same place. Can’t have religious cleansing when the religions are trying to find a way to get along, can you?”

Ali heard the question and understood Ismael’s point. His boss wanted the case buried quickly. But that mattered less to Ali than Ismael’s previous implication, that the higher-ups would do everything necessary to make sure the witness was silenced. To Ali’s own amazement, something compelled him right there and then to do everything in his power to make sure the witness was heard.

But was he too late?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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Orest Stelmach is a mystery and thriller writer and the author of the Nadia Tesla series. His novels have been Kindle #1 bestsellers, optioned for film development, and translated into numerous foreign languages. 

Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Orest was an institutional investment portfolio manager for twenty-five years. 

He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

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Friday, May 17, 2019

Excerpt Tour and Giveaway: Gone (Aspen Lake #3) by Karyn Good

Welcome to my stop on the excerpt tour for Gone by Karyn Good. This tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an exclusive excerpt for you. There's also a tour wide giveaway. Be sure to follow the rest of the tour for more exclusive excerpts and reviews. Enjoy!
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Title: Gone
Series: Aspen Lake #3
Author: Karyn Good
Publication Date: May 6th 2019
Genre: Romantic Suspense
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Ever since a devastating family tragedy seventeen years ago, Grace Bighill has struggled to keep her remaining family from falling apart. Then the discovery of her mother's body in the woods unearths a connection to a decades old murder case, and Grace is dragged into a politician's bitter bid for revenge.

Constable Mike Davenport's days in Aspen Lake are numbered. He's ready to take his next step up the career ladder somewhere a lot more cosmopolitan. He's avoided any emotional attachments, despite having fallen hard for a certain stubborn local. But when a body turns up, Mike's careful intentions collapse in the face of Grace's grief and her exhaustive efforts to care for her family.

A search for answers leads Grace and Mike down a twisted path proving no one can escape their roots. But someone might die trying.

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EXCERPT:
A knock on his door had Mike expecting to see his neighbor from across the hall wringing her hands over her perpetually lost cat. But the woman standing there wasn’t elderly. Or kind. And he hadn’t spoken to her more than a handful of times in the last seven years.

“Mother.”

“Michael.” She made every one of the seven letters of his name sound like a reproach. Helen Alton Davenport didn’t kiss his cheek, extend a greeting, or smile.

He swallowed, then remembered his manners. Manners were important to her. Using them made dealing with her easier. He backed up. “Please, come in.”

She wasn’t alone. There was movement at her side and too late Mike noticed Elizabeth.

She stepped into the void and offered her cheek. “Michael, how are you?”

Politeness and shock had him brushing his lips over her cool skin. It marked the first time he’d touched her since Justin’s death, her perfume was as familiar to him as rain in spring.

“Is everything okay?” he asked. Their intrusion into his everyday life was at best alarming, at worst terrifying.

His mother, cutthroat criminal lawyer, in clothes that had corporate corner office woven into the fabric, stepped into his apartment. “We have things to discuss.”

Elizabeth slipped in beside her. Her lavish curves disguised by a severe suit, and her blonde hair tamed and hidden in a sleek roll. Gone were the dangling earrings and the flowing skirts of the girl both brothers had loved. One of them in public. The other in private.

A necklace circled her throat. He’d given it to her after a particularly sordid encounter in a dirty alley behind a five star restaurant. Inside - a function attended by everyone they knew, outside - the smell of garbage and damp rain. Pigeons had cooed and things had scurried.

Afterwards, Justin had asked where they’d disappeared to.

Mike’s stomach rolled, and self-loathing clawed its way up his throat. Showing weakness in front of his mother wasn’t an option. Not at five years old and not at thirty-two.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Karyn Good grew up on the Canadian prairies and she's still there loving every minute. She writes romantic suspense featuring strong heroines and the men who love them. In the pages of her books you'll find danger, passion, and a winding path of twists and turns that lead to forever.



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GIVEAWAY:
Karyn Good will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter after the tour.
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