Friday, December 13, 2019

Blurb Blitz and Giveaway: Stormwatch Series by Various Authors

Welcome to my stop on the blurb blitz for the Stormwatch series by various authors. This blitz was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I am focusing on Deep Freeze by Vicki Hinze. I have an excerpt for you as well as the tour wide giveaway for your chance to win a $20 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to check out the rest of the blitz for info on the other books in the series and more excerpts. Enjoy!
Title: Deep Freeze
Series: Stormwatch #2
Author: Vicki Hinze
Publisher: Magnolia Leaf Press
Publication Date: December 12th 2019
Print Length: 197 pages
Genres: Romance, Suspense, Contemporary
Emma Miller, a probationary security consultant posing as a reporter, is stranded at Portal International Airport in the worst storm in eighty years. She’s reassigned to protect a top-secret High Containment Lab in the international airport that houses the deadliest bio-contaminate diseases on the planet. A lab under attack by international terrorists who want those pathogens to sell on the black-market.

Dr. Gregory Mason Martin is a bio-containment specialist who runs the top-secret lab, and he knows Emma well. They grew up together, went to school together, and she’s always fascinated him, but she has a long-standing habit of going through men like water, so he’s kept his distance. He doesn’t dare to trust her or her abilities.

Now, all these years later, they must work together to protect the lab and stop the terrorists from obtaining the pathogens. And they must protect the pathogens from Holly, the deadly storm barreling mercilessly toward them. If those pathogens are stolen, the world will be held hostage, and worse, if mishandled, the country could be facing the worst pandemic in history. A pandemic that in short order could wipe out not just cities and states, but the entire nation.

Both are willing to risk their lives. Both are reluctant to risk their hearts. Yet events prove neither of them is who they were thought to be. And a fierce battle against terrorists and the storm proves challenging but no match for the challenges chambered in their human hearts.

The storm sweeps in like a thief in the night... Winter storm Holly is the worst in eighty years bringing high winds, subzero temperatures and snowfall better measured in feet than in inches. The weather paralyzes everything in its path, but in this storm, weather isn’t the only threat.

A new installment of STORMWATCH releases each Thursday starting December 5 through January 9. Each thrilling full length novel is a standalone story with no cliffhangers. Don’t miss a single one from half a dozen of the genre's bestselling storytellers!

December 5 - Frozen Ground by Debra Webb
December 12 - Deep Freeze by Vicki Hinze
December 19 - Wind Chill by Rita Herron
December 26 - Black Ice by Regan Black
January 2 - Snow Brides by Peggy Webb
January 9 - Snow Blind by Cindy Gerard

Winter Storm Holly bears down on Colorado…

Insight: Emma, an undercover security consultant, has been assigned to protect a High Containment Lab located under Portal International Airport from winter storm Holly and from a potential terrorist attack. A lab run by Dr. Gregory Mason Martin. They grew up together, and Mason wasn’t the one who got away. He was the one Emma never got…and always wanted. He, however, had never wanted her.
Emma saw Mason weaving through the crowd. Her breath hitched and she gave herself a mental shake. He was no longer lanky, instead he was muscular. His face was more angular, and she liked the scruff of beard. It accentuated his high cheekbones and slim nose. Gorgeous, as always. Even as a gangly boy, his face had hinted at the man he’d become. And the fitted blue shirt, cuffs still worn rolled up to just below the elbow, made his eyes appear all the bluer. Her breath threatened to hitch again, but the sudden downturn in his wide mouth into a formidable frown nixed that. He’d spotted her. And he was not pleased.

Mason intercepted her. “Tell me you aren’t here waiting for me.”

He smelled as good as he looked and sounded obnoxiously hopeful. “Hello, Mason."

“It’s Gregory, as you well know, Emma.” He didn’t look flustered, just irritated. “Are you waiting for me?”

She smiled just to annoy him. “I am.”

“Great.” He shoved a hand into his slacks’ pocket. “I need a security specialist and headquarters sends me a reporter. Batting a thousand today.”

So was she; not that she’d mention it. She needed a battle with him about as much as she needed another close call on her life. “I’m glad to see you again, too.” She sniffed and jutted her chin so he wouldn’t miss it. Everyone else had called him Gregory or Greg. She’d only ever called him Mason, trying to get his attention. It had failed. But she kept up the practice to needle him. Compensation for his rejecting her.

“They honestly did send you?”

They, being his headquarters, of course. “I’m here. No one else is, or can get here,” she said, lifting a hand. “So, do you want me to go or to stay?”

He didn’t answer, but from his darting eyes, she saw the mental debate raging inside him. It annoyed her. “That was a rhetorical question, Mason.” She folded her arms. “I’m staying.”
Vicki Hinze is a USA Today bestselling, award-winning author, who has written nearly forty books and hundreds of articles published in as many as 63 countries. Known widely for innovation, she generally includes strong suspense, action adventure and thriller elements with a dash of romance, penning series that genre-blend and earned her career-achievement awards as a trailblazer. For nearly a decade, she was columnist for the global Social-In Network and, before that, a radio talk-show host for Everyday Woman. Hinze holds an MA in creative writing and a Ph.D. in Philosophy (Theocentric Business and Ethics). Long before being named as the first PRO Mentor by the largest writing organization in the world, she founded Writer's Zone to mentor other authors and maintains a free online writers' library. Raised in New Orleans, Hinze then married a career Hurricane Hunter/Special Ops officer. After moving around the country, they settled in Northwest Florida, where she heeds her one writing rule: Writing only books she loves.

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  1. Which of your characters was hardest to write for?

    1. Honestly, none were as hard as the parents of the children. The reason was, I could see a child impacted and as a mother I know how I would feel. Terrified. And likely furious. And helpless. That made it an emotional minefield and I had to struggle to make sure that I was striving to be fair and honest in the characters' reactions.

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    1. Thanks so much. I loved this story, and I hope readers will, too.

  3. Thanks for hosting the Stormwatch series and featuring Vicki Hinze's wonderful book, Deep Freeze!

  4. Happy Friday! Thanks for sharing the great post :)

    1. Happy Friday to you, too. And I too thank our host for sharing the post!

  5. What I have read about this book has intrigued me! I cannot wait to read more!!!

  6. This series sounds like one not to miss. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Caryl, I love the Stormwatch series. It was a lot of fun to work with the authors on a premise that fascinated me. The stories are very different, but I loved them all.

  7. I love Vicki Hinze "Lost-Inc." Series. She's a really good writer.

    1. Thank you, Audrey! I loved that series also. Especially the Christmas Countdown book. That one sticks hard in my mind. I thank you, too, for your kind words and feedback!

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    1. Thank you, Sherry. I loved it, but then I would or I wouldn't have written it, would I? Hardly objective, but that is my one writing rule and has been for decades. If I don't love it, I won't write it because you can't get out of a book what I haven't put in it. Most important ingredient? Love. :)

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    1. It is fast-paced, to be sure, Judy. I love that in a story, and try to leave out the parts readers skip. Hope I've succeeded!

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    1. Thank you so much. Sh, secret. That's a hobby of mine. Creating book covers. It thrills me that you like it.

  11. Can't wait to read this!

  12. The book sounds like a really great read.

  13. The book sounds great. It's now on my Christmas wish list. Thanks for the chance!

  14. Renee, many thanks--and I hope your EVERY Christmas wish comes true!

  15. What a pleasure it has been to chat with you all about DEEP FREEZE. And what diverse questions and comments! That makes it a lot of fun. Thank you all. And thank you again to our generous host for sharing my book and the Stormwatch series with your readers. Much gratitude and wishes for a warm and wonderful Christmas. Happy Reading!