Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Spent Identity (Annalisse Series #2) by Marlene M. Bell

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Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Spent Identity by Marlene M. Bell. This blog tour was organized by Lola's Blog Tours. On my stop, I have an excerpt and a very intriguing guest post for you. There's also a tour wide giveaway to win a fantastic prize package as well as a copy of the book. Be sure to follow the rest of the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Spent IdentityTitle: Spent Identity
Series: Annalisse Series #2
Author: Marlene M. Bell
Publisher: Ewephoric Publishing
Publication Date: December 11th 2019
Print Length: 378 pages
Genres: Mystery, Suspense
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To find her missing aunt, she has to unearth the secrets of the past. But lies and deceit run though the very heart of their town…

What started out as a promising relationship with adventurer and tycoon Alec Zavos has fizzled into an uncertain future for antiquities expert Annalisse Drury. Returning to Walker Farm in Upstate New York to see her Aunt Kate should have been a welcome homecoming and distraction. Instead, she finds the childhood home she expected to inherit is for sale, without her permission. What’s worse, Kate’s ranch manager makes a gruesome discovery in the barn: the body of an unidentified man, dead by foul play.

Annalisse turns to Alec for help. She and her aunt shelter on his estate in the Catskills while the authorities canvass the scene. But when Kate herself disappears without a trace, Annalisse fears the worst: that one of the many secrets of her hometown has ensnared her family—a secret someone is willing to kill for to keep hidden.

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BOOK TRAILER:
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EXCERPT:
Annalisse picked up the acrid smell of sulfur and burnt rubber as she ran to the crumpled car.

“Alec!” She leaned on the driver’s door, checking the interior and underneath the carriage, finding no sign of him. Annalisse reached across the hood and touched the metal. Still warm. Unable to focus on the Signorile’s details, her empty stomach lurched, and she took a step backward. Alec’s sports car was a broken shell, but how was he?

She studied the driver’s side for any signs of blood. Debris filled the floorboard, and the clutch pedal had twisted. Scouting a three-sixty path around the car, she scanned the grass in case he’d been ejected from his seat, then she spotted the safety cones once more.

“Crikey,” Ethan whispered. “Think he’s all right?”

“He’s bad about seat belts. I hope he wore his. No blood anywhere. Has anyone reported the accident? Cones are out, so someone must have seen this. Where are the damn cops? I can’t believe they’d leave the scene with the car here.”

“Tow truck dispatched.” Ethan shoved his phone into his pocket.

“Where was he taken?” Annalisse chewed on her lip. Please be in the hospital and not the morgue.

“Ask him.” He pointed at the interstate and the squad car crossing the opposing lane.

Annalisse broke from Ethan and waved down the black-and-white.

The patrolman turned on the car’s light bar and drove his vehicle to the shoulder so that it faced the Malibu head-on. He spoke into his radio and stepped outside, leaving the driver’s side door open and garbled voices spilling from the interior.

“Can you help us, please? My… Alec Zavos was driving that car.” She motioned to what was left of the Signorile. “He was on his way to meet me. Do you know where they took him?”

“You’re parked dangerously close to traffic, miss. Please move your vehicle from the roadway.” A young cop clad in a black shirt and slacks spouted the next few rehearsed words. “On the other side of these cones, please.” He gestured where she should move the Malibu.

“Yes, sir. Please don’t leave.”

Annalisse gave Ethan her best “stay there” look, got into her car, and backed deeper into the grass, care¬ful not to get her tires stuck in the mud.

“Do you know the driver’s condition?” she asked the patrolman.

“Are you a family member?”

Annalisse nodded slowly, considering whether to elaborate on the lie. If it got her more information.

FiancĂ©e.”

Saying that with Ethan overhearing made Annalisse wince. Without looking, she sensed his jaw drop. If he told Kate her fake engagement news be¬fore she had a chance to explain—she brushed off the idea. Technically, she could be engaged to Alec, if she’d agreed in the drawing room. But Kate’s disappearance trumped all else.
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FIRST BOOK IN THE SERIES:
Stolen Obsession (Annalisse Series #1) by Marlene M. Bell
Stolen Obsession
“People die, but legends live on.”

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Marlene M. Bell
Marlene M. Bell is an award-winning writer and acclaimed artist as well as a photographer. Her sheep landscapes grace the covers of Sheep!, The Shepherd, Ranch & Rural Living, and Sheep Industry News, to name a few.

Her catalog venture, Ewephoric, began in 1985 out of her desire to locate personalized sheep stationery. She rarely found sheep products through catalogs and set out to design them herself. Order Ewephoric gifts online or request a catalog at TexasSheep.com.

Marlene and her husband, Gregg, reside in beautiful East Texas on a wooded ranch with their dreadfully spoiled horned Dorset sheep, a large Maremma guard dog named Tia, along with Hollywood, Leo, and Squeaks, the cats that believe they rule the household—and do.

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GUEST POST:
What true life mystery has me the most mystified
by Marlene M. Bell

When I met my husband in 1979, he was in the middle of a nasty divorce. They were in the process of selling the ranch they’d built together when oil prices were high and banks were loaning at a whopping 17% interest rate. No one could afford expensive homes in the Tracy, California area at that time. His soon-to-be-ex made outrageous personal charges, and her attorney letters were an everyday occurrence. It was a miserable three years for the man I dated.

When she left and filed for divorce, she also stripped their ranch of furniture and all that wasn’t tied down. Brought a moving truck home one day and took everything inside their home. A hateful thing to do. The neighbor had watched the van and told my husband this happened while he remained at work.

After we married, the old ranch finally sold—with a first mortgage, a second mortgage and my husband’s ex-wife and new husband carrying back the third note. Thankfully, we were out of that arrangement living on a small ranch of our own. (They later sold that third note for cash and lost half of the value!)

I was packing the kitchen drawers at the old ranch and found something interesting. One of the bottom drawers had condolence letters inside. While my husband packed from another room, I began to nose around the envelopes. It’s a terrible thing to read another person’s mail, but in this case, I made an exception. These were all addressed to my husband’s hellish ex-wife. I was surprised to find the drawer she’d missed, especially when I skimmed a few of the notes.

I asked my husband about her father. The notes pointed to his untimely death. I was shocked to learn that he had been a successful dentist in the bay area and had jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge. I didn’t press further, and we gathered all of the cards and letters for the burn bin. The story left me with so many questions.

About ten years later, my husband mentioned that he’d heard his ex-wife’s father had reappeared in his home town. How intriguing! Had he faked his death because of debt? Did he run away to be with another woman, or man? I have to wonder why he couldn’t stay gone forever when he’d hatched the perfect escape plan. It mystifies me to this day. Read Spent Identity. My imagination comes to a conclusion on this very topic!
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GIVEAWAY:
There is a tour wide giveaway for the blog tour of Spent Identity. One winner will win a prize package (US Only) with a total value of $350. The prize package contains the following items:
- 1000 piece puzzle (High Tide)
- Large Beach tote. Handmade in US
- Jewelry Organizer with author’s logo (key design) Made in US
- Vintage silver cuff bracelet (Greek Key design)
- Autographed copies of both books in the Annalisse Series
- Companion lined notebook
Spent Identity Giveaway prize package
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14 comments:

  1. Nice cover! Sounds like a must read.

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  2. Sounds like a good read.I also like the cover. Great prize too. Thank you for this chance to win.

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  3. Can't wait to read this! Beautiful cover by thecway!

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  4. I love the synopsis— it’s so intriguing! And congratulations to the author for picking up those awards.
    — Ann B.

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  5. Thanks for sharing your book and for the giveaway too.

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  6. This sounds like a fascinating book that I would enjoy reading.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  7. Love the cover and sounds like a great read

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  8. Like the cover, sounds good!

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  9. Nice cover. I liked the synopsis and excerpt. It sounds like a really interesting book, very intriguing. Thank you for sharing.

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  10. Thanks for sharing your book and for the giveaway.

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  11. Thank you for the lovely comments and Many thanks to All the Ups and Downs for being a part of the Spent Identity Tour! I hope you all get a chance to read the series. Good Luck in the Giveaway!

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  12. I read book#1 in this series, so I am really looking forward to reading
    Spent Identity, book #2.

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  13. The cover art is beautiful and the series sounds like a fantastic mystery read. Best wishes to the author on the new release and the series as a whole.

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