Thursday, July 14, 2022

Book Blitz and Giveaway: Committed (Atlanta's Finest Series #8) by Sharon C. Cooper

Title: Committed
Series: Atlanta's Finest Series #8
Author: Sharon C. Cooper
Publisher: Amaris Publishing
Publication Date: July 8th 2022
Print Length: 239 pages
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Even when he does good, he’s still bad…

Lazarus “Laz” Dimas made plenty of enemies as an Atlanta police detective. Now that he is a security specialist and married with a family, he does everything by the book…mostly. It’s not until someone threatens his family that he falls back into his old, lethal behavior and resurrects his former mantra: By Any Means Necessary.

Journey has it all—an amazing husband, a rewarding career as an assistant district attorney and the most adorable baby girl. Yet, she wants more. She wants to be elected Atlanta’s next district attorney.

Laz is always supportive and makes sure she wants for nothing, but not this time. He insists she choose—their marriage or the job she desires. It should be an easy decision, but it takes almost losing everything she holds dear before Journey checks her priorities.

And when tragedy threatens to rip her and Laz’s relationship apart, they must fight to keep it together…but is it too late?

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She paced the length of their bedroom twice to calm herself. It wasn’t working. Not even the soft lighting emitting from the bedside table lamps and the tranquil blue-gray walls could soothe her tattered nerves. By the time Laz walked in, she hoped to have quieted the angry thoughts running through her mind.

Instead, she wanted to knock some sense into her husband.

But when she swung around to face him, some of her anger drifted out of her like air from a balloon. Her big, strong man was hunched forward slightly and clearly in pain. His long, dark hair was pulled back into a ponytail at the nape of his neck, giving her a clear view of his pale face and pinched features.

Without a word, he shuffled past her and sat in an overstuffed chair near the windows. The blinds were drawn, and he didn’t bother turning on the lamp perched on the small table between the chairs. It was semi-dark in that corner, but there was just enough light in the room for her to see him watching her.

“I hate this,” she mumbled, unsure what part she hated the most. The fact that they were fighting or the fact that he wasn’t himself tonight.

She wanted so bad to go sit in his lap and wrap her arms around him. Something she did often, but she couldn’t. Unless she wanted her ass to end up on the carpeted floor because she had a feeling that that was where he’d dump her if she tried to snuggle up to him. He might be in serious pain, but the way he was glaring at her with his beautiful hazel-green eyes told her he was ready for a fight.

“I’m sorry, all right?” Journey said. “God knows I wish I was there to…”

“No.” Laz shook his head. “I’m glad you weren’t at the scene. I have never been as afraid as I was knowing there was a chance that Arielle could’ve been hit by a bullet. I can’t even explain that type of fear, but it would’ve killed me had you been there and in danger. I wouldn’t have been able to handle it.”

Her heart flipped inside of her chest. She had no doubt that he would’ve done the same thing he did—fight to get to her and make sure she was safe. With him sharing that information with so much emotion in his tone, she knew their love for each other was stronger than any disagreement they could ever have.

Yet, the tension between them was proof that it took more than love to keep a marriage together.


“I just wanted you to be there when I needed you the most—after everything went down. Arielle was inconsolable and hearing the fear in her cries…” His words trailed off, and Journey thought he was done talking, but then he said, “I needed you.”
USA Today bestselling author Sharon C. Cooper loves anything involving romance with a happily-ever-after, whether in books, movies, or real life. She writes contemporary romance, as well as romantic suspense and enjoys rainy days, carpet picnics, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Her stories have won numerous awards over the years, and when Sharon isn’t writing, she’s hanging out with her amazing husband, doing volunteer work, or reading a good book (a romance of course).

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  1. sounds like a really good book. I look discovering new titles with this.

  2. You are a new author for me- after reading the excerpt-I would like to start reading your books-thanks

  3. This sounds like a fun read! I've never read this genre before, maybe I'll give it a try...sounds juicy!

  4. I like the setting of the book. My son just moved to Atlanta and it's a cool place.

  5. The sounds like a great read and thanks for sharing!

  6. Do you have any advice for new writers?

  7. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you for the giveaway!