Friday, September 23, 2022

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Never Play Fair (Sydney Evans Mystery Thriller Series #2) by Leah Cupps

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for Never Play Fair by Leah Cupps. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $50 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Never Play Fair
Series: Sydney Evans Mystery Thriller Series #2
Author: Leah Cupps
Publication Date: August 29th 2022
Print Length: 232 pages
Genre: Mystery Thriller
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Can Sydney find her boyfriend in time, or will they both sink to the bottom of the Caribbean Sea?

Instagram Influencer Sydney Evans finds herself entangled in a criminal operation, orchestrated by the Department of Defense in order to bring down an online casino crime ring.

But she only has one motivation: find her FBI boyfriend Alex before he becomes collateral damage.

Sydney must navigate her way through an exclusive Casino yacht party in the middle of the Caribbean sea put on by none other than the notorious Costa Rican gangster, Vincente Estavez.

Never Play Fair is a fast-paced standalone thriller. If you like real-world issues, lavish socialite parties, and electrifying twists and turns, then you’ll love Leah Cupps’ provocative cozy mystery.

**The eBook is on sale for $0.99.**

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EXCERPT:
Just two boats were left now, one already sidled up to the side of the ship, guests boarding one by one. Another waited about fifty feet away, giving the ship wide berth.

A woman with long blonde hair and a tight-fitting black cocktail waited anxiously with the others.

A few moments ago, she had noticed a drop in temperature, a few darker clouds and a rumbling in the distance.

There was a storm coming.

She moved closer to the man who was standing beside her. His cell phone had been taken from him at some point, as had hers. So, they both had little to do but stand and wait. Talking about what had just happened might give them away. And they were so close.

The last passenger boarded the boat in front of them. She was an older woman with white hair that was slicked back against her skull. The last lights from the yacht reflected on her sequined gown, the sparkles glimmering in the dark. Sydney watched her as if hypnotized.

After she had landed clumsily in her seat, the boat pulled away, and the last idling boat took its place. Sydney gripped the hand of the broad shouldered man next to her. Despite his size, his grip was weak.

They exchanged a quick look. His eyes were clouded, but she could see the relief softening his features.

Almost there.

As they moved forward to board, she noticed the sudden silence in the air. The fire alarm had stopped. A jolt of fear ripped through her stomach.

They must have put out the fire down below. Sydney looked around wildly.

Will the evacuation stop?

She pulled his hand towards the idling boat. They would be the first to board. The crew member on the boat gave her companion an odd look when he noticed his bloodied, swollen face.

“He fell on the steps,” she said, trying to assuage his alarm. The man simply nodded and gestured for him to move forward. The waves had gained strength in the last few minutes and the ropes from the boat stretched to their full length. The crew struggled to keep the smaller boat under control.

Another rope was tethered to the cleat alongside the massive yacht. A crew member reached for Sydney’s hand.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Leah Cupps is an entrepreneur and author. She writes Middle Grade Mystery Adventure Books as well as Thriller, Mystery, Suspense for Adults.

Leah’s novels are fast-paced mysteries that will keep you up at night as you can’t wait to see what happens in the next chapter.

Leah lives in Indiana with her husband, three young children and three dogs. When she isn’t losing sleep writing her next novel or scaling her next business, she enjoys reading, golfing working out and spending time with her family.
 
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GIVEAWAY:
Leah Cupps will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. Good luck!

(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prize. Goddess Fish Promotions and the author assume all responsibility over the giveaway.)

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107 comments:

  1. What is your favorite time of day to do your writing?

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  2. Have you bought any pumpkins or seasonal gourds? I like to buy the most disgusting, warty ones! Perfect for spooky season

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  3. This sounds like an exciting book.

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  4. What beverage do you like to have on hand while writing?

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  5. Sounds like an interesting book.

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  6. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  7. Happy Friday! An intriguing cover, synopsis and excerpt, Never Play Fair sounds like a thrilling read and I am looking forward to it. Do you have any reading or writing plans for the weekend?

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  8. You are a new author for me- after reading the book excerpt- I definatly want to read this book-thanks

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  9. Sounds like an awesome story.

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  10. My brother would like this book.
    Thanks for the contest.

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  11. This sounds like a great book!

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  12. Do you have any advice for new writers?

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  13. if you could meet a famous person who would it be

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  14. Mystery Thriller - favorite genre of mine!
    A must read soon.
    Thank you for sharing this with us.

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  15. Thank you for hosting. I am trying to get into thrillers (tired of the romance!)

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  16. This looks like a great thriller. wowowow

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  17. The excerpt is interesting. Thank you for sharing it.

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  18. Congratulations on your release of Never Play Fair, Leah, I enjoyed the excerpt and your book sounds like a thrilling, edge of my seat read! Good luck with your book and the tour!

    Thanks for sharing it with me and have an awesome weekend!

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  19. Thanks for the great excerpt. The book sounds intriguing. Great cover!

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

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  21. Me and hubby are avid readers. Thanks so much for the chance.

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  22. What is your favorite book that has been turned into a movie(s)?

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  23. The book sounds interesting. email, r.d1@myfairpoint.net

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  24. Have a safe week.

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  25. Do you ever regret writing one of your books?

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  26. Great giveaway!

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  27. What's your favourite genre of books?

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  28. This sounds like a fantastic read!

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  29. was it hard choosing the title for the book

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  30. Where is your favourite place to shop?

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  31. What inspires you?

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  32. thanks this sounds like an amazing book

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  33. Do you find it hard to write on sunny days?

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  34. Have you ever received any negative feedback on your books?

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  35. Have you ever been to a GLBT+ pride parade?

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  36. Sounds like an incredible read.

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  37. David HollingsworthOctober 1, 2022 at 5:27 PM

    Happy weekend!

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  38. What's the worst weather you've ever been in?

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  39. I love your book cover - really shows off the suspense. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  40. David HollingsworthOctober 2, 2022 at 1:55 PM

    Congrats on the book!

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  41. I hope you have a productive week.

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  42. What will you dress up as for Halloween?

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  43. looks like another beautiful week

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  44. What part of the book did you have the hardest time writing?

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  45. David HollingsworthOctober 3, 2022 at 7:44 PM

    I love that cover!

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  46. do you use the same cover designer for all your books

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  47. DAVID hollingsworthOctober 4, 2022 at 6:24 PM

    What inspires the books you write?

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  48. thanks this sounds like an interesting book

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  49. This looks like a great read. The plot is intriguing.

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  50. I can't wait to see if she finds Alex in time!

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  51. I hope you are having a great Wednesday.

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  52. David HollingsworthOctober 6, 2022 at 1:00 AM

    What's your favorite snack?

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  53. looks like a fun one

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  54. What is your favorite holiday of the year?

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  55. Sounds like a great Mystery Thriller. I like the cover and excerpt.

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  56. LAST DAY
    Thanks for the contest.

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  57. Good luck on all your future endeavors.

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  58. This book sounds interesting because it is really a different idea for a book. Sounds good to me.

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  59. David HollingsworthOctober 7, 2022 at 7:57 PM

    Hope your life is better than mine.

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  60. I love that this story is about a strong heroine. It features all the spy tropes I love: romance, danger, exotic locales, and espionage!

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  61. The book sounds fun to read. Thanks for the introduction.

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