Friday, July 8, 2016

Virtual Tour w/Giveaway: Deceived by Kate Serine


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DECEIVED
Dark Alliance #1
Kate SeRine
Releasing June 28th, 2016
Zebra


Luke Rogan's assignment is simple: secure young Elijah Scoffield and his mother and bring them back to headquarters--just an ordinary mission for an operative of the Dark Alliance. But Elijah is no ordinary kid. He's the grandson of one of the country's most influential politicians--a man privy to the Alliance's most valuable secrets, including its centuries-long connection to the Knights Templar. And someone else is attempting to capture the boy--someone who's proven he doesn't give a damn about collateral damage. . . 


Heartbroken at the lies that tore her world apart, Sarah Scoffield will do anything to protect her son--even if that means teaming up with a deadly stranger. But Sarah soon finds herself falling in love with her dark hero. And as danger stalks ever closer, the fiery desire that claims them awakens in Sarah passions she'd thought dead and buried long ago. . . 


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“I thought we were safe here,” Sarah said, her arms crossed over her chest.
“We’re as safe here as anywhere until we get to my place,” Luke assured her.
She lifted a brow. “Yet you’re acting like you expect someone to come barging in and attack us at any moment.”
He took a step closer and immediately realized his mistake when his heart started pounding at the nearness of her. Shit. He shoved his hands into his pockets to keep from touching her. “If being paranoid is what’s going to keep you and your son alive,” he said, “then guilty as charged.”
“Please don’t take this the wrong way, Luke,” she began, edging closer, damn it all, “but why does it matter so much to you if Eli and I are safe? You don’t know us. I get that you’ve been given an order, but I also heard you talking to your commander and know you’d rather be somewhere else. If you’d insisted that someone else watch over us, I would’ve understood. I can just go to the police, tell them what happened. I’m sure it’ll be fine.”
Luke stared at her for a long moment, trying to figure out the answer to her question. Hell if he knew why it mattered so much to him that he keep them safe. In the technical sense, he protected people every day and had for going on fifteen years when he added up his time in the military and then working for the government and now with the Alliance. But she was right—this assignment was hitting him on a level he hadn’t anticipated.

“I guess because, when I wasn’t much older than Eli, someone took my mother and me in, watched over us when we needed it,” he finally said, not sure where the explanation was even coming from. “And someone else did the same thing for me again a few years ago when I was in a really dark place—except this time the enemy I was up against was myself. If it wasn’t for that person stepping in, I don’t know where I’d be. But dead is a damned good bet.”
Sarah straightened. “Oh. God. I’m sorry.”
“Don’t be,” Luke told her. He shook his head as his vision went a little blurry. Suddenly too tired to stand, he leaned against the edge of the sink. “I made a promise to keep you and Eli safe, Sarah. I’ll keep it. There’s no way I’d abandon you, so don’t worry about it.”
The next thing he knew, Sarah’s arms were around his neck, hugging him tightly. He resisted the urge to wrap his arms around her and hold her close, to bury his face in her hair and let the warmth of her wash over him. But when she pressed a kiss to his cheek and whispered, “Thank you,” in his ear, he almost gave in.
Fortunately, before he could move, she stepped away and hurried back into the room with Eli, leaving Luke gaping at the empty doorway and wondering exactly what the hell he’d gotten himself into…







Kate SeRine (pronounced “serene”) is a hopeless romantic who firmly believes in true love that lasts forever. So it's no surprise that when she began writing her own stories, Kate vowed her characters would always have a happily ever after.

Kate lives in a smallish, quintessentially Midwestern town with her husband and two sons, who share her love of storytelling. She never tires of creating new worlds to share and is even now working on her next project—probably while consuming way too much coffee.

Kate is also the author of the award-winning Transplanted Tales paranormal romance series and the Protect & Serve romantic suspense series.

Connect with Kate at www.kateserine.com, Facebook.com/kateserine, or on Twitter @KateSeRine.



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Blog Tour w/Giveaway: Gian by Lisa Cardiff

Title: GIAN
Series: Trassato Crime Family #1
Author: Lisa Cardiff
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: June 28, 2016
I only ever had one dream—my name in bright lights for the world to see. And I had a plan to make it all happen.
Move to New York. Find an agent. Work hard. Then with a little luck mixed in with some natural talent, I’d be a Broadway star.
One devastating injury and a broken engagement later, I have nothing to show for my life except an empty bank account and a jaded heart.Desperate to salvage my dreams, I agree to interview for a job with my best friend’s brother, Gian Trassato.
Gian is charming. He’s magnetic. He’s connected to the Trassato Crime Family, and everything I should stay away from, but I don’t have a choice. I need the job. 
Just when I thought I was about to get my life and career back on track, I make one thoughtless mistake. I go back to the club to pick up my purse and witness something Gian’s enemies would kill to keep secret.
Now I’m being sucked deeper and deeper into a terrifying world I don’t understand…
Friends and enemies are interchangeable. Honor and family are everything. And the scariest part of all…I might actually be getting lost in Gian.
"Sexy. Gritty. Passionate. Intense. Gian is going to rock your world."
"I really liked this book. Clubs, Mobsters, drive-bys oh my!"
I wanted to spend the night getting lost in this woman. I wanted to kiss her. Taste her. Adore her. I wanted to put the past and the future in a sealed box and pretend it didn’t exist for a few hours. I should walk out this door right now, but the longer I looked at her, the more my logic crumbled. I leaned forward, my lips only a whisper away from hers. My brain cells scrambled. I smelled a hint of jasmine. I saw the tiny gold flecks in her otherwise dark irises. I counted the sprinkle of freckles on her nose. She had seven. It was my new favorite number. Fuck Tony. He could wait. “Evie,” I groaned, unable to resist any longer. She was the forbidden fruit, and I needed another taste of her brand of sin. I let my lips glide across hers. Once. Twice. Her eyes drifted closed, and a faint hum slipped through her full lips. “Gian, what the hell are we doing?” “I don’t know.” And I didn’t. This was madness.
 
After spending years practicing law and running a real estate development company with her husband, Lisa decided to pursue her dream of becoming a writer and she must confess that inventing characters is so much more fun than writing contracts and legal briefs. A native of Colorado, she lives with her husband and three children in Denver.
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Blog Tour w/Giveaway: Across Borders by Lee Ducote

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Today is my stop during the blog tour for Across Borders by Lee DuCote. Across Borders is a standalone romance book. This blog tour is organized by Lola's Blog Tours and runs from 28 June till 18 July. You can see the tour schedule here.

Across BordersAcross Borders
by Lee DuCote
Genre: Romance/ Crime
Age category: Adult
Release Date: February 21, 2016

Blurb:
In Across Borders, Lawson Caine, a seasoned Border Patrol agent, is stationed in Presidio Texas with legendary lawman Capt. James Garrett. Lawson, who is from a long linage of lawmen, has gained the respect and reverence from his team, Dale Chanson, Terry Bennet, and the crazy member, Alex Sweeny.

Lawson never expected anything to come between his dedication with the Border Patrol and his brotherhood with Sweeny until he meets local pharmacy owner, Lia Gonzales. Against her father’s wishes Lia continues to see Lawson not realizing the inevitable consequences.

In this story of protecting others on the border and the heartache of relationships you will find yourself in the lives of those who have sworn to uphold the law, no matter the cost.


You can find Across Borders on Goodreads

You can buy Across Borders here:
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Excerpt:
Chapter 2



Sitting on a boulder, Cap carefully rolled his cigarette from the tobacco that was balancing on his leg in the leather porch handed down from his father. He pulled out a Zippo lighter and lit the freshly rolled cigarette, drawing in a deep breath of smoke. Exhaling toward the sky, he looked back down at his team, who were taking a mid-day break in their favorite swimming hole just south of Presidio. He smirked and made his usual sound, “huh,” with all the young men in their boxer briefs, all with the exception of one.
Alex Sweeny, the craziest one of the team, was baring all as he stood on a taller boulder antagonizing the men below by slapping his butt. “Here’s a full moon cannon ball!” he yelled, taking a running jump into the water.
“You’re such an idiot! Nobody wants to see you naked,” Dale yelled, splashing water toward Sweeny as he emerged. Dale was the youngest of the five team members and only a few months out of the academy, and his expressive, outspoken, chatty nature fit him in perfectly with the rest of the team.
“You’re just jealous because I’m ALL MAN!” Sweeny said, trying to wrap his arms around Dale. Dale did his best to fight him off while the others were laughing.
“Cap, you going to join us?” Lawson yelled up at the grey-haired, thick-leather-skinned man propped up against a boulder.
“Nah, I don’t swim with naked boys,” he yelled back down. Everyone laughed. Cap was set in his ways, but enjoyed the energy of the team that was placed under him. He took another drag and looked up at the sky, the sun beaming down on the red clay rocks as white clouds raced by. With sweat dripping off his forehead, Cap looked down at his watch. “Whatcha say? Give ’em another hour?” he asked a black Rottweiler that was lying in the shade under an overhanging rock. The dog looked up at Cap, panting and showing her teeth as if she understood.
Valentine was not your typical law enforcement dog; not many Rottweilers were made into patrol dogs, but she was special and never missed a command. Sandra, Cap’s wife, had rescued her as a pup and had full intentions of making her a house dog, but Valentine quickly fell in love with Cap and became his partner. It was February 14th when Sandra found her, and the name “Valentine” stuck.
“Come on, girl!” Sweeny yelled from the middle of the creek. Valentine lit out from under the rock and bolted toward the men with her tongue hanging out. Without missing a step, she soared into the water and swam toward Sweeny.
“Damn,” Cap whispered to himself. “She’s riding with you now,” he yelled down at Sweeny.
“Well, Probie, looks like you’re riding with a wet dog,” Sweeny said to Dale.
“I’ll dry her off,” Dale replied.
“Lawson!” Terry, the other agent, yelled from the edge of the creek with a football in hand. Lawson threw up his arms anticipating the pass, and Sweeny quickly swam over to intercept the incoming pass.
“It’s all you,” Lawson said, moving out of Sweeny’s way.
“Y’all are a bunch of little girls. I don’t have cooties,” Sweeny replied.
“Are you sure?” Dale asked.
“Shut-up, Probie,” Sweeny said, catching the ball.
“Cap! Heads up!” Sweeny yelled, then threw the ball in his direction. The pass came up short and hit the rocks below Cap and fell back into the creek. Everyone started laughing at his failed pass. “Oh, all you shut-up. The ball is wet.”
“Give it to me,” Lawson demanded. “Cap!” he yelled. Cap put his cigarette in his lips, knowing that Lawson wouldn’t miss his mark. The ball left Lawson’s hands with a tight spiral, shedding water and missiling toward Cap. Cap’s firm hands clinched the ball as it nailed him without moving. “Show off,” Sweeny said.
“It’s all in the arm.” Lawson curled his arm, making his bicep muscle flex.
Cap threw the ball back, and Lawson and Terry threw it back and forth half a dozen times. Terry was the quiet one of the bunch; he had been with the Border Patrol four years and lived with his wife, who was from Atlanta, Georgia. She had followed him to West Texas for his dream job, but lately had complained that she was melting in the heat and wanted to move back home.
“It’s a warm spot,” Sweeny exclaimed to the guys looking down at the water.
“It could be because Valentine is upstream from you,” Dale replied.
“Is my little girl peeing in the water?” Sweeny said in a baby voice, swimming toward the Rottweiler, who seemed to be relaxed in the water.
“Are we still grilling at your house tonight?” Dale asked Lawson while swimming toward the shore.
“Yep, you know what to bring?” he asked.
“The beer,” Dale replied in a lower tone.
“Aw, don’t worry, Probie, there’ll be another probie coming soon,” Sweeny said.
“They need to hurry; you guys are breaking me,” Dale answered.
“If you need me to buy, I will,” Terry said as Dale reached for his towel.
“No, I got it.”
A call came over the radio for the local BORSTAR team to help with the possibility of a stranded Mexican family found north of Presidio in a remote area. BORSTAR, the Border Patrol Search Trauma and Rescue team, was created in the mid-1990s to help with the growing number of migrant deaths along the border of Mexico and the US. Within the last few years, a large number of families were being led across the border, robbed, and left to die by their own countrymen. These evil individuals were given the nickname coyotes by the Border Patrol, and neither side had any mercy on each other.
Cap and his team were often called to aid the BORSTAR team and saw firsthand the cruelty and deceitfulness these coyotes had on innocent families. They had found men with their throats cut as their children witnessed and women raped and left to die with their children. The horror and evil left a hardened heart in the team members toward the coyotes and the smuggling lord who controlled them.
In the last few years, there had been an individual in Mexico that hired these low life’s to do his dirty work for him while he sat back and got rich. All the branches of law enforcement and military had been working hard to capture this smuggling lord, but had come up short in all extremes; only his name was known as Jose Emmanuel.
Dale and Terry made their way over to Sweeny’s truck with the door open and listened to the action unfold on the radio as BORSTAR made their way to the location.
“I hope when we catch Jose, they hang him like in the old days,” Dale commented.
“He’ll probably never make it to jail,” Terry said.



Lee DuCoteAbout the Author:
Well, I am a husband and father. We always have a house full of teens and college students, mostly Young Life kids. I love the outdoors, hiking, kayaking, stand up paddling, fishing, you know "man stuff" but I'm a sucker for chick flicks. I wrote Fields of Alicia, Waterproof, Across Borders, and the series Micah and have several other novels finished and in the making. And yes I am a raccoon lover, check out Tucker on my social media.

You can find and contact Lee here:
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- Grave Distractions Page

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