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Monday, June 29, 2015

Heat Wave #Giveaway Hop


CONGRATULATIONS TO NIKOLINA V. WHO WON THE GIFT CARD. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO JOINED THE HOP.

SUMMER READ

What makes a good summer read? Back in the days before air conditioning things were slower in the summer because of the heat. We headed for the beach or the shade in the backyard. And we read. When I was growing up, I took a book and an old quilt out to the north side of the house because it was shady in the afternoon. Nancy Drew was my favorite. I read all Mom's books, and then I started getting them for Christmas gifts. The girl detective was my hero. When I decided to write a mystery, I knew I had to have a girl detective. Alex (Alexandra) O'Hara is a PI and would give Nancy Drew a run for her money in THE CASE OF THE BYGONE BROTHER.

After taking over O’Hara & Palzetti, Confidential Investigations from her dad and his partner, Alex's bottom line has taken a plunge. So when a femme fatale offers her the case of a lifetime along with a huge advance, Alex sees her finances on a definite upswing. But someone doesn’t want her to find the long-lost brother. Complicating matters is the return of Alex’s old heartthrob, Nick Palzetti. Is he really there just to see her or does he have an ulterior motive? The Lake Michigan resort town of Fair Haven is abuzz with the news that O’Hara & Palzetti are together again.


Excerpt from THE CASE OF THE BYGONE BROTHER

“Hello, gorgeous.”
I whacked my head on the display shelf.
Well, what would you do if you were lying across the top of a four-drawer lateral file cabinet, and your arm—yardstick attached—was wedged between the wall and the cabinet, trying to retrieve the license renewal application that if you mangled, crushed or couldn’t get would mean the end of your business, and the ex-love-of-your-life stood in the doorway looking at your butt?
The shelf shook on its braces from contact with my head. Never mind that the encounter didn’t do much for the aforementioned body part. The Fair Haven Chamber of Commerce awards rattled, and signed Detroit Tigers baseballs pelted my head, shoulders, and the back of my thigh. I dropped the yardstick and swore.
“I thought you promised your mother you wouldn’t swear anymore.” He would remind me of that vow.
“Relapse,” I muttered as I looked over my shoulder.
In that loose-limbed, cocky manner I once thought scary, sexy, and so cool, Nick Palzetti stood in the doorway to the spare office. He even dressed the same in a black leather jacket, black knit shirt, and jeans that molded his hips. Lordy, he could still make my mouth go dry.
As I wiggled back and sideways across the long cabinet, I felt my skirt ride up. Of all days to wear a skirt. With my foot, I searched for the desk chair I’d climbed to get on top of the cabinet. I’d kicked off my high heels before standing on the chair, probably the only smart thing I’d done so far.
“Red panties, you naughty girl.”
I clamped my legs together. “Quit looking up my skirt.”
“Need a hand?” he asked.
The way my luck was going, he’d start clapping. “No, thanks. I’m fine.”
My foot finally found the chair. It spun away. I swore again. Mom would understand.
“Don’t you know better than to climb on things that move?”
“Gee, I never heard that before.”
Thanks to said skirt and gravity, I started to slide. I grabbed the back of the cabinet and dangled, the front edge digging into my ribs. I could have let go. The cabinet was only five feet high and full. Otherwise it would have toppled over, crushing me. Now, that might have been a good thing. It would’ve put me out of my misery.
Two hands grabbed my waist. Normally, I liked a man’s hands on me. Just not the man who broke my heart fifteen years ago. “Okay, Lexie. I’ve—”
“Don’t call me that,” I snapped. “I go by Alex.” Probably not the best time to assert my name choice.
“Okay, Alex. I’ve got you.” He did. I tried to twist away, lost my grip on the cabinet and fell.
“Gotcha,” he said, a half sec before we tumbled to the hardwood floor. He must have twisted because I landed on top of him. That had to hurt. With my height, I was no light-weight. I looked through a curtain of red. My carefully arranged, very professional chignon had tumbled down. Like the song, thanks to Nick Palzetti, I’d come undone.
“Another fine mess you’ve gotten me into.” I hooked a hank of hair behind my ear and propped my elbow on his chest. “Just like Indiana Jones, hey, Nick? I always knew you’d come back through my door. Of course, I’d rather it was Indy, instead of you.”


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39 comments:

  1. Hmm, I don't know if I have a book "type" for the summer. The Case of the Bygone Brother sounds pretty good though, I think I'll add it to my "to-read" pile soon!

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    1. Thanks, Caitlin. I hope you enjoy it.

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  2. koukkunokka@anvianet.fi

    I'd love to read road trip romance during the summer. I'm on Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson at the moment.

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    1. I don't know that book. I'll check it out, Thanks, Mai T.

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  3. Blogger deleted the Rafflecopter. Arrgh. Caitlin & Mai T., please come back & enter.

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  4. Finally got a copy of The notebook, so i'll be reading that! :)

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    1. A lot of people rave about it. Enjoy.

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  5. I am reading wilderness medicine currently but have some other books I will be starting soon
    cooladam1 at live dot com

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    1. That sounds heavy, John. But if it interests you, that's great.

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  6. whatever's on my TBR

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    1. bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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    2. Hi and welcome back. I recognize your signature. My TBR pile (actually on my Kindle) is so high, I'll have to live another twenty years to finish. :) Good luck on yours.

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  9. I keep forgetting to put my email> heat is getting to me. I life in Tucson it is 112 today. My brain is melting.
    I have several author's books that i have not had a chance to read. Christine Feehan, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Hannah Howel to mane a few.

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    1. No problem, Felicia. I understand. My son lives in Phoenix so I watch the temp out there. Too hot for me! You have some great books for the summer. Enjoy!

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  10. See I did it again falice.sidoma@yahoo.com.
    I have Christin Feehan Sherrilyn Kenyon and Hannah Howell's books to catch up on.

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  12. I'm looking forward to reading Wicked Ride by Rebecca Zanetti. theresafischer@bellsouth.net

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  13. I have to catch up to Cristina Lauren's new books!!
    readingromances.contactATgmailDOTcom

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  14. Dearest Rogue by Elizabeth Hoyt

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  15. I just finished " a court of thrones and roses" AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    thanks for the chance!!

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  16. Next on my list: the beekeeper's apprentice by Laurie R. king

    Pqcolletti@gmail.com

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  17. A Feast for Crows.
    Thanks a lot for the giveaway!
    by.evie at yahoo dot com dot br

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  18. Oh my gosh, guys, you have given me such great suggestions. I wish summer lasted longer to read them all.

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  19. I've got such a huge TBR. I really want to read some books by Jane Austen

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  20. I'm reading my usual, which is primarily a mixture of PNR/urban fantasy, Regency, and Scottish.

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  21. I'm reading a mixture of genres, UF, mystery, romance of all types. Right now I'm reading Double Down by Lissa Ford, a romantic suspense.

    acm05atjuno.com

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  22. I'm hopefully going to make a dent in my TBR!

    Tanyamarieward(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  23. I'm trying to make my TBR smaller... I keep adding stuff and re-reading :D
    alinutza4u2004[at]yahoo[dot]co[dot]uk

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  24. don't know yet whatever I come across that looks good - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  25. I've got quite a pile of things, but just finished M.L. Buchman's Hot Point and Bevery Jenkins' For Your Love, and I am working my way through several yummy Kaje Harper titles. Thanks for the giveaway! elewkf1 at yahoo dot com

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  26. Just finished Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh, and need to read the Master Magician by Charlie Holmberg! lotusg at yahoo dot com

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  27. The Kate Daniels series. Thanks for the giveaway!
    Ann S the.girl.and.the.book at gmail dot com

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  28. Don't have anything specific thus far :) Thanks for the chance!

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