Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Book Pimping...Linda Winfree's "Hold On to Me"

She keeps a secret buried in the past. He wants the truth—now. But an unknown killer could destroy their future.

by Linda Winfree
Book Three of Hearts of the South

For FBI profiler Caitlin Falconetti, immersing herself in her job is the only way to quell the memories of a vicious, near-fatal attack and what it cost her, including the only man she ever loved. Better to let him think she simply rejected him, rather than reveal a painful secret that she's certain would have destroyed his feelings for her.

Investigator Lamar “Tick” Calvert is determined to clean out the corruption-riddled sheriff’s department in his hometown. While he understands Caitlin's drive to excel at her job, that doesn’t mean he's happy about the prospect of working with his former lover, the one woman he tried and failed to hold onto.

A rash of unsolved murders, including a politician's daughter, brings them together to find the murderer before another woman dies. Daily contact re-ignites the lingering attraction between them, but Caitlin won't risk opening herself and revealing her secret. She plans to complete the killer's profile, make an arrest and get out of town for good.

Tick plans to solve this case, too, but now that Caitlin's back in his life, he also plans to finally dig up the truth about why she left him.

But there's an added complication—the killer isn't done, and Caitlin could be the next target.


Excerpt:



A beige Chevy sedan pulled into the driveway and Tick paused by his dusty 4x4, a hand raised against the glare off the car’s windshield. Another lost insurance salesperson who hadn’t figured out Long Lonesome Road turned into Old Lonely Road two intersections back.

The car door opened and a pair of black, high-heeled loafers kicked up tiny puffs of dust. No-nonsense shoes, but nice ankles. If she was blonde, maybe he’d have his life insurance coverage reevaluated. The woman stepped from the car and sunlight glinted off glossy black hair. Recognition slammed through him, stopping the breath in his throat.

She walked toward him, a black suit and ivory blouse hugging her slim, athletic body. His gaze dropped to long runner’s legs, made to wrap around a man’s waist, and he couldn’t help remembering having them around his. Arousal jolted him, hard, and fury rushed through him, even harder. He jerked his attention back to her face, the deep green eyes he knew so well hidden from him by dark sunglasses.

“Hello, Calvert.”

He’d always loved hearing her say his name, the way her husky voice with its hint of a cultured Texas drawl wound around the syllables. He still had dreams about that voice. Holy hell. This was really happening. Caitlin Falconetti stood before him in all her Bureau glory, and he was dirty, wet, and smelled of dead chicken. He swallowed and pushed all the relentless anger into his voice.

“Falconetti. What brings you to the wilds and badlands of Georgia?”

27 comments:

Jennifer Y. said...

Oooh...that sounds really good!

Jane said...

I read a different excerpt on the Samhain blog and it was hot.

Stefanie said...

Great excerpt!

Sue A. said...

I love stories where there's already a history between the leads. The excerpt was super!

Stacy S said...

It sounds like a great book!

Linda Winfree said...

Hi! I'm glad you're intrigued, Jennifer. :-)

Jane, I *love* the scene the excerpt on the Samhain blog came from. It is the favorite love scene I've written. (And later, he gets his own back for her handcuffing him to the coffee table!)

Glad you liked it, Stephanie. There's another at the Samhain website and also one on the Samhain blog (http://www.samhainpublishing.com).

Sue, I love a romance with history between the h/H, too. Theirs is pretty angsty, with some recent hurts and the secret he's keeping from her.

Thanks, Stacy! It's my favorite of the ones I've sold -- took me NINE years to get it right.

Amy said...

Love the excerpt. I can hardly wait to pick up my copy

blessedheart said...

I loved the excerpt. It sounds like a very intriguing story!

Blessings,
Rhonda :)

tam said...

This book sounds really good!!!!

Susan said...

Hearts of the South sounds wonderful! The excerpt is great.

Cathy said...

This is book 3?? Man, where have I been anyway, lol. Great excerpt, will definitely have to go check out this series.

CrystalGB said...

Sounds like a great book. :)

Estella said...

Great excerpt!

Linda Winfree said...

Y'all are making me feel so good!

Cathy, there are currently six books contracted for the Hearts of the South series. Books 1 & 2, TRUTH AND CONSEQUENCES and HIS ORDINARY LIFE, are available in ebook form. All will be released as print releases next year.

You can find more info, excerpts, etc. at my samhain author page (http://www.samhainpublishing.com/authors/linda-winfree) and my website, www.lindawinfree.com.

Also there's a prequel to HOLD ON TO ME available at my yahoo group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Linda_Winfree.

Cherie J said...

Ooh! This sounds great!

tara said...

Well I will say it again*****sounds great!!!

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Lily said...

I have to honestly say I liked this blog title!!

Laura K said...

Can any of us book pimp for you, too? What a cool title to your blog!

Nathalie said...

Thanks for the excerpt... I am always discovering new authors!

Linda Winfree said...

I'm so glad y'all are liking the excerpt . . . so I'm sneaking another snippet in here.
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Jeff dropped his gaze to his report again. His pen scratched across the paper. Tick stepped forward to lay out the remaining case dossiers on the table. His lean body was tense, his movements jerky. Caitlin folded her arms over her midriff. The last time she’d seen him that uptight had been during the Reese rape case, more personal to him than anything he’d ever worked before.

How much of that taut, vibrating stiffness was because of her? She’d hurt him badly, she knew that, but she’d had a damn good reason. And it had been months. Surely, this was case-related stress…

A different awareness prickled over her skin. Apprehension gripping her stomach, she glanced to her left and found Cookie watching her.

Watching her watch Tick.

Discomfited, she held his gaze but he didn’t look away. He studied her, his gray eyes sharp and assessing, openly interested. Oh, God. How much of her emotions had been on her face?

Linda Winfree said...

And isn't "book pimping" the best title ever?! Lucy is so awesome! (Which would explain the number of Lucy Monroe ebooks on my hard drive, probably, LOL).

Brandy said...

Ooh, this sounds good. I'll have to check it out on Samhaim.

Lucy Monroe said...

LOL I think it was JudyF who introduced me to the concept of being a book pimp - might have been BadBarb (on Lori Foster's message loop). Anyway, I loved the idea and still do. And you are all welcome to "pimp" my books or anyone else's (LOL) any time you like! ;-)

Cryna said...

This book looks really good, I will have to check it out.

Lori said...

The first two books in this series have kept me absolutely riveted. Seriously. I haven't been jaw-dropping blown away by a book in so long, but the first one just broke my heart practically from the first page and kept me going from there. Fabulous.

Linda Winfree said...

Lori! What a fabulous thing for this author to read, on a REALLY stressful day.

Thanks so much for posting this. I needed it. :-)