Wednesday, July 30, 2008

All Kinds of Good Stuff !!!

Do you remember when we had Kate Davies come on the blog and talk about her favorite Beach Reads? Well she has picked a winner from that post and flchen1 you have been chosen by Kate to receive an e-copy of Hooked! Just send her an email at kate@kate-davies.com with your information!


Also, I have personally chosen a winner for the Lucy Monroe Ready prize pack. WK, you have won the prize!!! If the winner can send me an email at lucymonroe.promo@gmail.com with all of your information, I can go ahead and get the prize sent out. Remember to leave your comments in a chance to win more great prizes from Lucy Monroe! Below I have chosen a great excerpt from Ready and I hope you enjoy it. Stay cool out there!



{EXCERPT}

A crash came from inside the apartment. Then silence. He knocked again, louder this time.

Again there was no response.

He called out her name, but absolutely no sound came from the apartment.

Had she fallen and hurt herself? She wasn’t always completely aware and he’d seen her walk straight into a wall when her eyes were hazy with a certain look she got.

His fist against the door made it shake within its frame.

Still nothing.

He surveyed the locks on the door. They were too basic to be of any real use at keeping out the criminal element. He didn’t even hesitate.

He had the door open faster than if he’d had a key.

A slight whoosh of air to his left sent him into immediate battle ready mode. Reflexes honed by six years in the Army Rangers and a decade spent as a mercenary took over. He swung toward the faint sound, his hand coming up to block the blow.

He grabbed the poker before it connected with his head and had his assailant in a headlock before he realized it was Lise.

He tossed the cast-iron poker aside and spun her to face him, her dark blonde hair flying around her face. “What the hell are you trying to do?”

Big hazel eyes stared back at him with a glazed look he’d come to know all too well in his profession.

Terror.

Her breath came in shallow pants and her sweatshirt clad arms were trembling.

What the hell was going on?

“Why didn’t you answer the door?”

Her mouth moved, but nothing came out.

He shook her gently. “Speak, Lise.”

Her eyes blinked and then filled with tears.

“Damn it.” He hauled her against him and wrapped his arms around her.

He’d really frightened her when he forced his way into her apartment. He hadn’t considered that possibility when he picked her locks. He should have.

She was a small town Texas girl living in the big city.

Obviously, she hadn’t acclimated well.

Her body shook against him and he felt like a real heel.

“I didn’t mean to scare you, little one.”

Lise’s fingers were digging into his shirt, holding the denim so tight, he’d lose the shirt before he lost her grip. She pressed her face into his chest as if she was literally burrowing into him.

“Joshua?” It was the first recognizable sound she’d made in over a minute.

“Yeah?”

“What are you doing here?”

“You told Bella you weren’t going to Texas for Thanksgiving.”

Lise shuddered. “No. I’m not going.”

She didn’t sound like she had a cold. Her usually soft voice was strained, but not in a way that could be misinterpreted as being caused by a scratchy throat.

He rubbed her back.

It just seemed like the right thing to do.

She responded by relaxing her hold on his shirt just the tiniest bit. He kept it up, talking to her in the same tone of voice he’d used to calm the little boy he’d liberated on his last mission. He used similar words too, telling her it was all right, that he wouldn’t let anything happen to her, that she was going to be okay.

It took almost as long as it had taken him with the boy before she relaxed enough to step away from him. When she did and he got his first good look at her face, he winced.

He’d seen snow with more color than her skin, except the purple bruises under her eyes. Her bow-shaped mouth trembled.

“Lise, you don’t belong in Seattle.”

“H-how...” She blinked, made a visible effort to gather herself in and her quivering lips formed words. “How do you figure that?”

“It’s pretty damn obvious to me you aren’t settling into city living. You get an unexpected visitor and you’re practically crawling out of your skin.”

She shook her head and laughed hollowly. “Trust me, moving back to Texas won’t help.”

“Why not?”

“My problems travel with me.”

“What is that supposed to mean?”

She didn’t answer, but this time he didn’t wait around for a reply. He propelled her gently toward the bedroom. “You can tell me about it on the plane. Get your stuff together. We’ve got an eight o’clock flight.”

“No.” She twisted from his guiding hand and stopped, wrapping her arms around herself covering the Dallas Cowboys logo on her sweatshirt.

“I can’t go, Joshua.” Her southern drawl was very pronounced and her voice was on the ragged edge of hysterical.

“Why not?”

She swallowed and looked away from him, her body stiff with stress. “I’m afraid.”

“Of what?”

“I don’t want my family hurt because of me.” Her eyes were both pleading and wild. “If I go to Texas right now it could put them all at risk, even little Genevieve.”

He bit back an ugly word. “Explain.”

“I’m being stalked.”

20 comments:

Denysé said...

And then what???? You leave it with "I'm being stalked!!!" *lol* Lucy kills me when she does this, I'm getting old, it's not good for my heart!!

Seriously... this is GREAT!!! Can't wait to read more!!!!

Hugs,
Denyse

Cryna said...

What a great excerpt. And a real cliffhanger at that. Loved this book.

Maureen said...

Congratulations to the winners and thank you for another wonderful excerpt.

Brandy said...

Congratulations Winners!

Ooh, I'm thinking I need to pick this book off my keeper shelves and dive in!

Jane said...

Congrats to the winners.

Another great excerpt. Little one is a cute endearment.

Lily said...

Congrats to all winners!

Cheri2628 said...

Another great excerpt! I have got to read this book!

Judy said...

This is when I fall in love with Joshua, and the first of many favorite passages. The "little one" is not often used and endearing. Then the way he comforts and wants to protect. Just wow.

Amy said...

Congratulations to all the winners.

I love all of Lucy's books but Ready is one of my very favorites. Great excerpt

robynl said...

congrats flechen1 and WK.

love the excerpt.

lidia said...

Congratulations to the winners!

I loved "Ready." You picked a great excerpt.

kimmyl said...

Congrats to the winners!!!!! I loved the excerpt.

CrystalGB said...

Great excerpt. Congratulations to the winners.

Sandra08081998 said...

Congratulations to the winners. Another nice excerpt.

limecello said...

Congratulations, you lucky winners! And I love love loved Ready. I need to go get it... I've re read it so many times :P

Susan said...

Congratulations to the winners!

How could you stop the excerpt there!!!

flchen1 said...

Terrific excerpt!! And thank you! Going to e-mail now :)

WK said...

Ohhhh Thank you, thank you thank you!!!

Great excerpt and I can't wait!!

Emailed you.

hugs,
Wendyk
highlandlovesong@yahoo.com

Michele L. said...

Awesome excerpt! Those cliff hangers are killing me! I know, I must run out and get the book to find out what happens next! Get out of my way! (rushing out the door...)

Anyway, congrats ladies! You are so lucky to win prizes from Lucy! She is fab!

Michele L.

Amy said...

Great Blurb and a fantastic read.