Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Book Spotlight and Giveaway


Hello and welcome! Today I have with me author Cara Marsi. Don't forget to leave a comment because one lucky person will win a FREE e-copy of her book!

BLURB:
Lexie Cortese is in Rome to forget. The last thing she expects is to meet a sexy Interpol agent who suspects her of being part of a terrorist plot involving a stolen diamond. Suddenly thrust into a world of murders, muggings, and kidnappings, Lexie doesn’t know what to think—or who to believe.
Dominic Brioni’s assignment is simple. Befriend the American and bring her to justice. Only Lexie seems the most unlikely terrorist Dominic has ever met. Sweet, determined, and direct, she faces life with courage and fire, a fire that sparks his protective instincts and a longing for something more—something he allowed himself to hope for only once before.
But that woman betrayed him, and his boss isn’t about to let him forget it. With his career on the line and Lexie in danger, will Dominic learn to trust his heart before they both get killed.

EXCERPT:

Lexie had started to run to him when someone grabbed her arm, pulling her around. A man, his face hidden by a ski mask, held tightly to her. Her shock ratcheted to fear. “Let go,” she yelled, trying to jerk her arm away from him, but his grip tightened. The dim light from the balcony above illuminated his flat black eyes. She had seen those eyes before. Holy shit. She was in trouble. The masked man grabbed for her purse. She screamed, and with strength she didn’t know she possessed, whammed him on the head with her purse. He staggered back, swearing, and slipped and fell. Lights and freedom beckoned from the nearby Via Corsi, but all Lexie could think about was Dominic. Turning on her heels, she ran to him, slipping on the ancient stones herself as Dominic struggled to stand. But before she could reach him, the mugger caught up with her and grabbed her shoulder, twisting her around. Dominic sprang up and flew at the mugger, knocking him to the ground. The two men grappled, rolling together on the cobbled street. Lexie, her heart thumping wildly, looked for an opening to bean the mugger again, to give Dominic a better chance at overcoming him.
“Stop it! Stop it! Leave him alone!” The mugger ended up on top, and she whaled away with her bag, getting in any shot she could.
Shouts and the slap of running feet vibrated through the alley. The mugger swore, jumped up, and raced away, a few men giving chase. Several others helped Dominic to stand, yelling in excited voices, and gesturing toward where their attacker had disappeared.
Dominic winced in pain. Lexie looked down at his ripped, blood-soaked pant leg. “Dominic, you’ve got to get to the hospital. You’re bleeding.”
“I’m okay,” he said. “It is nothing.” Brushing dirt off his jacket, he turned to the men and said something in rapid Italian. With nods, they strode away.
Breathing heavily, Lexie disagreed. “You’re not okay. We’ll get a cab and take you to the hospital.”
He cupped her shoulders. “I’ve been through worse. I’m fine. Are you okay? Did he hurt you?”
“No. I’m…” The full impact of what had happened hit her. The adrenaline that had given her strength suddenly dissipated and she began to tremble. “I’m not okay.”
“Lexie.” Dominic moved forward to take her into his arms. She held on for dear life, needing his strength. He rubbed his hand along her back. “It’s okay, Lexie. We’re both okay. You’re safe with me.”
She clung to him. It wasn’t her imagination. Strange things were happening. She had nothing anyone could want. She didn’t know who to trust. Dominic said she was safe with him. But was she really?

24 comments:

Kelly Moran said...

*NOTE* Please be sure you are leaving your email addy in your post, or letting me know where to find you, IE: Facebook, Goodreads, Blogger, etc, so we can contact you if you won.

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Evelyn said...

Sounds like a great read and I love the setting.

Brenda Whiteside said...

Cara, sounds like a great read. congrats on publishing it.
Brenda
brenda@brendawhiteside.com

Laurie Sorensen said...

Love the cover, and the blurb was great...hope to win this one...

Laurie Sorensen
nights_salvation@yahoo.com

Cara Marsi said...

Kelly, thank you for featuring Murder, Mi Amore, a book close to my heart. I'm happy to announce Murder, Mi Amore is also an EPPIE finalist for best romantic suspense. Thanks for your comments, everyone.

Vicki Batman said...

Hi, Cara. Again, congratulations on the EPPIE finalist. You are a fantastic writer. oxox

Jennifer Labelle said...

This sounds like a great read. I've read Cursed Mates, and Logan's Redemption and loved them both. I'd love to enter the contest, but regardless this one is on my TBR list. Congrats on being chosen as an EPPIE finalist Cara :)

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Lynne Marshall said...

Thanks for the blurb and excerpt. Sounds like another great read from Cara Marsi!
BTW, nice blog, Kelly! I'm a first time visitor.

Debbie said...

Sounds wonderful, going to check out Logan's Redemption on amazon now. Thanks for excerpt.
debdan2002 at yahoo dot com

Alyson Reuben said...

Ooh, this one sounds right up my alley! I have a thing for espionage and intrigue stories. BTW, congrats for Murder, Mi Amore being an Eppie finalist!

TessStJohn said...

It's just the most delightful read!! As are all of Cara's books!!!

desitheblonde said...

this one is great book i love the cover of it stands out and then it got jazz to it
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Milly~ said...

Sounds very intriguing and now I want more! LOL!

Milly~ said...

Oops...my email is milly@mac.com

Cara Marsi said...

Thanks for commenting, everyone, and thanks for your kind words. Good luck in the drawing.

Kelly Moran said...

Grats, Cara. That is awesome!

Harlie Reader said...

Love the blurb and excerpt. Thanks for sharing. Following as Harlie Reader.

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LaVerne Clark said...

I've got Logan's Redemption waiting for me on my Kindle too : )
Reading your excerpt reminded me I want a copy of Murder, Mi Amore! Massive congrats on being an Eppie finalist! That is wonderful news!

LaVerne Clark said...

Silly me!
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Cara Marsi said...

I really appreciate everyone's support. Thank you.

Lisa Mason said...

Hi Cara, the book sounds like it's got a good mix of intrigue and romance. Good Luck!

Marianne Stephens said...

Intriguing excerpt...who is the man behind the mask?

Sarah Butland said...

This sounds very interesting and I know of several others who will like it just as much as I will.

Kelly Moran said...

And the winner is Harley Reader. Grats, you'll get an email soon.

Thanks to Cara for being here, and come back soon, everyone.