Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Book Spotlight & Giveaway


Welcome! Today I have with me author Cara Marsi, who's giving away a FREE copy of her book, MURDER MI AMORE.

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?

15 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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Rhonda D said...

This sounds like a really great read! Full of suspense and action. I can't wait to read it and see what Dominic decides to do and to hear the story of him getting betrayed as well. I love these kind of romances. Thank you so much for sharing!
slinkydennis@yahoo.com

Teresa K. said...

Oh how I love entrigue in a good romance.
I can't wait to read.

Teresa K.
tcwgrlup41(at)yahoo(dot)com

Lyndi Alexander said...

What a romantic setting and a great juxtaposition of hero and heroine! Just shows that getting away to forget doesn't pay sometimes, right? Hope it all turns out right for them.

Lyndialexander at gmail dot com

Harlie Reader said...

I loved this book Cara! :)

Marika

TessStJohn said...

This is one of my favorite of Cara Marsi's books!! Just loved it!!! It's a story with everything!

Cara Marsi said...

Thank you, everyone, for commenting. And thank you, Kelly, for having me. I've tried to comment all day and Blogger is giving me a problem so I'm trying something new. Hope this comment shows up.

RW1010 said...

This book sounds awesome! Thanks for sharing Kelly & Cara!
Robin in NC
RW620@aol.com

J K Maze said...

The excerpt has me hooked. I have to read this book. Characters and plot are intriguing.

Joan K. Maze
jkm1024@comcast.net

Kelly Moran said...

Hi Cara. No worries, the comment showed. I had the same issue on my last blog tour too.

Kelly Moran said...

And the winner is, Rhonda! Grats, you'll get an email soon.
Big thanks to Cara for being here, and come back soon everyone! XO

Cara Marsi said...

Thanks again to Kelly and everyone who commented. And congrats, Rhonda. I'll send you an email.

JackieW said...

I would love to read this story...hope I win.
JFWisherd@aol.com

JOYE said...

Thanks for the opportunity towin this book...it sounds like one I would enjoy reading.
JWIsley(at)aol(dot)com

Janice said...

Love the premise, Cara! It's on my wish list!