Sizzling Summer Nights Blog Hop Aug. 1 to 3! Win A Kindle Fire!

Welcome everyone to the Sizzling Summer Nights Blog Hop! In order to participate and possibly win a prize (including a Grand Prize of a Kindle Fire), please click on the animated banner  at the end of the blog to hop from author to author. Also, in order to be put in the queue to win an ebook of  Within His Sight, the first book in my Heart of Justice series, please comment below. I recently mentioned my Heart of Justice series SWAT series in a blog. I’d like to share an excerpt of Within His Sight for your reading pleasure! Enjoy!

Within His Sight

Women respond to a man’s testosterone without any thought…
Mary Wickes didn’t want to acknowledge that ex-marine, now SWAT team member Dace “Hard Man” Banovic could draw her in with one smoldering, purely male look. Yet working with him for six months at the sheriff’s department proved her hormones didn’t care what she thought, only what she wanted. Now she needed to boogie out of Gold Rush, Colorado before he wore down her resistance. Tainted by bad memories of past betrayal and trust, she knows getting involved with him would be a big mistake.
Men respond to a woman’s softness without any thought…
Dace Banovic is puzzled by Mary’s avoidance tactics, and although he’s tried to ignore the powerful attraction he feels for her, he can’t help wanting to learn everything about the woman he’s desired for six months.
When danger comes, sometimes it takes a special man and woman to see it through to the end…
When a hostage situation brings them to a razor sharp edge of danger, only their determination will prove to them the true meaning of the feelings they’ve tried so hard to deny.

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Mary gazed at her hamburger. She’d eaten her enormous burger and fries with complete, guilt-free relish. She’d craved iron all day, well aware her “eat it before it gets away mentality” was motivated by exhaustion and working overtime for a week. It explained her snarky reaction to the television psychologist, her ’tude about work, and her bone-aching desire to head home and rewrite her resume. It also explained her compelling desire to toss one certain man right on his gorgeous ass and tell him to find a life that didn’t include annoying her with his sexual vibes. Prowess. Whatever the heck the psychologist on television had said.

She shoved aside her plate, satiated with red meat, and sipped her wine. Nothing like an alcohol jolt to substitute for bravery. She needed courage if she hoped to look for a new job soon. Spending part of her weekend designing a spiffy new resume didn’t qualify as enjoying herself. Still, she must do it. Had to leave Gold Rush before his testosterone proved Amanda Prather absolutely right.

And my willpower in the toilet.

Once out of Gold Rush, she could design a new life unhindered by male complications. She could forget that this certain man had turned all her well-honed defenses on their ear.

Her luck didn’t last.

In walked her living, breathing definition of sex on a stick. The bane of her existence. The reason she needed to run and run fast.

Dace “Hard Man” Banovic.

She almost groaned. She didn’t want to notice him, but she did anyway. Dace didn’t swagger, but danger defined his walk, and confidence radiated from him. His muscular, rock-hard form held all these qualities, and he didn’t have to say a word. Tall, dark, and handsome described him superficially. No, he was all of those things and none of them, a dichotomy of textures and uniqueness she’d find difficult to describe to anyone who asked. As he came closer, she drank in over six feet of broad-shouldered masculinity. His pitch-dark hair had started to thin at the temples, and this probably motivated him to keep it military short. This took nothing away from the striking symmetry of his nose and penetrating grey eyes. A scar, just noticeable above his right eyebrow, added a tough man look women seemed to find fascinating. As he headed toward Mary, she knew he’d seen her. She couldn’t run from the law.

SWAT had come to take her away.

As he walked by tables, women looked up and admired, tossing glances at him and smiling. Of course they’d notice him. After all, he defines all those things the television psychologists harped about, doesn’t he? Still, a woman should be able to restrict her responses, control her physical urges, by God.

Finally, Dace stood at her table and glared. He bristled with energy in his long-sleeved SWAT uniform minus all the heavy-duty combat-like gear. But his gaze pinpointed on her, and she glared back. As she opened her mouth to make a smart comment, he slipped into the opposite seat. What reason would he have for glaring as if she’d committed murder?

She brought the merlot to her lips and took a leisurely sip. “What brings you here?”

“Coreen said you’re leaving Gold Rush.”

“You should never believe anything she says.”

His nose wrinkled, which didn’t flatter its aristocratic length one bit. “Coreen is a good dispatcher.”

Mary’s teeth ached, thinking about the woman. “She can also be a bitch. She’s gorgeous, twenty-five, and thinks you’re seriously hot. Which you’re not … of course.”

“Now who is being the bitch?” The amusement in his eyes belied his words.

God, she hated it when he smiled, because two small dimples appeared in his cheeks and all that kick-ass-and-take-names attitude morphed into a devastating combo she never could ignore. How could one man contain that much testosterone and that much charm in one package? It isn’t fair.

“She shouldn’t have told you,” she said in defense.

“Then I guess you should have known better than to let her in on your plans.”

“I didn’t. I think Hetty George in personnel spilled the beans.” She reached into her purse and placed money on the table for her wine and dinner.

Dace grimaced as a new song blared over the speakers. “Damn it, how do you hear above this shit?”

She smirked and touched her right ear. “What? I can’t hear you?”

“I said—damn it, never mind.”

Before she could take the last gulp of her wine, he stood. “Come with me.”

“Why?”

“Because we need to talk.”

Curious and a little annoyed, she slid from the booth. To her surprise he took her arm. His grasp assured she’d follow, but he tempered his strength–his grip didn’t hurt. She grabbed her purse and wool coat, and trotted along with him, trying to keep pace with his long-legged strides. Unfortunately, people in the bar watched her and the cop exit the restaurant in a hurry. They probably thought he’d placed her under arrest. Charming.

Once outside in the parking lot, he marched her straight past his car, which happened to have “El Torro County Sheriff’s Department” plastered on the side.

“Am I under arrest, Officer?”

He steered her around a corner of the building under a not so bright streetlight. “No.”

Her boots hit a patch of ice and, with a startled gasp, she went down on her ass with a thump.

“Ah, shit!” Dace squatted next to her, his hand on her shoulder. “God, honey, are you hurt?”

Honey? He’d never called her that before, and the concern in his eyes took her off guard. When she didn’t speak, he cupped his hand around the back of her neck and peered into her eyes, worry narrowing his gaze. “Mary, are you hurt?”

His flesh against hers, something that she’d never experienced before, startled her into silence. Unexpected heat generated in her belly, her breath coming quicker. Flustered by his attention, she scrambled to her feet and out of his grasp. She dusted snow off her cold rump and leaned over to reach for her purse and coat. “I’m fine.”

“Sure?”

“Peachy.”

His gaze sharpened, more assessing than ever.

She backed up against the brick wall, irritation and something far more potent and unpredictable trembling in her belly. “You could have talked with me in the restaurant. Now everyone is going to think I’m under arrest.”

 

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38 Responses to “Sizzling Summer Nights Blog Hop Aug. 1 to 3! Win A Kindle Fire!”

  1. Miriam says:

    I love how fast he switched from business to tender concern. If she didn’t have a clue as to how he felt for her, I’d think that was a huge clue. Oh, and the fact that he called her “Honey”. :) Can’t wait to read this!

  2. Colleen says:

    Happy Blog Hop Denise! :D

  3. Thanks much Colleen!

  4. Miriam, he’s definitely an alpha guy but there’s that whole delicious package of tenderness, honor and well…you’ll see when you read it. :) Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting Miriam. :)

  5. Nicola W says:

    I’ve just read this book – and I’ve really enjoyed it. I’ll be picking up more of your books in the future.

  6. Hi there Nicola,

    Thanks so much for reading it and picking up more of my titles. I very much appreciate it. :) Glad you enjoyed the story. :)

  7. Juana Esparza says:

    I loved the excerpt I will definitely purchase this book on my next book shopping spree.
    Thanks for being a part of this FAB blog hop.

    jmesparza821 at gmail dot com

  8. Brandi says:

    Thanks for sharing that with us! I love Alphas that have a caring tender side. =)

    Thanks for the giveaway! =)

    Take care, & I hope you have a great weekend! =)
    Brandi
    BLeigh1130 at yahoo dot com

  9. bn100 says:

    Sounds interesting

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  10. Cindy Hazelwood says:

    Loved the excerpt. Thanks for the opportunity.

  11. BookAttict says:

    Thanks for the amazing excerpt & giveaway!

  12. Juana,
    Thanks for stopping by the blog tour. :) Glad you could visit.

  13. Hi Brandi!
    Thanks for stopping by and making a comment. :) Glad you could be here.

  14. Hi bn,

    Thanks so much for stopping by. :)

  15. Hi Cindy,
    Glad you stopped by. Great to have you here. :)

  16. Hey BookAttict,

    Thanks for stopping by!

  17. Have fun in the hop! I love this SERIES, both when I had the chance to read as an ARC and when it was published.

    Highly recommend to readers who want suspense, great sexual tension and steamy scenes with a true alpha hero, who is protective, strong and tender hearted, and strong heroines.

  18. ML says:

    How we all want to make an entrance: gracefully and graciously. How we often end up making an entrance: falling on our keisters at inopportune moments. Thanks for a great image!

  19. Cheryl Lynne says:

    Great excerpt! Thanks for the giveaway!

  20. jtiger says:

    Thanks for the excerpt! Adding it to my “get it” list!

  21. Samantha Hodges says:

    Loved the excerpt! One book I am going to have to read!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  22. Jody Faltys says:

    Such a sexy cover! I can see why all the ladies drool over him! Thanks for being part of the Hop!

  23. Tara Quan says:

    I totally agree with the first line :)

  24. Why thank ya Selena!!! I’m honored you’re recommending it to others. :) And I was lucky to have you as a critique partner for this story and so many others. :)

  25. ML,
    You’re so right! And I’ll admit there are plenty of times my characters do things I remember doing at one point or the other. In high school when it was snowing I always seems to be slipping on the ice. Especially at school in front of everyone. :) Thanks so much for stopping by!

  26. You’re welome Cheryl! :) Glad you enjoyed the excerpt. :)

  27. jtiger,
    Hope you snap up the book and enjoy it. Thanks for participating in the hop!

  28. Thanks for participating in the hop Samantha. Glad you liked the excerpt and hope you like the book. :)

  29. Thank ya Jody! Liquid Silver did a nice job on all the covers in the series. :)

  30. Tara, ain’t that the truth? :) Thanks for stopping by.:)

  31. Mel Bourn says:

    Thanks for the awesome snippets. I love getting new reads for my TBR.
    Mel
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  32. Linda says:

    Love the excerpt =) Can´t wait for my chance to read more!
    Thanks for the giveaway & Happy Sunday!
    //Linda

  33. titania says:

    This is a great story. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  34. Gayle O says:

    Wow – that is one heck of an excerpt – definitely loved how quickly he switched from ‘all man’ to ‘tender man’ – wished he was there when I used to fall on my butt when living in Maine (chuckle, chuckle). I’ve added this book to my shopping list for next time I can spare a little green stuff.

    Thanks for being on this hop!

  35. Gayle,
    Glad you enjoyed the excerpt. I love this hero!

  36. Thanks so much Titania!

  37. Mel,
    I love reading excerpts, too. Definitely helps me to decide if I want to read a book. :)

  38. Linda,
    Thanks much and thank you for stopping by!

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