Monday, July 7, 2014

[Blog Tour Spotlight]: Excerpt from "Ash Rising" + Giveaway!


After being rationed books by my parents like most kids get rationed candy, I turned to writing to tide me over between fixes. I love to get lost in a captivating, exhilarating story, whether reading or writing. Nothing is better than being drawn into a story so deeply you don't realize you're turning a page until you've reached the end, and the characters live on in your heart and mind long after the cover has been closed.

Having lived in the suburbs of the Mid-West, desert of the Southwest, and foothills of the Rocky Mountains, I’m now on an island in the Puget Sound with my husband and dogs.

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Ash Rising by Melissa Fox
Publication Date: May 19th 2014
Series: DEAd, 1
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Infiltrating an international drug cartel is the dangerous chance of a lifetime for Asher Beaulieu of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Falling in love while running the op isn’t part of the plan, but he never had much use for plans anyway. Shrouded in deception and surrounded by temptation, his charmed life explodes in betrayal and tragedy.

Ash rises from the flames a guarded, wary shadow of his former self. His past comes to revisit him, along with an annoying American DEA agent, who forces Ash to reclaim his courage and character before facing another chance at love—and an even deadlier threat.

DEA Special Agent Emmaline Justice is determined to be recognized for her work, not her sex. She doesn’t have time for an intriguing, wounded RCMP inspector. When the contacts she cultivates over long months of an international undercover investigation keep showing up dead, Emma must use her instincts as both an agent and a woman to determine Beaulieu’s role in the case and in her life.

One woman tore him apart. Another is brave enough to put him back together—if his past doesn’t kill him first.

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Ash Rising by Melissa Fox

“Ahh.” He smacked his lips as he took a gulp of coffee.

“Whazzit?” The muffled noise was groaned into her pillow, and he grinned, delighted with her.

“I’ve got coffee, beautiful.” The endearment rolled off his tongue without thought, and he grimaced, schooling his features almost immediately. Any one woman didn’t own the term. Wasn’t reasonable to never use the expression again, just because that’s what he’d called…her. Liz. Before. And Emmaline was beautiful.

She groaned, shoving her face farther into the pillow, and he ran the back of his knuckles along the curve of her shoulder exposed by the slipping sheet. The groan became more interested, less irritated, and she turned her head to look at him with a bleary eye. A smile twitched at her mouth and widened as she took in the rest of his naked form perched on the bed next to her.

“Hey, there you are,” he said cheerfully, and she gave him what could only be interpreted as a snarl.

“Oh, God, you’re one of those, aren’t you?” She buried her face again in the bedding and wrapped her arms over her head.

“One of what?” He trailed his fingertips along her arm and shoulder to her smooth back.

She shivered and tried to bat at him without lifting her head. “G’way.”

Taking a mouthful of coffee and holding the hot liquid before swallowing, he traced his warmed lips and tongue along the curve of muscle running down the length of her back, nibbling along her sleep-scented skin. She shivered and moaned, and he pressed a smile to the dip of her waist.

“One of what?” he repeated as he sat up and reached for his mug. She turned her head to give him a one-eyed glare.

“A morning person.” The eye narrowed when he laughed. “A cheerful morning person. Ugh.”

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Ooh, this one is going on my list! It sounds very unique, I've not read anything like it. Have you? 


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marypreston said...

That is a wonderful excerpt.

Maricris Patrimonio Dimla said...

i love the excerpt!

stacey dempsey said...

Thank you for the excerpt and the giveaway

Rita Wray said...

I enjoyed the excerpt, thank you.

Melissa Fox said...

Thank you so much for featuring Ash and Emma's story today! :)

Melissa Fox said...

Thank you, Rita! So glad you enjoyed :)

Melissa Fox said...

Thank you for checking out the excerpt and entering the giveaway, Stacey!

Melissa Fox said...

Thank you so much for letting me know, Maricris :)

Melissa Fox said...

Appreciate the comment to let me know, Mary - thank you!

Theresa Fischer said...

I love the cover and title. Romantic suspense are my favorite genre and this one sounds great!

bn100 said...

Nice excerpt

Glenda said...

I adored the excerpt! Looks like a great book. Melissa is a new to me author. Thanks for the intro!