Friday, October 3, 2014

Excerpt + Giveaway: "Over the Line"!


Emmy Curtis is an editor and a romance writer. An ex-pat Brit, she quells her homesickness with Cadbury Flakes and Fray Bentos pies. She's lived in London, Paris and New York, and has settled for the time being, in North Carolina. When not writing, Emmy loves to travel with her military husband and take long walks with their Lab. All things considered, her life is chock full of hoot, just a little bit of nanny. And if you get that reference...well, she already considers you kin.

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Over the Line by Emmy Curtis
Publisher: Forever Yours (October 7, 2014)
Series: Alpha Ops, 1
Genre: Romantic Suspense

The last time James Walker saw Beth Garcia, he was carrying her off the battlefield. A year later, he runs into her as she’s completing her last physical therapy appointment before she can be deployed again. She’s still sexy as hell, but just as prickly and hard-headed as she was when they first met.

An arranged rock climbing weekend together quickly turns into a nightmare family wedding after a panicked phone call from his sister about mysterious and ominous emails she’s been receiving.

Beth, thinking she’s going rock climbing for the weekend, is surprised when she realizes the biggest rock she’ll be facing is the one James needs her to wear. And while trying to protect James’s sister, she’ll also have to lie to James’s father, the Director of the CIA, about who she is, jeopardizing her carefully planned career. And while she does owe James her life, he’s in for a wild ride if he thinks he can get away with this deception unscathed…

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Over the Line by Emmy Curtis

“Alone at last,” Walker whispered as he crouched next to Beth. Dust flew up as the crack of a bullet hitting the ground ricocheted around the valley. He flattened himself next to her.

“You are shit at taking orders,” she hissed back.

He ignored her as he tried to figure out where the shots were coming from. If he could just neutralize the immediate threat, he could patch her up and get her to safety. His blood had flashed ice cold when she radioed that she’d been hit. And she’d still been laying down covering fire for the guys when he’d found her.  If she was the first taste of females in combat, bring it on.

A pool of dark blood glistened in the hazy moonlight, expanding and trickling across the sand as he watched.


Their simple mission of relieving another patrol group had gone to hell in a handbasket. Another shot echoed around them, and this time Walker was ready to identify the telltale muzzle flash. As soon as he saw it, he swung his gun and sent a shot downrange toward the insurgent.

Silence. He took that as a good sign.

“Okay, Sergeant. Turn over so I can look at that leg.”

Beth grunted but complied, biting back a moan as she did.

Walker’s heart dropped when he saw that her BDU pants were completely soaked with blood. A lot of it. Shit. Maybe the bullet had nicked an artery. He grabbed his knife and cut away the pant leg to expose the wound. It was about two inches below her panty line. And blood was still pumping out in rhythm with her heartbeat.

He undid her belt and pulled it off. No way was he going to let her die in this crappy valley, in the middle of Shithole City, Bumfuck. No fucking way.

As he slid the belt around the top of her thigh, trying not to touch anything that could get him court-martialed, one of the Strike Eagles he had called for screamed overhead. He threw himself over Beth, and waited for the bombs to drop.

They exploded with precision, of course. Walker had been the one to give them the coordinates. That was his job. The only air force guy on the team, he was the one who communicated with the aircraft patrolling the skies above the war zone. The only one who could give the bombers precise targets. The valley lit up with orange fire as they detonated. Rocks and scree sprinkled them, sounding like heavy rain, feeling like stones.

That should keep the Taliban out of his hair for a bit. He made to get up and realized how close to Beth’s face his was. He hesitated for a split second. A bad, bad second. He’d been deployed with her unit for a couple of months and had spent most of the time dreaming about her at night, and trying to ignore those dreams by day.

He swallowed, and went back to business. “I have to tourniquet your leg. It’s going to hurt like a fucker,” he said as he fastened the belt as high on her thigh as he could manage. “Just think, all this time I wanted to see your panties, and finally…”

Beth opened her mouth, probably to give him hell, and he used the distraction to pull the belt tight.

“You bastard,” she ground out between gritted teeth.

The wound stopped pumping blood and he silently thanked whoever was looking out for them upstairs. He grabbed the first-aid kit from his pack and took out gauze and dark green bandages. A shot sounded again, and sand flew up just inches away from his foot.


Walker threw himself down again, this time lying between her legs, face about five inches from her wound. 

Which meant it was seven inches from her…

“Well, this is awkward,” he murmured. It worked, and in relief he heard her gasp a laugh.

“Next time…buy me dinner…first, all right?” she said between pants of Lamaze-type breathing.

He laughed quietly. “I’ve got to get you out of here first. Then I promise I will.”

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Thanks for the teaser, Emmy, and the fantastic giveaway! Kame will be reviewing this book next week; she loved it. :)


Until Next Time,


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Irma Jurejevčič said...

I added not only Over the Line but all 3 books on my TBR list. This is perfect read for me! I love military, I love romance and I like suspence. The covers are hot, too! Fingers crossed here :) <3

The_Book_Queen said...

Good luck! Kame has really enjoyed this series so far, so I'm sure you will love it, Irma!

Irma Jurejevčič said...

Thank you, I'm sure I will :)

Sophia Rose said...

Oh, this sounds good.

Erin F said...

this looks and sounds fantastic! Congrats to Emmy on the new release :) Thanks for sharing!

Theresa Hurley said...

love the first book, can't wait for the second!

Jacqueline said...

Loved the excerpt! This book sounds so good :) I'm totally a fan of this genre.

Anita Yancey said...

Sounds like a very exciting read. I love the cover. Thanks for having the giveaway.

The_Book_Queen said...

You are very welcome, good luck!

The_Book_Queen said...

:) I know, right? Kame finds all the good books. I blame her for a good deal of my wishlis/TBR pile. LOL

The_Book_Queen said...

:) Thanks for stopping by, Erin!

The_Book_Queen said...

I'm so glad to hear that, Theresa!

The_Book_Queen said...

Me, too, Jacqueline. :)

The_Book_Queen said...

Oh, the cover is yummy! In fact all of Emmy's covers so far have been worthy of our L4C posts. )

marypreston said...

A great excerpt. I like the sound of this.

The_Book_Queen said...

I'm VERY tempted to one-click it myself, especially after Kame's review! :)

Cassie said...

Such a great writer!!

Christine said...

I'm so looking forward for this one and this excerpt just got me a wee bit giddy.

Andria said...

Looking forward ti this book!

Barbara Ann said...

This book has been on my to- read list since I learned of this new series when Dangerous Territory was released this summer. Congratulations on today's official release!

The_Book_Queen said...

I'm glad to hear that, Andria!

The_Book_Queen said...

Don't you just love when that happens? I hope you enjoy it, Barbara!

The_Book_Queen said...

Thank you to everyone who stopped by! The winner of the signed copy AND tshirt is Erin F. The winner of a signed print copy is Anita Y. Please check your emails, ladies!

Look for another post with Emmy, including a great giveaway, next month!