Monday, June 17, 2013

Fatal exposure (book blast and giveaway)

Fatal Exposure     
by Gail Barrett


Cold-case detective Parker McCall has spent fifteen years trying to solve his brother’s murder.  Now a chance photo of the killer in the newspaper sets him hard on the woman’s trail.  A former teenaged runaway, reclusive, award-winning photojournalist B.K. Elliot chronicles the harsh reality of life on the streets -- until a photo in the paper reveals her identity, blowing the lid off her secret past.  With a powerful murderer now dogging her heels, and her police officer step-father determined to silence her permanently, the last person she can afford to trust is a cop.  So why does sexy police detective Parker McCall tempt her to break her silence and resurrect ideals she’d lost years ago?  As danger closes in, and with more than her own life at stake, Brynn must decide if the duty-bound cop will betray her...or heal her battered heart.


Cold case detective Parker McCall tightened his grip on the newspaper, his gaze riveted on the photo of the woman splashed across the Baltimore Sun’s front page. She could have been any affluent shopper strolling out of the pricey art gallery—her long, glossy hair tumbling over her shoulders, the collar of her woolen coat turned up against the brisk November wind.

Except for her wary eyes.

The eyes of his brother’s murderer.

The eyes that had eluded him for fifteen years.

He lowered the newspaper to his cluttered desk, the laughter and banter of the detectives beyond his cubicle receding to a distant buzz. Then, hardly breathing, he tugged his wallet from the back pocket of his jeans. Working as carefully as a scientist handling nuclear material, he extracted a worn, faded photo and placed it alongside the page.

For several excruciating seconds his gaze lingered on the image of his younger brother, his heart making its usual lurch of guilt and remorse. Sixteen years old, his cheeks badly hollowed, his body wasted by his addictions, Tommy leaned against a graffiti-sprayed wall near Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, one emaciated arm slung over the waiflike girl at his side.

The girl Parker had failed to find.

Until now.

He shifted his scrutiny to the girl, taking in her sparrow-thin legs, the baggy sweatshirt dwarfing her scrawny frame, her unruly mop of auburn curls. Then he homed in on her eyes—bleak, world-weary eyes aged far beyond her years.

He sliced his gaze back to the woman in the newspaper. She was still petite, still thin and older than the adolescent slouching against the wall beside his brother, but he’d stake his life they were the same.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:

A former RITA® and Daphne finalist, Gail Barrett has received the Book Buyer’s Best Award, the Holt Medallion, the Booksellers Best, The National Readers’ Choice Award, and numerous other awards.  She lives with her husband in Western Maryland.  Readers can contact her through her website:


Links to buy the book:
Amazon Paperback
Barnes and Noble paperback and Nook

It is my understanding that the author will be awarding a $25 Amazon / BN (or other bookstore of the winner's choice) GC to one randomly drawn commenter so please leave a comment with your e-mail address and let me know what you like most about romantic suspense novels.  Hopefully, the links below will take you to other blogs that are participating in the book blast (although you may have to look through the posts because I don't have the specific day's link attached)

1.  Andi's Book Reviews
2.  Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess
3.  My Odd Little World
4.  Whit's Book World
5.  Sandra's Blog
6.  United By Books
7.  Author Rose Wynters
8.  Novel Moments
9.  Deal Sharing Aunt
10.  Bunny's Review
11.  Farm Girl Books
12.  Sugarbeat's Books
13.  Musings and Ramblings
14.  Sexy Adventures, Passionate Tales
15.  Reviews by Crystal
16.  The Reading Addict
17.  A Writer's Life
18.  Reading In Twilight
19.  Book Reviews and Peeks
20.  Sarah Ballance
21.  Just Trying to Let it Be
22.  Book 'Em North Carolina
23.  The Write to Read


  1. Loved the excerpt, thanks for sharing that. I like all types of romance novels but romance suspense is good for those days when you feel like being on the edge of your seat and have time to be engrossed in a book for a couple of hours.

  2. Thank you, Mary! I'm glad you liked the excerpt. I really fell in love with the three heroines of this trilogy. They are such strong women and have been through so much in their lives, and yet they still have to face down their biggest fears to get the happy ever after they deserve. I hope you get a chance to read the book!

  3. Thank you so much for hosting me today!

    1. Thrilled that you have dropped by, hope the book does well, it looks like a good read.

    2. Thank you for having me! By the way, I just emailed you about sending you a book to review. I'd love to send you one but just need your address.

  4. Replies
    1. You are quite welcome, thank you for introducing me to another intriguing author to read! Hope the tour is going well!

  5. I used to watch a show on solving cold cases. I would love to read this one and learn some more.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

    1. I am always dismayed by the number of cold cases out there but understand how difficult it is to solve crimes. This story does look intriguing, doesn't it?

    2. I love it when they finally solve a cold case after so many years. I know that current technology has helped. But it's good to know that sometimes we catch the bad guys, even decades later!!!

      Thank you for stopping by, Debby! I hope you get a chance to read the book.

  6. I enjoyed the excerpt

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

    1. Glad you enjoyed it, thanks for stopping by, I hope you go to the other stops on the tour (I am going to try to post it above if I can figure out how!)

    2. Thanks, again, bn. Good luck in the contest!



    1. Thanks for stopping by Tiffany, good luck in the contest and hope you go to the other stops and increase your number of chances!

  8. This book sounds really good. On my to be read list.---Rae

    1. Thanks for adding it Rachel! Don't forget to visit the other stops so that you have more chances to win.

  9. This does sound like a great book.

    MinDaf @

    1. Thanks so much for dropping by Crystal!