Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Fatal Trust by Diana Miller (Book blast, excerpt, GIVEAWAY)



Stepping her perfect Jimmy Choos into place beside Ben Gallagher’s wounded Nikes, straitlaced Philadelphia lawyer Catherine Barrington is surprisingly unable to resist the disarming small-town mechanic’s charm. He’s one of the heirs to the vast fortune left by his eccentric grandfather Max, a bestselling horror writer, and she’s there to carry out Max’s last wishes. Routine enough…except that inheriting comes with a catch: none of Max’s heirs will get a penny until they’ve lived together for two weeks in the shadow-filled rooms of his mansion in the wooded hills near Lake Superior.

From beyond the grave, a letter from Max insists that his death was no accident, sending Catherine undercover—and way out of her comfort zone—to catch the killer. Posing as Lexie, Ben's cocktail waitress girlfriend, Catherine soon finds herself trapped with the feuding clan at the sinister Nevermore manor. To save her own life, she’ll have to confront the murderer, as well as her growing attraction to Ben—a top suspect.



Catherine woke abruptly, opening her eyes in the total blackness, her heart hammering. It must have been a nightmare, one she couldn’t remember even though it must have scared her to death. She glanced at the clock: 11:47. She closed her eyes again.

“I’m counting on you to find out who killed me.”

Her blood turned to ice. “Who is it?” she asked, unnecessarily, since she knew that distinctive voice.

“You know who I am, Catherine. Just remember the money is the key. Because I really was murdered.”

She was finally alert enough to think to switch on the bedside lamp. For an instant she swore she saw Max Windsor standing across the room by the dresser, studying her.

But it couldn’t be. She blinked twice.

When she focused on the spot by the dresser again, it was empty.

# # #

She’d been dreaming. That had to be it. Analyzing everything possibly relevant to identifying Max’s murderer—including the ghost appearances—had triggered a nightmare.

Except she was wide-awake now, and she was positive she’d been equally wide-awake when she’d seen Max and he’d spoken to her. But that was impossible. Max was dead, and despite what she’d suggested to Ben, she really didn’t believe in ghosts. So what had just happened?

Of course. She hopped out of bed, stormed to Ben’s room, and pounded on the door.

“What?” he asked from behind her. He was dressed in a black T-shirt, jeans, and Nikes. She caught a whiff of motor oil.

“Where have you been?” she asked.

Fatal Trust (Amazon link)


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 When she was eight, Diana Miller decided she wanted to be Nancy Drew. But no matter how many garbage cans she dug through, conversations she “accidentally” overheard, and attics she searched, she never found a single cryptic letter, hidden staircase, or anything else even remotely mysterious. She worked as a lawyer, a soda jerk, a stay-at-home mom, a hospital admitting clerk, and a conference host before deciding that the best way to inject suspense into her otherwise satisfying life was by writing about it.

Diana is a five-time nominee for the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award, including for Fatal Trust, and won a Golden Heart for her debut novel Dangerous Affairs. She lives in the Twin Cities with her family.




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  1. The Enid Blyton books made me a believer in fairies. Big impact as a child..


    1. I don't believe I ever read those but it sounds like they must have been impressive. Thanks for visiting, Mary!

  2. Replies
    1. Happy to be of assistance in sharing intriguing title!

  3. Thanks so much for hosting me today. I really appreciate it!

    1. Happy to do so...looks like a thrilling read!

  4. The book that had the biggest impact on me as a child was Cujo by Stephen King. I was 16 years old that that was the very first book I read because I wanted to, not because I had to for school. I didn't realize that there were books out there like that, ones that I would actually like to read and want to read more. You'd find me in the library all the time after that and I've been reading ever since.

    1. I love Stephen King (which is why my murder victim was a famous horror writer). Cujo scared me to death, but I have to admit the Shining is my favorite (first the book and then the movie!). That's so cool that his books are the ones that garnered your love of reading. I bet he'd be thrilled to know that (I know I certainly would!)

    2. Wow, better you than me...Mr. King's writing is so vivid that I just can't read his scary books. Thanks for sharing, Mary.

  5. Interesting excerpt

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  6. Thanks for the excerpt and the chance to win!
    Sounds really good!!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

    1. Thanks for dropping by, Natasha and good luck!