Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Deathwish by Dana Marton (release announcement)



 Officer Gabriella Maria Flores desperately needs a big win to save her career. A case that proves that she has her act together, something non-controversial to make people forget the recent scandal she's been involved in. Instead, the murder she catches couldn't be more high-profile, the number one suspect her boss's brother. Means, motive, opportunity--check. And open-and-shut case, if she's ever seen one. But then, instead of arresting the suspect, why is she falling in love with him?


She answered the door barefoot, in exercise shorts and a tight top with spaghetti straps. His gaze ran up her long legs, over her trim torso, tripped over her generous breasts, then settled on the fine sheen of sweat on her chest. He’d probably interrupted her nightly exercise routine.

He’d only ever seen her in uniform before. The intense wave of lust caught him off guard. After the day he’d had, lust was the last emotion he’d expected to have to deal with.
“I stopped by earlier,” she said. “You weren’t home. I was going to walk down again later. We have two witnesses who can put your arrival at the apartment building after the gunshot.”
“Yeah?” He felt his face split in half with a smile. “For real?”
“For real.”
He reached for her without thinking, picked her up, and swung her around in the hallway. He might have whooped.
Then he caught himself and set her down. “Sorry.”
She raised an eyebrow, but she was smiling as she shook her head. “Forgiven. This once. Don’t do it again.” She watched him for a second. “How are things downstairs?”
As the smile immediately disappeared from his face, Gabi could have kicked herself for asking. It had been the first time she’d seen Hunter happy.
He’s no longer a suspect.
She didn’t want to analyze why she liked that idea so much. She stepped back. “Want to come in?”
He immediately stepped forward.
Maybe he needed to get out of his own place for a while. As a soldier, he was probably used to blood, but a death this personal still had to be difficult. She wasn’t sure she’d want to sleep in that apartment if she was in his place.
She moved to her couch and grabbed her Broslin PD T-shirt from the back, pulled it on, deliberated for a moment if tonight was the night to break her own rules. What the hell.
“I was about to toss some frozen burritos in the oven. Want some?”
His stomach growled. “That’d be great.” A glint came into his mocha eyes. “You know, I could grow to like you, Officer Flores.”
“For frozen burritos?” She bit back a smile. “Anyone ever tell you, you shouldn’t fling around affection so cheaply?”
The glint remained. “Do you prefer when guys play hard to get?”
And for some reason, his teasing voice sent butterflies fluttering in her stomach.
Oh sweet chimichanga, if she looked at Hunter Bing that way for even a second, she deserved to be called stupid. So he was no longer a suspect. But he was still her boss’s brother.
She led him into the kitchen. “Word of warning, I’m not much of a cook. I bought the stuff on a closeout sale. Food poisoning isn’t completely off the table.”
He glanced around, his eyes widening a little when he looked toward her bedroom.
She winced, but resisted the urge to jump and close the door. He was staring at the poster above her bed, an image of Annie Oakley with the quote “I ain’t afraid to love a man. I ain’t afraid to shoot him either.”
He raised a dark eyebrow at her as he turned, his lips twitching.
She so wasn’t going to comment. The poster had been a gift from Carmen.
Gabi decided to reroute Hunter’s attention by opening the box of frozen burritos, showing him the contents. “See? Nothing fancy.”
“I’m used to MREs.”
“That’s the dried food in the little packets that never go bad, right?”
“Meal Ready to Eat. Basically they dehydrate food into something that looks and tastes like a piece of cardboard. You’re supposed to reconstitute it with hot water, but in reality, half the time we’re not allowed a fire to avoid enemy detection, so we just chew on the cardboard.”
She tried to imagine that as she turned on the oven. “Let’s not throw the cardboard word around until you tasted this.”
She dropped four burritos on a cookie sheet and slid them into the heating oven, then set the timer. Next she grabbed a can of sour cream from the fridge. She put the blue tub on the middle of the table. “Sour cream covers a multitude of sins.”
She stepped back to the fridge. “I got water, milk or soda.”
“Soda is good.” He looked around again. “How long have you been living here?”
“Six months.”
“How do you like it?”
She shrugged. “The lease won’t let me install a chin bar in the bedroom door.”
“I can talk to the landlord about that,” he offered. “Where did you live before this? I mean, which part of the city?”
“Southwest Philly. Twelfth District.”
His eyebrows shot up. “Rough neighborhood.”
“Some of it.”
“How do you like Broslin?”
“Too quiet.”
His lips twisted. “I wouldn’t mind it a tad quieter.”
Right. His homecoming hadn’t been the most relaxing. He’d probably expected it to go a lot differently from the way it had, an unexpected murder, then becoming a suspect.
But he was no longer a suspect, and he was in her apartment. He was the first man in her apartment since she’d moved here. Why had she invited him in? Why had he come up? She tried not to read too much into that.
His girlfriend was gone, his brother was busy being a newlywed, his apartment was busted. He was only here because he was lonely. Gabi relaxed. He probably missed the camaraderie of his unit. She still missed her team at the twelfth.
“So Broslin is not your thing?” he asked.
She shrugged. “When I first got here, I thought all the small-town sweetness looked fake. Almost like a movie set. People kept stopping me on the street to welcome me, and I kept waiting for someone to break script.”
He smiled. “I bet the paper ran something about you once your hiring was confirmed. A new cop is big news in a small town. People were probably admonished to make you feel at home.”
She shook her head with some amusement. “I would have felt more at home if they shot at me.”
Hunter’s eyes turned somber as she said that, and she could have kicked herself once again. She was making jokes about being shot? Really? She scrambled for a sharp change of subject.
But before she could think of something, he said, “Thanks again for releasing the apartment. I could stay at my brother’s place, but I don’t want to interrupt all that loving bliss.”
“No problem. The DA had no objections. We got everything we needed.”
“It’s good to be home. Even under the circumstances.” He paused. 
“I’m putting in new carpet tomorrow. Once I’m done, nobody will be able to tell that anything ever happened there.”
But he would never forget, not for a minute, Gabi thought. How could he?
He’d held up well after Cindy’s death, had stood up to questioning, but tonight there was a touch of vulnerability about him. Gabi wasn’t used to fuzzy feelings, but she was seeing him in a different light suddenly. She’d lost enough people, both friends and family, to know that no matter how it happened, that kind of loss was never easy.
To distract him, she grabbed on to the next neutral subject she could think of. “So want to give me some heads-up on the Christmas parade? It’s my first small-town Christmas. The sweetness might send me into diabetic shock. I’d feel better if I was prepared.”
“We have an outstanding parade. The best.” He puffed out his chest. “What do you have in Southwest Philly?”
“Drive-by shootings.”
She winced. Way to go, stupid. How could she say shooting again? She was seriously off her game around Hunter.
But a smile tugged at the corner of his lips. “You’re a cop. People like the PD around here. They might even put you on a float.”
“Not if I still have my service weapon.”

Purchase Links:

AMAZON UK          


Broslin Creek Series (each can be read as a standalone novel):
#1 Deathwatch  (free on Kindle at the time of this post preparation!)
#6 Deathwish


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Dana Marton has thrilled and entertained millions of readers around the globe with her fast-paced stories about strong women and honorable men who fight side by side for justice and survival.

Kirkus Reviews calls her writing “compelling and honest.” RT Book Review Magazine said, “Marton knows what makes a hero…her characters are sure to become reader favorites.” Her writing has been acclaimed by critics, called, “gripping,” “intense and chilling,” “full of action,” “a thrilling adventure,” and wholeheartedly recommended to readers. Dana is the winner of the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence, the Readers’ Choice Award, and Best Intrigue, among other awards. Her book, Tall, Dark and Lethal was nominated for the prestigious Rita Award. Deathscape reached the #1 spot on Amazon’s Romantic Suspense Bestseller list.

Dana has a Master’s degree in Writing Popular Fiction, and is continuously studying the art and craft of writing, attending several workshops, seminars and conferences each year. Her number one goal is to bring the best books she possibly can to her readers.
Keeping in touch with readers is Dana’s favorite part of being an author. Please connect with her via her website or her Facebook page.

Having lived around the world, Dana currently creates her compelling stories in a small and lovely little town in Pennsylvania. The fictional town of her bestselling Broslin Creek series is based on her real life home where she fights her addictions to reading, garage sales, coffee and chocolate. If you know a good twelve-step program to help her with any of that, she’d be interested in hearing about it! 

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My post about Deathwatch, is at this link

My post about Deathscape, the mesmerizing and eerie story that started my interest in the series, is at this link
And, my review of Deathtrap is at this link
(can you tell I really enjoy this series? Treat yourself and start with the first one and get captivated, like I was!) 


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