Thursday, April 28, 2016

Passion, Poison & Puppy Dogs by Sally J. Smith & Jean Steffens (spotlight, excerpt and GIVEAWAY) BTG

A Danger Cove Pet Sitter Mystery
Sally J. Smith & Jean Steffens
Gemma Halliday Publishing
ISBN: 9781943587469

—In this dog eat dog world, it’s people you have to keep your eye on.

When Lizzie Jones, pet sitter extraordinaire, is asked to watch over her best friend's two spoiled dogs at the posh gated community of Craggy Hill Estates, the last things she expects is to wind up in the middle of a homicide. But that's exactly what happens when she finds her best friend's cheating husband and Danger Cove’s celebrity bodybuilder champ, Mr. Jupiter, floating facedown in his hot tub. To make matters worse, the police aren’t looking any further than the wife for a suspect—isn’t it always the wife? Well, not in this case—at least Lizzie refuses to believe it.

Between dealing with Craggy Hill's hot security guard, Tino Morales—who also just happens to be the man who broke Lizzie’s heart in high school, caring for her grieving friend, and watching three rambunctious dogs, Lizzie has her hands full. So she recruits her famous granddad, retired network field correspondent, Jimmy John Jones, to help her put two and two together to find the real killer. Was Mr. Jupiter murdered by one of his women on the side? A jealous, disgruntled employee? Or someone with a bitter and deep-seated hatred of the superstar? It's up to Lizzie, Jimmy John, and Lizzie's own pug, Vader, to crack the case before the killer claims another victim...this one much closer to Lizzie’s own heart!


"I was thinking about you too," I said. "I had a terrific time last night. Dinner, dancing. What more could a girl ask for?"
He smiled down at me, lifted my hand over my head, and led me to circle beneath our arms. Humming softly, he pulled me into a slow dance and whispered in my ear, "There are all kind of rhythms to the bachata. You like this one?"

Whew. When exactly had his cute-and-cuddly factor flipped the switch to hot and sexy? I was so caught up in the nearness of him that I actually made it a few beats before stepping on his toes and causing him to flinch in pain.

Dang. "Sorry, Tino. I guess I should have warned you that I'm a notorious klutz."

He was all dewy-eyed and cuddly. "But the cutest klutz I've ever seen." And before I realized what he had in mind, he bent his head, pulled me in at the waist, and planted a kiss on me. Our lips met softly, then tightened as we pushed against each other, caught by surprise at the heat we were generating.

I stepped back, breathing hard. He blinked a few times and ran his hand through his soft dark hair.

"Oh my," I said.

"Caliente," he said.

"Yes." I shook my head to clear it. "You can say that again."


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Sally J. Smith & Jean Steffens Author Bio

The international best-selling writing team of Sally J. Smith (right brain) and Jean Steffens (left brain) make up equal halves of one totally functional writer’s mind. Creative and intuitive and organized and systematic? What could be better than that?

The two desert dwellers work together side-by-side, literally finishing each other’s sentences, putting together their novels faster and more efficiently than they ever could individually. 

When their heads aren’t together over a manuscript, you’ll find them with their families, at a movie, the yoga studio, the mall, or out-to-lunch—in the food sense, not the spaced-out sense, well…most of the time. Their current series include Jordan Welsh & Eddie Marino Novels, Mystic Isle Mysteries, Danger Cove PetSitter Mysteries, and coming soon, Aloha Lagoon Gabby LeClair Mysteries, and Digby Sloan Mysteries.
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Sally J. Smith and Jean Steffens, are partners in crime—crime writing, that is. They live in the Valley of the Sun in Arizona, awesome for eight months out of the year, an inferno the other four. They write bloody murder, flirty romance, and wicked humor all in one package. 

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As well as a special giveaway from Sally & Jean

(note from ELF:  Apologies to those of you like me who don't use FB, but this one is on FB only)

The Passion, Poison & Puppy Dogs Giveaway

A Digital or print copy of the book, a coffee mug of adorable Vader, and a bib apron with our celebrity pug.

Comment under Vader's picture to enter and win a bib apron and coffee mug starring Vader, our celebrity pug, & your choice of a digital or paper copy of the book.


  1. Thanks for sharing some fun info about the authors, their new book release and yourself. Looking forward to reading Passion, Poison and Puppy Dogs! Jill Broussard;

    1. I appreciate you taking the time to visit and comment, Jill. I hope you have the opportunity to return and find other titles to enjoy!

    2. E.L.F
      Thank you for host us. You did a great job.

      Jean & Sally

    3. Jill,

      We hope you will enjoy the adventure with Lizzie and Vader—as much as we enjoyed writing it.

      Jean & Sally

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  2. Thank you for the compliment, Jean & Sally! (I deleted the duplicate comment since I suspect Blogger was giving you fits when you visited). It looks like you are incredibly busy authors and are going to have even more fun stories for readers soon!

    1. Murder on the Aloha Express (A Gabby LeClair Mystery) will be released in August by Gemma Halliday Publishing. And in December, the second book in the (Mystic Isle Mystery Series) will be released. Our publisher is keeping us busy. :-)

      Jean & Sally