A Little Blackmail by Helen Conrad – Excerpt & Tour Giveaway

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A Little Blackmail

Destiny Bay Romances: Sweet Editions

by Helen Conrad

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A Little Blackmail

Destiny Bay Romances – Forever Yours
(Sweet Edition #2)
by Helen Conrad

Adult Romance

Paperback & Ebook, 172 pages

March 28th 2014 by Doorknock Publishing

Sometimes you have to break the rules to right a wrong.
Janet Cardona is usually a by-the-book good girlbut when Matt Carrington won’t give her cat back, she sees red. Rules mean nothing when there’s an animal to be saved. So when she’s caught in a burglary and blackmailed for it, she finds she can’t refuse. Matt only needs her to pretend to be his wife for a day or two so that he can run a scam he’s involved in. But once the pretense gets going, he begins to yearn for the real thing. Now Janet has to decide if she can let herself fall for a con man.
Recipes for Crab Open-faced Sandwiches and Basic Asian Soup included.
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Helen Conrad is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than 90 romances (over 15 million copies sold) published under various pseudonyms with Harlequin, Silhouette, Loveswept, and others. She is currently revamping and rewriting much of her backlist—mainly into the Destiny Bay Romances Series. The first six, the Forever Yours Series, are being rewritten as Sweet Editions.

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A Little About the Destiny Bay Romances: Sweet Editions
From Author Helen Conrad
“The Destiny Bay Romances take place in the sort of beach town I’ve always loved–and now I live in one! But writing about beach towns came first and this series is centered on the rich, influential Carrington family living along the California Coast, and in Hawaii. These are good-looking, fast-driving, hard-hitting men and women whose impulses lead them into trouble every time–and inevitably to fall in love.
The original series includes language and love scenes that aren’t, for the most part, especially harsh and explicit–but some of my readers from my years writing sweets for Harlequin as Raye Morgan have asked if we couldn’t have sweet and clean versions–and I thought–what a good idea!
These are basically the same stories…but with the conflicts softened a bit, the language cleaned up, and no explicit love scenes. There are still a few adult situations, but they’re muted. Consider these the PG versions.
I hope you enjoy them!”


Excerpt

“Do I look like her?” she asked.

“Like Vanessa?” He wasn’t sure, actually. He’d seen Vanessa’s picture in the magazine article about Matt and his enormously successful oil operations in Brazil and Argentina.  He knew Vanessa was attractive, with long black hair — so that fit fine.  That article was what had given him the idea to try this elaborate hoax.

“You’re much prettier,” he admitted.

She flushed. Compliments were all very well, but a man shouldn’t talk that way about his wife. “Don’t you think that someday you might want to come back here with the real Vanessa?” she asked in a low voice. “Won’t that be a bit awkward now?”

He had to grin at that, leaning back against the railing and watching Janet. “If she ever comes here, it won’t be with me,” he promised. “Don’t worry about it.”

She took a sip of hot coffee, then set the mug down again and leaned out over the railing, feeling the cool breeze on her face. “I don’t know how you can lie to someone who cares about you,” she said tensely.

Matt’s head jerked back. That stung. He hated lying and liars, especially those who lied to loved ones, but in his mind, they always had female faces.

“We all lie all the time,” he said cynically. “It’s just a matter of degree.”

“No.” She shook her head slowly. “It’s a matter of convenience—or hurting someone.” She took a deep breath. “Which is it for you, Matt?”

It was a matter of necessity in this situation, but he could hardly explain that to her. And not being able to explain frustrated him. Suddenly he realized he didn’t want this lovely creature, this wisp of innocence, to think badly of him. He didn’t want her to call him a liar.

“You don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said, his voice low, almost harsh.

That was too much for her. He wanted to use her, but he certainly didn’t want to open up and let her know what was going on. If she couldn’t be told the truth, what could she do but assume the worst?

She turned on him, eyes flaming with green fire. “I like Mavis. I don’t want to be any party to defrauding her in any way.”

His dark eyes didn’t waver. “Neither do I,” he said softly.

Searching his face, she could find no clues to go on, no way to read his mind. “Then what is this all about?” she demanded.

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– US Grand Prize: $20 Amazon gift card and paperbacks of Run Run RunawayA Little Blackmail, and Moving Too Fast

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Comments

  1. Wendy Arnott says:

    I like the old-west settings, not all cowboys and Indians but true to the theme of the book settings whether it was the settling of a certain area or an era in time.

  2. Angie D says:

    Foreign countries are my favorite settings…especially Paris:)

  3. BookLady says:

    I enjoy beach romances, especially during the summer.

  4. lavendersbluegreen says:

    I think I need to try both the sweet edition and compare it to the originals… I enjoy all settings as long as the author really takes me there….

  5. lkish77123 says:

    I like small town romances. lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  6. I love anything taking place in the mountains. Thanks for the chance!

  7. Not really, I like varity