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New Release – Tennessee SWAT Continues with SECRET STALKER!

A SWAT officer loves a suspected murderess. What could possibly go wrong?

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Ten years ago, Bexley Kane and Max Remington were high-school sweethearts hoping to get married and start their future together. But a stalker, and his death, ended their hopes and dreams and sent Bex fleeing town under suspicion of murder.

Now she’s back, and the past has caught up to her. But will SWAT officer Max Remington learn to trust and love her again? Or will Bex’s secrets destroy them both?

In 2014, award winning book TENNESSEE TAKEDOWN introduced readers to the sexy SWAT team of Destiny, Tennessee. This year readers get to experience more stories about the wonderful men and women in the TENNESSEE SWAT series, beginning with MOUNTAIN WITNESS. The newest release is out now, SECRET STALKER. And there will be more stories after that.

Below is an excerpt from SECRET STALKER. Enjoy!

CHAPTER ONE

The whispers started thirty seconds after Bexley Kane walked down aisle three in the Piggly Wiggly on Magnolia Street. Not that there was a Piggly Wiggly on any other street in the tiny town of Destiny, Tennessee. With a population the size of a large high school in other parts of the state, this town could only support one grocery store. And one movie theater. And one Waffle House. But, oddly enough, there were four Starbucks. Too bad not one of them was anywhere close to Magnolia Street. Bex sure could use a venti caramel macchiato right now.

Head high, shoulders back, she began filling her cart as quickly as possible while pretending not to notice the other shoppers talking behind their hands as she passed. But, come on, did they really believe that she didn’t know they were gossiping about her? She could well imagine what they were saying.

Is that who I think it is? What’s it been, ten years? Why is she back in town?

You didn’t hear? Her mama done passed away. I heard she died of a broken heart, on account of her daughter didn’t visit even once after she got run out of town.

You think Chief Thornton will arrest her this time?

Is there a statute of limitations on murder?

“Miss Kane, nice to see you today.” Mr. Dawson gave Bex a genuine, welcoming smile from behind the deli counter. “I was hoping I’d see your lovely face at least one more time before you left Destiny. You here for lunch? We’ve got a brand-new batch of pickled pigs’ feet.” He proudly thumped a large jar on top of the display case that looked like a science experiment gone horribly wrong.

Bex very nearly lost her breakfast. She averted her gaze from the nauseating sight and smiled at one of the few people in Destiny who hadn’t treated her like a pariah in the week that she’d been back.

“Hello, Mr. Dawson. I called in an order for some lunch meats and grilled chicken. Could you see whether it’s ready, please?”

“Gladys must have taken that order. I’ll check the cooler. Won’t take but a minute.” He opened the massive walk-in refrigerator behind him and headed inside.

Bex checked her grocery list. The only thing left to get was mustard, one of several things she’d forgotten the first time she’d been in the store. After today’s shopping trip, she should have enough to tide her over for several more days, until she finished taking care of all of the details of her mother’s estate. Then she could hop into her car and leave Destiny in the dust. Again. And this time, she’d never come back.

If she remembered correctly, Mr. Dawson kept the condiments across the aisle from the meat case. Since little else had changed in this town, she doubted that had, either. She turned around—and locked gazes with the one person she’d hoped to avoid.

Max Remington.

His golden-brown eyes stared at her in shock for all of three seconds. Then they filled with anger. His jaw clamped tight and, without a word, he circled around her and headed to the sandwich counter at the other end of the deli.

Gladys miraculously appeared as if from thin air, eager to take Max’s order. Bex couldn’t help noticing that he was all smiles and yes, ma’ams, no, ma’ams when speaking to the older woman. But he couldn’t even spare a hello for his former lover.

His curt dismissal shouldn’t hurt. After all, she was the one who’d left him. But he’d been her first love. And she’d built him up in her mind over the years as her handsome hero, dreaming of what life could have been, should have been, if she’d said yes that night.

And if Bobby Caldwell hadn’t died.

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Welcome Stacy Green

StacyFall1pressKiss and Thrill readers: please help me welcome romantic suspense debut author STACY GREEN. Her first novel INTO THE DARK released on November 30th. And, like it’s apt title, this story is dark and gritty!

IT’S THE MOMENTS FROM OUR PAST THAT BIND US.

Branch Manager Emilie Davis is having a day like any other–until two masked men storm into WestOne Bank demanding cash.  Her hopes of a quick end to her terror are dashed when she realizes one of the men has no interest in the bank’s money. Emilie is his prize, and he’s come to claim her.

 When hostage negotiator Nathan Madigan and Las Vegas SWAT enter the bank on a rescue mission, Emilie’s captor makes a shocking escape into the abyss that lies beneath the city: the Las Vegas storm drains, a refuge for the downtrodden and the desperate.

 HOW WILL IT END?

 Who is the man the media has dubbed the “Taker?” Why is he after Emilie, and what is the connection he’s convinced they share?

 Emilie can’t run from the Taker, and she can’t escape her own past. As her life closes in on her, she has nowhere to turn but to Nathan. The lines of professionalism blur as Nathan becomes determined to save Emilie. Together they venture into the depths beneath Las Vegas and discover a shocking piece of the puzzle.

But the Taker remains one step ahead. Desperate for the threat to emerge from the shadows, Emilie makes a bold move to reclaim her life, and it may cost her everything.intothedark333x500BLOGS

Readers, she had me at “Storm Drains.”

Evidently there are a couple hundred miles of tunnels underneath Las Vegas. Stinky, sludge-sewage, rat infested, black-as-night tunnels that snake in a giant maze underneath Sin City.

Could any of you think up a creepier hiding place? Or imagine being the kidnapped victim dragged through that hole? I read INTO THE DARK with perpetual goosebumps!

Stacy! (By the way, welcome to Kiss and Thrill.) How did you think up this idea?

When I came up with the idea of an escape route, I Googled “Las Vegas Tunnels,” thinking that since Vegas was essentially built by the mob, there had to be some stories about underground tunnels. I had no idea about the storm drains or the homeless living in them, but when I found out and started researching, INTO THE DARK gained a whole new layer.

Did it automatically trigger the nightmarish plot for INTO THE DARK?

Yes and no. I already knew Emilie had a stalker, but when I discovered the drains, I realized how terrifying I could make the book. The idea of being taken down there against your own will is horrifying, and it was easy to play up the suspense from that angle.

Yeah. Horrifying. (Quite the understatement!) One character describes the rich history of the tunnels. Is this true? And do some old buildings have foundations that empty into them?

The Weber case mentioned in the book is a real case from 2002. A man murdered his girlfriend and her kids and escaped down there. There are numerous legends–including the one about the troll–that are told by the locals. As for the foundations, that’s something I made up in the effort to find a way make the escape route work.

Your description of the tunnels: the stench, graffiti, homeless people and their belongings is vivid. Did you actually go down there to ‘visit?’

No, I didn’t. But I did read Matthew O’Brien’s fabulous book, Beneath The Neon: Life and Death in the Las Vegas Tunnels. He was a reporter for Las Vegas CityLife and spent several months exploring the drains, getting to know the people living in them. He does such a great job of describing the smell and feel of the place it was easy to imagine being down there.

Being kidnapped and lost down there would rank high on my fear-o-meter! What frightens you the most?

Something terrible happening to my daughter. The idea of someone taking her, of not knowing what happened to her, is paralyzing. I’m also fairly claustrophobic, and being locked in small places is an awful experience.

I noticed your next work is set in the Deep South. What’s a nice girl from Iowa doing writing so authentically about these sultry settings?

Well, I love history and I’ve always been fascinated by the Deep South. My dream vacation would be a month spent exploring the old plantations. So it was pretty easy for me to set the next book in Mississippi. I’m a research nerd, and writing about places I’d love to visit is my way of virtual traveling.

Favorite romantic suspense author(s)?

Lisa Gardner, Tami Hoag, Tess Gerritsen, Greg Iles (although he is more of a thriller author).

Thriller writers are welcome here! 🙂 Your bio mentions your avid interest in suspense, even as a child. What book or movie do you revisit that still manages to grip you like the first time?

The movie would have to be Psycho (the original). I watched it when I was way too young, and it scared the hell out of me. Still does, and it’s still a masterful work of suspense. As for books, I’d have to say The Silence of The Lambs. I’ve read it a few times over the years, and it still keeps me turning the pages.

If you could do any profession in the world (automatically experienced at it) what would you do/be?

Honestly, I’m doing it. This is my dream.

Cool for you! Favorite food item?

Anything Italian! Sausage casserole is one of my favorites. I have a recipe that’s so easy and tastes amazing.

Hey, maybe we need a Kiss and Thrill Blog Recipe Day! Sausage casserole? That sounds great! Favorite holiday and why?

Christmas, because my daughter still believes in Santa, and I love watching her Christmas morning. I also love buying things for my family, love giving gifts. I always have.

Aw! Kids make it so magical. And the toys that are available these days…I don’t have any kids but can’t stop buying these cool things! (Toys for Tots loves to see me drive up.)

To know us is to know we love authors who give back in some way or are passionate about a cause. Tell us about your INTO THE DARK Charity Raffle.

The homeless living in the storm drains of Las Vegas played a vital part in INTO THE DARK, and I want to give back. From November 1st until February 28th, participants will have several options to enter the raffle, including donating to HELP of Southern Nevada. The grand prize will be a $100 donation from me in the winner’s name to the homeless shelter of their choice.

Here’s additional information on how to find Stacy and her novel:

INTO THE DARK is available in all digital formats and paperbacks. Buy Into The Dark on Amazon, Coffeetime Romance, Bookstrand
All other digital formats at MuseItUp Publishing, Buy the paperback

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