Saturday, September 28, 2013

Mafia Secret Bonus Scene

In honor of Mafia Secret being released in print I'm going to share with you an extra scene that wasn't released in the book. I originally started the book in Marco's POV, but when I changed it to Lessa's POV this part was cut. For those who've read the book, you know that Jiovanni left a letter for each family member after his death. Here is Jiovanni's letter to Marco:

Marco ~

Looks like I’m dead. A part of me hopes it was natural causes, but both of us know that men in our profession rarely die from natural causes. Hopefully, I took the bastard out, but if I didn’t, I trust you and Jio will take care of my killer.

You watch Jio’s back. He might not want your help, but he’ll need it with all the opportunist who will try to take advantage of my untimely demise. 

But on to the reason for this special letter. I’ve instructed Ryan to give it to you as soon as I’ve died. I’m trusting you to carry out my final wish.

I have another daughter, Alessandra, who I’ve never acknowledged publicly. I don’t believe she even knows that I am her real father. I made the mistake of swearing on my life to her mother that I would never contact Alessandra. Well, since I’m no longer alive and bound by my promise I can do as I please. I’m tasking you with bringing her back into the family. If she is resistant, tell her it was her father’s last request that she attend his funeral and meet her family.

Remember she knows nothing of this life and you will need to keep her safe from outside and possibly inside threats.

~ Jiovanni

Monday, September 16, 2013

#Giveaway: Illuminati: The Book of Life by Elizabeth Alsobrooks

ILLUMINATI: The Book of Life by Elizabeth Alsobrooks


Ljluka Vargas, immortal prince and the cool-headed enforcer for the Vargas Dynasty,
must go up against his most intriguing enemy, the mysterious Nalini. She intends
to beat him to the secret archaeological site of The Book of Life which contains
the genetic secrets of their ancient ancestors.

In order to escape the cruel domination of her family and gain freedom for her mother, Nalini assumes the role of assassin. In her rival, the sleek and deadly Luc, she finds a different kind of danger. She’s supposed to eliminate him, but that would foil destiny’s plan for them to be together.

It’s a race from power-hungry D.C. cabinet rooms through the secret realms of the Vatican, from cloud forests and desert sands to the caverns of the Underworld as mankind hangs in the balance. For whoever possesses the Book of Life has the potential to rule the world, offering or denying immortality to the human race.

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Now that her children have flown from the nest, Elizabeth lives with her two new babies (AKA Maltese) and husband, Bobby, at the foot of the beautiful Catalina Mountain Range in Oro Valley, AZ.

She loves to hike the mountain trails, ride her bike on the miles of walk/bike paths, sit on her patio sipping coffee and reading or brainstorming plots and enjoying the grandeur of her breathtaking mountain views.

Elizabeth calls herself a pantser on steroids. The first book of her Illuminati series flowed like a psychic muse channeled it from her fingertips to the keyboard. She wrote 120,000 words in 45 days. "After the first couple of chapters, the characters took over. They knew what they wanted and what they were willing to do to get it."

Her love of mythology and ancient literature and history were the backbone for her series, and the Sigma Force series by James Rollins inspired the fast-paced adventures (He recently told her at a literacy fundraiser that he found that flattering, as no one had ever told him he was inspiring before!). The result was an action packed URBAN FANTASY novel series, with its basis in truth, superstitions, mythology and conspiracy theories.

A friend compared Elizabeth's series to what it would be like if Ford and Jolie stepped through the Stargate using the Da Vinci code as a compass, tried to kill each other, and ended up colliding with a love as seemingly hopeless as Romeo and Juliet. Elizabeth claims she pictured a blond "The Rock" as the hero when she was writing, but that Jolie, with lavender eyes, would fit her heroine just fine. It was difficult for her to claim a genre (pigeon hole) for this work. There is a love relationship, but it's all about the family relationships, dysfunctional and otherwise, and the timeless struggle for power. There are very strong female leads in this story, and the men are macho enough to hold their own.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

#Giveaway & Interview: The Shadow of Mudflap by Christi Snow & M.F. Smith

The Shadow of Mudflap (A Foxtrot Team Novel) by Christi Snow & M.F. Smith.
All the proceeds from the sale of this book will go to the Lubbock Red Cross.

Please welcome Christi Snow to my blog for a quick Q&A...

1. What was the spark or initial idea that started your book?
This started out as a project between MF and me. MF is a radio dj in Lubbock, TX. The plan was to write a book for charity....a romance novel. MF came up with the core group of characters...twelve of them with their names, careers, and ages. I developed the romantic suspense story line from there. Because MF is a radio personality, we knew that a lot of the readers of the book would be his local listeners in Lubbock, TX, and Lubbock just happens to be home to a major university, Texas Tech. If you know anything about West Texas, you know football is king out here...and the story flowed from there. 

2. What was your favorite part of writing this book?
DEFINITELY working with MF. I've never written with anyone else's input before, but it was amazing. He's not a writer, but he is creative. Every night he would read what I wrote for the day and give feedback and input into where the story was at and where it was going. He added so much excitement to the project. It was an incredible process. 

3. What is your favorite line from your book?
There are text exchanges throughout the book. One of them is my favorite scene from the book because Shanae (the heroine) is trying to decide what kind of guy he is by giving him a hypothetical situation with two kinds of cookies. Mudflap's final line in that exchange is absolutely my favorite of the book. 

Halftime Texting
Shanae: I have two cookies: one is a snickerdoodle, one is a chocolate chip.
Mudflap: Okay, that’s just mean when I haven’t eaten lunch yet.
Shanae: It’s a test. If I offer you one, which one do you take?
Mudflap: You’re testing me?
Shanae: Yes, now answer the question.
Mudflap: I’d take the snickerdoodle.
Shanae: Good answer, but why?
Mudflap: I have sisters. I know better than to get between a girl and her chocolate.
Mudflap: Did I pass?
Shanae: With flying colors.
Mudflap: You weren’t just teasing about the cookies, right? I really am hungry.

4. What movie or television show would you say is most like your book in tone, topic, and/or characters? 
Oh, wow...I don't watch much movies or TV (I read 400 books/year and write 4-6 books/year which doesn't leave much time). The book is about spies...Shanae is the heroine and I visualize her a lot like the character from Alias...was her name Sydney Bristol, maybe??

5. If your book was made into a movie and you got to design the movie poster, what would the tagline say? 
That's easy because there is already a tagline for the Lubbock Foxtrot Team which is the federal spy agency in the book. They hide their undercover work under the guise of an on-call 24/7 EMS contract company. In both aspects of their jobs, they are working to make American lives better and their tagline is:
On an ordinary day, they save lives. 

On an extraordinary day, they save the country.


To us, first responders are heroes. But for them, risking their lives is a normal, everyday thing.


Born the baby of the family, Mudflap has always had something to prove to emerge out of the shadows of his older siblings. He spent eight years as a Special Ops elite sniper and is now a firefighter. But at his heart, he’s just a normal West Texas good old boy who loves his beer, women and football, until the Department of Defense calls him up to say they need his skills again.


Shanae is a first responder of a different sort. She’s a trauma nurse who works on a medical evacuation helicopter team. But while she lives a life full of adrenaline every day, it’s just a cover for her real life, where she hides in the shadows and is secret agent, Shadowfox for the Lubbock Foxtrot Team (LiFT). She’s living the kind of life that most people think exists only in movies and books.

Working for two different branches of the government, Mudflap and Shanae are in a race against time and the terrorists who threaten the very heart of West Texas life, football. They’re working toward the same goal, but find themselves in a confrontation against each other and the lies they’ve each had to hide behind. Can love win out in the end or will the cost be each other and their very lives?

First responders are heroes every day, but this story tells the tale of when they become even more and find love along the way. The key is for them to stay alive so that they can complete their mission and just maybe live happily ever after.

On an ordinary day, they save lives. On an extraordinary day, they save the country.

“Hey, there. You look good enough to eat,” he growled. He glanced back at his Bronco. “Unfortunately, Derek is waiting for us in the car so I can’t take a nibble.”
A frisson of awareness skated down her spine. That tone in his voice…yummy.
“Thanks,” she said as she leaned up to give him a quick kiss on the cheek. “You know how to make a girl feel good.” She lingered for a moment right below his ear to whisper, “You look pretty damn good yourself. But it’s hot and we don’t want the poor thing to suffer from heat exhaustion. I’m confused though.” She glanced at him as they walked out toward his truck. “Why would you bring your dog golfing? Are they even allowed on the course?”
He pulled her door open for her, but stalled her entrance into the Bronco. “Dog? I don’t have a dog.”
She sat in the seat, but scowled at him in confusion through the still open door. “Isn’t Derek your dog?”
Mudflap burst out laughing as he shut her car door. But it was the outraged, “What the hell did he tell you to make you think that?” coming from the backseat that told her she’d gotten something wrong.
She turned slowly to him. He was a young, clean cut, extremely good looking guy, who was not happy right now. He looked like a model from a young, hip magazine ad; well, he would if he wasn’t scowling.
Wincing, she offered her hand to him. “I guess you’re Derek, huh?”
Mudflap got into the car and continued to laugh at Derek’s expense. Derek shoved at his shoulder and muttered, “Asshole,” before offering her his hand. “Yes, I’m Derek. It’s nice to meet you Shanae.” His scowl quickly morphed into a flirty smile. “Already I can tell you’re too good for this guy. I say we dump him on the back nine and you and I can make a fun day of it without him.” He waggled his eyebrows at her.
Uh oh, this guy and that mischievous smile was trouble. She couldn’t help the giggle that erupted. “Sorry about the dog comment. I misunderstood.”
“Aw, sweetheart, no forgiveness is necessary. I know who to blame.” He turned to glare again at Mudflap. “Besides, gracing us with your beauty today more than makes up for it.”
Shanae couldn’t help the eye-roll. This guy was digging it deep.
“Hey, now. No horning in on my girl.” Mudflap frowned at Derek, but the corners of his mouth twitched with humor.
The two guys continued the back and forth banter all the way to the golf course, renting their equipment, and meeting up with their golf pro for the day, a very attractive redhead named Lisa. Shanae clued in on the fact that Derek had a bit of a crush on her simply by the fact that he continued to give both Shanae and Mudflap a hard time, but then got stiff when it came to interacting with her. It was sweet, if not for the fact that Lisa seemed completely oblivious to Derek.
Shanae would guess there was a pretty good age difference between the two. Derek was young, definitely early twenties, while Lisa was probably closer to thirty. Shanae doubted Lisa even saw Derek as a possibility for a date. She watched the two of them as Lisa corrected Derek’s form on the fourth hole. Lisa slid her hand down Derek’s arm to adjust his grip and Shanae could see all his muscles tighten in response.
Mudflap slid in to stand behind her. His hand wrapped around her waist felt entirely too right, so right she completely forgot about Lisa and Derek. She could feel the heat coming off his body and her pulse skittered.
But then Mudflap, who’d also been watching the other two, whispered in her ear, “I think his shaft is too big for that stroke.”
Of course, Shanae worked with guys all the time so her gaze immediately landed on Derek’s crotch where his erection pressed against his pants. “Don’t,” she hissed at Mudflap. “Don’t give him a hard time right now. Poor kid is infatuated and she isn’t even aware of him.”
Mudflap nuzzled her ear for a moment before whispering, “Ask her for some help on the next hole and make her aware. He’s a good guy. It would be nice if he could hook up with a woman who might actually appreciate him.”
And right there, Shanae’s heart melted a little bit more for this guy. Damn, sexy and sweet.

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Christi Snow

As an avid reader her entire life, Christi Snow always dreamed of writing books that brought to others the kind of joy she felt when she read. But...she never did anything about it besides jot down a few ideas and sparse scenes.

When she turned 41, she decided it was time to go after her dream and started writing. Within four months, she'd written over 150,000 words and hasn't stopped since.

She's found her calling by writing about sexy, alpha heroes and smart, tough heroines falling in love and finding their passion. She's truly living the dream and loving every minute of it.

Her tagline is... Passion and adventure on the road to Happily Ever After. She's loving this adventure! (book review blog)

M.F. Smith

Mudflap is a morning show personality for 96.3 KLLL in Lubbock, TX. He’s been on the morning show for seven years and in radio for over ten years. He’s entertained people all over the world, and has helped raise money for many non-profit agencies and charities.

Mudflap loves to see people smile and believes everyone deserves a hug.

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