Excerpt and Giveaway: Deadly Force by Misty Evans

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Some secrets can kill…

NSA agent Bianca Marx is determined to save her marriage, even if it kills her…which it just might do since she knows a secret about her estranged husband’s last mission that has put a target on her back. A highly-skilled assassin is hot on her trail and the only man who can keep her safe doesn’t want anything to do with her.
She’ll be dead in 24 hours…unless he can save her.

After his marriage failed, Navy SEAL Callan Reese threw himself into his work. On his last black ops mission, three of his men—three good men who counted on him—were killed. Now PTSD and a military investigation have sidelined him…until Bianca shows up. She claims someone high up in the US government wants her dead, and the assassin after her is also after him.

The couple that spies together, dies together…

On the run from the very government they serve, Bianca and Cal only have each other. When they uncover a deadly scandal threatening the nation, they’ll have one chance to save the day…and one last chance at love. 

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Misty Evans PhotoAbout the Author

USA TODAY Bestselling Author Misty Evans has published over twenty novels and writes romantic suspense, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance. As a writing coach, she helps other authors bring their books – and their dreams of being published – to life.

The books in her Super Agent series have won a CataNetwork Reviewers’ Choice Award, CAPA nominations, the New England Reader’s Choice Bean Pot Award for Best Romantic Suspense in 2010 and the ACRA Heart of Excellence Reader’s Choice Award for Best Romantic Suspense in 2011.

Her Witches Anonymous series was dubbed a Fallen Angel Reviews Recommended Read. The Super Agent Series, Witches Anonymous Series, and the Kali Sweet Series have been on multiple Amazon Kindle bestsellers lists. Her culinary romantic mystery, THE SECRET INGREDIENT, and the first book in her Deadly series, DEADLY PURSUIT, are both USA TODAY bestsellers.

Misty likes her coffee black, her conspiracy stories juicy, and her wicked characters dressed in couture. When not reading or writing, she enjoys music, movies, and hanging out with her husband, twin sons, and two spoiled puppies.

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Excerpt from DEADLY FORCE

Bianca found a pair of binoculars on the bridge. As she stood hidden behind the navigation controls, wishing she’d worn more sea-worthy clothes, she watched Cal running back to the boat.

As per normal, he was in his element—water. He’d been a gifted swimmer even as a kid and had competed nationally in high school.

She’d never learned to swim. The best she could do was dog-paddle and even that was a struggle. Open water made her feel claustrophobic—the opposite of most people. Being in water over her head sent her into a full-fledged panic.

We really couldn’t be more opposite. But opposites did attract. In their case, that was both good and bad. From the day they’d met, she and Cal had come together, broken up, and come together again. First as friends, then as more.

Even now, she couldn’t deny the sexual chemistry between them. Her pulse jumped at the sight of him, every part of her body tingled when he looked at her. If only there weren’t so much bad stuff between them. She wished they could lay all the ugliness down, get out from under it for a few hours, and enjoy coming together once more.

Not just for the physical stuff. For the friendship. Cal had been her best friend since elementary school. She missed him.

While rain pelted the bridge’s windows, Bianca stood transfixed, unable to take her eyes off him. He ran with such ease, his tan face turned up to the rain as his long, sure strides ate up the distance between them. Her parts tingled and her heart beat erratically in her chest.

God, I love you.

She understood the science behind what she was feeling—the chemical releases going on in her brain. Cal was familiar. Cal was safe. Her most precious memories were tied to him. Her happiest times were rooted in him.

He may have been her polar opposite, but since the day he’d picked a shy girl up off the playground asphalt, brushed pieces of the sharp cinders from her knees, and raised his fists to the school bully who’d made her life hell, Cal had been her hero.

Even when he’d broken her heart.

Now it was time for her to repay the favor. This time the bully was the government she and Cal had sworn to serve. Standing up to that bully would cost her everything…her job, the quiet existence she enjoyed, and quite possibly her life. But the government had already taken the one thing she held most dear—Cal. She wouldn’t let them destroy him as well.

The dog ran by his side, completely soaked and tongue lolling from the side of its mouth. They hit the boardwalk and slowed to a jog. She was sure the dog was smiling.

Through the binoculars, Bianca could see the animal was missing vital male parts, so it must be female. That might explain the adoration in the dog’s eyes. Bianca had never met a female yet who could resist the absolute alpha male prowess Cal exuded.

Hell, she’d been at restaurants with him where the male waiters hit on him.

The thing none of them realized was that he was a very dangerous man. A weapon the US had trained and given specialized skills. When she told him about Senator Halston, Cal would want to use those skills on the man.

What to do? Could she keep her husband away from the senator until the worst of Cal’s anger subsided and she could convince him to go along with her rational, logical plan? Cal would be out for blood, and if he went after the senator his way—with violence—she’d be forced to rein him in.

She lowered the binoculars as Cal and the dog came aboard and headed down the stairs, oblivious to her in her hidden vantage point.

“B?” he called over the noisy rain, and his deep voice made her pulse jump. There was the usual irritated edge to his voice, but something else as well. “Where are you?”

Worry? Was that what she heard in his voice? Sure had been a hell of a long time since he’d worried about her.

She had to do this. She had to tell him. What happened after that would be up to him.

Leaving the binoculars behind, she flipped on the tiny camera she’d installed by the boat’s windshield so she could keep an eye on the marina’s entrance. Grabbing the handrail, she steadied herself. The storm might buy her an hour or two—keep Cal from going anywhere and slow down anyone searching for her—but she needed to figure out a way to keep him sequestered, and her ass out of the line of fire until she could find physical evidence against the senator she could take to the Justice Department. They wouldn’t bring him up on charges over hearsay.

And hearsay was all she had.

Bianca sighed. After what she’d put Cal through already, he was more likely to toss her overboard than become her bodyguard.

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Could You Make a Great Spy?

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In my latest sexy spy thriller, The Blood Code, my heroine is a lost princess and must team up with a CIA agent in order to save her grandmother and stop a nuclear war. As the story progresses, she learns a lot about going undercover, thanks to the hero who’s more than happy to show her the ropes of spying, but there are times when it completely freaks her out.

What about you? Think you’d be any good at covert operations? Take this quiz and see what the results are!

How often do you lie?

  1. Whenever I want. I’m really good at it.
  2. When I think I won’t get caught.
  3. Only when it’s an absolute necessity, i.e. hubby questions the six shopping bags filled with shoe boxes in my hands.
  4. Never!

Do people underestimate you?

  1. Me? Are you kidding? Of course not.
  2. Sometimes, and I use that to my advantage.
  3. Sometimes, and it upsets me. I mean, honestly, LOOK at me!
  4. All the time.

The last time you met a friend for lunch, do you remember what she was wearing?

  1. Every detail, including her new Jimmy Choos. I drooled obsessively.
  2. Sort of. I think she wore her favorite red sweater.
  3. No, but I was wearing my skinny jeans, Enemy of the State tee with rhinestones and Chanel sunglasses. I looked hawt!
  4. Ummm…

Danger…

  1. Is my middle name.
  2. Is something I’ll deal with if I have to.
  3. Is better left to experts, unless it’s a trunk sale. Then everybody better get out of my way!
  4. Danger?!!? Ack!

Confronted by a nefarious lowlife wanting to do you harm, your weapon of choice would be:

  1. Beretta 9 millimeter – shoot first and ask questions later.
  2. A taser – knock em out, tie em up, call the cops.
  3. My GUCCI Leather ‘Irina’ Large Shoulder Bag. It weighs, like, twenty-five pounds. One swing to his head, and bam, he’ll never mess with me again.
  4. None, thank you very much. I’m getting the heck out of Dodge.

Results

If you answered A for most of the questions: Congratulations, you’re a bona fide SAS (Super Agent-grade Spy!) Keep up the good work!

If you answered B for most of the questions: You’re a SiT (Spy-in-Training). Your secret decoder ring is in the mail.

If you answered C for most of the questions: You’re a FS (FashionSpysta). There might be an opening in Paris soon. We’ll be in touch.

If you answered D for most of the questions: Stick to your day job. Please!

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Fifteen years ago, Anya Radzoya fled Russia with her grandmother after the suspicious deaths of her parents, but she can’t escape the royal genes that make her one of Russia’s last living princesses. When President Ivanov blackmails her into returning to Moscow in exchange for her grandmother’s life, Anya discovers he’s planning to unleash a nuclear war. With no one else to turn to, she joins forces with CIA operative Ryan Smith.

Undercover at the nuclear summit, Ryan recruits Anya to find proof Ivanov is resurrecting the Cold War, but he suspects his new asset is a double agent. Anya is determined to rescue her grandmother with or without his help, however, and Ryan finds himself falling for the beautiful princess before he even trusts her.

Trapped inside the Kremlin with a cunning and ruthless opponent, the two must risk their lives and their hearts to save Anya’s grandmother as well as millions of innocent people.

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BIO: Best-selling author Misty Evans writes the award-winning Super Agent series as well as urban fantasy and paranormal romance. She likes her coffee black, her conspiracy theories juicy and her wicked characters dressed in couture. When her muse lets her on the internet to play, she’s on Facebook and Twitter. Read more about her stories at www.readmistyevans.com.

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Review: Witches Anonymous by Misty Evans

by Susan S., guest reviewer

A Tickle My Fantasy Story

Witches Anonymous novella series: Book one

Summary: Amy Evelyn Atwell, heroine, is adamant about turning over a new cauldron. She’s been an evil witch for far too long; which is one of the reasons she’s joined (WA) Witches Anonymous. Hopefully, she can resist Lucifer and stay on the straight and narrow. WA promises she’ll become a good witch in only 13 steps.

Unfortunately, she’s picked an inconvenient time to be good. Her hostility level is dangerously high. Well, wouldn’t yours be? She just found out her sister’s been sleeping with “her” boyfriend, Lucifer. So much for loving thy sister! Then there are her lustful desires which are setting off more fire alarms than she can count. As if yours wouldn’t! That sexy fireman, Adam Foster, is a hotty. And as an afterthought, a really nice guy.

Will sibling rivalry, the devil’s temptations, and her lustful desires send her back into Luc’s two-timing arms? Or will a higher power help her resist…her witchy side?

Review: Witches Anonymous was a cutesy good vs. evil novella. Ms. Evans presents a wonderful story concept with likeable characters. It was enjoyable to read the contrasts between Adam and Lucifer (the good guy vs. the opposing bad guy).

However, I kept hoping for examples of Amy’s malevolent past (she didn’t come across as evil). I also felt the novella needed just a little more momentum. With only minimal tweaking, this series is sure to grow into a hard-to-resist literary temptation.

Recommendations: Sure to tempt readers who enjoy light paranormal comedies, angels vs. demons stories, good vs. evil plots, and having to choose between a sinfully tempting bad boy vs. the equally appealing nice guy. Note: This novel does not contain sexual scenes. Two characters want to, but they don’t.

Favorite Character: Lucifer He’s sexy as sin! A walking, mouth-watering temptation. Like a Starbuck’s Birthday Cake Pop. Yummy!

Others in the Series: JINGLE HELLS (Witches Anonymous, Step 2) and Wicked Souls (Witches Anonymous, Step 3) are currently available for your reading pleasure.

Rating: ★★★½☆

Buy: Witches Anonymous: A Tickle My Fantasy story, Witches Anonymous (UK)

Samhain Publishing, Ltd., Copyright 2009, Paranormal Romantic Comedy, Novella, eBook, Pages 87. ISBN# 978-1-60504-397-5.