Welcome, Debra. It's a pleasure to have you here today to talk about your latest release, Toxic. I finished it this morning and loved the story line and the characters. You kept me guessing until the very end.
Please leave Debra a comment in the section below. On Wednesday evening I'll select a winner for an ecopy of Birdie's Nest.
I'm here to talk about my latest release, Toxic, published by The Wild Rose Press. Toxic is my third novel, but it's actually the first book I wrote. I began writing seriously in 20o4, during a particularly difficult period in my life, and Toxic is the result of that time.
The story takes place in a small town outside of Houston, quite like the one I lived in when I wrote the book. The setting is in a nursery and coincidentally I worked at a plant farm, so I used that experience throughout. The main character, Gracie Desoto probably has the closest personality to mine as opposed to any of my other heroines--mainly, she's a chocolate and soda lover--definitely a personal trait.
A lot of pleasure came from putting together this story. I hope you'll give it a read. Below is my blurb and a little teaser. Let me know what you think.
To find the truth, she'll have to defeat his darkness...
Landscaper Gracie Desoto is too busy building her business to worry about her love life. Until she receives news her ex-husband is getting remarried, and she meets the enigmatic Ethan McCarthy. Despite the warning bells, Grace can’t deny her attraction to the much younger man.
Ethan McCarthy is a man on the mission. His job keeps him on his toes, plus he’s dealing with personal issues he can’t figure out. He doesn’t have room in his life for a romance, until an encounter with the adorable Gracie changes his mind.
In a whirlwind weekend of missing plants and a murder with Ethan as a possible suspect,
Gracie is determined to solve the mystery and clear her man. Together, they head down a darkened path into an unknown where they may not survive.
Is their love toxic, or is it worth the risk?
“A model employee, that’s what you are. I’ll tell Mike to give you a raise.” Gracie abruptly broke their connection. “Thank you for the dance. Now excuse me.” She whipped around on the slick floor. One leg slid in front of her, while the other slipped behind. She struggled to regain her poise and not perform the splits in front of the entire nursery industry.
Rough hands glided over her bare arms to steady her. “You okay?”
“I’m fine.” She didn’t bother to look in his direction as he set her back on her feet.
“Might want to go easy on the margaritas.”
She ignored his recommendation. Though grateful for stability, she wanted to get away from Ethan McCarthy pronto. She stood in mid-indignation not sure of her next move. Everyone seemed occupied, and she had no place to go. The bar caught her eye. The hell with his suggestion. Tonight the section of the restaurant was her only true friend.
A large hand encircled her forearm. “Easy, Ms. D.” Ethan pulled her to him. “It’s an observation. I need to know the feelings weren’t mutual.”
“Mutual feelings? With Reed? Why would you want to know that?”
His lips curved. “’Cause, I prefer not to make a move if you’re otherwise involved.”
“Make a move?”
“I’m pretty sure you understand the concept, but in case you don’t.” He brushed his mouth against hers, then smiled. “Consider yourself hit on.”
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