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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

LitConnect Blog Tour: Shatter by Joan Swan (Excerpt + Giveaway)

I've already had a chance to read (and review) Shatter by Joan Swan and honestly? I think it's the best book in the Phoenix Rising series so far! Have you all had the chance to read this series? If you haven't, check out the excerpt below and enter for your chance to win one of three prizes including a Kindle Fire HD!

About Joan Swan:
NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Joan Swan writes sexy romantic suspense for Kensington (Phoenix Rising Series) and independently (Covert Affairs Series).

She also works as a sonographer at a top medical facility in San Francisco and lives in magnificent wine country on the central coast of California with her husband and two daughters.

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Excerpt from Shatter
     Dex gave an excited bark and followed.

     “No, baby, not playing,” she said, breathless, as she jerked Dex’s favorite blanket off the bed, grabbed a couple of chew toys nearby and shoved her hand between her box spring and mattress. Her second Heckler and Koch touched her palm, cool and smooth, and she jerked it out and pushed it into the waistband of her jeans—where the weight of three weapons now nearly took her pants to her knees. At her feet, Dex whined and pranced in place. His nails tapped on the floor and clicked against Halina’s nerves.

     “Okay, come on.” She pivoted and nearly tripped over him in the tight space alongside her bed. “Shit, Dex…out.”

     He danced out of her way, tail swaying, eyes bright. She rushed into the garage and ordered Dex to load up with a breathless, “Zagruzka.”

     He beat her to the car and jumped in the back. Halina slid into the front seat, slammed the door, dropped her three weapons into the center console and jerked the transmission into reverse.

     A dark car swept in from the street like a rabid raven, screeching to an angry stop and blocking Halina’s driveway. She slammed on the brakes. Dex slid along the smooth leather backseat.

     Her stomach plummeted. “No.” She slammed her hand against the steering wheel. “No!”

     A low growl vibrated in Dex’s throat.

     “Dammit.” She pushed the gear into park and left the car running. If she had to, she’d smash that rental to get out of here without him. “Dammit, he doesn’t understand.”

     And she couldn’t make him fully understand without risking everything.

     By the time she’d opened her door, Mitch was rounding the hood of his car. The combination of moonlight, streetlights and headlight side beams turned the rage on his handsome face into shadows of menace. Skin taut, brows pulled low over fiery eyes, jaw hard, he advanced up her driveway. He’d pulled on a tee shirt, jeans and running shoes, but hadn’t bothered to fasten the jeans or tie the shoes.

     "Don't pull any of your self-defense shit on me, Halina, because I won't hold back from hurting you this time.” His voice was as threatening as Dex’s growl. So much fury rasped through his tone, the hair on Halina’s arms rose. “And don't even think about pointing a gun at—“

     Dex launched into a ferocious barking fit. His full-out attack bark, enraged and vicious, glaring teeth and guttural snaps that made even Halina flinch.

     Mitch froze, mid-step. His gaze darted past her and held on the car. She didn’t have to look to know Dex was clawing and snapping at the windows. She’d trained him. Hours and hours of training, just like her fighting. And her shooting. She should have spent more time developing emotional barriers to Mitch. Would have if she’d thought this confrontation was ever a possibility.

     “What the hell is this, Halina?” he demanded from several yards back.

     “Stay away, Mitch, or I’ll open the door.” She kept a grasp on the handle, though she had no intension of releasing Dex.

     “Who the hell are you?” He jammed his hands on his hips. “You’re acting like a goddamned Russian spy.”

     The taunt created a dull, dirty ache in her chest, as if she’d been stabbed with a rusted knife. But even she was having a hard time not thinking of herself as Halina since he'd shown up. As the deceitful Russian who’d come from a murky past.

     She held up a closed fist. Dex’s bark ceased immediately. A few residual mewls rolled out of his throat before he went completely quiet and still. He remained sitting tall in the back seat, his gaze burning into Mitch through the slobber-smeared rear window.

     “I don’t know what to think about you anymore,” Mitch said. “All the lies. The hiding. The secrets. Everything that happened back then. Everything that’s happening now. I swear to God, Halina, I’m seriously reaching here. I’ve seen my share of crazy shit and I’ve discovered my mind can bend in ways I used to think would make it break, but you”-- he tossed his hands in the air-- “I don’t get.”

For seven years, Halina Beloi has been in hiding. But she's never forgotten Mitch Foster, the long, lean man she had to leave behind.

Until, that is, Mitch shows up with a list of questions and a 9mm in his hand.

All Mitch knows is that Halina broke his heart and disappeared. But new information has surfaced implicating her as a player in the deadliest game of Mitch's life. This time, he's not letting go without answers.

Now terror, danger and heat will fuse them together or shatter the future. . .

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  1. Great excerpt. I love Joan Swan's books! Sounds awesome! Thank you for being part of the giveaway hop!

  2. I love this series and cannot wait to get SHATTER. I think it's amazing you think it's the best in the series. I've loved them all :). Thank you.

  3. Congrats to Joan on the new release.

  4. I love, love, love this series!! It gets more intense with each book. This is an automatic buy for me.

  5. I love this series. Can't wait tio read the rest of the books!

  6. Mitch really does deserve his own book, so glad to see that his came.

  7. I hope you love it as much as I did! They seem to get better and better.

  8. I hope you enjoy it when you do read it!

  9. Great excerpt, this sounds like a terrific book. I always enjoy a good story about blasts from the pasts.

  10. I haven't read any books by Joan Swan but this is an intriguing excerpt!

  11. I haven't had a chance to start this series. But its o my TBR list.Thanks for sharing the great excerpt.

  12. I'm impressed with the excerpt. I've got to get Fever read so I can get started on this series =). Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. Congrats on the release. Cant wait to pick it up

  14. congratulations Joan. Love Francesco J. Cura on the cover of Shatter....

  15. Mitch and Halina are going to be so much fun to read about. I just know this will be my favorite book in the series!

  16. Hot man, hot gun, hot story! Sounds like a great book!


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