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Sunday, July 31, 2011


Donna Dalton back with more riddle poems for you and an excerpt from my romantic suspense, BLUE ICE, releasing Wednesday, August 3rd at The Wild Rose Press.

Did you figure out the answer to my previous riddle? It was a diamond. See if you can answer this one.

Three eyes have I, all in a row.
When the red one opens, all freeze.
Answer: A traffic light.

Pretty nifty, huh. Okay, now for an excerpt.

Body heat and the spicy scent of aftershave enveloped her. Her pulse revved like an engine on nitro. Garrett Powell. For a geeky security alarm system analyst with a short rap sheet, he was good. Damn good. She hadn’t heard him approach. Hadn’t even heard him while he looted the upstairs bedrooms. Was she getting soft?

She pulled a box off the closet shelf and returned her focus to the task at hand. “Are you finished upstairs?”

“Yep," he replied. “All set. You?”

She lifted the box lid and pushed back the lavender-scented packing paper. Italian leather gloves and silk scarves. Excellent quality. “Only this closet left.” She dumped the contents of the box into her sack. “Did you find anything worth taking?”

“A couple of Louis Vuitton purses and a pair of Manolos. Excellent condition.” His southern accent gave the renowned brand names a comical twist.

She smiled, amused, an emotion she’d been short on lately. “Anything else?”

“Some electronics...two cell phones, a Blackberry, and an iPod. And a nice vintage coin collection.”

The Texan knew his hot commodities. “Jewelry?” she asked.

“Ha. Can’t stop yourself, can you, darlin’?”

She bit down on a curt reply and shoved the box onto the shelf. No need in getting her temper up. She’d have to get used to such comments if she wanted to work with him in the future. The Texan had discovered her Achilles heel and appeared to enjoy poking at it.

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Robin said...

Ooh, I like the excerpt!

Robin D
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katsrus said...

Enjoyed your excerpt.
Sue B

Sarita said...

best wishes with your new release!

Anonymous said...

Ha! He does like to tease her. Great excerpt.

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books4me said...

thanks for the excerpt!

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shiderly77 said...

Ohhh I adore romantic suspense! I loved the riddle, I repeated to my husband (he got it)!

JohnF said...

Thanks for the excerpt!

Na said...

Good riddle. Now that the answer is given I get it lol. Riddles and puzzles in books should be fun. It'll get me paying attention more.