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Friday, October 12, 2012

GUEST BLOG and Giveaway: Marie Astor


This stop is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Marie will be giving away five prizes of custom made jewelry to randomly drawn commenters during the tour (Continental US only):

Prize 1: Agate and labradorite necklace with sterling silver accents

Prize 2: Smoky Quartz sterling silver plated necklace

Prize 3: Multi-quartz sterling silver plated necklace

Prize 4: Gray quartz, carnelian and onyx sterling silver plated necklace

Prize 5: Aventurine necklace with sterling silver plated accents

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Janet Maple is convinced that her life could not get any worse: her stellar career at the DA’s office ended with a lay off and her boyfriend of five years told her that he wants to be just friends. When she lands a job at one of New York’s premier boutique investment firms, Janet begins to hope that her luck is finally turning for the better. Not only is she happy with her new paycheck, but things also seem to be looking up on the personal front, as the company’s handsome attorney expresses keen interest in Janet. However, her euphoria is short-lived, as Janet soon discovers alarming facts about her new employer’s business tactics. When her boss dismisses her suspicions as groundless, Janet finds herself confiding to a cute IT engineer, Dean Snider. The closer she gets to Dean, the more Janet is tempted to break her rule of not dating co-workers, but what she doesn’t realize is that everything she knows about Dean, including his occupation and even his name, is a lie.

Dennis Walker is a top-notch white collar crime investigator who will stop at nothing to put culprits away. When an opportunity for an undercover assignment at one of New York’s premier boutique broker dealers comes up, Dennis jumps at the chance, adopting a persona of geeky IT engineer, Dean Snider. While he may be an ace at his job, years of experience fail him when Dennis meets Janet Maple and finds himself torn between his professional obligations and his personal desires. Will he have to choose between his feelings and duty, or will he find a way to satisfy both?

Read an excerpt from the book:

Suddenly, Janet heard running footsteps and felt a rough push. Good thing she was wearing flats; otherwise, it would have been impossible for her to maintain her balance. But while Janet managed to stay on her feet, half of the files dropped out of her hands and fell to the floor.

“Sorry, Miss!” The man who had just rammed into Janet called over his shoulder. “I’ve got to get back to my desk – I have an order to work!”

“Are you okay?” Dean Snider had materialized out of thin air and was scooping the files from the floor.

“Hi.” Janet blushed. It seemed that every time she ran into Dean, she needed rescuing. “I’m fine, thank you. It was my own fault. I wasn’t looking where I was going.” She bent down to pick up the rest of the folders.

“That guy is a jerk for running you over like that and not even stopping to make sure you were all right.” Dean looked at her. They were both kneeling on the floor. Dean smiled and Janet felt her entire being tingle. It was not an alarming tingle like she got when Tom Wyman’s knee brushed past her thigh, but a pleasant one. She did not know much about Dean Snider, but she wanted to get to know him.

“These look important.” Dean peeked at the folders, as he handed them to Janet.

“They are.” Janet confirmed. “These are customer files – I was taking them back to my office to make sure everything is in order for the upcoming audit.”

“And are we in good shape?” Dean grinned.

“I think so,” Janet answered. “At least I hope so.”

“That doesn’t sound very promising,” Deane probed.

“I haven’t really looked through them yet, as I was interrupted,” Janet alluded to the embarrassing incident.

“Well, I hope that you find everything up to your satisfaction.”

A yell from one of the desks interrupted them. “Dean, over here, my computer email won’t open up!”

“I’ve got to get back to work.” Dean shrugged. “It was nice seeing you again, Janet.”

Janet smiled: it was nice seeing Dean as well. “You too. Thanks for your help.”

About the Author:Marie Astor is the author of contemporary romance novels Lucky Charm, On the Rim of Love, This Tangled Thing Called Love, romantic suspense novel, To Catch a Bad Guy, and a short story collection, A Dress in a Window.

If you would like to find out more about Marie’s books, please visit Marie at her website:

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting Marie today.

Ingeborg said...

Love the excerpt and the cover of the book.

Debby said...

That dog is great. The excerpt is as well.
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