Thursday, October 18, 2012

VBT Stop: Excerpt Blitz for To Catch a Bad Guy/Contest

Contest Information is after the Excerpt.

To Catch a Bad Guy by Marie Astor
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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?

Teaser Excerpt:

Before she had arrived at the Foleys’ house, Janet had felt confident about her appearance. She had been ‘good’ the entire week, consuming mostly salads and oatmeal, and shunning sweets, the diligent regimen resulting in her having shed two pounds. But now, all she could think of were the ‘early lines’ Emily Foley had warned her about. In the harsh light of the Foleys’ bathroom, Janet saw two faint creases stemming treacherously from the outside of her nostrils to the corners of her mouth – smile lines. They were barely there, but they were there nonetheless, as were the two faint lines on her forehead from her habit of wrinkling her forehead whenever she was surprised or upset, and lately, she had had plenty of things to be upset about. Well, she was already twenty-nine. In a year, she would be thirty. Perhaps Emily Foley’s snide remark did have a grain of truth. Janet would look into a preventive skincare routines, but she’d be damned if she would turn to Emily Foley for advice. And in the meantime, there was the rest of Lisa’s party to get through.
Janet pressed her forehead against her hands and closed her eyes, as she counted till ten, taking deep, even breaths. She opened her eyes and straightened her shoulders. She was as good as new.
“There you are – I was looking for you!” Lisa ambushed Janet in the hallway, ruining Janet’s intention to rejoin the party inconspicuously. “Where have you been? There’s someone I want you to meet.”
“I had to pee,” Janet lied.
Lisa wrinkled her nose at the excessive detail. “Never mind. Andrew is here.” She winked. “Remember him?”
“Vaguely.” Did she ever – Janet had to stifle a groan.
“Well, he remembers you.” Lisa beamed. “And trust me, he looks nothing like he used to, and he’s single, with his own Internet business.”
“What kind of business?” Janet asked out of politeness. Even if Andrew Foley became a millionaire ten times over, he would still remain the same pest she remembered him to be.
“It’s a dating service, but what difference does that make? He’s pulling in a seven-figure income, and the last time I heard, he was going for an IPO.”
Great, Janet thought. The ghost of Lisa’s horny younger cousin who had been the bane of her existence throughout adolescence had come back to haunt her, reincarnated as a dating service mogul.

Contest Information:

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

Please follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here:

About the Author and links:

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 today.

Ingeborg said...

Love the teaser excerpt and the book cover.

MomJane said...

I still giggle when I see the cover of the book. I really love it. I really enjoyed this excerpt very much.

Catherine Lee said...

How sad that Janet is fretting about her smile & frown lines. She should be thankful for smile lines!
catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

bn100 said...

Thanks for the excerpt.


Marie Astor said...

Thank you for featuring To Catch a Bad Guy!

Thank you all for your wonderful comments! I am so glad to hear that you're enjoying the tour!


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