Anna Richland has teamed up with Goddess Fish Promotions to celebrate the release of her book, The Second Lie. As part of her tour, Anna will be giving away a set of En Route notecards to one randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. See the bottom of this post for more information.
A woman desperate to achieve her dreams.
To reassure wealthy clients, Christina Alvarez Mancini invented a jet-setting British owner for her Napa Valley wine collection service. Success has brought her close to buying her own winery, when irregularities at a London wine auction threaten her business.
A man in love with a good plan.
Stig, an immortal Viking thief, knows he’s found the perfect role. The California woman who created his character won’t discover what he’s up to in England until after he’s pocketed the money he needs. Then Christina walks into the auction preview, ready to ruin his plans, and he knows his boredom has ended.
Secrets that turn deadly.
By the end of the night, these two rivals must cooperate to escape kidnappers, British authorities, media and a pair of mysterious watchers. That’s when a game Stig’s played for a thousand years puts Christina’s life at risk.
Can two people whose identities are based on lies trust each other enough to survive?
Christina and Stig, the man who’s been impersonating her imaginary boss Geoffrey Morrison, are about to ascend from the safety of an abandoned tunnel to the risks of London’s streets. Before they return to evading kidnappers and police, they try to strike one more bargain.
“Three days. Then I’ll fix the auction and kill off Geoffrey Morrison. As gruesomely as you wish.”
Her lips twitched, their tight line dangerously close to becoming a curve. “That last part sounds perfect, but I won’t— We won’t—”
“I need your assistance, not sex.” He detected a softening from her hesitation, so time to give her a bit of space. He turned to scale the ladder, fully aware that she watched every move of his arms and legs. Indifferent she was not. “However, if you are completely bowled over by my irresistible charm, I’m happy to fulfill all requests ranging from toffee to latex.”
Below him, one corner of her mouth indented as she fought a smile.
Swaying her with humor meant he wouldn’t have to use blackmail. “For the record, I prefer chocolate sauce to rough trade.”
This time her smile was the full monty.
“Come on then,” he said.
She reached the top as he shifted the grate. They weren’t destined to be as lucky here as at St. Mary’s. Three men loitered, talking and smoking down the alley to the left.
He whispered, “Soon as we’re out, go to the right. Act like you’re reading meters. You’ve got the coveralls for the job.”
“They don’t look like they’ll care, but we shouldn’t hang about. We can continue this discussion when we’re far from the scene of our illegal entry of government property. Agreed?”
Her eye roll had the same relationship to agreement as skimmed milk had to butter, but it was good enough. Out they went, turned right, hit the bustle and traffic of Whitechapel Road and crossed to the left. After the black-and-white isolation of the Mail Rail tunnel, the blend of colorful jeweled fabrics, burqas and jeans that filled one of London’s vibrant immigrant communities made him want to grab Christina’s hand and twirl in the street.
But then they’d be hit by a bus. He didn’t have a second hospital escape in him.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Anna lives with her quietly funny Canadian husband and two less quiet children in a century-old house in Seattle. The perpetual drizzle is a good excuse to drink more coffee. She’s a former US Army officer who now writes The Immortal Vikings series from Carina Press and also the author of His Road Home, a novella which Publishers Weekly called “Tantalizing … a raw, emotional story” and the website SmartB*tchesTrashyBooks gave an A rating.
She donates a portion of her book proceeds to two charities: the Fisher House Foundation, which provides housing for families of wounded soldiers in the US and Great Britain, and Doctors Without Borders, which delivers emergency medical care in more than sixty crisis zones world-wide.
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