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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

In the Spotlight!

Help me welcome author, Jeannie Faulkner-Barber to my humble abode. She has graciously allowed me to showcase her new novel Scent of Double Deception. With her talent for description, emotion and suspense, this is a story you don't want to miss!


But first, a little about Jeannie 


Jeannie Faulkner Barber was born and raised in Marshall, Texas. Writing has been one of two passions, the other being drag racing. She drives her own racecar and met her husband, Monte, at the track. She is an active member of the East Texas Writers' Association. She and Monte live in Kilgore, Texas and have three grown sons and nine beautiful grandchildren.


Scent of Double Deception is available for purchase at Createspace and Amazon. 



Blurb

Two women, two identities, one lie.

An innocent charade catapults Clair Matthews and Kelley Malone into mystery and deception. Rugged cattleman, Joe Paul Farrell falls victim to Kelley’s elusive charms. Russell Gibson, loyal private investigator, enters a dangerous liaison. Bodyguard, Spencer Walker desires the woman he cannot possess.

An ocean away, ruthless Linford Thurlow sets in motion a decade’s old plan.

Six people’s lives interlace through conflict and romance, but whom, if any, will succumb to a murderous plot of betrayal?


Excerpt 


Christmas Eve

    
The sleek, black limousine stopped in the circular entrance of Adams Rib Restaurant and Nightclub.
   
Kelley Malone noticed a tall, weather-tanned cowboy in black jeans and leather vest leaning against a white Grecian column. She nudged her colleague, Clair Matthews. “Looks like the perfect birthday present, if you ask me. Hope he’s not waiting for someone.”
   
“I’m not sure about this idea, Kel. Maybe forty is too old to play these little games. Anyway, he’s gone back inside.”
    
“Hey, you’re the one who taught me, and if you mention your age one more time, I’ll leave you here on the curb. I like the look of him, and there’s probably more than enough for both of us inside. Let’s go.” She motioned the driver to open the door. The folds of her silky, red dress parted to reveal a sexy, bare leg. “Thanks, Russ. You will hang around to watch the fireworks, right? Never know when we’ll need a quick escape.”
    
“I’d never leave you two alone. It’s a full moon, the alter egos are out, and your bodyguard awaits.” The dapperly dressed chauffeur swept into a full bow, and grinned.
    
Clair’s black sequined dress caught the moon’s brightness, and shards of light frolicked in the cool night.
    
“Damn, Clair, you’ll blind ‘em into submission. Stunning dress. Ready, girls?” Russell Gibson offered each an arm.
    
The leather-vested wrangler sat in a corner of the restaurant, tipped his hat in their direction, and smiled.
    
“Game on, Clair. Happy Birthday,” Kelley whispered.
   
Russell patted the maĆ®tre d’ on the shoulder. “Take care of my girls—I’m gonna see a man about a sandwich.”
   
“Look Clair, we scored the center table, perfect vantage point for this evening’s prey.” Kelley shifted her attention as a young woman approached.
    
“Ladies, I’m your waitress, Wendy.” She glanced over her shoulder. “The gentleman by the fountain sent this bottle of wine and a note.”
    
Without any hesitation, Clair said, “Tell him no.”
   
Wendy took a step back. Her voice wavered, “Uh, ma’am?”
    
“You heard me. Tell him we’re not interested.”
    
The waitress nodded and retreated to deliver the message.
    
“Mission accomplished, Clair. Here he comes.”
    
“Ladies, forgive my lack of manners. I’d like to apologize for the bone-headed note. Not my best move. May I join you for dinner?” He placed a hand on the extra chair.
    
Clair pushed away from the table and stood. “We’ll dine alone, thank you. Please leave.”
   
“Wait a minute.” Kelley took her cue, adjusted her strapless gown, and smiled at the brawny admirer. “Couldn’t we make one tiny exception?”
    
Footsteps thundered as a blur burst through the kitchen doors. Russell landed a blow on the cowboy’s jaw. The stranger hit the floor with a thud, shattered glass and silverware rained down.
    
“Russell, stop. What are you doing?” Clair shouted.
   
Two bouncers pinned Russell against the wall and addressed the fallen man. “Sir, want us to call the police?”
    
Recovered, he straightened his hat and rubbed a reddened jaw. “Well, before the interruption, I wanted to introduce myself. I’m Joe Paul Farrell. It appears you know this man, ladies. Should I press charges to get rid of him?”
   
“No, throw him out, he’s totally out of line,” Clair said.
    
Kelley pulled out the extra chair and patted the velvet cushion. “Mr. Farrell, please join us.”
    
Russell fought his restrainers. “What?” They drug him toward the door. “Fine—you two are on your own. Who’ll protect you now?” His shout carried over the din in the room.


Don't forget to grab a copy of Scent of Double Deception today! I for one, am dying to know what happens next!

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9 comments:

Michele Hart October 5, 2011 at 4:57 AM  

Congrats on your book, Jeannie.
I wish you great sales.

-Michele Hart

Stephy Smith October 5, 2011 at 7:35 AM  

Good morning Jeannie and Lisa. Love the blog. On my way to Amarillo and I am going to pick up a copy of Scent of Double Deception. Can't wait to start reading it. Sounds interesting! Congratulations!

Lisa Alexander Griffin October 5, 2011 at 8:06 AM  

Thanks for stopping by Michele and Stephy. Jeannie is a wonderful writer. I've read parts of the novel and it's sure to be an exciting read! Have fun in Amarillo Stephy. :)

J.D. Faver October 5, 2011 at 8:25 AM  

Your blog is gorgeous, Lisa. My favorite girlie colors. :-)
Good luck with your book, Jeannie.
~J

Lisa Alexander Griffin October 5, 2011 at 2:01 PM  

Thanks for stopping by and welcoming Jeannie, J.D! And thank you on the blog. My daughter Shannon Patterson designed and set it up for me as a surprise gift. I was delighted. :)

Miriam Newman October 5, 2011 at 5:35 PM  

Good luck and sales, Jeannie. There's nothing like release day!

Patty W October 6, 2011 at 8:56 AM  

Jeannie Barber and Ann Alan did a great job on this book. Lots of excitement and twists and turns. Great interview, Lisa!

Lisa Alexander Griffin October 6, 2011 at 5:35 PM  

Thanks for stopping by Patty. :) Yes, Jeannie and Ann Alan both are very talented authors who know how to weave a great story!

Lisa Alexander Griffin October 6, 2011 at 5:37 PM  

How did I miss you, Miriam? Hey, lady. :) Thanks for visiting. :)

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