Fool for Love Blog Hop


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As always, there are lots of nice prizes being offered by the participating authors. I have one that will be awarded by the lovely organizers at the end of the hop on Sunday during the CHAT:   a download of Weather the Storm, Book 3, in the Security Specialists International series.

I am also offering a chance at winning a copy of Weather the Storm HERE on this blog site. All you have to do is make a Comment here by 12 midnight (EST) on Sunday, April 6th and I will choose a winner.

Now a sneak preview of what you might win:

Security Specialists International, Book 3

Security Specialists International, Book 3


Research librarian Elana Fabrizzio was in the wrong place at the wrong time. While working her late night shift at the library, she overhears a man hire a mercenary to kill Keely Walsh-Maddox and other Security Specialists International operatives. Things go from bad to worse when the man kills a student and a security guard on his way out of the library.

SSI operative Vanko Petriv is in New York City on holiday and is redirected to Washington, D.C. to become Elana’s personal security. Turns out the man she overheard is the traitor SSI has been pursuing for quite a while. Her eyewitness testimony would eliminate the treacherous thorn in SSI’s side and rid the intelligence community of a traitor once and for all.

Vanko is instantly attracted to the courageous Elana and vows to make her his. Elana is surprised when she’s attracted to Vanko. Bad past experiences have made her leery of dominant men.

When another enemy from Elana’s past appears, Vanko does what is needed to keep her alive. Their burgeoning attraction is threatened from all sides, but true love weathers any storm.



“Vanko.” Elana’s soft voice sounded tired…weak. Her eyes were a dull gray. It hurt his heart to see her vitality muted by pain.

“What, dushka?” He sat on the edge of the bed. He stroked her bare arm. She was too warm, but he had to trust the antibiotics would handle the elevated temperature. The wound was clean and treated as well as it could be under the circumstances. “Do you want more to drink? You only took enough to swallow your pills.”

“Maybe in a bit.” The corner of her lips turned up slightly and her eyes sparkled with mischief if only for a split-second. “You were very mean to the nice doctor.”

“I don’t trust the nice doctor. I won’t trust anyone around you until the traitor is in jail,” or dead, “and Demidas is captured.” Or dead, preferably by my hand.

Elana snorted, a delicate little exhale that sounded very much like restrained laughter. His heart lightened a bit at the sign of her sense of humor. Yes, this woman was one to be kept close and cherished.

“Are you laughing at me, angel moy?” He leaned over and brushed a kiss across her flushed cheek; the red on her cheekbones was the only color in her face.

“Uh-huh.” She licked her lips and frowned. “I guess I do need a drink. I want another Pepsi.”

When he glowered at her, she stuck out her lower lip. Damn, she was cute when she sulked. “Elana—”

She cut him off. “Please…I want the Pepsi for taste. Whatever medicines you just gave me…I can taste them.” She scrunched her nose. “Nasty.”

“I recall the taste. It is very nasty.” He brushed an errant lock of hair off her forehead, then stroked her fine-grained skin. “I’ll check to see what’s stocked in the small kitchen in our suite. If they don’t have Pepsi, I’ll send Petr for some when he returns from the embassy compound.”

“Okay, sounds good.” She yawned and her eyes began to drift shut. “Don’t leave me.”

He heard the tinge of fear in her voice and that wasn’t acceptable. “I won’t leave our suite. I promised, remember?”

She nodded. Her brow creased. “Where will you sleep? You need to rest while you can.”

Elana was worried about him when she was the one with a bullet wound and a fever. “I’ll sleep in this room. I can guard you better that way.”

“You’ll sleep in bed…with me.”

It didn’t sound like a question, more like an order. “You wish me to lie next to you?” He stiffened at the thought of sleeping next to her, protecting her body with his…loving her. His cock went on full alert.

Down, boy. She was injured, sick, and in pain—his desires had no place in this room at this particular time. Later? Definitely.

“Yes, Vanko. By my side.” She wrinkled her nose, and he had to fight the urge to kiss the cute tip. “Because sleeping in a chair or over on the small settee won’t allow you to rest. So…after you find me a Pepsi and the food you promised, you’ll lie down next to me and rest. Understood?”

“I understand you’re a bossy bit of goods when you get pain meds in you.” Vanko chuckled.

“Damn straight. Comes from ordering students around in the library.” She curled a finger. “Come closer.”

Vanko leaned over until they were almost nose to nose. “Yes, Elana moy?”

“Kiss me.” She licked her visibly dry lips. “You tucked me in, now you have to kiss me. It’s a rule, you know.”

Vanko laughed softly. Elana obviously became uninhibited on pain medications. He’d make sure no other males were ever around her when she was on drugs.

“With pleasure, angel moy.” He brushed several light kisses over her closed lips. He swept his tongue over her lower lip, once…twice, moistening it. When she gasped, he took her mouth fully, thrusting gently with his tongue. It was a tame kiss for a man of his experience and needs, but Elana wasn’t ready for the hungry, biting kisses he liked to give and receive in return.

When he broke off the kiss, she sighed and a smile curled her lips. “We need to do that again. You taste good like…” She paused, and he could almost see the wheels turning in her sluggish brain. “…like coffee and chocolate mint.” She inhaled deeply and heaved another sigh. “You smell good, too.”

“You are high, dushka.” He licked his lips. The taste of her was on them, a unique, lush taste slightly tinged with the Pepsi she’d had in the car. “Be assured. We’ll definitely be doing that—and more—as soon as you’re feeling better.”

She yawned widely like a sleepy kitten and closed her eyes. “Goody.”


If you’d like a sample of what the SSI series is all about, you can download two FREE novellas at my publisher Liquid Silver books.  Here is the link for all the Free reads.

Security Specialists International, Book 1.5

Security Specialists International, Book 1.5

Security Specialists International, Book 2.5

Security Specialists International, Book 2.5

42 thoughts on “Fool for Love Blog Hop

  1. That is so cool!!! Not only do I get two free books (that look really great by-the-way) I also got a new tool to be able to read my eBooks on my iPod Touch!!! Thank you!

  2. A research librarian, now that’s the kind of protagonist that I like to read about! And I’m always intrigued by titles/covers related to weather – something natural yet always on the edge of dangerous 🙂

    • Alee — Thanks! All my SSI books have a weather-related aspect since Nature sometimes skews everyone’s plans – heroes and villains alike. 🙂 And as I said above, librarians are sexy — and smart. What better heroine for a strong hero?

  3. Great excerpt! Will have to check this book out further. Beautiful cover too!

    • Thanks, Samantha. I love my covers. April Martinez does all my SSI and Prime covers. I work very closely with her on them and she never disappoints.

  4. Sounds like a hot read and Thanks for the free reads as well. Also thanks for being apart of the Blog Hop.

  5. Loved the excerpt. Going to go look for the other books in this series! Thanks!

    • Thanks, Melissa. I try to make them readable as stand-alones, but if you want to start at the beginning — Eye of the Storm is book 1 with Stormy Weather Baby, one of the free novellas, next, then Cold Day in Hell, then the next free novella Storm Front, and then Weather the Storm.

  6. Well dang it! Now I have to read this! I mean I get that it is the whole point., to get people to rea it. But my TBR list is taking a beating! I have to say that this is a task I will gladly take on 🙂

  7. This series is on my “To be read ASAP” list. Thanks for the excerpt.

  8. Great excerpt, very tantalizing! Thanks for the free reads too!

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  9. On-the-blog drawing entries are now closed. The Chat will be live in seven minutes. I will choose my winner later this evening — after the winner on the Chat is chosen so I don’t duplicate — and then will announce both my winners here — tomorrow. One from the comments on this blog. And one from the entries during the Hop as announced by Mike and Alanna this evening. 🙂 Thanks all for your lovely comments. And see you at the next Hop!

  10. I have all of the SSI books and am impatiently waiting for the next one. LOL
    Just wanted to say hi. I think I left reviews on all of them too. I just can’t remember if they were on Amazon or Goodreads or both. 😀

    • I love you, tanna4abak– Thank you for letting me know. I am working on the third Prime book right now, then will breathe for a week or so once it is done and then start Tweeter’s book. It will be a good one. His heroine is a former Marine and she doesn’t think much of computer geeks. Tweeter will be a BIG surprise for her. 😉

  11. The winners of the downloads of Weather the Storm are:

    1. Alee chosen from this blog, and

    2. Amber J., chosen during the chat.

    I have e-mailed the lucky winners. Thanks to everyone for hopping with the gang. See you at the next Hop!

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