Tuesday, July 10, 2018

#BlogTour & #Excerpt for Deadly Games by Karen Rock & $50 #Giveaway!!! @KarenRock5 #books #win #romance @XpressoTours

Deadly Games
Karen Rock
(Dallas After Dark)
Publication date: July 17th 2018
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense

Special Agent Katherine Bowden doesn’t do girls’ nights out. She doesn’t do blazing hot dances with male strippers or unbelievable, uninhibited one-night-stands. If you ask her ex, all she does is work: study evidence, profile criminals, track them down. And now Katherine’s back home in Dallas, with a new set of all-male colleagues second-guessing her every move, and a possible serial killer hunting women just like her. But just this once, Katherine is going to try all those things she doesn’t do . . .
Growing up on the Reservation led Nash Hawkins down paths he’d rather forget. When his dream of joining the police force was crushed, he turned his hard body and wicked imagination into a meal ticket. His chemistry with Katherine is like nothing he’s ever felt. And though he’s sure a woman like her won’t want to get seriously involved with him, Nash knows things—things that might help catch a killer.
Nash and Katherine can save lives, if they put aside the desire that torments them both. But the closer they get, the more they have to lose . . .
“A highly entertaining and cohesive suspense novel with an emotionally satisfying romance that will keep readers glued to the page.”

RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars on Dangerous Moves


A ping sounded on Katherine’s phone and she pulled it from her pocket, eyeing Megan’s photo of

Brittany. She was glammed up like the other night, with gold eye makeup accentuating her wide-spaced

brown eyes. A rhinestone bindi chain looped over her forehead and disappeared into shoulder-length

blond hair. Pancake makeup covered her round, pretty face, but failed to camouflage a black eye. Why

hadn’t she noticed signs of domestic abuse? She’d been selfishly focused on her own pleasure, a

mistake she wouldn’t make again.

Katherine exhaled forcefully. Brittany had suffered an abusive husband. Now, signs suggested she’d

fallen into the hands of an even worse sadist. The injustice of it fired through Katherine. She needed to

find Brittany alive and give her a chance at the happy life she deserved.

As she continued searching the place, Katherine’s mind clicked through details, large and small. All the

lights were on, despite the daylight hour, more evidence Brittany hadn’t returned home to shut them off.

Crusted dishes in the sink and a sour-smelling, half-eaten yogurt suggested the apartment had been

empty and uninhabited for a while. Thirty new messages flashed on her answering machine.

A moment later, Katherine’s phone rang. She leaned against Brittany’s kitchen counter and answered,

“Agent Bowden.”

“Officer Duluth,” said the Missing Persons detective. “Tracked down Brittany Reins’s husband. He’s

hauling lumber in Alaska. His employer’s GPS tracker says his semi’s been there for over a week. No

chance he was in town when Brittany went missing. Also, Uber’s records show they declined Brittany’s

request when her credit card was rejected.” Had Brittany accepted a ride from a stranger?

One driving a black Corvette with white stripes?

A serial killer targeting women leaving clubs alone...

Katherine needed to see if Dallas Heat had CCTV footage, and interview staff working the night of

Brittany’s disappearance. Considering her physical resemblance to the serial killer’s preferred victims,

and the fact that she, like the others, had gone out with friends for a fun night, Katherine feared the

worst. Brittany Reins might be the Last Call Killer’s next victim.

She thanked him, phoned Captain Harris and updated the police chief. “I believe she’s our unsub’s latest


Captain Harris swore under his breath. “The city’s on edge as it is. When word gets out another girl’s

missing...there’ll be panic. Downtown business owners are reporting a decrease in traffic. If we don’t find


“We’ll find her,” Katherine vowed. “I’m texting you a recent photo of the victim. Share Brittany’s

information with the homicide unit and uniformed officers. Warn them they’ve got only a week to find her

based on the killer’s acceleration. I want detectives interviewing witnesses and family members while

uniforms canvass the area where she was last seen.”

She squinted against the bright sunlight when she stepped outside and strode to her car.

“And send CSI to her residence and Dallas Heat for any signs of foul play. Have them collect her

electronic devices for analysis. Also, subpoena her bank and cell phone records and let’s establish

checkpoints in the downtown area with a BOLO for the Corvette. So far, he’s gotten rid of his victims’ cell

phones at the abduction sites so they won’t be traced to where he’s taken them, but we might get lucky.”

“Anything else?”

Katherine rubbed the back of her aching neck. “That’s it for now. I’m heading to Dallas Heat to talk to

staff and view their CCTV footage—if they have any.”

“Good luck,” the chief said.

She slid behind the wheel and flipped down her visor. “Thanks, we’ll need it. This guy’s clever, and time’s

not on our side.”

Katherine set her GPS coordinates for Dallas Heat and backed out of her parking spot.

Layla Pierce was out there, yet to be found.

And Brittany Reins, too.

How much time before her serial murdered one, or both?

Author Bio:

Award-winning author Karen Rock is both sweet & spicy—at least when it comes to her writing! The author of YA and adult contemporary books writes spicy suspense and small-town romances. A big believer in Happily-Ever-After, Karen loves creating unforgettable stories that leave her readers smiling. Karen is an avid reader and baker who loves having the Adirondack Park as her backyard, where she lives with her husband and daughter who make her life complete.



  1. I love romantic suspense and this sounds awesome!

  2. Thank you for telling me about this book.

  3. Thanks for hosting today, Mary!

  4. looks like a fun one

  5. This sounds like a great read.

  6. Can't wait to read! Thanks for the opportunity 💕

  7. Looks like a good series. Thanks for the book tour.

  8. This books going to make me buy the first as well! Cant read one of a series!

  9. Looks like an interesting book.
    Thanks for the contest. 
    slehan at juno dot com

  10. Sounds like a great book! Thanks for sharing x

  11. Sounds great, I love the cover.

  12. Thanks for the great giveaway!
    The book looks like an interesting read!


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