Friday, February 25, 2011

FIRST ON FRIDAY


Sandra Crowley


It's our pleasure to welcome Sandra Crowley to our blog with an excerpt from her debut novel Caught By A Clown. If you like this post, please leave a comment when you finish reading.                                  




Hi all, I’m  a Texan vacationing in Colorado’s mountains for, well, a few years now. LOL I’m really happy to be invited to As You Were Saying because so many of my friends and relatives are in the Fort Worth area. I hope you enjoy the following blurb and excerpt from my debut novel.



CAUGHT BY A CLOWN, a spicy romantic suspense, will warm you and thrill you from its opening at a nudist resort in Arizona, to its race to a Texas horse track, and its tumble into the Florida clown school.

Tagline: A spontaneous freelance journalist on a mission of mercy finds herself entangled with a methodical undercover FBI agent out to settle a score.

Blurb: Stacie Monroe's spontaneity lands her in hot water again when her best friend's little brother disappears and Stacie trails him to a nudist resort. To get inside the exclusive oasis and convince him to return home, she must blend in, a move tailor made to shock her oh-so-proper family and renew efforts to bring her in line.

That's exactly what Special Agent David Graham intends to do when she interferes in his case. Yet, the soft-hearted temptress challenges his resolve, revealing the path to a love he thought impossible. Will that love survive when he betrays her in order to unravel the final twist in his case and convict a vicious killer?
Excerpt:
Stacie tapped one sandal-clad foot on the floor while Agent I'd-Rather-Scare-You-Than-Confide-In-You ignored her. She glanced toward the bathroom, crossed her legs, and wished she hadn't finished that last glass of wine.

"Aren't you going to search that closet or open those two bottom drawers in the dresser?" she asked when he tucked his camera inside his pack.

"Can't."

A nasty suspicion raised its head. "Why not?"

"Don't have a search warrant. That limits me to a visual inspection of what's in plain sight."

"I won't tell," she pushed, despite being certain of his response.

"There are laws."

She groaned over the close match to a pronouncement she'd heard her whole life. There are rules.

Boring. Snoring. Gone. Think of something else.

Like how Agent By-The-Book caused this mess. If he'd mentioned being from the FBI when they met in the office none of this would have happened. He ignored her interest in Alan Walsh and her intelligence in favor of treating her as if she were a child in need of a lesson.

Nature threatened to float her teeth, but Stacie refused to ask for relief. She fidgeted on the hard chair and crossed her legs the other way. The backs of her thighs pulled where her skin had stuck to the wooden seat. That twinge of pain reminded her she ought to be thrilled Graham claimed a badge and not a rap sheet. Instead, she rattled the handcuffs that shackled her to the chair and worried how far he meant to carry her arrest.




Buy Caught By A Clown here.
Don't forget to leave a comment! Thanks for reading  with us.

13 comments:

Jennifer August said...

Sounds like a fun book, Sandy! The premise must have been interesting to research! Good luck with your launch!

Sandra Crowley said...

Thank you, Jennifer. Yes, everyone asks about the research for Caught by a Clown's opening. LOL I have to admit I'm a shy person who took advantage of second hand information. The remaining settings are either familiar to me--horses are one of my passions--or easily checked on the internet and enriched by my imagination.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sandy:
So glad you got here. I can't wait to read your book. It sounds great.
Jon

Caroline Clemmons said...

This was one of my favorite books ever. You definitely are an expert at pacing and suspense as well as creating memorable characters. Best wishes for continued success.

Sarah Grimm said...

Sandra-

Wow, Caught by a Clown sound like a fun book! I've added it to my TBR list, which is growing by leaps and bounds this week. :)

~Sarah
www.sarahgrimm.com

Jeanmarie Hamilton said...

Sandy,
Love that excerpt! :-) A great story with a great cover. What's not to love?
Congratulations! Wishing you many happy readers and more wonderful stories!

Jeanmarie

Ruby Johnson said...

Sandra:
I just finished your book. It's a great story with such interesting characters. Thank you for sharing the excerpt with us.

Mary Ricksen said...

A hot clown I hope!! I'll volunteer to be caught!
Well here we go, gotta have this book!!!
Love the idea of it!

Sandra Crowley said...

Ladies, I'm blushing. So many wonderful comments all at once will certainly go to my head--if it weren't clogged with a nasty cold! ROFL Thank you, thank you, I appreciate your kindness.

Donnell said...

Sandra, that's quite a vacation you're taking in Colorado. I agree, the book sounds fascinating, and I love your trailer. Looking forward to reading it!

Sandra Crowley said...

Thank you, Donnell. I hope you enjoy!

Emma Lai said...

Sandra, every time I see the title, I'm intrigued. Definitely must check the story out.

Sandra Crowley said...

Emma Lai, The title ties into the plot and characters in three ways--you'll have to read it to find out what they are. Enjoy. LOL

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