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@GoddessFish Exclusive Excerpt Tour: Ash Rising by Melissa Fox

Ash Rising

DEAd, #1
Melissa Fox

Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Grizzlypeake Press
Date of Publication: May 15, 2014
Number of pages: 297
Cover Artist: Melissa Fox

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Infiltrating an international drug cartel is the dangerous chance of a lifetime for Asher Beaulieu of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Falling in love while running the op isn’t part of the plan, but he never had much use for plans anyway. Shrouded in deception and surrounded by temptation, his charmed life explodes in betrayal and tragedy.

Ash rises from the flames a guarded, wary shadow of his former self. His past comes to revisit him, along with an annoying American DEA agent, who forces Ash to reclaim his courage and character before facing another chance at love—and an even deadlier threat.

DEA Special Agent Emmaline Justice is determined to be recognized for her work, not her sex. She doesn’t have time for an intriguing, wounded RCMP inspector. When the contacts she cultivated over long months of an international undercover investigation keep showing up dead, Emma must use her instincts as both an agent and a woman to determine Beaulieu’s role in the case and in her life.

One woman tore him apart. Another is brave enough to put him back together—if his past doesn’t kill him first.
“And, in the spirit of honesty, I was fairly indiscriminate in my youth.”

She snorted. Like he was an old man now. “Define ‘fairly.’ ”

He set the stack of cracker, cheese and apple slice on the plate and took her hand, solemnity replacing the humor in his expression. “I’ve been with a lot of women, Emma, but—”

“Of course you have.” She gave his hand an encouraging squeeze.

His eyes narrowed and head tipped. “Of course I have?”

“Well, look at you.” She waved her free hand at him lounging on the sofa next to her, feeding her treats from the plate on the coffee table. “Of course you’ve been with other women. You’re gorgeous, Ash. Sexy as hell, too.”

“Well, um, thanks?”

“No, thank you.” She grinned and settled into the cushions. “Go on. You’ve been with other women, but…?”

He studied her face and then shook his head. “But then I met Liz, and she was it for me. No more women while I was with her. Wasn’t sure other women existed, to be honest, until after. And then after—after the explosion, a long time passed before any part of me could move without a whole lot of pain, even that very important part. But when I could… More women. But that stopped real quick. Wasn’t the same, and they didn’t do anything for me. Not like Liz.”

He paused, and she took a slow breath so he wouldn’t notice, her earlier flippancy gone. She didn’t like hearing about other women all of a sudden She didn’t like hearing about him being in pain.

“But you do, Emma. You do something for me.” He popped the cracker and cheese in her mouth before she could say anything. “I just thought you should know.”

Melissa will be awarding an ebook copy of Ash Rising and a $20 gift certificate to Amazon or Starbucks (Winner's Choice) to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.

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Author Bio:

After being rationed books by my parents like most kids get rationed candy, I turned to writing to tide me over between fixes. I love to get lost in a captivating, exhilarating story, whether reading or writing. Nothing is better than being drawn into a story so deeply you don't realize you're turning a page until you've reached the end, and the characters live on in your heart and mind long after the cover has been closed.

Having lived in the suburbs of the Mid-West, desert of the Southwest, and foothills of the Rocky Mountains, I’m now on an island in the Puget Sound with my husband and dogs.

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