Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Holiday Survival Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway with Tawny Weber

Nothing is sexier than working undercover with someone who will make you think twice about pulling a con. In Tawny Weber's final installment of the Undercover Operatives series which follows the Black family (2 brothers and a sister), Gabriel Black has just been taken down a notch by undercover FBI agent Danita Cruz masquerading as a hooker for hire. Today, Tawny is sharing an excerpt from SEX, LIES AND VALENTINES.


Meet Tawny:
Tawny Weber has been writing sassy, sexy stories for Harlequin Blaze since her first book hit the shelves in 2007. When not obsessing over deadlines, she’s shopping for cute shoes, scrapbooking or hanging out on Facebook and Twitter. Come by and visit her on the web at www.tawnyweber.com

In December of 2011 Tawny launched her Undercover Ops series with SEX, LIES AND MISTLETOE. The second book in the series, SEX, LIES & MIDNIGHT is on shelves in January 2012, quickly followed in February by SEX, LIES & VALENTINES. You can read the first chapter of SEX, LIES & MIDNIGHT on her website, too – all you have to do is join the Reader LoveFest! Be sure to follow Tawny on her Holiday Survival Tour as she celebrates these three books with tons of fun and a chance for readers to win a $100 giftcard!

Dream Wedding and Valentines by Tawny Weber

I’ll admit it, I’m a sucker for romance. Hmm, given that I write romance novels, that might not be a major confession, I suppose. The bigger question would be did my love of romance feed my desire to write romance novels, or did my writing romance novels just intensify my love of romance. Ahh, the chicken and the egg *g*

One of my favorite dedicated-to-romance days is Valentine’s. And one of my favorite dedicated to romance events is a wedding. Since most of my stories end with the declaration of love, rather than the wedding, it was such a thrill to be able to incorporate both in my latest Undercover Operatives release, SEX, LIES AND VALENTINES. Not the hero and heroine’s wedding, though – but the wedding of the hero of the first book in the series, SEX, LIES AND MISTLETOE, Caleb and his true love, Pandora. Danita is a guest at the wedding, which is a little awkward since she came to town pretending to be the best man’s girlfriend, with the intention of arresting the father of the groom. Okay, so that might not sound romantic itself, but I promise –the story, and the wedding, were.

Here’s a peek:
It was a testament to her respect for Hunter—their history and the fact that he was her boss—that she didn’t just turn and run.

“Fine. Until the toast,” she agreed. And not one second longer, she vowed as she slid onto the glossy bench. Her car was out front, packed and ready to go. If she thought she could get away with sliding all the way across this bench and heading right back up the aisle without Hunter busting her, she’d do it in a heartbeat.

Then the music started. Caleb and Gabriel stepped out of the antechamber together. She sighed a little at the sight of them, so gorgeous and elegant in steel gray tuxedos, each with a red rose on their lapel.

As if drawn by a magnet, Gabriel’s eyes immediately found her. He offered a warm, charming smile that immediately set off her warning radar. Why was he smiling at her? What was he up to? And why did it make her stomach tumble like a giddy virgin?

His gaze narrowed, his eyes heating as they wandered over her. Danita had to force herself not to glance down to make sure her blouse was buttoned.

Then the music changed. With difficulty, Danita tore her gaze from Gabriel’s and stood, turning to watch Pandora walk down the aisle on Cassiopeia’s arm. Danita was shocked when tears filled her eyes at the obvious love between the two women. Pandora wore traditional white, her gown a vision of froth and lace with a sweetheart neckline and a subtle hearts embroidered over the satin. Looking like the Queen of Hearts, Cassiopeia wore a flowing ruby caftan, crystals dangling and roses arranged in her hair.

Terrified to realize that she wanted the same thing—love and marriage and family—Danita fell, rather than sat, back on the pew. The ceremony was a blur as she struggled with the idea of marriage, commitment and all of the possibilities that came with it. Especially as the only person she’d make that promise to would be Gabriel.

When her eyes met his again, she wasn’t able to keep all the wishes and hopes in her heart from showing on her face.

But instead of looking away, or worse like seeing that freaked him out, Gabriel held her gaze. Through the entire ceremony. By the end, her hands were shaking.

She had to get out of here.

As soon as the happy couple made their way back up the aisle, she was out of her seat and heading for the door.
So what do you think? Are you a fan of Valentine’s Day? And how about weddings? What’s the most romantic wedding tradition you’ve ever seen or heard of?

My naughty valentine...

Con artist Gabriel Black just got busted. By a babe. Drool-worthy (and clearly sneaky) FBI agent Danita Cruz is forcing Gabriel to choose between hard time and scamming his own family for an undercover sting. Now he has to present Danita to his family as his girlfriend. And it's the perfect opportunity to get wickedly even with her...

But Danita has some tricks of her own, and Gabriel's control begins slipping away as raw sexual energy takes over. Their sham relationship starts feeling a lot like...well, the real deal. The Big Question is, will overwhelming desire be enough to make a liar go legit?
Where To Buy: Amazon(pb) | Kindle | B&N(pb) | Nook | Book Depository
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Tawny is giving away a copy of SEX, LIES AND VALENTINES to one(1) lucky reader. Here's how to get your hot little hands on this scorcher of a book:
  • Leave a comment answering any or all of Tawny's questions:  Are you a fan of Valentine’s Day? And how about weddings? What’s the most romantic wedding tradition you’ve ever seen or heard of?  
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  • Giveaway is INTERNATIONAL (yay!)
A huge thanks to Tawny for hanging out at the blog today and giving away a copy of SEX, LIES AND VALENTINES.

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