Thursday, July 23, 2015

Virtual Tour: Shadows by Stella Barcelona @StellaBarcelona @GoddessFish #Giveaway





Shadows
by Stella Barcelona 



BLURB:

Cataclysm. Now. Run.

A cryptic, urgent text message turns the peaceful life Skye Barrows has created for herself and her sister into chaos. She must follow her father’s instructions to the letter, but Sebastian Connelly is blocking her way. Telling Sebastian what she must do is not an option.

What He Doesn’t Know Will Get Them All Killed

When a prison break in the midst of a security system upgrade threatens to destroy the reputation of Sebastian’s company, Black Raven Private Security Contractors, he goes on the hunt for escaped prisoner Richard Barrows – a delusional and paranoid computer software genius.

Sebastian’s mission: find Richard Barrows and return him to prison, but stonewalled by Skye, who refuses to give him answers, and with the added complication of her special needs sister, Sebastian finds himself always a step or two behind vicious killers.

Nothing About This Case is Normal

For Sebastian, it should be simple, but this case will test him in ways he never imagined. As probing interrogation becomes urgent protection, the search for Barrows forces Sebastian and Skye into a murky world of shadows and illusions.




EXCERPT:


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The number stream, the one and only communication she’d received on the phone that was dedicated solely to transmission of such a message, jolted the last sleep-induced blur from Chloe’s brain. Her hands shook as she mentally translated numbers to letters.

C-A-T-A-C-L-Y-S-M-N-O-W-R-U-N.

She gripped the phone tighter, checking her translation. Same result. It was the message she’d been hoping would never come. Maybe she’d made a mistake. Kicking aside the sheet and blanket, she turned on the lamp, opened the top drawer of the nightstand, pushed her revolver to the side, and pulled out a pen and paper. Drawing a deep breath, she started over, writing as she assigned letters to numbers.

Cataclysm. Now. Run.

Adrenaline surged through her veins, but as she stood, hope glimmered – maybe the message itself was a mistake. No. Not possible. A wrong-number text message would have made sense in a simple, uncomplicated life, rather than in her father’s private code. As her father’s daughter, her life was neither simple, nor her own. And despite her father’s propensity for paranoia, the cataclysm part of his secret code galvanized her into action.

‘Normal’ wasn't part of her father’s vocabulary. He wasn’t normal, but he was her father. While a majority of the world now ridiculed him, Chloe didn’t. Cataclysm wasn’t supposed to happen. The word meant only one thing in her father’s world, and she had instructions to follow. Without question. Well, maybe with questions. A train car full of questions, starting with how her father, who was imprisoned in a federal penitentiary, had managed to send her a text and why this particular message now. Yet she knew if he had a few minutes with a computer–any computer–he could do anything. Other questions bombarded her, but now was not the time to entertain them. Even with doubt, she’d follow the pre-arranged steps of his cataclysm scenario as though her life, and a whole lot more, depended on it.


AUTHOR BIO:



Stella Barcelona has always had an active imagination, a tendency to daydream, and a passion for reading romance, mysteries, and thrillers.  She has found an outlet for all of these aspects of herself by writing romantic thrillers.

In her day-to-day life, Stella is a lawyer and works for a court in New Orleans. She lives minutes from the French Quarter, with her husband of seventeen years and two adorable papillons who believe they are princesses. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and the Southern Louisiana Chapter of the Romance Writers of America. Her first novel, DECEIVED, was inspired by New Orleans, its unique citizens, and the city’s World War II-era history.

Her third novel, JIGSAW, a Black Raven novel, will be released in 2016.




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23 comments:

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Mai T. said...

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Stella Barcelona said...

Mai T. - I've written for years, and have a few unpublished manuscripts to prove it. I can't really pin point the moment when I first considered myself a writer, but right now I'd say that happened when I first managed to say "the end" on a full-length novel. Thanks for asking! Stella

Stella Barcelona said...

Yes- Thank you for hosting Shadows and introducing me to your readers. I really appreciate it!

Anonymous said...

Good luck with the release!

--Trix

Victoria Alexander said...

I really love the cover of this book. Thanks for sharing the excerpt!

Unknown said...

It's good Chloe and her father have a plan. Now she knows what to do. Thanks for the excerpt! :)

Rita Wray said...

I liked the excerpt. Sounds like a great read.

Stormy Vixen said...

I enjoyed the excerpt,sounds like a really good book, thanks for sharing!

Unknown said...

Wow~love the excerpt! Love the cover! Sounds like a great book~thank you for sharing!

Nikolina said...

Really enjoyed reading the excerpt, thank you!

Mary Preston said...

A very interesting blurb.

Unknown said...

hope to read this soon! :)

Stella Barcelona said...

Thanks! Stella

Stella Barcelona said...

Victoria- thank you! Stella

Stella Barcelona said...

Amber -Chloe will try really hard to follow the plan. Sebastian gets in her way, and he doesn't relent! Stella

Stella Barcelona said...

Rita- Thank you! I hope Shadows makes it to your reading list! Stella

Stella Barcelona said...

Eva- Thank you! Stella

Stella Barcelona said...

Betty --- thank you! I'm glad you love the excerpt and cover - follow the blog tour for more excerpts - Stella

Stella Barcelona said...

Dario- I hope that you do as well! Stella

Stella Barcelona said...

Mary - Thank you! Stella

Stella Barcelona said...

Nikolina - Thank you for taking the time to read it --- I'm glad you liked it, Stella

Audrey Stewart said...

I have added this book to my "To Be Read" list. I can't wait.

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