Friday, May 13, 2016

Virtual Book Tour + #Giveaway: Violated by Carolyn Arnold @Carolyn_Arnold @GoddessFish #LiveForward

by Carolyn Arnold
GENRE:  Police Procedural, Thriller


Sometimes the past should stay there…

The murder is one of the most heinous Brandon Fisher has ever seen, but that’s not why it has his and his colleagues’ attention. The FBI’s interested because the prime suspect is one of their own, Paige Dawson.

But Paige didn’t go to Valencia, California to kill anyone. She had set out on “vacation”—her new lover in tow—only to confront the man who had raped her friend twenty-some years ago. While the hands of the law are tied, she wants him to face the fact that he destroyed a young woman’s life and know that, as an FBI agent, she’ll be watching his every move. But instead of accomplishing her goal, she wound up in the back of a police cruiser.

Now Paige must face off with a hard-nosed detective determined to stick a murder charge to a fed. But with the trained eyes of the FBI on the case, it’s becoming more and more obvious that the evidence lends itself to a serial killing, not an isolated incident. And as long as the local authorities are focused on Paige, the real murderer is still out there, possibly waiting to strike again…



THE MARK WAS IN HIS FORTIES, had no kids, and worked a white-collar job. Average height, average looks. Nothing was truly memorable about him except for his uncommon first name, and that was only because it belonged to a character from a popular eighties movie.

Ferris Hall.

She had followed him to some honky-tonk in Canyon Country, an unsavory location at any time of day, but factor in the late hour and it was even worse. But Ferris had chosen this dive as his hunting ground. Women were easier to lure in with a little chemical persuasion, and that was easy to pass off around here.

He entered the bar with head held high, his back straight, the tease of a smirk on his lips—the end of the evening a foregone conclusion in his mind. He was sipping on his first bourbon, though he was acting as if he was on his third by slurring his words and talking loudly. He’d even thrown a sway into his swagger. Somehow he always managed to make his eyes look bloodshot, too, furthering the charade. And the women would come. And the women would fall for his tricks.

Tonight, she’d be that woman, but she’d be his last. He had to learn there was a price to pay for his actions.

She was sitting down the bar from him. Occasionally, he’d pass her a look—the predatory kind that made her blood boil. She smiled at him, doing her best to convey carnal hunger with her gaze, smearing on a seductive curve to her lips. She dipped her finger into her manhattan and sucked on it—the cherry juice sweet, the whiskey bitter.

Ferris was off his stool and sidling up her to within three seconds.

The ruse worked every time. It also helped that she exploited what nature had given her—a slender frame and shapely legs. High heels accentuated her well-defined calf muscles, and men stared when she walked into a room. When she paired even higher stilettos with a short skirt and crossed her legs, men’s mouths tended to fall open. She utilized all these virtues tonight.
She flashed another sultry smile, and he lifted his glass toward her before tilting his own back and draining it. He set it back on the bar and knocked on it to get the bartender’s attention.

“I’ll have another on the rocks and—” he rolled his head toward her “—get the lady whatever she’d like.”

Time to feign innocence and flattery.

She waved a dismissive hand in his direction. “I really shouldn’t.”

She saw the quick look he gave her glass before meeting her eyes again. “Nonsense. Please, it would be my treat.”

If she stripped his voice of its candy-coated tone, his words were pushy and controlling.

“Well”—she angled her glass, showing how little of her drink she had left—“only if you’re sure.”
If she had actually been given a chance to prove her acting skills, she could be living in a sprawling mansion by now.

“Absolutely. What will it be?” Ferris asked, a grin teasing his lips as he tugged down on his left earlobe. It wasn’t hard for her to figure out what was going on. Ferris was asking for something “special” to be added to her drink—the “special” being some kind of date-rape drug.

She lifted her glass to the bartender. “Another manhattan.”

“Coming right up.” The tender left to make their drinks, and she watched him, taking the time to calm her heartbeat and flow of adrenaline.

“I like a woman who can handle her whiskey.” Ferris was looking quite comfortable beside her now. He was fully facing her, his left elbow perched on the counter, and he wasn’t discreet about his drifting gaze, which gravitated to her thighs.

“What can I say? I’m a little whiskey girl.” The words from the country song rolled off her tongue, cinching her gut, but she had to do what was necessary to pull him in.

“Toby Keith,” he said.


“Toby Keith.” He pointed to a speaker on the ceiling. “The singer who sings that one.”

“Ah, yes.” And here, she thought she was doing well by knowing it was even a country song. She smiled at him again. He truly thought of himself as a woman’s man.


“Have I seen you here before?” he asked.

She dipped her head.

“I knew it. I never forget a beautiful face. So what’s your name?”

“Names really aren’t important, are they, baby?” She extended her hand, her long, narrow fingers bowing before him in feminine elegance.

“Oh, she’s mysterious. I like it.” He kissed the back of her hand, and she was proud of herself for not rolling her eyes.

The bartender returned and placed their drinks in front of them. “Here you go.”

From her observations, Ferris seemed to keep a running tab here. Rape now, pay later?

Oh, and Ferris would pay…

“You never told me your name,” she said, falling into her role.

“Oh, I can tell you mine, but you can’t—”

“Uh-huh.” She sucked on the tip of her finger again.

“Ferris.” He still held onto her other hand, and she pulled it back shyly.

“Are you from around here?” she asked, resorting to the necessity of small talk.

“I just fly in from time to time for business.”

“Ah.” She’d have to call upon her acting skills for this performance. She knew he lived less than three miles away from this place. “What business?”

He tapped his jacket pockets, then slid a hand inside one. “How embarrassing. I don’t have any cards with me. Besides, I don’t really want to bore you. Why don’t we talk about you?” He leaned toward her and lifted his rocks glass. “To a fun night.”

“To one we won’t remember.”

They toasted, and he took a long pull of the amber liquid. She pressed her own glass to her lips and pretended to take a sip.

Guest Post:

My 10 Favorite Places to Visit

When I was asked to write about my 10 favorite places to visit, I came up with 11. And how fitting as 11 is my favorite number. So here’s the list and why I’d love to go or why I’d love to go back. From writing this post, I discovered that I might be a bit of a foodie…

Ellen Degeneres! I love her and what she stands for. She’s an inspiration and encourages people to be the best version of themselves. She’s all about paying it forward and good deeds. I’d love to be on her show! Burbank, California is definitely on my destination wish list.

Koalas and kangaroos, of course. I used to want to work in the Outback for a few months, but when I met Australians a few years ago while on vacation in Mexico, they told me there was nothing much to see there. And why work on vacation when I can soak in the sights? I’ve been told the Sydney Opera House is a must see.

Need I say anything? The country is rich with history, vineyards, amazing food. A glass of wine with dinner, fresh pasta, yes, I could get used to that. To top it off, must-see landmarks.

The hues of blue between rooftops and the sea paired with the white stucco are beautiful in images and I can only imagine how breathtaking the landscape would be to see in person. The Greeks also have such a vest for life and Greek food in Greece, I would wager is especially mouth-watering.

The pace is slow and laid back. The beach in Cancun (where I’ve been a couple times) is beautiful white sand.

No problem, mon! Like Mexico, the pace is relaxed. It’s beautiful. I’ve been to Ocho Rios before and I remember this one beach vendor was selling garlic shrimp. I was a teenager at the time and my family couldn’t get enough. If I think hard enough, I can still smell them. I even included mention of these shrimp in my novella Valentine’s Day is Murder.

St. Lucia
A romantic island with volcanic mountains as the backdrop? Please sign me up. They are inactive volcanoes…right? LOL

Toronto, Ontario Canada
Close to home but far enough away to still be a getaway. Toronto offers fine dining and my husband and I love to catch Broadway shows there.

Nova Scotia, Canada
I’d love to watch the whales and see more of my country.

Giraffes, lions, wildebeests, and more… oh my. Yes, please! I’ve heard nothing but fantastic feedback about this country. I’ve heard of people moving there after visiting.

Paris, France
Everyone should see the Eiffel Tower in person at least once, not to mention the other amazing landmarks this city has to offer.


CAROLYN ARNOLD is the international best-selling and award-winning author of the Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher, and McKinley Mystery series. She is the only author with POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT.™

Carolyn was born in a small town, but that doesn’t keep her from dreaming big. And on par with her large dreams is her overactive imagination that conjures up killers and cases to solve. She currently lives in a city near Toronto with her husband and beagle. She is also a member of Crime Writers of Canada.

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Carolyn Arnold said...

Thank you for being a tour host for my latest release. It was fun thinking about all the places I want to go to or return to, as well.

Mai T. said...

Have you considered writing in another genre?

Carolyn Arnold said...

I love writing mysteries! But I have started an action-adventure series. I'm incorporating what readers love about mysteries into those, as well.

LauraJJ said...

Oh I loved your 10 (11) places to visit! I have always wanted to go to Australia! I bet the Sydney Opera House is amazing to see in person! This book looks so good! I have a feeling once I start, I would not be able to put down!

Edgar Gerik said...

Enjoy the excerpt

Victoria Alexander said...

Awesome list and I love that Cali was right at the top (Cali girl right here!!!) lol.. thanks for sharing!

Ally Swanson said...

Congrats on the new book and good luck on the book tour!

Mary Preston said...

I'd love to visit most of these places too.

James Robert said...

Have a fun filled Saturday and thank you for the giveaway

Ally Swanson said...

I enjoyed reading the excerpt. This book sounds like such an interesting and intriguing read! Totally can't wait to check out this book!

James Robert said...

Wishing you a blessed Sunday and thanking you for the giveaway

Nikolina said...

This book sounds like something I'd really enjoy reading, thank you for sharing!

Carolyn Arnold said...

Thank you, everyone, for stopping by. :)

Unknown said...

Thank you for sharing!

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