Blog Tour: His Dangerous Desire by Gia Bailey

Title: His Dangerous Desire
Series: Bad Boy Bratva #4
Author: Gia Bailey
Genre: Romantic Suspense




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I was a dead man walking, and she was a light in the dark. Was she an angel sent to save my soul? Or a temptation meant to distract me from my purpose? Either way, she is mine.

Karim
I was a creature of darkness. A monster, a ghoul.
I existed for one purpose. To wreak vengeance upon the guilty.
But a chance encounter with a stranger changes all that.
Dani is light in the long dark.
She makes me hope again. She is dangerous, and yet, I cannot stay away from her.
Only she can bring me back to the world of the living… if there is enough of my soul left to save.

Dani
My life was pretty predictable, boring even.
Sure, I had exciting dreams, but the days I had left to fulfill them seemed to be disappearing.
Then I met him.
A man running from his past. A man who felt he had no future.
He drew me in and captivated me from the start.
I wanted to save him, but some hearts are too lost to move.
Can love save a man intent on his own destruction?

Warning
When this OTT mafia bad boy meets his forever girl, he’ll let nothing and no one stand in his way. If you like sassy independent women and wickedly obsessed broody heroes, then this standalone book in the Bad Boy Bratva series is for you.
This sweet and steamy romance comes with a HEA guarantee.

PURCHASE





ABOUT GIA


Gia Bailey loves to write steamy, sweet, short romances to keep her warm during the cold Scottish nights. All her heroes, from mountain men to billionaires, are possessive, obsessive alpha males, who go OTT for the women they fall for. And the heroines? Shy, sweet, smart, ambitious, and everything in between, these ladies always get their happy endings. 


When not writing, she lives with her own burly Russian mountain man and all-knowing four year old, and enjoys baking, reading, jumping in muddle puddles (it’s Scotland, so there are lots), and inventing elaborate dreamworlds to play in. After all, life’s too short for anything other than a HEA.



Release Blitz: 48 MAC: A Junkyard Boys Novel by SH Richardson


Title: 48 MAC: A Junkyard Boys Novel 
Author: SH Richardson 
Genre: Romantic Suspense 



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BLURB 


…Time is a river of passing events. 


Otelia Mae

I was imprisoned in his penthouse for forty-eight hours.

Used as a pawn in a bare-knuckle death match. 

Before all of this, I was a woman in search of love. 

2880 minutes were enough to change my trajectory.  

Now danger surrounds my every move. 

The dark criminal who captured my soul just may prove to be my savior.


Darragh MacCabe 

As youngest son to an Irish mob family, I rose above my menial standing.  

I earned a reputation as a ruthless kingpin in the underground fight circuit. 

Blood and bone, I make my own rules. 

An old enemy wanted to seize control of what took years to build. 

Gunning for an enterprise and a woman’s life that wasn’t theirs to take. 

I alone control them both.

And I’ll kill to protect what’s mine.


PURCHASE


TEASERS








SH Richardson is a USA Today Best-Selling Author of contemporary, new adult, and romantic suspense. She lives in Virginia Beach with her two children, four dogs, and one super supportive husband who rides a Harley. She enjoys travelling, reading, and cooking delicious meals for her family.











Release Blitz: The After Another Trilogy by Bethany-Kris

THE AFTER ANOTHER TRILOGY

by Bethany-Kris
After Another Trilogy, #1-3
Publication Date: September 14, 2020
Genres: Adult, Crime Thriller, Romantic Suspense, Organized Crime. Erotic Romance

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SYNOPSIS

He finds the unfindable, but she’s terribly good at hiding …

Penny Dunsworth is dead.

Well, she should be—a piece of her certainly is. The broken girl she once was no longer exists. Now a trained assassin for The League, she’s turned into the worst nightmare for the monsters who once haunted her every waking moment. She has to be … it’s the only way to keep her past safe. That is if she can keep it from catching up.

Luca Puzza is chasing a ghost.

He’s never once been able to catch her in the five years that he spent searching. Until now. The promise he made to find the girl who disappeared without a trace turned into an obsession that changed his life. But the woman he was looking for is only a shadow of who he finds. She’s dangerous … for his heart and life, and so are the secrets she’s protecting.

One can only play with monsters for so long before they start to notice you’re not the same. In this world, predators can just as easily become prey.

Except she stopped being a victim long ago.
And it’s time for this to end.

*

Note: One Step After Another is book one of the After Another trilogy following the same couple over a journey that takes them from present, to past, to future. The books should be read in order. The trilogy discusses triggering topics that may be uncomfortable for some. Please be advised and read at your own discretion.

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SYNOPSIS

They say you can’t go back but …

Penny Dunsworth was broken.

Before she became the white ghost, she was already unrecognizable. A troubled teenage girl with monsters that couldn’t be slain, and an irrational crush on the only man she considered a friend. Her one crime was daring to think she might finally be free.

Luca Puzza was only trying to figure things out.

His days are balanced between his duty and worth. He can’t seem to make it all work, but that doesn’t stop him from trying. Somethings are just more important—like the girl with the haunted eyes who seems to trust him. He only ever wanted to help.

The past never stays where it belongs—why would it?

It’s the only thing left to warn about the future.

*

NOTE: One Breath After Another is book 2 in the After Another trilogy. It follows the same couple – Luca and Penny – from present to past, and back again. The books must be read in order. Be warned, the trilogy discusses a subject that may be triggering.

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SYNOPSIS

There’s only one way this can end …

Penny Dunsworth isn’t hiding.

Not anymore. An assassin turned legend, AWOL from her organization and hunted from all sides, nothing is going to stop her from finishing what she started. By the time she’s done with The Elite, no truth will be left untold, and maybe—just maybe—she can go back …

That is if she can make it out alive.

Luca Puzza only wanted to help.

His obsession with the white ghost has left him alone, estranged from his own world and family, and in constant danger. That doesn’t mean he’s going to give up. Besides, if he found her once, then he can do it again. And this time, he won’t be the one letting her go.

There’s too much on the line to fail.

She dares to wish for a life after pain. He dares to think they could have it. But it only takes one second for everything to change—one mistake could end it all.

Some say legends never die.
But what happens when they do?

*

NOTE: One Second After Another is book 3 in the After Another trilogy. It follows the same couple – Luca and Penny – from present to past, and back again. The books must be read in order. Be warned, the trilogy discusses a subject that may be triggering.

ABOUT BETHANY-KRIS

Bethany-Kris is a Canadian author, lover of much, and mother to four young sons, one cat, and two dogs. A small town in Eastern Canada where she was born and raised is where she has always called home. With her boys under her feet, snuggling cat, barking dogs, and a hubby calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something … when she can find the time.

To keep up-to-date with new releases from Bethany-Kris, sign up to her New Release Newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/bf9lzD

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Cover Reveal: 48 MAC: A Junkyard Boys Novel by SH Richardson

Title: 48 MAC: A Junkyard Boys Novel 
Author: SH Richardson 
Genre: Romantic Suspense 
Cover Design: Tanya Baikie – More Than Words Graphic Design. 
Release Date: February 2nd 

COVER 
BLURB 

…Time is a river of passing events. 


Otelia Mae

I was imprisoned in his penthouse for forty-eight hours.

Used as a pawn in a bare-knuckle death match. 

Before all of this, I was a woman in search of love. 

2880 minutes were enough to change my trajectory.  

Now danger surrounds my every move. 

The dark criminal who captured my soul just may prove to be my savior.


Darragh MacCabe 

As youngest son to an Irish mob family, I rose above my menial standing.  

I earned a reputation as a ruthless kingpin in the underground fight circuit. 

Blood and bone, I make my own rules. 

An old enemy wanted to seize control of what took years to build. 

Gunning for an enterprise and a woman’s life that wasn’t theirs to take. 

I alone control them both.

And I’ll kill to protect what’s mine.

 

TEASERS



ABOUT SH RICHARDSON

SH Richardson is a USA Today Best-Selling Author of contemporary, new adult, and romantic suspense. She lives in Virginia Beach with her two children, four dogs, and one super supportive husband who rides a Harley. She enjoys travelling, reading, and cooking delicious meals for her family.

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Free Book Blitz: Donati Bloodlines: Part One by Bethany-Kris

DONATI BLOODLINES: PART ONE

by Bethany-Kris
Donati Bloodlines Trilogy #1
Publication Date: May 2, 2016
Genres: Adult, Romantic Suspense, Organized Crime. Erotic Romance

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SYNOPSIS

Donati Bloodlines: Part 1

They’re not star-crossed—they’re impossible.

Bought and soon-to-be delivered, Emma Sorrento will be the next wife of a New York Don decades her senior. Not by choice, but as a mafia princess—was there ever one?

But the soul-black eyes of the man tasked with ensuring her safe arrival to the wedding of her nightmares tempts her like no other. In the worst possible way.

Calisto Donati. He’s entirely forbidden. The nephew of the man she’s supposed to marry. And just a touch from him could get her killed.

Is it worth it?

Now Emma has two problems. Saving herself from a marriage to a man she doesn’t want, and not falling in love with the one she does.

NOTE: The Donati Bloodlines trilogy includes THREE parts that should be read in order—part one and two end on a cliffhanger, and part three is a HEA.

ABOUT BETHANY-KRIS

Bethany-Kris is a Canadian author, lover of much, and mother to four young sons, one cat, and two dogs. A small town in Eastern Canada where she was born and raised is where she has always called home. With her boys under her feet, snuggling cat, barking dogs, and a hubby calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something … when she can find the time.

To keep up-to-date with new releases from Bethany-Kris, sign up to her New Release Newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/bf9lzD

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Release Blitz: The Firsts by Bethany-Kris

A Guzzi Legacy Companion Novel
Publication Date: December 21, 2020
Genres: Adult, Romantic Suspense, Organized Crime. Romance, Companion


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SYNOPSIS

Corrado, Alessio and Ginevra have just started to make a home in New York. They wish they could be together more, but the love is still so good … something else might make it even better, too.

Christopher and Valeria, happy in their new marriage far away from the cartel and the past, move forward in their life one step at a time—and always together.

After everything that happened between Vanna, Bene, and la famiglia, the upcoming birth of their baby might be the one thing that could bring everyone back together again.

Beni and August put their careers first while also trying to find the right balance together to make everything work when a double surprise comes along that neither of them expected …

Marcus and Cella have a lot going on between their unexpected pregnancy, planning a wedding, and moving – all before the babies make their debut. But he’ll make it happen for her … if only she says yes.

Featuring every Guzzi brother, their spouses, new additions, and the rest of the gang, Bethany-Kris invites readers to join the family to welcome the first children of the next generation. The Firsts is a 52k companion novel to The Guzzi Legacy Series broken into separate novellas for each couple, and should not be read as a standalone.

ABOUT BETHANY-KRIS

Bethany-Kris is a Canadian author, lover of much, and mother to four young sons, one cat, and two dogs. A small town in Eastern Canada where she was born and raised is where she has always called home. With her boys under her feet, snuggling cat, barking dogs, and a hubby calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something … when she can find the time.

To keep up-to-date with new releases from Bethany-Kris, sign up to her New Release Newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/bf9lzD

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Release Blitz: The Guzzi Legacy by Bethany-Kris

THE GUZZI LEGACY: Vol 1

by Bethany-Kris
The Guzzi Legacy, Vol 1 (#1-3)
Publication Date: December 14, 2020
Genres: Adult, Romantic Suspense, Organized Crime. Erotic Romance

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SYNOPSIS

The streets of Toronto are controlled by a crime family like no other …

Decadently wealthy, loyal only to their blood and name, and unchallenged in the business of la famiglia, meet the Guzzis.

Five brothers, each a bit more dangerous and tempting than the last, take what they want without question. Every single time.

They live by the oath.

Love first.
Duty second.

And they’ll kill for it, too.

The Guzzi Legacy: Vol 1 includes the full-length duet novels, Corrado and Alessio, and the standalone novel, Chris. The books are best enjoyed in order.

THE GUZZI LEGACY: Vol 2

by Bethany-Kris
The Guzzi Legacy, Vol 2 (#4-6)
Publication Date: December 14, 2020
Genres: Adult, Romantic Suspense, Organized Crime. Erotic Romance

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SYNOPSIS

The streets of Toronto are controlled by a crime family like no other …

Decadently wealthy, loyal only to their blood and name, and unchallenged in the business of la famiglia, meet the Guzzis.

Five brothers, each a bit more dangerous and tempting than the last, take what they want without question. Every single time.

They live by the oath.

Love first.
Duty second.

And they’ll kill for it, too.

The Guzzi Legacy: Vol 2 includes the full-length novels, Beni, Bene, and Marcus. The books are best enjoyed in order.

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THE FIRSTS, A GUZZI LEGACY COMPANION

by Bethany-Kris
A Guzzi Legacy Companion
Publication Date: December 21, 2020
Genres: Adult, Romantic Suspense, Organized Crime. Romance

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SYNOPSIS

Corrado, Alessio and Ginevra have just started to make a home in New York. They wish they could be together more, but the love is still so good … something else might make it even better, too.

Christopher and Valeria, happy in their new marriage far away from the cartel and the past, move forward in their life one step at a time—and always together.

After everything that happened between Vanna, Bene, and la famiglia, the upcoming birth of their baby might be the one thing that could bring everyone back together again.

Beni and August put their careers first while also trying to find the right balance together to make everything work when a double surprise comes along that neither of them expected …

Marcus and Cella have a lot going on between their unexpected pregnancy, planning a wedding, and moving – all before the babies make their debut. But he’ll make it happen for her … if only she says yes.

Featuring every Guzzi brother, their spouses, new additions, and the rest of the gang, Bethany-Kris invites readers to join the family to welcome the first children of the next generation. The Firsts is a 52k companion novel to The Guzzi Legacy Series broken into separate novellas for each couple, and should not be read as a standalone.

ABOUT BETHANY-KRIS

Bethany-Kris is a Canadian author, lover of much, and mother to four young sons, one cat, and two dogs. A small town in Eastern Canada where she was born and raised is where she has always called home. With her boys under her feet, snuggling cat, barking dogs, and a hubby calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something … when she can find the time.

To keep up-to-date with new releases from Bethany-Kris, sign up to her New Release Newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/bf9lzD

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Freebie! Unraveled by Bethany-Kris

UNRAVELED

by Bethany-KrisGuzzi Duet, #1Publication Date: June 3, 2017Genres: Adult, Romantic Suspense, Organized Crime. Erotic Romance

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SYNOPSIS

Cara Rossi’s life has been a mess ever since her identical twin was killed. She blames the mafia, its ways, and the people within the caustic culture for a painful reality that turned her world on its side. In an attempt to momentarily pause her misery, a night out puts her on a path with a man she shouldn’t get involved with simply because of his last name—Gian Guzzi.

He’s the kind of man that makes it hard to say no.

Gian Guzzi’s problems are piling up fast. A murdered grandfather, an unpredictable mafia, and a new boss that threatens both his family’s legacy and his life. As a Cosa Nostra underboss, Gian has a duty. First to la famiglia, and only then to himself. In the midst of the violent uncertainty that has become unrelenting in his days, Cara Rossi should only be a distraction for him to enjoy.

She’s a happiness that he was never allowed to choose before.

His lies.This life.Their love.

It all unravels eventually.

ABOUT BETHANY-KRIS

Bethany-Kris is a Canadian author, lover of much, and mother to four young sons, one cat, and two dogs. A small town in Eastern Canada where she was born and raised is where she has always called home. With her boys under her feet, snuggling cat, barking dogs, and a hubby calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something … when she can find the time.

To keep up-to-date with new releases from Bethany-Kris, sign up to her New Release Newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/bf9lzD

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Freebie! One Step After Another by Bethany-Kris

ONE STEP AFTER ANOTHER

by Bethany-Kris
The After Another Trilogy, book #1
Publication Date: September 14, 2020
Genres: Adult, Romantic Suspense, Crime Thriller, Organized Crime

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SYNOPSIS

He finds the unfindable, but she’s terribly good at hiding …

Penny Dunsworth is dead.

Well, she should be—a piece of her certainly is. The broken girl she once was no longer exists. Now a trained assassin for The League, she’s turned into the worst nightmare for the monsters who once haunted her every waking moment. She has to be … it’s the only way to keep her past safe. That is if she can keep it from catching up.

Luca Puzza is chasing a ghost.

He’s never once been able to catch her in the five years that he spent searching. Until now. The promise he made to find the girl who disappeared without a trace turned into an obsession that changed his life. But the woman he was looking for is only a shadow of who he finds. She’s dangerous … for his heart and life, and so are the secrets she’s protecting.

One can only play with monsters for so long before they start to notice you’re not the same. In this world, predators can just as easily become prey.

Except she stopped being a victim long ago.

And it’s time for this to end.

*

Note: One Step After Another is book one of the After Another trilogy following the same couple over a journey that takes them from present, to past, to future. The books should be read in order. The trilogy discusses triggering topics that may be uncomfortable for some. Please be advised and read at your own discretion.

ABOUT BETHANY-KRIS

Bethany-Kris is a Canadian author, lover of much, and mother to four young sons, one cat, and two dogs. A small town in Eastern Canada where she was born and raised is where she has always called home. With her boys under her feet, snuggling cat, barking dogs, and a hubby calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something … when she can find the time.

To keep up-to-date with new releases from Bethany-Kris, sign up to her New Release Newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/bf9lzD

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Release Blitz: One Second After Another by Bethany-Kris

ONE SECOND AFTER ANOTHER

by Bethany-Kris
The After Another Trilogy, book #3
Publication Date: November 9, 2020
Genres: Adult, Romantic Suspense, Crime Thriller, Organized Crime

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There’s only one way this can end …

Penny Dunsworth isn’t hiding.

Not anymore. An assassin turned legend, AWOL from her organization and hunted from all sides, nothing is going to stop her from finishing what she started. By the time she’s done with The Elite, no truth will be left untold, and maybe—just maybe—she can go back …

That is if she can make it out alive.

Luca Puzza only wanted to help.

His obsession with the white ghost has left him alone, estranged from his own world and family, and in constant danger. That doesn’t mean he’s going to give up. Besides, if he found her once, then he can do it again. And this time, he won’t be the one letting her go.

There’s too much on the line to fail.

She dares to wish for a life after pain. He dares to think they could have it. But it only takes one second for everything to change—one mistake could end it all.

Some say legends never die.

But what happens when they do?

*

NOTE: One Second After Another is book 3 in the After Another trilogy. It follows the same couple – Luca and Penny – from present to past, and back again. The books must be read in order. Be warned, the trilogy discusses a subject that may be triggering.

The motel room Penny rented in the Bronx wasn’t much to look at. Peeling wallpaper with a faded flower design gave the single room—and attached bathroom—some color, at least. The brown, shag carpet had been laid at least three decades before she even existed. God only knew the things these walls had heard and seen.

That was about all she could say for the motel.

Then again, the place was booked by the hour. She was probably one of the only patrons in the place who paid for several days upfront which should have said enough. Nonetheless, she avoided focusing on the stains on the carpet never mind pulling the sheets off the bed. The old furniture had seen better days but the single table, chair, twin bed, and three-drawer dresser all served their purpose.

She’d stayed in worse.

Hell, she’d been raped in worse.

At least, she was out of the rain, had a place to sleep, and there was a decent diner down the street when her hunger became enough of an annoyance that she had no choice but to deal with it. The motel hadn’t required identification to book the room when she slapped down an extra thousand dollars to cover any damages.

Shit.

They could keep the money.

Maybe spruce up the room.

Penny wouldn’t come looking for it, anyway. And if she could help it, then she wouldn’t bring any problems to the motel, either. After all, the entire point of her getting a room was to use it to stay out of sight. No paper trail. She left nothing behind for someone to use to find her.

Since she didn’t have anything else to do, Penny had at least taken the time to open the duffle bag from Carson to look through the items inside properly. Her wigs were now hanging from wire hangers on the shower’s metal bar to keep them in decent shape should she need to use one. All the makeup that she might need to change her appearance had been set out on the table alongside three pairs of folded black jeans and matching tank tops. Not that the weapons needed to be cleaned, but she took her time with the gun, silencer, and even the knife just because she could.

What was time?

She had too much of it.

For now.

Keeping busy, even if it was only arranging her things and attempting to settle into the motel room for however long her stay would be, was something she could do. Actions she could control. A way to keep her mind from traveling elsewhere.

To keep her heart from hurting.

It always hurt, though.

Always.

Was it all a bit much? Not really. It was, however, exactly what Penny needed. The League had done more than teach Penny how to kill while giving her the chance to change history … even if it had taken her entirely too long to figure out the past never went away. They had also given her the ability to take care of herself.

In every way.

Mentally.

Physically.

In business.

Having already discarded the burner phone she used to contact Carson, she went ahead and picked a new phone from the pile on the dresser along with one of the cards to activate it. If the man followed her directions—and she knew he did—then each card and phone had been purchased from different locations. Despite burners being incredibly hard to track, it wasn’t actually impossible given enough time and the right hacker to do it.

Penny didn’t want to take chances.

Every single time she used one of the phones, it would be destroyed after. Including this time.

From the pocket of her black jeans, she produced a folded piece of paper that had barely made it through the day’s rain. The edges tore at her rough handling, but she didn’t care because she didn’t plan to use the number written inside again after today.

The thing about politicians?

Anything could be found with little effort. Including their addresses, home phone numbers, and even the names of the schools where their children attended.

Penny only cared about one of those—the phone number to the home where her mother had apparently moved in with her soon-to-be husband, the New Jersey senator, Gilles Tracey. Though they apparently lived in Jersey with the senator’s two daughters, they also kept a home in New York and frequently traveled between the two states.

Or, so Penny learned through her searches of the internet. Anything could be found … if someone looked hard enough.

Activating the phone and minutes on the card took little time, and before long, Penny had punched in the number. She put the phone on speaker and held it in front of her as she paced the short length of the motel room while the call rang through.

Once.

Then twice.

A third time.

She honestly didn’t know what she expected—getting the number had been a last-minute decision, and not one she really thought out entirely. So much about her mother and the last several years of her life hunting the woman and anyone connected to her had been carefully planned events. Nothing was left to chance.

The thing was …

Penny wanted Allegra to see her coming, now. Nothing else would do.

“Tracey residence—Joesph speaking,” came a male voice through the speaker.

Penny almost hung up.

Almost.

She didn’t think her mother would actually pick up the phone. She bet the senator had a whole house full of employees to handle every aspect of his daily business. That was before Penny factored in the people her mother probably had on hand.

Nothing about this would be easy.

She already knew it.

“Is Allegra home?” Penny asked opting to just … see.

“Ms. Hatheway is upstairs in her sitting room. Give me a moment—I’ll put you through. Who am I speaking to?”

“An old friend.”

The man didn’t even question it.

A click sounded on the phone before a ringing started again. This time, it only rang twice before the call was picked up.

The feminine voice that answered the call was unconcerned and blasé in tone, but the sound of her mother saying hello still felt like a knife raking down Penny’s spine.

“Hello,” Allegra greeted.

Penny dragged in a slow breath.

Allegra waited one second, and then another before saying again, “Is anyone there?”

“Do you think about me?”

Silence answered back.

It actually made Penny smile.

Then, her mother sucked in a hiss before saying, “Penny—”

She didn’t get more out.

Penny wouldn’t let her.

Nothing was on Allegra’s time anymore. She controlled nothing about Penny. It took years to figure that out, but here she was.

“Did you see me coming?” she asked.

A squeak echoed on the other end of the call, as if Allegra had jumped out of her chair. The woman’s next words came out sharp and stinging when she said, “You little bitch—do you know the mess you’ve caused us? You are dead. How long do you think you can last before we find you?”

Yes, she knew.

Too well.

She regretted nothing.

It had to happen.

“I only need to stay ahead of you, actually,” Penny returned. “What’s left of your organization now, Mother? Every move I’ve made has taken something else from you, hasn’t it? There isn’t very much left. Is The Elite even capable of going up against me now—or someone else, for that matter, if you step on the wrong toes trying to get to me?”

The League, she meant. Not that she would say it. That would simply give her mother information she might not otherwise have. Penny wouldn’t play that game. Just this phone call was dangerous enough.

And she only had one thing left to tell Allegra. Little else really mattered, and she refused to give the woman any more of her life or time than she needed to. Even in her death, Allegra Dunsworth would only get what she deserved and nothing more.

It was all Penny could promise.

The only thing she guaranteed.

“The white ghost is coming for you,” Penny told her mother. “Watch for me, Allegra. I’ll be seeing you.”

Penny ended the call as her gaze found the clock on the motel room’s wall. Directly over the bed, it was the only thing on the walls. The second hand kept ticking. A lot like the beats of her broken heart that smashed against her ribcage because just talking to her mother was enough to damn near unravel everything that kept Penny sane.

Tick, tick, tick.

The sound of the clock echoed in the back of her mind. It continued counting down the seconds until she could finally finish this. One after another. She watched the time go.

What choice did she have?

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Bethany-Kris is a Canadian author, lover of much, and mother to four young sons, one cat, and two dogs. A small town in Eastern Canada where she was born and raised is where she has always called home. With her boys under her feet, snuggling cat, barking dogs, and a hubby calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something … when she can find the time.

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