Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Book Blast and Giveaway ~ THE LAST STRAW by Nia Simone


Ally Tobin left New York after one too many bad dates, determined to rebuild a stable life and career as a private investigator in Silicon Valley. But when the man she knew as one name walks into her office with another, will her curiosity once again lead her to risk her heart?

The last thing Special Agent Jared Green needs is "security risk" stamped on the resume of his latest undercover identity. Especially by the woman his job forced him to leave in New York without any explanation. She may threaten his cover, but it's his heart on the line.

He's good at playing a part. She's good at catching a fake. Can they trust enough to give love another chance?

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He sauntered through the door, a white, button- down shirt tucked into belted khakis. When his dark gaze found her, he stopped. Stared. Her throat dried and a rustling motion stirred in her abdomen.

“Hi. I’m Darren Ray.”

Keep your cool, she commanded herself, standing and reaching across the desk. His hand was rough.

She yanked her hand back and waved at the chair. “Please, have a seat.” He waited for her to sit before settling in the visitor’s chair. “So, Darren, according to this, you’re being considered for a programmer position in the IT department. Tell me about your background.”

A professional mask settled over his features. “As you can see on my résumé, I have several years of consulting experience.”

“Tell me something about your experience as a mechanic.” Working on his prized old Mustang had been a favorite hobby.

The corner of his mouth twitched. “What do you mean? That’s not in my résumé.”

“You don’t have the hands of a programmer. More of a mechanic.” Oh, his hands.

“Okay, you got me.” He was going to confess. This should be good. “When I’m not programming computers I’m working on my car.”

“And what were you doing in New York City?”

He reached across her desk for a piece of paper, plucked a pen from its stand and scrawled something. When she took the note their fingers brushed. Meet me for dinner at Pico’s at 7. I’ll explain everything. Can’t talk here.



Nia Simone grew up on the side of a ski slope in Squaw Valley, USA. Later, while learning the craft of story writing, she worked in nonprofit and then high-tech.

The best part of working in the computer field was meeting her husband. He took up skiing and she helped him document his computer inventions! They live in "Silicon Valley" in California where their favorite thing to do is cook together for friends. Nia’s specialties are dessert and veggies while her husband’s are entrees and sourdough bread.

Their only pet at the moment is the sourdough starter, which lives in the fridge and requires bi-weekly feeding.

Nia blogs every day about travel, food, writing, books, skiing and photography at (where she won the Versatile Blogger Award and Inspiring Blogger Award).

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This is Nia's debut book. :-)  It is FREE on AMAZON during the tour!.

Nia Simone is giving away a $25 Amazon gift card to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour.

Thank you for commenting! Don't forget to enter the Comment Incentive Giveaway. The link can be found at the top of the page!


  1. The Last Straw sounds really good.
    Thanks for the excerpt and giveaway!

    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

  2. Ah this is more my style^^, undercover can be so hard on those who must do it so he having the opportunity to see her again is more than fate^^
    i would be more than pleased to read this one ( yes romantic suspense is more my style than contemporary chick lit one i confess)

    thank you for the giveaway too


    1. :-) I'm happy that you're really interested.

    2. when i'm not interested i do tell you ^^ no need to lie even less about something like that^^ so don't worry

  3. Sounds like a nice read, thank you for the opportunity to win.
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

  4. Crazy Four Books, thank you for hosting me on my book tour. I'm thrilled to be here.

    Thanks everyone for coming by. I hope you enjoy this novella best of luck with the raffle!


    1. You're welcome. Good luck with the book and tour. :-) I think you'll do well.

    2. Will your book be available in pdf too or only kindle?


    3. Hi Miki,

      It will be coming out in other formats November 13th. I think the freebie days are only Kindle.

      Thanks so much for the support and encouragement.


    4. Hi Nia,

      thank you a lot for answering me, i will need to wait until i can read it then but it's on my list ^^

  5. Sounds good. :) And yay a freebie! ;p im a sucker for those!

    1. Everybody is! I know freebies really help the avid reader, especially. Good luck!

      And this is a huge opportunity for me to let readers know about my book. So thank you!

  6. Your book sounds really great!! Thank you for sharing.

  7. Sounds like a great read!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

    1. Thank you, Natasha, and good luck!

  8. Intriguing excerpt. Congratulations on your debut and thanks for the freebie. I grabbed my copy.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com