Tuesday, September 17

Book Blast & Giveaway: The Last Straw by Nia Simone

The Last Straw

The Last Straw
Nia Simone

Genre: Romance
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Date of Publication: July 23, 2013

Number of pages: 45

Cover Artist: Angela Anderson

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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?
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 is giving away a $25 Amazon gift card to one randomly drawn commenter.

So follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning.

Book Tour Info: 
Don't forget to check out the other stops on the Book Tour:

September 17:
Sun Mountain Reviews
Reading In Twilight
Renee Luke
Sugarbeat's Books
Sandra's Blog
You Gotta Read Reviews
Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess
Musings and Ramblings
Sexy Adventures, Passionate Tales
Deal Sharing Aunt
Farm Girl Books
Bunny's Review
Books and Other Spells

September 18:
Full Moon Dreaming
Simply Ali
Crazy Four Books
Travel the Ages
Happily Ever After
Rose and Beps Blog
Nana Prah's Blog
Harlie's Books
For the Love of Bookends
Linda Nightingale-Wordsmith
Wickedly Wanton Tales
Straight from the Library

September 19:
Sarah Grimm, Author
All I Want and More
Nickie's Views and Interviews
Hope Dreams. Life... Love
Lisa Haselton's Reviews and Interviews
Booklover Sue
Reviews by Crystal
Caribbean Accent Book Reviews
Beyond Romance
Snarky Mom Reads...
Janna Shay's Fair Play
Becky Flade Author

September 20:
My Devotional Thoughts
Erzabet's Enchantments
Desiree Holt
Charlene Raddon's Chatterblog
Punya Reviews...
Regina May Ross's Blog
Tory Richards
Perusing Princesses
Storm Goddess Book Reviews and More
Elle Hill
Book 'Em North Carolina

Author Bio:

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 niasimoneauthor.com (where she won the Versatile Blogger Award and Inspiring Blogger Award).

To connect with the author online:

Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads


  1. Hi Judith,

    Thank you for hosting me today!

    I'm flying home from a visit to my brother and sister-in-law in Texas today, so I'll be in and out as I travel through time zones and layovers back to California.

    I do have a question for visitors today. I know this probably changes over time, but if you had to choose one book right now as your favorite book of all time, what would it be?

    Thanks for supporting my debut story and stopping by to say hello.


  2. Thanks for stopping by Nia!

    Right now my favorite book is probably A Brother's Price by Wen Spencer. It doesn't matter how many time I have read it, I find something new in it each time. :)

  3. The Last Straw sounds really good.

    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

  4. Hi Judy-ree,

    Thanks for answering that question. I have added A Brother's Price to my Want to Read list in Goodreads and I look forward to reading it. That is amazing that whenever you read it you find something new in it.

    I read and re-read The Scapegoat, by Daphne Du Maurier. I love the way she creates a mood. I get swept up in the mood and setting.

    Warm regards,


  5. Thanks for stopping by Janhvi. :)


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