Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Die Run Hide

Today's special guest is PM Kavanaugh. A writer of thrillers spiked with romance, PM Kavanaugh has always loved intrigue, danger and adventure, especially when observed at a safe distance from her own life. She shares her home, dreams and some of her plotting dilemmas with her clever-enough-to-be-a-spy husband and her talkative office cat, Max. PM comes to us through Goddess Fish Promotions.


Follow orders or die. Anika Washington knows the rules laid down by the counterterrorist agency that owns her. When she aborts a mission in order to spare a young girl, she’s given an ultimatum: take on a new mission that requires betraying her fellow operative, and lover, or forfeit her own life.

After discovering that her lover, Gianni, has chosen another, Anika accepts the mission. In the aftermath, she learns that Gianni was faithful to her and she’d been tricked into thinking otherwise. The knowledge comes too late and she’s almost killed in an agency double-cross.

Now she must run—battling time, former enemies and the agency itself to stay alive and save the man she loves.


The diamond stud vibrated in Anika’s ear. She slid her fingers through her hair in a rhythmic move and touched the comm device. Over the thumping bass of the band, she heard the go-ahead to leave the party and ascend to the rooftop. With a well-aimed thrust of one hip, she knocked her dance partner into a gyrating mix of arms and legs. Then she strode off the floor, filled an oversized glass from the champagne fountain and slipped out of the room.

In the dim stairwell, she hiked up her glittering dress, snagged her painful four-inch heels in one hand and sprinted up the steps. The heavy bass receded into the background. She held the glass away from her, careful not to spill the liquid. She wished she could drink some of it. Hell, she wished she could drink all of it and go back for more.

Instead, she told herself to stay focused on the mission as she had dozens of times before. The rest would take care of itself.

So why did her insides feel like balled up razor wire?

On the roof, she hurried over to the utilities closet. Her eyes swept the area before she keyed in the code and removed the parts of the P-16. Another sweep, then she bent to her task assembling the old-style rifle. She tested the balance, the feel of the trigger, the scope. Everything was in order. Everything was as it should be.

Except that once she sighted the target and fired, the life she had known for the past three years would be over. She would have crossed the line. No going back. Even though she had agreed to do it, she wondered now if she had made the right decision.


PM Kavanaugh will be awarding a 1st prize of a $20 Amazon GC and a 2nd prize of a $15 Amazon GC to randomly drawn commenters during the tour.

Be sure and follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here:


A writer of thrillers spiked with romance, PM Kavanaugh has always loved intrigue, danger and adventure, especially when observed at a safe distance from her own life. She shares her home, dreams and some of her plotting dilemmas with her clever-enough-to-be-a-spy husband and her talkative office cat, Max.


Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting today.

Mary Preston said...

I love how you said the agency owns her, not that she works for them. Right there I want to know more.


MomJane said...

This story makes you wonder why some people would go into this type business. The excerpt really makes me want to know how the story ends.

PM Kavanaugh said...

Hi everybody. Thanks for hosting me, Book'em!
Hi Mary and MomJane--Nice to chat with you both again.
Mary--I deliberately chose the word "own" to describe Anika's relationship with the agency. It's definitely more accurate and more sinister than "works for." I hope you read the story to find out why!
Hi MomJane--It's not exactly Anika's choice to join the agency. And once she's in, there's no way out, other than through a "solo" (a kamikaze-type mission) or becoming KIA (killed in action). Intrigued? I hope so!

p.m.terrell said...

Thank you for being our guest today, PM! Your book sounds very intriguing - something right up my alley.

Remove Background said...

Great information! I’ve been looking for something like this for a while now. Thanks.

Ingeborg said...

The book sounds very exciting.

audreyb212 said...

You caught my attention or should I say that Anika has my attention. I love your descriptive language, every thing comes alive. It is very vivid! I think it's going to be an easy fast exciting read!

PM Kavanaugh said...

Hi P.M.--I've just been perusing your website and got sucked into one of your posted chapters from Secrets of a Dangerous Woman, a book that sounds right up MY alley! AND we share the same initials? coincidence? I think not!
Hi Remove Background--I love these kinds of books myself (plus TV shows and movies with similar themes) so it's probably no surprise I ended up writing one. Hope you check it out and it meets your expectations!
Hi Ingebory--Welcome back! And thanks for following and commenting.
Hi Audrey--Thanks for stopping by and letting me know Anika has your attention. She would be so pleased:)

Shannon Ro said...

I am loving following the tour. Looking forward to more excerpts and possible interviews.

fencingromein at hotmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Sounds intense and cool!


Catherine Lee said...

p.m. is hosting PM...Weird! PMK...I love that start...FOLLOW ORDERS OR DIE. Like you, I appreciate my intrigue (and most adventure) from a distance.
catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

PM Kavanaugh said...

Hi Shannon--Thanks for stopping back in and commenting.
Hi Anonymous--Thanks for following this tour. Last day, tomorrow:(
Hi Catherine--p.m. hosting PM...I know, strange, right? Thanks for stopping in.

p.m.terrell said...

Thanks again for visiting us today, PM! I hope you enjoy the rest of your book tour.
Thank you for the comments about my book. Yes, I thought exactly the same thing when I saw your book! I am definitely buying it. It sounds right up my alley. We'll have to keep in touch!

PM Kavanaugh said...

Hi P.M. Thanks for your follow up comment AND for following me on Twitter. Now we'll be able to stay in touch through the power of social media....and perhaps a future conference?