Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Fatal Exposure

Today's special guest is Gail Barrett. A former RITA® and Daphne finalist, Gail has received the Book Buyer’s Best Award, the Holt Medallion, the Booksellers Best, The National Readers’ Choice Award, and numerous other awards.  She lives with her husband in Western Maryland.  Readers can contact her through her website: www.gailbarrett.com.


Cold-case detective Parker McCall has spent fifteen years trying to solve his brother’s murder.  Now a chance photo of the killer in the newspaper sets him hard on the woman’s trail.  A former teenaged runaway, reclusive, award-winning photojournalist B.K. Elliot chronicles the harsh reality of life on the streets -- until a photo in the paper reveals her identity, blowing the lid off her secret past.  With a powerful murderer now dogging her heels, and her police officer step-father determined to silence her permanently, the last person she can afford to trust is a cop.  So why does sexy police detective Parker McCall tempt her to break her silence and resurrect ideals she’d lost years ago?  As danger closes in, and with more than her own life at stake, Brynn must decide if the duty-bound cop will betray her...or heal her battered heart.


His gaze swung back to hers. Several seconds ticked by. His scrutiny made her uneasy, the intensity in his eyes making it impossible to breathe.

And, suddenly, Brynn suspected he knew more than he’d let on—about her relationship to her stepfather, about her troubled childhood, about the horrific abuse that drove her from home. That he was simply biding his time—like the trained interrogator he was—waiting for her to confess the truth.

She couldn’t believe how tempted she was to do just that—to forget that he was a cop, to ignore the danger hounding her footsteps and tell him the unvarnished truth.

But then, Parker’s expression changed. His eyes were just as intense, but hotter, more hypnotic, like whirlpools dragging her under—in a decidedly sensual way.

Her pulse battered her throat. He pushed away from the truck and moved even closer, trapping her against the cab. And that insane attraction rippled between them, that unruly maelstrom of need.

Her breath backed up in her lungs. Her belly tightened, acute tremors of excitement tripping along her nerves. She tore her gaze from his jet black eyes to the black stubble shadowing his granite jaw, and stalled on his gripping mouth. Then he reached out and stroked his finger down her cheek, sending a torrent of pleasure streaming through her veins.

Was he going to kiss her?

His gaze dropped to her mouth. Her heart nearly leaped from her chest.

And for a wild moment she wondered if she should push him away—or pull him close.

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Gail Barrett said...

Thank you for hosting me today! It is lovely to be here:))))

p.m.terrell said...

Thank you so much for joining us here today, Gail! Your book sounds riveting. How much research did you have to do into life on the streets, police work or journalism for this book?

Gail Barrett said...

P.M., I actually had the most amazing experience doing research for this book. I was able to spend a day riding along with a cop in Baltimore. He was fabulous. We investigated a car theft, served several expartées (restraining orders), did a short, high speed chase. He even took me into a flop house so I could see one first hand. We also took down a robber! (Actually, he took him down; I cowered beside the building hoping that I wouldn't get shot, or that if I did, my bullet proof vest would work!). It was an amazing experience for me, way out of my ordinary life:))) But nothing beats first-hand experience, that's for sure.

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting.

Ari T said...

Love the tension in this excerpt, Gail! And wow, your day of research on the field sounds exactly like what you would need to really incorporate authenticity to the novel. A high speed chase and a robber take down? So exciting, but plenty of scary!

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Mary Preston said...

This is going to be a very exciting read thank you.


Gail Barrett said...

It was quite a day, Ari. The police officer I was with said it was a slow one (!) but I certainly saw plenty. When I signed up for the ride-along, I thought I'd be staying in the patrol car and just looking out the window. Obviously not! It made me realize how chicken I really am, and how courageous our police officers are!

Gail Barrett said...

Thanks, Mary. I hope you get a chance to take a look at it!