Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Accidental Affair

Today's special guest is Leslie McKelvey. Leslie has been writing since she learned to write, and her mother still stores boxes of handwritten stories in the attic.  Leslie read her first romance at 12 and was hooked.  When her high school Creative Writing teacher told her she needed to be a novelist, she decided to give it a try.  Finally, at the ripe old age of...forty-something...her debut novel, Accidental Affair, made it into print through Black Velvet Seductions Publishing.  The publisher has also contracted two more manuscripts, which will follow Accidental Affair shortly.

Leslie is a war-veteran who served with the U.S. Navy during the Gulf War, and she was among the first groups of women to work the flight deck of an aircraft carrier.  During her five years tour she was stationed at NAS Miramar and was an F-14 Tomcat mechanic and plane captain.  While in San Diego she spent time on the carriers USS Independence, USS Ranger, USS Lincoln, and the USS Nimitz.  The final two years of her enlistment were spent on Guam and her squadron frequently deployed to Japan and the Middle East.

She learned everything she knows about firearms and tactics from her police officer husband, who is a weapons expert, range master, and firearms instructor for one of the most highly-respected law-enforcement agencies in the world (and one he wishes her NOT to disclose).  He is her biggest supporter and her unpaid consultant on everything law-enforcement and weapons related.  She has three boys who keep her very busy and contribute daily to her growing number of gray hairs.  Her oldest son is a United States Marine and the younger two have vowed to follow in their brother’s footsteps (OOH RAH!).  She spends her off-time (kidding...WHAT off-time?) reading, taking pictures, and sending lead down range (that's shooting, for those who are unfamiliar). 
One of her favorite scents is the smell of gunpowder in the morning.... 


ABOUT THE BOOK

Jack Vaughn is sure his life is over as he tumbles down the wooded hillside onto the deserted two-lane stretch of asphalt. Years of work ended with a single gunshot. Yet, it’s not over.

A good Samaritan stops to help him, despite the danger he poses to her.

Laine Wheeler knows better than to stop for strangers on the rural Montana highway near her home, but her conscience won’t allow her to leave an injured man behind.

What she doesn’t know is the man is an undercover ATF agent tasked with infiltrating a domestic terrorist group. His cover has been blown and helping him will put her life in danger.

Though there is an instant attraction, Jack knows that beginning a romantic relationship with Laine would be both unfair and unwise. Yet the farther they run, the harder it gets to ignore the feelings that are surging between them.


AN EXCERPT

It wasn’t hard to get the outlet to short out, and Jack waited as sparks and smoke started to curl from the plug.  There were more sparks and a soft whoosh as a small finger of flame lazily explored the wall.  The finger grew and multiplied and Jack didn’t wait any longer.  He returned the dresser to its original position, quickly crossed the vacant room and went back through the connecting doors, locking each as he went.  After snapping off the latex gloves he’d taken from Laine’s bag, he flushed them then moved to the side of the bed.

She had actually fallen asleep, and he smiled as he eased down on the edge of the mattress.  He wished she could always look so peaceful, her face soft and untroubled with just a hint of a smile.  Jack wondered what she was dreaming about, and if he might be part it.  He shook her gently and she bolted upright.

“What? Are they back?” she asked, her eyes hazy with sleep.

He gripped her shoulder and forced her to look at him, then pressed a hand to her cheek.  “It’s okay, Laine.  We just need to get ready to get out of here.”

She squinted at him and rubbed her eyes.  “What’s going on?”

He gave her a grim look.  “I don’t think you’re going to be getting your deposit back.”


LINKS

Leslie will be giving away a $50 Amazon Gift Card to a lucky tour follower!

Follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here:  http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2013/08/virtual-book-tour-accidental-affair-by.html


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16 comments:

Leslie McKelvey said...

Thank you for hosting me today. I look forward to interacting with your readers!

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting

p.m.terrell said...

Good morning, Leslie! Thank you for visiting us today. Your book sounds very intriguing! Best of luck on your book tour.

Anonymous said...

Yikes, quite the excerpt!

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Rita said...

I love the premise of the story.

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MomJane said...

This really sounds like an exciting mystery/romance. Loved the excerpt.

Leslie McKelvey said...

Thank you, P.M. Terrell! It's good to be here!

Leslie McKelvey said...

I hope that YIKES means you enjoyed it, vitajex! There's more where that came from!

Leslie McKelvey said...

Thanks, Rita! Thanks for dropping by!

Leslie McKelvey said...

Thanks for reading, MomJane! I appreciate you taking the time to drop in!

Chelsea B. said...

I really like your writing style!

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Leslie McKelvey said...

Thanks, Chelsea! If you check out Accidental Affair on Amazon you can read almost two full chapters. I'd like to know what you think.

bn100 said...

fascinating background

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Mary Preston said...

I enjoyed the excerpt thank you.

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Leslie McKelvey said...

You're welcome, Mary!

Natasha said...

Thanks for the excerpt and the chance to win!
Sounds really good!!
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