Friday, September 20, 2013

The Last Straw

Today's special guest is Nia Simone. Nia 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.


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 will be giving away a $25 Amazon gift card to one randomly drawn commenter.

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

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

Twitter: @niasimone4


Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

p.m.terrell said...

Thank you for joining us here today. Your book sounds very intriguing. Best of luck on your book tour!

Nia Simone said...

Hello P.M.!

Thank you for hosting me on my debut blog tour and for your support. Your blog has so much to offer. I look forward to exploring it more.

I invite readers to just say hi to be entered in a raffle and optionally to also answer a question: Many books have worlds that are so vivid and wonderful I would to live in them and I read all the books in the series so I can spend time there. Do you have any favorite books that make you want to live in the worlds they describe?

I will answer that for myself: The worlds were so well described that I found myself wanting to live in James Herriot's All Creatures Great and Small (Yorkshire) or in the horse-racing area of Newmarket (England) in Dick Francis' mysteries.

Catherine Lee said...

The first setting I fell in love with was Anne of Green Gables.
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Isabel said...


I don't know if I would like to live in any of these worlds, but The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver is unforgettable. Also, the distopian world of The Hunger Games.

Nia Simone said...

Hi Catherine,

I loved that setting, too. Thanks for sharing, and good luck in the raffle!


Nia Simone said...


I agree that The Hunger Games had amazing settings. I liked the woods outside District 12. As for The Poisonwood Bible, I thought I had read it, but I was thinking The Bean Trees. I'll have to check it out.

Thanks!! And have a nice weekend.