Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Ash Rising

Today's special guest is Melissa Fox. In her own words, Melissa describes herself:

After being rationed books by my parents like most kids get rationed candy, I turned to writing to tide me over between fixes. I love to get lost in a captivating, exhilarating story, whether reading or writing. Nothing is better than being drawn into a story so deeply you don't realize you're turning a page until you've reached the end, and the characters live on in your heart and mind long after the cover has been closed.

Having lived in the suburbs of the Mid-West, desert of the Southwest, and foothills of the Rocky Mountains, I’m now on an island in the Puget Sound with my husband and dogs.


Infiltrating an international drug cartel is the dangerous chance of a lifetime for Asher Beaulieu of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Falling in love while running the op isn’t part of the plan, but he never had much use for plans anyway. Shrouded in deception and surrounded by temptation, his charmed life explodes in betrayal and tragedy.

Ash rises from the flames a guarded, wary shadow of his former self. His past comes to revisit him, along with an annoying American DEA agent, who forces Ash to reclaim his courage and character before facing another chance at love—and an even deadlier threat.

DEA Special Agent Emmaline Justice is determined to be recognized for her work, not her sex. She doesn’t have time for an intriguing, wounded RCMP inspector. When the contacts she cultivated over long months of an international undercover investigation keep showing up dead, Emma must use her instincts as both an agent and a woman to determine Beaulieu’s role in the case and in her life.

One woman tore him apart. Another is brave enough to put him back together—if his past doesn’t kill him first.


“Look.” He sat forward and took her hand, forcing her to drop the mutilated wrapper. “I’m no saint. Don’t claim to be. Don’t want to be. But I’m telling you the truth when I say my reputation is wishful thinking on a lot of people’s part, especially most of those women. I’ll tell you this, Liz. I’m going home alone, unless I’m with you, for as long as you’ll let me.”

He held her gaze when she took a sharp breath.

“Why?” she breathed.

His stupid heart turned over at the sight of her honestly baffled expression, her blue eyes wide and guileless. His fingers tangled with hers before he brought them to his lips for a lingering kiss, sucking briefly on one knuckle.

“Because I like you. Haven’t been interested in anyone else since I met you.” He shook his head. “That doesn’t happen to me. That’s never happened to me, but I like it. Like the way you make me feel. I like thinking about you. Like seeing you. Can I see you, Liz? Just you?”

“Just me?” she squeaked.

“Just you,” he affirmed, leaning across the table. “Just me and you. Is that okay?”

She nodded frantically, unable to speak.

“Is this okay?” He brought his mouth closer.

She nodded again, and he breathed a sound of approval before he kissed her.


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