Giveaway and Release Day Party with Regan Black and her newest book: Bullet Proof
It is an absolute delight to be back here – thanks so much, Nikki! And it's even more fun to celebrate my brand new paranormal romantic suspense series with a release party (complete with books, prizes, and your choice of guilt-free virtual cupcakes or guilt-free virtual strippers).
I brought some cupcakes and finger food Regan!!!
Bulletproof is the first novel in the series of adventures featuring operatives from Unknown Identities, an alternative program for elite soldiers and spies facing criminal charges... if they can survive the training.
To avoid a dishonorable end to his decorated military career, John Noble made a deal with the devil. He gave up his name, endured harrowing training, and accepted every mission thrown at him for one purpose: redemption.
When he accepts his latest orders, providing personal security for a reporter in trouble, he bargains hard to guarantee it will be his last job for the shadow agency he knows only as Unknown Identities (UI).
An ambitious reporter, Amelia Bennett, is about to break the story of her career, if she lives long enough to tell it. Caving to her boss's demand, she hires a bodyguard and soon it is obvious John Noble is the only obstacle standing between her and certain death.
Just when John believes he has found someone he can trust and love, who loves him unconditionally for who and what he has become, his orders are amended: Amelia Bennett is to be terminated.
The following excerpt features Amelia's first meeting with her new bodyguard, John Noble:
With his coat covering her like a nun’s habit, she hurried to where she’d parked. In those few seconds she had decided this guy was really quite strange. Giving him the benefit of the doubt, she reminded herself he was in the business of personal security. In her opinion, that occupation probably required a certain level of peculiarity. Kind of like being a good reporter required a person to be a little crazy.
She hit the clicker to unlock the car and reached for her door, but he beat her to the handle. Water slipping down his beard-shadowed jaw, he opened the door and waited as if he had all the time in the world and could care less about getting soaked without his coat.
Definitely odd. She slung off his coat and passed it to him. “Thanks.”
He gave her another of those negligible nods.
That instinct she trusted above all else railed at her to snap out of it. “Just a minute.”
She hesitated before getting into the driver’s seat and dug around in her purse. Didn’t matter that it rained steadily on them both. She pulled out her cell and snapped a photo of John Noble.
She flashed a perfunctory smile and dropped behind the steering wheel.
While he closed her door and then walked around to the opposite side, she sent the photo to her boss with a text explaining that this was the bodyguard, John Noble.
She shoved the key into the ignition and started the engine while Noble settled into the front passenger seat. Placing her cell on the console, she got a look in the rearview mirror. Her hair was a mess. Make-up, too.
“Damn.” She swiped at the smudges and finger combed her hair. Best she could do. It would dry a bit on the drive.
Her bodyguard watched every move she made.
She faked another smile. “It really sucks being a woman when it rains like this.”
His smile was delayed a bit and seemed stiff when it came. Probably fake like hers.
“Why did you take a picture of me?”
Amelia fastened her seatbelt and checked the street before shifting into Drive. “The truth?” Might as well see if he could take her straightforward approach.
“If I disappear and they find my body,” she eased out of the parking slot, “the authorities will have a description of you to go on.”
His attention remained fixed on the street ahead of them for endless seconds before he responded. “If I made you disappear,” he said finally, his tone dark and ominous, “your body would never be found.”
Do you have chills? I hope so. I still grin when I read it, just picturing John's stoic face as he delivers that line.
Bulletproof, the entire UI series wouldn't have made it out of the idea file without the encouragement, guidance, and editorial expertise of my friend and mentor Debra Webb. The story concept sprouted from the image of a quiet, green-eyed hero with dark hair. Several brainstorms and 'what if' chats later, John is here for readers: a sexy, dangerous hero with a deeply buried good-guy nature who's lost everything due to circumstances he couldn't always control.
I had so much fun delving into John's past and future while crafting this novel and looking forward into the series and I hope readers will enjoy the ride – and the adventures that follow in subsequent stories. (Double Vision is out now and Sandman will be available later this month).
Since the cupcakes and virtual strippers are optional – lol – we have plenty of prizes to celebrate today! To enter, just leave a comment and share your favorite cupcake flavor or which actor you would find worthy of John's dark, sexy, and dangerous look.