Sunday, June 19, 2016

Trading Places Inspired Stranger in My House


Congratulations to "Taurus", the winner in Mari's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

I love the idea of trading places with someone, even if it’s just for a day. But I’d want it to be an authentic experience, so I would have to trade places with a doppelganger…if I had one. Since my fantasy is unlikely to come true, I opted for the next-best thing, writing a romantic suspense about half-sisters who trade places.

So I started with sisters trading places, and here’s how it turned out:  

When Officer Kirby Swallow’s half-sister is threatened, Kirby assumes her sister’s identity and journeys to the remote Texas ranch her sister calls home to catch a killer. Kirby confronts a growing list of suspects and a rising body count, not to mention the ranch manager, Seth Maguire, who sees past the charade to the warm, generous girl beneath. But can Kirby trust a man who rejects the one thing she holds dear: family? Her love dares all, but as the killer closes in, will it also be blind?

Self-reliant Seth Maguire is manager of the struggling Shaw Valley Ranch. His future appears empty until the ranch’s wild, unpredictable heiress suddenly morphs into a very hot lady cop. What starts out as just another seduction turns into something deep and, for him, frightening. Then the killer is revealed and Seth is faced with an impossible choice. Will his fragile, uncertain love be enough to save Kirby?

If you want to read more, pick up my book, Stranger in My House by Mari Manning. Buy links to all the major electronic sites are here: http://www.entangledpublishing.com/stranger-in-my-house/

Here’s a brief excerpt from Stranger in My House. Enjoy!

Maguire rubbed his chin and studied her. A dangerous gleam lit his eyes. “Never seen you so nosy before.” 

Panic squeezed her, then it was gone. He couldn’t prove she wasn’t Frankie, and in a few days she’d be in Tulsa, and Frankie would be back in Shaw Valley. There was nothing more to learn here, and by the looks of him, Maguire needed time to cool down. 
“I should go,” she said, stepping back from him. 

“Stick around, Frankie. The new you is sort of growing on me.” His gaze swept down her body and landed on her ballet flats. “Maybe you’d like to help me clean the lavender screens. Seeing as you got your sensible shoes on today. You liked feeding the horses, didn’t you? This will be fun, too.” 

Her heart thumped. “I’d just be in the way.” 

“You helped me last year.” He studied her. “Remember? It was your first week at the ranch, and you came wandering in here. Just like now. Said you wanted to work at my side.” His eyes bored into hers. “You were wearing those ridiculous shoes. You remember them, don’t you?” Something in his gaze and the way he moved closer made her throat constrict. 

“Uh, yes. Of course.” 

“What did you call those shoes again?” He took another step. The heat of his body closed around her. The scents of detergent and perspiration and anger assaulted her nose. 
She pulled out of his reach and said, “Heels?” 

They were eye to eye now. Sparring for answers neither of them was willing to provide. The words hardly mattered. 

Maguire shook his head. “No. Something else. Sounded Italian.” 

Slowly, carefully, steadily, he kept coming. A hunter closing in on his prey. He breached her personal space, hovering over her. The toes of his boots pressed against her ballet flats. Her eyes were even with his thick chest. If she ran, he’d know. Guilt always ran.

 She held her ground. “What do you think you’re doing?”


STRANGER IN MY HOUSE

When Kirby Swallow assumes her half sister’s identity to help figure out who's threatening her, she finds herself in way over her head. On the remote Texas ranch her sister calls home, she confronts a growing list of suspects and a rising body count—all while wearing her sister's 4-inch heels. The only problem is the sexy ranch manager, Seth Maguire, is starting to catch on to the charade. The attraction between them is undeniable—and soon, what starts out as just a one-night stand, turns into something much deeper. But someone on the ranch is out for blood…and Kirby's next.

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About Mari Manning
Let’s start with the fun stuff. I love small towns, mysteries, quiet men, laughter, old-fashioned spaghetti dinners. I love boots and shopping and jokes and Hershey’s dark chocolate and white wine. I love lots of things. But my first love is reading. 

I love to read. Just about anything, but it has to be well-written. I go through periods where I am into historical novels or romance or mystery or history or biography. I never know when my desires will suddenly change.

Now for the writer-ish, official stuff: Mari Manning is the author of several contemporary romances and three romantic suspense novels set in the Texas Hill Country. Stranger at My Door is the first in her A Murder in Teas series. The second, Stranger in My House will be released by Entangled on June 13. The third book in the series is Stranger in My Bed. Currently Mari is working on a series of cozy mysteries. 

She and her husband live in Chicago.

Giveaway!
I will give one $25 Amazon Gift Certificate and five e-copies of Stranger in My House to a reader who leaves a comment. 

Author Bio:
Let’s start with the fun stuff. I love small towns, mysteries, quiet men, laughter, old-fashioned spaghetti dinners. I love boots and shopping and jokes and Hershey’s dark chocolate and white wine. I love lots of things. But my first love is reading. 
I love to read. Just about anything, but it has to be well-written. I go through periods where I am into historical novels or romance or mystery or history or biography. I never know when my desires will suddenly change.

Now for the writer-ish, official stuff: Mari Manning is the author of several contemporary romances and three romantic suspense novels set in the Texas Hill Country. Stranger at My Door is the first in her A Murder in Teas series. The second, Stranger in My House will be released by Entangled on June 13. The third book in the series is Stranger in My Bed. Currently Mari is working on a series of cozy mysteries. 

She and her husband live in Chicago.

Media Links:
Author Website: http://www.marimanning.com/
Author Blog: https://marimanning.com/my-blog/
Author Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/mari_manning
Author Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marimanning.author
Email: manningillinois@gmail.com

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST June 19th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email maureen@justromanticsuspense.com with a subject title of JRS GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway.

19 comments:

  1. This sounds like a book I'd love to read when I'm alone and the house is quite. You know, to add to the suspense. *g*
    Adding this title to my TBR.
    Thank you for the post!

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    1. Oh, I'm supposed to add my email address, too?
      It's: puspitorinid AT yahoo DOT com
      Thank you.

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  2. I'm in need of a good suspense book and "Stranger in My House" looks very intriguing. Please count me in!

    natalija dot shkomare at gmail dot com

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  3. This sounds great! I like the switching places aspect and it sounds like the kind of story that I should be reading in the daylight!!

    Goldgirl149 at hotmail dot com

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  4. I went to school with twins and they traded places all the time. Mostly in class. One liked math and one liked science. They would switch classes on test days. The book sounds like my kind of beach read. Thanks for the chance to win. Trishleroy49 at gmail dot com

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  5. I like the premise of this story. I'm intrigued.

    jonettaallen77 at yahoo dot com

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  6. What a great premise! This sounds like a great book!!
    vandine3atmsn.com

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  7. What a great premise! This sounds like a great book!!
    vandine3atmsn.com

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  8. This book sounds AMAZING!! mikelizdigman at msn dot com

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  9. I am so very happy to be introduced to you via this blog post, Mari! Romantic suspense just happens to be what I crave the most within my reading addiction. :-) I started out reading only historical romances for years, then I tried contemporary romances which I tended to think were boring for the most part, then I tried creepy thrillers at the suggestion of my sister (bleh...I couldn't sleep at night because of the creepiness)...and then I discovered romantic suspense. Aha! I discovered what I'd been missing for a long time...a blend of romance and mystery/intrigue. Wonderful! I am looking forward to reading Stranger In My House. jdh2690W@gmail.com

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  10. interesting sounding

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  11. Mari, The title of your book is intriguing.
    Jan

    janet_kerr@msn dot com

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  12. This sounds like an interesting setting for a romantic suspense. I'll have to add this one to my wish list. jmvarner50@hotmail.com

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  13. Sounds really good!
    Looking forward to read :)
    bubacka07(at)outlook(dot)com

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  14. I enjoyed what you shared... definitely sounds like an interesting read!

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  15. looks and sounds awesome! Congrats on the new release! I think it would be awesome to switch places with a doppleganger with a more exciting life :) at least for a little bit! Thanks for sharing!
    efender1(at)gmail

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  16. I think that trading places could be fun, but kind of scary too. A great idea for a story though.


    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  17. Fun to read about trading places.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  18. I would feel sorry for my doppelganger.... or more likely it would scare the heck out of my hubby if there was "two of me". LOL
    Congratulations on your new series.
    blameitonabook at gmail dot com

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