Here we go again 🙂 Every day for the next few weeks I will be promoting a different author and their holiday book. You know how much I love the Christmas season. I am so excited … if you need me I’ll be busy reading 🙂 Enjoy!!
Brand new book alert!
Today we have Alicia Dean and her holiday Romantic Suspense novel The Twelfth Day that has been released today!!
As a teen, party girl, Sabrina Spencer was the lone survivor of a serial killer’s attack on her family. Her testimony put the killer behind bars, and she spent the following decade carving out a new life and trying to forget. But someone hasn’t forgotten. Two weeks before Christmas, she begins receiving bizarre messages with demented references to the Twelve Days of Christmas.
Handyman Josh Cravens is remodeling the lake house she rents each year to escape the painful reminders Christmas brings. While his dimples and blue eyes are hard to resist, he’s the exact kind of player she’s been avoiding since she outgrew her wild days. But the isolated cabin and threatening messages boost her paranoia to fever pitch.
As Christmas draws closer, she’s torn between finding comfort in Josh’s arms, and fear that he might be behind the twisted countdown to the twelfth day.
Here’s a little excerpt to tempt you:
Sabrina ended the call with Halley and was about to shut down the laptop when the song started. Holding her breath, she warily eyed the screen. A note appeared.
On the sixth day of Christmas…
You cheated death a decade ago, but time is running out.
She let out a scream and jumped from the chair.
Footsteps pounded. She glanced back to see Josh and Dustin standing behind her.
Josh frowned at the screen. “What’s that all about?”
She slammed the laptop shut. “Nothing.”
“You’re trembling. It’s not nothing. Tell me.”
She wrapped her arms around her body. “I-I really don’t know what it is. I’ve been getting these crazy messages.”
Josh’s frown deepened. “That’s not the first one?”
She shook her head.
“Have you called the police?”
“And tell them what? That somebody, I have no idea who, is sending me creepy messages?”
“After what happened to you, don’t you think this might be a little more than that?”
Her cheeks were numb, and she had trouble forming words. “The killer is behind bars.”
Dustin’s eyes rounded. “The killer? Is there a killer?”
Sabrina forced a reassuring smile. “No, there’s no killer. Everything is fine.”
His confused expression turned petulant. “Don’t lie to me. Are you in trouble, Sabrina?”
“I’m not lying. There’s something a little…freaky going on, but I’m sure it’s nothing to worry about.”
Josh pulled out a chair and sat at the table. “Maybe you should tell us everything.”
Sabrina sat as well and explained what had been going on since the day she arrived at the cabin.
By the time she finished, Josh’s scowl had become ferocious. “I don’t like this. Not at all.”
“I’m a high school teacher. I’m sure it’s just one of the kids playing a prank.”
“It’s not a very damn funny prank.”
She grinned without humor. “I never said it was funny.”
“Maybe you should leave here, go back home.”
“What good would that do? If they’re going to screw with me, they can do it as well at home as they can here.” And at home, she would be endangering Lindsey. Plus, reminders of Christmas would be all over the place. No thank you. She’d rather deal with a demented prankster.
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I am a suspense and paranormal author in Edmond, Oklahoma, and I have dreamed of being a writer since I was a child. I attempted my first romance at age 10 (featuring a hero who looked just like Elvis Presley), and I still have the tattered, pencil-written copy.
I lead a very busy life, but I manage to find time to read my favorite authors—Michael Connelly, Dennis Lehane, and Lee Child to name a few—and watching (and rewatching) my favorite shows like The Walking Dead, Dexter, Justified, Friends, and too many other sitcoms to name. But, my greatest passion—other than my family—is writing, and I am exceedingly blessed that I get to do what I loves most.
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Thank you so much for inviting me as a guest on your lovely blog, and, ON my release day…exciting! 🙂 I love your snow. It’s snowing on my blog as well, LOL.
Anytime Alicia! Thanks for being here on release day 🙂
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Ooh, another Alicia Dean suspense! I can’t wait to dive in. Great excerpt, Alicia.
Thank you so much, Monique…hope you enjoy!!
Love the excerpt, Alicia! Good luck with the book.
Thank you, Anna!
Yes, sir. I’m certainly hooked by the excerpt. Best of luck, Alicia!
Thank you, Margo…I’m so glad the excerpt hooked you! 🙂
I’m another one hooked by the excerpt. Must read this one. Best of luck!
Love it. Murder and Christmas, all in one!
Yes….a good combo, right? 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!
Love the excerpt, Alicia! Sounds like another good one! Happy Release Day!
Thank you so much, Darcy!
Loved the excerpt. I love a suspense at Christmas. Happy Release Day!!!
Thank you, Kayden. I enjoy suspense at Christmas too! 🙂
Sounds scary–just my kind of reading. I’m looking forward to it.
🙂 I also love scary! Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoy the story if you get a chance to read it.
Whoa! This sounds like a real nail-biter. An isolated cabin, a hunky handyman who may be threatening (or not), a horrible massacre in a past life…You are very good at sustaining suspense; I suspect The Twelfth Day will be no exception. Best wishes.
Awww, thank you, Susan! I do love the fear and tension. 🙂
Oh my gosh! What an awesome idea. And soooo creepy, especially for the season. Love it!
Thank you, Kara! I’m so glad you like the idea! 🙂
Congrats on your release! Love the excerpt!
Thank you so much!
Great excerpt, Alicia. Reads like a winner! Good luck. xx
Awww, thanks! Let’s hope, right? 🙂
Great cover! Love those holiday books.
Good luck and God’s blessings
SO do I! Thank you, I’m thrilled with the cover.
Wow. Great concept and terrific excerpt. That would be so creepy.Best wishes, Alicia.
Thank you!! You know I love creepy! 🙂