Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Blog Tour & Excerpt: The Girls of Mischief Bay by Susan Mallery Plus Giveaway!!! (GIVEAWAY CLOSED)


Today, I’m excited to share with you an excerpt from Susan Mallery's upcoming book, The Girls of Mischief Bay, the first book in her new series. There is also an amazing 'California Dreamin’ Prize Package' up for grabs so be check out the giveaway at the bottom of this post.  I am stop #12 on the excerpt tour, so if you haven't been following along, be sure to go back to the beginning as the book excerpts follow along in sequence.  You can find the full tour schedule here. I'll also be participating in the review tour for the book and my review will be up in early March. 



Title: The Girls of Mischief Bay   
Author: Susan Mallery    
Series: Mischeif Bay, #1    
Published: February 2015, MIRA  
  
Nicole Lord wants to be a good wife, but there's a difference between being supportive and supporting her husband, who quit his job to write a screenplay she's never seen. He won't even help take care of their son, leaving Nicole to run the house and work full-time at her Mischief Bay Pilates studio. Can she say enough is enough without losing the man she loves?

Sacrificing a personal life for her career is how Shannon Rigg rose to become vice president in her firm, but she wonders now whether she made the right choice. An exciting new relationship with a great guy convinces her that it might not be too late—until he drops a bombshell that has her questioning whether she can have it all. And if she can, does she want it?

Although Pam Eiland has a beautiful house and a husband she adores, she feels… restless. She wonders who a stay-at-home mom becomes after the kids are grown. Finding sexy new ways to surprise her husband brings the heat and the humor back to their marriage, but when unexpected change turns her life upside down, she'll have to redefine herself. Again.

Through romance and heartbreak, laughter and tears, three very different women will discover that friends can become family, and that life is richer with sisters at your side.


EXCERPT:
Shannon finished the quarterly reports and hit the send button. She would meet with the CEO later to discuss the actual results, but she wasn’t worried. The numbers looked good.

She’d recently revamped the timetables and discounts in accounts payable. Cash flow was better, which meant the company’s expansion could be funded internally. When interest rates were low, taking out a loan made sense, but she had a feeling they were going to start climbing. Better to keep the money at home.

While a lot of finance people saw the products their companies produced as interchangeable “widgets,” she didn’t agree. Every company was different. The challenges to produce a physical good varied between industries and even within them. Cars were different from furniture and software was nothing like envelopes. Her attitude had been the key reason she’d been hired nearly five years before. Nolan could have hired any one of a dozen applicants, but he’d chosen her. She had a feeling her rant on the fact that manufacturing products shouldn’t be reduced to the pejorative term “widget” was a part of the reason.

She glanced out the big window by her desk. The sun had set a while ago. There was no hint of light coming from the sky—not counting the bright lights from around the office building, of course. She’d been at the office since six thirty and except for taking a class at Mischief in Motion during her lunch break, she’d pretty much been chained to her desk.

She saved her files and began to shut down her computer. She would stop for some Thai food on her way home and spend a quiet evening by herself.

Because she didn’t have a date. Certainly not with Adam, who had yet to call after their single meeting.

She’d been hopeful, she thought as she watched her computer move from saving to shutting down. Hopeful that he was man enough to accept her success, her career demands, to respect them, even. But he hadn’t and that meant he wasn’t for her. But being logical didn’t help the dull ache she’d learned to recognize as loneliness.

Sure there were friends she could call. With Eric so busy with his screenwriting, Nicole was often up for dinner out. Tyler came with her, which was fine with Shannon. She enjoyed hanging out with the charming, happy little boy. Or she could see if Pam and John wanted some company for an after-dinner glass of wine. No doubt there would be delicious leftovers for her to dine on.

But while she loved her friends, she wasn’t lonely because of them. Every now and then, she wanted to find “the one.” That ridiculous concept she’d been unable to shake, no matter how she tried. Sometimes Shannon worried that all the talk about pair bonding in humans just might be true.

She pulled open the bottom desk drawer and removed her handbag. She reached for her cell only to have it buzz with an incoming call.

The screen flashed with the icon she’d linked with the name. A skull and crossbones. Humorous, but also a warning. Because hearing from Quinn was never good.

She considered letting the call go to voice mail. Mostly because that was the safest action. He wouldn’t leave a message. No doubt she wouldn’t hear from him for weeks. But if she did answer…

She grabbed her phone and pushed the talk button.

“Hello?”

“Gorgeous.”

That was all it took. A single word in that low, smoky voice. Her tension eased, her breathing slowed and between her legs she felt the telltale combination of hunger and dampness. She could talk all the successful-career, self-actualized crap she wanted, but at the end of the day, she was little more than Quinn’s bitch.

“Hey,” she murmured, even as she glanced at the clock on the wall and calculated how long it would take her to drive to Malibu at this time of the evening.

“Come over.”

Quinn didn’t ask. He instructed. He took charge. It was the same in bed, where he decided what they were going to do and who came first. She should have resented it, but she didn’t. There was something to be said for a man who took charge. She relaxed around him because there was no point in fighting the tide.

“I can’t stay,” she said—a feeble attempt to take control. But she’d learned the hard truth. Better to get what she wanted and escape than spend the night.

“No problem.”

There was a soft click. She knew the call had been disconnected.

She dropped her cell into her handbag, then crossed to the private bathroom that came with her C level title. After using the bathroom, she freshened her makeup and brushed her teeth. Then she left and headed for her car.

The drive to Malibu was simple. Head north on Pacific Coast Highway, which became Sepulveda and a half dozen other streets through Marina del Rey and Venice. She picked it up again in Santa Monica, then followed the road until she reached Malibu.

When people thought of that town they pictured beachfront mansions and star sightings. Both were plentiful, but much of the community was also old and a little worn around the edges. Tiny restaurants favored by locals nestled against the larger, more famous attractions, like Gladstone’s.

Shannon turned onto a small street. In one of those weird L.A. ironies, the most beautiful homes often had completely deceptive entrances. There was a garage, a secured gate and what looked like the beginning of a modest thousand-square-foot bungalow. All of which concealed eight or ten million dollars’ worth of luxury living and incredible views.

Quinn’s house was similar, although his gate kept anyone from pulling into the driveway. Shannon punched in the code. In that split second before the heavy iron gate swung open, she wondered if it would. Because she knew there would come a day when her code would no longer work. She often told herself that would be a good thing. Some days she even believed herself.

But it wasn’t tonight, she thought as she drove into the open garage and parked next to his Maserati.

She got out and walked inside.


Text Copyright © 2015 by Susan Macias Redmond


Permission to reproduce text granted by Harlequin Books S.A.



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About  the author: New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery has won the hearts of millions of readers around the world with books described as “immensely entertaining, intensely emotional” (RT Book Reviews), “hilarious” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram), and “heartwarming” (Publishers Weekly).

One major retailer recently described her as “the queen of romantic fiction.” While she deeply appreciates the accolades of critics and booksellers, Mallery is even more honored by the enthusiasm of her readers and the word-of-mouth that catapults her toward the top of the bestsellers lists time and again.

Mallery lives in not-so-sunny Seattle with her husband and a toy poodle who makes her laugh every day and who’s not even a little bit impressed by her growing fame.

Author Links: Website | FacebookTwitter | Pinterest | Goodreads



GIVEAWAY DETAILS (US/Canada only):
The folks at Harlequin have put together this amazing prize package - the California Dreaming Prize Package - for one lucky reader here at Always With a Book:


 A Pacific blue beach towel
Pure Paradise body cream
Luxury moisturizing bath bar from the San Francisco soap company
An autographed copy of EVENING STARS by Susan Mallery (the first book with a character from Mischief Bay)
Flip-flop tea candle holder
Map of Mischief Bay
THE GIRLS OF MISCHIEF BAY Post-It book
THE GIRLS OF MISCHIEF BAY bookmark
Handy bath mini-tote
Susan Mallery lip gloss
Susan Mallery 3D luggage tag
Susan Mallery pen

To enter the giveaway, please fill out the form by February 18th.  

Form closed

This giveaway is open to US & Canada residents only & ends February 18th.  
Good Luck!!! 


**Be sure to follow the rest of the tour HERE to find out what happens in the next excerpt and for another chance to win another prize package.
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14 comments

  1. Another great excerpt! And another interesting twist in one of the character's lives. Thanks for the preview.

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  2. Oh this sounds interesting! I kind of burned out on Mallery's Fool's Gold series but I love her writing. I've been wanting to pick up her previous series but I like the sound of this one even better!

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  3. Did you read this? How women's fiction is it or is it a nice mix of romance and women's fiction?

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    1. I haven't read it yet - I'm hoping to start it this weekend!

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  4. Sounds wonderful. And what an amazing prize pack. Thanks for sharing the excerpt.

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  5. Another great tour stop, another great excerpt. Thanks for participating in the blog tour.

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  6. Well, that entry was really simple... :-) and with an excerpt :-) now for awaiting the miracle of a draw. But enjoyed the excerpt !!!

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  7. I can't wait to read the start of the new series...I would love to win...thank you for the chance!

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  8. I received an unsolicited copy of this book, and I've never read any of her books. Maybe I should try this one.

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  9. This sounds wonderful, Kristen. Thanks for hosting this terrific giveaway!

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    1. (P.S. I will add this giveaway to my blog's sidebar. :)

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  10. Looking forward to this book. Wonderful giveaway.

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  11. Thanks for featuring this book for the tour!

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