Thursday, December 22, 2016

Book Spotlight, Guest Post & Excerpt: Stalked by Elizabeth Heiter

Please join me in welcoming Elizabeth Heiter back to Always With a Book. Elizabeth's latest book, Stalked, the 4th book in her Profiler series,  will be published at the end of the month. This is one of my favorite series and I'm so glad to have more Evelyn! I'll be posting my review of Stalked later today, but for now, please enjoy this guest post and excerpt.

Title: Stalked
Author: Elizabeth Heiter
Series: The Profiler, #4
Published: December 2016, MIRA
Format: Paperback, 384 pages

If you're reading this, I'm already dead…

That's the note seventeen-year-old Haley Cooke leaves behind when she disappears from inside her high school. FBI profiler Evelyn Baine is called in to figure out who had reason to hurt her. On the surface, the popular cheerleader has no enemies, but as Evelyn digs deeper, she discovers that everyone close to Haley has something to hide. Everyone from estranged parents, to an older boyfriend with questionable connections, to a best friend who envies Haley's life.

Secrets can be deadly…

One of those secrets may have gotten Haley killed. If she's still alive, Evelyn knows that the more the investigation ramps up, the more pressure they could be putting on Haley's kidnapper to make her disappear for good. It's also possible the teenager isn't in danger at all, but has skillfully manipulated everyone and staged her own disappearance. Only one thing is certain: uncovering Haley's fate could be dangerous—even deadly—to Evelyn herself.

Tracking Down the Truth with an FBI Profiler

The biggest threats tend to be where you least expect them.  That’s a truth most people who work in law enforcement know.  It’s why the first suspects in a murder case are the people closest to the victim: spouse, family members, friends.  But the heroine of my Profiler series, FBI profiler Evelyn Baine, tends to chase a different kind of killer: the sort who’s hard to track down because there isn’t a connection.  Yet in her latest case – and my latest novel, STALKED, hitting stores on December 27th – Evelyn gets a curve ball.

Normally, profilers are assigned to cases with multiple victims: terrorism, serial killers, serial arsonists.  But every once and a while – with especially high-profile victims or particularly unusual cases (think something like the JonBenet Ramsey case) – a profiler is called in to investigate what happened to a single victim.  In STALKED, Haley Cooke is a seemingly normal teenager – popular, friendly, no known enemies – until she disappears from inside her high school and her mom finds a note she’s left behind foretelling her own death.

As Evelyn digs into Haley’s disappearance, she starts uncovering secrets all around the teenager.  There’s the girl’s estranged parents: one has quit her job to spend all her time getting press for Haley while the other claims she ran away.  There’s Haley’s new step-father: there are vague allegations of abuse, but is it just jealousy from the man he replaced?  And what about her older, college boyfriend with questionable connections, and her best friend, who seems to be hiding things about Haley from the police – and hiding her own jealousy for Haley’s life?  The closer Evelyn gets, the more she believes someone close to Haley could have made her disappear.  But why?  And is it too late to bring Haley home?


About the Author: Critically acclaimed and award-winning author ELIZABETH HEITER likes her suspense to feature strong heroines, chilling villains, psychological twists, and a little bit (or a lot!) of romance. Her research has taken her into the minds of serial killers, through murder investigations, and onto the FBI Academy’s shooting range. Her novels have been published in more than a dozen countries and translated into eight languages; they've also been shortlisted for the Daphne Du Maurier award, the National Readers' Choice award and the Booksellers' Best award and won the RT Reviewers' Choice award.

Authors Links: 
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|   Pinterest   |   Goodreads

Profiler Series 
#1:  HUNTED, Available Now - My Review 
#2:  VANISHED, Available Now - My Review
#2.5: AVENGED  - Special online short story - My Review 
#3:  SEIZED - Available - My Review 
#4:  STALKED - Available 12/27/16

***Note from Elizabeth:  The books in my series can be read in order, or as standalones.  In between VANISHED and SEIZED, there is a free short story in The Profiler series called AVENGED.  You can read the short story on the website.

Lawmen Series


Brief Excerpt:

"She was into something she shouldn't have been," Sophia said, ticking off possibilities on her fingers. 

"Or she knew something she shouldn't have known, saw something she shouldn't have seen. Or she was a victim who'd decided to finally tell, and someone wanted to shut her up."

Sophia shrugged. "Whatever it is..."

"She almost certainly knew who grabbed her," Evelyn finished.

"And if Haley's note is right," Sophia said softly, "that person has already killed her."   

Thank you Elizabeth for sharing was so good catching up with Evelyn and I can't wait to see what's next for her!!!  


1 comment

  1. Thanks so much for having me back to visit Always with a Book!


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