I’ve been thinking for a while now that I needed to get back into blogging. What better way than to host author Joylene Nowell Butler who is kicking off her blog tour today for her latest book: KISS OF THE ASSASSIN. Be sure to check out the excerpt and giveaway below!
Marina Antonovna, a Soviet spy, and Mateo Arcusa, an American homicide lieutenant first meet in Cambodia during the Vietnam War as enemies. Fearful that the most powerful man in the Soviet Union, KGB Chairman Vladimir Kurenkov, has ordered her death, Marina risks everything to defect to the United States.
She promises Mateo that her days as an assassin are over. Vladimir is determined to do whatever it takes to bring her back and, by threatening Mateo’s life, forces Marina to break her promise.
“…. Look, I don’t want to know your secrets. I just want to know why me? Why did you risk getting me back over the [Cambodia]border? To imply I was a traitor? The CIA had a lot of questions I couldn’t answer. Mostly ‘cause I couldn’t remember. Lucky for you, my memory was one gigantic fog until tonight.”
“Are you threatening me, Sergeant?”
“No. I told you I wouldn’t tell anyone and I won’t.”
“Why should I believe you?”
“Because I’d have told the CIA about you when I had the chance. I didn’t.”
“And now? They suspect you of treason. Point the finger at me and problem solved.”
“And have your death on my conscience? No thanks. Look, as I said before, I’m not asking for state secrets; I just want to know why you stopped him from putting a bullet in my brain. Tell me, and I’ll be out of your life forever.”
Again, Marina reiterated in her mind that she owed him nothing. “I have to go. My guardian will be wondering where I’ve gone.” She jumped down and brushed off her backside, moving past him. His fingertips skimmed across her arm and her skin tingled.”
Excerpt From: Joylene Nowell Butler. “Kiss of the Assassin.” iBooks.
KISS OF THE ASSASSIN
by Joylene Nowell Butler◊ Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc (March 23, 2022)
◊ Paperback: 424 pages
◊ ASIN: B09P7T1ZRS
* File size: 1138 KB
* Text-to-Speech: Enabled
* Screen Reader: Supported
Meet the Author: Joylene Nowell Butler
Joylene Butler lives with her husband in the tiny village of Cluculz Lake in central B.C… She is the author of three suspense novels and a contributor to one anthology.
Everyone who comments on this post by the end of the day on Wednesday, April 6th, will be entered into a random drawing for one free eBook (ePub, Mobi or PDF)!