Friday, January 16, 2015

Blog Tour, Excerpt, & Giveaway: Exchange of Fire by PA DePaul

About the Book

Title: Exchange of Fire
Series: SBG #1
Published: Aug 19, 2014
Publisher: Penguin Intermix
Format: ebook
Genre: Romantic Suspense


Faking her death was easy, living with her past is harder, but nothing is more dangerous than falling in love…

Sandra Walsh was a deadly sniper for the Sweet Briar Group, a covert agency with assassins for hire, until her last mission went horribly wrong, accidentally killing an innocent girl. Knowing she’s a danger to her team, Sandra goes off the grid, becoming a Shade—an agent declared dead but secretly hiding among the living. She intends to honor her vow never to pull another trigger or have contact with the spy world again. Until she meets Casper Grady…

Grady is a former Marine with a troubled past and a debt to pay. His life mission has gone from protecting the nation to helping local children and their families. The moment he meets Sandra, he knows there’s more to her than meets the eye, but he can’t help but be drawn to the mysterious femme fatale. And when Sandra’s past suddenly catches up to her, Grady is determined to protect her at all costs, no matter how dark and dangerous her secrets are.

As the danger increases, so does their intense attraction. But when they’re forced to choose between each other and the people they’ve sworn to protect, their growing love might not be enough to keep them together—or alive…



I hope you’re in the mood for some steamy, action-filled Romantic Suspense! I’m hoping with four words I can convince you to add Exchange of Fire, SBG #1 to your TBR pile. Ready? Okay: Female sniper. Former Marine.

Convinced? Dang. I can’t see if you’re nodding or not. Well, hopefully between the back-cover blurb and my four little words above you’ll click on one of those retailer links to enter a world where a clandestine Black Ops team works for SweetBriar Group (AKA SBG), a corporation the public believes is an environmental company, and risks their lives on missions no one can know about.

FYI, Shadow of Doubt, SBG #2 (releasing April 21, 2015) continues with another member of Delta Squad, you know, just in case you wanted to read Cappy’s story (He’s the C.O. of Delta).

Thank you so much for spending time with me today. I truly appreciate each and every one of you! <3 ~P.A. DePaul

In the following excerpt, our heroine, Wraith (AKA Sandra Walsh—the name she’s using while in hiding), is spooked. In order to escape SBG (or more accurately its CEO) she faked her death and went on the run. After roaming for months, she landed in our hero Casper Grady’s small town. Grady (former Marine) owns Gradwick Adventure Center (a full-scale entertainment center with multiple levels for everything from laser tag to arcade to go-karts, etc) and hired Wraith/Sandra as his Operations Manager.

Sandra shut the door to her office and leaned against it. The chaotic noise from the main floor lowered to a muffled drone. She placed a hand over her racing heart. Something was off. The small sense of doubt she’d had earlier this afternoon now felt like impending doom. She lifted a trembling hand and stared at it with disgust.

Every day for the past four weeks an internal war waged over splitting town. And every day she kept putting off the decision, thinking she’d finally come up with an answer tomorrow. Son of a bitch. Had she pushed it one day too many? She swiped her shaking fingers against her jeans.

Bam. Bam. Bam.

“Eep!” she yelped, then slammed a hand over her mouth at the swift knock on the wood by her head. She closed her eyes and commanded her body to get it together. Once she had firm control of her nervous system, she straightened and opened the door.

Tall, blond, and sexy leaned against the doorjamb. His tousled hair appeared as if he’d been running his fingers through it. She still had a hard time believing he was thirty-six years old by the way mother nature had blessed his youthful skin. If she were a normal girl, she’d be threatening every other woman and staking a claim on this man. Just imagining how explosive the sex would be if he was half as good as he let on made her almost give up her self-imposed off-limits stance. But she had to stay strong. He was too good a man to drag into her world, and the clusterfuck of her existence wouldn’t allow her to stay.

Damn. Not exactly what she needed at the moment when her body was already going haywire . . . but maybe he’d prove to be enough of a distraction that she could sort through her flight instincts.

His full lips parted into a playful smile. “Did I just hear the normally unflappable woman actually say ‘eep’?”

“Hey, Grady,” Sandra greeted him nonchalantly, in spite of her toes curling at his deep Carolina drawl.

He laughed. “You know, no response is the same as saying yes.”

“If you want to think that, go ahead,” she retorted, refusing to give in to her body’s sudden melting at his flirting. High school was a long time ago. Stop ogling him like he’s the first good-looking boy you ever talked to. With her libido firmly put in place, she stepped back and offered casually, “I was just taking a break. Come on in.”

His well-toned—okay, she’ll admit it—yummy physique slipped past her, and she inhaled the exquisite mixture of him and his cologne. For some reason, every time she smelled it, a sense of peace pervaded her mind. Which was totally nuts, because he was about as bad for her as it could get, making her want things she couldn’t have. Her first priority had to be remaining off SBG’s radar, Victor Dalmingo specifically. Staying on the run and finding places to hide was strictly a solo mission.

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About the Author:

P.A. DePaul is a multi-genre romance author including paranormal fantasy and romantic suspense. She originally hails from Carroll County and Baltimore County, Maryland, but also lived in Macon and Warner Robins, Georgia. She currently resides in a beautiful community just outside Philadelphia. Exchange of Fire is the first novel in the SBG series with the second novel, Shadow of Doubt, releasing April 2015
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PA is offering a tour wide giveaway of 5-- $10 Amazon or B&N gift cards (winner’s choice) plus 4 e-copies of Exchange of Fire (sent via Netgalley). Just check out today’s post, leave a comment, and then fill out the giveaway widget!

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  1. Hello Jillyn!! Thank you so much for having me today! Sigh. I love the fun, sweet, sexy interaction between Grady and Sandra (Wraith) in this excerpt. :D
    Can't wait to chat with everyone today. :D

  2. Dang! You had me at female sniper, former marine! Yes and thank you! ;)
    Joanna M

    1. Woot! Woot! LOL. Thanks for commenting Joanna M AKA MsAwesome! :D

  3. Sounds like an interesting, angsty read

  4. Thanks for joining in on the tour Jillyn! And oos I'm liking your quote box. Very pretty :D

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    1. Hi Kate! So glad you enjoyed! Thanks for stopping by!!

    2. Thanks for visiting my blog!

  6. Really starting to wish excerpts were entire books now, I just wanna read the rest of the book is that so much to ask?