Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Smoky Mountain Investigation by Annslee Urban


A mysterious caller taunts journalist Kylie Harper with details about a decade-old death, leading her to a new trail of murder. Who is this deranged person…and what does he want from her? Ex-Delta Force captain and Kylie's former love Nick Bentley fled their Smoky Mountain hometown after the murder of their classmate. When family duty calls him back, Nick comes face-to-face with Kylie…and the past he's tried to forget. Now Nick must put everything on the line to save Kylie before she becomes the next victim of a madman.

Book Excerpt

Chapter One
Kylie Harper pressed the cell phone to her ear, her heart thumping against her chest. Had she heard the man right?
Standing outside the airport terminal, she took a moment to gather her composure. Angry clouds hovered low over Asheville, quickly turning the evening into night.
She took a much needed breath. “Who is this?”
“Murderer.” He spoke slowly this time. More precisely. “Because of you, an innocent person died.”
Kylie stiffened and swallowed. A sick joke. Crazed folks enjoy taunting journalists, her rational self reminded her. “I don’t know who you are, what you want, or even if you have the right number―”
“Ten years ago.” The slow, mumbled drawl bled through the phone line. “I was there.”
Clutching the cell in a death grip, Kylie smashed it harder to her ear. Her battered heart dropped to the pit of her stomach. “What do you want?” She tried to sound calm.
A raspy chuckle tore at her eardrums. “Dear Kylie, you do remember what happened ten years ago?”
Silence as her heart now ceased to beat. She pulled the phone from her ear, checked the display. Restricted number glared back.
She pressed the phone to her other ear. “Is this about Camp Golden Rock?” The words stuck in her throat.
A bark of laughter replaced the chuckle. "How many incidents are hidden in your past, Kylie? Could I be talking about anything else?
Kylie gasped, breath caught in her throat.
“I know I’ve been negligent,” the man continued, “not staying in touch. But for this anniversary I planned something special.”
Struggling to even breathe, Kylie blocked her thoughts from the memories. How many times she relived that May night, haunted by the ‘what if’s’ and ‘if onlys.’ By God’s grace she’d finally moved on. Put that nightmare behind her.
“Why are you doing this?” she ground out.
“You know how important memories are. Especially the ones that involve death.”
Memories. Anniversaries. Her tenth year class reunion was coming up. As cruel as it seemed, only one explanation made sense, this had to be a prank. A hidden cameraman from some shock-reality show had to be hiding somewhere. Kylie jerked her gaze around the area.
“You won’t find me, Kylie.”
She froze. She was being watched.
“The baggage claim, Kylie. My gift is there. And remember, sweet girl, I’ll never be more than a heartbeat away,” the man calmly whispered. The phone went dead.
Panic jolted every nerve ending in Kylie’s body. Turning on her heel, she rushed back into the terminal and started down the concourse, praying this was a bad joke, but somehow knowing it wasn’t.
Leaving caution behind, she bounded down the escalator two steps at a time, her bulky purse banging against her side. On the bottom level, and out of breath, she dashed around the corner and into the main baggage claim. She quickly scanned the area. Empty. Except for the two rental car agents that chatted behind a counter at the opposite end of the building.
She shifted her attention to the flight status monitor on the wall. Her nerves settled a bit. The last plane for the evening had landed but the carousel number had yet to be listed. She breathed easier. Nothing. Thank You, Lord.
She’d seen this before. Some lonely person fascinated with unsolved murders and too much time on their hands. Why not rouse up speculation and gain a little notoriety at the same time? And who better to harass than someone who’d been at the camp, a journalist no less. She shook her head.
A screech, thud, and a chime resounded, then Carousel A’s conveyor belt churned to life.
Kylie turned just in time to see a limp male figure roll down the chute and onto the moving belt.
No dear Lord, not again.

Instantly, the chill returned. Her extremities turned icy about a second before a curdling cry tore from her throat.

About Annslee:

Multi-published author, Mary Annslee Urban grew up watching old-time romance movies, which she attributes to her passion for sweet romance, true love and happy endings. A daydreamer at heart, Mary began her writing journey when the youngest of her five children started school. For several years she worked as a freelance writer for newspapers in her community and has written for magazines and online publications.

Smoky Mountain Investigation, Mary’s first book with Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, will be released July 1, 2014.

Raised in the foothills of Arizona, she survived temperature shock when she and her husband moved to Western Pennsylvania before settling in North Carolina. Aside from writing, Mary works as a Registered Nurse part-time in the Behavioral Health field. She is a member of ACFW, and has served as co-president and vice-president for Carolina Christian Writers. She has two published novels with White Rose Publishing and another book, In Love's Defense, won 2nd place in the Write Integrity Press Books of Hope Contest in 2012. Mary writes under Mary Annslee Urban and Annslee Urban.

When she isn’t writing, Mary enjoys cooking, traveling to faraway places, spending time with grandbabies and all things chocolate! You can visit Mary on Facebook or at maryurban.blogspot.com. 

To purchase Annslee's book:

Mary Annslee Urban is giving away a copy of Smoky Mountain Investigation.  The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You may enter the book giveaway twice -- once on each spotlight post. (It's not too late to go back and leave a comment on yesterday's post.)

Off to read another great book!
Sandra M. Hart


cjajsmommy said...

Well, this would definitely not be a book to read before turning in the for the night! Please enter me in the giveaway.
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Deb R.

Diana Flowers said...

Getting my TBR stack ready for post surgery on July 8th! I love cat and mouse stories and I'm not talking Tom and Jerry! lol The scarier the better! I just finished one the other night and we had a thunderstorm while I was reading it--perfect. Nice to meet a new author and thx for the giveaway opportunity. :)


Carol Q. said...

This is just the kind of book i love between my amish fiction, thanks for this chance


Merry said...

Oh, a delightfully creepy passage!
Please add me.:)
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Linda Kish said...

I would love to win a copy of this book.

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Melissa Oldaker said...

Sounds like a very suspenseful read. I used to live in the Asheville area so I would love to read this one. Thanks for the giveaway.


Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great read. Please enter me in the contest.
Joyce Guard, Carney, MI

Anonymous said...

The book sounds so enticing. Can't wait to get a chance to read it.
Joyce Guard

Anonymous said...

The Bread, Etc. recipe sounds so good. Guess I'll have to break out some baking gear between reading and reading some more.
Joyce Guard

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