Spotlight & Giveaway: Revenge & Ruthless by Debra Webb

Posted August 20th, 2013 by in Blog, Spotlight / 48 comments

Today is it my pleasure to welcome USA Today best selling author Debra Webb to HJ!

Debra has a special post with her top 5 scenes from books 5 & 6 from Faces of Evil series: Revenge & Ruthless

debra1. In REVENGE, Jess runs into a guy, Buddy Corlew, from her high school days on her latest case. He was Dan’s arch rival back then and still is. I absolutely love the dynamics between Jess and Buddy.

2. Dr. Sylvia Baron is relatively new to the series but she’s making her mark. In REVENGE she shows up at Jess’s apartment for a girls’ night. Sylvia brings along one of Dan’s old lovers, Gina Coleman. The friendship developing between these three took me by surprise.

3. I also really enjoyed writing the scene where Jess confronts her sister’s doctor when she feels the man isn’t doing enough to find out what’s going on with her sister’s health.

4. RUTHLESS takes us into some intense territory. There’s a confrontation between Dan Burnett and Buddy Corlew that I think readers will really enjoy.

5. I can’t giveaway anything about this particular favorite scene in RUTHLESS, suffice to say: ERIC SPEARS IS BACK!

Excerpt from Revenge:

REVENGE

DW5Deputy Chief Jess Harris took a breath and reached for the door that stood between her and the man who’d made love to her only a few hours ago. He was going to let her have it for ignoring his calls all morning.
Wouldn’t be the first time or the last, she suspected.
Chief of Police Daniel Burnett was on his cell when she stepped into the room. Whoever was on the other end, he wasn’t making Burnett happy, or maybe it was the other way around. Oblivious to her arrival, he gestured in frustration with his free hand—or more specifically the hand holding a cup of Starbucks coffee. Jess licked her lips in anticipation. Another cup sat on a nearby table. Was that one for her? If it was, that would be an answered prayer. Considering how long she’d kept him waiting, the coffee was no doubt cold but she didn’t care. She seriously needed caffeine.
He snapped a cutting remark at his caller. Something about keeping the investigation low-key for now. Generally unable to control her curiosity she would try figuring out who was on the other end of that conversation. Not this morning. She had bigger issues with this case. But neither the case nor the promise of Starbucks could prevent the way she studied his every move. He had his back to her and there was absolutely nothing wrong with that side of him. Broad shoulders, narrow waist, and, well, things just got better from there. The elegantly tailored suit accentuated his every asset. Most of them, anyway. There were some that were best admired without any sort of embellishments.
A smile tugged at her lips when she thought of the way his skin smelled. Clean and masculine. He’d always been subtle with his aftershave or cologne. They shared that habit. Give Jess a softly scented lotion any day over perfume.
He ended the call and turned as if he’d suddenly sensed her presence. Her breath hitched. Looking at him head-on had always managed that feat. How could he be more handsome now than he had been as an ambitious senior in high school? His dark hair scarcely showed even a hint of gray. Jess had to get her roots touched up most every month. It was the bane of her existence.
Not fair.
And how the hell could so much time have passed? They’d known each other since t

hey were kids. God she felt old. Forty-two really sucked so far.
Those blue eyes of his zeroed in on hers. “I called.”
She nodded. “Four times.”
He dropped his cell into his jacket pocket, then bracketed his coffee-free hand at his waist in an authoritative maneuver. All the move did for Jess was point out that, like Sylvia Baron, Burnett always looked expertly put together. Crisp, creamy white shirt and tan trousers topped off with a navy jacket and tie. When he wore that color, those blue eyes of his appeared even more vivid.
“You enjoy ignoring me like that?”
Jess sighed. She could lie but he would know. “Immensely.”
Burnett frowned but he moved on. “Sylvia says this appears to be a homicide.”
“I never had a doubt.” Vaguely she wondered if he’d been speaking so sharply to Sylvia. But mostly she was amazed at how the sound of his voice disrupted her heart’s natural rhythm even now when the topic of conversation was murder. That was something she should probably never say out loud.
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Excerpt: Ruthless

DW6RUTHLESS
The bomb squad commander cleared the package. No explosives or other destructive substances.
Just like before.
Jess Harris felt grateful for that part. She suspected the families on this block, including Lily and her husband, who had been ushered from their homes at or past bedtime were simply ticked off. BPD uniforms had questioned the folks and were already shepherding most back to their respective addresses. Lily and Blake would have to wait a little while longer.
In the middle of the front porch the evidence techs settled the box onto a trace sheet so all the contents could be inspected. Portable lights had been set up to ensure they could see what they were doing. Jess, decked out in shoe covers and gloves, crouched down to have a look first. Deputy Chief Black had arrived and was waiting outside the perimeter with Burnett.
The news hounds who monitored the police band were already on the street, and camera crews were waiting for an opportunity to get a clip or a sound bite on the story. Jess hadn’t seen Gina Coleman in the growing mob, but she would show eventually.
“Ma’am, would you like me to start?” Harper asked.
Jess shook off the surrounding distractions and refocused on the package. “Go ahead, Sergeant.” That way he and the evidence techs wouldn’t have to see her hands shake. She hoped her stomach settled soon. That peanut butter and banana sandwich she’d scarfed down after she got home was reappearing in a most unpleasant manner.
The box, a plain brown cardboard one, about twenty by twenty inches square, found any day of the week at Walmart for a couple of bucks and sealed with shipping tape, had been opened by the bomb tech. As before, plastic, burlap and newspapers swathed the items inside.
Human remains. Bones.
As the small bones were removed from their wrappings, an ache tugged at Jess. Another family who had waited so very long would finally be able to stop wondering what had happened to their precious child. But dear God, what kind of answer was this?
Unless this victim’s remains showed otherwise, there was no clue as to cause of death. No way to know what this child may have suffered before dying.
Then again, maybe the parents didn’t really want to know.
Was it better not to hear the horrific details?
Was it enough to simply have some sort of closure?
Jess had reviewed photos of all the victims over and over, knew them by heart. Was this the cute little blonde-haired girl with the curly locks and the big gap-toothed smile, or the dainty child with the long brown pigtails that hung all the way to her waist?
Whichever child this was, her journey was finally at an end.
The journey for Jess had just begun. One way or another she would find this monster and she would stop him.

48 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Revenge & Ruthless by Debra Webb”

  1. Steph F.

    This is a new author for me but after the excerpts I’m definitely adding to my TBR list. I love romantic suspense novels. And books featuring female law enforcements are even better. My interest is definitely piqued.

  2. Jenn McElroy

    No, I haven’t read these :-(. The excerpts look great and definitely left me wanting more! Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  3. Jackie

    WOW! I have not read any of these yet but they look absolutely amazing. I am loving these suspenseful books lately!!!!

  4. Tammy

    I haven’t read any books in this series yet. Love the excerpt about being 42 because that’s my age 🙂

  5. Mary Preston

    I enjoyed the excerpts thank you. I already have the books on my reading list. The days are too short.

  6. ndluebke

    I so enjoy your Debra Webb’s books but haven’t read from this series. Just read Protective Custody recently. Thanks for the oportunity to win this.

  7. Kai W.

    I haven’t read any of the Faces of Evil series books. Yes the excerpts is enough to whet my appetite.

  8. Christine Merritt

    I have ben searching for a new series and am so excited to start this one – the excerpt is intense and definitely made me hit the “Amazon one click” to start the Ms. Webb’s books!

  9. Jennifer Zorko-Legan

    I have not read any of these books yet, but they sound AWESOME! Thank you for the chance.

  10. Amy Pollard Woolard

    I have not yet read this series, but I can tell you that what I read above most definitely whet my appetite & I want MORE!!! Thank you for the chance!!!

  11. Tawnya Bentley

    I haven’t read any of the books in the series, as far as the excerpt, I want the books NOW! Alas a little thing called money always gets in between me and the books I want.

  12. Timitra

    No I haven’t read any of the books in this series…love the excerpts and yes they definitely have me wanting more!

  13. Amy H

    I have not had the pleasure of reading any of them yet. I like the fact that the women are older, and not in their early twenties.

  14. Marijane Diodati

    The excerpts are great since they really capture the series.Each book literally picks up where the one before it ends. As a result you see the personal relationships of the characters grow, particularly, Jess and Dan, while they in the middle of dealing with murder and mayhem! The characters are well-developed, likeable and genuine so you really care about them. The suspense is non-stop and you wonder how Jess manages it all. She is a kick-ass heroine and Dan is so patient as the Chief of Police in letting her do things her own way. Revenge received 4 1/2 stars from RT Magazine.

    I love the scenes because they show the characters as you would expect them to act.

  15. Lisa

    I try not to read the excerpts because I usually want to read it right away. Patience is not one of my virtues when it comes to books and authors I like.

  16. Janice Hougland

    Nope, I haven’t read anything before by this author. And right now I’m regretting it! I love mysteries, suspense, romantic suspense, puzzles, you name in, in my reading habit. Where have I been to not know Debra Webb??? I have a lot of catching up to do now . . .

  17. Justine

    I haven’t read any of the books in this series. I would’ve liked more dialogue in the excerpts because dialogue between the H/h is my favorite part of romances.

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