Spotlight & Giveaway: Shatter by Joan Swan

Posted December 23rd, 2013 by in Blog, Spotlight / 47 comments

Today it is my pleasure to host NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Joan Swan at HJ

Spotlight&Giveaway

SHAFor seven years, Halina Beloi has been in hiding. But she’s never forgotten Mitch Foster, the long, lean man she had to leave behind. Until, that is, Mitch shows up with a list of questions and a 9mm in his hand.

All Mitch knows is that Halina broke his heart and disappeared. But new information has surfaced implicating her as a player in the deadliest game of Mitch’s life. This time, he’s not letting go without answers. Now terror, danger and heat will fuse them together or shatter the future. . .

Excerpt:

Halina was already breathing hard when she’d finally forced herself to enter the bathroom. Now, she could barely keep herself from hyperventilating. And her hands were shaking. Maybe she didn’t have much cold-blooded killer blood running through her veins after all.
Or maybe it was just the sight of Mitch Foster, standing a few feet away. Completely naked. Dripping wet.
Holy…
Shit…
“Mitch?” Halina barely breathed the shocked word before darting another glance around the empty bathroom. Reality check.
She refocused on him with narrowed eyes. For some insane reason, her gaze darted to his right shoulder and searched his skin. The sight of that oh-so-familiar tattoo—the Major League Baseball Association logo inked in it’s red, white, and blue glory, confirmed it—that was definitely Mitch Foster glaring back at her from the shower.
“What in the…fuck are you doing here?” Her mind cleared and a million questions hit her at once, but she could only get out the most important one. “And why have you been stalking me for two days?”
“I wasn’t stalking you, for God’s sake.” He slammed off the water controls.
Halina startled and realized she’d lowered her weapon. She took aim again, her heart skipping fast as she stepped back.
Mitch leaned down and swiped the towel off the floor. Before he swung it around his hips, her gaze swept over him again. Just a quick once-over, soaking in the sheer male beauty of his body. That’s all it took for his raw sexuality to sink into her consciousness and take hold. Her breath eased out of her lungs with a low sigh of pained pleasure.
“I was watching you so I could find a time, an appropriate time, to talk to you, Halina. Unlike some people, who decide to jack a man in the middle of a shower, I have manners.”
“You call watching me through my windows at night, manners? Have you forgotten how to use a phone?”
Hands on hips, he glared at her. He glared at her.
“And you would have returned my call, right? And we would have met at Starbucks like normal people, right? Had a regular, civil conversation, right?” He gestured between them, making a point to stare at the gun. “Because normal people always use silencers on their forty-five’s during civil conversations.”
“You’re not pulling that lawyer shit with me. You’ve been watching my house for two damned days. What are you doing here? How did you…?” Fear singed her nerve endings. “How did you find me? And why?”
One part of her mind scanned for her misstep even as another kicked up in alarm. He stepped out of the shower.
“Don’t move, dammit.”
“Or what, Halina? You’ll shoot me?” A cynical grin cut across his face. Bright white. Gorgeous. He was simply gorgeous—a perfect blend of godly and devilish. “Give me a break. And stop waving that thing around before you shoot me by accident.”
“If I shoot you, it won’t be an accident.” What an ass. “Are you working for him? Are you here to bring me back? Because I’m not going. And what I do next depends on your answer.”
His gaze went hard and dark. All humor vanished, replaced by taut anger. “So you were working for Schaeffer. Then what, Halina? It went bad? He turned on you? Like that would be a big surprise.”
“I don’t have time for this.”
She turned, exiting the bathroom and skirting the bed toward the front door.
Mitch followed and grabbed her arm just before she reached the handle. He jerked her around hard. “Make time.”
She moved automatically, turning toward his body. A kick to his shin, jerk of her arm with the smallest twist and she was free. Her stance instantly settled again, hands up and ready for a longer, harder fight. “Bring it on, Mitch, but make it fast.”
A familiar edge of excitement lit his eyes. She’d looked into so many opponents’ eyes over the years; she recognized the rush of adrenaline. But if she thought too much—about who this was, what was at stake—she might just cave.
His hands came up, palms out in partial surrender, a half-assed grin of sardonic apology. “Whoa, whoa. Forgot I’ve got a little martial arts expert on my hands.”
“How do you know that?” The question was rhetorical. How he knew didn’t matter. Her mind scattered as the implications of his presence sank in.
He dropped his head and raked all ten fingers through the too-long, deep black mass, pulling it off his face. The muscles of his biceps and pecs rolled with the movement, and her thoughts pinged in another direction again. Damn, he was beautiful. So much more beautiful in person. The newspapers and magazines didn’t begin to do his looks justice. High cheekbones and deep-set eyes from his Japanese mother. Straight nose, square jaw, strong chin, soft olive-toned skin from his Italian-Irish father.
Her stomach squeezed. A flash of want seared her body.
“Halina,” —he looked back up at her, his gaze flat, serious— “Max Gorin and Andre Rostov are dead.”
Panic trilled along her nerves, a violin off key. I’m next.

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Shatter by Joan Swan

Genre: Romantic Suspense (with paranormal elements)
Heat Level: 3.5/5
Elements/Tags: romance, suspense, paranormal abilities, conspiracy, firefighters,
Publisher: Kensington
Publishing Date: 12/31/13
Series: Phoenix Rising, 4
Format: Print and Ebook
Words: 110k

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47 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Shatter by Joan Swan”

  1. Judi L

    Sounds like Shatter is going to be good. Favorite line: “If I shoot you, it won’t be an accident.” Sounds like Halina is a pistol.

  2. Mary Preston

    I must say I’m rather taken with this:

    “Or maybe it was just the sight of Mitch Foster, standing a few feet away. Completely naked. Dripping wet.”

  3. martha lawson

    Oh this one sounds awesome! this is my favorite part: She moved automatically, turning toward his body. A kick to his shin, jerk of her arm with the smallest twist and she was free. Her stance instantly settled again, hands up and ready for a longer, harder fight. “Bring it on, Mitch, but make it fast.” This is going on the to buy list!! Thanks for the giveaway.

  4. Lori H

    I like this part…”She moved automatically, turning toward his body. A kick to his shin, jerk of her arm with the smallest twist and she was free. Her stance instantly settled again, hands up and ready for a longer, harder fight. “Bring it on, Mitch, but make it fast.”

  5. marcyshuler

    “Or maybe it was just the sight of Mitch Foster, standing a few feet away. Completely naked. Dripping wet.” 😉

    I like the sound of this book. I wonder how many more books are going to be in this series?

  6. Jenn McElroy

    Great excerpt! I enjoyed “Bring it on, Mitch. But make it fast.” Quite sassy :-)! Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  7. Margaret

    Great excerpt – here’s my favorite lines: “And you would have returned my call, right? And we would have met at Starbucks like normal people, right? Had a regular, civil conversation, right?” He gestured between them, making a point to stare at the gun. “Because normal people always use silencers on their forty-five’s during civil conversations.”

  8. Cari White

    Or maybe it was just the sight of Mitch Foster, standing a few feet away. Completely naked. Dripping wet.
    Holy…
    Shit…
    “Mitch?” Halina barely breathed the shocked word before darting another glance around the empty bathroom. Reality check.

    Does it really need an explanation of why?

  9. Stephanie Fredrick

    Lived the blurb and excerpt. I love this series, it is amazingly written.
    My favorite lines would be.. A familiar edge of excitement lit his eyes. She’d looked into so many opponents’ eyes over the years; she recognized the rush of adrenaline. But if she thought too much—about who this was, what was at stake—she might just cave.

  10. Lily B

    amazing! love it heh made me giggle my favorite would be – “I wasn’t stalking you, for God’s sake.” He slammed off the water controls

  11. Barbara Hopkins

    LOVED THE EXCERPT . FAVORITE LINE WOULD PROBABLY BE:’JUST A QUICK ONCE OVER SOAKING IN THE SHEER MALE BEAUTY OF HIS BODY”. IT JUST SCREAMS “SEXY’!!! B

  12. Stephanie Sullivan (@AuthorSSullivan)

    Great excerpt! My favorite part is: “Before he swung it around his hips, her gaze swept over him again. Just a quick once-over, soaking in the sheer male beauty of his body. That’s all it took for his raw sexuality to sink into her consciousness and take hold. Her breath eased out of her lungs with a low sigh of pained pleasure.” WOW!

  13. Carolyn Valdez

    Loved the excerpt. Don’t have a favorite because all of it was so good. Will have to put this on my TBR list

  14. Sandie W

    This is for sure going to the top of my TBR list! Loved the excerpt. Favorite part:

    “I was watching you so I could find a time, an appropriate time, to talk to you, Halina. Unlike some people, who decide to jack a man in the middle of a shower, I have manners.”

    A true gentleman!!

  15. Christine L.

    “‘And you would have returned my call, right? And we would have met at Starbucks like normal people, right? Had a regular, civil conversation, right?’ He gestured between them, making a point to stare at the gun. ‘Because normal people always use silencers on their .45’s during civil conversations.'”

    Great dialogue! Danger tempered with sly humor … gotta love it!

  16. Heather Coulter

    “Just a quick once-over, soaking in the sheer male beauty of his body. That’s all it took for his raw sexuality to sink into her consciousness and take hold.”

  17. Rita Luken

    Love the whole shower scene
    .“I was watching you so I could find a time, an appropriate time, to talk to you, Halina. Unlike some people, who decide to jack a man in the middle of a shower, I have manners.”

  18. Sebella Blue

    He gestured between them, making a point to stare at the gun. “Because normal people always use silencers on their forty-five’s during civil conversations.” Awesome!

  19. dutcheja

    “And you would have returned my call, right? And we would have met at Starbucks like normal people, right? Had a regular, civil conversation, right?” He gestured between them, making a point to stare at the gun. “Because normal people always use silencers on their forty-five’s during civil conversations.”

  20. raonaidluckwell

    I always gloss over excerpts because sometimes I just don’t want to stop reading and the wait is excuricating, especially when it is uncertain when I can get the book

  21. Glittergirl

    I love excerpts ~ “Give me a break. And stop waving that thing around before you shoot me by accident.”
    “If I shoot you, it won’t be an accident.” Thanks for the giveaway and tour. MERRY CHRISTMAS!

  22. Gretchen

    Loved the excerpt……..favorite lines…………“And you would have returned my call, right? And we would have met at Starbucks like normal people, right? Had a regular, civil conversation, right?” He gestured between them, making a point to stare at the gun. “Because normal people always use silencers on their forty-five’s during civil conversations.” Can’t wait to read the entire book!

  23. Christine K

    I think even in this day and time a lady shouldn’t swear, and a real man shouldn’t swear in front of a lady, swearing is a sign of limited vocabulary. Just wanted you to hear my opinion which may not be popular, but I’m not buying this.

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