Friday, September 20, 2013

The Last Straw Super Book Blast


Nia Simone

Ally Tobin left New York after one too many bad dates, determined to rebuild a stable life and career as a private investigator in Silicon Valley. But when the man she knew as one name walks into her office with another, will her curiosity once again lead her to risk her heart?

The last thing Special Agent Jared Green needs is "security risk" stamped on the resume of his latest undercover identity. Especially by the woman his job forced him to leave in New York without any explanation. She may threaten his cover, but it's his heart on the line. 

He's good at playing a part. She's good at catching a fake. Can they trust enough to give love another chance?


He sauntered through the door, a white, button- down shirt tucked into belted khakis. When his dark gaze found her, he stopped. Stared. Her throat dried and a rustling motion stirred in her abdomen.

“Hi. I’m Darren Ray.”

Keep your cool, she commanded herself, standing and reaching across the desk. His hand was rough.

She yanked her hand back and waved at the chair. “Please, have a seat.” He waited for her to sit before settling in the visitor’s chair. “So, Darren, according to this, you’re being considered for a programmer position in the IT department. Tell me about your background.”

A professional mask settled over his features. “As you can see on my résumé, I have several years of consulting experience.”

“Tell me something about your experience as a mechanic.” Working on his prized old Mustang had been a favorite hobby.

The corner of his mouth twitched. “What do you mean? That’s not in my résumé.”

“You don’t have the hands of a programmer. More of a mechanic.” Oh, his hands.

“Okay, you got me.” He was going to confess. This should be good. “When I’m not programming computers I’m working on my car.”

“And what were you doing in New York City?”

He reached across her desk for a piece of paper, plucked a pen from its stand and scrawled something.  When she took the note their fingers brushed. Meet me for dinner at Pico’s at 7. I’ll explain everything. Can’t talk here.

Nia Simone grew up on the side of a ski slope in Squaw Valley, USA. Later, while learning the craft of story writing, she worked in nonprofit and then high-tech.

The best part of working in the computer field was meeting her husband. He took up skiing and she helped him document his computer inventions! They live in "Silicon Valley" in California where their favorite thing to do is cook together for friends. Nia’s specialties are dessert and veggies while her husband’s are entrees and sourdough bread.

Their only pet at the moment is the sourdough starter, which lives in the fridge and requires bi-weekly feeding.
Nia blogs every day about travel, food, writing, books, skiing and photography at (where she won the Versatile Blogger Award and Inspiring Blogger Award).​

Twitter: @niasimone4

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  1. Good morning, Erzabet!

    Thank you for hosting me on your fabulous blog! I love the logo: Your comments are like candy to my heart! Isn't that the truth?

    Speaking of which, visitors all you have to do is say hello to be entered in the raffle for a $25 gift certificate. But if you like here is a question for you:

    Ever since I read author Sue Grafton's bio that describes her as dividing her time between Kentucky and Santa Barbara, California, I've always wanted to be one of those people who "divides her time between this place and that place." If you could divide your time between any two places in the world to live, what would they be?

    I'll answer this for myself: California and the Algarve -- the beautiful, warm and sunny Southern coast of Portugal.

  2. Nia's book is great, everyone!

    As for me, I'd divide my time between London and Los Angeles.

    1. Hi Chandra,

      Thank you so much!!

      I hope you get to do that, someday, Chandra. Dream big.


  3. Hi Nia!
    Congrats on your debut, The Last Straw, a truly wonderful read!
    I don't know if I could live in two places mainly because of my pets. I don't think I could subject them to a move every six months. :)


    1. Hi Isabel,

      Thanks for coming by! Not all pets can be moved, that's true. Dogs are really easy. Cats, birds, fish, not so much.

      It's great to be happy in one place!

      Thanks for coming by and for your support, and I'm really glad you like The Last Straw.



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