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Suddenly a Spy by Heather Huffman
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Heroines With Heart is a massive blog tour that runs throughout 2013, that features books with strong female protagonists. We have authors from several different genres, including young adult, mystery/thriller/suspense, romance, sci-fi/fantasy, and Christian fiction. We are also giving away fun digital prizes and sharing new and noteworthy books throughout the year. Want updates?

Heather Huffman’s blurb (if you want to include something in your post about her):

Heather was born and spent her early childhood in Florida before moving to the beautiful state of Missouri. Her greatest joy, aside from writing, is working the land on their homestead in the Ozarks and tending to her horses, chickens and goats with her three boys.

Heather is the author of Throwaway, Ties that Bind, Jailbird, Suddenly a Spy, Ring of Fire, Tumbleweed, Devil in Disguise and Roses in Ecuador. You can find out more about her family’s adventures as they strive to live off the land, as well as her writing and charitable work, on http://www.heatherhuffman.net/.

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Suddenly a Spy Description:

On her wedding day, Veronica Sinclair thinks she has it all: the loving family, the Vera Wang dress, the hunky husband. But then a mysterious and beautiful woman shows up at the reception, suggesting Veronica’s new hubby isn’t exactly who he says he is. As if that weren’t enough, Veronica and Richard must flee gunmen in the middle of their honeymoon, convincing Veronica she got more than she bargained for when she said, “I do.”

Thrown into a world of espionage, seduction, and human trafficking, Veronica must fight for the life and husband she thought she had – and she must discover whether they are the life and husband she truly wants.

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Contest Information:

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Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Suddenly-a-Spy-ebook/dp/B005M780C6/

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Review Prompts:

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  • One of the things I liked/didn’t like about the book was…
  • I liked /didn’t like ________ because he/she was…
  • Suddenly a Spy is good for anyone who…

Short Email Interview Option

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This option will take about 15 minutes of your time. Easy peasy!

To create the interview post all Heather Huffman needs is 5-7 questions that you’d like her to answer. You can ask her anything you want about the book or not about the book, doesn’t matter! She is happy to answer all questions. If you are stuck for questions, here are some topics she loves to talk about:

  • Writing (her work, or writing tips in general)
  • Fun stuff (like who her favorite superhero is)

And here are some questions to spark your creativity (feel free to use these questions in your interview post if you find them interesting):

  • What is one book everyone should read?
  • Who is your favorite character in Suddenly a Spy?
  • If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
  • Who are your favorite authors of all time?
  • Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
  • What motivated you to start writing?
  • If you could go anywhere in the universe where would that be?
  • What is your secret desire?
  • Which place in the world are you dying to visit?

After you have the chance to read the book (if you choose to), you can also send Heather Huffman follow-up questions. Please give Heather Huffman at least three days to answer your email before following up.

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You can also excerpt anything you want from the free ebook sample available for download at Amazon.com! Keep in mind that many readers do not appreciate spoilers, so try to leave those out for best results.

Excerpt #1

Veronica Sinclair stared at her reflection in the window as the black night slipped by. Wide blue eyes stared mournfully back at her, their earlier sparkle gone. Rick stayed in his corner, respecting her need for space and silence. A thousand thoughts at one raced through her head, resulting in nothing coherent. The truth was she didn’t know what to think.
He didn’t have control over the actions of an old girlfriend. But something about the woman set off warning bells in Veronica’s head. She had a nagging suspicion this woman was just the tip of the iceberg when it came to things Rick had neglected to mention. That was a road Veronica wasn’t ready to travel again.
Almost mechanically, she followed him up to their room. Something about the honeymoon suite had lost its appeal. She walked straight to the champagne chilling on a table set for two. Wasting no time on ceremony, she popped it open and poured herself a glass, tossing it back so quickly a little hiccup escaped. Rick eyed her warily as she poured herself another glass and turned to face him.
“Choose your next words very carefully,” she warned.
“Baby…” He paused briefly, obviously running his options through his mind. “I haven’t seen her in a long time. I have no idea why she chose today of all days to show up.”
“Who was she?”
“I can’t tell you.” His eyes came to rest on hers. He seemed to be asking her for something, but it was something Veronica wasn’t sure she could give.
“No.”
“No?”
“No. That answer doesn’t work for me. Try again.”
“But I can’t.”
“Can’t, or won’t?”
“I can’t,” he reiterated. “I know how you feel about honesty, and I promise I’ve never lied, but there are pieces of my past I just can’t share with you.”
“No!” Rage swirled through her like a gale force wind. “You do not get to tell me on our wedding day that you haven’t given me the whole truth. I think I could take just about anything but that.”
“Ronnie, I’m not Seth.” He took a step towards her, stopping short when she looked ready to back away—or throw something at him.
“I thought I could believe that.” She blinked back the tears that threatened. “Who was she?”
“I can’t tell you.” A deep sigh escaped his lips. “I’m so sorry.”
“Was she a lover?”
“Yes.”
“Oh.” Veronica licked her lips. Honesty was good. She supposed. “Did you love her?”
“No.” There was something close to derision in his voice.
“Who’s Marko?”
“Can’t tell you.”
“Are you in danger?”
“Most likely,” he admitted.
“Am I?”
“Not if I can help it,” he promised.
“And you’re not about to tell me what’s going on?” She tried one more time.
“Nope.” He gave her a crooked grin. She polished off her second glass of champagne and poured another.
“What am I going to do with you?” She shook her head.
“I have a few ideas.”
“Not likely.”
“Do I get some of the champagne?”
“No.”
“You’re a cold, hard woman—you know that?”
“You lied to me,” she reminded him.
“Only by omission and only because I had to,” he countered, edging a little closer to her.
“But it’s still a lie. You know how I feel about that… how many years I lost to him… stupid, pathological liar.”
“I’m not Seth.” He moved another step closer.
“I don’t think I could survive it if you were.” Veronica’s breath deepened and she closed her eyes for a moment. “He very nearly broke me.”
“But he didn’t break you, and I’m not him.” Rick moved in quickly then, catching her in his arms before she could dart away. “And I’m so sorry she spoiled your day, and I love you.”
“You’d better.” Her eyes flashed as his mouth took hers hungrily. Veronica was a little surprised by her body’s instant reaction to him. Maybe it was the champagne, but Lord help her, she wanted to sink her fingers greedily into his hair as her body melted against his. She wanted to lose herself in this kiss before he scooped her into his arms and laid her on their bed, his lips tracing fiery trails across her body. She could do what she had to in the morning. It would probably mean the end of their tender young marriage, but at least they’d have tonight.

Excerpt #2

Lounging on the sugar-white beaches of Peter Island, staring at the bright blue Caribbean, it was hard to remember that a seed of doubt had been planted between them. Veronica wasn’t entirely sure how long they’d been there. The days of snorkeling, hiking and lying in the sun seemed to melt into each other. She assumed the resort would tell them if they missed their checkout. They’d agreed on Day One to not even check their phones or log onto the Internet for the entire week. The world outside could revolve without them; this was their time.
Unless he’d somehow snuck a laptop into the bathroom, Veronica was fairly certain Rick had lived up to his end of the bargain. As for herself, she was too content to care. In fact, if Jeff had uncovered something horrible, she didn’t want to know. Not yet anyway.
There was a part of her that wanted to torture Rick, to make his life a living hell. It was the same part that wanted to hide from the world, lick its wounds, and denounce all men as low-life scum.
Then there was the other part that practically hummed when he hovered over her, tracing feathery kisses up her back while his body dripped cool seawater on her hot skin. That part imagined rolling him over, wrapping her legs around his waist and pulling him to her. Even if they were the only two humans on the quiet beach, there was something deliciously decadent about the thought of an open-air tryst.
She found herself walking a tightrope somewhere between the two.
“Knock it off, Dick.” She wriggled under him.
“You know I hate it when you call me that.”
“Why? It suits you.”
“Very funny. What, are we in junior high now?” He flopped down in the sand beside her.
“What do you want for dinner tonight?” She propped herself up on her elbows, looking down at him.
He sighed, as if to say he couldn’t keep up with her mood swings. She smiled, as if to say “good.”
His normally golden skin had deepened from so much time outside, making each contour of his muscles seem more clearly defined. Droplets of seawater gathered in interesting places and she bit her lower lip to keep from tasting him. She bet it would be a yummy mixture of salt and sunshine.
He read the look in her eyes and didn’t let the moment pass. Veronica found herself caught up in his arms discovering just what salt and sunshine actually tasted like. She loved this place. She loved this man. She loved what he was doing with his mouth at that particular moment.
As much as she wanted to spend the rest of the evening rolling in the sand with him, she wasn’t ready to yield. Until he trusted her with the truth, she was determined not to trust him with her body, her heart, or any other piece of her. There was too big of a chance she’d be left devastated if she did.
Mustering every ounce of willpower she contained, Veronica pulled away. She rolled over onto her back and laid still, her chest heaving while she tried to reel in her emotions.
“You’re killing me,” he groaned. “You’re absolutely killing me.”
“Yeah, well. Likewise.”
Veronica wondered how things had gotten so weird. Before her wedding day, life had always been normal to the point of stereotypical. She had an over-involved mother, an over-protective father and an obnoxious-but-endearing brother. She got good grades, rebelled as a teen, and grew up somewhere in her twenties. She’d even had her heart broken in the typical way.
She felt completely unprepared for paradoxical feelings that cluttered her mind as she lay there, not quite touching him as she watched the sun sink lower in the sky.

Excerpt #3

His normally golden skin had deepened from so much time outside, making each contour of his muscles seem more clearly defined. Droplets of seawater gathered in interesting places and she bit her lower lip to keep from tasting him. She bet it would be a yummy mixture of salt and sunshine.
He read the look in her eyes and didn’t let the moment pass. Veronica found herself caught up in his arms discovering just what salt and sunshine actually tasted like. She loved this place. She loved this man. She loved what he was doing with his mouth at that particular moment.
As much as she wanted to spend the rest of the evening rolling in the sand with him, she wasn’t ready to yield. Until he trusted her with the truth, she was determined not to trust him with her body, her heart, or any other piece of her. There was too big of a chance she’d be left devastated if she did.
Mustering every ounce of willpower she contained, Veronica pulled away. She rolled over onto her back and laid still, her chest heaving while she tried to reel in her emotions.
“You’re killing me,” he groaned. “You’re absolutely killing me.”
“Yeah, well. Likewise.”
Veronica wondered how things had gotten so weird. Before her wedding day, life had always been normal to the point of stereotypical. She had an over-involved mother, an over-protective father and an obnoxious-but-endearing brother. She got good grades, rebelled as a teen, and grew up somewhere in her twenties. She’d even had her heart broken in the typical way.
She felt completely unprepared for paradoxical feelings that cluttered her mind as she lay there, not quite touching him as she watched the sun sink lower in the sky.
“Come on.” He finally stood and reached a hand out to her. “My stomach’s growling. Let’s wash the sand off and head back.”
“I think we should just move here. Send for the dogs. We could live in a little hut where no one could find us.”
“The idea has merit,” he played along.
“But I would miss shoe sales.”
“Ah, the opportunity cost.”
“And nonfat mochas.”
“I’m losing our island dream to shoes and coffee, then?”
“A girl’s gotta have priorities.” She looked at him apologetically.
“Good to know where I stand.”
“I’m honest.” She shrugged teasingly before her smile faded briefly.
“I’m honest too.” He caught the look in her eye. “Just not entirely forthcoming.”
“Is it an ‘I’d tell you but then I’d have to kill you’ kind of thing?” She tried to rekindle the teasing mood.
“In not so many words.” He stopped short and turned to face her in all seriousness.
“I was kidding…” Fear fluttered through her stomach for the briefest of moments.
Sadness tugged at his eyes as he seemed to read her thoughts. But the sadness was quickly replaced by the mischievous grin that flickered across his face.
“Don’t you dare…” Her protest turned into a squeal when he scooped her into his arms and headed towards the water. Even if she had been planning to swim, being chucked in unceremoniously hadn’t been part of the design. “Richard Reid Sinclair… you put me down right now.”
“Wow, the middle name. Pulling out the big guns now, are we?”
With that, he tossed her. She went in sputtering, but quickly dove deeper so she could pull his legs out from under him. They both came up laughing. Rick wrapped his arms around Veronica, pulling her back against his chest.
Then he stilled. She could sense the tension in him without seeing his face and instinctively froze as well, her heart racing as she tried to see what had caused the change in his demeanor.
A soft whir reached her ears and she somehow knew it was what he was tuned into, even as he began tugging her towards the shore.
“Come on. We need to hurry.”
“It’s probably just another group of tourists headed to the resort.” She frowned at his urgency.
“No. We flew in on a Sikorsky. This is a loach.”
Veronica knew enough to understand the difference between a commercial bird like the S76-D they’d flown in on and the smaller helicopters often referred to as loaches, like the OH6 or Defender 500. But it took a trained ear to discern the difference from sound alone.
“Why would a low observation helicopter be approaching an exclusive resort island?” She struggled to keep up with his long stride, barely making it into the Jeep before it roared to life.
“You know one use for the loach? You can load them down with weapons. Soldiers ride on the skids and the chopper brings them in close to drop them off. If I can hear it, they’re already in our pocket.”
“And you really think a helicopter loaded down with bad guys is headed this way?”
“I was really stupid to have brought you here.” He ran his hand through his hair in frustration. “I don’t know what I was thinking.”
“I’ll take that as a yes.”

Excerpt #4

Veronica loosened up a little in Rick’s arms. The night was nearing an end; they could begin their happily ever after soon. It would all start to seem more real once this night was over.
They performed the rituals of the wedding ceremony. The cake was cut—they both adhered to the previously agreed-upon pact to not smash it into the other’s face, although Rick cheated and dabbed just a little frosting on her nose.
The single women gathered to catch the bouquet, which Veronica gave a good toss, hoping it would sail right over the heads of the overly eager ones at the front of the pack. She tried to tell who caught it from everyone’s reaction.
Confusion covered her pretty face when she turned to find someone she didn’t know holding her bridal bouquet. The crowd had parted for her, and the entire room openly stared at the woman with the brightly colored daisies in her grasp. How could they not? She was stunning, in a hardened kind of way. Veronica couldn’t quite put her finger on it, but she was quite certain the mystery woman could hold her own in a fight.
The brunette moved towards the young couple, her movements reminiscent of a cougar stalking its prey. Veronica cast an anxious glance at Rick, wondering if he shared her confusion. The instant her eyes met his, she knew.
He knew this woman. He knew this woman, and something about her presence here was unnerving him. It didn’t take Veronica too many guesses to figure out what that might be. Anger bubbled through her.
“Richard,” the woman practically purred. “I like the new last name. It suits you.”
“Adrianna.” He nodded curtly but said no more.
“As much as I’d love to meet your friend, we should probably toss the garter.” Veronica’s voice was light and she kept a smile on her face, but she gave Rick a look that spoke volumes. “Because our guests are waiting.”
“Right. You’re right.” His return smile was overly bright. He turned back to Adrianna and bowed slightly, his voice dripping with politeness. “I believe we should postpone this conversation a few minutes.”
Somehow, they both managed to plaster smiles on their faces as they went through the expected motions. If anyone was the wiser that Veronica was very vividly imagining kicking her groom in the face with her four-inch heels, they didn’t let on. He played to the crowd, hamming up the entire thing. If there was something on his mind other than his wedding night, he kept it well hidden. Attention finally turned from them, and when it did, Adrianna materialized.
“Richard, my darling man, you shouldn’t have disappeared like that.” There was sultry reproach in her voice.
“I’ll handle this.” Rick tried to dismiss Veronica.
“Like hell you will.” She stubbornly refused to listen to him. “I’d like to hear what’s going on.”
“Didn’t you tell her about your past life?” Adrianna’s deep brown eyes widened with feigned shock. “You really shouldn’t keep secrets like that.”
“What do you want?” The growl in Rick’s voice startled Veronica.
“Marko isn’t happy with you.”
“No surprise there.”
“He isn’t happy, and he wants to have a word with you.”
“Someone should explain the rules to him. He doesn’t get to make demands.”
“Oh, didn’t you hear? He’s out.”
“Of course.” Rick’s expression seemed to falter briefly. “I hadn’t heard, but I did expect it sooner or later.”
“It doesn’t have to be messy.” Adrianna leaned into Veronica’s groom. “We had fun together. Come back. I’ll make sure Marko accepts you back into the fold.”
“Adrianna…” Rick leaned away even as her hand came to rest on his chest.
Veronica narrowed her eyes and took a step towards the intruder. “I’m not above a cat-fight on my wedding day. You might want to step away from my husband.”
“Back off, little girl.” Venom dripped from Adrianna’s voice. “You’re in over your head here.”
“I’ll take my chances.”
“Veronica, your father is watching,” Rick warned her under his breath.
“I’m not sure I care right now.” She stepped back despite her words. “I want this… thing… out of here.”
“Do you usually let her order you around?” Adrianna’s laugh was harsh. “You’ve certainly changed. And in such a short time, too.”
“Just go.” He closed his eyes and rubbed his fingers across his furrowed brow. Veronica wondered if he was willing the unwanted guest gone.
“Fine, but consider yourself fairly warned. And my offer won’t stand for long.”
“You consider yourself fairly warned.” Veronica leveled her gaze on Adrianna. “You stepped into the wrong woman’s life. I will make your existence a living hell from this moment forward.”
“Careful, princess. You just might bite off more than you can chew.”
“I think I’ll manage,” Veronica retorted coolly.
“Adrianna—go,” Rick reiterated.
“Consider me gone.” She held her hands up in surrender, giving Rick one last meaningful look. “Think about my offer.”

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