Monday, July 18, 2011

Launch Day Fun: Fatal Consequences

It's finally here! July 18! Fatal Consequences is available for sale all over the e-book-o-sphere!

The murder of two members of the Capitol Cleaning Service might’ve been just another homicide investigation—that is if one of them hadn’t been romantically involved with a married senator from Arizona. Lt. Sam Holland and her team are plunged into another complex case that at first seems open and shut. But as Sam tugs on the threads of the investigation she uncovers a deep, dark Washington secret that threatens the careers of some of the government’s highest-ranking officials. Racing to catch a killer before he can strike again, Sam and her fiancĂ©, U.S. Senator Nick Cappuano, attempt to plan a wedding while her colleague Detective Tommy “Gonzo” Gonzales faces life-changing news.

Here’s a brief excerpt:

Nick approached her from behind, resting his hands on her shoulders and massaging the tense spots. He knew exactly where her stress collected, and it was all Sam could do to remain standing as his talented fingers hit all the right places. “It’s getting late, babe.”

“Did you clean up my desk again?”


“It’s a sickness. You have a sickness.”

“Guilty as charged.” He laughed softly and planted a kiss on her neck. Desire rippled through her. She was so easy where he was concerned, and he knew it. “What’s up with the case?”

The facts ran through her mind like a silent movie. “Until I get Lindsey’s report, I’m at a standstill.”

“Then let’s go home.”

Back in the day, Sam would’ve waited all night—if necessary—for the autopsy report and lab results. Now, though, she had a good reason to go home. She looked up at him. “Sorry for letting work invade our day off. Maybe one of these days we’ll succeed in actually scoring a full day off.”

“We can dream.”

She let him help her into her coat and lead her from the office. “I know you really needed the break.”

“Not your fault, and besides, I did get a day off from campaigning, so it’s all good.”

“We missed out on our early Valentine’s Day,” she said once they were in the car.

He reached for her hand, laced his fingers through hers. “Every day with you is Valentine’s Day.”

Sam smiled at him. “Even if we end up on different sides on this case?”

“We may not always agree, Sam, but we’re always on the same side.”

She relaxed into the heated leather seat and enjoyed the companionable silence. That was one of her favorite things about her relationship with Nick. Even in the quiet spaces between words, she was always in tune with him. In the past, when she’d been unhappily married to a manipulative man who wanted to control her every thought, she’d often been lonely even when he was sitting next to her on the sofa or lying next to her in bed. She had never once felt that way with Nick.

“What’re you thinking about over there?” he asked.

“I’m thinking about us.”

“What about us?”

“Could I ask you something and will you tell me the truth?”

He glanced at her. “Of course you can and of course I will.”

“When we’re together, do you ever feel lonely?”

“Lonely?” He released a short laugh. “That is one thing I never feel when I’m with you.”

“Good,” Sam said, relieved. “That’s good.”

Nick parallel parked on Ninth Street, killed the engine and turned to face her, reaching out to caress her cheek. “What’s that all about?”

“Sometimes, well…a lot of the time when I was with Peter, I remember being lonely even when he was right there with me. I was thinking that I’ve never felt that way with you, and I was hoping you hadn’t either.”

“I’ve never felt that way, and I’m glad you haven’t.” He reached for her, and she leaned into his embrace. “If you’re ever lonely, will you tell me?”

She nodded. “Will you?”

“I promise.”

“I doubt it’ll ever be an issue between us. Everything about this is different.”

“Yes,” he said, kissing her. “It is. Come on, let’s go in.”

I’m really excited to get Fatal Consequences out to readers this week! You can find it at the following places:

Carina Press




Sam and Nick’s big year continues on Aug. 22 when we begin to reveal the choices readers made back in February for their wedding. Watch this blog for the grand reveal over the 14 days leading up to the launch of the wedding novella, Fatal Destiny, on Sept. 5. As we reveal the wedding choices, we’ll have all new prizes and chances to win copies of the books.

To celebrate the launch of Fatal Consequences, tell me your favorite Sam & Nick moment and qualify to win a copy of the book. Because I'm on deadline for Fatal Flaw, I'm not doing a blog tour for FC, so there will be just a few chances to win free copies. I'll give away two copies here this week, with the contest closing at noon EDT on Friday, July 22. Thanks to everyone who pre-ordered or bought a copy on launch day. I so appreciate your excitement about the continuation of Sam and Nick's story!


krisgils33 said...

that scene where Nick tells Sam "I know you". I don't have it memorized, but I remember melting throughout that scene.

Marie Force said...

Ahh yes, the don't tell me I don't know you scene... Good one, Kris! :-)

Na said...

Hi Marie,
Congratulations on the release of Fatal Consequences. I haven't read any of the Fatal books yet so I don't have a favourite Nick and Sam moment. I do like first meetings scenes though. Whether it is a sweet meeting or a disastruous one, I enjoy them all :) I purchased Ready for Love and The Wreck last week and am looking forward to getting to know the characters and fall in love with them. I can't resist stories about lost loves, second chances and reunions which is why these books caught my attention :)


Marie Force said...

Hi Na,
Thanks for your comment! Appreciate you checking out my books! Hope you enjoy! You might like Ready for Love better if you read Maid for Love and Fool for Love first, since they are a series.

Will definitely enter you in the drawing!

Karen said...

Congratulations! Sad to say, I have not yet read any of your books. I've been following your blog, getting to know you, and adding your books to my TBB list for awhile - and saving my pennies so I can afford to start a new series!!
Hope Fatal Consequences is very successful for you!
I understand you can't enter me in the contest because I haven't actually read the books yet.
kacbooks at hotmail dot com

Marie Force said...

Thanks for following the blog! I will definitely enter you in the contest. I hope you enjoy my books when you get a chance to read them. :-)

Alison said...

Hi Marie! Happy Release Day! I'm so excited to start Fatal Consequences tonight when I get home.

I love when Sam messed with Nick's desk! It cracks me up and it's totally something I would do to my hubby if he was super organized :)

Marie Force said...

LOL Alison! I love when she messes with his stuff, too. Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy the third book!

Karen W said...

So happy to see the newest book when I opened my Kindle today!!! It had been pre-ordered for a while and I had forgotten about it! Just starting Chapter 5 now, but I did love the conversation about Sam wondering if Nick ever felt lonely even when with her. Nice and tender words!! Can't wait for the wedding in September! I've read all your books and truly enjoyed each one!

Marie Force said...

Thanks so much for pre-ordering and diving right in, Karen. I love that scene between the two of them and all the ways they realize this relationship is so different from the others they've experienced.

Michelle said...

Congratulations on the new release! Looking forward to book club this week :)

Mommy of 3 said...

Marie, I stumbled across your books recently via Kindle, and I think I have now read almost all of them, including Fatal Consequences, which I finished this morning. I am really enjoying your writing style in both the Fatal series and the Gansett Island books, and I just wanted to drop a line and let you know. The dialogue back and forth between Sam and Nick seems so real and believable, and I loved the several conversations they had in the Consequences book where they really seemed free to admit the way their love affected them. I loved the line when Samantha tells Nick that he makes her feel fluttery inside. It didn't sound like a ridiculous, cheesy line. It sounded genuine and in the moment. Kudos on a great career! I'm looking forward to reading more of your work.

Marie Force said...

Thanks so much, Mommy! I'm so glad to have you as a reader, and I appreciate your kind words about my books! Thanks for coming by to say hello! Hope you'll stop by book club on Thursday to talk about the McCarthys and next month when we'll take on Fatal Consequences. :-)

Tara said...

Marie, congrats on the latest release! I am treating myself to a fatal re read and am loving it!

My favorite line/ moment is when Sam tells Nick she loves him. Big.

So perfect, so Sam.

Thanks for letting us follow Nick and Sam on their journey. I think I enjoy each new Fatal book more than the last. Don't stop sharing Sam and Nick's story.

Marie Force said...

Thanks so much, Tara! I'm so glad you're enjoying the series. I love that moment on the street corner, too. Thanks for coming by and for being a faithful reader of the series!

Linda from Warren said...

Just finished it about 15 minutes ago. Can't wait for more! Same with the "Made" series.

Marie Force said...

So glad you enjoyed it Linda! Watch for the wedding novella on Sept. 5!

JenM said...

Congrats Marie on getting Fatal Consequences out there! Between this and the self-published books, it seems like you are really having a great year.

The Sam and Nick moments that most stick in my mind are at the beginning of the second book, when Sam takes her oath to be a lieutanant with Nick watching, then Nick gets sworn in as a Senator with Sam watching. To me, that just underscores how equal their relationship is. I can't wait to read the new book and I'm totally looking forward to seeing all of the wedding choices for Fatal Destiny.

Marie Force said...

Thanks to everyone who stopped by to help me celebrate the launch of FC!

Winners of the giveaways are:




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