I am pleased to announce a great book by Tanya W. Newman, an author I met during my journey! She’s stopping by to tell us about her awesome romantic suspense, The Good Thief, which released back in March!
Woo hoo! It’s always fun to discover new authors and books. 😀
Tanya is allowing us a look at her cool romantic suspense, The Good Thief, today.
This is the blurb for The Good Thief:
Two days before Christmas, shy bookstore owner Scotlyn Carter survived a traumatic bank robbery and subsequent kidnapping. Now, three months later, she still wakes up hearing the robber’s promise to find her—and kill her.
Then James McIntyre, the high school flame whose easy smile and mysterious eyes she could never forget, walks back into her life. As she falls for him once again, Scotlyn slowly begins to feel safe for the first time in a long time and thinks that maybe her nightmare will not come true, after all.
But James is not all that he seems. He is back in Scotlyn’s life for a reason and has been in contact with the very thieves who kidnapped her. And he’s harboring a dark secret that, if brought to light, could not only destroy their relationship—it could end their very lives.
And here is an excerpt to tease you with.
It was mid-April, and they had barely left one another’s side. Scotlyn smiled as she looked at the ceiling, enjoying a lazy Saturday morning in James’s bed. Ever since he’d come back to her that night, they’d been seeing each other four and five times a week, going to movies, for walks late at night, for runs in the morning, to Roman’s for dinner.
Their times together frequently lasted well into the night and they’d ended up staying over at one another’s houses on many occasions, eventually leaving things like toothbrushes, shampoo, and various articles of clothing. Scotlyn remembered waking up one morning and finding a T-shirt James had lost tucked into her sheets and smiling at the scent he’d left behind on it.
He hadn’t left her again, and still hadn’t revealed the reason he had before. They hadn’t talked about it or the robbery again. For some reason, all of that seemed to be getting farther away in Scotlyn’s mind, a feeling she really loved.
It was like they were focusing on just being together, happy. No expectations or conflicts. It was as if the past didn’t matter so much anymore. She hadn’t even had to see Dr. Brenner as much, who told her she was looking better with each session.
“I guess love agrees with me,” she’d admitted to him.
“Agrees with me,” she now said out loud.
“What?” James asked.
“Nothing,” she said, shaking her head.
“Where are you?” he asked.
He was lying on his back, too, right beside her, though she could’ve sworn he was farther away from the moment than she.
“Right here with you,” she said. “You?”
“I’m here,” he said.
“Could’ve fooled me,” she said, turning over to face him and tucking her arm underneath her head. He didn’t turn to face her, just stayed there with his hands laced behind his head, looking at the ceiling.
“Hey,” he said all of a sudden.
“Hey,” she said.
He bounced around in bed to face her, an excited expression on his face now. “Come away with me,” he said.
“Away?” Scotlyn repeated, raising her eyebrows. “Where?”
“Anywhere,” he said. “The beach, the mountains, California, or Montana—”
“Whoa!” Scotlyn said, sitting up.
“I’ve got money,” he said, sitting up with her and rubbing her back. “I’ll pay for everything.”
“It’s not that,” she said. “It’s just…I don’t know…”
“You took off before when you were only twenty-two,” he reminded her.
“Yeah, but that took months of planning.”
“Well, you were alone,” he said. “Now you have me.”
Scotlyn looked at him, smiled, and leaned over to kiss him.
“Yeah,” she said. “But…”
James waited, his hand still on her back.
“My dad,” she said. “The store…I don’t know if I can leave him.”
James sighed and rubbed her back some more. How she wanted to say yes, but didn’t know who she could get to help her.
“How is it you can take off like that?” she asked.
James shrugged. “Dad’s pretty well got everything under control at the garage, hired another guy to come in a few times a week. He could spare me.”
“Hmm,” Scotlyn said. She thought about asking Jane if she could help out. Her father knew Jane and trusted her with everything if he couldn’t come in. Jane could probably use the extra money, too. It would take some training, but maybe they could work it out.
“I don’t know,” she said. “Let me do some thinking. Can I let you know tonight?”
James leaned in and kissed her before settling back into the pillows and pulling her with him. “Sure.”
They stayed together like that until Scotlyn could feel her stomach starting to growl and she realized how long it had been since she’d eaten anything. Last night, they’d bypassed dinner altogether, opting instead to just come back to James’s house and to his bed.
“Hey,” she said.
“Would you do something for me?” she asked.
“Would you cook breakfast for me? I’m starving.”
“I’m a terrible cook. Why don’t we just go out?”
“Because I’m way too comfortable,” she said, sitting up and winking at him. “I trust you.”
James laughed. “Well, I guess I can try.”
“Good,” she said, nestling back into the pillows. He leaned forward to kiss her once before getting out of bed and throwing on a T-shirt and jeans.
“I’m pretty sure you don’t need to get dressed to cook breakfast—”
“I don’t have anything I can cook,” he said, pulling on some shoes. He grabbed his keys off the dresser. “I’ll be back soon.”
“I’ll be here,” she said.
She heard him close the back door behind him and stared at the ceiling for a while, enjoying the moment until deciding to go ahead and make some coffee. She sat up and stretched a long moment before pulling on her jeans and top and walking lazily to the kitchen. She found a bag of coffee grounds in the refrigerator, filled the pot with water, and set it.
She was standing with her arms crossed when she heard the back door open again, a little more slowly this time. Knowing that James couldn’t have been to the store and back by now, she called, “You forget something?” without looking back.
A large arm grabbed her then and, before she could react, a cloth covered her mouth. She remembered breathing in to scream, but then she became instantly drowsier than she’d ever been. Her head fell onto a foreign shoulder and, before she could get scared, everything turned to black.
Universal Amazon link: http://bookgoodies.com/a/B01DQ20CD8
Wow! ♥♥♥ This looks like a riveting tale!
Thank you for telling us about your book, Tanya! I know I can’t wait to read this romantic suspense!
Tanya W. Newman was born and raised in Laurens, South Carolina, where she discovered her love of a good story, and where she decided to try to write a book of her own at the age of ten. When she was finished, the story was a whopping thirty pages, but nonetheless cemented her love of writing and storytelling, a love that led to a Bachelor of Arts in English from University of South Carolina Upstate, and a Master of Arts in English from Clemson University and continued through her work as a college instructor and Library Specialist.
Now married to her wonderful husband, Mark, for eleven years, Newman still resides in the upstate of South Carolina, where she sets many of her stories. The Good Thief and her upcoming novel, Winter Rain, are both set in a town she based on Laurens. In addition to writing and reading, she enjoys coffee, movies (usually an action/adventure with a love story added in), reruns of The Golden Girls, going for long walks, and spending time with her adorable son and daughter.
She is currently working on a sequel to The Good Thief.
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Tanya-W.-Newman/e/B01E1LG26E/
Thanks again, Tanya! We hope to see you back on ILRB sometime.
Happy reading, everyone!🙂