Romance Promo Central is happy to welcome Karly Lane to the blog! She’s here to share some information about her book, Operation Swift Mercy. If this sound like the type of book that you would be interested in reading, please find some buy links at the bottom of this post.
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She needed help…someone brave…someone tough…someone like a rough and ready Marine.
When Mercy D’Silva, discovered her ex-boyfriend was behind an elaborate people smuggling movement, life as she once knew it, ended abruptly.
Finding herself on the run with no idea who to turn to for help, her days seemed numbered.
For Chase Maloney, everyone around him seemed to be moving on, while he was simply marking time. When he decided to take a short break from grooms-men duties to go fishing, the last thing he expected to catch was a beautiful woman!
It wasn’t in his nature to turn his back on anyone in distress—especially not a woman… and especially not one who made him want to rethink his entire future. But protecting Mercy would prove somewhat difficult when she fought him every step of the way.
Can they outrun a vicious killer and hand over the evidence to convict him in time? Or will he find them first and inflict swift vengeance?
“So, who are you running from?” His blunt question surprised her and she turned her head away to look out the side window.
“I appreciate your help— but I’d rather not talk about it.” He made no comment but she was fairly sure he wasn’t about to respect her wishes either. He didn’t seem the type of man who’d let something like this drop. She watched him from the corner of her eye, his hands held the steering wheel capably, and he drove with the same single minded concentration she’d witnessed him watching her with back in the hospital. His short cropped hair, gave him a tough appearance— it was dirty-blonde— a shade too dark to be blonde and too light to be a true brown but it was his strange grey coloured eyes- almost the colour of silver that startled her the most. For the harshness of the shade, they were surprisingly gentle. He seemed a contradiction, this hero of hers.
They pulled into a motel, one of many that lined the street and she waited in his car while he checked in. Still dressed in the borrowed hospital gown, she allowed him to help her inside the room and settle her on the bed. “I can pay you back for the room. I just need a few days to sort out some… things.”
“Don’t worry about it.”
Mercy shook her head slightly as she watched him fill a clean glass from the small fridge with cold water and bring it across to her. “Who are you?”
He paused as he sat the glass on the bedside table beside her, sending her a frown of concern. “I knew I should have taken you back to that damn hospital,” he said, leaning over her to stare into her eyes intently. “Do you have a headache? Is your vision blearing at all?” He placed a hand on either side of her head to steady her so he could check her eyes.
Pulling back, Mercy brushed his hands away. “Would you stop it! I haven’t forgotten your name… I just meant, who does what you’re doing for a complete stranger?”
He seemed to visibly relax and take a small step away from the edge of the bed. “I don’t know where you come from, but where I’m from you don’t turn your back on someone who needs help.”
“And where are you from?” She’d been too busy freaking out about Nikkos to give his accent much more than a fleeting thought, but now that he mentioned it, she was actually curious to place it.
His lips twisted into an off centre grin at her question. “Originally, I’m from Montana.”
His voice had a nice laid-back kind drawl to it, when he wasn’t going all mother-hen on her. “Look, I appreciate everything you’ve done for me, and I admit I’d be in a bit of a bind right now without your help, but you really shouldn’t go around helping strangers. You have no idea how much trouble you can get yourself into.” She saw him give a lopsided grin.
“Sweetheart— trouble just seems to find me.”
Karlene Blakemore-Mowle lives on the beautiful Mid North Coast of NSW, in Australia. Proud mum to four children and wife to a real life hero, she’s lucky to be able to do the two things she loves the most—being a mum and writing Romantic Suspense set in exotic places around the world.
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