Thursday, September 19, 2013

Super Book Blast and Giveaway - The Last Straw by Nia Simone



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


A $25 Amazon Gift Card will be given to one randomly drawn commenter throughout the tour.  Leave a comment here!  The more blogs you visit and comment at, the greater the chance of winning this prize!  Follow the tour HERE.



  1. Hi Sue! Thank you for hosting me on my blog tour. I love the sumptuous font. Your site is beautiful.

    I invite readers to say hello and be entered in the raffle for a $25 gift certificate at Amazon. I love to learn about other people so I have a question for you, if you would like to answer. Of the gifts you have received, (material gifts, not ones of the heart, which are the most important), which is your favorite?

    I will answer for myself: a beautiful print from the artist Leanne Cole. It's called, Alice Alone at the Tea Party.

    1. I love my Kindle and Amazon Gift cards the best. I read as often as I can with two young kids (7 and 3 yr olds). It also hides the covers of some of the books from the kids or anyone else. I read mostly romance and the covers are generally very "naked" or post-apocalyptic/zombie fiction in which case the covers are pretty graphic! LOL I love that Kindle for giving my the freedom to read anywhere without worrying about book cover impressions.

      Thank you so much for stopping by and I am sharing this blog everywhere! Good luck and I have to say this book sounds fantastic!

  2. Thanks again for a great day, Sue! And I love your insights about the Kindle. I've heard other readers say that, too. Pretty soon I'll probably have grand kids and will be thinking of that too. 7 and 3... bless your heart for finding any time to read and blog!

    1. My kids do keep my on my toes and finding time is a challenge!

  3. Hi Ladies!

    Nia, I agree the font on this blog is wonderful and in one of my favorite colors, too. :) A dear friend of mine gave me a set of coaster featuring some of my favorite impressionist prints. I LOVE THEM.

    I, too, love my Kindle and the Kindle App on my phone. BTW, The Last Straw is the ideal length novella to read on my phone screen.

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by and for the lovely comment about my blog! Good luck in the giveaway!

  4. Sue, I had such a nice time on your blog. Thank you, again!

    I look forward to following you.