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Friday, November 16, 2012

Book Spotlight & Excerpt: Touching Evil by Amber Garr (Blog Tour & Giveaway)

Let me introduce you to the new Urban Fantasy book, Touching Evil (Leila Marx, #1) by Amber Garr. Check out the blurb and excerpt below to see if this is the book for you. And don't forget to enter the tour wide giveaway at the end.
With one touch, Leila can see it all.

Leila Marx is trying to put her life back together after her fiancé is murdered. When Detective Garrick Pearson enlists her help with a difficult case, she is thankful for the distraction and the opportunity to use her talents as a touch clairvoyant. Leila and Garrick delve into the mystery behind a series of missing teenage girls and mummified corpses while discovering their own growing attraction to each other.

Conner Hoffman is an intriguing lawyer and striking half-demon who enters Leila’s life unexpectedly. Although her visions are terrifying, she is fascinated by his charm and his legacy. When it becomes evident that the murders are linked to a paranormal event, Conner introduces Leila to a world unbeknownst to ordinary society. She suddenly finds herself immersed in supernatural politics, sorcery, and danger as she becomes the killer’s next target.

Staying alive will mean relying on friends, accepting the unbelievable, and trusting in her heart again.
Book Details:
Touching Evil
Book One of The Leila Marx Novels
Amber Garr
Genre: Urban Fantasy
ISBN: 978-1480021594
ISBN 10: 1480021598)
Number of pages: 326
Word Count: 81,000
Cover Artist: Amber Garr

What does one wear when they commit the first felony of their life? I probably spent two hours going through my closest trying to find something criminal. It had to be black. Yes, definitely black. I finally settled on a turtleneck, spandex workout pants, and the only pair of black sneakers I’d ever owned. They were left over from my waitressing days and I was pleasantly surprised to see that they were still in good shape, even if they did smell a little like grease.

I just finished pulling my hair back into a low bun, like spy girls do in the movies, when the doorbell rang. Conner was here and my heart fluttered instantly. Last night had been a lot of fun and I really enjoyed my evening with Garrick, but this was the first time any man had been to my house who wasn’t a part of the police force since Russ was killed. This was also the first time I’d ever had a half demon in the house, at least as far as I knew. After another quick glance in the mirror, I bounced over to the door.

And as soon as I opened it I realized how much of a dork I must have looked like.

There was Conner, in a regular pair of jeans and a college sweatshirt doing all that he could not to laugh at me. I glared up at him.

“What? No one told me what to wear so I had to improvise.” He started laughing but then choked it back down when I tried to close the door on him. His foot shot out and blocked my attempt.

“I’m sorry. You look good. Really.” He smiled fully at me and then bowed his head as he put his hands together in a prayer-like position. “May I have permission to enter my ninja warrior princess?” 

I could see his shoulders shake with amusement again and I refused to be embarrassed. With an exaggerated sigh, I walked back into my bedroom, leaving Conner to let himself in. I decided that he should wallow in uncomfortable silence for a while, although when I came back into the living room and saw him flipping through some of my illustrations, I realized he was unfazed.

“These are really good. You’re quite talented.” I stood there, leaning against the wall for a few seconds trying to judge if he was being serious or not. Just as I started to give him the benefit of the doubt, he arched an eyebrow my way and said, “A much better artist than fashionista.”

I threw the sweatshirt I had in my hands at him and stomped over to the kitchen. His laugh consumed the room and I was surprised to find a smile on my face as I opened the refrigerator.

“Should we take snacks?” I asked. We were going to drive to a spot close to the house and wait until it was clear. I’d been told that it might take several hours and I didn’t want the cambion getting hungry while we waited.

“Sure, if you want. Maybe some water would be good.” It was obvious that he enjoyed my lack of stake-out abilities. 

I grabbed one of my reusable grocery bags and filled it up with water, crackers, and Twizzlers. All of the essentials. I briefly considered grabbing a bottle of wine to control my anxiety, but decided against it in the end.

“So, are we ready to go?” I asked as I hoisted the bag on my shoulder and grabbed the sweatshirt back. He studied me for a moment and then pulled an object from his back pocket.

“Not until you put this on,” he said as he tossed something small and black at me. It was a ski mask, one of those ones that covered everything except for your eyes. I pulled it over my head and batted my lashes.

“Am I ready now?”

He laughed and took the snack bag off my shoulder. “Yes, Leila. I think you’re ready for a life of crime.” 

Author Bio
Amber Garr spends her days conducting scientific experiments and wondering if her next door neighbor is secretly a vampire.  Born in Pennsylvania, she lives in Florida with her husband and their furry kids.  Her childhood imaginary friend was a witch, Halloween is sacred, and she is certain that she has a supernatural sense of smell.  She writes both adult and young adult urban fantasies and when not obsessing over the unknown, she can be found dancing, reading, or enjoying a good movie.


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  1. yay! my internet is actually working for once! i really liked amber garr's syrenka series, and this sounds awesome too! think i would definitely wear black to commit a felony too!

    1. I need to read some of her work soon. I will check out the Syrenka series.

  2. I love it when exerpts do their job and pull you in! I really like the humor so far, I and love the ninja warrior princess comment!

    1. I see 'ninja warrior princess' and I am there.

  3. Cover, title, and blurb are really chilling. In a good way. But the excerpt adds a bit of fun to the dark storyline. I bet this would be a great read.

    1. I like when things are dark and fun at the same time.

  4. Thanks for the awesome giveaway. Book sounds great.

  5. Thank you for posting and thank you everyone for your awesome comments! Made my day!

    1. Thanks you for letting me be a part of the tour.

  6. Thanks for sharing the post about the mystery story, seems like it'll be great read

  7. I have been nabbed and definitely need to read Touching evil. Thank you so much for sharing with us. I cannot wait to find out what happens to Leila.

  8. This sounds very interesting. I love it when two worlds clash! But I'm also interested in knowing if Leila can see with a touch, can she be lied to?!?

  9. Wow great excerpt it sucked me right in!

  10. Why is it that in books lawyers always seem to be part or all demon? I am getting the feeling that once I finally pass that bar exam I am going to lose all my friends . . .

    The book sounds great, thanks for sharing and for having the giveaway!

    1. LOL, it does seem to go that way, huh? hehe.


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