Tuesday, July 1, 2014

VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR w/EXCERPT and GIVEAWAY - CATCH YOUR BREATH (The O'Leary's #4) by Shannyn Schroeder:

TITLE: Catch Your Breath
SERIES: The O'Leary's
AUTHOR: Shannyn Schroeder
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: July 3rd, 2014
PUBLISHED BY: eKensington
PAGES: Approx. 358

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As kids they steered clear of one another–but now a beautiful, well-connected reporter and a sexy, driven detective are all grown-up and on the job. . .

Moira O’Leary’s work as a reporter gives her access to some of Chicago’s swankiest soirĂ©es. She knows how to navigate the jet-set crowd, and her style and confidence help her blend right in. But when her childhood crush starts popping up at posh events, her poise begins to falter–until she realizes she has the upper hand in a high-stakes game of secrets and seduction. . .

Jimmy O’Malley has always tried to avoid his friend Liam’s little sister. Something about Moira spelled trouble. But he’s out of his element working undercover in Chicago’s high society, and Moira is his ticket to the inner circle. As sparks begin to fly–and their chemistry heats up–Moira gets dangerously close to his investigation. Will Jimmy be forced to push her away to keep her safe–or will they surrender to a desire that could leave them breathless?

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This scene takes place during the first charity event where Jimmy is undercover and where Moira is supposed to help cement his cover story.

Jimmy followed Stan’s line of sight to see Moira walking by. She wore a bright yellow dress. It was sleeveless, but covered her chest to her neck. He was wrong—not seeing the cleavage didn’t make her less sexy. This dress clung to all her curves.
Her mouth tilted up at the corners. 
Stan leaned over. “I think she’s eyeing you, James. She came asking for you the other night. It’d be great if you could put a good word in for me.”
Jimmy stiffened and wanted to smack Stan Decker, but Moira’s eyes shifted to tell him not to. Had she heard what this asshole said?
“Mr. Buchanan, it’s so nice to see you again. I’ve been trying to track you down for an interview.” She paused, her smile widening. “Moira O’Leary. Please tell me you haven’t forgotten me.”
“How would that be possible?” He took her hand and leaned over to kiss her cheek. It was every bit as soft and smooth as he imagined. 
Stan looked astonished. “You two know each other?”
Moira looked him in the face, which was quite a feat because the man continued to stare at her chest. “We met a few months back when he was visiting Mayor Park. At the time he was considering moving here and we spent some time talking about the city. I’d like to think I had a hand in his decision to move here.”
“Really?” Stan elbowed him like they were frat bothers.
“Yes. His wife was so lovely. She couldn’t wait to get involved with some of the charities here.”
Wife? What the hell was Moira doing? He didn’t have a goddamn wife. She just threw him under the bus and destroyed their entire operation.
“Your wife, huh?” Stan snickered.
“When will she be joining you?” Moira continued. “I was hoping to be able to interview the two of you together.”
Jimmy unclenched his jaw. “Soon, I hope. She had to tie up some loose ends in Boston.”
Moira waved a hand in the air. “Can’t you hire someone to wrap things up? At the rate she’s going, she’ll miss all the best events. There’s nothing like summer in the city.”
She glanced over her shoulder. “Oh, I have to go. I’ll be in touch about that interview.” She leaned up as if to kiss his cheek, but whispered, “Play along with them. Laugh at their crude humor. You’ll fit right in.”
And then she swooshed away.
“Please, James, tell me you got a piece of that.”
His anger returned twofold and his blood ran hot. Stan Decker was an asshole. “What?”
“Come on, wife’s out of town, and that little number is hunting you down.”
Remembering Moira’s advice, Jimmy eased into his best playboy smile. “Not yet. But I have high hopes for this interview to work out to be one on one.”
“We definitely want the details,” Len said. 
Nick waved at someone across the lawn. “Looks like the wives want our attention, gentlemen.”
Marcus extended his hand. “Good to meet you, James. Enjoy your freedom. Once our wives meet yours, you’ll be stuck in the pack.”
Jimmy gnawed on the idea for a while. He left his glass of champagne on the table and decided to walk through the park. He spied Gabby serving hors d’oeuvres. She made a beeline for him with her tray.
“Anything interesting?” she asked.
“I’m going to kill Moira and then I might follow up on you.”
“What happened?” A crease formed in between Gabby’s eyebrows. 
“She told these guys I had a wife. How the hell am I supposed to produce a wife?”
Gabby handed him a napkin. “Did you think maybe she had a reason?”
No, he hadn’t given it any thought, other than Moira wanted to fuck with him. He snatched a crab cake from the tray and moved on. He stopped and listened to a woman talk about the terrier that yanked on a leash doing everything possible to get away from Jimmy. He knew the feeling.

About the Author...

Shannyn is a former English teacher, who now works as a part-time editor while raising her three kids.
Even though she wrote from high school through college (mostly poetry), she’d never considered a career as an author. Writing fell by the wayside as she focused her energy on creating lesson plans and new and fabulous ways to torment her teen students. One group in particular dubbed her “The Torture Master,” a title she carried into motherhood.

After the birth of baby number two, Shannyn resigned from teaching and fell in love with reading romance novels. She read so many books so quickly that her husband teased, “If you’re going to read so many damn books, why don’t you just write one?”
So she did.

That first book is safely buried on her hard drive, but the process set Shannyn on the path to where she is today—agented with a debut ebook coming out with Kensington in late 2012.
She is recovering from her Diet Coke addiction, fears putting her foot in her mouth on social media, and has a renewed appreciation for the bad girls of the world.
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