Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Release Day Launch Blitz & Giveaway: Bold Tricks by Karina Halle

I am oh so EXCITED to be part of the Release Day Launch Blitz for Bold Tricks the final installment in The Artist Trilogy by Karina Halle because I LOVED this series!!! I just finished Bold Tricks last weekend and it was an AMAZING ending! *sigh*  Be sure to scroll down to fill in the rafflecopter for a chance to win an iPad Mini with the series already loaded or one of 5 Author Signed Packs of all three books!! Awesome, right?!




BOLD TRICKS
by Karina Halle
Publication Date: October 15, 2013 by Forever
Genre: Contemporary/Romantic Suspense/New Adult
Digital Original eBook
ISBN: 9781455552214

 

Summary:
The Faster They Live, the Harder They Fall . . .
Raised by con artists, Ellie Watt has a lot of crazy childhood memories-but none crazier than being scarred with acid by the demented crime boss Travis Raines. Now Ellie is a full-grown woman who lives for revenge, and Travis is a full-blown drug lord who kills for pleasure. The sadistic bastard has kidnapped her good friend Gus as well as her mother, whom he's been holding as prized possessions in his heavily guarded lair. And Ellie has only one chance in hell of getting them out alive-using two dangerous men who love her to death . . .

One is Camden McQueen, a talented tattoo artist who's made a permanent mark on Ellie's heart. The other is Javier Bernal, her fiery ex-lover who's busted more than a few heads in his time. From the crime-ridden streets of Mexico City to the predatory jungles of Honduras, this unlikely trio forms an uneasy alliance in the deadliest game of all-a gun-blazing battle to the finish that will pit enemy against enemy and lover against lover. And Ellie must choose the right man to trust . . . or die.
 


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Ugh. Sharing a room with Javier would be a nightmare at this point, but Camden did have a point. I didn’t trust Javier and knew he was capable of screwing us over at the first opportunity. Staying in separate bedrooms this early in the game would be the perfect opportunity for him to up and leave us. Javier’s alliance only extended to his sister, not to Gus, and the fact that he was even agreeing to help us at all said a lot. Unfortunately, I didn’t know exactly what it said.
“I’m staying with you,” I quickly said to Javier. I didn’t bother putting on an act, smiling or acting coy. He’d see straight through me anyway. He always did.
He raised his brow. “Is that right, angel? And to what do I owe your angelic company?”
“Because you’re both the same,” Camden filled in. He stepped forward and quickly swiped a key out of Javier’s hand. “You’re meant for each other.” He took off for his room, his back straight and proud. My heart both lurched and ached at his words, how badly he was brushing me off, how I’ll he thought of me.
Javier was surprised and loving it. He turned to me, mouth slightly agape. “Wow. Something tells me he was trying to be insulting.”
I couldn’t even fake a smile. “Which one is our room?” I asked, feeling sick as the words came out.
He grinned at me, all snake, no conscience. “Whichever one I choose, angel. Have you got all your belongings?”
Normally I would have brought out everything from the trunk, but there were an awful lot of lives in there, an awful lot of stuff. With me keeping an eye on Javier all night, it was probably safe.
I shook my head. “It’s fine.”
He smiled again, especially as Camden shut the door to room number one.
“Let’s take numero tres, sí?” Javier asked. “More privacy.” He grabbed my hand and led me toward it, though there was nothing gentle or warm in his touch. Just like that, those days were over. I was back to dealing with the spurned Javier, the hunter and the sadist.
He opened the door and flicked on the lights. A few cockroaches skittered underneath the bed, and moths darted to the threadbare light fixture hanging from the ceiling. The room was as run-down as I’d ever seen, and for one twisted second I was glad I wasn’t sleeping there alone. In the next second, though, I was reminded that the company of insects was preferable to his.
He closed the door behind us and put his hand at my neck, holding me there, and leaned into my ear. “Do you want top or bottom?”
I stiffened for a moment then rammed my elbow back into his gut. “Fuck you.”
He let go of me and coughed loudly, still trying to smile. “You should be glad I’m giving you the option, angel.”
“You’re a sick pig.”
He straightened up and shrugged. “It’s what you liked until about, oh, twelve hours ago. Tell me, angel, what is it about that boy that makes you forget who you really are? Is it the tattoos, because you know I have those.” He quickly shed his linen shirt and stood bare-chested before me, the tattoo of his mother’s name on his inner arm. He turned around slowly, making sure I saw the large cross going down his spine. “Or is it those horrible glasses of his? You know, I can look like a fucking idiot if I really wanted to.”
I narrowed my eyes, keeping far away from him like wary prey. “He sees the good in me.”
He laughed. “The good. Of course. The good. So, is that why you’re spending the night with me? Because I looked into that boy’s eyes tonight and there was no good in there left for you.”
My gaze locked with his, a war without further words. His eyes shone yellow-green in the light, looking more inhuman by the moment. Deep in his insanity, he was making some sense. That’s what I hated most about Javier, that there was always a kernel of truth to his words, a truth that made you fall for the lies.
I sucked back my breath and nodded at the sagging bed. “You better get a good night’s sleep.” Then I grabbed one of the pillows and the top sheet and brought it over to the thin Mexican rug that ran along the foot of it.
“You’re serious?” he asked as I started making my bed on the floor.
“Good night,” I told him, lying down on top of the sheet. I didn’t trust the cleanliness of the floor and it was too hot to have a sheet on top of me anyway. I rolled over so I was facing away from him. He was still standing near the bed.
“Come now,” Javier said. “Sharing a bed with me isn’t that bad. You’ve been doing it for the last week. Is the inevitable sex too distracting?”
I ground my teeth together but didn’t say a word.
Suddenly he dropped to the ground on top of me, flipping me over so I was on my back, pinning both of my arms to the ground, his face just inches from mine. Wild strands of his hair partially obscured his feverish eyes.
“I’ll scream,” I said hoarsely, fear pulsing through my veins.
He grinned. “You know I love that.”
 



Author Bio: The daughter of a Norwegian Viking and a Finnish Moomin, Karina Halle grew up in Vancouver, Canada with trolls and eternal darkness on the brain. This soon turned into a love of all things that go bump in the night and a rather sadistic appreciation for freaking people out. Like many of the flawed characters she writes, Karina never knew where to find herself and has dabbled in acting, make-up artistry, film production, screenwriting, photography, travel writing and music journalism. She eventually found herself in the pages of the very novels she wrote (if only she had looked there to begin with).

Karina holds a screenwriting degree from Vancouver Film School and a Bachelor of Journalism from TRU. Her travel writing, music reviews/interviews and photography have appeared in publications such as Consequence of Sound, Mxdwn and GoNomad Travel Guides. She currently splits her time between her apartment in downtown Vancouver and her sailboat, where a book and a bottle of wine are always at hand. She’s hard at work on her next novel. 



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17 comments:

  1. Ah! I haven't read these books yet, but I really want to! Camden sounds cute though. 8)

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  2. #TEAMCAMDEN, SHOOTING SCARS, and both

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  3. I've been meaning to read these for ages now, I'm not sure what the heck I'm waiting for, except that my schedule simply doesn't allow it. Still, I should steal one weekend from myself and read all three books back to back. That's exactly what I'll do, and soon.
    Thanks for sharing, Rachel!

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  4. Well, you've definitely got me wanting to find out more about this Javier from that excerpt, Rachel! ;)
    Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Definitely Team Camden. Javier is just too scary - he crosses the line, at least for me. I love all the books - with Karina Halle, you never can predict what will happen.

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  7. I've only read the first in this series so I guess I have to say that that one is my fav. But I totally think the tattoos are hotter than the hipster glasses and I am #teamCamden. I really need to continue on this this series. Happy to see that you loved it so much, Rachel!

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  8. Oh you loved it? Hehe. I was afraid to read it before thanks to this series' unfinished-ness, but I'm glad I'm able to start reading it now :) I didn't read the excerpt since you know.. I don't even know what this series talks about other than there being two guys competing for this girl's heart. I hope Karina's future books will work out for you as well as this series did! Thanks for sharing, Rachel :) Now I can get to wasting money.. again. LOL.

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  9. I don't have a team because I haven't read the series yet...And I think both are sexy. Guys that wear glasses right can look attractive and so can guys that don't go all crazy with the tattoos. I don't it's that attractive when every inch of a guys body is covered in tats. Too much. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! :D

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  10. I haven't the first one in this series on my Kindle, waiting for me!! I've heard such amazing things about this series, I can't wait to read it.

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  11. I love how much you love this series, Rachel. I should definitely give it a try. Thanks for sharing!

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  12. I've heard so much about this series, and now I know I must read it! This is a fantastic giveaway, I'm keeping my fingers crossed! So, I can't really answer the first two questions, but as for the last, definitely both!!!

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  13. This is probably the best giveaway I have ever seen. Anyhow I need to get to read this series. I know you love them and I hope I'll enjoy them too. Great post Rachel :)

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  14. Love this series! So unhappy to see it come to an end though. :)

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  15. Oh my, that excerpt! *fans self* I need to get on this series STAT after reading that!

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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  16. Oh Javier, he is one piece of work. But I still love him! That excerpt perfectly described his character and as much as I want to pick this book up right now, I'm so scared about the love triangle. I know Ellie would never in a million years pick Javier, but at this point I don't want to see her and Camden together either. I'm a mess right here :(
    #TeamJavierFTW

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  17. #TeamCamden!!!! I loved Bold Tricks, it was so good.
    & definitely both I love a masculine guy with glasses!!

    Thanks for the great giveaway!!!

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