Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Nun & the Narc by Catherine Castle: Spotlight and Excerpt


 




The Nun & the Narc

Catherine Castle

 
BLURB: 

Where novice Sister Margaret Mary goes, trouble follows. When she barges into a drug deal the local Mexican drug lord captures her. To escape she must depend on undercover DEA agent Jed Bond. Jed’s attitude toward her is exasperating, but when she finds herself inexplicable attracted to him he becomes more dangerous than the men who have captured them, because he is making her doubt her decision to take her final vows. Escape back to the nunnery is imperative, but life at the convent, if she can still take her final vows, will never be the same. 

Nuns shouldn’t look, talk, act, or kiss like Sister Margaret Mary O’Connor—at least that’s what Jed Bond thinks. She hampers his escape plans with her compulsiveness and compassion and in the process makes Jed question his own beliefs. After years of walling up his emotions in an attempt to become the best agent possible, Sister Margaret is crumbling Jed’s defenses and opening his heart. To lure her away from the church would be unforgivable—to lose her unbearable.


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EXCERPT
 
Margaret inched forward, hoping to hear what they were saying. A mariachi band nearby blared out a tune, the polka-like melody destroying any hope of eavesdropping. The shriek of off-key brass sent chills up her spine. She covered her ears and moved closer to Rafael and the stranger. 
 
After a couple of minutes of conversation, the man removed an envelope from his jacket and pulled out a handful of bills. He folded them in half and then slipped them into Rafael’s extended hand. With a furtive glance around, Rafael moved closer to the man, blocking Margaret’s direct view, and handed something to the stranger. 
 
A wave of apprehension swept over Margaret. The chapulines she’d snacked on earlier that morning threatened to see the light of day.
  
A drug deal! Of all the things Rafael could do, this was the worst.  
 
Esperanza had fought so hard to keep her son away from bad influences. Now he appeared to be involved in the very thing she’d hated most. Margaret imagined Esperanza banging on the gates of purgatory, trying to get out and rescue her son. 
 
She hesitated for a moment, hearing Mother Superior’s admonishment. Stay out of trouble while you are in Mexico, Sister.
   
Silencing the nagging voice in her head, Margaret charged forward, protective instincts in full swing. 
 
Stopping Rafael and talking to him about the dangers of drugs surely wouldn’t qualify as trouble. Bluntness, maybe, but not trouble. It was more like saving. Yes, that’s it. I’m saving him. 
 
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
 
Catherine Castle has been writing all her life. Before beginning her career as a romance writer she worked part-time as a freelance writer. She has over 600 articles and photographs to her credit, under her real name, in the Christian and secular market. Besides writing, Catherine loves traveling with her husband, singing, and attending theatre. In the winter she loves to quilt and has a lot of UFOs (unfinished objects) in her sewing case. In the summer her favorite place to be is in her garden. She’s passionate about gardening and even won a “Best Hillside Garden” award from the local gardening club.
 
Her debut inspiration romantic suspense, The Nun and the Narc, from  Soul Mate Publishing was an ACFW Genesis Finalist and is a 2013 EPIC finalist.
 
Catherine’s website  |  Catherine’s blog
Catherine’s Amazon author page  |  Catherine’s Goodreads page
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GIVEAWAY
 
Catherine will be awarding a $25 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter between this tour and her Virtual Book tour, here.  Follow the tour and comment often to increase your chances of winning.
 
 
 
 
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17 comments:

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Sarah Fae Graham said...

Hmm this sounds interesting! The blurb immediately made me think of Sister Act the movie lol

Catherine Castle said...

Thanks for hosting me today!

Catherine Castle said...

Sarah, the book has been compared to other nun stories but you are the first to mention Sister Act. Humor is definetly part of my book. Thanks for stopping by.

Kathy Osborn said...

Sounds like a funny story with suspense. Thanks for the blurb and giveaway.

Rita said...

I love the premise of the story. Sounds like a good read.

Catherine Castle said...

Kathy, I think all suspense stories need a bit of humor in them. If you get the book, I hope you'll enjoy it. Thanks for commenting.

Catherine Castle said...

Hi, again, Rita! I've always loved stories about nuns, especially the ones who are feisty. Sister Maria from Sound of Music and Sister Bertrille of The Flying Nun television series are two of my favorites. Thanks for coming by.

denise226 said...

thanks for the giveawya the book looks so good cant wait to read denise smith

Mary Preston said...

I think I'm going to love Margaret.

marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

Catherine Castle said...

Denise, thanks for all your tour support. I love it when someone says they can't wait to read the book! Thanks!

Catherine Castle said...

Hi, Mary. Nice to "see" you again. Readers have said they love Sister Margaret. She was so much fun to create. Sometimes I didn't know what she was going to do. It was an adventure for me, too. Thanks for your comments.

Elise-Maria Barton said...

Great excerpt. I love the name Esperanza ;)

Catherine Castle said...

I love the way Esperanza rolls off the tongue. You made me smile with that compliment. Thanks for coming by, Elise.

Valerie R said...

Love the story concept.. looking forward to seeing what this nun decides.. sounds like he will be devastated.

valshemi at gmail dot com

Erika R said...

Looks fantastic!! omg.. love the story line..

erikalrhodes at *gmail* dot com

Catherine Castle said...

Valerie and Erika, So glad you found me here. I won't spoil the story by giving any more hints. Hope you'll pick up a book and find out for yourself whose heart gets broken. Thanks for coming by and leaving a comment.