Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Desert Heat by P.H. Turner ♥ Book Tour & GIVEAWAY ♥ (Romantic Suspense)




Social worker Jordan Bia finds a child who escaped her captors and a life in the sex trade, but four other girls from her small Mexican village were not so lucky. Smugglers hide their human cargo in the hoodoos of a remote canyon on the reservation—a place the Navajo shun, fearful of the witches who practice their black rituals and feast on the dark energy of evil. Mysterious rites, omens of death, and bodies litter the canyon.

When she meets Navajo police officer Sam Tohee, sparks fly fueled by the danger of hunting men who buy and sell little girls. Techno savvy Jordan plots to trap the smugglers and free the rest of the children, but unless she and Sam can find the power to defeat the witches she may not live long enough to save the girls.


Parking by the Weatherford Hotel lifted my spirits. I was off duty and this might be fun. The third floor Zane Grey Ballroom was a popular watering hole for the locals in downtown Flagstaff. The Grey was misnamed since it had never been a ballroom, but always a beautiful bar full of stained glass and gleaming wood. Antique photos of the hotel from its heyday in the late 1890s hung on the walls. The warped old stairs creaked all the way to the third floor where convivial conversation and laughter drifted out over the smoky sounds of jazz. My worries drifted away, and I had a tingle of anticipation. Maybe the blind date and I would walk out of my desert of broken dreams together.

I scanned the crowd for Taylor. She waved at me from a table adjacent to the carved wood fireplace. She and Trace sat beside a tall man with jet black hair, sculpted short on the sides and longish on top. The men stood as I approached. My date had a warrior's face, a hawk nose balanced by high cheek bones and a chiseled jaw. Taylor reached over and grabbed my hand."Hey, you look great." She jerked her thumb toward the warrior. "This is Sam Tohee."

Sam's hand was warm and calloused, his fingers thick and hard as he clasped my own. A grin tugged at the edge of his generous mouth, and when his eyes held mine, it became a slow contagious smile that spread across his face.



    





I call Austin, Texas home now after working on the East and West coasts, the Rocky Mountains, and an island in the Gulf of Mexico. I've come full circle to live and work close to the farm my family settled in the 1850's.

Truth is stranger than fiction, and years in the news business provided lots of peculiar characters and stories to write about. My books are set in my favorite places, the desert canyons and high mountains of the American West.




   


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41 comments :

  1. What is your favorite non-fiction?

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  2. Hi Mai, I am reading a book about the Dulles brothers, John Foster and Marcy. When I read non fiction, I turn to history.

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  3. Thank you for hosting Desert Heat!

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  4. Great excerpt-Thank you for a great post and contest!

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    1. Hi Betty, I hope you enjoy reading Desert Heat. Thanks for joining in.

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  5. Hot cover and hot excerpt. Loved them both.

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    1. Thanks! Such a good time picking the men for the cover!

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  6. Enjoyed the excerpt, sounds like a fantastic read, thanks for sharing!

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    1. He Eva, Happy you liked the excerpt. Hope you like Desert Heat!

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    1. Thank you reading the blurb. Hope you like Jordan's story!

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  8. Thank you for the chance to win :)

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    1. Hi Lisa, Thanks for joining in the blog!

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  9. If you could travel to a different country, what would you choose?

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    1. I would love to see Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. My family all immigrated from there.

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    1. Hi Kimberly, Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoy reading Desert Heat.

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  11. I love the cover! Can't wait to read this one :D

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    1. Ah, yes. Those HOT covers! Love scrolling through pages of male models to pick just the right one. Sometimes takes me days....

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  12. What is your favorite novel? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

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    1. I have lot of favorites including Gone with the Wind, an oldie but a goodie. I also like Lisa Jackson and Catherine Coulter's books.

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  13. Desert Heat sounds like quite a thrilling story. I can't wait to read it to find out if Jordan is successful in freeing the children.

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  14. Hi Jo-Anne, I hope you enjoy reading Desert Heat. Jordan and Sam have some huge obstacles to scale before the ending.

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  15. Navajo witchery sounds interesting. How did you research this?

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  16. Sounds like a great story that blends the darkness of gritty reality with the otherwordly.

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  17. Desert Heat sounds like an excited read ♡ Thank you

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  18. Wow! What a powerful plot; intriguing and compelling at the same time. I felt invested in Jordan and Sam's stories after reading the synopsis and excerpt.

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  19. The story touches on real life threats with characters willing to risk all for others. A good feel story! Thanks for sharing!

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  20. You like your stories placed in mountains and canyons, do you get your inspirations through them?

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  21. What are your favorite locations to write about?

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  22. That's a bit of a dark subject. What made you decide to write a story that involves trafficking?

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  23. Nice Excerpt!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  24. I really like the juxtaposition of ancient dark practices and modern criminal enterprises.

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  25. Thank you for the post and the giveaway!

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