Please welcome Stacy-Deanne to my blog. She has information about, and an excerpt from, the second book in her interracial romantic suspense series, Captivated.
Book Spotlight: Captivated (Book 2 in the Bruised Series)
Thanks everyone for joining me today. I’d like to thank Delaney for letting me appear on her lovely blog again. My next release, Captivated (Book 2 in the Bruised Series) comes out March 1 from Sugar and Spice Press! So get ready! Bruised (Book 1) is available now!
Oh and tomorrow is my birthday! So, if you wanna get me a gift then buy my book! LOL!
What is Captivated about?
When she first lays eyes on Mya Riley’s slashed up body, Baltimore Detective Lisa Swanson is certain that the Sandman, a ruthless serial killer from her past has reemerged. Lisa dives headfirst into the case with her partner Dee, and lovesick Winston Lewis, a detective who grows more captivated with Lisa by the day.
The Sandman wreaks bloodthirsty havoc throughout the city, and this time he is determined to make Lisa his victim.
Armed with intense hatred for the Sandman and a stifling fear of who might end up dead next, Lisa struggles to solve the case by the book. But when the Sandman switches up his plan and goes after her lover Jake…Lisa ignores all the rules.
Genre: Interracial Romantic Suspense
What Makes the Bruised Series Different?
Bruised is an interracial romantic suspense series and there are not a lot of suspense books in the interracial genre.
The characters in the series have a lot of baggage but they face their demons together. Lisa and Jake fell in love in the first book. They bonded because they’ve both struggled with horrific issues that continue to haunt them. They find solace together and this is the basis of their relationship.
Lisa is a homicide detective who is also a domestic violence victim. The scars on her back and the memories of that relationship are a constant reminder of the past, but with Jake’s help she finally moves on.
One of the unique things about Bruised is that the hero is in a wheelchair. Jake is an alcoholic who became handicapped after having an auto accident. Even though Jake accepts that he will forever be confined to a wheelchair, he too struggles with painful memories of the past and sometimes even his confidence as a man.
What Message Will Readers Get from This Series?
I usually don’t write with a message in mind. I believe that readers find their own message, but with Bruised I wanted to educate those ignorant to domestic violence. One of the most disturbing trends concerning domestic violence is that people think there is a certain type of person who is abused and that abuse discriminates. Abuse does not discriminate and people from all walks of life and in different professions fall victim to domestic violence. I wanted to show this through Lisa. She is a cop and because of that people see her as invincible but I thought it was important to give her this battle so people could really see that domestic violence can happen to everyone and that it has nothing to do with a person’s strength or weakness. So if a reader was going to get any message from Bruised, I hope it’s that one.
Excerpt of Captivated:
Uniformed officers moved to the side as two black women entered the bedroom.
Baltimore homicide detectives Lisa Swanson and her partner Dee Quarter approached Mya Riley’s bed.
The blonde lay faceup with her arms out to her sides and her eyes closed. Her hair wrapped around her face. Several gashes made their way from her neck to her naked stomach. Her legs were wide with her feet bound to the bedposts.
The photographer snapped photos of Mya’s body from every angle. A forensics officer stooped down on the floor. Another leaned over the dresser, and a third scoped out the closet.
“Excuse me, Detective.” The female photographer zipped in front of Lisa to get another shot of the slashed-up body.
The scene immediately took Lisa back to her rookie year, five years earlier. With each click of the camera, she envisioned the dead bodies from the past.
It has to be him. Everything is too familiar. Everything is too similar.
“Lisa!” Dee snapped her fingers. “I was talking to you.”
“Oh.” Lisa shook her head. “Huh?”
“What’s up?” Dee put gum in her mouth. “You act like you’ve never seen a dead body before.”
Not one exactly like this. At least not in five years.
“Doesn’t this remind you of something, Dee?” Lisa jiggled her hands to shake off that eerie feeling, but it didn’t work.
Dee chomped gum. “Should it?”
“Look closer.” Lisa leaned over the bed. “He snuck in here while she was asleep and slashed her neck before she knew what was happening.” Lisa moved her hand across her own neck. “She didn’t even have time to fight.” Lisa pointed to the side of Mya’s thigh. “And she has an S carved on the side of her left thigh.” Lisa touched it with her gloved fingers. “Only one person I remember that killed women in their sleep, tied them up, and carved an “S” into their skin.”
“Lisa.” Dee chewed. “What the hell are you talking about?”
“Think, damn it.” She walked to the other side of the bed. “Who the hell does this remind you of?”
“Shit, it’s a dead body.” Dee shrugged. “Reminds me of the other million we see on a yearly basis. Are you trying to jump to the ‘serial killer’ conclusion already?”
“This is too familiar, Dee.” Lisa stared at the body. “It’s just too f—–’ familiar.”
“Can you please explain what the hell you mean?” Dee nudged her. “I’m completely clueless here.”
“She’s talking about the Sandman.” The photographer moved her camera away from her eye. “Aren’t you, Detective Swanson?”
“Yes.” Lisa backed away from the bed. “I think it’s him.”
“The Sandman?” Dee’s shoulders dropped. “Uh, that was five years ago, Leece.”
“You’re telling me how long ago it was?” Lisa kept her gaze on Mya’s thigh. “I was on that case, remember?” She glanced at the awestruck photographer. “I worked it my rookie year with Detective Adam Mann.”
“The Adam Mann?” The photographer snapped another picture. “He’s a legend in the department.” She lowered her camera. “They say the Sandman case drove him to retirement. Is that true?”
“Lisa.” Dee put her hand on Lisa’s shoulder. “I know that was a traumatic time for you, but you can’t just think it’s the Sandman based on this one scene. Yes, there are similarities, but it’s too soon to speculate.”
Lisa pointed to the body. “It’s not just that it looks like his victims, but I feel something, Dee.”
“So you’re psychic now?”
“You know how much that case affected me. Mann and I both went through hell.” Lisa glanced back and forth at Dee and the photographer. “The only difference is it almost ruined Mann’s life.” Lisa touched her short hair. “And nearly drove me insane in the process. You have no idea what I mean if you’ve never been that close to evil.”
Captivated Releases March 1 from Sugar and Spice Press
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