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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Feature and Giveaway: Deep Rising by N.R. Rhodes

In his nine-year stint with the CIA, Jared Caldwell thought he’d seen it all. But when his latest mission instructs him to apprehend a beautiful scientist who’s allegedly linked to a devastating new form of warfare, he isn’t prepared for the prospect of battling man-made tsunamis—or the misplaced feelings he harbors for his number one suspect.

The irony of being accused of crimes her research was intended to prevent isn’t lost on Svetlana Orskya. She also didn’t expect her wish for a strong, sexy man to sweep in and change her life to come true—especially not when he appears, gun in hand, pointed at her.

But time is running out and Jared and Lana must work together to protect the mainland. As the heat between them—and the threat of mass destruction—rises there is more at stake than just their hearts.

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Lana glanced down at the negative edge sink with its sleek silver fixtures. The water swirled around the shallow marble basin before disappearing over the side. Like the water, she felt her sense of control spiraling down the drain.

“I wish it was otherwise, but you need to come with me, Lana.”

She met his eyes in the reflection of the mirror.

“I’m the bait.”

He nodded.

The acknowledgment shouldn’t have pierced her with such brutal precision, but it did, slashing through her sense of worth, diminishing her to a rook in this twisted chess game. “You get me into position. I distract Sergei. Then you apprehend him. Is that the plan?”

He released a heavy breath. “If you’re in league with him, it’ll draw him to me. If you aren’t, yes, it will provide a valuable diversion. Either way we’ll neutralize him.”


Reaching around her, he turned off the faucet. With a gentle hand, he guided her to face him directly. “There’s something you need to know.”

Reluctantly, she met his eyes.

“I’m here to remove the threat,” he said.

“I see.”

He elected to be honest with her, she reminded herself. He could lie about the entire situation.

He put his hand on her shoulder in a gesture intended to be reassuring. It fell far short of its mark. She slapped his hand away. “Save your commiseration. It isn’t sincere. You’re asking me to lure my brother to certain death!”

“I’m sorry.”

Lana spun around and stared into the mirror again. Seeing him, seeing herself reflected in his cold, clear eyes, she thought of the millions and millions of people whose lives were at stake and suddenly any lingering emotion she felt for Sergei dissipated. She understood. Either her brother was innocent and this was all for naught or he was a legitimate threat and they needed to apprehend him. All or nothing.

“I’ll do what I have to,” she said.

“To help this mission or save your brother?”

“Truthfully, any person who’d use my work to harm millions of innocent people doesn’t deserve to live.”

“He killed twelve hundred people already, Lana.”

“I know. . .” And I feel responsible.

“The weight goes away,” he said as if reading her mind.


“When you set it right.”

The time had come, Lana realized, to do just that.

N. R. Rhodes has worn many hats. She has accumulated degrees in biology, psychology and behavioral neuroscience. A Mensa member and former high school science teacher, she made her way into publishing in a roundabout way and was named Agent of the Year in 2012. It took her a while to figure out what she wanted to do when she "grew up." But books are the perfect fit. As a literary agent, she makes authors dreams come true--and, with Deep Rising, she decided to indulge in one of her own.

Dividing her time between New Jersey and Florida, she and her incredibly supportive husband enjoy traveling, family and friends. Her stepson Christian is one of her greatest joys.

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  1. This book sounds so good. I will definitely be reading. Thanks for the giveaway.

  2. Sounds like a good book to get lost in.

  3. I can see my tbr bookshelf is going to have a new member... This books sounds like a terrific read... Thanks for bringing it to my attention and offering up a great giveaway.

  4. looks awesome! Thanks for sharing :)

  5. It sounds like an exciting read...and I love the eye candy of the cover (that always helps!). I love the sound of the pace of the story, so I definitely have another book on my to-be-read pile.


  6. Ooh, this sounds interesting. Pitting brother against sister. Mmmmm?

    Nice cover too! ;)

  7. Thanks for the giveaway chance! This book looks great!

  8. Ooh, this sounds great! It must be hard to know you're innocent but have someone out with orders to kill you for something you didn't do. I'd love to read this book.

    Thank you so much for the post and giveaway! Amazon is my favorite place to buy books, so fingers crossed. :-)

    Best Wishes,
    Lindsey V.

  9. Book sounds really good and I love that cover.

  10. Nice hook in the excerpt, lure her brother to certain death, wow. Thanks for the post. lisagk(at)yahoo

  11. Liked reading the excerpt. "Deep Rising" sound has if it will be an intriguing read. Thanks for the giveaway.

  12. Sending some bookish love because this does sound fabulous.

  13. looking forward to this book looks good and juicy!!!