Special excerpt for The Honeydripper Affair by Joanna Kidson

This
is a special excerpt promo for the romantic suspense thriller The
Honeydripper Affair
by Joanna Kidson.

During
her virtual book tour, Joanna will be awarding a $30 Amazon or Barnes and Noble
(winner’s choice) gift card to a lucky randomly drawn winner. To be entered for
a chance to win, use the form below. To
increase your chances of winning, feel free to visit her other tour stops and
enter there, too.

A little bit about the
author:

After
living in America and Australia, Joanna finally settled in England and now
lives in London, a stone’s throw away from the river and the park. Also in the
household is a husband, two kids and a small dog.
She’s a
hopeless romantic at heart and an eternal optimist, believing that everything
will turn out alright in the end.
She also
believes that the chance of a lifetime comes around about once every two weeks
and we actually did land a man on the moon!
Writing is
a joyful escape but it’s often laced with a healthy dose of truth and reality.
A little bit about The Honeydripper Affair:
She should
never have met up with Ryan, that’s for sure.
You see, Lucy Nevin has got
something that people are willing to kill for – she just doesn’t know
it….yet.
Handing Ryan the notebook threw the
killers off her scent for a while but as Lucy uncovers more details about the
death of her father, it becomes clear that this ruthless gang of criminals will
stop at nothing to get what they want from her.
And then Dan shows up. Is that
coincidence or by design? Either way, she’s now sucked into a deadly game
between the killers, the armed forces and the government. They all think that
Lucy has the code – the code that will give them control of the internet. The
scary thing is; if you’ve ever used the internet, this is happening to you
right now.
Trouble is – time is running out for
Lucy and she needs answers. What exactly is the Honeydripper Affair?
Excerpt from The Honeydripper Affair:
From Chapter Nine
Danny looked as though he knew this was coming. He leaned
forward, resting his elbows on the table.
“Looking back, I should have acted differently, but at
the time it seemed like the right thing to do. Everything happened so fast, I
honestly thought it was best to get out of your life completely before I ruined
it.”
“Ruined it? Didn’t you think that just leaving might
have ruined it too?”
“I figured I was replaceable.”
“That sounds like you’re doing both of us a
disservice.”
“Do you remember telling me about how your mother left
when you were younger?”
“Yes, I do. It’s not a story I share very often,”
said Lucy, slightly confused.
“How she couldn’t handle the way of life, the constant
moving, the dangers of your father’s job. Well, that’s what the future was
looking like.”
“But you could have asked me. Maybe I would have been
okay with that.”
“I had become a target, that means anyone close to me
would have become a target too. That wasn’t a particularly attractive lifestyle
to offer anyone.”
“A target?” Lucy asked. “But you work for
local government – who’s targeting you?”
“Local government is just a useful cover. I work for
myself now. Call me an Intelligence Troubleshooter.”
“Er…alright,” Lucy said, deliberately leaving
some space for him to fill.
“I provide information to the Ministry of Defence
through a satellite agency.”
“So, how does that make you a target?”
“Let’s just say I’m a hands-on operator.”
“So you’re a secret agent,” she said bluntly, with
a slightly tongue in cheek smile.
“If you like, it’s a bit different in the modern
world.”
“So basically, we’ve outsourced our spies!”
“Something like that. It’s more convenient this way,
less difficult questions when things go wrong. Much easier for the government
to distance themselves.”
“I still don’t understand how you become a
target?”
“When you’re working out in the field you end up pretty
close to the opposition. Sometimes it’s a physical as well as a mental
battle,” Daniel explained.
“I didn’t think that sort of thing really existed; you
know, all that cloak and dagger stuff.”
“It’s unpredictable, that’s for sure.”
“I don’t get why you didn’t tell me all this
before.”
“It was all kicking off back then, everything was
moving so fast. I was quite new to the whole way of life and I just didn’t
think it was safe to involve you.”
“But you’re telling me now,” Lucy pointed out.
“Now you’re involved directly. I’ve no real choice.
It’s ironic that the very thing that pushed me away has now pulled me back
here.”
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