Wednesday, April 24, 2013

[Promo] Security by Mandy Baggot

Romantic SuspensePublisher: Sapphire Star PublishingDate Published-  April 4, 2013

Synopsis: Autumn Raine is a pop vocalist at the very top of her game. She’s a style icon, the paparazzi’s darling and everyone wants to be her friend. But when her safety is threatened, her whole life starts to unravel.Eluding kidnap and trying to stay alive, can Autumn find the strength to be the person she longs to be? And can two people, poles apart, forge something strong enough to survive anything?

“I’ve employed someone,” Alison stated, pouring herself a glass of water.

“What! Someone from MI5?”

“Not exactly. Someone they recommended.” Alison’s voice dropped to a whisper. “Someone who’s done work for them before…unofficially you might say.”

The whispering in public was very annoying. Almost as annoying as when Alison got out a pad and pen and wrote notes instead of speaking. Autumn always wondered if her mother had to burn the notes after their conversations, or, at the very least, eat them. She hoped the latter. The thought of her mother chewing up Basildon Bond’s finest gave her a secret thrill.

“Are you completely insane?” Autumn exclaimed.

“I’m being practical.”

“You’re being over-the-top. I do not need a bodyguard or whatever this unofficial MI5 psycho is supposed to be.”

“I would disagree.” A deep, male voice interjected into their conversation.

Autumn’s purse fell off her knee and onto the floor as she turned to look at the voice’s owner. He smiled at her and picked her purse up, replacing it on her lap. He was tall, with short, glossy, black hair, and he had so much stubble on his face, it was on the verge of being called a beard. Autumn couldn’t help but wonder how he had managed to get so close to their table without their noticing.

“Do you mind? This is a private conversation,” Autumn said, glaring up at him.

He was good-looking, but his clothes were a style disaster. He was wearing an off-the-peg charcoal suit, a white shirt open at the neck, and on his feet were very cheap shoes. He wasn’t the hotel’s usual clientele. He looked like he might be more at home selling mobile phones.

“Can I join you?” he asked, pulling up a chair and sitting down.

“No, you most certainly may not. Georgio! We need security over here.” Alison screeched like an irritated parrot.

“I am security. Nathan Regan.” He offered his hand to Autumn.

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Mandy Baggot
Author Bio
Mandy Baggot is a self-confessed Twitter addict who likes to sing on You Tube. She regularly guests on book blogs and is a featured author on the innovative website She is also a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association.
Mandy lives near Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK with her husband and two daughters.

Twitter Handle: @mandybaggot
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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for hosting me on your blog today, Melinda!

    Mandy :)