Friday, July 5, 2013

[Book Tour] For Love or Money by Cathy Perkins / Entangled Suspense

For Love or Money
by Cathy Perkins

Entangled Publishing - May 2013

Book Description:

When Holly Price trips over a friend’s dead body while hiking, her life takes a nosedive into a world of intrigue and danger. The verdict is murder—and Holly is the prime suspect.

Of course, the fact that the infinitely sexy—and very pissed off—cop threatening to arrest her is JC Dimitrak, who just happens to be Holly’s jilted ex-fiancé, doesn’t help matters.

To protect her future, her business...and her heart...the intrepid forensic accountant must use all her considerable investigative skills to follow the money through an intricate web of shadow companies, while staying one step ahead of her ex-fiancé. She better solve the case before the real killer decides CPA stands for Certified Pain in the Ass...and the next dead body found beside the river is Holly’s.

Book Information

Title: For Love or Money
Author: Cathy Perkins
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: 367 pages
Release Date: May 2013
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-62266-097-1
Imprint: Suspense

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Holly parked in front of La Boutique, triumphant she’d found the store without making any wrong turns, and hurried inside.
“Holly?” Yessica stepped away from the cash register.
“My book club meeting starts in a few minutes—we meet at the library—but I have another question. Lillian told me about Lee coming to see Marcy at the office. About him giving her a letter. Did she talk to you about that?”
Yessica fidgeted with her rings, then looked directly into Holly’s eyes. “I realize you’re trying to help, but why are you doing this?”
Holly went still, wondering what she’d done wrong. Yessica had talked to her before. “What do you mean?”
“The more I think about it, the stranger it seems. Why are you looking into Maricella’s death?”
Holly pursed her lips and considered how to answer. At last she said, “I want to know why.”
At first, it had been to clear her name and Desert Accounting’s reputation—plus some curiosity—but the more she learned about Marcy, the more she needed to know how and why Marcy’s relationship had spiraled out of control.
Yessica tilted her head and waited. Her expression said, Not good enough.
Holly straightened the brochures heaped on the counter. If she expected Yessica to open up, she had to meet her at least halfway. Painful admissions didn’t come easily. “I knew a man in Seattle…with the same dominance issues. He tried to…” How could she describe it? Rearrange? Control? “Take over my life.”
“And?” Yessica demanded.
“You mentioned earlier about Marcy and Lee meeting at a coffee shop. That caught my attention…I started seeing a guy that way, too…”
How to explain? Holly sighed. “It sounds so innocuous. Like anyone else meeting a new guy. We had coffee. I mentioned to Frank I loved mocha lattes. A few days later, he brought a mocha latte to my office. I thought it was nice. I was working crazy hours and it gave me a break and us a chance to talk. He did it again the next week, and again, it seemed sweet.”
Yessica shifted. “I don’t understand. How is this connected to Maricella?”
“Frank started coming by every day. He expected me to stop whatever I was doing and talk to him. He never considered the fact that I was working sixteen-hour days on a transaction or that I had a demanding job. It was all about him. And he always brought the damned mocha latte. It turned creepy and controlling, like he was making decisions about what I could drink. I mean, what if I didn’t want a mocha? What if I wanted a double-shot or a decaf?”
She forced her mouth to close. She sounded crazy.
“Why?” Yessica asked. “You and Maricella. You’re smart. Pretty. Why would you get involved with men like that?”
Holly fiddled with the stack of brochures. “It’s insidious. At the beginning, Frank was charming. Attractive. Charismatic.” Devon’s comment smacked her. In the boardroom, Alders was pure charisma.
Damn. She raked a hand through her hair. “Bottom line? I got away, but it’s made me more sensitive to women trapped in a bad relationship. In Marcy’s case, I think the police are asking the wrong questions. That they’re going about this the wrong way.”
Yessica’s lips thinned. After a long moment, she said, “Maricella was very angry after Lee came to see her. He had no right to come to her office. She had the paper to make him stay away.”
Yeah, yeah. He walked right through that restraining order and put her in intensive care. The line from the old song rolled through Holly’s head and she nearly gagged. No. No country music. She had to get back to Seattle, home of Nirvana and grunge music. “Did she mention other papers? Lillian said Lee gave your sister an envelope. Whatever was in it upset Marcy.”
“Lee made a divorce settlement offer. It was an insult.”
Gee, what a surprise. Lee tried to stiff Marcy at the end of their marriage. “You didn’t mention the settlement offer the other day.”
Yessica’s hands lifted and fell. “What was there to say? It was another example of what a cabrón he is. Lee wasn’t just a bastard, he was a cheap bastard. Maricella didn’t sign the divorce papers. Are they important?”

Bio: Cathy Perkins is a member of the Sisters in Crime, Romance Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. She writes predominantly financial-based mysteries but enjoys exploring the relationship aspect of her characters' lives. Her suspense writing lurks behind a financial day-job, where she learned firsthand the camouflaged, hide in plain sight, skills employed by her villains.

She lives in the Pacific Northwest, the setting of FOR LOVE OR MONEY, with her work-a-holic husband, a 75-pound Lab who thinks she’s still a lap-puppy and a Wirehair puppy’s who’s intent on digging her way to China. You can learn more about Cathy on her website

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