Thank you for joining me on What to Read Wednesday! Today we have Lena Diaz visiting 🙂 Lena is sharing some behind the scenes info of her latest release EXIT STRATEGY. I found it pretty interesting and think you will, too. I also enjoyed her blurb and excerpt…definitely gets your interest. This sounds like an action packed read.
Afterward, check out her awesome giveaway. The link is at the end of the post 🙂
Take it away Lena…
EXIT Inc. – It’s Not What You Think
EXIT Strategy is the first book in my new EXIT Inc. series. But what, exactly is EXIT Inc.? The acronym stands for EXtreme International Tours. The company specializes in planning extreme outdoor adventures all around the globe for eccentric clients. And each client is assigned a tour guide who’s essentially a bodyguard and a survivalist, tasked with protecting the client and keeping them from getting killed on their wild and crazy adventure.
But of course, that’s not what EXIT is really about.
The tours are covers to explain the presence of the highly skilled operatives called Enforcers who take on missions all over the world, but whose core duty is to protect their country and its people from those who would do them harm. And if that means assassinating bad guys, then that’s what they’ll do.
EXIT is a privately held company with a secret association with the government to take on the toughest, roughest tasks that other alphabet agencies either can’t, or won’t take on. Not all of the guides are Enforcers, and not all Enforcers pretend to be guides. And the only one who fully knows who’s doing what and who’s on which side of EXIT is the owner of the company, Cyprian Cardenas. But is he a force for good, or evil? That question is explored in the series.
Okay, so EXIT is at its core a secret agency of assassins. There are tons of books like that. So what makes EXIT different?
Glad you asked.
There are two key differences between this series and similar ones I’ve seen out in Romancelandia. One–the agency in this series isn’t the ally, the homebase. It’s the enemy. Right off, in the first book–EXIT Strategy–the hero discovers that someone high up in the company is faking EXIT orders, the write-ups about marks or targets that explain what someone has done and why they should be assassinated. The key is in finding out who is faking the orders before more innocent people die.
Two–the moral and ethical questions the series delves into. Enforcers are extremely loyal to their country, want justice, and above all want to keep innocent people from being killed by terrorists or others who would do them harm. But rather than rely on a court of law for that justice, Enforcers are tasked with saving people by eliminating the threats pre-emptively. A bad guy is planning on blowing up a school? But there isn’t enough proof for a search warrant? An Enforcer would bust into the bad guy’s house anyway, do whatever it takes to get the information so he can save the innocent children. And the bad guy? Well, he won’t be around to be tried by a judge.
If you could stop a terrorist attack, or an attack by an average criminal, by killing the bad guys before they struck, would you? That’s the kind of ethical and moral dilemma these men and women face every day, and a powerful internal conflict the heroes and heroines have to address and resolve before they can trust, and love, each other.
And it all happens against a super action-packed, non-stopped thrill ride of a plot in each book. The EXIT books will steal your breath away and, I hope, leave you with a smile on your face at the end, feeling like good really does triumph over evil and that the redeeming power of love can save anyone.
EXIT Inc. # 1
By: Lena Diaz
Releasing June 30, 2015
Lena Diaz launches her thrilling new series featuring the undercover vigilantes of EXIT Inc. with a skilled operative putting his life—and his heart—on the line for a woman in trouble…
When Sabrina Hightower awakens to the sound of an intruder, she figures he’s there to rob her, murder her— or worse. She doesn’t expect to be carried off by a muscle-bound stud with male-model good looks… or that he came to rescue her.
Mason Hunt became an enforcer with EXIT Inc. to eliminate the bad guys—terrorists, militia groups, all those who would do America harm. But his latest target is innocent. If EXIT could lie about sultry, strong-willed Sabrina, what darker truths might they be concealing?
Going rogue in the rugged North Carolina Mountains, Mason risks everything to keep Sabrina close, especially now that EXIT’s lethal assassins are chasing them down. The heat is on… but it’s nothing compared to the slow burn of seduction.
Link to Follow Tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2015/05/exit-strategy-exit-inc-1-by-lena-diaz.html
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23367394-exit-strategy?ac=1
Goodreads Series Link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/139120-exit-inc
She wasn’t sure who was more surprised. Her, because he’d managed to break into her home, again, in spite of three bodyguards. Or him, because she was naked.
One thing was for sure, he wasn’t shy about enjoying the view. His dark gaze roamed leisurely over the upper swells of her breasts crushed against his chest, before he looked her in the eyes. The sudden pressure against her belly told her he wasn’t unaffected by her nakedness.
Her face flamed and she tried to tell him to let her go, but her words came out muffled against his hand. His erection continued to harden against her belly, and since that’s where her hands were trapped between them, she was literally getting a handful of him.
A flash of heat swept through her, making her lower belly clench and her toes curl against the floor. To her shame, her body was just as turned on as his, and the shiver that swept through her was just as telling as his erection.
His mouth curved in a knowing smile.
He bent down toward her. Was he going to kiss her? She hoped so. Because this time a Kevlar vest wouldn’t save him from her bite.
But instead of kissing her, he pressed his lips close to her ear, his warm breath tickling the fine hairs on her neck.
“We need to talk,” he whispered, his lips brushing against her skin, raising goose bumps. “I’m going to move my hand. If you scream and alert the guards downstairs, I may be forced to kill them in self-defense. Neither of us wants that. I just want to talk to you. That’s all. Do you understand?”
He waited, his body pressed against hers so tightly that she could feel his heartbeat against her breasts. She didn’t doubt what he’d said. If she screamed, he really would kill the men tasked with protecting her. She slowly nodded, letting him know she understood and that she wouldn’t make a sound.
“Only whispers,” he said. “We’re going to have a calm, quiet conversation.”
She nodded again.
He moved back, just enough to pull his hand away from her mouth.
She licked her dry lips.
His erection pulsed against her hands.
Part of her was so mortified that she wanted to crawl under the bed and hide. The other part, a part she didn’t even recognize, wanted to stroke that impressive erection through his jeans just to see how he’d react.
“Please,” she whispered, refusing to meet his gaze, afraid he’d see the confused jumble of fear and desire roiling inside her. “Let me get dressed.”
Surprisingly, he immediately stepped back.
The heat in his gaze reminded her that she was still standing there, completely naked. She ran into the bathroom for a towel.
Originally from Kentucky, romantic suspense author Lena Diaz also lived in California and Louisiana before settling in Northeast Florida with her husband, two children, and a Shetland Sheepdog named Sparky. A Romance Writers of America Golden Heart® finalist, she’s won the prestigious Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense and has been a finalist for the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award. She loves to watch action movies, garden, and hike in the beautiful Tennessee Smoky Mountains.
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