Today I am thrilled to be taking part in the book blitz for One: Rage Vengeance Murder which is the third book in the A Path of Deception and Betrayal Series by K.J. McGillick. Read on for an exclusive extract and where you can follow the blog tour.
One: Rage Vengeance Murder
Release Date: 25th of April 2018
Print Length: 241 pages
Publisher: KJRM Publishing LLC
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A stolen life. A Faustian bargain. Prey becomes predator.
Azar Abed is out for revenge for the life Dr. Adrian Armond stole from her. No matter what the cost. Adrien Armond will stop at nothing to recover the massive fortune Azar Abed embezzled from him. Neither will walk away until the other is dead. Someone’s going to die, that is for certain.
Personal revenge gets caught up in a bio-terror plot to crash the world’s economy as darkness spirals into darkness and terror is the order of the day. Azar Abed and Adrien Armond are on a collision course that could have catastrophic consequences on a global scale.
Who will kill who first? Will it be enough? Can anyone stop the bio-terror plot to destroy the world’s economy that is already in motion? Does anyone have enough humanity left even to try?
Set against a backdrop of Washington, DC, ONE is a heart pounding-psychological thriller pitting greed against greed in a cat-and-mouse game where vengeance is the only prize. It can be read as a standalone, or as the conclusion to events begun in its predecessor, TWO. It concludes the Path of Deception and Betrayal series.
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Sitting next to the man was an elderly woman with short, cotton-white hair and owl-like black-rimmed glasses. She was wiping the silverware with a vengeance and arranging it in its proper place setting. She must be their grandmother. A quick bro hug between the brothers led to the man at the table being introduced as Jackson. The woman’s name, Mary.
“Josh said he was having lunch with his family, thank you for allowing me to join you.” I flashed my most brilliant welcoming smile. The smile I’d practiced for years and that served me well. I extended my hand in greeting to the woman and said, “You must be their grandmother. Thank you for sharing your lunchtime with me.”
I met her steely assessing gaze and tilted my head, another practiced move meant to put people at ease. All part of my bag of tricks to mimic normal reactions of warmth and happiness.
“Grandmother?” She laughed heartily. “My dear, whatever would make you jump to that conclusion? We aren’t related, but there is no one that has a place in my heart like Jackson—the flame there burns bright for him.”
The shock must have immediately registered on my face. I felt my lips part involuntarily and could sense the heat and redness rising from my chest to my neck. It was nearly impossible to catch me off guard and clearly this revelation did.
“Mary, for the love of God and all that is holy—” Jackson started, clearly annoyed as he turned his body to face her.
“It’s true, strictly speaking.” She huffed and squared her shoulders as if insulted. “I didn’t say the flame was the lick of the devil’s tail, she jumped to the wrong conclusion.”
“Settle down, you two,” Josh interjected with a chuckle. He clearly had done this dance with them before. Who are these people?
“Azar, please excuse Mary’s attempt at humor,” Jackson said, garnering an eye roll from Mary. “Mary is a friend’s aunt and I’m babysitting her for a few weeks,” he reported with a tone of annoyance. “Mary, no one finds that even remotely funny so open your humor bag and put that one back inside.”
“Babysitting, my ass. Don’t listen to him. He is my partner for the next three months while I complete my field hours toward my private investigation requirement.” She gave him a bit of a sarcastic but satisfied look under her lashes.
I laughed and suddenly realized I was the only one laughing.
“Seriously?” I was more than shocked. “I don’t mean to be rude but—”
“You’re going to ask if I’m too old to be an investigator?” she asked with a dismissive wave. “Trust me I’ve been down that road. Age is a number. The government tried to gently dissuade me from pursuing my new career. They even got downright ugly. This is America and what do you do when someone taunts you? You sue their ass, by God. I sued and won. So not only did they have to let me enroll in the private investigator course but paid me a nice settlement for my age discrimination suit. Winner, winner chicken dinner. You ever need a good lawyer, I’ve got a kickass one. Her name is Eloise and she is soon to be Jackson’s wife.”
This time I waited for a cue to see if anyone else laughed. They didn’t. On the contrary, everyone appeared uncomfortable.
“What? Why do you two always look like you are sucking lemons when I talk about pursuing PI work?” she asked, a bit indignant, looking between Josh and Jackson.
“Because, Mary”—Jackson emphasized her name with a touch of distain—“you wound up calling on a number of law enforcement officers to testify as to your qualifications and put everyone on the spot. Not to mention Eloise, the attorney you mentioned, seemed to enjoy it way too much.”
She shrugged clearly not persuaded by what he thought or said.
“Bite me, Jackson. Might I remind you, El received a huge cut of the money as part of the age discrimination case settlement. Her attorney fees will wind up paying for most of your fancy-schmancy house when it is finished. I didn’t ask them to volunteer to help me, we subpoenaed them. All I did was ask everyone to tell the truth. You have to get tough like me. Too much meditating with you people. I hate to see you sushi eaters at ninety,” she declared with a sense of authority.
“Please don’t feed into her,” Jackson plead to Josh with a shake of his head.
“Boys, enough of the twattle. Tell me about this beautiful young lady with us today,” Mary said as she looked my way. Her glasses must have weighed a ton because when she moved her head they spilled down her nose.
Our server took our order, giving me a flirtatious smile and wink. I declined his attention with a turn of my head.
“Mary, this is Azar,” Josh offered. “Azar is from our London office and is here for a few weeks undertaking a global oversight and risk management assessment of our office.”
Mary gave a low whistle and shook her head.
“That sounds like a very important job.” Mary reached for the sugar, catching Jackson’s attention.
“It is, Mary. One wrong word from Azar and heads will roll,” Josh said with a laugh.
If the man only knew how true a statement that was both personally and professionally.
“Then I’d say you must be a highly intelligent and resourceful young lady. That sounds like a very difficult job. Would it be too impolite to ask your background?” Mary tilted her head, assessing Azar.
A Path of Deception and Betrayal Series
If you are new to the series, make sure you also check out the other books which are all available to buy on Amazon.
Lets Get to Know K.J. McGillick
K. J. McGillick was born in New York and once she started to walk she never stopped running. But that’s what New Yorker’s do. Right? A Registered Nurse, a lawyer now author.
As she evolved so did her career choices. After completing her graduate degree in nursing, she spent many years in the university setting sharing the dreams of the enthusiastic nursing students she taught.
After twenty rewarding years in the medical field she attended law school and has spent the last twenty-four years as an attorney helping people navigate the turbulent waters of the legal system. Not an easy feat. And now? Now she is sharing the characters she loves with readers hoping they are intrigued by her twisting and turning plots and entertained by her writing.
Stay up to date with K.J’s work by visiting her website and following her on these social media accounts.
Blog Tour Organiser
A special thank-you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for the invitation to join in with the One: Rage Vengeance Murder Blog Tour and for providing me with the promotional materials.
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