Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Desert Heat by P.H. Turner Excerpt & Giveaway


Desert Heat
by P.H. Turner

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GENRE: Romantic Suspense

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BLURB:

Social worker Jordan Bia finds a child who escaped her captors and a life in the sex trade, but four other girls from her small Mexican village were not so lucky. Smugglers hide their human cargo in the hoodoos of a remote canyon on the reservation—a place the Navajo shun, fearful of the witches who practice their black rituals and feast on the dark energy of evil. Mysterious rites, omens of death, and bodies litter the canyon.

When she meets Navajo police officer Sam Tohee, sparks fly fueled by the danger of hunting men who buy and sell little girls. Techno savvy Jordan plots to trap the smugglers and free the rest of the children, but unless she and Sam can find the power to defeat the witches she may not live long enough to save the girls.

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Excerpt One:

I walked down the center of the shadowy street, far away from men who might slither out of alleys and doorways and grab me, a lone female. The woman whose child I had come to check on lived over a bar when she functioned well enough to remember where she lived. She and the child were nowhere to be found. I had tarried too long, and the night hovered under the thin crescent of moonlight that marked the time between the dark moon and the new moon. Clouds scuttled across the moon, darkening the sky.

The puny glow from the single streetlight outlined two men slouched between boarded-up buildings, smoking and swigging from bottles sheathed in tattered brown bags. They catcalled and hooted, "We got whatcha want, girlie." I scurried faster to my old Honda Civic, parked a block away. My heart pounded and my calves burned from the effort to put distance between me and their drunken lewdness.

Soft crying, a sound more like a wounded kitten than a person, stopped me in the middle of the street. I cocked my head toward the dim alley but only saw shadows. The pitiful sound drifted out, forlorn and frightened. I scanned the street for movement. No one was there. I walked on my toes to the mouth of the alley. Nothing stirred. Tiny fingers of light trickled into the alley from the streetlight. "Who's there?"

The crying became snuffling, and then silence.

Footsteps rustled. I called into the darkness, asking if anyone needed help.

"Si," the voice whimpered.


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

I call Austin, Texas home now after working on the East and West coasts, the Rocky Mountains, and an island in the Gulf of Mexico. I've come full circle to live and work close to the farm my family settled in the 1850's.

Truth is stranger than fiction, and years in the news business provided lots of peculiar characters and stories to write about. My books are set in my favorite places, the desert canyons and high mountains of the American West.


Buy link for Desert Heat

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION 

P.H. Turner will be awarding a $20 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour



61 comments:

  1. Thank you for hosting Desert Heat

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  2. Thank you for informing me aboutt this book.

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  3. I enjoyed the excerpt, sounds like a great read, thanks for sharing!

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  4. Thank you for stopping by and visiting.

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  5. Sounds very intriguing! I'd love to check it out!

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  6. Thanks for the review and excerpt. It has me wanting to find out what happens. Adding to my 'to read' list.

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    1. Great! I hope you enjoy Jordan's story.

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  7. Where is your favorite place to read?

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    1. I have a big comfy reading chair with a good lamp. My dog (mutt) sits on my feet while I read. In the summer in Texas, that is less comfy than it sounds...

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  8. This sounds like an engrossing book--one that you have to finish in one sitting no matter how late you stay up!

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  9. I think Desert Heat is a one sitting book!

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  10. I'm looking forward to reading this one, thanks for sharing!

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  11. Sounds like a pretty intense story.

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  12. I look forward to reading your books and keep up the great work.

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  13. Do you read newspapers looking for stories and characters or do they just come to you?
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    1. I used to work in broadcast news. Real people have unbelievable stories!

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  14. I appreciate you giving us the opportunity to win, thank you

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    1. Thank you. I hope you enjoy Desert Heat

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  15. What is your favorite book? Thanks for the giveaway. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

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    1. The old romantic favorite: Gone With the Wind.

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  16. It's great to read about the books I know my sisters would like.I send them the url so they can read about the ones I believe they like.

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    1. Thanks! I hope they enjoy Desert Heat!

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  17. This looks like a really HOT read!

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  18. Very interesting and exciting blurb! I'd love to read it.

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  19. I know my sisters would both enjoy this, thank you

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  20. Appreciate you giving us the opportunity to win

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  21. Do you have a favorite state to live in?
    Sherry Compton
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    1. I learned I loved all of America- her beautiful landscapes, different cultures, and the food! Wonderful experiences

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  22. Like where all your books are set and that alone would be rather interesting

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  23. Desert Heat will be a book my sisters will be reading

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  24. I like that you use your own knowledge from broadcasting to write.
    Sherry Compton
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  25. Great giveaway that I am having fun entering

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  26. Where would you like to go next?
    Sherry Compton
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  27. I really enjoyed reading the excerpt. This book sounds like a very exciting and interesting read. Also, I really like the book cover! Very intriguing! Totally looking forward to reading this book!

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  28. I'm back and thanking you again for the great giveaway

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  29. Do you like winter?
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    Sherry Compton

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  30. Thanks again for the opportunity to win

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  31. Have a great weekend!
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  32. Did you watch the football games?
    Sherry Compton
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  33. Thank you for the post and the giveaway!

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  34. Starting off a new week and thanking you again for the opportunity to win.

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  35. Happy Monday...Have a great week!
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    SHerry Compton

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  36. Thank you again for this opportunity

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  37. National Peanut Brittle Day...is your weather good for making some?
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    Sherry Compton

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  38. Trying my best to win this one, thanks again!

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  39. It's Wednesday. Hope it's going well for you.
    Sherry Compton
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  40. We're getting close to this ending. Thanks so much for the opportunity at winning

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  41. It's kazoo day. Do you play any instruments?
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    Sherry Compton

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  42. Thanks again and have a great weekend!

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  43. Happy Friday! The sun is shining here. How is your weather?
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    Sherry Compton

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