Posted 21 July, 2015 by Heather in Blog, Book Excerpt, Giveaways, Heather / 3 Comments

I’m happy to host an excerpt for the wonderful Susan Mallery’s latest book, Thrill Me. The Fool’s Gold Romance series is going strong, and this one looks to be another great installment! Be sure to check the book’s description, read the fabulous excerpt, and enter the giveaway at the bottom!

Meet the Mitchell brothers of Fool’s Gold, California—five gorgeous men who’ve left a trail of broken hearts in their wake…

Maya Farlow learned the hard way to depend only on herself, so when she fell too deeply for the bad-boy charms of Del Mitchell, she did the only thing she could—she ran. Stunned, Del left Fool’s Gold to make his name and fortune in extreme sports.

Now ten years later, Maya’s been hired to promote her hometown’s new slogan, The Destination for Romance. The celebrity spokesman is none other than Del, the man she dumped but never forgot. Awkward!

Although Del’s not the type to hold a grudge, he’s determined to avoid falling a second time for the woman who broke his heart. He’s a daredevil, not an idiot. Trouble is, in all his adventures, he never found a rush as exhilarating as Maya’s kiss. Maybe risking his heart will prove to be the biggest thrill of all…

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Enjoy this excerpt from Thrill Me (Fool’s Gold #18) by Susan Mallery.

“Everything okay?”
He hesitated just long enough for her to wonder what wasn’t going well before saying. “It’s great. I saw my mom. You can’t hold that over me anymore.”
“Because you were so worried I would. Do you want to talk business while you’re here?”
She pulled out the two folders she’d started on their projects.
“Mayor Marsha and the City Council want a two-part campaign. Part one will support local tourism efforts. I’m working with several city officials on that. The goal is pretty simple. Make videos that entice people to visit the area.”
She thought about the format discussed. “You’ll be hosting and starring in those.”
He raised an eyebrow. “You’re saying I’m the talent?”
“You wish.”
He was dressed much as he had been the past two times she’d seen him. In jeans and a casual shirt. He looked at ease, as if comfortable in any environment. The beard was a little thicker, the hair a tad longer. The word scruffy came to mind, as it had before. But the sexy version.
She forced her attention back to the conversation. “The second part is a campaign celebrating the town’s new slogan. A destination for romance.”
“Interviewing people in love?” he asked.
“Easy enough,” she agreed. “I have a list of potential couples, including one that has been together for over seventy years.”
“Impressive. On the tourism videos, what do you want to do? Go film different locations with me talking about them?”
“Yes, but I’m hoping we can do something more inspired. If the clips are interesting, we can use them in advertising.”
“Or get them picked up by local news.”
“I’m less sure about that. Local news stories average forty-one seconds. National news stories average two minutes and twenty-three seconds. I’d rather get Good Morning America interested.”
“There are a lot of people trying to get noticed on GMA,” he said. “We’ll have to be innovative.”
She liked that he hadn’t dismissed her idea outright. How strange that they were working together like this, she thought. Until moving back to Fool’s Gold a few weeks ago, she hadn’t thought of Del much at all. Since returning, he’d been on her mind, but that had been a proximity thing. Hard to ignore the only man she’d ever loved when she was returning to the scene of the heartbreak. Then, out of the blue—thanks to Mayor Marsha—he was back in her life.
She wondered if he ever thought about the past. Before meeting him, she would have guessed they had to clear the air. But he didn’t seem to be upset about what had happened between them. Nor could she figure out a good way to broach the subject.
“Hey, Del, sorry I was such a bitch when I broke up with you.” No, that wasn’t going to happen. Maybe she would wait and see if there was a more organic way to have the conversation.
“Any celebrity contacts you can use?” he asked.
“I did the studio work in LA,” she told him. “The celebrities don’t know me.”
“Sorry you didn’t get to meet Ryan Gosling?”
“The pain keeps me up at night, but I’m dealing.”
He chuckled, then the humor faded. “How’d you get away from news?”
A question she’d asked herself a thousand times. “I was tempted by the devil and gave in,” she admitted, knowing it was true. “I’d been working my way up in local news, producing more and more segments. The gossip show gave me a chance to be in front of the camera.” Sadly, her lack of chemistry had made that a short-lived solution. “When that didn’t work, they offered me a promotion working behind the scenes. With the wisdom of hindsight, I’m pretty sure that was their plan all along. But they knew I would never have left the job I had to take the producer job.”
“Hard feelings?”
“No. I made the choices. I get to live with the consequences.”
“And now you’re here.”
She smiled. “So far, so good.”
“Except for Eddie and Gladys,” he teased.
“I’ll figure out how to get them to toe the line. Just in a way that doesn’t break their spirit. I like that they push boundaries.”
“You’re taking their side?”
“I’m saying creativity should always be encouraged.”
His shirt pocket beeped. He pulled out his phone and glanced at the screen. “Mayor Marsha. She said to ask you about the videos you did of me.” Both eyebrows rose. “Did I make it onto your celebrity show?”
“No,” she said, lying before she could stop herself. “Strange. I have no idea what she’s talking about.”
His dark eyes gave nothing away. “She must have you confused with someone else.”
“I’m sure that’s it.” She glanced down at her open folder. “I thought we could do a segment on Priscilla, the elephant, and her pony, Reno.”
“Who and who?”
She wasn’t sure if the distraction worked, but if he was willing to pretend, then she was, as well. Before she showed Del any videos she’d done, she needed to have someone else look at them. Someone she could trust to have her back. The last thing she wanted was for her ex-boyfriend/fiancé thinking she’d spent the past ten years unable to get over him.

Del headed across town. He and Maya had plans to work on the videos starting in a few days. She still had preproduction schedules to work out, including renting equipment. While the camera was important, the right lenses could make or break a shoot. She would be renting the ones they needed.
Until then, he was on his own. As he’d already started down memory lane with his family, he might as well continue. He crossed the street and headed into The Man Cave.


Such a great little taste of Thrill Me. I really want to know why Maya left Del, and especially how they’ve coped without each other during the past ten years. They’ve certainly not forgotten about one another!

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About Susan Mallery:

New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery has won the hearts of millions of readers around the world with books described as “immensely entertaining, intensely emotional” (RT Book Reviews), “hilarious” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram), and “heartwarming” (Publishers Weekly). One major retailer recently described her as “the queen of romantic fiction.” While she deeply appreciates the accolades of critics and booksellers, Mallery is even more honored by the enthusiasm of her readers and the word-of-mouth that catapults her toward the top of the bestsellers lists time and again.

Mallery lives in not-so-sunny Seattle with her husband, plus a toy poodle and two ragdoll cats who are not at all impressed by her growing fame.


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  • Autographed copy of Until We Touch (first mention of Zane Nicholson, the hero of Kiss Me)
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  • Map of Fool’s Gold
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I really love romances where ex-lovers find each other again after several years, but it certainly can’t be easy to get them back together. Do you enjoy these types of romances? Do people deserve a second chance?

Want more excerpts and more chances to win the prize pack? Then check out these other fabulous TLC Book Tours stops.

Thrill Me EXCERPT TOUR:tlc

Monday, July 6th: Why Girls Are Weird
Tuesday, July 7th: Book Mama Blog
Wednesday, July 8th: The Sassy Bookster
Thursday, July 9th: Mom in Love with Fiction
Monday, July 13th: girlichef
Tuesday, July 14th: From the TBR Pile
Wednesday, July 15th: Raven Haired Girl
Friday, July 17th: Always With a Book
Monday, July 20th: Mignon Mykel {Reviews}
Tuesday, July 21st: Bewitched Bookworms
Wednesday, July 22nd: Urban Girl Reader
Friday, July 24th: Books & Spoons
Monday, July 27th: Book Reviews and More by Kathy

Want even more fun with Susan Mallery?

At the end of July there will be a 2-day reader retreat in Chicago called the Susan Mallery Fool’s Gold Getaway. There are still some tickets left and it’s sure to be a fun time. Plus, it’s in the lovely city that I work in everyday. The link to buy tickets and to learn all the details is here: http://harlequin.ticketleap.com/foolsgoldgetaway/.




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I'm a PhD chemist who loves sarcasm, music, and books-paranormal, mystery, thriller, suspense, horror, and romance. Most of my free time is spent at the martial arts studio these days--whether practicing Combat Hapkido or reading books while watching my son's Taekwondo classes, or even working up a sweat with Kickboxing for fun. Goodreads

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