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One Week Blog Tour for Franco’s Fortune by Cara Marsi from Oct 13 to Oct 21, 2014.

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covergifTitle: Franco’s Fortune
Series: Redemption #2
Author: Cara Marsi
Audience: Adult
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Formats: E-book
Publisher: Cara Marsi
Cover by: Harris Channing
Editor: Laura Kelly
Pages: 172
ISBN: 9781301731787
ASIN: B00BNA3JQI
Date Published: Feb. 2013

blurb

"When a female bodyguard is hired to protect a rich playboy, she finds saving his life is easier than protecting her heart."
When the past and present collide...
Somebody wants rich playboy Franco Callahan dead. When security expert Josephine Fortune arrives on his doorstep thanks to his sister Doriana, Franco finds it hard to refuse. He's had a secret attraction for the diminutive bodyguard since they met at Doriana's wedding five years before.
But attraction is all it is. Combat boot-clad Jo is not the kind of woman Franco usually loves and leaves. Which makes the ruse that Jo is his new live-in girlfriend just that until Jo gets a makeover. Suddenly seduction is on his mind and Franco has all the time in the world to pursue it—and Jo.
Martial artist Jo can take down men twice her size without blinking, but Franco's appeal outmaneuvers her emotional defenses. Jo's tough exterior hides a dark past, and Franco seems determined to learn her every secret. But he has secrets of his own.
The more Franco gets to know Jo, the more he realizes he needs her in his life, and not as his bodyguard. But as the threats to Franco escalate, Jo must use every one of her combat skills to protect him.
Can Jo keep both Franco and her heart safe, or will they pay the ultimate price for love?


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excerpt
Franco Callahan slammed the door to his Delancey Street townhouse and hurried into the April morning, glancing at his watch as he ran down the steps. He was late. He’d wanted to get to work early. He had a busy day ahead. His mind on the Connecticut casino bid and the pile of work waiting on his desk, he strode along the uneven pavement to his black Mercedes parked at the other end of the narrow street.
He answered his ringing phone as he hurried toward his car, and heard a deep male voice rasp, “You didn’t get our message the first time, Callahan. You’ve forced us to play dirty. Give us the money and we might let you live.”
The menace in the stranger’s voice chilled Franco, tightening his gut. “Who is this?”
“Maybe you’ll listen to our new message.” The call disconnected.
Franco stared down at his phone.
An ear-splitting boom rent the air, vibrating the ground beneath his feet. The blast sent Franco on his rear, the breath knocked out of him. Ears ringing, struggling to sit, he saw a ball of fire at the end of the street. Flames licked at what was left of his car.
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One Week Later
“Heard you need a bodyguard, Callahan.”
The sultry female voice jerked Franco’s attention from his computer. He swiveled his chair and glanced toward his office doorway. A thrill shot through him at the sight of the petite redhead, arms folded across her chest, leaning impudently against the doorjamb. He tamped down the excitement she always aroused in him and narrowed his eyes.
“Well, if it isn’t Josephine Fortune. What are you doing here?”
She stepped into the room and deposited her duffel bag on the floor. “I’m real glad to see you too, Callahan. And the name is Jo.”
The tough little spitfire rarely wore anything other than camouflage fatigues, T-shirts, and combat boots. He couldn’t help noticing the way her khaki-colored T-shirt stretched over her firm breasts and the way her full, pink lips—kissable lips—parted. She wasn’t his type he reminded himself, not for the first time in their five-year association. His type was tall, blonde, leggy, and a tigress in bed—not a fireball more comfortable on the shooting range than between satin sheets. He shot her an insolent smile, retreating into the playboy persona he showed the world.
Her green eyes, translucent and light as a spring leaf, studied him. “Logan and Doriana sent me to protect your sorry ass.”
His eyes never leaving hers, he stood. “I told them I don’t need protection. I’m sorry you had to come all this way. Go back to Tucson.”
Tension in every line of her toned body, she moved closer. “I don’t like this any more than you do, Callahan. Think I want to spend my time babysitting some spoiled playboy? As far as I’m concerned, if one of your bimbos has it in for you, that’s your problem.”
“Then leave.”
“No can do. Logan’s my boss. He sent me to keep someone from killing you and that’s what I’m going to do.”
The fear that was his constant companion these days pressed against his chest. Masking his feeling of vulnerability, he flattened his palms on his desk. “Tell Logan and Doriana thanks, but the Philadelphia police are handling the case. I don’t need a bodyguard.”
She moved even closer and leaned over the desk until their faces were inches apart. The woman had guts. He had to hand that to her. He wondered if anything scared her. A familiar scent surrounded her, teasing his nostrils. Grapefruit? On her the fruity aroma smelled tantalizing and seductive. Jo Fortune, seductive? He moved back from temptation.
She straightened and stepped away from his desk. “Sure, I’d rather be in sunny Arizona than rainy Philadelphia. But Doriana’s not too keen on her brother getting killed. So you’re stuck with me until the cops get whoever’s after you.”
He studied her and something stirred in him, the same feeling he’d had minutes ago; the feeling he’d gotten the first time he’d met her at Logan and Doriana’s wedding five years before, and every time after that. As an honorary member of the Callahan-Tanner clan, Jo was present at family holidays and functions. For all her smart mouth and bluster, he recognized the hurt that shadowed her eyes and softened her generous mouth. A part of him wanted to find out who put that hurt there and to take it away if he could. Jo brought out a protectiveness in him that scared him nearly as much as the thought of someone killing him.

Our Author Interview

What would you have done differently if you were the main character of your book ?

If I were Franco, (from Franco’s Fortune) I would have let go of some of my pride earlier and let my family see the real me. As for Jo, she hides behind her tough girl façade for protection which I would do too, so I wouldn’t do anything differently if I were her.

What was your inspiration behind this book? 

Franco’s Fortune is Book 2 in the Redemption series. Franco is the brother of my heroine, Doriana, in Book 1, Logan’s Redemption. Franco was a spoiled playboy in Book 1 and he wasn’t very likeable. Then, readers wanted his story and I had to find a way to redeem him. It was quite a challenge.

Why did you become a writer?

I’ve always loved books. Since I was a child, I’ve made up stories in my head. I wanted to give those stories life. And I wanted to write the books I like to read.

Do you have a favorite author or authors?

Yes. Heather Graham, Jude Deveraux, Gemma Halliday, Amelia Grey. I could go on. There are too many to name.

Do you like to write your books in a continuing series? 

The Redemption Series is my first series. I’m considering another book for that series. I may do a sequel to another of my books, A Groom for Christmas. I’m currently writing a series of short stories about three young women who are each given a magical snow globe. It’s fun to write a series and revisit  favorite characters from my other books.

If you could date any character from any book, who would it be and why?

That’s a rough one. I fall in love with each of my heroes. I would date any of them. All of my heroes are sexy and drop-dead gorgeous. However, I would date them for their other qualities, such as: Logan Tanner from Logan’s Redemption is a warrior who will do anything to save the woman he loves.  Franco Callahan from Franco’s Fortune recognizes that Jo had been hurt badly before and he’s patient and kind with her. Luke Corrado from Luke’s Temptation carries around some heavy guilt but that doesn’t stop him from protecting Anita and ultimately opening his heart to her. Each hero in my other books has qualities that would make me want to date him.

What kinds of books do you like to read in your spare time?

Spare time? What’s that? If I have any extra time, when I’m not watching TV (I’m a TV junkie), I like to read romance novels (sweet, sexy, erotic), romantic suspense, mysteries, paranormal, but not vampires. I have a very needy cat who demands attention and that takes away some of my “spare time.” And my husband actually expects me to talk to him once in awhile.

As a reader and writer I think it is important to get to know your fans and make a connection with them as an author who takes the extra step to hear what their fans think and want in their continued writing is continued success and key to selling more books .Do you agree with that?

Yes, very much so. I love hearing from readers. It was readers who convinced me to write Franco’s story, then Anita’s story, which I tell in Luke’s Temptation, Redemption Book 3. I’ve had readers ask for Harris’s story. He’s the ex-SEAL who is Jo’s security partner in Franco’s Fortune. I’m considering writing his story, plus a sequel to A Groom for Christmas that readers have asked for.

Do you cry when writing sad scenes?

Yes, I do. And I’m glad when that happens because it means if the scene touched me, it will touch readers.

Did you have a Cover Designer?

Yes, the talented Harris Channing does most of my covers.

Who is your fictional boyfriend or girlfriend crush? 

Jamie Fraser from the Outlander series.

If you were able to dine and have a one on one with your favorite writer/author who would it be?

Heather Graham. I love her books.

Do just re-read your favorite books? 

I used to reread books in the olden days before my son was born, when I actually had that thing called “spare time.” Now, I struggle just to read the hundreds of never-read books in my Kindle and on my shelves. My writing takes up most of my day, leaving little time to do the amount of reading I once did.

Do you ever get in a reading slump like your readers do? 

I sometimes don’t “feel” like reading certain genres and don’t know what I want to read. It’s like a woman with closets full of clothes who says she has nothing to wear. With all the books I’ve got sitting around waiting for me to read, sometimes none of them appeals to me.

What is the funniest book you ever read?

There are several that come to mind. Dog Nanny by Ann Whitaker kept me laughing. Queenie Baby On Tour by Christina Burke and Gemma Halliday, laugh out loud funny. And most of Gemma Halliday’s books. 

Thank you again for having me. Excerpts and information about my books are on my website: website: www.caramarsi.com
I love to hear from readers. I’m on Facebook: www.facebook.com/authorcaramarsi
Twitter: www.twitter.com/caramarsi
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/caramarsi

Blurb for Franco’s Fortune, Redemption Book 2:

"When a female bodyguard is hired to protect a rich playboy, she finds saving his life is easier than protecting her heart."
When the past and present collide...
Somebody wants rich playboy Franco Callahan dead. When security expert Josephine Fortune arrives on his doorstep thanks to his sister Doriana, Franco finds it hard to refuse. He's had a secret attraction for the diminutive bodyguard since they met at Doriana's wedding five years before.
But attraction is all it is. Combat boot-clad Jo is not the kind of woman Franco usually loves and leaves. Which makes the ruse that Jo is his new live-in girlfriend just that until Jo gets a makeover. Suddenly seduction is on his mind and Franco has all the time in the world to pursue it—and Jo. 
Martial artist Jo can take down men twice her size without blinking, but Franco's appeal outmaneuvers her emotional defenses. Jo's tough exterior hides a dark past, and Franco seems determined to learn her every secret. But he has secrets of his own.
The more Franco gets to know Jo, the more he realizes he needs her in his life, and not as his bodyguard. But as the threats to Franco escalate, Jo must use every one of her combat skills to protect him. 
Can Jo keep both Franco and her heart safe, or will they pay the ultimate price for love?

Buy links for Franco’s Fortune:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BNA3JQI/?tag=carmaraut-20
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1114740547?ean=2940016234403
http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/Search?Query=Franco%27s+Fortune&fcmedia=Book
https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/francos-fortune/id905114960?ls=1&mt=11
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/290943

More about The Redemption Series

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Series: Redemption #1
Author: Cara Marsi
Formats: E-book
ASIN: B00BNA3JQI
Date Published: Jan 2014
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Doriana Callahan's life is unraveling. Someone is stalking her and sabotaging her father's company; her teenage son is rebelling; and Logan Tanner is back in town. For sixteen years she's kept an explosive secret from Logan, a secret he soon discovers.
Logan never belonged in Doriana's world, but a long time ago he allowed himself to dream of a future with her, until the awful night he was forced to run. Now he's back and he needs her forgiveness, but first he must forgive himself.
Despite the fact that Doriana kept the existence of his son from him, Logan vows to protect her. He races against time to stop the culprit threatening Doriana and works to forge a bond with his son.
Can the love and passion that still burn between Doriana and Logan overcome old lies and new dangers? The clock is ticking on a second chance at love.
"Logan's Redemption has all the elements that keep the pages turning: romance, passion, thrills and suspense." Linda at Fallen Angel Reviews.
"LOGAN'S REDEMPTION by Cara Marsi is a great read, plain and simple. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and I definitely give it a Top Pick!" Julie at Romance Reader at Heart Reviews.
"Logan's Redemption should definitely be added to your must-read list." My Romance Story Reviews.
"Logan ’s Redemption is riveting." Lisa at My Romance Junkies Reviews.
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imageTitle: Luke’s Temptation
Series: Redemption #3
Author: Cara Marsi
Formats: E-book
ASIN: B00MYC97LU
Coming: Sep 30, 2014
blurb
Anita Santisi is an independent, successful businesswoman with a wounded heart. And some very bad people after her. Break-ins, home invasions, and attempted abductions have turned her comfortable life dangerous. Can she trust her mysterious, sexy new neighbor, Luke Corrado, or is he behind the criminal acts?
Special Agent Luke Corrado carries his guilt like a loaded Glock. A woman he loved was murdered because of him. Now, on a new undercover assignment to protect Anita Santisi, he’s determined to redeem himself. What he doesn’t expect is that Anita will tempt him to let down the barriers around his heart.
As Anita and Luke find themselves in ever-increasing danger, they must fight to stay alive. Will they open their hearts to each other before it’s too late?
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about the author
imageCara Marsi, an award-winning author and self-proclaimed TV junkie, is a former corporate drone and cubicle dweller. Freed from her fabric-covered cage, she can now indulge her love of all things romance. She craves books with happy endings and loves to write about independent heroines and the strong heroes who love them. And she loves to put her characters in dangerous situations or situations merely dangerous to their hearts and watch them fight for the happy endings they deserve.
An eclectic author, Cara is published in romantic suspense, paranormal romance, and contemporary romance. She's also published numerous short romance stories in national women's magazines and online. When not traveling or dreaming of traveling, Cara and her husband live on the East Coast in a house ruled by their fat black diva of a cat named Killer.
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Tour Schedule - One Week Blog Tour for Franco’s Fortune by Cara Marsi from Oct 13 to Oct 21, 2014.
Oct 13
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Uniquec’s Book Blog - Promo & Review
Patricia D. Eddy - Promo
Oct 14
BabyCakes Book Blog - Promo
A Cauldron of Books - Promo & Top Ten
Booky Ramblings of a Neurotic Mom - Promo & Top Ten
Oct 15
Cherry0blossoms - Promo
Read That - Promo
Indy Book Fairy - Promo & Character Bio's
Oct 16
Jen's Reading Obsession - Promo, Review & Character Bio's
Angels with Attitude Book Reviews- Promo & Author Interview
Clarissa Wild's Blog - Promo & Character Bio's
Oct 17
Rustys Reading - Promo
The Avid Reader - Promo, Character Bio's & Top Ten

Oct 20
Girlygirlbookreviews - Promo & Review
The Idle Musings of a Writer's Mind - Promo, & Author Interview
Portals to New Worlds - Promo, Top Ten & Character Bio's
Oct 21
Kelly P's Blog - Promo
Night Owl Reviews - Promo
Eclipse Reviews - Promo, Character Interview & Character Bio’s
The Adult Cover (And Everything in Between) - Promo, Author Interview, Character Interview & Character Bio's

1 comments:

Cara Marsi said...

Thank you for featuring my books on your site and for hosting my blog tour.