Grab More Evidence & an Exclusive Excerpt!

Grab More Evidence & an Exclusive Excerpt!

Evidence bagMichelle of Wernersville, Pennsylvania is the winner of last week’s Grab the Evidence Bag Giveaway. Congrats, Michelle!


Tonight, this week’s evidence bag giveaway is just beginning. I’m sharing  another chance to win and debuting a new, exclusive to excerpt from The Shark, the first of my The Forgotten File novels!  I hope you enjoy it.


TheSharkAgain, if you gave it a shot last week and and didn’t win, take another chance. Enter below and you may be the one to receive the next evidence bag of books.


In the meanwhile, here’s Virginia State Police Trooper Riley Tatum and Agent Dakota Sharp on their way to question the parents of a victim . . .

As they drove in silence, she thought about the playing cards hidden in her house. A thousand miles and a dozen years separated her and the day someone had given her those cards. She had no forensic evidence or memories she could attach to the cards. And with Hanna’s adoption looming, just the suggestion of a link to a serial killer could derail the final judgment. Still, the cards couldn’t be ignored.


“Have you considered entering the murder in ViCAP?” she asked.


“The FBI database? Why?”


“The playing cards found with the victim are distinctive. The handwritten word Loser on each is a signature.”


He cursed under his breath. “Don’t make this more than it is.”


Gripping the wheel, she pulled herself up a little straighter. “I disagree. They have a distinctive look. I bet they’re custom made. It’s worth a shot.”


“Anything federal amounts to a shit-ton of paperwork.”


“I’ll do it.”


He groaned and rubbed his eyes. “You don’t want to deal with the feds.”


“You don’t like the feds?”


“We’ve crossed swords before.”


“But it’s the only hard evidence we have at the moment,” she coaxed. “You’ve got to admit the cards are different.”


He tensed as she sped up to merge into highway traffic. “The cards are unique.”


“Like I said, I can help.”


He glanced at her, eyebrow raised as if searching. “What aren’t you telling me?”


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Grab the Evidence Bag Giveaway

Grab the Evidence Bag Giveaway

TheSharkMy new book, The Shark, the first of my The Forgotten Files novels, will be published on May 24th. As I often do, I’m marking the remaining weeks with some giveaways. So, please take a moment to enter below to win an “evidence bag” filled with some of my earlier books in my Grab the Evidence Bag Evidence bagGiveaway.


I’ll give you a hint—in honor of my  April book, Vulnerable, the “grab bag” will contain at least one of the Morgan of Nashville novels.  Vulnerable High Res CoverAnd a big thank you to all for making all four of the books—Cover Your Eyes, Be Afraid, I’ll Never Let You Go and Vulnerable— national bestsellers.


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VULNERABLE—Georgia’s Story—Now on Sale! Plus a Giveaway!

VULNERABLE—Georgia’s Story—Now on Sale! Plus a Giveaway!

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So happy to be sharing VULNERABLE with you all at last!  Not that it’s really been a long wait.  It’s simply that once I finish a book, it always seems that way to me. I’m just excited about getting to the part where I hear if you like the story, what you think about the plot, characters and the romance, and—I can’t help myself—find out if you guessed “whodunit.”


Mary Burton Morgan cover images first three 2X2 twoThanks to everyone who’s shared how much they’ve enjoyed my previous Morgan Family titles, I’ll Never Let You Go (Alex), Be Afraid (Rick) and Cover Your Eyes (Deke). Now, as you know, it’s sister Georgia’s turn. She’s teamed with Detective Jake Bishop for a cold case that suddenly turns hot—and deadly.


Haven’t read them all?  Loaned your copies out and never saw them again? Have a friend who needs to catch up? If so, please celebrate the publication of VULNERABLE with me by entering to win the first three Morgan Family novels.  As soon as you finish doing that, I hope you’ll be settling in to read VULNERABLE.


Good luck in the giveaway and please feel free to share the publication day excitement and chance to win with friends and family.



P.S. Contest ends Friday, April 1 at midnight. (No fooling.)



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Last Chance VULNERABLE ARC Flash Giveaway!

Last Chance VULNERABLE ARC Flash Giveaway!

Mary Burton VULNERABLE image hi resThis is it! Just five days until the publication of VULNERABLE, my latest Morgan Family suspense novel, and enough time for one more Flash Giveaway. Enter now for a chance to win an Advance Reader Copy of forensic specialist Georgia Morgan’s story, in which she and Detective Jake Bishop investigate a cold case that turns red hot.  Giveaway ends at midnight tonight!


P.S. While you’re waiting to hear if you’ve won, you’re invited to read the excerpt on my site. I hope you enjoy it.
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Countdown To Vulnerable Grab Bag Giveaway #2

Countdown To Vulnerable Grab Bag Giveaway #2

Mary Burton VULNERABLE image hi resJust under two weeks to go until VULNERABLE, forensic specialist Georgia Morgan’s story. Time for the sixth of my Grab Bag Giveaways and just one more to go before publication date! I’m happy to see so many of you entering and to have the chance to share some of my  previous novels.


Needless to say, with on sale date looming, I keep revisiting the book in my head  and I find myself enjoying Detective Jake Bishop more and more.  Especially knowing that when he first shows up in VULNERABLE he has no idea what he’s getting into when he’s partnered with Georgia on a reopened cold case.


I especially enjoy rereading this scene between Jake and KC  at Rudy’s bar.


When Jake arrived at Rudy’s, he was dog tired but had heard from Rick that Georgia had landed a slot onstage at the last minute. As much as he needed to work, to sleep, he couldn’t resist seeing her sing.


The bar was crowded and most hovered close to the stage where Georgia held the mike close to her mouth and sang Faith Hill’s “Breathe.” As her voice echoed through the room, energy moved through him, tightening around his heart like a fist. What the hell was it about her that got under his skin?


She leaned into the microphone, closed her eyes, and her voice summoned sadness, loss, and frustration from the song. She could hit all the high and low notes with perfect pitch, but it was the emotion she so freely injected into each note that grabbed her audience and held them tight. Emotions he’d kept long locked in a very secure place burned in the center of his chest and coaxed feelings he’d not had since Boston.


“She’s so good,” KC said as he dried a tumbler with a bar towel. “Hard to take your eyes off her.”


Jake turned, surprised to be caught staring. “She’s great.” He reached for the half-full glass of ice water and took a long drink, astonished that his throat was so dry.


“I’m puzzled someone hasn’t snapped her up,” KC said, a teasing note woven around the words.


“She’s mean as a snake,” Jake said, setting down his glass harder than he anticipated. “Pretty to look at and nice to listen to, but don’t get too close. She’ll bite your head off.”


KC laughed as he carefully stacked the glasses next to a dozen others.“That’s what keeps it interesting, don’t you think? That’s what I loved about my late wife. So nice and kind to many, but she kept me on my toes. She never minced words when she was pissed at me.”


“How long were you married?” His gaze followed a drip of water down the side of the chilled glass.


“Twenty-five years.”


“That’s something.”


KC’s eyes dulled a fraction. “Sounds like a long time, but now it just seems like a blink.”


Jake had been engaged to Alice less than two months. They’d planned a spring wedding. That moment went by so fast there were days he wondered if it were real. “Life goes so fast. It’s over before you know it.”


“Yeah.” KC set the bar glass down as Georgia finished her song. “So you gonna nut up and ask her out?”


Jake carefully pushed his glass a few inches away. “Who?”


KC snorted a laugh. “Don’t bullshit me, son. You know who.”


Jake shrugged, deciding he’d rather play it dumb than out his feelings for Georgia Morgan and suffer her wrath. “As soon as I get my tetanus shot.”


I hope you enjoyed this  sneak peek at Jake as I celebrate the sixth “romantic suspense weekend” in my Countdown to Vulnerable. Want to read more? If you haven’t already, check out the excerpt on my site. And please don’t forget to enter for a chance to win a Grab Bag of my titles.



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Happy St. Patrick’s Day Advance Reader Copy Giveaway!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day Advance Reader Copy Giveaway!

shamrockHappy St. Patrick’s Day all! I’m keeping busy at this end with the usual—debating the latest holiday costumes for Buddy, Bella and Tiki, and whipping up a St. Patrick’s Day Mary Burton VULNERABLE image hi resrecipe or two. This time it’s The Morgan’s Espresso Chocolate Cupcakes with Bailey’s Irish Cream Chocolate Frosting. I’m also giving away an Advance Reader Copy of VULNERABLE before it reaches stores on Tuesday, March 29th. I hope you’ll enter for a chance to win!




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