Countdown to VULNERABLE Grab Bag Giveaway #3

Countdown to VULNERABLE Grab Bag Giveaway #3

Mary Burton VULNERABLE image hi resThree weeks to go until VULNERABLE, my new Morgan Family novel! So let’s hear it for the fifth of my Grab Bag Giveaways counting down the weeks until the March 29th pub date. For those of you who haven’t been introduced to the Morgans, they are Nashville’s preeminent law enforcement family, siblings Deke, Rick, Alex and Georgia. Georgia, a forensic specialist, takes the lead in this story of a cold case gone hot.

 

It seems the more I look forward to you all reading the book, the more I reflect on  how writing it raised my awareness of those around us who are vulnerable in ways we can’t even imagine. And when we do see or suspect their vulnerability, how difficult it may be to help them.  Here’s Georgia reaching out to a woman she’s certain is in danger both emotionally and physically.

 

The rattle of glasses had her turning to Carrie, who carried a tray completely filled with empty beer bottles. As the singer’s set concluded and she announced to the crowd she was going to take a break, Carrie approached Georgia.

 

“Hal told me he came to see you. He was pissed more than usual but I got him to calm down. I can take care of myself and the baby.”

 

She scanned the young waitress for more bruises. She spotted a dark purple ring around her right wrist. He’d grabbed her and wrenched her arm. “He’s still hurting you. Why stay?”

 

Carrie shook her head, dismissing Georgia’s logic. “He’s having a rough go of it. He lost his job and he’s worried about taking care of me and the baby. He doesn’t like it that I have to work.”

 

“Where’s the baby, Carrie?”

 

“She’s with my neighbor. She’s okay.”

 

“My offer still stands for a place to stay, Carrie. You don’t have to live this way. Think about the baby.”

 

A stick-thin man with a handlebar mustache held up an empty glass to get Carrie’s attention. She grinned broadly at him. “Be right there, sugar.” The spotlight overhead caught the bruise across her cheekbone, covered almost completely with makeup.

 

Georgia shoved back a mouthful of anger.

 

Carrie turned back to Georgia. “I got to get back to work, but thank you.”

 

“You can thank me by moving out.”

 

“I can’t leave Hal now.”

 

Georgia drew in a breath, realizing her message was not being received. Again, she worried how violent Hal would have to be for Carrie to take a stand. She watched the waitress hold her tray high as she angled her slim body through the crowd.

 

I hope you enjoyed the above sneak peek celebrating the fifth “romantic suspense weekend” in my Countdown to Vulnerable. Ready 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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Countdown to VULNERABLE Grab Bag Giveaway 4!

Countdown to VULNERABLE Grab Bag Giveaway 4!

Mary Burton VULNERABLE image hi resFour weeks to go until VULNERABLE! Which means it’s time for a new Grab Bag Giveaway as the seven week countdown to on sale date continues.

 

Seems the more I look forward to you all reading the book, the more I reflect on  how writing it raised my awareness of those around us who are vulnerable in ways we can’t even imagine. And when we do see or suspect their vulnerability, how difficult it may be to help them.  Here’s Georgia reaching out to a woman she’s certain is in danger both emotionally and physically.

 

The rattle of glasses had her turning to Carrie, who carried a tray completely filled with empty beer bottles. As the singer’s set concluded and she announced to the crowd she was going to take a break, Carrie approached Georgia.

 

“Hal told me he came to see you. He was pissed more than usual but I got him to calm down. I can take care of myself and the baby.”

 

She scanned the young waitress for more bruises. She spotted a dark purple ring around her right wrist. He’d grabbed her and wrenched her arm. “He’s still hurting you. Why stay?”

 

Carrie shook her head, dismissing Georgia’s logic. “He’s having a rough go of it. He lost his job and he’s worried about taking care of me and the baby. He doesn’t like it that I have to work.”

 

“Where’s the baby, Carrie?”

 

“She’s with my neighbor. She’s okay.”

 

“My offer still stands for a place to stay, Carrie. You don’t have to live this way. Think about the baby.”

 

A stick-thin man with a handlebar mustache held up an empty glass to get Carrie’s attention. She grinned broadly at him. “Be right there, sugar.” The spotlight overhead caught the bruise across her cheekbone, covered almost completely with makeup.

 

Georgia shoved back a mouthful of anger.

 

Carrie turned back to Georgia. “I got to get back to work, but thank you.”

 

“You can thank me by moving out.”

 

“I can’t leave Hal now.”

 

Georgia drew in a breath, realizing her message was not being received. Again, she worried how violent Hal would have to be for Carrie to take a stand. She watched the waitress hold her tray high as she angled her slim body through the crowd.

 

I hope you enjoyed the above sneak peek celebrating the fourth “romantic suspense weekend” in my Countdown to VULNERABLE. Ready 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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Countdown to VULNERABLE Grab Bag Giveaway #5

Countdown to VULNERABLE Grab Bag Giveaway #5

Mary Burton VULNERABLE cover hi resFive weeks to go until VULNERABLE!  Which means it’s time for the third Grab Bag Giveaway in our seven week countdown to publication date.  Here’s a share that brings us inside Forensic Specialist Georgia Morgan’s head as she works a crime scene.

 

Georgia did her best to consider dead bodies as evidence to be studied. But when the victim was young, as this girl had been, it was difficult to not look behind the ravages of death and see a sweet young girl brutally robbed of her life.

 

A heaviness settled in her chest and, for a moment, she didn’t move as she sat quietly by the girl, her gloved hand resting on the lifeless arm. As she sat, she glanced over at the three waxy puddles that had illuminated the cave. Why the candles? Had the killer used them to light up his little cave of horrors? Tears burned in the back of her throat.  “I swear, I’ll find out who did this.”

 

“Talking to yourself?” Jake asked.

 

“I talk to dead people,” she said. “Didn’t you know that?”

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed  the above sneak peek celebrating the third “romantic suspense weekend” in my Countdown to VULNERABLE.  Ready to read more? Here’s a longer excerpt.  And please don’t forget to enter for a chance to win a Grab Bag of my titles.

 

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Countdown to VULNERABLE Grab Bag Giveaway #6

Countdown to VULNERABLE Grab Bag Giveaway #6

Mary Burton VULNERABLE cover hi resSix weeks to go until VULNERABLE!  Which means it’s time for the second Grab Bag Giveaway in our seven week countdown to publication date.  The latest news?  This 4 star review just in from RT Book Reviews

 

“Burton’s latest centers on the youngest Morgan sibling, Georgia, as she delves into a case. Jake and Georgia’s subtle yet heated attraction provides a good layer of tension to an already tense situation involving a cold case. With precision and detail, Burton crafts a suspenseful plot. Her dialogue is crisp and sharp; her characters are distinctive and her villain is off-kilter, psychotic and wholly believable.”

 

Can you tell I’m excited?  (Thank you, RT!) VULNERABLE goes on sale Tuesday, May 29th and is available for pre-order.

 

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the second of my romantic suspense weekends and that, if you don’t get lucky right away, you’ll enter every week for a chance to win a Grab Bag of my titles.

 

I’ve had such a great time with each of the Morgan siblings and fell in love with all my Nashville characters beginning with Deke, (Cover Your Eyes), followed by Rick (Be Afraid), Alex (I’ll Never Let You Go) and, now, Georgia. I hope you have, too!

 

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Countdown to Vulnerable Grab Bag Giveaway #7

Countdown to Vulnerable Grab Bag Giveaway #7

Mary Burton VULNERABLE image hi resWelcome to the first of my Countdown to Vulnerable Grab Bag GiveawaysVULNERABLE goes on sale Tuesday, May 29th and I’m declaring this and the next six Saturdays and Sundays my very own “romantic suspense weekends.”  Why? Because I think the advent of Georgia’s story in the fourth of my four Morgan Family novels deserves major fanfare.

 

I’ve had such a great time with each of the Morgan siblings and fell in love with my Nashville characters beginning with Deke, (Cover Your Eyes), followed by Rick (Be Afraid), Alex (I’ll Never Let You Go) and, now, Georgia.

 

Here’s the plan. Every Saturday beginning February 13th until publication date I’m celebrating by giving away a grab bag of my books. That’s one winner a week for seven weeks!

 

I hope you’ll join the fun and enter this and every week.

 

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