Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Denise Moncrief - CRISIS OF IDENTITY

I'm happy to be part of Denise Moncrief's blog hop tour for her new romantic suspense -- CRISIS OF IDENTITY

A bit about Denise:

Denise wrote her first story when she was in high school -- seventeen hand-written pages on school ruled paper and an obvious rip-off of the last romance novel she read. She earned a degree in accounting, giving her some nice skills to earn a little money, but her passion has always been writing. She has written numerous short stories and more than a few full-length novels. Her favorite pastimes when she's not writing are spending time with her family, traveling, reading, and scrapbooking. She lives in Louisiana with her husband, two children, and over very chubby dog.

Denise's most recent release is, Crisis of Identity:


     Tess Copeland is an operator. Her motto? Necessity is the mother of a good con. When Hurricane Irving slams into the Texas Gulf coast, Tess seizes the opportunity to escape her past by hijacking a dead woman's life, but Shelby Coleman's was the wrong identity to steal. And the cop that trails her? He's a U.S. Marshall with the Fugitive Task Force for the northern district of Illinois. Tess left Chicago because the criminal justice system gave her no choice. Now she's on the run from ghosts and misdeeds past -- both hers and Shelby's.

     Enter Trevor Smith, A pseudo-cowboy from Houston, Texas, with good looks, a quick tongue, and testosterone poisoning. Will Tess succumb to his questionable charms and become his damsel in distress? She doesn't have to faint at his feet -- she's capable of handling just about anything. But will she choose to let Trevor be the man? When Tess kidnaps her niece, her life changes. She must make some hard decisions. Does she trust the lawman that promises her redemption, or does she trust the cowboy that promises her nothing but himself?


My reaction gushed from my mouth. "How can you be sure it was cold blood?" I sucked back a gasp at my gaffe. My question probably seemed strangely timed and oddly constructed. "I mean...it could have been self defense."

He offered me a cold, hard stare with unblinking eyes. "I just know."


"I guess I followed my lead at the wrong time. I got trapped riding out the storm...just like you."

"What makes you think I got trapped?"

"If you'd had any choice, you would have left."

My brother Tony forced me to stay, but he left me. A storm surge so strong it pulled the house out from under us knocked him into the sea. The Gulf of Mexico spit me back onto the beach as if the ocean didn't like the way I tasted.

I survived, but I had no time to grieve. The realization impaled my heart.

(Denise is sharing a different excerpt from Crisis of Identity at each blog stop. To read the other great excerpts, go to this link for the list of participants and the URL's for each blog:  http://denisemoncrief.blogspot.com )

During the tour, Denise will be giving away two autographed print copies of Crisis of Identity. Please visit each stop on the tour and sign up for the giveaway using rafflecopter. The giveaway ends at 11:59 CST on February 16, 2013. Two winners will be chosen on February 17, 2013.

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  1. Jan, thank you so much for hosting a day of my tour! Denise

  2. The xexcerpts are making me feel connected to Tess and her pain. I love the reference to the sea spiriting her back out becAuse it didn't like the taste of her.