I’m delighted to welcome Marie Higgins to Travel Back in Time. Marie is a best-selling, multi-published author of Christian and sweet romance novels; from refined bad-boy heroes who make your heart melt to the feisty heroines who somehow manage to love them regardless of their faults. She’s published over 20 heartwarming, on-the-edge-of-your-seat stories, and broadened her readership by writing mystery/suspense, humor, time-travel, paranormal, along with her love for historical romances. Her readers have dubbed her “Queen of Tease”, because of all her twists and turns and unexpected endings.
Thanks for having me as your guest, Anna.
In 1865, the Secret Service Division was created in Washington D.C. to destroy counterfeit currency exchange. A few years later, the duties of a Secret Agent broadened to include detecting persons who were defrauding the government. In 1870 the Secret Service Headquarters relocated to New York…and this is where I start my story, soon to be released in Feb 2015.
In “Secrets and Lies”, my heroine is the spy. Her father and brother are also spies, and so she was taught well. She enjoys this kind of life most of the time, but secretly wishes for a life where she can settle down and marry. She’s getting tired of telling lies to protect her and the other secret agents working for President Ulysses S. Grant.
Check out the book trailer – http://youtu.be/2S-lIHgKTzM
“Nicole,” he whispered her name closing the space between them as he stood in front of her, “I have always wondered something about you from the very first time we met. I couldn’t quite understand what had me so perplexed, but I felt as if you were holding secrets.” He swept the fingers of his free hand along the curls by her cheek. “I now realize that you are not the woman you have pretended to be.”
Ice chilled her blood. No! He couldn’t possibly know that. She wouldn’t admit the truth to him even if he threatened her life. Then again, with him holding a gun on her, perhaps her life was at stake. “I-I’m sure I don’t know what you mean.”
“Oh, my dear, Nicole.” He shook his head slowly. “It is time to stop playing this game with me. I’ve suspected who you were for a few days now.”
She gasped. “You thought I’d been lying to you?”
“Not at first, but the more we talked, the more I realized your charade.”
He couldn’t possibly have guessed. “I, sir, do not have a charade. If anyone has one, it’s you!”
“And how did you come to that conclusion, my dear?”
Once again, he had put her on the spot. “Oh come now. You cannot tell me that you haven’t heard the rumors.”
Ashton arched an eyebrow. “Rumors? Of what, may I ask?”
Uncomfortable, she laughed lightly. “The train robberies these past few months, of course. Have you forgotten about them so soon? Money has been stolen from off your trains—monies going to help rebuild the South because of the disaster from the war.”
“You don’t have to explain about the robberies. Because I’m one of the owners of the rail line, I know what is going on. But what does this have to do with me?”
She motioned her shaky hand to the room’s décor. “It’s rumored that your coffers have doubled in the past few months. Is it just a coincidence that this happened around the same time as the train thefts?”
Slowly, a grin tugged at Ashton’s mouth. The pistol he clutched fell to his side, but his weapon of choice now was his limb-melting gaze and sensual grin. In a way, this one was more dangerous.
Love the colors on the cover, Marie. Looking forward to reading Secrets and Lies when it’s released.