Wednesday, 18 September 2013

The Last Straw by Nia Simone- Book tour and #giveaway

The Last Straw is Nia Simone’s debut work and she’s giving it out for free for one week only during the tour on Amazon. Generous Nia will be giving away a $25 Amazon gift card to one randomly drawn commenter so make sure to leave a comment.

Ally Tobin left New York after one too many bad dates, determined to rebuild a stable life and career as a private investigator in Silicon Valley. But when the man she knew as one name walks into her office with another, will her curiosity once again lead her to risk her heart?

The last thing Special Agent Jared Green needs is "security risk" stamped on the resume of his latest undercover identity. Especially by the woman his job forced him to leave in New York without any explanation. She may threaten his cover, but it's his heart on the line. 

He's good at playing a part. She's good at catching a fake. Can they trust enough to give love another chance?


He sauntered through the door, a white, button- down shirt tucked into belted khakis. When his dark gaze found her, he stopped. Stared. Her throat dried and a rustling motion stirred in her abdomen.

“Hi. I’m Darren Ray.”

Keep your cool, she commanded herself, standing and reaching across the desk. His hand was rough.

She yanked her hand back and waved at the chair. “Please, have a seat.” He waited for her to sit before settling in the visitor’s chair. “So, Darren, according to this, you’re being considered for a programmer position in the IT department. Tell me about your background.”

A professional mask settled over his features. “As you can see on my résumé, I have several years of consulting experience.”

“Tell me something about your experience as a mechanic.” Working on his prized old Mustang had been a favorite hobby.

The corner of his mouth twitched. “What do you mean? That’s not in my résumé.”

“You don’t have the hands of a programmer. More of a mechanic.” Oh, his hands.

“Okay, you got me.” He was going to confess. This should be good. “When I’m not programming computers I’m working on my car.”

“And what were you doing in New York City?”

He reached across her desk for a piece of paper, plucked a pen from its stand and scrawled something.  When she took the note their fingers brushed. Meet me for dinner at Pico’s at 7. I’ll explain everything. Can’t talk here.

Nia Simone grew up on the side of a ski slope in Squaw Valley, USA. Later, while learning the craft of story writing, she worked in nonprofit and then high-tech.

The best part of working in the computer field was meeting her husband. He took up skiing and she helped him document his computer inventions! They live in "Silicon Valley" in California where their favorite thing to do is cook together for friends. Nia’s specialties are dessert and veggies while her husband’s are entrees and sourdough bread.

Their only pet at the moment is the sourdough starter, which lives in the fridge and requires bi-weekly feeding.
Nia blogs every day about travel, food, writing, books, skiing and photography at (where she won the Versatile Blogger Award and Inspiring Blogger Award).​

Twitter: @niasimone4

Remember to stop by the other blogs on her tour and leave a message to increase your chances of winning. Click here for tour stops.


  1. Hello, Nana! Thank you for hosting me on my blog tour. I'm thrilled to be here today.

    I enjoy interacting with and learning from readers, so please say hi. And I have a question for you, if you like. How has the Internet changed your reading habits? For example, do you read more reviews? Share your favorite reads with others? Have you expanded what kinds of books you try because of others' recommendations?

    Thanks for reading!


    1. You are welcome Nia. I love questions. Now that I can download books from Amazon, I get the newest releases instead of reading older books. With my blog I can share my reviews with other people instead of just with my closest friends and strangers that I accost to tell about a great book I have read.

  2. The internet has made me find many new authors and I love reading reviews.
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

    1. Thanks, Natasha! Good luck!

  3. Thanks for the excerpt to help promote the book - it really helps to get a "feel" for the book in advance before taking the plunge! Now I've another one to put on my TBR pile... LOL!
    michelle at oxrider dot com

    1. Thanks, Michelle! I'm glad you were tempted by the excerpt. It's a short read so hopefully you can enjoy it between other longer reads. (I have a huge TBR pile too.)

  4. Thanks for hosting. I am looking forward to reading The Last Straw which I just picked up from Amazon.


  5. Thanks for hosting. I am looking forward to reading The Last Straw which I just picked up from Amazon.


  6. What inspired the setting of Silicon Valley?


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