Monday, 22 September 2014


Welcome to Alicia Dean and be sure to check out the pre-order information at the end of the post.

Thank you so much for having me on your blog, Christine Elaine. I’m excited to share my upcoming release, Without Mercy, a Suspense/Thriller.

This project has been in the works since 2009. I kept running into roadblocks and putting it aside, then picking it back up again. Finally, I picked it up a few months ago and decided this time, I’d stick with it. The plot is kind of involved, and I kept finding my characters in impossible situations that I had to get them out of. I don’t like to cheat readers or take the lazy way out, so making it all work was a bit difficult. Hopefully, my efforts were successful and readers will enjoy the novel.

Now, for a glimpse into Without Mercy…

How far will a mother go to protect her child?
When an apparently random bank robbery turns out to be a sinister plan, single mother China Beckett is thrust into a nightmare. A group of mercenaries take over her life, threatening her young daughter and everyone they love. Each time China makes a mistake, someone dies. She'll fight to the last breath to protect her child, but with no idea what move will be the wrong one, that might not be enough.
As the lives of China's loved ones are jeopardized, she must take action, although she has no idea where to turn--and time is running out. But then, a startling truth is revealed and China discovers that the only person who can save them might be a ghost from the past.


Sunlight warmed China’s face through the windshield. The sky was a clear, gorgeous blue. She tried to concentrate on the lovely May weather and not on what she'd seen that morning. Tried to keep telling herself that, just as Boyle said, she had been lucky. She was alive to see the beautiful day.

Sophie hadn't been so fortunate.
She was two miles from Lucy's house when her aunt called back.
“Hi, China doll, I'm sorry I couldn't reach you earlier.”
“I guess I was in the shower when you called. I tried to call you back. I'm almost there.”
“Almost where?”
“To your house. Where else?”
“Didn't you get my message?”
She stopped at a red light. “No. I didn't listen to my messages. Is something wrong?”
“Nothing's wrong. You know I love to see you anytime, but I didn't want you to waste a trip over here if you were just coming to get Emma.”
“What are you talking about? Waste a trip?” She gritted her teeth and prayed for patience. Her aunt invariably took forever to get to the point.
“I mean, because Emma's not here.”
Her heart slowed, then thumped loudly in her ears. “What do you mean, not there?”
“She's with that police officer. The detective.”
“Detective Boyle?”
“Let's see. I don't recall his name, but that doesn't sound right.”
The light turned green, and China pressed the accelerator. “Why is she with a detective, Aunt Lucy?”
“Well, because you sent him over to get her.”

“What?” Her knees weakened, and she lost her breath. “Lucy, I did not send a detective over to get her. I didn't send anyone. You let her go with a stranger? Without calling me?”
“Oh, my. I tried to call you, remember? He was a policeman. He had a badge.”
Chills raced over her skin. Why would the police pick up Emma?
“I need to call Miles and see what’s going on.”
“Is everything okay?”
“I—I don’t know. I’ll call you back.”
China’s fingers could barely function as she punched in Miles’ number. Before she completed the digits, the phone shrilled in her hand. She jumped and almost dropped it.
The caller ID showed her home number. Jesus Christ. Who was at her house?
She jammed the answer button with her thumb. “Hello?”
“Miss Beckett.”
“Who is this?”
“You do not know me.” The voice was deep, heavily accented. Austrian? German? Swedish? “Emma is here with me. You must please come home now.”

Alicia Dean lives in Edmond, Oklahoma. She has three grown children and a huge network of supportive friends and family. She writes mostly contemporary suspense and paranormal, but has also written in other genres, including a few vintage historicals.
Other than reading and writing, her passions are Elvis Presley, MLB, NFL (she usually works in a mention of one or all three into her stories) and watching her favorite televisions shows like Vampire Diaries, Justified, Sons of Anarchy, Haven, The Mindy Project, and Dexter (even though it has sadly ended, she will forever be a fan). Some of her favorite authors are Michael Connelly, Dennis Lehane, Lee Child, Lisa Gardner, Sharon Sala, Jordan Dane, Ridley Pearson, Joseph Finder, and Jonathan Kellerman…to name a few.

Find Alicia here: Coming September 26, 2014. Follow my blog to be notified, or fill out this form to be added to my email list.

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  1. Thank you, Elaine! I appreciate you hosting me today.

  2. Alicia: Love the cover, the blurb and the excerpt--all reader-snaring! Good luck w/sales for this thriller.

    1. Thank you so much, Susan! Glad you found it reader-snaring. Hope others will. :)

  3. Alicia, this sounds like a very intriguing book and, unlike your paranormal vampire stories I tend to shy away from, I'm looking forward to reading this one. It's on my reading list already. Congrats, and good luck.

    1. Ha! Thank you, Carol. Yes, I think this is more up your alley than my vampire novels. :) Hey, I try to write something for everyone. LOL. I appreciate your support!

  4. This one sounds scary! And Susan is right, readers will be snared by the premise. Frightened, like me, but unable to look away. Good job! And thanks for sharing this with us. Best wishes for WITHOUT MERCY and all of your writing!

    1. :) It's really not scary, M.J. Promise! Hehehehehe...thanks so much for the kind words!

  5. This book is going to go viral! I just know it!

    1. Awww, let's hope! Thanks for all your help with it!

  6. Love the intriguing sound of this book. GREAT excerpt! I can't imagine anything scarier than knowing a stranger has your child. Good luck with the release.

    1. Thank you so much, Linda. I'm glad you liked the excerpt. Yes, that would be beyond terrifying. :(

  7. Very chilling! I am a mother and this is one of my worst nightmares. I am picturing Sally Field already. It is on my list to order!

    1. Thank you so much! I hope it's a compelling read. Spoiler - the daughter in this doesn't suffer a fate like the one in the Sally Field movie. Gosh, that was awful!

  8. You have a great book here, Alicia. Good luck!

  9. I appreciate that, Diane. Thank you!

  10. Excellent blurb. This sounds like a winner. I'm putting it on my "to read" list. Good luck with all your writing endeavors!

  11. Great excerpt. Love the cover. It's perfect!

    1. Thank you, Kara. Yes, I am very proud of the cover. He did a wonderful job.