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January 11, 2014

One Red Shoe by Diane Burton / Book Blast + Giveaway

Today is the World Wide Release of Diane Burton's book, One Red Shoe! This book is on my top ten list of books to read this year, so it's a treat to have her on my blog. She is offering an excerpt and giving away a $20 eGift card for Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Sorry, the giveaway is over.

Title: One Red Shoe
Author: Diane Burton
Genre: Romantic-Suspense
Format: eBook and Print
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Published: September 2013


Wannabe writer rescues wounded spy while risking her heart.

Daria Mason’s life is too predictable. Nothing ever happens in her small Iowa town where everybody knows everybody else. But when she travels to New York City looking for a little excitement, she never expects to bring home a wounded spy.

From the moment agent Sam Jozwiak steals intel vital to US security from a Russian Mafia kingpin, Murphy’s Law takes over. No matter how he covers his tracks, the kingpin’s assassins find him. What’s worse than getting shot in the butt? Accepting help from an Iowa tourist.

Sam and Daria flee cross country with the assassins right behind them. Sharing danger and excitement—and a few kisses—with Sam soon has Daria convinced he’s the man for her. He thinks she’ll be better off once he’s out of her life for good. With their lives on the line, can she convince him they belong together?

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Sam found a door with a push plate and faded square where a sign used to be. This had to be it. He carefully pushed open the door. No noise to attract Grashenko & Company if they came back. Good grief, the restroom was an explosion of pink. Pepto-Bismol pink with black trim. Sam didn’t have time to find the men’s room now. He would stop the bleeding and get out of this potential trap.

Skylights, dirty like the rest of the windows in the building, let in enough light to see. Good. He didn’t want to risk turning on a light that would shine under the door. Around a corner, hidden from the door, he found a long counter with a row of sinks and a mirror above. All the better to examine the damage done by that trigger-happy fool.

Sam unzipped his jeans and worked down his briefs to expose his hip. What a mess. Not for the first time, he cursed Grashenko for showing up in that hotel room in Smolensk. Sam’s hasty departure, with Yuri and Korioff on his tail, meant leaving behind his gear. His clothes, sunglasses, and emergency medical supplies would bring top dollar on the Russian black market. He would have to make do with what he had. Carefully, he turned a faucet to wet his handkerchief. He blew out a breath in relief the plumbing still worked and was used on a regular basis. No air hissed or sputtered, which would’ve brought Grashenko and Korioff back in a hurry.

With much twisting to see, Sam wiped away the worst of the blood. Amazed that there were paper towels in a dispenser, he folded several and stuffed them inside his briefs. He tried to zip his jeans but the bulge in back pressed on his raw flesh. Hell, he’d zip up when he was done.

When he bent to check his calf, he nearly keeled over from dizziness. He grabbed the counter. His shoe had absorbed the blood. None on the floor, thank God. No trail. Sam patted his shirt pocket and took out his agency cell phone. He needed to find out where the hell Teller was. That idiot better have a damn good reason for doing a no-show. Didn’t he realize the consequences? Didn’t he realize how little time they had to—

The air moved—his only warning that the door to the restroom had opened. A whirlwind in beige blasted past him. In that split second Sam instinctively cataloged the intruder. Female, five-ten, weight uncertain due to voluminous coat, late twenties, long dark single braid, penny loafers. And a large button clipped to her purse. Shit. More dangerous than a Russian Mafia hit man. A wide-eyed innocent. The kind he’d sworn to protect. And here he was bleeding like a stuck pig, so dizzy he was going to fall flat on his face.


Diane Burton combines her love of mystery, adventure, science fiction and romance into writing romantic fiction. Besides the science fiction romance Switched series, she is the author of The Pilot, the first book in a series about strong women on the frontier of space. One Red Shoe is her first romantic suspense. She is also a contributor to the anthology How I Met My Husband. Diane and her husband live in Michigan. They have two children and two grandchildren.
For more info and excerpts from her books, visit Diane’s website:


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Diane Burton said...

Good morning, Chrys. Thanks for having me here today to celebrate the worldwide release of my romantic suspense ONE RED SHOE.

Chrys Fey said...

You're welcome, Diane! I am happy to have you! :)

Kelly Hashway said...

Great excerpt! Best of luck to Diane.

Unknown said...

So is the one read shoe the one with the blood in it?
Great I guess I'll have t read it to find out.
Congrats Diane!

Chrys Fey said...

Hmm . . . maybe. ;)

Yes, read it! I'll be reading it too. :D

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you for stopping by, Kelly!

Unknown said...

Good Grief! *red* and *to*
I just got back from Walmart. Thats why my head is not on straight!

Diane Burton said...

Thanks, Kelly. Glad you liked the excerpt.

Diane Burton said...

LOL David. Thanks for stopping by.

Diane Burton said...

Chrys, thanks for having me here.Wishing you a great year.

brenda said...

Looks like a good one. Great except. Congrats on your release. Must be exciting.

Chrys Fey said...

That's okay, David. We know what you meant. :) I'll tell you a little secret . . . When I was creating this post, I accidentally typed One Read Shoe in the title! I was relieved when I caught it.

I don't know why, Diane, but that "a" just wants to get in there. lol

Chrys Fey said...

I hope 2014 is a fabulous year for you, too, Diane! :D

Chrys Fey said...

I'm excited to read Diane's book as soon as I get the chance. :) You'll be having your release soon, Brenda, for which I can't wait! :D

Unknown said...

Looks like an interesting book! And if your looking forward to reading this, Chrys, then I know it must be a good one. I'm entering now so thanks for sharing. I will post this on my FB as well=)

PK HREZO said...

Congrats to Diane!!

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, Chrys. Hi, Diane.

Wow ... That was one exciting excerpt! All the best with your book, Diane!

Chrys. Hope all is well.

Chrys Fey said...

I am looking forward to reading it. :D Good luck with the contest!

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you for stopping by, Pk!

Chrys Fey said...

Hi, Michael.

I love the excerpt too! And thank you. All is well with me. I hope it's the same with you. :)

♡♥♬ Carolsue ♡♥♬ said...

Sounds like a pretty hot book! I always enjoy reading excerpts of books! Thanks.
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Chrys Fey said...

Indeed. ;)

You're very welcome, Carolsue!

Diane Burton said...

Having a published book is definitely exciting. It never gets old even after 5 books. Thanks for stopping by, Brenda.

Diane Burton said...

Gina, thanks for the comment. And, Chris, thanks for the recommendation.

Diane Burton said...

Yikes, Chrys, I just misspelled your name. Sorry!

Diane Burton said...

Thank you, Pk. Love hearing that. :)

Diane Burton said...

Thanks, Michael.

Diane Burton said...

Thanks, Carolsue. I love reading excerpts, too. Glad you liked this one.

Chrys Fey said...

Oh that's fine, Diane! It happens all the time. I don't even mind. :)

You're very welcome for the recommendation!