Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Virtual Book Tour & Giveaway for In Deep and In Deeper by Kella McKinnon

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Welcome to my stop on the Virtual Book Tour, presented by Goddess Fish Promotions, for In Deep and In Deeper by Kella McKinnon.  Please leave a comment or question for Kella to let her know you stopped by.  You can enter her tour wide giveaway, for a $50 Amazon/B&N GC, by filling out the Rafflecopter form below.  You can also follow the rest of her tour by clicking on the tour banner above, the more stops you visit, the better your odds of winning. 

10 Things Most People Don't Know About Me
By Kella McKinnon

1.      I have a Masters Degree in molecular biology.  I spent three years in graduate school sequencing DNA, then I worked for a while in the biotech sector.

2.      I still love to listen to 80s music.  I like the 90s and 2000s too, but there’s nothing like reminiscing to a hair band anthem.

3.      When I was a kid, playing Star Wars always won out over Barbie.  I only had one friend who made me play Barbie.  The rest of the time it was Star Wars all the way.

4.      If I start a jig saw puzzle, I get so obsessed I can’t stop till it’s finished.            And so I haven’t started one in a long time, so that I can actually finish my books instead.

5.      I love old houses.  My own was built in 1788.  When my husband and I were house hunting, I drove the realtor crazy by refusing to look at anything built after 1850.  I love the feel of lived-in history.

6.      I can’t watch TV without doing something else at the same time.  My hands need to be busy, usually with some sort of craft project.

7.      I have a constant internal battle between wanting to be earthy and wanting to be glam.  Or maybe I just have a split personality, I don’t know.  Half of the time I channel the ‘nature’s child’ vibe and the other half I drool over Jimmy Choos.

8.      I’ve secretly always wanted to date a rock star.  Date yes, marry, no.  But don’t tell my husband.  He’s kind of the polar opposite of ‘rock star’.

9.      I can carve a wooden spoon out of a stick.    Seriously.  With a paring knife.
10.    If one day we learned that people have actually lived past lives, I wouldn’t be all that surprised.  I’ve known some people that even as adults seem so naïve, and others that are wise beyond their years.

In Deep
By Kella McKinnon
In Deep Series, Part 1

Publisher:  Kella McKinnon
Release Date: September 30, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
Length:  354 Pages
ISBN:  978-1500916862

Buy Link:  Amazon

About the book: 

“I never thought it would go this far… that a man with such terrible secrets would steal my heart and make me want him so much, when his life of danger and lies should have made me want nothing more than to turn and run. I understood him, you see. I knew that beneath all of that money and power, and yes… violence, was a man in desperate need of love. So desperate that he took from me something I wasn’t ready to give: my future.”

Brielle Dalton thought the few months in Vegas she needed to finish her dissertation would also be a chance to have some fun before ‘real life’ took over. But she never counted on meeting Cristos Vicario, the irresistible but troubled owner of the Adagio casino. The attraction was instant and all-consuming, but in the beginning neither knew that their lives had crossed before, and the result had been nothing short of tragedy. By the time Brielle discovers who Cristos really is, and what he has done in a reckless attempt to keep her, it’s too late. She’s already in too deep.

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He leaned closer.  “You smell like chocolate.”
“I had a chocolate martini with Alexis earlier.”
“I thought you were going running.”
“I did go running.  Then I met Alexis.”
“Just Alexis?”
I didn’t like his tone, it was almost accusing.  I got the sneaking suspicion that he had been spying on me.
“That’s none of your business”, I countered, suddenly a little annoyed.  Almost annoyed enough to take away his bonus points.
He pushed a hand through his hair and shook his head a little.  “I want it to be my business.”
“What is that supposed to mean?”  Did he want to control who I spent my time with?
“It means that when I’m seeing you, I want to have you all to myself.  I don’t want to share you with anyone else.”
“We’re not seeing each other… you don’t date, remember?”
“Seeing each other is not the same thing as dating”, he said, pressing his lips into a thin line.
“Yes, it is.  And since we aren’t seeing each other or dating, you have no say over what I do with my time or who I spend it with.”  I had no idea why I was even arguing with him, because even if we were dating, I was only with Lexi and her friend Dex.  And Dex was only there for a few minutes after I arrived.
He went silent for a long moment, his jaw working as he hashed something out in his mind.  “I think I want to make an exception.”
“An exception to what?” I asked, exasperated.
“The no dating rule…  I want us to be dating.”
I looked up at him in surprise.  That was just about the last thing I expected him to say.  I wondered if this was just another ploy to get me into bed.  I also wondered if he’d make me sign a waiver first like Lexi had heard.  Really rich guys did that sometimes before they dated someone, didn’t they?  A kind of non-disclosure agreement in case of a bad break-up?  Or entrapment?  The thought almost made me smile but I bit my lip instead.
“I’ll think about it”, I said.
His jaw clenched tighter and he drew a breath in through his nose, as if he was trying to rein in his temper.  “Come on, I’ll buy you a coffee.”
I grinned at him.  “You’re forgiven.”
He laughed and took my hand, leading me away to the nearest Starbucks.  “You amuse me to no end, Brielle.  I like that.”
After coffee, he brought me to a really classy sushi place, and ordered a wide selection for me to try.
“You know, this is the third evening in a row you’ve taken me to dinner.”
He gave me a sexy look.  “That’s because we’re dating.”
“I haven’t agreed to dating.”
“I don’t care what you did or didn’t agree to. I say we’re dating.  In fact… I want you to move to the Adagio.  There’s a suite of rooms open on the floor below mine that would be perfect for you.”

I narrowed my eyes at him.  “Uh uh, no way.  I’m perfectly fine where I am.”

“Brielle, where you’re staying is dangerous, not to mention… unsavory.  I don’t want you there, not when I own an entire hotel.”

I rested my chin in the palm of my hand and gave him my most stubborn look.  “No.”

In Deeper
By Kella McKinnon
In Deep Series, Part 2

Publisher:  Kella McKinnon
Release Date: September 30, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
Length:  242 Pages

Buy Link:  Amazon

About the book: 

Continuation of the In Deep series – to be read in order

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I took another deep breath.  “Whatever it is, you can tell me, Criss.”

He looked over at me, and I could see the pain and confusion in his eyes for the first time, plain as day.  It gutted me.

“No, I can’t, Brie.  It’s not just that I don’t want to.  It’s dangerous, and the less anyone but me knows, the better.  Can you understand that?”  He was watching me closely again, like he had last night, as if he was looking for even the slightest reaction.

I sat back a little, stunned, but not really surprised.  I had guessed a long time ago that he might be tangled up in some sort of questionable activities, but dangerous?  For the life of me I couldn’t imagine what he could be involved in that had him this uptight.  The mob?  A loan shark?  No, he had too much money to owe anyone anything.  Drugs?  I’d never seen him use any, or seen any signs that he ever had… and… well, I just couldn’t think of anything else.

“Okay… What do you want then?  Do you want us to be over?”  I knew I should be running in the other direction as fast as I could right now, but instead every single cell in my body was hoping he’d say no.

“No, Brie.”

Thank god.  I think.

I took a deep breath.  “Why would you think I was out to get you?  Why would I be spying on you?  I never even knew who you were until Lexi told me.”

“I just… I’ve been burned before, that’s all.  And I never saw it coming.”

“I see.”

“Look… I know it’s wrong and I know that when all is said and done you’ll probably end up hating me, but no.  I couldn’t stand for us to be over.  It would kill me.”

“Then that’s all I need to hear, for now anyway.  Just promise me that when you can tell me things, you will.”

He nodded, but his eyes shifted away from mine.  He might never tell me, but for right now, I’d take what I could get.  And what I wanted most in that moment was to hold him and touch him and breathe in the warm scent of his skin.  If it wasn’t love that I felt for this man, it was getting awfully close.  The question remained though, if I ever got to know the part of him he was hiding from me, would I feel the same?

“Take me back to your place, please, Criss.”

He looked over at me, then picked up my hand and squeezed it.  “Thank you, for understanding.  It’s more than I should ask of you.”  He gave me a sad smile and then started the car, shifting into gear and pulling away from the curb.  This time, the ride was much calmer.

We went straight up to the penthouse and he took off all of his clothes, then undressed me slowly, pausing to kiss each part of my body as he uncovered it.

All but my lips. 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Hello everyone!  Let me introduce myself.  Though I used to work in Boston in the biotech industry, I’m now loving life on a small farm in New England where my husband and I are raising our three children and lots of animals.  Between taking care of chickens and goats and shuttling the kids to dance class and piano lessons, I find the time to pursue my own interest: writing.  I relish creating stories and bringing my characters to life on the written page, and each book is a labor of love.  

I’m passionate about the romance genre because of the emotional journey a well-written novel can take the reader on, and my goal with each of my books is to do the same for my readers.  I would love to hear from you at kellamckinnon.com, or kellamckinnon@gmail.com.