Monday, July 22, 2013

Blog Tour {Excerpt & Giveaway}—Speak Easy by Melanie Harlow

Stopping by The LUV'NV today is the Speak Easy blog tour, organized by AToMR Tours.
We have an exclusive excerpt from this New Adult Historical to share with you,
and you can enter to win an eBook copy or an awesome grand prize swag pack with a signed copy of Speak Easy.

Speak Easy
by Melanie Harlow
Speak Easy #1
Publication: July 22nd, 2013 by Melanie Harlow
Genre: New Adult Historical

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Temptation is everywhere.

It's July, 1923. By day twenty-year-old Tiny O’Mara works for her father’s smalltime bootlegging operation. By night she craves the roll-your-stockings-down lifestyle of a flapper, but with her mother gone, she’s usually stuck at home with two younger sisters—until her father is kidnapped by a mobster in Detroit's exploding organized crime scene, and it’s Tiny who has to come up with the ten-thousand-dollar ransom.

In one week.

Enzo DiFiore’s screen-idol looks and dangerous charm leave her breathless, even though he’s the son of the mobster holding her father hostage. But when the forbidden spark between them refuses to burn out, she tries to use their powerful attraction to buy more time.

And then there’s Joey Lupo, the irritatingly handsome pest from her childhood who’s got the street smarts Tiny needs to smuggle enough booze to make a quick ten grand. But he’s got his own agenda where gang rivalries are concerned, and despite his promise to protect her, Tiny isn’t sure she can trust Joey—or stop her growing feelings for him.

To save her father’s life, she’ll have to choose between them. But deciding whom to trust isn’t easy in a world where everyone wants something—be it booze, money, power, or sex—and no one cares what it takes to get it.

Despite the hot day, the interior of the boathouse was shadowy and dank, empty but for the sacks of whisky and crates of scotch at the back. I was heading for them when I heard footsteps behind me.
“I made the deliveries,” I said, picking up a burlap sack of Canadian Club by its bunny ears. “Mrs. Koehler was a little short.”
“I’m not sure you should be calling anyone short.”
I spun around as someone stepped out from the shadows into a narrow beam of sunlight slanting through a high window.
My breath hitched. “How did you get in here?”
The sheik smiled, hands in his pockets. “I have a talent for lock and key.”
“How did you find this place?”
“I followed you.”
The gooseflesh returned. Is Bridget right about him? “Why?”
“I was curious.” He walked toward me, slowly. His coat was unbuttoned. “And I wanted to see you again.”
I glanced at the open door. “You shouldn’t be here. If it’s whisky you want, I’ll bring it to you.”
He took the sack from my hands and set it on the floor. “What if I want something besides whisky?” His dark eyes were beautiful, but it was his mouth that fascinated me. My breath came faster as I stared at the sharp peaks of his upper lip.
“Such as?”
He tipped up my chin, but went no further, his mouth so close I could feel his breath. His slow smile sent my pulse skittering out of control.
I was done waiting for it. I grabbed the back of his neck and pulled his mouth to mine.
His arms snaked around my back, the heat of his body enveloping me. When he opened his mouth, I did the same, and my entire body hummed like a swarm of bees was under my skin. I’m kissing the sheik! I don’t even know his name! Daddy could walk in here any second! Damn, he smells good—like aftershave and tobacco. My breasts tingled and I rose up on tiptoe, trying to press closer. Wishing his skin was bare, I ran my hands down his vest and twined my arms around his taut waist. My fingers hit a hard object, and I froze.
He has a gun.

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Melanie Harlow

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Melanie Harlow likes her martinis dry, her lipstick red, and her history with the naughty bits left in. SPEAK EASY was inspired by her cocktail-culture obsession, her affection for good gin, and the view from the end of her street. She lifts her glass to NA readers and writers from her home near Detroit, MI.

Eight (8) eCopies of Speak Easy (mobi or ePub only) – International
One (1) grand prize swag pack: Valentine Vodka Swag, JewelNinjas Agatha Bracelet, Chrome Cocktail Shaker, MAC Lipstick, Great Gatsby  Soundtrack or $10 iTunes gift card, Gatsby-style Flapper Headband, signed copy of Speak Easy, $25 Amazon gift card – US only


  1. Thank you so much for participating in Speak Easy's release week tour! Your website is beautiful. :)

  2. You're quite welcome. :) And thank you!

  3. Looking forward to read it, I love the excerpt, thanks for the giveaway :)

  4. Excited to read this! Thanks!

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    This sounds like an interesting read! Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. nice excerpt; this book sounds great.