Friday, April 26, 2013

{Book Tour} About Face by Amy Lee Burgess

Heroes. We love them. They have certain qualities, right? Sexy, devoted, strong. In paranormal romances, they also tend to have really developed abs and arms. At least judging by the covers of the books!
Can they be flawed? If you read about a gorgeous guy who is devoted to his mate yet maybe has this tendency to want to save the world one person at a time, but doesn’t want anyone’s help, would you like him?
I’m hoping you would because that describes the hero of the Wolf Within series, Liam Murphy, pretty accurately.
He’s always trying to save people. He never wants any help. And sometimes I think he can be a bit callous of other people’s feelings. Ironically, that usually means the person he’s desperately trying to save.
Case in point – his bond mate, Stanzie. In the third novel, Hidden in Plain Sight, why he had to go off alone to the archives to find that precedent to save her when she was on trial for her life, she’ll never know. She wanted him to stay with her as she faced a tribunal full of intimidating Councilors. She wanted his support literally. Like holding her hand at the conference table as she was barraged with incriminating questions.
He, on the other hand, didn’t trust anyone but himself to find that legal precedent, damn it! Couldn’t she understand that he needed to be doing something, not sitting at a table, struggling to keep from attacking the Councilors who dared put his bond mate on the spot?
Now, in About Face, the fifth novel in the Wolf Within series, he’s at it again. Liam Murphy is determined to save his pack, his Alpha, his sister, his parents, the whole damn world, but he doesn’t want anybody’s help.
Stanzie has other ideas. She usually does. They are in for such a strange and heartbreaking adventure. Together.
I hope you enjoy reading About Face. I’d love to hear your thoughts about it or any of the Wolf Within series. Please email me at amyleeburgess99@gmail.com and tell me what you think of Liam Murphy!

About Face (Book #5 of The Wolf Within Series)



Stanzie’s job as Advisor to the Great Council is discovering other people’s secrets. When those secrets are being kept by the ones she loves most, can she find the courage to expose them?

Under orders from a Councilor, Stanzie journeys to Dublin and the MacTire pack. Her mission: warn her estranged bond mate, Liam Murphy, to abandon his overzealous search for the man responsible for the death of his first bond mate. Not only is he endangering himself, but also disrupting the delicate balance between opposing factions in the conspiracy threatening to tear the Great Pack apart.


Liam needs Stanzie’s help to protect their Alpha, who has entangled himself in the conspiracy’s deadly web. But he also desperately wants her back. In a race against time, Stanzie and Liam discover enemies often wear the faces of friends.


CONTENT WARNING: Vulgar language, sexual situations, some violence
A Lyrical Press Paranormal Romance


Excerpt

Our fingers were still linked when I opened my eyes hours later. The bedroom smelled of sex--of us--and while he wasn't snoring, Murphy’s breath was slow and heavy, the way I remembered from the nights we’d spent together in America.
For a moment I was filled with such aching happiness I almost expected to levitate off the bed. But then I remembered everything, and black despair bit into me so hard I wondered I didn't bleed.


He’d rolled off me at some point, but we were still on top of the covers. I let go of his hand and slid off the bed. I found his t-shirt and my panties, put them on and fled to the living room.


The remains of our dinner had congealed on our plates on the table. The lights were still on, and I got as far as the sofas before my legs went out from beneath me and I couldn't breathe.


Murphy appeared like a ghost in the bedroom doorway. His eyes were very dark.


“Can we talk about it, Stanzie?”


“What’s to talk about?” I drew one of the throw pillows defensively close to my stomach.


I loved him but he didn't love me. I’d tried so hard not to let that overwhelm me and make peace with it. Of all the people in his life he protected, I was the last on the list and that’s not where I wanted to be. “You chose Paddy and Mac Tire over me, and I guess I get that, but it hurts.”


“I had no idea you loved me.” His tone was raw and desperate. “I thought I was doing the right thing. You didn't need to be put at risk in this, and I thought I could--”


“What? Don’t lie to me, Liam. You didn't want me involved because you’re going to do something stupid to save Paddy and your father. Why should you martyr yourself for them?”


“Paddy came to me for help,” Murphy shouted and the muscles in his face strained as he struggled to regain control. “He had nowhere else to turn, don’t you see? It’s not like I could tell him to go screw himself. He’s my best mate.”


“But it’s okay to tell me to go screw myself, I guess. I’m your bond mate. You wouldn't come to my tribunal. You threw me out like so much garbage when Paddy told you his problems. And you couldn't even tell me why. You’re so hell-bent on saving everybody, but it’s always on your terms and you have to be the one to give help--you never want it in return. I would have helped you. I would have done anything for Paddy--he’s my Alpha--but you decided what was best for me in your typical high-handed Liam Murphy fashion, and to hell with what I thought, what I wanted.


“And then tonight you take advantage of the fact I love you so you can, what? Have sex?


Haven’t you screwed anyone in four months, or have you just screwed people over?”


His face blanched of all color, and he stared at me, his dark eyes bottomless.


“That wasn't just sex. Did that feel like just sex to you?”


“No, not to me. I love you. But that’s what it was to you. Will you please leave me alone? I’m tired and I want to go to sleep.”


“Stanzie, I know you’re tired, but we've got to talk about this.”


“In the morning. Maybe.” I turned away from him because I couldn't stand to look at the entreaty in his eyes. In a heartbeat I’d be across the floor to him, and screw that.


He abruptly gave in. “Look, you take the bed, I’ll sleep out here.”


“No, I’ll stay out here.” I was ten seconds from tears, and I wanted him gone so he wouldn't see.


“Stanzie, take the bed.”


“No,” I shouted, and the damn tears poured down my cheeks. “It smells like us in there, don’t you get it? And us is a lie. Just let me do what I want, goddamn it.”


He opened his mouth to argue, but then, defeated, retreated and did as I asked.




About Amy Lee Burgess

Amy Lee Burgess is a transplanted New Englander living in Houston, Texas with two dogs and lots of DVDs. In an attempt to bond with the city after being forced out of New Orleans post-Katrina, she turned to her writing. Determined to finally finish that novel she'd been hacking away at since high school, Amy managed to come up with a wolf shifter character named Stanzie Newcastle. She and Stanzie have been BFFs ever since.

In addition to Stanzie, Amy has also forged a relationship with several vampires, a witch or two, and other assorted supernatural creatures she hopes will entertain her readers. But she will always have room for coffee and butterscotch squares with Stanzie.



3 comments:

  1. Och! What an excerpt! I've got to know more.

    Love how you talk about your characters. Which is the first book in the series?

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    1. Hi Anise! The first book in the series is Beneath the Skin. Followed by: Scratch the Surface, Hidden in Plain Sight, Inside Out.

      Stanzie and Murphy have had an up and down relationship so far in the series, but About Face, the latest book, takes it to all new levels.

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  2. What a great interview and interesting premise.
    I like that it sounds unique and different.
    And perhaps like it has an element of mystery.

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