venerdì 16 febbraio 2018

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Devil’s Gold by Amanda McKinney

Despite being chronically late, occasionally disheveled and a tad disorganized, Dixie Knight is one of the top private investigators in the country, and when a young woman goes missing in the small, Southern town of Devil’s Den, Dixie takes the case. She expected it to be another ordinary missing person case—until Lizzie Meyers is found naked and beaten to death at a local, seedy motel.

While visiting relatives on his two-week leave, Marine Liam Cash bumps into Dixie at the local bar, and his attraction to her is immediate. When Liam connects Dixie’s current case to two unsolved murders in his hometown, he steps in to help find the killer, and keep her safe, whether Dixie wants him to or not.

After another woman is found brutally beaten, Dixie turns the town upside down trying to solve the mystery—could it be the rumored witch that lives in the mountains; the rich, neurotic doctor’s wife; or the perky, blonde receptionist at the local medical clinic?

Time is running out and Dixie knows she has to put the pieces of the puzzle together before another body turns cold in Devil’s Den.

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Dixie released the grip on her gun, turned back around, and focused again on Emmett, still standing motionless behind a tree.

What the hell was he planning to do? Just stand there and watch the house all night?

She blew out a breath and glanced at her watch—just after midnight.

Minutes ticked by.

An owl hooted in the distance.

Suddenly Emmett reached into his pocket, and a flash caught her eye—a glint of moonlight sparkling off the tip of a blade.

Her heart skipped a beat, her back straightened like a rod. Whoa buddy, what’re you planning to do with that..., she whispered.

He began to move through the woods, toward the house.

Her senses peaked.

She took off after him, silently stepping through the brush. A thick cloud floated over the moon, hampering visibility.

She picked up her pace, her eyes locked on her target.

As Emmett stepped into the yard, her gaze shifted to movement inside the house. A silhouette passed by the window, holding a large bag. A trash bag maybe?

Oh God, no, Beverly, don’t go outside.

Her heart began to pound.

She quickly looked back to where Emmett was standing only a second earlier—shit!—he was gone.

Shit, shit, shit!

She pulled the gun from her belt, jogged through the woods and into the yard. Frantic, she looked from left to right.

Where did you go, where did you go...

Suddenly, a spine-tingling scream vibrated through the air. Dixie spun on her heel and sprinted toward the back of the house.

Another scream—this one had the hair on the back of her neck standing up. As she rounded the corner, she saw Beverly kicking and screaming, being dragged by her hair through the back door.

Let her go!

Startled, Emmett dropped Beverly, took one look at the gun in Dixie’s hand and bolted toward the woods.

Dixie leapt onto the back porch. Are you okay?

With eyes the size of golf balls, Beverly nodded; her brown, disheveled hair sticking out from her head. Yes, yes, oh my God.

Go inside, lock the doors, and call the police. And, do not answer the door for anyone. Do you understand?

A frantic nod.


As Beverly scrambled inside, Dixie took off like a rocket across the yard. She gripped her gun and pushed into a sprint, leaping over a rotted log and into the woods. Up ahead, she spotted him. Adrenaline surged through her veins, the ice-cold air burning her lungs.

She was gaining on him.

She thought of Beverly, and how if she hadn’t been there, it was very possible that Beverly would be tucked into body bag this evening, instead of her bed.

She gritted her teeth.

Son of a bitch.

She pushed harder—she was only a few feet behind him now.

He stumbled on the uneven terrain, and she lunged forward, throwing herself onto him. As they tumbled to the ground, the gun flew from her hand.

Fists flying, legs kicking, she caught an elbow to the jaw, sending a fresh rush of adrenaline through her. She answered back with right hook, connecting with his cheek.

Ow! Get off me, bitch! He threw her off of him and as she hit the ground, her hand swept past a cold piece of steel—her trusty friend. She gripped, and as Emmett scrambled to get away, she jumped up, grabbed his sweatshirt, and shoved the barrel of the gun into his neck.

Don’t even think about it.

He froze. Who the fuck are you?

Dixie Knight, PI.

Amanda McKinney, author of Sexy, Suspenseful Mysteries wrote her debut novel, Lethal Legacy, after walking away from her career to become a writer and stay-at-home mom. When Amanda isn’t tending to her two beautiful boys, she’s hidden behind her computer screen crafting page-turning murder mysteries, peppered with titillating love scenes. Having been born and raised in the south, Amanda’s books are set in small, country towns and reflect southern culture at its finest.

Amanda’s debut novel, Lethal Legacy, was released in January 2017, followed by the first two books in the Berry Springs Series, The Woods and The Lake. The third book in the series, The Storm is scheduled to be released in the Winter of 2017. 

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