Marie Astor is the author of contemporary romance novels This Tangled Thing Called Love, Lucky Charm, On the Rim of Love, romantic suspense, To Catch a Bad Guy, and a short story collection, A Dress in a Window. Marie is also the author of young adult fantasy adventure novel, Over the Mountain and Back.
If you would like to learn more about Marie’s writing, please stop by her website:
www.marieastor.com or visit her on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/marieastorcollection
Marie will be awarding custom designed semiprecious jewelry pieces to five randomly drawn commenters during the tour.
Prize 1: Citrine quartz and prehnite sterling silver necklace
Prize 2: Red agate sterling silver necklace
Prize 3: Onyx sterling silver bracelet
Prize 4: Smoky quartz sterling earrings
Prize 5: Blue quartz sterling silver earrings
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Janet Maple’s stellar career ended with a layoff and her boyfriend of five years told her that he wants to be just friends. When she lands a job at one of New York’s premier boutique investment firms, Janet begins to hope that her luck is finally turning for the better. Not only is she happy with her new paycheck, but things also seem to be looking up on the personal front, as the company’s handsome attorney expresses keen interest in Janet. However, her euphoria is short-lived, as Janet soon discovers alarming facts about her new employer’s business tactics. When her boss dismisses her suspicions as groundless, Janet finds herself confiding to a cute IT engineer, Dean Snider. The closer she gets to Dean, the more Janet is tempted to break her rule of not dating co-workers, but what she doesn’t realize is that everything she knows about Dean, including his occupation and even his name, is a lie.
Dennis Walker is a top-notch white collar crime investigator who will stop at nothing to put culprits away. When an opportunity for an undercover assignment at one of New York’s premier boutique broker dealers comes up, Dennis jumps at the chance, adopting a persona of geeky IT engineer, Dean Snider. While he may be an ace at his job, years of experience fail him when Dennis meets Janet Maple and finds himself torn between his professional obligations and his personal desires. Will he have to choose between his feelings and duty, or will he find a way to satisfy both?
It was a quarter to five o’clock on a Friday, and Janet was staring at the clock on the wall of her office, which seemed to have fallen asleep. Well, the clock’s mechanical ticking confirmed that it was in working order, but the clock hands’ being glued in place rendered the ticking counterproductive. Finally, the long hand made a barely perceptible shift, lifting Janet’s mood just a bit.
She was beginning to have serious doubts about her qualifications as an attorney. She had been on the job for a week, and she had yet to claim one completed task to her name. Perhaps it was fine with Lisa to sit around and do nothing all day, but Janet was simply getting bored and a little bit alarmed. What kind of firm hired a legal counsel to sit around and do nothing all day? She wanted to think that next week things would be different. Perhaps Lisa was just giving her a break, and Janet was being ungratefully suspicious. She sincerely wanted to believe that. Yet so far, all of her experiences at Bostoff Securities spoke to the contrary. Take the recent meeting with the Bostoffs: Hank, Jon, and Paul. Again, Janet did not rule out that it could have been her investigator background that had caused their misgivings, but Jon Bostoff’s demeanor had seemed to stiffen when Janet mentioned her past experience at the DA’s office. And the whole set up with Tom Wyman just seemed strange to begin with. What kind of firm outsourced everything to an outside law firm while keeping lawyers on staff?
The way Janet saw it there were two options: either Bostoff Securities was a clean shop, and she simply had failed to understand its intricate operations, or her employer was a crook. Sooner or later all crooks got caught, and Janet would go down with the ship when the time came. Granted, she had only been on the job a week, and her experience while working for the DA did not exactly make her the most trusting of people, but she figured if it looked like a duck, swam like a duck, and quacked like a duck, then it probably was a duck. Janet had certainly witnessed enough quacking at Bostoff to set her sensors on edge.
Where in the world is Marie?