Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Blog Tour: You Kill Me by Holly LeRoy






You Kill Me
by Holly LeRoy

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GENRE: Mystery/thriller

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BLURB:

LIEUTENANT EVE SHARPE should have seen the avalanche of trouble headed her way but events had dulled her edge and crumbled her foundation of toughness. With the press and politicians all coming for her, Eve begins to question whether she is really a cold blooded murderer or simply losing her mind. Was it an officer involved shooting gone wrong? An honest mistake? Or, something much, much worse?

There's one thing for sure, it has turned the Chicago Police Department upside down, and Lieutenant Eve Sharpe's life along with it.

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Excerpt 

It was well known that police officers, even those with seniority could, for disciplinary reasons, be temporarily assigned to other units. Usually someplace working with non-sworn civilians like personnel or records. Or, if you really screwed up, they’d stick you on stakeout. That’s what really bothered me. Sure, I’d always been a pain-in-the-ass, but lately, I’d been a good girl, not screwing up at all in the past couple of months. Well, maybe a month. Yet here I was, heading to a blisteringly cold stakeout at a South Side crack house instead of doing data entry at a nice warm records desk.

Poor Walt. Guilt by association probably did him in. He actually got the worst end of the deal. He’d be at the crack house until after three.

Every ten minutes, the all-news station, Magic 66, cheerfully announced what I had to look forward to:

‘Subzero temperatures have moved into the Chicago area and are expected to stay for the remainder of the week. Lake effect snow continues to hammer the south and east of the city and plows are trying to . . .’

Shit. I flicked off the radio and hunched over the steering wheel trying to see the road ahead. The smells of antifreeze and water steaming on the exhaust and burned oil coming up through the floorboards all served to remind me that a few months earlier, I’d wrecked my Buick in a snowstorm just like this one.

Insurance had repaired it instead of totaling the damn thing, so now it was more of a rolling wreck than ever. My ex-partner Clark kept telling me that since the accident it went down the road like a fiddler crab. Kind of sideways.

Crazies kept passing me and throwing salted slush over my windshield, and I finally chickened out and moved over to the slow lane behind a Safeway big rig. I found myself staring up at a huge T-bone steak, sun-faded to a light purple.

The off ramp was slick with black ice, and I took it at a crawl, easing into the neighborhood shown on Isaacson’s map. I slowed down even more, threading my way through the narrow streets. It was a ghost neighborhood where half the houses had been torn down and only half of what remained seemed to be occupied. Built after World War II, these were the homes our GI’s came home to in 1945. Now, they were homes for crack whores and junkies ready to die, teenagers ready to screw, and apparently, if Isaacson were correct, our drug lord. The target was a small single-story house, one of the few that didn’t have its windows boarded up.

I sat in my cramped little Buick, staring at it through a pair of binoculars. After an hour, I stuck a Santana cassette into the radio and poured a cup of squad room coffee. When my teeth began to chatter, I began to run the car fifteen minutes on and fifteen minutes off. Even at that, the car’s heater struggled against the cold, my breath fogged over the windows, and a plume of steam from the exhaust filled the air behind. After mopping at the windshield with a handful of napkins from Walt’s last trip to Mr. Moo’s Burger Shack, I sat watching the strings of red taillights headed south on the I-55.

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MY REVIEW:




My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I read this in 1 sitting. I couldn't put it down. I really liked Lt. Eve Sharfpe. She is a good cop and wants to take down the bad guy. But a shooting gone wrong has put her in a whole lot of trouble and more bad things keep happening that makes her look like a bad cop. The Mayor is out for blood along with her assistant. She is pulled off from working and she does everything she can to clear her name. But it seems like no matter what there is someone out there causing a lot of trouble. I really liked this first book of the series and would love to read more as they come out. Eve has a lot of police on her side and they all want to back her up,
I received this from GoddessFish Promotions for review.










AUTHOR Bio and Links:

HOLLY LEROY has been an actor, amateur boxer, NASCAR journalist, expert witness, Santa County Substance Abuse Commissioner, and patrolled with the Drug Enforcement Unit of the San Jose Police Department.
He lives in the Sierra Nevada mountains with his wife, four cats and two dogs.

Holly LeRoy Amazon author page https://amzn.to/2OX4k4g
You Kill Me buy link https://cutit.org/r1y3O
Keep in touch with him on his blog, hlleroy.blogspot.com
Follow him on Twitter @hlleroy
And on Facebook.com/HollyLeRoyWriter
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19487324.Holly_LeRoy

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Holly LeRoy will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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27 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for hosting my book, You Kill Me. It means a lot. Thanks again!

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  2. How did you come up with the title of the book?

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  3. Hi Bernie,
    Titles can be difficult to come up with, so I keep a list of as they occur to me. You Kill Me seemed a natural fit for this plot.
    Thank you for the question!!
    Holly

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  4. I liked the excerpt, thank you.

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    1. Hi Rita,
      This happens very nearly at the beginning and is an omen of the bad things to come.
      Thanks for the comment!
      Holly

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  5. Really great review, thanks for sharing!

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    1. It was a wonderful review. I always appreciate the kind words.
      Thanks so much for the comment!
      Holly

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    1. Hi Gwendolyn,
      Covers are difficult to choose. This one is my favorite.
      Thank you for the comment!!
      Holly

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    1. Hi Edgar,
      I'm always grateful to hear kind words about one of my books.
      Shelleen's review made my day!!
      Holly

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  8. Tracie Cooper7:57 PM

    I love that its about a good cop!

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    1. Hi Tracie,
      Some people give them a bad rap. It's too bad because They're heroes.
      Thanks for your comment!
      Holly

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  9. Thanks for the giveaway; I like the excerpt. :)

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  10. Hi Cali,
    My pleasure. The excerpt shows Eve as a tough cop with a heart.
    Thank you!!
    Holly

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  11. The book sounds really great.

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    1. Hi Dale,
      Thanks for your kind words. I notice you used to be a QA manager. I was as well. It can be tough duty, can't it?
      Thanks again!
      Holly

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  12. what does it take to be a successful author ? I would say that initial reviews and marketing definitely boost your book. I used https://usabookreviewers.com/christmas-gift to get a few reviews and also promote my book. Hopping to be in the top 100 genre lists and see better sales this Christmas season…

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  13. How many books do you plan on writing in 2020?

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    1. Hi Bernie,
      I have nine published at this point and have three nearly completed. A new Lt. Eve Sharpe thriller, BACK BURNER, a young adult mystery, PACIFIC BAY, and a follow up to HOSTILE EARTH, untitled at this point. It's going to be a busy year.
      Thanks for the question!!
      Holly

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  14. This sounds like a fascinating story!

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    1. Hi Donna,
      Thank you for the kind words. I really appreciate it.
      Holly

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  15. Tracie Cooper4:18 PM

    Happy 2020!

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    1. Hi Tracie,
      An a very happy 2020 to you as well. All of us can use a good year!
      Holly

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  16. Tracie Cooper6:39 PM

    What are your goals for 2020?

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    1. Hi Tracie,
      Well, I have to finish up three novels, I've booked a photo tour of Yosemite in the spring and a watercolor tour in the fall. That about fills 2020 to the brim.
      Holly

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