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Mona Lisa's Room: Excerpt and Giveaway (INT)!

Friday, November 23, 2012



You won’t believe this email. I’m sitting in a French safe house, eating caviar and drinking champagne with handsome government agent, Niko Reynard. He’s wearing nothing but silk pajama bottoms and mega doses of sex appeal. I’m in big trouble, little sister. He’s kissed me several times and given me a foot massage that nearly caused spontaneous combustion. I'm feeling strangely virginal compared to the sexual prowess this thirty-year-old man exudes.

When I came to Paris for a bit of adventure, I never imagined I’d foil a bombing attempt, karate-kick two men, and run from terrorists while wearing a new pair of stilettos. I met a German musician, a gay poet from Australia, and the most delightful older French woman.

Don’t worry. I’m safe…the jury’s still out on yummy Niko, though. The more champagne I drink, the less reserved I feel. What an unforgettable fortieth birthday!



Suddenly, screams followed by loud thumping and books falling filled the bookstore. Niko sprinted in the direction of the high-pitched shrieking, gun in hand. He bounded up the steps and rounded the corner. “Aly! Aly! What the hell.”

He skidded to a halt. One of the well-dressed men he saw entering the store earlier was on the
floor, books covering most of his body. His companion was staggering, holding his hands over
his eye and screaming like a banshee as blood ran down his face.
In the corner stood a pale and trembling Aly, her frightened blue eyes dominated her face.     “They…they grabbed me! Said they’d kill me if I resisted. I…I karate kicked them.” She swallowed, obviously trying to gain control. “Kung…kung-fooed the hell out of them, too. And…and…”—she pointed to the screaming man still on his feet—“I think I poked his eye out with one of my stilettos.”
Niko ran a hand down his face, keeping it over his mouth to hide the smile. What a piece of work. He wanted to laugh. He wanted to hug her. And damned if he didn’t want to shake the daylights out of her for stepping out of his sight. Hadn’t he told her to stay with him?

GIVEAWAY:  Vonnie will be awarding a $25.00 Amazon gift card to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour, and a $20.00 Amazon gift card to a randomly drawn host.


  1. Erika said...:

    Thank you for sharing this! saltsnmore at yahoo dot com

  1. Anonymous said...:

    I love this excerpt!


  1. Beckey said...:

    Thanks for sharing the wonderful post :)


  1. pc said...:

    This sounds like a wonderful and humorous read...thanks for the great excerpt! Happy and safe holiday weekend!

  1. June M. said...:

    I loved the excerpt! The “Kung…kung-fooed the hell out of them, too." part had me ROTFL!
    manning_J2004 at yahoo dot com

  1. Anonymous said...:

    I just love a girl that can kick ass with a stiletto! Thanks so much for sharing this author and book. It is being added to my TBR pile immediately.

    What a great giveaway!

    Happy Holidays,

  1. Such a great excerpt. Those stilettos can be very handy.


  1. Lori Thomas said...:

    Great excerpt!!! Can`t wait to read more of the story.

    ctymice at gmail dot com

  1. Christina Kit. said...:

    LOVE the letter and the excerpt is awesome!

    Thank you:)And congrats on your book! It is wonderful:))

    ccfioriole at gmail dot com

  1. Carol M said...:

    Thank you for the excerpt! I enjoyed it!

    mittens0831 at aol dot com

  1. Kelly said...:

    I needed a laugh right about now. Thanks for that exerpt. delivery.RN at

  1. Brenna said...:

    Haha, love the letter. Thanks for excerpt!

  1. This tour sounds so good! I want to enter :)

  1. Leannessf said...:

    Great letter! Sounds like a fun book!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    leannessf at gmail dot com

  1. Alicia said...:

    Ha! I knew there was a reason I have so many stilettos!

    Thanks for posting, this sounds great :).

    dmr8888 at yahoo dot com

  1. Now that's a Paris trip you'll never forget!

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  1. Great excerpt, I loved the stiletto line! Thanks for sharing!

  1. Wendy said...:

    So I'm curious as to what happens next...

  1. Abby said...:

    WAIT! You can't just stop it there! What happens after that??

    Gosh thanks for sharing the excerpt!

    reviewsbyabby at gmail dot com

  1. let it be said...:

    Love the sounds of this book! :) That excerpt made me want to keep on reading...Thanks for your generous giveaway!
    oddball2003 at hotmail dot com