Thursday, January 14, 2016

UnEven Exchange

Like fire and ice, Alexandra Callet’s life runs hot and cold.

At the age of thirty-three, Alexandra owns a stunning home and a successful interior design company. But she is in love with her business partner, Jake Taylor, and he doesn’t even seem to realize she’s a woman. She should be on top of the world, but instead she feels dragged down by the void in her heart. Hoping for answers, she decides a trip to Mexico might soothe her soul.

Jake Taylor only pretends to be a confirmed bachelor.

Jake has been entranced by Alexandra’s determination and exotic beauty since the moment they met, but she has no idea how he feels. He considers confessing his love, but fears jeopardizing their friendship and business. He’s caught in a web of pretending he doesn’t care, and doesn’t see a way out of it.

Alexandra is recruited for a dangerous mission.

Following her trip to Mexico, her resemblance to a member of an assassin’s family leads Alexandra to be recruited by the DEA. Her training leaves her distracted, and her business begins to suffer. Jake notices her sudden change, and feels her slipping both personally and professionally beyond his reach. Should he finally take the chance…before it’s too late? After all, he has nothing to lose.

However, when Alexandra returns to Mexico for her mission, things go terribly wrong.
Will she be able find the strength to fight and escape the
peaceful haven that has now become her prison? Or will Jake lose Alexandra forever…

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  • Uneven Exchange is available at Amazon.
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Book Excerpt:
Excerpt Number One:

Two DEA agents, both in casual attire, glanced at the woman riding by. Conner’s brief glimpse immediately became an intense stare as he wondered if Armando experienced the same observation. He dared not look away, afraid even a quick turn of his head would make her disappear. Neither spoke until she peddled past. “It couldn’t be, could it?” Armando asked first.

While tugging at the rim of his baseball cap Conner scrutinized his partner. “Then you saw what I saw!” he exclaimed. “I don’t know how it’s possible. We just left her in Cancun.” Conner’s energetic eyes studied the back of their subject with interest. Shaking his head, he continued, “No, and the hair is definitely a different color. Wow! But it sure looks like her.”

“You’re telling me. This is unbelievable! Vamos amigo,” Armando said. “Come on! Let’s follow her and get a closer look.”

With a soft jog, the twosome began following the female rider. Conner knew they should be more worried about losing her than being noticed, and within seconds, they finished jogging on the uneven wooden pier planks and stepped onto the dirt road. The agents then turned left as their target slowed. 

Excerpt Number Two:

After ending the call, Kevin walked to the file cabinet and pulled out two six-inch-thick folders labeled, The Magician: File One of Two, and The Magician: File Two of Two. He returned to his seat, dropped both files on top of his desk, and began scanning their many sections. Picking up the second file, Kevin then turned to the section labeled Daniela and reached into a large pocket-style envelope to withdraw an eight-by-ten photograph. Daniela’s beauty was captivating, her look so vulnerable. How could she be related to someone as evil as Santiago? He desperately believed Daniela knew nothing about the violent crimes her brother had committed. Kevin even refused to use her last name and always referred to her simply as Daniela. He could not bear to relate the name of Santiago with someone so pure and innocent. Kevin looked down, grimacing. Am I losing control? As the special agent in charge, he understood the importance of remaining detached. Kevin knew he could not allow Daniela to affect him. Unfortunately, though, she had. From the first moment he met her, Kevin felt an attraction and worried it would cloud his judgment. Even now, as he tried to look away from her haunting image, he found his gaze glued to her picture as he lost himself in the night they first met.

About the Author

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, S.K. Derban moved to London within the first three months, and remained in England until the age of five. Her mother, born and raised in the United Kingdom, was involved with the London Royal Ballet Company, and a great fan of the arts. Even after returning to the United States, S.K. Derban’s life was filled with a love of the theatre and a passion for British murder mysteries.  Her personal travel and missionary adventures also help to transport readers virtually across the globe.  S.K. Derban has smuggled Bibles into China on five separate occasions, and has been to Israel on seven missionary trips.  When writing, she relies on all aspects of her life, from a strong faith in the Lord, to her unique combination of professional experience.  The many personal adventures of S.K. Derban are readily apparent as they shine through into her characters.

Her latest book is the mystery romance, Uneven Exchange.
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Review of the book-Uneven Exchange is a romance but so much more.  A book filled with great characters behind the scenic Mexico countryside.Alexandra  our hero  exchanges her life for another at the  request of the government to catch a bad guy.  Alexandra becomes Daniela  thru practice ,training and faith as she lives a life not her own.  And in the end Alexandra gets all that she prays for -a very . enjoyable book for all mystery romance readers.

Review- Sanctuary