EXCERPT and GIVEAWAY
Two Truths and a Lie
(PRG Investigations Book 1)
(PRG Investigations Book 1)
by Ashley Stoyanoff
Two Truths and a Lie is the first book in Ashley Stoyanoff's new PRG Investigations series. This book blitz and giveaway is brought to you by Xpresso Book Tours.
One year ago, I became a missing person. I left everything behind - family, friends, school. It seemed like a good idea at the time. My only option, really, until I realized running from a police officer isn’t as easy as I thought it would be.
It’s been exactly three-hundred and sixty-five days since I left home, but I’m finally ready to take the step I should have taken a year ago. I’m done hiding. I’m done running. I’m going to take my life back.
It was supposed to be easy. A meeting with Jason Pierce, a private investigator, was set up for me. All I had to do was go to him, let him do his thing, and then I could go home, or so I thought.
That is, until I met Jason and things got … complicated.
Oh my God.
Oh my God.
I didn’t. I couldn’t have. No. No, no, no.
Holy crap, I did. I just shot Jason Pierce in the chest with a Taser.
My eyes bug wide open as I watch Jason fall. “Oh my God,” I say out loud, dropping the incriminating device. It tumbles to the carpet, the thump sounding louder in my ears than possible.
Wes is laughing. Not the small, amused chuckle from before, but a loud howl of a laugh. He laughs as though it’s the funniest thing he’s ever seen.
My cheeks flame, my heart races. Clicking fills the air, each one sending another shock into Jason. A small grunt of pain escapes from his lips, but he doesn’t move, frozen in place as the shocks keep coming.
I can’t look away. I want to. I want to get up and go to him, but I can’t. All I can do is watch.
Thirty seconds. Thirty excruciatingly long seconds tick by before the awful clicking stops.
Jason lets out a loud breath, and slowly pushes himself back to his feet. He glowers, first at me, and then at Wes.
Wes doesn’t seem bothered by the furious glint in Jason’s eyes. He only laughs some more and says, “Told you to wait in the car.”
“You didn’t tell me you were giving her a fuckin’ Taser,” Jason grumbles.
Glancing down at his chest, his jaw clenches as he looks at the barbs and wires. He takes hold of one of the barbs, wincing as he yanks it out, and then does the same with the other.
I want to say something, anything, but I’m mute. Stunned silent. Good God, I can’t believe I did that. Why the hell did Wes give me a Taser?
Minutes pass. Long drawn out minutes of Wes chuckling and Jason scowling down at the barbs and wires clutched in his hand.
Finally letting the wires fall to the floor, Jason asks, “You two about done in here?”
He doesn’t look up as he speaks. I think I should probably be thankful for that. His tone carries an undercurrent of hostility and the sound is more than enough to freak me out, without seeing it mirrored in his eyes, but still, I wish he would look at me.
“I’m sorry,” I blurt, ignoring his question. “I’m really, really so sorry. You startled me and I …”
Jason’s gaze snaps to mine, freezing me mid-sentence. He lowers his chin, glaring at me. His hands open and close by his thighs. “It’s fine. Forget it ever happened.”
It’s not fine, though. I can see the annoyance lurking in his eyes. I can feel his tension radiating through the room.
“Don’t think I’ll forget that,” Wes says, grinning wide. “Shit, I wish I took a picture. Fuckin’ priceless.”
[You can also read all of Chapter One here.]
Praise for the Book
"What a great story!! I thoroughly enjoyed it! So much so in fact that I started it AND finished it all in ONE DAY! Even thought it was different than what I was expecting – a paranormal story (that is how I found Ashley in the first place!) – I was completely captivated by it. [...] I cannot wait to read more in this series and see where Ashley is going to take them while still keeping them fresh and exciting! Based on this book, I am thoroughly convinced that they will exactly be just that!!" ~ Cherri-Anne Boitson
"I enjoyed this read so much. It was exciting, fun, steamy and thrilling. It starts off with a bit of action and it just keeps right on going with a solid, heartfelt story line, fantastic characters and wonderful dialogue, all with a side of angsts! I loved it from beginning to end!" ~ Hazel at Craves the Angst Book Reviews
"This book is seriously amazing. [...] I am a huge fan of Ashley’s books. And she didn’t disappoint me. No shock here. With every single book she is just getting better and better. I loved The Soul’s Mark series, I adored and was fangirling over Aidan from Deadly Pack Trilogy, but let me tell you that: they were good, but this? This is PERFECTION for me. She hit the right spots for me." ~ Heavenly Good Books
"This is one of the most engaging romantic suspense novels I’ve read this year. It has all of the angst of the NA genre while still remaining approachable to adult readers. Combine this with the action and suspense that one would expect from a romantic suspense and you have a real winner. The plot was fast paced and gripping, without racing to a predictable conclusion. The twists and turns along the way kept me on my toes without ever throwing anything at me out of left field. [...] This novel is definitely Stoyanoff’s best work to date. I’m on pins and needles trying to imagine how the rest of the series will evolve. I can’t wait for more!" ~ Pure Jonel
About the Author
Ashley Stoyanoff is an author of paranormal romance books for young adults, including The Soul's Mark series and the Deadly Trilogy. She lives in Southern Ontario with her husband, Jordan, and two cats: Tanzy and Trinity.
In July 2012, Ashley published her first novel, The Soul's Mark: FOUND, and shortly thereafter, she was honored with The Royal Dragonfly Book Award for both young adult and newbie fiction categories.
An avid reader, Ashley enjoys anything with a bit of romance and a paranormal twist. When she's not writing or devouring her latest read, she can be found spending time with her family, watching cheesy chick flicks or buying far too many clothes.
Ashley loves hearing from her readers, so feel free to connect with her online.
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