by Stella Barcelona
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Cataclysm. Now. Run.
A cryptic, urgent text message turns the peaceful life Skye Barrows has created for herself and her sister into chaos. She must follow her father’s instructions to the letter, but Sebastian Connelly is blocking her way. Telling Sebastian what she must do is not an option.
What He Doesn’t Know Will Get Them All Killed
When a prison break in the midst of a security system upgrade threatens to destroy the reputation of Sebastian’s company, Black Raven Private Security Contractors, he goes on the hunt for escaped prisoner Richard Barrows – a delusional and paranoid computer software genius.
Sebastian’s mission: find Richard Barrows and return him to prison, but stonewalled by Skye, who refuses to give him answers, and with the added complication of her special needs sister, Sebastian finds himself always a step or two behind vicious killers.
Nothing About This Case is Normal
For Sebastian, it should be simple, but this case will test him in ways he never imagined. As probing interrogation becomes urgent protection, the search for Barrows forces Sebastian and Skye into a murky world of shadows and illusions.
The sleek interior of Raven One, a Gulfstream 650 ER, with supple leather seats and polished wood accents, reminded Sebastian Connelly how much was on the line with his slim-ass hunch that Skye Barrows would lead him to her father. His hunch had better be right. Black Raven Private Security Contractors, his company, was at the top of its game. It had a long way to fall, and he was up to his ass in a problem that was becoming an uncontrollable downward spiral.
The tailspin had started four days earlier, when seven prisoners escaped from a low security satellite facility at a Federal Correctional Institution in Mississippi. Escaped on Black Raven’s watch. His watch. Of the seven escapees, three remained at large. U.S. Marshals and Black Raven agents were closing in on one of them, and they had a decent lead on another. The one without leads–Richard Barrows–was Sebastian’s problem. No one had a clue regarding the whereabouts of Barrows, the brilliant and paranoid computer genius, who should be sitting in the federal pen for tax evasion.
Should be, but wasn’t, because there’d been a total failure of all systems at the prison. The systems failure hadn’t been a simple electrical issue. There had been an electrical outage, and the security system that Black Raven was in the process of replacing had also failed. No one had had detected anything going wrong while it happened. The end result had been an outage of every light, camera, lock, and security measure. They were damn lucky only seven prisoners had strolled out.
Stella Barcelona has always had an active imagination, a tendency to daydream, and a passion for reading romance, mysteries, and thrillers. She has found an outlet for all of these aspects of herself by writing romantic thrillers.
In her day-to-day life, Stella is a lawyer and works for a court in New Orleans. She lives minutes from the French Quarter, with her husband of seventeen years and two adorable papillons who believe they are princesses. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and the Southern Louisiana Chapter of the Romance Writers of America. Her first novel, DECEIVED, was inspired by New Orleans, its unique citizens, and the city’s World War II-era history.
Her third novel, JIGSAW, a Black Raven novel, will be released in 2016.
Stella will be awarding a $50 Amazon or B&N gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during this tour and the Review Only tour.