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Leah Braemel and a Giveaway of Deliberate Deceptions
Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

I met Leah last year at the Lori Foster event, and she’s a warm, fun lady. Plus, she gives me chocolate…not just any chocolate, Canadian chocolate, which is soooo good. Leah’s here to talk about her contemporary Deliberate Deceptions, and does it look like a romance you can dig your teeth into! She’s giving away a free download of Deliberate Deceptions to one commenter on her blog post. Plus, if you haven’t yet signed up for the Silken Rapture Contest and the free Kindle Touch 3-G, do so here.

Welcome today’s guest author, Leah Braemel!

Thanks to Beth for inviting me to be part of her Silken Rapture launch. I’m a big fan-girl of Beth’s, and her Wicked Burn gave me the permission to give my heroes and heroines a more serious side, to emotionally torture them in order to find their happily-ever-after.

You see, I’ve been married thirty-three years. I love my husband; he loves me. While some consider us having achieved our ‘happy-ever-after’, it’s not come easily. We’ve had to find ways to face the challenges life’s thrown at us. So when I was writing Deliberate Deceptions, I wanted to explore some of the problems couples can face after they say “I do.” When I’d written Chad’s character in Personal Protection I had Sam and him fighting about Lauren. Chad had said he’d screwed up his marriage and I knew when I wrote that line that he had to get back together with her. But what had broken them up? Why would a man, whose word meant everything to him, walk away from the woman he loved? I drew on in real life where three friends had struggled with either post-partum depression or the death of a child and their marriages faced a severe test as they dealt with depression, grief and guilt. (Luckily, all three friends are still married in real life.)

So in Deliberate Deceptions, I turned the marital screws on my couple, Chad and Lauren. For various reasons ten years before, of their own making and forced upon them by others, their marriage crumbled, but they never truly fell out of love. Each thought that by walking away, they were doing what the other wanted. But now, Lauren’s in jeopardy, and because the man hunting her knows she still loves Chad, Chad’s in danger too. Forced to take refuge in a safe house, the couple must face their past (and present) mistakes, and admit they still care for the other if their love has any chance to rekindle.

Whenever I read a story, I want to know that my couple will survive those hard times, the struggles that life throws at us. I think by the end of Deliberate Deceptions, Chad and Lauren have learned from their mistakes. They’ve earned their Happy-Ever-After.

Chad Miller once had the perfect life—a beautiful baby daughter, a loving wife, a promising career with the FBI. Within a year, he’d lost everything. Making Hauberk Protection a success salvaged his career, but he’s never managed to get over the one fateful decision that spelled the end of his marriage. And the death of his child.

For eight years, grief and guilt have haunted Lauren Miller’s climb up the ranks of the Light Brigade, a secret international hostage rescue team. Now she’s the target of a vengeful ex-Brigade operative who’ll stop at nothing to take her down. Even if it means taking out everyone she cares about. Including Chad. Getting him to accept her as his bodyguard? It’ll take some fast talking—and faster hands.

Trapped in a remote safe house with Lauren is the last place Chad ever wanted to be. He may finally have the chance to get some answers about why she ran, but with his hard-won defenses crumbling, he’s having trouble remembering the questions. In the heat of their rekindled passion, Lauren struggles to keep her professional focus…and keep the secrets that could break his heart all over again.

You can read more about Chad and Lauren in Deliberate Deceptions, and the rest of the Hauberk Protection group, on Leah’s website. You can follow Leah on Twitter, or find her on Facebook or Google.

Leave Leah a comment about her post, and qualify to win a copy of Deliberate Deceptions tomorrow morning!

36 comments to “Leah Braemel and a Giveaway of Deliberate Deceptions”

  1. Leah Braemel
      · November 9th, 2011 at 9:33 am · Link

    Thanks for hosting me, Beth. 🙂

    • Beth Kery
        · November 9th, 2011 at 9:50 am · Link

      You’re very welcome!

    • Livia Quinn
        · November 9th, 2011 at 12:53 pm · Link

      I’d Luvvv a copy of Deliberate Deceptions. I remember helping you name the first one, lol.

      Addicted to You looks good, too, Beth.
      Livi 😉

  2. Pam B
      · November 9th, 2011 at 1:02 pm · Link

    Hi Leah

    This book looks so good – very emotional. I am looking forward to reading it. I have read several of your other books and love your stories.

    Thanks for the chance

    • Leah Braemel
        · November 9th, 2011 at 9:47 pm · Link

      Aww, Pam, you know how the way to an author’s heart 😉

  3. Na S.
      · November 9th, 2011 at 1:28 pm · Link

    I believe not all HEA comes easily. I actually gravitate more towards stories where couples face a difficult journey towards HEA. I want them to overcome obstacles and grow as individuals as well. If they do make it, it makes it all the more worthwhile.

    Leah, you are a new author to me and Deliberate Deceptions sounds like a wonderful read.

    • Leah Braemel
        · November 9th, 2011 at 2:27 pm · Link

      Hi Na

      HEA is seldom easily achieved. Life can throw too many curve balls at us. Which, like you, is why I like reading about couples as they overcome those obstacles–I feel like they have the best chance of their relationship surviving long-term.

  4. katsrus
      · November 9th, 2011 at 1:45 pm · Link

    Sounds like a very emotional and engaging book. Very nice cover.
    Sue B

    • Leah Braemel
        · November 9th, 2011 at 2:25 pm · Link

      Hi, Sue!

      Didn’t Scott Carpenter do a wonderful job with that cover? I was so excited to see it — I think it’s sexy and captures the couple beautifully.

  5. Cathy M
      · November 9th, 2011 at 2:07 pm · Link

    I can tell this story is going to be a heart breaker, but I love this series, and want to find out how Chad and Lauren get their HEA.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

    • Leah Braemel
        · November 9th, 2011 at 2:25 pm · Link

      Hi Cathy

      I know it made me cry in spots — and the warning is all about the angst. (I know there are some who are worried about reading stories about babies dying, but it took place 10 years before Deliberate Deceptions takes place and the story is about how they find their way back to each other.)

  6. Gabrielle J.
      · November 9th, 2011 at 2:18 pm · Link

    Hmmm, this sounds good! I hate to admit this but I’m a bit of a stickler for reading books in a series in order. Should these books be read in order?

    Even if they do I’d still like to have this book, it kind of sounds like my kind of read!


    • Leah Braemel
        · November 9th, 2011 at 2:23 pm · Link

      Hmm, that’s a tough question for me to answer, Gabrielle. I’ve tried to write Deliberate Deceptions so you can read it without having to have read the others, but in all honesty, I’ve heard others say it helps to have read them.

      The previous books are: Private Property — which is a novella that introduces the owner of Hauberk, Sam Watson, as a secondary character. Personal Protection is the next book, which is Sam’s story and where Chad is introduced, and then Deliberate Deceptions is third. (The fourth book in the series, Hidden Heat, is due to be released next spring.) All the books are currently available in digital format, Personal Protection is also available in print, though Private Property and Deliberate Deceptions are being bundled together as a print anthology to be released sometime next year.

  7. JackieW
      · November 9th, 2011 at 2:23 pm · Link

    Your book Deliberate Deceptions sounds like one I would enjoy reading…thanks for the info in your blog today.

    • Leah Braemel
        · November 9th, 2011 at 9:56 pm · Link

      Hi Jackie

      Thanks — and good luck in tomorrow’s draw — and if you do read Deliberate Deceptions, I’m told some people have needed tissues 😉

  8. JOYE
      · November 9th, 2011 at 2:25 pm · Link

    i know a couple who have a similar story…can’t wait to read yours. I’m adding it to my list of books to read.

    • Leah Braemel
        · November 9th, 2011 at 9:51 pm · Link

      Hi Julie, unfortunately I think most people know someone who has been through something similar. It was difficult to watch them go through, thank heavens I only had to write about it and not live it. Good luck tomorrow.

      • Leah Braemel
          · November 9th, 2011 at 9:52 pm · Link

        Ugh, so sorry — I meant, Joye, not Julie.

  9. Becky Jean
      · November 9th, 2011 at 3:21 pm · Link

    Looks like a great story – thank you for the contest!

    • Leah Braemel
        · November 9th, 2011 at 9:59 pm · Link

      Hi, Becky. Thanks for stopping by–I’m glad you enjoyed the post. They’re always so hard to write and sound fresh. Good luck tomorrow.

  10. Marley Delarose
      · November 9th, 2011 at 3:35 pm · Link

    I posted your widget on my blog at http://marleydelarose.blogspot.com/
    Good luck to everyone! 😆

    • Leah Braemel
        · November 9th, 2011 at 9:59 pm · Link

      and good luck to you too, Marley 😉

  11. Julie
      · November 9th, 2011 at 4:49 pm · Link

    There’s nothing better than reading a marital reconciliation story… ‘cept maybe a ‘best friends’ sort of story.

    Sounds like a great read.

    • Leah Braemel
        · November 9th, 2011 at 9:53 pm · Link

      Hi Julie

      I love friends-to-lovers stories too, and reconciliations are always fun to play with too — and *ssssh* but when writing erotica it’s always easiest to get them in bed faster if they’ve been together before. 😎

  12. Diane Sadler
      · November 9th, 2011 at 6:12 pm · Link

    There is so much work to a relationship that sometimes giving up is easier; but anything worth having is worth working hard for.

    • Leah Braemel
        · November 9th, 2011 at 9:57 pm · Link

      So true — and the type of situation I’ve put Chad and Lauren in has driven many couples apart. It’s one of the hardest to recover from. I hope I’ve done them justice, but I know they’ll get their HEA, and be stronger together when facing future problems. Good luck!

  13. Mary G
      · November 9th, 2011 at 6:10 pm · Link

    Hi Beth & Leah
    LOL on the Canadian chocolates. I remember Leah made some people very happy with those.

    I know it’s boring but I’ll tell you again Leah. I love your writing. DD was great because I do like to know what happens after the H & H get married, when real life intrudes. The black, white & red covers are some of my faves. Don’t enter me as I have your books. Just wanting to say Hi!! Just one more thing.
    Sam… sigh. Read her books people!!

    • Leah Braemel
        · November 9th, 2011 at 9:49 pm · Link

      *Hugs* Mary — and I’m just about done a short story about Sam and Rosie, that hopefully will be out in time for Thanksgiving. I may send it to you beforehand to get your thoughts. 😉

      • Mary G
          · November 9th, 2011 at 10:01 pm · Link

        Oh I can tell you now. Sam=yes. LOL.

        Seriously, anytime you need me.

  14. Ive
      · November 9th, 2011 at 7:14 pm · Link

    Sounds interesting, need to read the first one and then I will get this one Yay!

  15. Amelia
      · November 9th, 2011 at 8:37 pm · Link

    Hi, Leah, I met you at Lori Foster’s this summer. I loved the Canadian chocolate!

    • Leah Braemel
        · November 9th, 2011 at 9:48 pm · Link

      LOL, I’d forgotten about the chocolate until Beth mentioned it in her lead-in this morning. So glad you enjoyed it! I’ll bring more next year.

  16. Susan Saxx
      · November 10th, 2011 at 7:37 am · Link

    Hi Leah!

    I read an excerpt of a story on your blog a number of months back and loved it. I remember the heroine as being full of sass (always a good thing =)) and she was jogging down a path. I always wanted to read that story – is this the one? *ridiculously eager about getting the answer* 🙂

    It struck me in reading the above how you picked up a thread of backstory from an earlier novel to write Chad’s story. That really excites me. I find I do that with my stories as well…muse on secondary characters and think…heck. I could get you happily-ever-aftered. Must be because to us, they’re real. Which is a very neat occurrence, from a writer’s standpoint.

    Thanks for this post!


    • Leah Braemel
        · November 10th, 2011 at 7:41 am · Link

      Hi Susan
      Yes, this is the story that has the heroine jogging. When I was writing her, I was playing the Mr. and Mrs. Smith soundtrack because I think of Lauren as being that type of kick-ass character.

      As for the thread of backstory, yeah, that single line stuck with me until I had to write about it. What was worse (or stupider) was that I tried to give Chad a different love interest at first, but he wasn’t having any part of it. Neither was Lauren. 😈

      • Susan Saxx
          · November 10th, 2011 at 8:07 am · Link

        LOL and…O_o. =) Sounds like our characters DO exist in another dimension…just to bug us as they see fit. LOL

        Glad Chad got his HEA, and thanks for the info, Leah!

  17. Julie
      · November 10th, 2011 at 8:16 am · Link

    I have the Amazon page for the book bookmarked so if I don’t win a copy I’m going to buy one.

    (I see your behind your evil plot Beth, you’re trying to sell a book a day… and I think it’ll work!)

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