Monday, March 25, 2013

To Catch a Bad Guy by Marie Astor - Virtual Tour and Giveaway!

Today we're spotlighting author Marie Astor on her tour with Goddess Fish Promotions for the contemporary romance, "To Catch a Bad Guy".  She's sharing an exclusive excerpt with us.

Marie is giving away custom made jewelry (US only) -- see the pictures over there to the left?  Aren't they gorgeous?

So comment today AND follow her tour (if you click on the banner at the top, it'll take you to a list of her tour stops)! The more you read and comment, the better your odds of winning. You could be introduced to a great new author AND win a prize!

Janet Maple’s stellar career ended with a layoff and her boyfriend of five years told her that he wants to be just friends. When she lands a job at one of New York’s premier boutique investment firms, Janet begins to hope that her luck is finally turning for the better. Not only is she happy with her new paycheck, but things also seem to be looking up on the personal front, as the company’s handsome attorney expresses keen interest in Janet. However, her euphoria is short-lived, as Janet soon discovers alarming facts about her new employer’s business tactics. When her boss dismisses her suspicions as groundless, Janet finds herself confiding to a cute IT engineer, Dean Snider. The closer she gets to Dean, the more Janet is tempted to break her rule of not dating co-workers, but what she doesn’t realize is that everything she knows about Dean, including his occupation and even his name, is a lie.

Dennis Walker is a top-notch white collar crime investigator who will stop at nothing to put culprits away. When an opportunity for an undercover assignment at one of New York’s premier boutique broker dealers comes up, Dennis jumps at the chance, adopting a persona of geeky IT engineer, Dean Snider. While he may be an ace at his job, years of experience fail him when Dennis meets Janet Maple and finds himself torn between his professional obligations and his personal desires. Will he have to choose between his feelings and duty, or will he find a way to satisfy both?

Janet took a long swallow of her martini. After the traumatizing weekend, she needed a drink. “Don’t look now, but there’s a guy from work by the bar.”

“Is he cute?” Katie whispered conspiratorially, her eyes darting to the very place where Janet told her not to look.

“Don’t stare at him!”

“Geez, relax, will ya? There’s a huge crowd – I don’t even know which one he is.”

“The tall one, in a blue shirt.”

“The James Dean look-alike with the slutty blonde?”

“Yeah, that’s him.”

“He’s cute,” Katie pronounced her verdict after a momentary deliberation. “What does he do?”

“He is in IT.”

Katie nodded approvingly. “A solid and practical profession. I’m getting sick and tired of dating lawyers. They are the most self-absorbed and narcissistic bunch of men on the planet. Litigation lawyers are the worst – so pompous. Don’t ever date a lawyer.”

“Oh, I think I’ve learned my lesson on that one,” Janet replied, wondering if Katie had forgotten about Alex.

“I’m sorry, Janet. I wasn’t thinking,” Katie instantly caught on. “But back to the present. What’s the story with the cute IT guy?”

“No story.” Janet finished the last of her drink. “We chat at work sometimes.”

“We chat at work sometimes? Come on, Janet, it’s me you’re talking to. Do you like him or what?”

Janet nodded. “He is kind of cute, but….”

“But what?”

“Dating at work could be complicated, and I don’t want to complicate things too much now,” Janet added quickly. She certainly had plenty of things to be anxious about at work without having to worry about Dean Snider.

“’I don’t want to complicate things right now?’ Things are always complicated: that’s the nature of life. Sounds to me like someone is being a chicken.”

“Sounds to me like someone is being overly nosy,” Janet shot back, already regretting having mentioned Dean. “Besides, he’s clearly not interested in me: as you can see, he’s got a date.”

“A date, please! I’m sure it’s some girl he just met at the bar. Speaking of which, there’s an interesting development.” Katie’s eyes darted toward the bar again.

Even though she knew she should not, Janet let her eyes follow the direction of Katie’s glance, and in spite of herself, she was delighted by what she saw.

About the Author: Marie Astor is the author of contemporary romance novels Lucky Charm, On the Rim of Love, This Tangled Thing Called Love, romantic suspense novel, To Catch a Bad Guy, and a short story collection, A Dress in a Window.

If you would like to find out more about Marie’s books, please visit Marie at her website:

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Good Reads:

Books by Marie Astor:

To Catch a Bad Guy
This Tangled Thing Called Love
Lucky Charm
On the Rim of Love


  1. so what is the sequel going to be called??

    1. Hi Jane,

      Thank you for your comment!
      The sequel is called Catching the Bad Guy. I am hoping for end of April as the release date.


  2. Thanks for the giveaway. Nice post.

  3. What an interesting book! Love the cover and enjoyed the excerpt. Thanks for the giveaway.

  4. I am so excited about this book and the jewelry is absolutely beautiful!!!


  5. Thank you for featuring To Catch a Bad Guy today!

    Thank you all for your wonderful comments! I hope to see you at the next stop!


  6. Thanks for the excerpt

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  7. Cute cover. Sounds like a good read. Thanks for the excerpt.


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