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The Last Straw by Nia Simone

This is Nia’s debut work

MEDIA KIT TheLastStraw_w7866_med (1)Ally Tobin left New York after one too many bad dates, determined to rebuild a stable life and career as a private investigator in Silicon Valley. But when the man she knew as one name walks into her office with another, will her curiosity once again lead her to risk her heart?

The last thing Special Agent Jared Green needs is “security risk” stamped on the resume of his latest undercover identity. Especially by the woman his job forced him to leave in New York without any explanation. She may threaten his cover, but it’s his heart on the line. 

He’s good at playing a part. She’s good at catching a fake. Can they trust enough to give love another chance?

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He sauntered through the door, a white, button- down shirt tucked into belted khakis. When his dark gaze found her, he stopped. Stared. Her throat dried and a rustling motion stirred in her abdomen.

“Hi. I’m Darren Ray.”

Keep your cool, she commanded herself, standing and reaching across the desk. His hand was rough.

She yanked her hand back and waved at the chair. “Please, have a seat.” He waited for her to sit before settling in the visitor’s chair. “So, Darren, according to this, you’re being considered for a programmer position in the IT department. Tell me about your background.”

A professional mask settled over his features. “As you can see on my résumé, I have several years of consulting experience.”

“Tell me something about your experience as a mechanic.” Working on his prized old Mustang had been a favorite hobby.

The corner of his mouth twitched. “What do you mean? That’s not in my résumé.”

“You don’t have the hands of a programmer. More of a mechanic.” Oh, his hands.

“Okay, you got me.” He was going to confess. This should be good. “When I’m not programming computers I’m working on my car.”

“And what were you doing in New York City?”

He reached across her desk for a piece of paper, plucked a pen from its stand and scrawled something.  When she took the note their fingers brushed. Meet me for dinner at Pico’s at 7. I’ll explain everything. Can’t talk here.

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SONY DSCNia Simone grew up on the side of a ski slope in Squaw Valley, USA. Later, while learning the craft of story writing, she worked in nonprofit and then high-tech.

The best part of working in the computer field was meeting her husband. He took up skiing and she helped him document his computer inventions! They live in “Silicon Valley” in California where their favorite thing to do is cook together for friends. Nia’s specialties are dessert and veggies while her husband’s are entrees and sourdough bread.

Their only pet at the moment is the sourdough starter, which lives in the fridge and requires bi-weekly feeding.

Nia blogs every day about travel, food, writing, books, skiing and photography at (where she won the Versatile Blogger Award and Inspiring Blogger Award).​

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Twitter: @niasimone4

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Published July 23, 2013

Length: approx. 45 pages 

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8 comments on “Blog Tour & Giveaway for The Last Straw -Free on Amazon During Tour!

  1. Good morning! Thank you so much for hosting me on this awesome site. I’m flying home from a visit to my brother and sister-in-law in Texas today, so I’ll be back toward the end of the day, but hopefully in-between, as well, as I travel through time zones and layovers back to California.

    I do have a question for visitors today. I think the Internet has made finding good books and recommendations so much easier and has made it easy to find others who share your reading preferences. How has the Internet changed your reading experience?

    • Hi Nia, thank you for visiting my blog. So you are leaving Texas? I bet you won’t miss the 100 degree heat we’ve been having out here lately!

      I will say the Internet has drastically changed my reading experience from print to the instant access of ebooks, which I never thought I’d embrace, until I received my iPad, and discovered the joys of electronic reading. Furthermore, I don’t know what I’d do without GR which has helped me to meet and interact with some fantastic authors and readers! In fact,GR is what gave me the inspiration to start this blog.

      Great question! I look forward to reading others’ responses.

      • Hi Barbara Ann,

        No, I don’t miss the heat! We did an all day tailgate party at Texas A&M so we really did get the full experience! But I am always amazed and pleased by how courteous and friendly Texans are, and I always miss that when I leave. *sniff*

        It’s interesting to hear how the Internet transformed your experience, broadened your reading companions and inspired your own writing endeavor with this blog. This is a really professional blog. I have a blog too and I’m in awe of what you’ve created here!


      • Nia, you are absolutely right. Texans are some of the nicest people I’ve met and everyone is friendly, courteous, and helpful overall.

        Thank you for your kind words about my blog. I appreciate the feedback!

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