Monday, June 9, 2014

Covet by Terri Herman-Ponce: Spotlight with Excerpt



by Terri Herman-Ponce



Everyone wants something. 

Even if it belongs to someone else. 

And some will destroy the very thing they want, just so no one else can have it. 

Professional soldier David Bellotti's latest mission seems simple: steal the key card to a drug lord's compound so the empire can be infiltrated and destroyed. But when David discovers evidence of his lover Lottie’s possible infidelity, his mission turns personal. He searches for answers others would kill to keep buried and discovers a link to the past he's been trying hard to ignore. 

Ancient lives, twelve thousand year old secrets, murder, and primal instincts lead David on a journey through past lives and present danger—all to save the woman he loves. 

Find your way back through history, when hunter-gatherers roamed and David and Lottie's past incarnations began. The Reading Café calls Covet, Book Two of the Past Life Series, "An amazing and fascinating storyline of suspense, mystery, betrayal, hatred and love."  





I blew out the entrance and took off, hustling through the panicked crowd. Another gun fired and police sirens sounded in the distance. I made a left down a small street then a right into an alley, jumping a garbage can, hurtling over a short wall, and disappearing into the neighborhood. If Galen didn't make it to our backup rendezvous point, I had to get to the safe house and that was five miles away. And right now, I had no idea if Galen and Lady in Blue were still alive.


I skidded past a corner, wondering if I should take the chance and call an alert into HQ, when I heard screeching tires. I backed up, pressed myself against a wall, and realized who it was. Galen in a Toyota. He threw open the passenger door and I jumped in, slamming the door shut as Galen jammed the gas pedal.


“You get it?” he asked, swerving through a turn then dropping our speed so we didn’t draw attention.


I nodded. “Is Lady in Blue okay?”


Galen hugged another turn. “She will be. She came to when the gunshots were fired.”


I blew out a sigh of relief. It wasn't the first time a distraction job had taken a bad turn, but it was still a worry. “And the cops?”


“All at the nightclub. But we will have to lose the car.” He used his cell phone and dialed our contact, making arrangements for cleanup.


I pulled out Sahin’s wallet and lifted the keycard. “Payday,” I said, holding it up.


“Mommie Dearest says we should leave the wallet and card with the car.” Galen disconnected the call. “They will pick it all up at the Starbucks near the safe house in ten minutes.”


I drew in a breath and held it, forcing my heart and my lungs to calm down. Another close call. I loved this stuff.


“You love this stuff way too much,” Galen said, glancing my way.


I had known Galen all of three months, and he was far too good at reading my mind already. I was trying to get my head wrapped around the fact that we were connected in a way that didn't make sense, but that didn't mean I had to like it. Ignoring him, I sank into the seat, letting the adrenalin wear off.


“Let’s see what else we’ve got on this guy.” Inside his wallet I found a black American Express, a MasterCard, and over five thousand Euros in the billfold. A picture was tucked in with his identification. I pulled it out and held it up to catch the light from passing street lamps.


It was a photo of the love of my life kissing another man.

Book 1 of The Past Life Series

AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Terri looks for any opportunity to make stuff up. She thinks anything that can’t so easily be explained is worth an extra look and often makes a great story. She loves red wine, scotch, sunrises, Ancient Egypt, the beach—and a host of other stuff that would take too much real estate to talk about. The youngest of five children, Terri lives with her husband and son on Long Island. And, in her next life, if she hasn’t moved on to somewhere else, she wants to be an astronomer. Terri’s fascinated with the night skies almost as much as she’s fascinated with ancient Egypt.


Terri is a member of member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America, and you can read about her at


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Terri will be awarding one free Ecopy of Covet (Book 2 of the Past Life Series) and In This Life (Book 1 of the Past Life Series), to a randomly chosen commenter at each stop and a Grand Prize of a $50 Amazon gift card to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour.

Follow the tour and comment often to get more chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here. 



Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Terri Herman-Ponce said...

Thanks for hosting Covet (and me) on your blog today!

Edgar Gerik said...

Good blurb, many successes in this second book.

Terri Herman-Ponce said...

Thank you, Edgar. I had so much fun writing it, and I hope readers find it equally enjoyable.

Anonymous said...

Intense and intriguing excerpt!


Maria D. said...

Thanks for the spotlight and for sharing the excerpt - this sounds like an interesting and exciting book! Looking forward to finding out more about the characters.

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Rita said...

Very exciting excerpt, thank you.


Terri Herman-Ponce said...

Thanks, vitajex. I'd like to think Covet is just as intense and intriguing!

Terri Herman-Ponce said...

Hi, Maria, and thanks for stopping by. I certainly hope those who read Covet agree that it's exciting and love the characters as much as I do.

Terri Herman-Ponce said...

Rita, thanks for swinging by and reading what I've shared about Covet. Truly appreciated!

MomJane said...

I love, love this excerpt and this story. I want to read the first two books. Please keep writing. I love this kind of story.

Terri Herman-Ponce said...

I intend to keep writing, MomJane. Book 3 of the Past Life Series is coming up on its last several chapters -- then it's on to editing!

collenga said...

Sounds like a very fascinating book! Thanks for sharing!

Terri Herman-Ponce said...

Thank you, collenga. I'd like to think so myself!

Book Passion for Life said...

Lovely post today! I won a copy of the first book a few weeks ago (which I plan on reading soon) but I'm glad to know there is still more to come! Donna @ BookPforLife

Mary Preston said...

A wonderful excerpt.


Alexis N said...

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