The Pit and the Passion

She held her gaze steady, mainly so she could delve deep, deep into those chocolate eyes. Together with his sharp, angular nose and intense, almost predatory, expression, he reminded her of a peregrine falcon on the hunt.

The Pit & the Passion

Monday, March 5, 2018

Liinda Burson presents The Agreement--Romantic Suspense from Class Act Books

Please welcome Linda Burson, mystery and thriller writer (my favorite genre!). She now has six books in the increasingly misnamed trilogy, The Marcy Series. The Agreement is Book 4.

Linda, would you tell us a bit about the Agreement?


After the perfect honeymoon, Brad and Marcy return to reality to begin their new life together. Unfortunately, Brad and Marcy’s wedded bliss runs into complications. Brad seems distant and cold, and Marcy is confused by his unexpected behavior.

When Marcy goes into labor, Brad is by her side. Later, Marcy confronts Brad about their crumbling marriage and decides it may be better for them to separate. Brad begs Marcy to reconsider, pleading with her not to leave.

For now, Marcy agrees to stay put with their son. Brad and Marcy reconcile. Brad forms a surprising and unexpected friendship which changes the course of their lives.

Excerpt :

We go to find Brad. He’s talking to his brothers. I walk up behind him, wrap my arms around his waist, and kiss his back. He turns his head, sees it’s me, and puts his arms around mine.
Matt says, “I’m glad this brother of mine finally got smart and asked you to marry him. I was thinking I might have to step in and see if you’d like to switch brothers.”
“The best gifts in life are worth the wait,” Brad says squeezing my arms, then picking them up and bringing me around to the side of him so he can kiss my head.
“You always say the most wonderful things to me,” I convey.
“Well, if you two are going to get mushy, I’m leaving. Come on, Ryan. Brad’s making us look bad. Good thing Kelsey and Samantha are in the other room.”
Dave comments to Brad, “You know, Brad, you and your brothers aren’t that different from LM, JJ, Elb, and me. You have that good, bad, fun, and serious sides that we all have. I can see you understand the way it was and is between us. So I owe you an apology. I suppose it’s difficult for us now, with Liam not being here, considering how we feel about Marcy. We want to be a part of her life. Her life now includes you. It’s unfortunate you and Liam were in love with the same woman. If it weren’t for that, you and he would’ve probably been good friends; but then again, if it wasn’t for the two of you loving the same woman, none of us would’ve ever met.”
“If it wasn’t for Liam, Dave, I would’ve never met Marcy,” Brad answers. “She probably wouldn’t be here now, which means none of us would have her in our lives. I’m aware she’s here now because of his heroic actions all those years ago. To be honest, he may have been competition to me for her heart, but I can’t fault the guy for that. I understand him being in love with her. I may be slightly sensitive when it comes to him, but that’s only because I know she’s in love with him as well. I still blame myself for letting her go in the first place. If I hadn’t, their relationship wouldn’t have started. I don’t dislike Liam. He loved Marcy, I love Marcy, I like all of you guys, Marcy loves all of you and you’re all friends with Liam. I’m aware he was a great guy, which means I don’t mind hearing stories about him. What makes me annoyed and uncomfortable is when everyone else acts like they’re uncomfortable talking about him in front of me. He was a part of all your lives, and whether I like it or not, he was a part of Marcy’s life. I won’t deny it and pretend it didn’t happen. Besides, I can’t deny her relationship with him. The baby she’s carrying might be his. What kind of a person would I be if I try to deny his existence in her life, and this baby is his and not mine?”
“I said it before and I’ll say it again; you’re a hell of a man, Brad. And if Liam were here right now, I’d tell him so. I’d be happy to tell him you’re an honorable man and
Marcy’s in good hands.” Dave puts his hand out for Brad to shake. “Brad, if you’ll accept, I’d be proud and honored to call you friend.”
“I do accept and thank you. That means a lot to me.”
They start talking about sports, and that’s when I excuse myself.

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About the Author:

Linda Burson is from Connecticut.

After years of writing and editing for others, raising a family, and over twenty years of running her own businesses, Linda decided to tackle her first fiction novel entitled Rage, which began as a single book. Eventually, the novel became a trilogy, and finally a much longer series. All the books are a part of The Marcy Series, a romantic suspense series.

There are currently six novels in the series.

“I enjoy writing murder mysteries and romantic thriller/suspense novels. The main reason I choose to write these types of stories is because these are the types of novels I prefer reading. I’ve always enjoyed trying to figure out the culprit. It’s the edge-of-your-seat feeling I get while reading that keeps me excited to turn page after page. The best part is the thrill when you find out you are right when guessing the murderer.”




Paul McDermott said...

Hi, Linda!
Looks like m earlier attempt (painfully on a ridiculously minute mobile phone keyboard!!) didn't make it, so this is the 'longer post' I promised when I read Toni's post! :)
Sorry to hear you haven't had many Visitors, hope that changes!
I'm probably not your 'typical' reader of Romantic Thrillers, as I'm a (happily!) retired [male] teacher who dabbles in several genre. You're welcome to check out my FB page

You'll notice that one of my books is listed on the Publisher's website amongst the "Romance" listing, but I never considered it a 'Romance' myself, more a "Family Saga" effort [sequels planned, Book 2 is almost complete].

I disappoint my Revered Papa by NOT writing Westerns, as this is his biggest "guilty pleasure" (94 and housebound). Also, I don't "do" smut - Erotica is, I believe, the posh "Sunday name" for this genre ...

My Dad also has a 'thing' about stories told in First Person (in other words, he doesn't like 'em"). Generally I can understand his point, but reading your extract it's hard to imagine how anyone wanting to write a Romance (of ANY sort!) could do so effectively from any OTHER viewpoint! Am I right in thinking this? Really enjoyed reading the extract!
Regards Paul McD

M. S. Spencer said...

Thanks for stopping by Paul. I've enjoyed hosting Linda.

LJB Books said...

I don’t understand why my comments aren’t publishing.

LJB Books said...

M. S.

I seem to be having problems posting. I made like six attempts and I don’t know if it’s my Gmail or what, but everything is going into computer space. Hopefully you get this one.

Basically I wanted to thank you for having me. I appreciate your time and effort for and hosting me on your blog.

I replied to Paul as well, actually in great detail; however, it is also missing.

I know I am not that computer proficient, but this is embarrassing.

Thank you again. Hopefully, I’ll be able to figure it out.