Thursday, March 3, 2016

In His Keeping Excerpt Tour

At eighteen, Elise Duxten must end her life. Her younger sister, Marly, lies dead because of her. To pay for her crimes she sells her soul to the devil in exchange for her sister’s life.  

Matrix, King of the crossroads, the Devil’s right hand man for the last twenty years, is willing to make the deal, eager for another pawn. To sweeten the exchange he gives her one year to mourn her decision before he takes her for good.

In that year he's determined to torment her, driven by envy at the strength in her soul. Though having lived years apart, the same heartless man, Manx Sloazan, destroyed their lives.

With her remaining life, Elise must teach her sister to live without her and find the courage to say goodbye. It won't be easy. Sloazan is determined to make Elise pay for a bungled drug sale and Matrix wants to torture her soul. Or does he?

With Elise, Matrix has discovered something he thought he'd lost. His heart. But he is the devil's, without the ability to choose. When the time comes, will he be prepared to let her go in order to save her soul? Or will the Devil make sure he gets what is his due?

Exclusive Excerpt:
I witnessed his arrival when I glanced into the mirror, emerging from the emptiness dressed in black, black as his surroundings, black as my end days. Satan. And he was beautiful. Not a maligned apparition or amorphous shadow, but a man, tall and beautiful with ink black eyes and a cryptic smile.

He came forward as far as he wanted, then waited, magnetizing me in place. For a crazy second I thought he was here to save me, this gorgeous dark stranger who couldn’t possibly be bad. But my belief in fairytale endings dried up when I was ten. The truth of now left me imploding.

“Hello, Elise.” The same deep, velvety tone, which last night had wound its way around me, sealed my fate. 

“I believe your sister is recovering well.”

He came closer, leaving the cavernous hole and stepping onto the gray tiles. This move made him real, drawing him into this world, my world, like last night never had. I couldn’t respond. How could I when my saliva had dried, gluing my tongue to the roof of my mouth.

My fingers began to ache. I glanced down to find my knuckles white. With effort, I released them from their maniacal grip on the basin and hung them limp by my side.

“I’ve come to get you.”


I actually spun around, where had the courage to face him come from? Shocked out of me, along with my heart and every other vital organ. Come to take me. No.

“You gave me a year.”

“And I never go back on my word, surprisingly given my reputation as the bad boy. If you remember the finer detail of our deal you are mine for the year, but I get to play with you when and how I like over the next twelve months, and after you’ve suffered enough your eternal damnation will begin.”

He came close, reached out a finger and looped my ponytail. The heavy weight of my hair eased as he raised his arm, eyes fixed on what he was doing, as the strands thread through the twine he’d created and fell, pulling on the tie again.

“Soft.” The words came out a whisper as if they’d never meant to be spoken.

Drawn out of his reverie, or wherever the hell he’d been, he glanced down at me—black eyes the window of a soulless shell.

“Your sister breathes because of me.”

He stepped forward forcing me to step back with nowhere to go. My bottom hit the basin I’d clung to seconds before. His move placed him too close, his shirt and my shirt meeting at the buttons.

“Now I get to claim my prize. Now and every other day I choose.”

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Author Bio and Links:
TJ Adams couldn’t decide what she wanted to be when she grew up and travelled instead. She returned from overseas with the thrill of adventure still inside, so decided to train as a commercial light aircraft pilot, flying out of the remote aboriginal communities of north Western Australia.

A badly damaged eardrum clipped her wings, and she returned to Perth to complete a BA of science. During this time she meet her husband halfway up a rock face, while engaging in one of her favorite past times, rock climbing.

Somewhat tamed, TJ Adams and hubby settled in the Perth Hills with their three children.

When her children were little, TJ Adams found her new passion—books. Countless books later and the idea of becoming an author emerged.

Her favorite genre is paranormal with her first novel Bound under contract with Eternal press. Unable to stop her fingers from tapping, TJ Adams has since formed a partners with another Perth author, Renee Hammond to complete the Hells Gate series. In His Keeping is her latest release. 

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  1. Which would you rather do: wash dishes, mow the lawn, clean the bathroom, or vacuum the house?

  2. Where is your favorite spot to read (or write)?

  3. Really great excerpt. I loved it.

  4. I love the cover! :) Very nice!

  5. I'm going to read this over the weekend - I'm so excited!! Thanks for sharing :)

  6. Enjoyed the excerpt, sounds like a great read, thanks for sharing!

  7. I love the excerpt. I'm really curious about how this story plays out.

  8. Great excerpt! Thank you for sharing the post and the giveaway!