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Thursday 27 August 2015

☀ The Frailty of Things: Windsor [4] - Tamsen Schultz

Thank you for joining us on the Virtual Book Tour for The Frailty of Things, a Romantic Mystery by (, Booktrope , 299 pages).

This is the fourth book in the Windsor series.

PREVIEW: Read the first three chapters with Amazon Look Inside.

Check out the book's synopsis and the excerpt below, and our Q&A with author Tamsen Schultz.

Tamsen will be awarding a $30 Amazon/BN gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.   Please do take part: comment on our post and follow the tour where you will be able to read other excerpts (☀), interviews (ℚ), reviews (✍) and guest blog posts (✉).

Synopsis | Teaser | The Series | Author Q&A | About the Author | Giveaway & Tour Stops


Independence. Kit Forrester is a woman who wears her independence like armor. Despite keeping secrets and hiding her past, she’s built a life she loves and is accountable to no one. Until, that is, one of the world’s most wanted war criminals sets his sights on her and she must weigh the risk to one against the chance of justice and closure for many—a decision Kit couldn't make on her own even if she wanted to.

Certainty. As a man who makes his living in the shadows of governments and wars, certainty isn’t a part of Garret Cantona’s vocabulary, and he’s just fine with that. But when Kit walks into his life, he realizes he’s never before been so sure about anything or anyone. Suddenly, he finds he’s looking at the world, his world, in a different light. And now that he is, he’s determined to protect it, and her, in whatever ways he can.

Frailty. No one knows better than Kit and Garret that an appreciation for what is, or what was, or what might be, can be born from the uncertainty and fragility of life. But when a hunt for a killer leaves Garret no choice but to throw Kit back into her broken and damaged past, even his unshakable faith in what they have together might not be enough to keep it from shattering into a million pieces.

Teaser: Excerpt

Garret took a step back and crossed his arms over his chest. “This was your idea, wasn’t it? You talked to Drew?” he asked, a pit gnawing its way through his stomach.

Slowly, she inclined her head.

He locked his jaw to keep from yelling in frustration. Yes, he was upset that she and Drew had worked up this scheme without him, but what caused him even more irritation was the fact that the reality of their situation had just come crashing back down on him and the whole thing, truth be told, terrified him.

He turned toward the wood stove and knelt to add some firewood, just to give himself something to do.

“You’re angry,” Kit said, her voice soft behind him. She hadn’t moved, and for that he was grateful.

After a long moment of silence, during which he shoved a few logs into the burning stove, he let out a deep breath and answered. “At the situation, Kit,” he said, watching the fire dance around the logs, their orange and blue flames licking the new wood as if testing its suitability.

“I am too, Garret. That’s why I suggested the book signing to Drew. I want—no, I need this to end.”

And then he heard it. He heard all the stress in her voice, all the fear and anxiety that he’d recognized and dismissed as they’d been holed up in their cozy little cabin for the past five days. He couldn’t ignore it now, he couldn’t dismiss it and turn their attention to more interesting and diverting pursuits the way he’d been doing. He couldn’t try to make this better for her by forcing it under the rug.

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The Series: Windsor

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The Puppeteer

This is the first book published by Tamsen and it is not part of the Windsor series, however there are overlaps with it.

CIA agent Danielle “Dani” Williamson never stops believing that one day she’ll find the man who killed her parents and stole her childhood. And when the nightmare she relives in her dreams is played out in carbon copy and linked to a group the CIA believes is planning a terrorist attack in the US, Dani thinks she might finally have her chance.

Detective Ty Fuller loved being a Navy SEAL, but after seeing one too many innocent children killed, he was no longer able to stomach the world of politics, manipulation, and death. Now, as a detective with his local vice squad, he likes to think he’s helping kids by keeping drugs off the streets–local problems, local solutions.

But when Dani and her team arrive, they bring a case bigger than anything Ty’s small New England town has seen in decades, drugs in exchange for weapons-lots of them. And as the case unfolds and the tensions simmer between them, Dani and Ty discover that all is not what it seems. Uncovering a web of manipulation that spans the globe and reaches all the way to the US president, they know the price for justice will be high, risking not just their fledgling relationship, but their very lives.

This is a new release of an edition originally published by Booktrope. [Published 11 November 2014 by AmazonEncore, first published 7 September 2012, 273 pages]

A Tainted Mind [1]

Obessed with her job as a medical examiner and lead consultant with the FBI, Dr. Vivienne ‘Vivi’ DeMarco is a woman running from her own demons. And finding the remains of a body on the side of a road in rural upstate New York wasn’t part of her plan. Frustrated that the ghosts from his past won’t leave him alone, Ian MacAllister makes for a reluctant Deputy Chief of Police of Windsor, New York. But as more victims are discovered, all women that bear a shocking resemblance to Dr. DeMarco, he knows he’ll need to call on all the skills he learned as an Army Ranger if he wants to keep her safe. Denied over and over again of the one thing he desires most, a killer may have finally reached his breaking point. The only question that remains is, will he take Vivi and Ian with him?

This is a new release of an edition originally published by Booktrope. [Published 11 November 2014 by AmazonEncore, first published 17 April 2013, 326 pages]

These Sorrows We See [2]

Sorrows are something Matty Brooks knows a thing or two about. Having grown up in the projects of New York City, she’s seen her fair share. But as an adult, and successful author, Matty is all too happy to leave that life far behind.

Secrets aren’t something Dr. Dash Kent knows much about. As a small-town vet with deep ties to his community of Windsor, New York, life has always been pretty straightforward. Until Matty Brooks comes to town.

Redemption is what Brad Brooks wants. As Matty’s half brother, he’s ashamed of how his family treated her—how they cast her out. But when the olive branch he extends turns deadly and Matty stumbles into Brad’s biggest secret, she finds herself cast back into a world of violence and deceit. Now redemption is easy; survival is the hard part. [Published 21 October 2013 by Booktrope, 384 pages]

What Echoes Render [3]

Betrayal was something Jesse Baker thought she already knew too much about. But when her dead husband’s past comes back to haunt her, both the life she’s built for herself and her sons and the story she’s told herself to make it through threaten to crumble into ashes.

Fire and ashes are David Hathaway’s life. Since sending his daughter to college, his time is his own and the arson investigator intends to make the most of having no one to look after but himself. That is, until he meets Jesse and an explosion nearly takes her life, changing his forever.

Echoes from their pasts follow them both. And they know those memories, like fire, can give life just as easily as they can destroy it. But before Jesse and David can decide for themselves how their histories will influence their future, they must first stop a killer intent on making Jesse burn for the sins of others. [Published 15 May 2014 by Booktrope, 361 pages]

About the Author

Tamsen Schultz is the author of several romantic suspense novels and American Kin (a short story published in Line Zero Magazine). In addition to being a writer, she has a background in the field of international conflict resolution, has co-founded a non-profit, and currently works in corporate America. Like most lawyers, she spends a disproportionate amount of time thinking (and writing) about what it might be like to do something else. She lives in Northern California in a house full of males including her husband, two sons, four cats, a dog, and a gender-neutral, but well-stocked, wine rack.

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Victoria Alexander said...

Sounds like a great series - thanks for sharing!

Unknown said...

I really enjoyed the excerpt! Thank you for the post and contest!

morgan said...

I always wondered what it would be like if your parents were criminals. Would it seem rather ordinary that robbing or killing people is just what they did?