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Monday 18 July 2016

☀☄ Free of Malice - Liz Lazarus

Thank you for joining us on the first day of the Virtual Book Tour for Free of Malice, a Mystery Thriller by (, Mitchell Cove Publishing LLC, 276 pages).

Don't miss our interview with author Liz Lazarus.

PREVIEW: Check out the book's synopsis, trailer and excerpt below.  Read the first five chapters with Amazon Look Inside.

Author Liz Lazarus will be awarding a $25 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 | Trailer | Teaser | Author Q&A | About the Author | Giveaway & Tour Stops


Laura Holland awakes in the middle of the night to see a stranger standing in her bedroom doorway. She manages to defend herself from the would-be rapist, though he threatens to return as he retreats.

Traumatized with recurring nightmares, Laura seeks therapy and is exposed to a unique treatment called EMDR. She also seeks self-protection— buying a gun against the wishes of her husband.

When Laura learns she could have gone to prison had she shot her fleeing assailant, she decides to write a hypothetical legal case using the details of that night. She enlists the help of criminal defense lawyer, Thomas Bennett, who proves to be well versed in the justice system but has an uncanny resemblance to her attacker.

As the two work together to develop the story, Laura's discomfort escalates particularly when Thomas seems to know more about that night than he should. Reality and fiction soon merge as her real life drama begins to mirror the fiction she's trying to create.

Teaser: Excerpt

     “I told you I don’t want to see a psychiatrist,” I pushed back. “I just need more time. I’ll bounce back. You know I almost came in the house on my own today. Besides, if I see a psychiatrist, on every job application I complete in the future, I’ll have to check the ‘Yes’ box when they ask if I’ve had mental health treatment.”
     “Jesus. No you don’t. You’re too innocent sometimes.”
     He gently tapped me on the nose.
     “You can check the box ‘No.’ Besides, if that’s the only thing stopping you, I think you should give it a try. Her name is Barbara Cole. I’ll take you to Houston’s afterward,” he added.
     I ignored the bribe. “But what can she do that you can’t? All she’ll do is listen and you do that for me already. Psychiatrists are for people who don’t have friends or husbands to talk to.”
     Chris shook his head.
     “Please? Do it for me.”
     The tone in his voice was different—more helpless than normal. Chris had been so understanding, so comforting this past month, especially considering I had been waking him every night. How could I refuse his request?
     I sighed. “Okay,” I relented. “I’ll go.”
     “One visit. That’s all I’m asking. If you don’t like it, you don’t have to go back. She’s a psychologist, by the way, not a psychiatrist. She does therapy, not drugs.”
      He glanced at the clock. It was 3:30 a.m.
     Chris grabbed Konk, my stuffed animal gorilla that I won at the state fair by outshooting him at the basketball game. He had sworn the scum running the game couldn’t take his eyes off my butt and let me win.
     “Here’s Konk,” he said. “I’m going to finish my presentation since I’m up. I’ll just be in the office. Want the door open?”
     “Yes,” I said as I wrapped my arms tightly around Konk.
     “Hey, we’ll celebrate your first therapy visit and my signed contract, I hope, this evening.”
     “You mean you hope my first visit?” I said with a playful smile.
     He gave me a look—he was in no mood for jokes.
     “Fine. Fine. I’ll go,” I assured.
     “If you’re asleep when I leave, just come by my office after the appointment and we’ll head to dinner. Try to get some sleep. I love you.”
     “I love you, too.”

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About the Author

Liz Lazarus is the author of Free of Malice, a psychological, legal thriller loosely based on her personal experience and a series of ‘what if’ questions that trace the after effects of a foiled attack; a woman healing, and grappling with the legal system to acknowledge her right to self-defense.

She was born in Valdosta, Georgia, graduated from Georgia Tech with an engineering degree and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern with an MBA in their executive master’s program.  She spent most of her career at General Electric’s Healthcare division and is currently a Managing Director at a strategic planning consulting firm in addition to being an author.

Free of Malice is her debut novel, set in Atlanta, and supplemented by extensive research with both therapists and criminal defense attorneys.  She currently lives in Brookhaven, GA, with her fiancé, Richard, and their very spoiled orange tabby, Buckwheat.

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Unknown said...

Congrats on the tour and I enjoyed reading the excerpt.

DanieX said...

Looks like a good book to read, thanks for sharing the excerpt with us!

Anonymous said...

Do you write full-time or part-time?

Cali W. said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I like the excerpt and cover. :)

Bea LaRocca said...

Congratulations on your New Release! I am looking forward to reading this story.

James Robert said...

A bright Good Morning to you and thank you for the opportunity you have brought all of us to win