Arresting Onyx (book 2.5) By Amber Daulton releases tomorrow in the Romantic suspense genre.
Wrong place, wrong time. Now she’s running for her life.
Beautician Chanel Leroc can wield a pair of scissors like nobody’s business. After she witnesses a murder and lands on a serial killer’s hit list, she has to figure out how to protect herself—and fast. The killer tracks her down, but her sexy new neighbor, Dr. Ryan Naylor, drives the brute off.
The police dump the pair in a witness protection program, which doesn’t last long. Either the killer has a connection to the police, or he’s far more intelligent than they realize. All Chanel wants to do is get back to her safe life and get to know her neighbor better. Instead, she and Ryan hit the road and try to survive on their own.
How will they stay alive and keep their blooming romance intact with the killer hot on their trail?
Tagline – After Chanel witnesses a murder, she and her sexy neighbor flee the city with the killer in hot pursuit.
Chatting with Chanel
What’s your name, and where are you from?
My name is Chanel Leroc. I’m originally from Aurora, Colorado, but I now live in the neighboring city of Denver.
What do you look like?
I’m curvy but also pretty tall (five-feet-ten), which slims down my frame. I’m usually pretty tanned since I frequent spray tanning booths and on rare occasions, tanning beds. My eyes are dark and fringed with thick lashes. I love the red streaks in my long, dark-brown hair (have you seen my book cover yet?). Since I’m a beautician, I always try to keep my hair soft and styled, but during those weeks when I was on the run with Ryan, my hair was the last thing on my mind.
What’s your goal in this story?
Survival. It doesn’t get more basic than that since there’s a serial killer who’s determined to snuff me out. I wish him luck—not.
What did you think the first time you saw Ryan?
That he was a stud muffin. Seriously. I didn’t actually speak to Ryan until a month or so later when my life upended.
What is your family like?
My mom passed away when I was little, so I was mostly raised by my father and older brother. They’re both protective of me—too much at times—but I know how to handle them. I’m not on good terms with my brother right now since he slept with my best friend and then broke her heart, but my dad and I are close. I hated worrying them and my friends when I dropped off the grid, but it had to be done.
What’s the most terrible thing that ever happened to you?
Watching a woman get murdered. The memory will never leave me.
What was your dream growing up? Did you achieve that dream?
After my mom died, I was starved for female companionship. Though I spent summers with my elderly grandmother, she also died early on, so I was alone again. I dreamed of finding forever with someone who wouldn’t leave me. I didn’t have any true, real friends in high school, but I met three wonderful, special women when I was in college. They’re obviously not the motherly type, but they’re like sisters to me, especially my best friend, Shea. Then I met Ryan. He’s the dream I didn’t know I had. I want to spend the rest of my life with him.
What other character from your book do you think your author should write a book about? Care to tell us why?
You’ll meet Shea and my other gal pal, Belle, during my story. Both of those ladies need to settle down and pop out some babies! Haha! I’m kidding. Shea and Belle are career-oriented women who’s love life is going nowhere fast. I’d love to see them head over heels in love with a man, and I’m pretty sure I’ll get my wish sooner rather than later.
She blew a lock of her hair away from her face. “If your mom shows up, I’m screwed. I have no makeup, and the clothes I wore yesterday need a date with the washing machine. First impressions are everything with a man’s mother. Do you know you’re the first guy to see me barefaced since Jonas?”
Who the hell was Jonas? He clamped his jaw on the question. “Mom will understand. She likes stubborn women who refuse to take my bullshit. Besides, you look great without all that junk on your face.” He stiffened as she lifted her manicured eyebrow. “But I’m not opposed to it either. Do what makes you feel comfortable.”
She chuckled softly. “Good save.”
He blew out a pent-up sigh. Whew! No doghouse for him. “Who’s Jonas?” Okay, so he asked. At least he didn’t growl it.
“My ex-boyfriend.” She traced the line of Ryan’s whiskered jaw. “We were living together and contemplating marriage when he got a great job offer out-of-state. I didn’t want to move, so he left and took our Corgi with him. I miss Rocky like crazy. Hell, I miss the dog more than I do Jonas.” She fluffed Ryan’s shirt. “I loved him, but it wasn’t that awe-inspiring, ballad-type romance I read about in my books. Anyway, I couldn’t afford the rent on our house, so I moved. I made the right decision to not leave Denver, but I wouldn’t be in this mess if I had.”
They also wouldn’t have met. His gut fisted. “How long were you with him?”
“About three years.”
He tunneled his hand through his mussed hair. “You’re just coming out of a long-term relationship. We should slow down.”
“How long have you been divorced?”
“Two years, but my marriage was over long before that.”
“I’m over Jonas, so I don’t need to take baby steps.” She rested her hands on his chest.
“Okay. If you’re sure?”
She claimed his lips, the passion in her kiss silencing his doubts.
About the Author
Amber Daulton is the author of the romantic-suspense series Arresting Onyx and several standalone novellas. Her books are published through Daulton Publishing, The Wild Rose Press, and Books to Go Now, and are available in ebook, print on demand, audio, and foreign language formats.
She lives in North Carolina with her husband and demanding cats.
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