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Excerpt: Holding Mercy by Lori Armstrong (Love is Murder blog tour)

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Love is Murder'is a soon-to-be-released romantic suspense anthology edited by'New York Times'bestselling author Sandra Brown. This collection features 30 of the hottest bestselling authors and new voices writing nerve-racking romantic suspense today, including Allison Brennan, Lee Child and Roxanne St Claire.'Bodyguards, vigilantes, stalkers, serial killers, women (and men!) in jeopardy, cops, thieves, P.I.s, killers'these all-new stories will keep you thrilled and chilled late into the night.

As part of the Love is Murder'blog tour, RIASS is lucky enough to be able to feature an exclusive excerpt from best-selling author Lori Armstrongs contribution Holding Mercy. Read on to check it out!

Lori Armstrong ' Holding Mercy

The bad thing about wearing a tight, sexy little black dress? No place to put my gun.

Granted, I was supposed to be on a date, and probably didn't need a firearm, or handcuffs, but being armed was a habit ingrained during my twenty-year stint in the army and now as a newly minted G-woman. Legally, I could carry everywhere and I took advantage of that perk without apology. But my belt and holster looked clunky strapped over the clingy black dress. Stowing my weapon in my compact beaded purse didn't feel right, neither did slipping the small handgun in the pocket of my leather trench coat, so I compromised and shoved my Kahr Arms P380 inside my right cowgirl boot. Then I placed my handcuffs between the 'Mercy Gunderson, Special Agent, FBI' badge in my purse and my cell phone. All set for my date.

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' Excerpt: Holding Mercy by Lori Armstrong (Love is Murder blog tour)

About Lori Armstrong: Lori Armstrong left the firearms industry in 2000. The first book in her Julie Collins series,'Blood Ties, was nominated for a 2006 Shamus Award for Best First Novel.'Hallowed Ground'received a 2007 Shamus Award nomination and won the 2007 WILLA Cather Literary Award.'Shallow Grave'was nominated for a 2008 High Plains Book Award and finaled for the 2008 WILLA Cather Literary Award.'Snow Blind'won the 2009 Shamus Award for Best Paperback Original. The first book in the Mercy Gunderson series,'No Mercy, won the 2011 Shamus Award for Best Hardcover Novel and was a finalist for the WILLA Cather Literary Award.'Mercy Kill'released in January 2011.'Dark Mercy'will release in 2013. Lori serves on the Board of Directors of Mystery Writers of America and lives in Rapid City, South Dakota.

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