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Friday, December 18, 2009

GetToKnowTheBook: Author Angelica Hart and Zi 'KILLER DOLLS'

KILLER DOLLS By Angelica Hart and Zi
Release September 2009
Champagne Books

Like a soft hand-crocheted coverlet, the Christmas season wraps about most of us with all those tangibles scents, sights, and emotions. It is a day when family and friends merge, and celebrations bubble into cherished memories. It is also a day of gift giving, but the most intangible yet most precious gift is that of love. As romance authors, we attempt to give that gift away every day within the pages of our books. Come and listen as we preview a tale of love between Letti and Taut.

After bio-terrorists use ricin to kill a man, they plan to attack innocent children by using ricin filled handcrafted dolls created by Letti Noel.

Letti, a doll maker by profession and a full-blown, staunch romantic by choice, she had not found that skipped heart beat, catch breath, face flushing moment with a man in far too long. Then, he entered her world, and teasingly called himself the Elephant King. Her normally timid demeanor dissolved as she found a brazen, more sensual being residing under her business savvy self. Dare she pursue this man who alternately pushed her away and drew her close? Dare she risk her heart even after discovering deceit skulk beneath his intimate seduction? The answers were as elusive even as his magnetic allure is unavoidable.

Unbeknownst to Letti the Elephant King is an FBI agent working undercover to find the terrorist. Haunted by a past that cannot be changed, Taut maintains an impregnable focus when it comes to his job while avoiding any personal relationships. When he goes undercover and plays the pursuer, he finds himself falling into the role a little too easily. When peril stalks Letti, he realizes his feelings for her are real, the guilt at lying to her disturbing, and the need to keep her safe all-encompassing.

Meanwhile, children are in increasing danger.

Meanwhile, there is another death.

Meanwhile, Taut’s deceit threatens their growing love even as the stalking terrorists threaten their lives.


Letti gasped at the unexpected behavior but she wasn't adverse to it. After all, he did something similar when he had kissed her so suddenly in her apartment. It felt like one of those fantasy moments, something right out of an old-fashioned bodice ripper. Yet, the moment wasn't quite right. There were those guys. Shouldn't they be a bit prudent, or did the possibility of danger turn Taut…well…taut.

She struggled but he refused to release her. He couldn't let her do anything that might spread the ricin. Gallagher had provided photos of ricin victims. He would not allow this to harm Letti. No one was to be hurt. Not again. Not on his watch. That imperative directed his next decisions.
His hold was an aphrodisiac, animalistic, driven, homogeneous with her want, placated only by submission to it, and her body began to respond. Shallow short breaths followed the intense heat smoldering in her groin, incinerating any resistance, and guaranteeing conflagration of raging flames of lust. The tight, pucker of her nipples signaled her growing arousal, and heaviness attached itself to her breasts, having that need to be touched. She surrendered to his authority, submitted, and urged him with her acquiesces to take more.

Once she stopped thrashing about, in the dark veil of silence still at her back, he grabbed her blouse, hand over one breast; she reacted to his touch as he balled the cloth in a huge hand, recalled the words, cut over-the-head garments away, and with one violent motion foreshadowing tremendous strength, tore it from her. In silence, he held it at arm’s length and disposed of it in an adjacent plastic-lined trash basket.


Their combined accomplishments include book publications in print and/or electronic versions of twenty-four titles, fifteen romance specific, ten manuscripts pending, EPPIE finalist for three books, Cecil Whig award, Hob-Nob Reader's Choice Award, written over 500 shorts with numerous published in both nationwide and small press magazines, articles published in various local, city and statewide newspapers, including four as a Guest Columnist in addition to trade articles. Both are members of various writing groups.

KILLER DOLLS IS AVAILABLE: Unaware that bio-terrorists are using her handcrafted dolls to attack the innocent, Letti Noel finds herself falling for Taut Johnson, an undercover FBI agent. Even as deceit is a growing barrier to their love, it's the stalking terrorists that are a threat to their lives.

We'd love to hear from anyone interested in what we do. Anyone who writes us at and leaves an s-mail address, we will send you a gift and add you to any future mailings.

Angelica Hart and Zi
KILLER DOLLS ~ September 2009
SNAKE DANCE ~ February 2010


  1. I so looking forward to reading this book. I have it on my ebookwise and plan to read this holiday season. Kudos for a great excerpt. And happy holidays to everyone.

  2. Awesome excerpt! Killer Dolls is on my TBR list! Happy Holidays!

  3. Ciara, Please let us know what you think of the book. One of us is hoping Santa brings a reader, and Santa will or Santa will be sleeping with the elves. So, looking forward to reading your On The Silver Edge of Time.

    Hope your holiday season brims with joy and blessings and sleep. They say women lose two hours a sleep a night during this time of year, which, oddly promotes cookie binging. Who knew!

    Thank you for commenting.

  4. Nichelle, Thank you for your kind words. It is so wonderful to see you here. We were just talking about your book THE ENCHANTED FLUTE! It is definitely going on my TBR as soon as that e-reader arrives.

    We are adoring the holidays, and can't help scooping up Christmas trivia like homemade fudge. Did you know that Jingle Bells was written for Thanksgiving, and then became one of the most popular Christmas songs? I'm certain you were just dying to know that.

    Hope you have a fabulous holiday, and we truly appreciate your stopping by.

  5. your work is awesome i have this on my tvbr list still havent had a chance to read it love the excerpt tho so ty for sharing and stoping in

  6. This looks awesome.... cover is spooky good! :)

  7. You really make it sound intriguing. FYI: The atmospheric colors help, too.


  8. This book is on my wish list! I want to read it BADLY!!!

    Merry Christmas

  9. This is definitely on my TBR list... I'm really hoping that Santa leaves me a Kindle under the tree, as I have a hard time holding real books because of my neck problem. This will be one of the FIRST ones I download.
    Merry Christmas Angelica Hart & Zi...

  10. Hi SiNn, Your compliment is what is awesome. Thank you so much for your generous words. We are tickled to be on your TBR list and hope you get a chance to read KILLER DOLLS soon. If you do, let us know what you think of it. We gave a huge TBR list, but one of the things we enjoy reading most, is comments from readers!

  11. Sheila... Hello! We adore the cover, it is all Amanda Kelsey's talent. She did a fabulous job, gave it just enough spooky to pick up the tone of the story. Tom Clancy said, "I've made up stuff that's turned out to be real, that's the spooky part." We're in agreement with that!

  12. Julie, Oooh, that is exactly what we wanted to do, make it intriguing. As for dominate color of the cover, black, it is actually the absence of light, the absence of color and in some ways our story reflects that absence, an absence of good within the villains, which contrasts starkly against the good in the hero and heroine. Hopefully, this is the receipe for a great story. Your

    MORTAL COIL also has fabulous cover art by Amanda and it makes one want to read the book.

  13. Anna, That is so kewl that you want to read our story. We can't wait to see what you think of it, and hopefully it will bring you shivers mingled with delight and a sprinkle of romance to add to the glow of the season.

  14. Hey Bill and Lori! Ahhh, Angelica is also hoping Santa picks up on her endless hints that she wants an e-reader. A: What hints? I've put a poster in front of the tree that read, "Dear Santa, PLEASE put an e-reader under the tree and you can have access to the cookie jar any time you want." Z: Don't you think Santa eats enough cookies. He should really start watching his weight. A: (Whispers) I said he could have access to the cookie jar. What I didn't tell him is that is where I keep the reindeer treats... carrots!