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Double Cross
DiAnn Mills

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FBI: Houston #2

April 2015
On Sale: April 1, 2015
Featuring: Daniel Hilton; Laurel Evertson
401 pages
ISBN: 1414389949
EAN: 9781414389943
Kindle: B00LPQMIFI
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Also by DiAnn Mills:
Concrete Evidence, October 2022
Trace of Doubt, September 2021
Airborne, September 2020
The Oregon Trail Romance Collection, November 2019

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I write FBI romantic suspense set in Houston, Texas, but when I sat at my computer to write this blog, a bit of fun crept into my mind.

What if DOUBLE CROSS was a musical?

Who would play the roles?

What songs would fit?

Cast of Main Characters

Click on the link for their pics!

Special Agent Laurel Evertson - Katherine Heigl

Houston Police Officer Daniel Hilton - Colin Farrell

Felon - Morton Wilmington - Chris Evans

Daniel’s Grandmother - Abby Hilton - Helen Mirren

Daniel’s Grandfather - Earl Hilton - Clint Eastwood

Intro

FBI Agent Laurel Evertson’s investigation into a scam targeting the elderly takes an unexpected twist when key evidence leads her to Morton Wilmington, a felon she arrested five years ago on her first undercover assignment. That case has haunted her since, and though she’s vowed to forget Wilmington—and what she sacrificed to put him away—he is now her best lead.

Prologue

(OPENS WITH LAUREL SINGING STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’VE BEEN LOOKING FOR by U2)

Special Agent Laurel Evertson had done everything required of her and more to gain Morton Wilmington’s affections. The gaudy diamond on her left hand proved it. She was prepared to end her undercover work tonight and walk away from this despicable role. All she had to do was find the flash drive that would send her fiancé to prison for life.

(LAUREL SINGS EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE by THE POLICE)

Morton reached into his closet and pulled out designer pants, a shirt, and a sports jacket. “Babe, I’m taking a shower. Thought we’d grab dinner downtown before the play.”

“Perfect. I’m ready. So looking forward to tonight.” She despised the lies and the counterfeit love.

“What are you going to do? Read here?”

“I am. A new romance novel.” She pointed to a window seat that offered a scenic view of his condo’s pool bathed in late-summer afternoon sun.

He chuckled, his deep-blue eyes smoldering. “As long as I’m your main man.”

“None other.” She kissed him lightly. “I’m turning on a little Andrea Bocelli to put me in the mood.”

(LAUREL SINGS WITH CELINE DION & ANDREA BOCELLI - THE PRAYER)

“For what?”

“The book, the play, dinner, and us.”

“Another reason why I love you. Even if you did beat me last night in Monopoly.” He disappeared into the shower.

The moment the sound of water met her ears, she confirmed his location. Four times she’d found herself alone in his condo and attempted to access his safe, but each time she’d failed to hack into his computer, where he stored the safe combination that changed daily. Today she knew his password, and she quickly located the code on his laptop.

She placed the novel on the bed and removed a framed picture of a tank at Fort Knox from the wall to reveal the safe. Odd for a bedroom, but Morton had served four years in the Army. Probably the only thing he could be proud of. She rested the picture against the nightstand while the digital combination bannered across her mind. Squeezing her fingers into her palm to steady herself, she pressed in the code, hoping Andrea Bocelli’s tenor voice drowned out the low click. If she was wrong, the alarm would blare throughout the condo, bringing Morton out of the shower along with his bodyguard from the kitchen.

(LAUREL SINGS SWEET DREAMS BY THE EURYTHMICS)

Big business had made him one of the most powerful men in the country, and certainly in Texas. Murder, money laundering, and organized crime were his best friends— legitimacy his enemy. But he’d made one mistake, exposing it all on a flash drive. He’d bragged about where it was hidden one night after drinking too much. It had taken her months to locate the safe and figure out how to gain access.

Was she any better than he, using another person for her own agenda? She shook off the thought and concentrated on her commitment to stop Wilmington from breaking the law.

She secured the flash drive and replaced the picture. Stealing her way to the bathroom door, she confirmed Morton was still showering. His laptop sat on his desk as though beckoning her to prove the FBI’s suspicions. She inserted the drive. Her heart pounded, ached.

(MORTON SINGS YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING by The Righteous Brothers)

Giveaway

Let me know what you think! Comment and be entered to win your copy of DOUBLE CROSS.

About DOUBLE CROSS

FBI Agent Laurel Evertson’s investigation into a scam targeting the elderly takes an unexpected twist when key evidence leads her to Morton Wilmington, a felon she arrested five years ago on her first undercover assignment. That case has haunted her since, and though she’s vowed to forget Wilmington—and what she sacrificed to put him away— he is now her best lead.

Houston Police Officer Daniel Hilton fears his grandparents may be the scammer’s next targets, and he’ll do anything to protect his family—even force interagency cooperation. But he’s quickly drawn to Laurel’s empathy and zeal and agrees to follow her lead . . . even if it means teaming up with a felon.

As the unlikely trio uncovers evidence suggesting the scam is more extensive and deadly than they imagined, both Laurel and Daniel find themselves in the crosshairs of a killer. Together they must decide if they can trust Wilmington’s claims of redemption, or if he’s leading them straight into a double cross.

"DiAnn Mills always gives us a good thriller, filled with inspirational thoughts, and DOUBLE CROSS is another great one!" ~Fresh Fiction Reviewer Viki Ferrell; Read our full review here

About DiAnn Mills

DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She combines unforgettable characters with unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels.

Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests. Library Journal presented her with a Best Books 2014: Genre Fiction award in the Christian Fiction category for Firewall.

DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers; the 2015 president of the Romance Writers of America’s Faith, Hope, & Love chapter; a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, and International Thriller Writers. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country. She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas.

DiAnn is very active online and would love to connect with readers on any of the social media platforms listed at her website.

 

 

Comments

34 comments posted.

Re: DiAnn Mills | Double Cross: Romantic Suspense Musical?

I found your concept interesting, but am not a fan of
Katherine Heigl. Perhaps Reese Witherspoon would make a
better candidate. Since I've only been up a short time, my
mind hasn't fully engaged yet, so I'm unable to come up with
more names - however, I DO know that I'm anxious to read
your book, with or without the musical overtones!! It
sounds like a great read, and will make for a great read to
usher in the Spring!! I've put it on my TBR list, and will
be waiting for it's turn on my list!! Congratulations on
what I know is going to be a big hit!!
(Peggy Roberson 8:29am April 17, 2015)

I really enjoyed your post today! The way you wrote it, I can see it. :)
(Colleen Conklin 1:16pm April 17, 2015)

Can't wait to read it!
(Heather Brown 4:41pm April 17, 2015)

If it has Clint Eastwood, I will usually watch. I am trying
to think of musicals that are mystery. Phantom of the Opera
is one.
(Leona Olson 4:52pm April 17, 2015)

Love your books. Thanks for a chance to win.
(Judy Ferguson 5:21pm April 17, 2015)

I enjoy romantic suspense novels! I also like the fact that Double Cross is set in Houston. I live about an hour from Houston. :)
(Caryl Kane 6:03pm April 17, 2015)

I really enjoy your books. Keep them coming and thanks for the opportunity to win :)
(Sheri Jesse 6:21pm April 17, 2015)

Thanks for the chance and good luck to all!
(Alice Ketchum 6:40pm April 17, 2015)

This books sounds intriguing and suspenseful. I like the
actors who you would pick to portray the
characters,especially the grandparents!
(Maryann Skaritka 7:17pm April 17, 2015)

I'm waiting for a chance to read this book. I loved Firewall.
(Susan Beamon 7:20pm April 17, 2015)

I think you picked an amazing cast! I am a huge Katherine H fan, and of course
Clint Eastwood! I'm excited for this!!
(Lily Shah 8:09pm April 17, 2015)

Thanks for the contest and so many great books!
(Debbie Rudder 11:25pm April 17, 2015)

Sounds like it could end up on broadway
Love your books
Thank you
(Ava Curtis 12:15pm April 18, 2015)

Love The Cast especially Helen Mirren She is just an oustanding
actress, I am A big fan of hers
(Barbara Williams 4:11am April 18, 2015)

Thank you for the contest. You have an interesting cast
list.
(Deb Philippon 9:25am April 18, 2015)

Even though I like Katherine Heigl if your book were a musical
with KH opening singing a song I'd have to pass. After
watching 27 Dresses and hearing her do Elton John's Benny and
the Jets I'd rather just read your book. The rest of your cast
sounds great!!
(Jane Frisch 9:30am April 18, 2015)

I agree with all of your characters except Colin Farrell. Not a fan of his. I read Firewall and loved it. Can't wait to read Doublecross.
(Linda Harrison 9:58am April 18, 2015)

*snerk* I am a fan of the musical and thus am cracking up
picturing these folks singing.
(Donna Antonio 10:39am April 18, 2015)

keep the romantaic mystery thing going...not musical.
(MaryEllen Hanneman 11:17am April 18, 2015)

No thanks for KH!
(Lindsey Andronak 1:06pm April 18, 2015)

What fun! I can just imagine it. Why don't you write the
script for a muscial?
(Irene Menge 2:39pm April 18, 2015)

love your books, can't wait to read the next one...
(Teresa Roberts 2:58pm April 18, 2015)

Cast sounds great as well as song selections. Very interesting sounding story that I know I'd very much enjoy. I like Denzel Washington so I'd make him the Houston Police Officer instead of Colin Farrell.
(Linda Luinstra 4:05pm April 18, 2015)

Very interesting sounding story. Looking forward to
reading.
(Patricia Pinkston 10:34pm April 18, 2015)

I have yet to read one of your books but look forward to doing
so, soon.
(Gayner Bemisdarfer 11:35pm April 18, 2015)

Love your books
(Mary Bergeron 1:26pm April 19, 2015)

DiAnn - The cast & songs you have picked out are great for
your book, Double Cross. Love to read your books & thanks for
the giveaway.
(Lois Imel 5:45pm April 19, 2015)

Definitely a must read for me!
(Shirley Younger 8:18pm April 19, 2015)

This story sounds interesting. I can not wait to read it. Love Andrea Bocelli
and Celine Dion The Prayer.
(Sonnetta Jones 10:49pm April 19, 2015)

I like the twist of the musical. Can't wait to read this.
(Laura Gullickson 12:15pm April 20, 2015)

thanks for chance
(Susan Gannon 9:06am April 20, 2015)

I have to admit that I can't quite see the book as a musical LOL but hey, I wouldn't mind being proven wrong! The book sounds COMPLETELY awesome though! :-)
(Felicia Ciaudelli 1:29pm April 20, 2015)

I enjoyed your message and would love to read D0UBLE CROSS. Thanks for sweeps.
(Anna Speed 1:36pm April 20, 2015)

Sounds like a must read!
(Denise Austin 2:56pm April 20, 2015)

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