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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Guest Post by Hildie McQueen, author of Desperate Betrayal

Hi, everyone!

I am pleased to participate in Hildie McQueen's Desperate Betrayal Virtual Book Tour hosted by Bewitching Book Tours.

About Hildie:

Hildie McQueen is a whirlwind who refuses to wear anything but jeans and heels.

She grew up on the San Diego/Mexico border, joined the military at seventeen and never returned. After living in Germany, Texas and Hawaii, she finally settled in the beautiful southern town of Augusta, Georgia.

Biracial, half Mexican and half African-American, Hildie’s native language is Spanish, but English is her favorite way of communicating now.

Her mission in life is to make as many people as possible to feel normal. It’s an easy thing to do, for others to feel normal around her, because she’s anything but.

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Welcome to Darlene's Book Nook, Hildie!

Hildie has written a guest post, so I will now turn the floor over to her.

The Truth
by Hildie McQueen

Lies. It’s a short word. But it’s a word that brings out a reaction in people. Bring up the topic in a conversation and you’ll be surprised at the power of this little word.

Without trust no relationship, be it a marriage or a friendship will last for long. Once someone is caught in a lie, any trust that has been built will crumble. And like Humpty-Dumpty, it can never be put together again. Well it can be, but the cracks will remain.

That is the gist of Desperate Betrayal. From the very beginning the heroine hides the truth from the hero, a horrible truth that can cost his life. Coming back from such a huge divide between Cyn and Emma makes for an uphill battle to regain trust and redemption even after realizing they love each other.

At times I worried that perhaps the obstacle would be too large to overcome, in real life it probably would not have been possible. Good thing this is a fictional couple!

I hope that when you read this story you are pulled into the emotions brought by the betrayal and that like them, you are able to realize that sometimes betrayal is the only way to save the one you love.

I believe this excerpt captures a moment when the couple struggles to understand the situation.

“If you don’t trust me then why are you helping me?” Unjustified rage filled her, perhaps because his words were too close to the truth. Emma stepped closer to him, she hated that she had to bend her neck back to look at him. “Maybe this is a mistake, maybe I should just figure this out by myself.”

He held her by the forearms and drew her to him. First his eyes were piercing, his stare hard, but they softened when he spoke. “I don’t know why, but I want to protect you.” His tone and expression carried both surprise and confusion in equal measure.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thanks so much for joining us today, Hildie! 

More About Desperate Betrayal: 


Cynden Frasier (Cyn) is a member of a group of immortal warriors, the Protectors, assigned to protect humans in Atlanta, Georgia, the epicenter of a major uprising in demon activity. When Cyn is approached by a beautiful woman in a dirty alley, he is intrigued by the fact that she can see him for what he is, a terrifying demon slayer, and still dares to approach him.
Emma Blake, a half-demon, has to convince Cyn to help rescue her sister from powerful demons. Terrified that the Protector will kill her if he realizes what she is, she still goes against every instinct and approaches Cyn for help. Despite knowing that she is leading them both into territory so wrought with treachery, neither of them may survive.
Can Cyn and Emma overcome betrayal, the ancient rules that prevent Protectors from taking a wife, unless she is his one true mate? And if they do, will it even matter?

Available now at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and All Romance




Emma Blake always felt at home in the shadows. It was where she lived, always concealing the truth from those around her.

Now as she hid in the doorway of an abandoned building, she couldn’t help but compare the current situation to her life. The dampness of the brick wall behind her seeped through to her skin, as she pushed further into the dark to avoid being noticed. The putrid smell of trash and urine barely registered, as she was mesmerized by the scene unfolding before her.

The scene invoked images of the endless battle forces of dark and light had been waging since the dawn of time.

Although beautiful to behold, the warrior who fought before her wasn’t exactly an angel, but he was as close to one as she would ever get. In desperate need of his help, she took a big chance sticking around; because once he caught her there were only two possibilities for her.

He’d either help her or he would kill her.

The air blew chilly on this damp, drizzly day in Atlanta, a city that for some unknown reason, in the last few years, had become a hotbed for demons. With such an influx of demons, human assaults were on the rise.

Emma continued to watch from the shelter of the doorway, as the Protector fought his aggressors. Ten huge low-level demons armed with medieval-type swords.

She tensed, but didn’t flinch as a demon’s severed arm flew past her and hit the ground next to her foot with a sickening thud.

Emma had no doubt as to whom the victor would be in the end. The fluidity of the Protector’s movements and the speed of the fight enthralled her. Her gaze locked on his biceps. Muscles bulged on his right arm, as he swung his sword in a way that seemed almost effortless. Impressive, for the weapon he wielded had to weigh at least twenty pounds.

He dodged a blow and struck out with his sword to slash through one demon’s chest. A dagger flew from his left hand and found its target in another’s heart.

Tour Participants

January 16 - Interview 

January 16 - Promo

January 16 - Promo or guest

January 17 - Guest Blog
Ramblings From A Chaotic Mind –

January 18 - Character Interview and review

January 20 (review) and January 21 (interview)
Salacious Reads

January 21 - Review and promo
Wendy @ Rage, Sex and Teddy Bears

January 22 - Interview

January 24 - Guest Post and Giveaway

January 24 - Promo
Book Flame

January 24 - Guest Blog and Giveaway

January 25 - Interview
Illusions of Intimacy

January 26 - Guest Blog
Reviews By Molly

January 27 - Promo

January 28 - Promo and Review
Reading Between the Wines

January 30 - Guest Blog and Review
Cocktails and Books

January 31 - Review
Everyone Loves a Sinner

January 31 - Promo

February 1 - Guest Blog
I Just Wanna Sit Here and Read!

February 2 - Guest Blog
Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess

February 3 - Interview
Sarah Ballance

February 5 - Guest Blog
Curling Up By The Fire

February 7 - Guest Blog
Darlene's Book Nook

February 10 - Guest Post
Lisa’s World of Books

February 13 - Guest Blog (review later)
Beverly @ The Wormhole

February 14 - Review and Excerpt

February 14 - Spotlight

February 15 - Promo and Guest Blog

February 16 - Guest Blog and Review
For The Love of Reading

February 16 - Review and Guest Post
SupaGurl Books

February 16 - Interview and Review
Manga Maniac Cafe

February 16
Ravencraft's Romance


  1. Hello Darlene, I'm glad to 'meet' you and spend time here today! Thank you for hosting me.

  2. Enjoyed the post! This book sounds like a good read for me.

    Thanks for the share!


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