Monday, April 2, 2018

NBTM Hope and Honor by Marilee Brothers

Hope and Honor
by Marilee Brothers


GENRE: Romantic suspense with a touch of fantasy



Life is becoming more complicated for soul reader Honor Melanie “Mel” Sullivan. Her boss needs help with his rebellious teen daughter who believes rules are made to be broken and Mel’s current boyfriend, Homeland Security agent Mick Petrov, is becoming an absentee lover, dropping hints about a major decision he faces. To make it worse, Mel’s ex, 3 Peaks detective “Billy the Kid” McCarty wants her back. And those aren’t the only challenges. When a paramilitary group called New Dawn wants her soul-reading skills, Mel meets five-year-old twins who steal her heart. Unwilling to abandon the motherless children, she strikes a deal with the compound’s charismatic leader. Drawn deeper and deeper into New Dawn’s twisted agenda, Mel must figure out a way to save the twins and herself before it’s too late.

Excerpt Two:

My peripheral vision catches sight of a sudden movement. I walk down the steps and turn right until I reach the edge of the building. I peek around the corner and see a little girl pressed against the rough siding. Her dark hair is braided. Her jeans and jacket are too big and look like boy clothes. Her gaze is fixed on the ground. Her thumb is in her mouth. She’s clutching a stuffed rabbit.

I take a step toward her and smile. “Hi. Are you waiting for your dad?”

She nods.

I take a step closer, trying not to spook her. “I’m Mel. What’s your name?”

Without removing her thumb, she mumbles something unintelligible. I take a step close and squat down until we’re eye level.

“I didn’t quite get your name. Maybe if you take your thumb out of your mouth it will work better.”

She lifts her head and I’m looking into eyes identical to those of the little blond boy. Bright and blue. My heart breaks when I look into her soul. Streaked with pale blue accents, it’s a soft shade of pink and bisected with a jagged black line. This little girl has experienced severe trauma.

“I think I saw your dad and brother go into the hall. Am I right?”

She nods. The thumb comes out of her mouth. “Papa and Gunner.”

“Can you tell me your name again, sweetie?”

“I’m Kimber.”

“Do people call you Kim?”

She shakes her head. “Nope. People call me Kimber, ‘cause that’s my name.”

“Got it,” I say. “How about you keep me company until the meeting is over. I’ve got nobody to talk to and I’m lonesome. We could go sit on the stairs and wait together.”

“Not there. No females. We can sit on the bench, though.”

She takes my hand and leads me to a rickety bench a few yards in front of the porch railing. We sit in companionable silence for a few minutes. I’m dying to know more about Kimber, but don’t want to bombard her with questions.

“This is Blossom Bunny,” she offers, thrusting the stuffed rabbit in front of my face.

Blossom Bunny is not attractive. Her fur is dull gray and splotchy. Her long, floppy ears droop down to her skinny legs. Black, beady eyes peer straight ahead atop a little pink nose.

“Very nice,” I lie.

“I love Blossom Bunny. She has zippers in her ears. I keep important stuff there.”

She lays the bunny across her lap, lifts one of the floppy ears and points out the zipper.

“Very cool. It’s good to have a place to keep important stuff.”

She nods solemnly, unzips one of the ears and pulls out stubby pencil, a little rubber ball and a hair ribbon. Seeing her sparse array of treasures makes me sad.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Marilee Brothers is a former teacher, coach, counselor and the author of ten books. Marilee and her husband are the parents of three grown sons and live in central Washington State. After writing six young adult books, Marilee is once again writing romantic suspense for the adult market. She loves hearing from people who have read her books. Feel free to contact her at and sign up for her newsletter The Obsessive Page Turner.

Her author page on Facebook is: and she occasionally tweets @MarileeB. Check out Marilee’s Amazon page here:

Marilee’s blog is Book Blather, where she features aspiring and published authors as well as some tidbits of her own.

Interview with Marilee Brothers

1. Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story?

They absolutely hijack the story and I depend upon them to do so. I usually know how the book starts and how I want it to end. The middle is a bit vague. Before I start writing, I do an extensive analysis of the main characters. I know them well and, so far, they have never let me down. If I get stuck, I add a new character to kick-start the action. I’ve tried outlining, but the book never seems to end up according to the plan, so I’ve learned to let the characters guide me.

2. Convince us why you feel your book is a must read.

The Soul Seeker series has a little of everything. Romance. Mystery. Suspense. Timely themes. I hope your readers will start with books 1 and 2, Affliction and Allegiance. Hope and Honor, book 3, ties everything together and delivers a satisfying finish to the series.

3. Have you written any other books that are not published?

I’ve been very lucky. All my books have been published.

4. Pen or typewriter or computer?

Most of the time, I use the word processing program on my computer. However, if I get really stuck, I use paper and pen to get the words flowing. There’s only one problem: I have a hard time reading my own writing.

5. Anything you would like to say to your readers and fans?"

Please visit my website, and check out my other books. Also, click on Work in Progress for a peek at my new mystery, A Woman Scorned. Many thanks to T’s Stuff for hosting me today. I appreciate it!


Marilee Brothers will be awarding a $10 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


  1. I enjoyed getting to know your book; congrats on the tour, I hope it is a fun one for you, and thanks for the chance to win :)

  2. Thanks for hosting, Teresa, and thanks to you, Lisa Brown, for following my trail!

  3. I liked the excerpt, thank you.

  4. Thanks 4 sharing this giveaway and congrats on the tour.

  5. Great interview, thanks for sharing :)

  6. Sounds like an intriguing read. Thanks.

  7. Do you prefer ebooks or print versions to read?

  8. Do you prefer audio books or to read them?

  9. Who or what inspired you to write this novel?

  10. Did anyone inspire you to write in past ventures in writing?

  11. This book I would have to add to my TRL.

  12. Thanks 4 sharing your website link.

  13. Is there other genres in fiction that you like to read? If so, what?

  14. Thank you for the opportunity at a chance at winning and thanks 4 the links you provided.