01 December 2021

Heart of Stone | Excerpt + Giveaway

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Rembrandt Stone has nothing left to lose… or does he?

Detective Rembrandt Stone doesn’t recognize himself in the mirror. Doesn’t recognize the world he’s returned to. Doesn’t even know his own name. But he knows one thing…living in this world is impossible.

Good thing he has an ally—an unexpected friend from the past. And together, they just might be able to unravel the entire mess. But first…Rembrandt will have to return to the past one final time and intercept himself before he makes a lethal mistake.

Time has outwitted him. It’s time for him to outwit time. Can he reconstruct a past he just destroyed or is there nothing left of his world to save?

The explosive ending to the True Lies of Rembrandt Stone!

Publisher: TriStone Media
Release Date: November 23, 2021



I suppose it gets easier to become someone you don’t recognize when you walk away from yourself.

My eye is swollen from the cheap shot Meelis gave me during our fight, and I wear a few other scars on my face—a gouge out of my jaw, another along my hairline, but that might be from the crowbar a perp named Bryce Mattson beaned me with a couple days and twenty-three years ago.

Despite the clocking he gave me, he was a kid and I wish I could have saved him.

My hair is shorn high and tight, and it makes the planes of my face stand out, all hard, lean angles. And, I’m built—I’ve put on at least twenty pounds of muscle, mostly in the upper body.

All that thuggery builds muscle.

My clothes have mostly dried, but I still feel grimy, although that might also be from my current situation.

“I want you to find out, Staz where she got the code. And then get rid of her.”

Oh Frankie, what are you doing here? My mouth tightens at the corners.

“Please don’t hurt me,” she says quietly.

I feel sick. She doesn’t know me. Which tightens my gut because I’d hoped she did.

Hoped she remembered a kinder, gentler me.

One who would never hurt her.

The fact that Alexander gave me this job, however, tells me that man is gone.

I have crossed hard lines.

“I’m not going to hurt you,” I say quietly. “Just sit there and let me think.”

She stares up at me, almost in disbelief, and maybe I don’t know what I’m doing, but there’s a part of me who believes, despite the image that stares at me in the mirror, that I haven’t strayed that far from myself.

When I worked undercover, so many ages ago, I had a lifeline, someone I could call if I got in over my head.

You guessed it—that person was Burke. I had him on speed dial, and I just had to press the number, and he had my back.

I scrub a hand down my face and pull out my phone. I don’t know who’s on the other end of my speed dial, but I press #9, then drop the phone back into my pocket.

My dark hope—and you know how I feel about hope—is that Shelby is picking up on the other end.

“Frankie, what are you doing here?”

Her mouth opens. “How do you…” Frankie pulls her legs onto the sofa and pushes herself back and away from me. “How do you know my name?”


James L. Rubart is 28 years old, but lives trapped inside an older man’s body. He’s the best-selling, Christy Hall of Fame author of ten novels and loves to send readers on mind-bending journeys they’ll remember months after they finish one of his stories. He’s dad to the two most outstanding sons on the planet and lives with his amazing wife on a small lake in eastern Washington. More at http://jameslrubart.com/.

Susan May Warren is the USA Today bestselling, Christy and RITA award–winning author of more than eighty novels whose compelling plots and unforgettable characters have won acclaim with readers and reviewers alike. The mother of four grown children, and married to her real-life hero for over 30 years, she loves traveling and telling stories about life, adventure, and faith.

For exciting updates on her new releases, previous books, and more, visit her website at www.susanmaywarren.com.

David Curtis Warren is making his literary debut in these novels, and he’s never been more excited. He looks forward to creating more riveting stories with Susie and Jim, as well as on his own. He’s grateful for his co-writers, family, and faith, buoying him during the pandemic of 2020, and this writing and publishing process.


(1) winner will receive one The True Lies of Rembrandt Stone print copy (winner’s choice) and a $10 Amazon gift card!

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight November 29, 2021 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on December 6, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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  1. Anonymous1/12/21 23:04

    Thank you for sharing!

  2. I'm looking forward to reading this series! Thank you for sharing.