06 August 2022

The Epic Story of RJ and York | Excerpt + Giveaway

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The romantic trilogy ignites in book one of the Epic Story of RJ and York!

He’s not looking for trouble…

All former spy and current national security agent York Newgate wants is to propose to the woman he loves, RJ Marshall. Then they can move to Shelly, Washington, and start the calm, safe life he’s been dreaming of for over a year.

Too bad trouble doesn’t agree…

Or maybe RJ simply attracts trouble because she’s just going out for coffee when she spots a wanted, known terrorist standing in the middle of a street in Paris. At least she thinks it’s international criminal Alan Martin, the mastermind behind a plot to kill the president.

But he’s in jail, right?

Wrong. Martin has escaped, and it’s up to RJ—and York—to keep him in their sights until he can be apprehended. But chasing down Martin means following him into the darkness of whatever plot he’s cooked up now.

Will he ever outrun trouble to find his happy ending?

So much for York’s epic proposal. Now, he just wants to escape Europe with their lives.

Publisher: SDG Publishing
Release Date: August 9, 2022

The gripping romantic adventure continues across Europe in this second installment of the Epic Story of RJ and York!

The woman he loves has vanished…

When RJ Marshall said she’d be right back, York should have objected. No, he wasn’t going to let her run off to Berlin, even if it was to save a little girl.

Only problem—she’d told him this while he was unconscious. So really, it doesn’t count, and it’s not his fault that she’s gone missing. And, he didn’t know why he expected RJ not to chase danger into trouble. But now he has to find her before criminal mastermind Alan Martin tracks her down.

She’s in over her head…

RJ didn’t mean to leave York behind, but she’s on a mission to save a little girl caught in the crossfire of Martin’s terrorist plot. Now, she’ll have to find the girl and keep her safe while leaving clues for York to follow her.

But who will catch up to her first—York, or the man with a vendetta?

Publisher: SDG Publishing
Release Date: August 16, 2022

The riveting conclusion to the Epic Story of RJ and York!

Her worst nightmare has happened…

RJ refuses to believe it, and until she has proof, she’s going to keep searching for answers. And most of all, for the man she loves, even if it means diving into the past he always wanted to keep secret.

The kind of secrets that could have set York free. It’ll take a trip back to Russia, to the sketchy and dark history of York’s life to find the clues to the sinister plans of a global terrorist. And the answers that might lead her to a happy ending.

Or has it? What if her happy ending is more than a dream?

If RJ hopes to save her country—and find out the truth about York—she’ll have to become the high-action, Sydney Bristow spy that she always dreamed of being. But really, does RJ really have what it takes—with, or without the man she loves—to save the world?

And if she does… what will be the cost?

Publisher: SDG Publishing
Release Date: August 23, 2022


She stalked to the window and opened it. Just a Juliet balcony, and not a real one at that, but bars that jutted from the window, a decoration. And from it, the overflowing flower boxes.

Better a broken leg than a bullet through the head.

For Pete’s sake, York was really going to kill her.

She put her leg over the edge. The balcony wasn’t wide enough for her body, but she managed to wedge her leg down into the space, then heave her other leg out, letting it dangle over the side.

“Close the window after me.”

He was already shutting it.

She leaned away from the window, her wedged leg securing her to the building.

But she looked ridiculous, a part of the greenery, overflowing out of the balcony. Please don’t let the Frenchman see her.

Worse, the ground was further than she’d imagined.

A car drove by. She looked away, a little horrified at herself.

Inside the room, the door opened, and now she heard French, and not for the first time wished she’d paid attention in college. But no, she’d focused on honing her Russian, thanks to her foster sister.

In her next life, the one she lived after she dropped to her death in a backwater French hamlet, she would learn French.

And, maybe parkour.

Hey—that was it. The next window wasn’t so far away—maybe four feet—and if she could swing herself out, she could grab the bars, climb onto that, and then let herself out through the next room.

She leaned out, trying to grab it, but it was still over a foot away.

Fine. She hooked her knee over the edge and tried again. Closer, but still a good eight inches.

But if she pushed off with her lower foot, and released her hold with her leg—

Yeah, and if she missed, she’d fall to her death.

But maybe she simply hooked her upper foot into the bars, and still pushed off with her lower leg and then if she fell, she’d just end up upside down.

Which would be ever so perfect.

Oh, next time she suggested she go off alone, she hoped York would remind her that she wasn’t Sydney Bristow. Not even close.

Steps inside, and she heard shouting.

This couldn’t be good.

She eyed the balcony. Eight inches. She could do this.

Grabbing the railing, she moved her upper leg around the bars and wedged it into the rails, so she was balancing on the edge, holding on with her hands.

Then, taking a breath, she turned, hooked her foot into the bars.

Please don’t die. Please don’t

She jumped.

Her heart stopped, her breath caught as she stretched for the other balcony.

Her fingers touched steel. She gave herself another push—

Her foot dislodged but she closed her hands around the bars.

Then, slid.

Hang on!

She reached the bottom of the balcony, jerked and her body fell hard. The fall woofed out her breath, but she clung to the bars, dangling.

Don’t look down. Don’t

But the weight of her body cut into her hands, loosening them.

She grunted, swinging her foot up, trying to land it on the wall, but it slipped off. Worse, the movement jerked her grip and one hand broke free.

She swung away from her perch, her grip burning.


It broke free.

And then, she was falling.


With over 1.5 million books sold, critically acclaimed USA Today best-selling novelist Susan May Warren is the Christy, RITA and Carol award-winning author of over ninety novels with Revell, Tyndale, Barbour, Steeple Hill and Summerside Press. Known for her compelling plots and unforgettable characters, Susan has written contemporary and historical romances, romantic-suspense, thrillers, rom-com and Christmas novellas.

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(1) winner will receive a paperback set of The Epic Story of RJ and York trilogy.

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight August 2, 2022 and lasts through 11:59 PM EST on August 9, 2022. US only. Items may vary from image. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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