02 February 2023

Expired Return | Excerpt + Giveaway

JustRead Publicity Tours


She’ll give everything to protect her family.

He always knew she was the one.

Veterinary tech Pepper Miller lives a quiet life in Last Chance County. She’s watching her niece until her sister shows up…if she ever does. When Victory’s father demands he take over her care, Pepper knows something has gone wrong. With a new drug in town, and her sister embroiled in a dangerous bargain, it’s up to Pepper to protect the people she loves.

Even if it costs every secret she’s ever kept.

Fire Department liaison Allen Frees lives with the injuries he sustained as a police officer in a raid gone wrong. He’s put his life back together but getting the truck crew and engine squad to succeed might be his toughest assignment yet. When Victory is nearly kidnapped at a community event, Allen steps in to help Pepper keep her niece safe. The one thing he couldn’t fix was the love he lost, but he isn’t going to let Pepper walk away this time.

No matter what walls he has to break down.

Last Chance County returns in this blazing new series from Sunrise Publishing.

Publisher: Sunrise Publishing
Release Date: January 31, 2023



Pepper sat in her hallway across from the bathroom, back to the wall. In front of her, Victory splashed around in the bathtub while Pepper read from the Bible app on her phone. It was the only time she’d figured out to fit it in, even if she wasn’t sure it was working.

They’d had dinner, made a game out of folding laundry—that for some reason involved karate—and watched a couple of episodes of Victory’s favorite cartoon.

She could hardly remember her evenings before her niece came to stay for the holidays. Now she wondered what she would do when Victory went home with Sage.

She wanted Victory home with her mother, where she should be.

Pepper also loved having her here.

This whole situation gave her whiplash, her emotions swinging back and forth.

Did she want Victory back with Sage, or did she just want to wrap the girl up and protect her from her mama’s instability? The fact that keeping her would be a lot like kidnapping shut down those thoughts pretty quickly. Regardless of how she felt about her sister’s choices, and the fact that Pepper’s house was more stable—and drama free—might be a consideration. If this were a court battle.

Pepper let out a sigh and tried to focus on the words.

Hear my prayer, O God; give ear to the words of my mouth.

Tears filled her eyes, but she wasn’t going to cry in front of Victory. She wanted to be able to pray like that, but the girl saw enough fake tears from her mother. She wouldn’t know what to do with Pepper’s sudden rush of sadness—grief at the fact God seemed to never hear her.

Victory started singing a chorus she’d learned in children’s church, loudly and off key. Which oddly sounded like when Pepper tried to sing. Laughter bubbled up, along with the sense of irony that she grieved so much right now, and yet Victory seemed more settled than she’d ever been in her life.


Lisa Phillips is a USA Today and top ten Publishers Weekly bestselling author of over 50 books that span Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense line, independently published series romantic suspense, and thriller novels. She’s discovered a penchant for high-stakes stories of mayhem and disaster where you can find made-for-each-other love that always ends in happily ever after.

Lisa is a British ex-pat who grew up an hour outside of London and attended Calvary Chapel Bible College, where she met her husband. He’s from California, but nobody’s perfect. It wasn’t until her Bible College graduation that she figured out she was a writer (someone told her). As a worship leader for Calvary Chapel churches in her local area, Lisa has discovered a love for mentoring new ministry members and youth worship musicians.

Discover the world of Last Chance Fire and Rescue at https://lastchancecounty.com/lc-fire.

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(1) winner will receive a print copy of Expired Return, a $10 Amazon gift card, and sticker swag from Last Chance County!

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight January 31, 2023 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on February 7, 2023. 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.



  1. The excerpt is touching, and the book sounds like it will keep me on edge,

  2. Hallie, Thank you for hosting. Lisa Phillips is a new author for me.