13 September 2023

Expired Vows | Excerpt + Giveaway

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Fire. Family. Faith.
Last Chance Fire and Rescue.

She sees the promise of freedom. He vowed to always be the hero.

EMT Trace Bently came back to Last Chance County to escape his past. After the loss of his wife, he gave up a promising career as a police officer for the chance to save lives every day as part of the Fire Department. When a hostage situation demands the help of a local counselor, Trace realizes the past he left behind has found him. He’s being given a second chance to save the life of someone he cares about.

If he can face the grief he buried.

Family Counselor Kelsey Scott has to secure this grant or admit failure. She can’t afford to lose any more pieces of the life she wants because of her own choices. When Kelsey becomes the target of a series of dangerous attacks, Trace steps in determined to protect his wife’s best friend. This hero breaks down all her resistance, but Kelsey can’t risk her own heart.

Even if it’s what will set them both free.

Another thrilling installment in the Last Chance Fire and Rescue series.

Publisher: Sunrise Publishing
Release Date: September 12, 2023



Trace Bently wasn’t going to let anyone die on his watch—not today.

“You ready to go, partner?” Andi peeked her head around the driver’s side door of the ambulance. Her voice echoed in the enclosed garage area of the Eastside firehouse.

“All set.” Trace hit the side of the truck and jogged to the passenger side.

The tires squealed against the pavement as they made a sharp turn out of the station. Sunlight streamed through the windshield, and he pulled down the visor. Andi leaned forward and flicked the sirens on. Traffic steered to the shoulder, and they were given the right of way.

Trace spoke into the radio. “Ambulance 21 is on the way. Any updates on the situation?”

Static crackled through the line as he waited for a response. Hostage situations could get ugly fast, and he hoped a negotiator was already en route. Time was always of the essence. No telling what would tip the captor over the edge to do something stupid. He’d seen it too many times when he was a cop. Standing around, powerless to do anything.

Now that he was an EMT, he could focus on the victims rather than just who needed to be arrested. Saving lives was his job—and that’s exactly what he was going to do.

He leaned forward and tapped his foot against the floorboard before sneaking a glance at Andi. A knowing look crossed her face as she raised her eyebrows. She was going as fast as possible. He knew that. But he didn’t have to like how slow it felt in the meantime.

“We’ve got a male holding two kids at gunpoint,” the commander on the other end of the line stated.

Trace winced. “Copy that.”

“Kids?” Andi hissed.

Trace gritted his teeth. “I know.”

“The wife escaped and is with an officer now but needs immediate medical attention. Gash to the forehead and cuts along her arm. Possible broken bone,” the commander said.

“ETA seven minutes.” Trace let go of the button.


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.

Connect with Lisa by visiting authorlisaphillips.com to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates. Discover the world of Last Chance County at www.lastchancecounty.com.

Laura Conaway grew up in the suburbs of Pennsylvania as an avid reader and writer while making every adventure a mystery to solve like Nancy Drew. As a former school librarian, she’s always on the hunt for the next best read but now spends her time creating stories that leave readers on the edge of their seat with a healthy dose of suspense and happily ever afters. When she’s not typing away or inhaling sweet potato fries to motivate writing, Laura spends her time playing violin and guitar and sharing about the Greatest Story ever written.

Connect with Laura by visiting lauraconawayauthor.com to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates.


(1) winner will a print copy of Expired Vows and a $10 gift card to the Sunrise Shop

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight September 13, 2023 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on September 20, 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. Sounds like a good book.

  2. thanks so much for sharing about this book today!

  3. The excerpt draws me into the story, especially the crisis of the children held hostage at gunpoint.

  4. Sounds like a series I will enjoy. Thank you for hosting.

  5. Sounds like a great romantic suspense.