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The Deal by S.C. Cunningham


How lucky am I to be on TWO stops this week?! This time it's a Paranormal and I am so excited to announce I have an excerpt for you to enjoy.

About the Book




A Paranormal Thriller for those who dare to believe that there is something else out there...
At the age of four, Amy was taken…She survived.
A week later, another little girl was taken…She didn't.

Angry that a bad man has gotten away with murder, feisty young Amy Fox makes a deal with God. When she dies, if she’s been a good girl, would God let her sit on a cloud for a while, invisible, to get bad people who slip through his fingers?

Her deal and God long forgotten, career girl Amy mysteriously dies. Her lifeless body is found beneath a London underground commuter train.

She awakens in the afterlife to discover an international network of like-minded souls who’ve all made the same deal. A sophisticated MI5-esque justice machine sits in the skies, protecting, righting wrongs, tracking criminals, and working within strict rules of play…all against time.

Each country's Unit shares intelligence, surveillance, and resources to deactivate dangerous situations. The only evidence they leave behind during their earthly visits is a small white feather sashaying to the ground.

In a chaotic world, powerful adversaries try to close her Unit down. A complex SAS vigilante has been assigned to work as her partner, but with his jealous violent ex-girlfriend on her heels and with her own vendetta to settle, Amy has never worked so hard in her entire earthly life. She has to wonder if making a deal with God was a mistake.

Author Bio

Author of The Penance List, Unfinished Business and The Deal,  Siobhan C Cunningham (S C Cunningham) creates Paranormal Romance and Psychological Crime Thrillers with a skilled mix of fuelled tension, dark humour, and pulsating sex scenes. Having worked in the industries she writes about, her novels offer a fresh level of sincerity and authority, rare in fiction.

Abducted as a child, she survived; and every night for months afterward, she prayed to God, asking for a deal. This personal journey sparked the fuse behind the intriguing and riveting fictional world she portrays in The Deal, the first in The Fallen Angel series. Twenty years later Cunningham crossed paths with a violent serial attacker, sowing the seed for her mind-bending thriller, The David Trilogy; The Penance List, Unfinished Business, For My Sins.

An ex-model, British born of Irish roots, she married a rock musician and has worked in the exciting worlds of music, film, sports, celebrity management and as a Crime Investigator for the British Police (Wanted & Absconder Unit, Major Crime Team, Intelligence Analyst, Investigations Hub).

Her first novel, The Penance List has been adapted to film screenplay.

She is the proud mother to contemporary Artist Scarlett Raven and owned by three dogs.

You can follow her here: Website, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Google+, & Amazon


Excerpt

 “The time is now 10.18 hours. It is Sunday, the 18th of January, and we are in Brompton Custody Suite. I will introduce those present for the recording. I am DC DeAngelo, also present is…” DeAngelo waved his hand at Maydew.
“Allister Maydew, Legal Advisor for Winchestern Solicitors,” mumbled Maydew in a jaded, I’m-way-too-important-to-be-here tone.
DeAngelo looked at the prisoner.
“Can you please give your name?”
“No comment.”
“For heaven’s sake, old boy,” Maydew chided. “The no comment is for the questions. You can give your name; they know your name.”
“No comment,” repeated the prisoner, jaw set, eyes cast firmly down towards his lap.
DeAngelo continued.
“Can you please give your date of birth?”
“No comment.”
“Ughh...” Maydew sighed, shaking his head, as if talking to a simpleton. “They know your date of birth. You can give—”
“Mr. Maydew,” said DeAngelo, tired of the interruptions. “This is the prisoner’s interview. You’ve been invited to give him legal advice, which it seems he is taking. May I ask you to stop interrupting? If you and your client wish to confer further, we can stop the interview and adjourn whilst you do so.”
Maydew sat upright, tight lipped, quietly seething.
“Continue.” He swept his pen at the room.
“Thank you.” DeAngelo looked at the prisoner. “Are you happy to continue? Did you want to confer further with your Solicitor… sorry,” looking to Maydew. “Could you confirm, are you a Solicitor or Legal Advisor?” knowing full well that the man didn’t have the broader training of a Solicitor.
“Legal Advisor.” Maydew spat, tightening his lips into a thin line.
“Thank you,” DeAngelo turned back to the prisoner. “Are you happy to continue?”
The prisoner nodded.
“Last night you were arrested for the offences of GBH, grievous bodily harm, and possession of indecent images of children, what can you tell me about this?”
“Bollocks.”
Maydew sniggered.
DeAngelo didn’t flinch.
Maydew held up a hand to stop DeAngelo’s next question. He opened his briefcase with a smart double click of the locks and took out a piece of A4 lined paper.
“My client has written a prepared statement,” he announced triumphantly, dropping the briefcase to the floor and placing the paper on the table in front of him.
The statement consisted of a handwritten short paragraph with Maydew’s large black spidery letters scrawled across the page and the prisoner’s tiny, meticulous signature along the bottom. DeAngelo noted that for a large, unkempt man, the prisoner had surprisingly small writing. Controlled, heavy pressured, narrow letters, all sloping to the left and making contact—suggested to him a highly cautious, intelligent, inhibited personality with authority issues.
“Would you like me to read it out to you, Officer?” Maydew tapped his pen on the table, smug that he was back in control.
“Yes, thank you.” DeAngelo gave him his full attention.
Maydew swept up the statement with a theatrical sweep of his hand, and read to the gallery in a loud thespian voice. Enjoying the drama.
“I, the above-named person, categorically deny the offences against me. With reference to the GBH offence, I do not know of the victim, have never met the victim, and was at home, alone, watching football during the date and time disclosed. I know this because it was an important Chelsea V Manchester United match that day. With reference to the indecent images offence, my computer is shared by many friends and acquaintances, and is left alone when I am at the local library, acquiring coffee. If there are images on my laptop, I do not know who put them there.”
Maydew triumphantly placed the paper in the middle of the table and slid it over to DeAngelo.
“Thank you, Mr. Maydew.”
DeAngelo picked it up and quietly reread the text, taking his time as the two men waited in silence. He opened his file and placed the exhibit statement to the back, seemingly unbothered by its contents.
“I would first like to talk to you about the assault. I would like you to look at Exhibit Numbers AD06 to AD011, which are five images taken of the victim after the attack.”
DeAngelo carefully pulled out five full-colour, A4 photographs and slowly placed them, one by one, in a line down the middle of the table, facing the two men. He took extra care to align each image, placing them equidistant between each other and the table’s edges. Giving the two men time to absorb the horror. The colour red oozed before them.
Silence.
Maydew leaned forward to get a closer look, at first not understanding what he was seeing. When he realised he was looking at skin and muscle torn from a man’s face and that the patches of bloody white were skull bone, he shot back in his chair in shock, swallowing back a retch.
“What the fuck!” He said dropping his pen to cover his mouth with disgust.
The pen rolled slowly across the table and settled between DiAngelo and the prisoner.
In less than three seconds, the prisoner picked up the pen, snatched Maydew’s hand from his mouth, slammed it palm down onto the table, and stabbed the pen violently three times into skin, crunching through flesh and bone, the final stab given with such force it pinned the quivering hand to the wood. Blood spurted across the file and exhibit images.
Maydew screamed like a banshee. He scratched at the prisoner’s face with his free hand, trying to make him stop. The prisoner’s yellow, jagged teeth snapped at two of the flaying fingers, gripped hard and crunched down with a grunt. Maydew howled with pain as blood seeped from the corner of his client’s sneering mouth and splattered the pristine white of his shirt cuff.
“For the benefit of the recording,” sighed DeAngelo. “For no apparent reason, the suspect has stabbed his Legal Advisor in the hand with a pen and is now chewing his fingers.”
DeAngelo hit the panic alarm.
All hell broke loose.


Review ✯✯✯✯

Oh my. Part paranormal romance, part mystery thriller The Deal is sure to be a hit with fans of both dramas. With enough action and suspense to keep it interesting, sprinkled with steamy scenes, and topped off with a final reveal, the book was a fast read.

However, it wasn't an easy read. There are a lot of dark, dark things in this book. You'd expect to be told about gruesome crimes these unique angels fight. What I did not expect was the vivid detail--especially of the different pedophelic and sexual assault variety. I'm only a book blogger by night, y'all. By day I'm a mom. And this portion of the book threw me too much to read at night. Please, please know if you have any triggers pertaining to these themes, this is absolutely not a book you should pick up.

If you have no such triggers, the story is unique and there is justice dispensed throughout the book.

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Thank you to S.C. Cunningham for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Comments

  1. The excerpt was brilliant but I know this book would be a trigger for me . This is a great review though and the cover is fabulous.

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  2. Great review, this is actually the first time I heard about this book and now I am really intrigued and very curious about it. It really does looks and sounds like an amazing and great book. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post and putting this book on my radar.

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  3. Great review and I enjoyed the excerpt. I'll have to check this book out.

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  4. This looks great!! The cover is appealing, the concept is fantastic and I really liked that excerpt, too :)

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