Karen’s Killer Book Bench *Double Feature*: The Coin and The Book of Hours by Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra


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The cost of this coin might just be too high… When Gabriela finds a mysterious coin in the French Riviera, she is thrust into a struggle between governments, terrorists, and madmen, all seeking vital information she doesn’t know she has. Richard, the intelligence officer assigned to protect her, has all he can do to keep her safe–and keep the stirrings of his heart from endangering them both.



“I feel like I’m in the middle of a damn Greek tragedy.”

Richard, feeling awkward and clumsy in his newfound gentleness, unhappily listened to her hushed sobs. “Gabriela, please don’t. I hate to see you cry.”

That made her cry harder.

His arms tightened around her. If she only knew how her tears affected him, how she affected him. He ached, but not from holding her.

She lifted her face, valiantly attempting to control her emotions. “I’m okay,” she sniffed. A tear overflowed, cruising slowly over her damp cheek. Richard softly brushed it away with his thumb. “I can’t seem to stop making a stupid fool of myself lately,” she told him in a broken voice. “I wonder what the hell is going to happen next.”

“Nothing. Not while I’m around.”

“That’s what worries me. I’ve never had to deal with such emotions before, so much pent-up violence. It scares me. You scare me.”

He was taken aback. “I wouldn’t harm you for the world.”

“But in order to protect me, you’d harm others. I saw it in your eyes.” Her own became troubled. “You are like a simmering volcano, Richard. If you ever explode, you’ll obliterate everything obstructing your path. I don’t want to be devoured by it, and I know it will be inevitable if I’m by your side. That frightens me.”

“Scared of the fire . . . or of wanting to be devoured?”



For artist Gabriela Martinez, psychopaths do strike twice. In The Coin, two star-crossed lovers were cruelly used by fate—and now, in The Book of Hours, destiny isn’t done.

In The Coin, Gabriela almost lost her life to a psychopath hoping to claim her artwork, her career, her body, and her love. If not for Richard, the operative sent to protect her, she would have fallen victim to his twisted vision. The dramatic showdown pushed Gabriela and Richard together, even in the face of countless obstacles.

With someone new threatening Gabriela’s life, Richard will risk everything to protect the woman he loves. But with a new villain on the horizon, bent on possessing Gabriela’s latest work no matter what it takes, she is forced to fall back on old friends, including the man who changed her life not so many years ago.



Gabriela’s body stilled at the soft sound of her name. For a moment, she stood listening, then shook her head like a wet dog shaking off water. You are such a fool, her mind supplied. Disgusted, she stabbed at the cerulean blue on her palette. Her mind had deceived her yet again. She slobbered the paint on the canvas, realized what she had done, and hissed. Since agreeing with Jean-Louis to call Maurice later that evening, she’d been a nervous wreck. Throughout the noon hour, her brain had staged all sorts of encounters with one infuriating, unforgettable man. Like a dutiful stage manager, her mind had supervised every possible scene, every possible emotion under its tutelage. She’d jumped from rage, to indifference, to haughtiness, but longing had finally won, hands down. No matter how hard she tried to avoid it, she could never escape the terrible need she felt for him, a need that went deeper than the instinct to breathe.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAbout the author, Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra…

Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra is a full-time novelist based in North Carolina. With Cuban roots, she has lived in many countries, including France, the setting for her first novel, The Coin. She speaks English, Spanish, French, Italian, and German, and reads Latin, Middle English, and old French. She holds a Masters in English literature, specializing in medieval romances, and is currently an active member of the Carolina Romance Writers. She loves to hear from her readers, and always hopes to open a dialogue with her fans.


Links to Maria Elena’s website, blog, books, etc.

To Buy The Coin

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To Buy The Book of Hours

Amazon: http://amzn.to/14kNQbI

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Website: http://www.MariaElenaWrites.com

Blog: http://MariaElenaWrites.blogspot.com

Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/MariaElenaAlonsoSierraWrites

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mariaelenawrite

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7093896

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/mariaelenaalonsosierra


Burst_08**SPECIAL GIVEAWAY**:  Maria Elena is giving away an e-copy of THE COIN and THE BOOK OF HOURS to one lucky reader who comments on her *Author Peek* Interview or Karen’s Killer Book Bench blogs. Don’t miss the chance to read these books! Thanks, Maria Elena, for sharing your stories with us!


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2 Responses to Karen’s Killer Book Bench *Double Feature*: The Coin and The Book of Hours by Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra

  1. Karen Docter says:

    Good morning, Maria Elena, and welcome back to Killer Book Bench! I love suspense and mystery and will have to check out your books. They sound like my kind of book!

  2. bn100 says:

    sounds suspenseful

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