The Last Straw: A New Novella

As promised, here's information on a new release by a new author. I have a serious soft spot in my heart for new authors who use novellas to help them dip their toes into the publishing pool. 

Here are some ways to show her some love and support while increasing your chances for loot, my faithful and beloved blog readers:

1. Go get her book (it's free for the next few days).
2. Comment on this blog post for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card. 
3. Visit her website or Facebook page or follow her on Twitter.

Without further ado, here's the info on this new author's new release. May we all enjoy!



Ally Tobin left New York after one too many bad dates, determined to rebuild a stable life and career as a private investigator in Silicon Valley. But when the man she knew as one name walks into her office with another, will her curiosity once again lead her to risk her heart?

The last thing Special Agent Jared Green needs is "security risk" stamped on the resume of his latest undercover identity. Especially by the woman his job forced him to leave in New York without any explanation. She may threaten his cover, but it's his heart on the line. 

He's good at playing a part. She's good at catching a fake. Can they trust enough to give love another chance?


He sauntered through the door, a white, button- down shirt tucked into belted khakis. When his dark gaze found her, he stopped. Stared. Her throat dried and a rustling motion stirred in her abdomen.

“Hi. I’m Darren Ray.”

Keep your cool, she commanded herself, standing and reaching across the desk. His hand was rough.

She yanked her hand back and waved at the chair. “Please, have a seat.” He waited for her to sit before settling in the visitor’s chair. “So, Darren, according to this, you’re being considered for a programmer position in the IT department. Tell me about your background.”

A professional mask settled over his features. “As you can see on my résumé, I have several years of consulting experience.”

“Tell me something about your experience as a mechanic.” Working on his prized old Mustang had been a favorite hobby.

The corner of his mouth twitched. “What do you mean? That’s not in my résumé.”

“You don’t have the hands of a programmer. More of a mechanic.” Oh, his hands.

“Okay, you got me.” He was going to confess. This should be good. “When I’m not programming computers I’m working on my car.”

“And what were you doing in New York City?”

He reached across her desk for a piece of paper, plucked a pen from its stand and scrawled something.  When she took the note their fingers brushed. Meet me for dinner at Pico’s at 7. I’ll explain everything. Can’t talk here.


Nia Simone grew up on the side of a ski slope in Squaw Valley, USA. Later, while learning the craft of story writing, she worked in nonprofit and then high-tech.

The best part of working in the computer field was meeting her husband. He took up skiing and she helped him document his computer inventions! They live in "Silicon Valley" in California where their favorite thing to do is cook together for friends. Nia’s specialties are dessert and veggies while her husband’s are entrees and sourdough bread.

Their only pet at the moment is the sourdough starter, which lives in the fridge and requires bi-weekly feeding.

Nia blogs every day about travel, food, writing, books, skiing and photography at (where she won the Versatile Blogger Award and Inspiring Blogger Award).​

Twitter: @niasimone4


  1. Good morning, Elle! Thank you for hosting me on my debut blog tour. I love the graphics on your site. I see you also write poetry. Congratulations on your win. Blue is an amazing poem. Uh... it's actually taking me some time to write this comment as I keep being distracted by your articles. I really like reading all your thought-provoking articles.

    Welcome, readers! All you have to do today is say hi to be entered in the raffle. But here is an optional question for you: I have found myself wanting to watch TV series instead of movies when I have time for pure entertainment. Do you prefer feature films or series when watching TV?

    1. Nia:

      You're so kind! Thank you for reading through my blog and noting my moments of pride. :) I look forward to pawing through your website as well, esp now that my work week has wound down.

      And nice discussion topic! As for me, I don't have a TV, but I do love to watch TV series on my computer.

      I hope you have tons of time to watch all your favorite shows. Best of luck with the tour!


  2. This book looks interesting. I'll add it to my "to read" list.

    1. Thanks, JPearl! I hope The Last Straw provides an entertaining escape for you when you have time!

      Good luck in the raffle and with getting through your TBR pile!

      Have a great weekend.


  3. I downloaded the book, and visited her web site, and liked her facebook page. How cool! Congrats, Nia! The book sounds fab and I can't wait to read it!

    1. Thanks, Lauri!! I really appreciate the support. I hope you enjoy The Last Straw.

      And good luck in the raffle!



Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Bustin' Some Welfare Myths

Anti-Bullying Legislation in South Dakota: A Lesson in Treating the Symptoms

Hate Crimes in the U.S.