STRW Book Spotlight: 24-Karat Conspiracy (Precious Gems #4) by EM Lynley (excerpt and contest)



24-Karat Conspiracy (Precious Gems #4) by EM Lynley
Release Date: June 12, 2015


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Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Anne Cain

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Love is the only gold

Former Ranger turned FBI agent Reed Acton faces his biggest challenge yet: a Christmas visit from partner Trent Copeland’s parents. He’s less equipped to handle hugs and holidays than the Taliban or international art thieves. When he’s assigned to track down a set of gold Babylonian artifacts looted from the Iraqi National Museum after the fall of Baghdad, things start to look up.

This time, Trent’s part of the mission, which takes them to exotic Istanbul. The crowded streets and labyrinthine markets fascinate Trent, but soon murder is on their trail. The investigation continues as Reed goes undercover at a US Army base, with Trent masquerading as his spouse. Surprisingly, fastidious and ever-fashionable Trent fits into base life right away and soon takes one of the suspects’ wives under his wing when domestic abuse rears its head.

Their faux marriage leads Reed to appreciate Trent in ways he never expected, strengthening their bond—until Reed has to confront the worst demons from his past: his relationship with his estranged family.

  • Pages or Words: 240 pages, 72k words
  • Series is recommended to be read in order
  • Categories: Contemporary, Mystery, Romance

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STRW Spotlight Book Excerpt

“The ladies told me that there’s a welcome barbecue on Sunday, and we can’t miss it.”
Reed frowned at Trent. “Do I have to go?”
“Of course. We’ll meet the other new families. It’s supposed to be a fun social thing, and it will be a good way for both of us to get to know some people besides our neighbors and your coworkers.”
“Fine. If you want to be the social butterfly, that’s great. As long as I don’t have to do more than smile and drink beer.”
“Is that what soldiers do on Sunday afternoons?”
“During the playoffs, sure. In Texas, definitely.”
“What playoffs?”
Reed shook his head, but he was smiling. “Football. NFL. The Super Bowl is in a couple of weeks…. Trent, even if you’re gay, you’re male. And I know you like college football. I saw you watch with your dad.”
“Outside of Oklahoma college teams, I don’t know anything about football.”
“You don’t need to.”
“I don’t want to hang out making iced tea and serving cookies to children.”
“Not loving the life of an Army wife?”
“They call us spouses now. We’re not all wives.”
“Could have fooled me.”
“You want to sleep on the couch?”
“Sorry, honey.” Reed gave a silly grin and ducked out of Trent’s reach.

STRW Author Bio and Contacts


EM Lynley writes sizzling gay romance with a hint of mystery. She loves books where the hero gets the guy and the loving is 11 on a scale of 10. A Rainbow Award winner and EPIC finalist, EM has worked in high finance, high tech, and in the wine industry, though she’d rather be writing hot, romantic man-on-man action. She spent 10 years as an economist and financial analyst, including a year as a White House Staff Economist, but only because all the intern positions were filled. Tired of boring herself and others with dry business reports and articles, her creative muse is back and naughtier than ever. She has lived and worked in London, Tokyo and Washington, D.C., but the San Francisco Bay Area is home for now.
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