Saturday, July 3, 2010

Take You to Another World Contest Day # 13: Helen Kay Dimon

Today's guest is Helen Kay Dimon, who is giving away a copy of her March Release, Leave Me Breathless. Don't forget to answer the question at the end for a chance to win this smokin' hot book!


According to Judge Bennett Walker, trying to kill him is a dumb idea. They might make him wear a big black nightgown to work, but it covers a lot of muscles, and he’s definitely packing beneath it. He’s also an ex-prosecutor and an ex-GI Joe. So when his brother brings in Callie Robbins to protect him, Ben has a few issues. First, he doesn’t need a bodyguard. Second, she’s a 130-pound girl—more smoking hot than smoking gun. And third, what if his body wants her guarding the night shift?

Callie has no problem brushing aside Ben’s disbelief. She left the FBI to escape the boys’ club, but she can be deeper undercover and twice as lethal as any beefy John Doe. As for whether someone’s after Bennett or not, the death threats and car bombs look pretty convincing to Callie. Of course, she might get distracted, sitting inches from the sexiest judge in DC for ten hours a day. Keeping him safe is no picnic. Keeping it professional—that might be impossible.

"I don't need a bodyguard." Judge Bennett Walker delivered his observation as he unclipped the top of his black robe and stripped the garment off his shoulders.
Callie Robbins had to fight hard to keep from rolling her eyes. Three denials in two minutes. Yeah, she got it. The big tough guy in the flower print tie somehow thought he could stop a bullet simply by pretending it didn't exist.
Gavel or not, she was not a fan of pigheaded stupidity, even if it did come in a six-foot-three package of smoldering eye candy. And this guy had the smoking hot thing down. A square jaw and light brown hair that fell in a soft line over his forehead were just the beginning of the impressive package. She'd heard about the broad shoulders he hid under the required work outfit. Watching his white shirt pull across his chest, she now could vouch for his linebacker form. Thirty-eight and sat on his butt all day but there wasn't an ounce of fat on the guy that she could tell.

Still, all of the idol worship surrounding him in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland, struck her as overkill. From what she could tell, Ben Walker was a prosecutor-turned judge-turned-superstar in the uber-wealthy area north of Washington, D.C. He wielded a heap of power and had all of the female courthouse clerks scurrying around to catch a peek at him. But, really, he was just a man. And from Callie's one-hundred-twenty seconds of experience, a very stubborn one.
"If there's nothing else..." Ben let his voice trail off as he slid into his oversized leather desk chair.
Callie didn’t bother to respond to the not-so-subtle dismissal because he wasn't talking to her. Hell, he hadn’t even sent a small glance in her direction since she'd dodged his gaggle of admirers in the outer office to follow him into his private chambers. No, the judge saved all of this wrath and attention for the other man in the room, his older brother by one year, Mark Walker.
"This isn't up for discussion, Ben." Mark said in a clear attempt at reason. "You have a target on your back."

"I'm not the one in danger."
Mark shook his head. "Your job is to rule on cases. Leave the law enforcement decisions up to me, will 'ya?"
Callie knew Mark could handle the worst. He had turned his tenure at the FBI into a position with an undercover division within Homeland Security charged with protecting high profile targets in the D.C. metro area. Callie wasn't sure what the job entailed, but she knew it was a big one. The kind where her record would likely disqualify her for regular duty, which explained why she was an independent contractor doing Mark a private favor on this job.
Since the judge hadn’t acknowledged her presence except for a brief nod after Mark's introduction, she decided to force the issue. She was standing right there next to the judge. Hard to imagine he could miss her, what with his big brain and all.

"Did you forget the part where someone blew up your car?" she asked.
Silence slammed through the large room. For a second, nothing moved. Callie was pretty sure even the wall clock stopped ticking. Then the judge turned in his seat and glanced up at her with a blank expression. "Hard to do that since it burst into flames about ten feet away from me."
"A smart guy would take that as a sign," Mark said.
With that, the judge went right back to talking to his brother. "Emma was the target, not me."
The long breath eased from Callie's chest. Something about having the man's sole attention turned on her made her nerve endings jump and twitch. An odd shakiness flooded through her. And she didn't like it one bit.
She watched the brothers argue, marveled at how different two men who were raised in the same household could be. Mark sounded reasonable, smart, focused. The judge came off as a pompous jackass. Attractive in a make-your-eyes-cross kind of way, but still a pompous jackass.

He tried to put her in her place by pretending she barely existed. She had seen the tactic before. A woman didn’t rise in the ranks of the FBI without throwing a few elbows. Sure, she'd thrown one too many, which explained why she was here without her badge instead of sitting behind her desk in an office nearby, but she could fight back. If the good judge wanted attitude, she could shovel plenty of it right on top of him.
"Look, Your Honor," she said in the least respectful tone she could muster. "Your girlfriend has security protection. You've refused it. From what I can tell, that makes her the smarter of the two of you."
He smiled. "Emma Blanton is not my girlfriend."
Not exactly the response Callie expected, but at least he finally bothered to stare at her for more than two seconds. And without throwing her in jail, that had to be considered a success. "You and your girlfriend would be barbeque right now except that the bomb went off too early."
Ben folded his hands together in front of him on the desktop. "True, but she's still not my girlfriend."

Talk about fixating on the wrong point. "Fine. What do you want me to call her?"
"You could try Judge Blanton." Ben glanced at his brother. "And the bomb was meant for her."

Question of the Day: Since it's the Fourth of July weekend, I thought I'd ask if you have any plans for it? Family, friends, fireworks, anyone? We're sticking close to home, but I am having a few friends over and making my mom's famous potato salad and barbecue chicken tomorrow afternoon. Other than that, we're hanging by the pool and the boys are doing yard work while I write blogs for my blog tour that kicks off next week.


  1. I'm going to go to a Foam party with my best friend. My parents didn't make any plans so I get to go out with friends this year!

  2. plans for tomorrow is to celebrate my daughter's birthday, and see the fire works. Should have a ton of kiddos here ranging from teens to preschoolers.... should be chaos I love it.

  3. That's sounds like lovely plans. For us, family and I are haning out at the neighborhood pool and staying cool. We'll BBQ and eat watermelon, and I'm going to get some reading in there somewhere.

    Happy Fourth of July!

    armiefox at yahoo dot com

  4. Don't enter me. I have this fab book. Awesome smart mouth, kick-butt heroine & great sexual chemistry. Secondaries Mark & Emma are a great story too. If you don't win it, buy it. HelenKay Dimon is an awesome talent.

  5. Well my hubs is down for the weekend... He has not been home in 7 weeks (work)... So... He has informed me that the door is staying shut and we are spending as much time in bed as we can (he loves to nap, lmbo.. yeah that is what they are calling it these days, lmbo)...
    Anyway... We rented a bunch of movies and that is our plan! He wants home cooked meals and me! Which is the best fourth I could ask for!
    Happy Fourth to Everyone... And I know it already passed... But Happy Canada Day too!!!

  6. No plans for me. I live in Maryland while the rest of my family is in Georgia so I won't get to see them this 4th of July. Maybe next year.

  7. No fireworks for us this year. The county fire dept banned them in rural areas...bummer. Swimming and BBQ for the afternoon with a trip to the fair grounds to see the fireworks.

  8. We don't celebrate July 4th here...We just celebrated Canada Day on the first of this month. I just had a get-together with family (my Mum & my bro)...we vegged out at home and cooked some mean burgers and fries. Watched a couple of movies...Year One & Percy Jackson & the Olympians. I'm not one for big gatherings or going to watch fireworks...not fond of crowds at all.

  9. I already have a copy of this book, so no need to enter me. We're probably going to watch the fireworks at the pier.

  10. My plans for the weekend are work and a fireworks display on the beach Sunday night.
    Maybe some baking tonight, but depends on how tired I am after work.

    Would love to say I don't need the book but the last time I won it in a contest(back in March)it never came. Was glad to see it up as a prize again.

  11. We have a few things planned, we are doing a bbq/potluck with a few neighbors (I think!) and we are also celebrating our daughter's birthday! She was born on July 5th and even though I swear I just brought her home from the hospital and yet she had the nerve to go and grow up on me and will turn 23! I'm not nearly old enough to have a child that age....just saying! :)

  12. Family barbecue is tradition in my family for July 4th.

  13. BBQ with family on the 4th. But today I am enjoying lounging around the pool with a good book alone! Without the kids! Hubby took kids on a day trip and I'm enjoying the peace for a short while. Amen to hubby!

  14. going to a pig pickin, and then fireworks from south of the border!

  15. I'm sticking close to home, too. My father is under the weather and we're not in the mood to do anything.

    I just spent the day with them and it was nice; I'll return tomorrow, too.

    Tracey D

  16. I'm not American and I live outside of the US, but we have a huge family BBQ planned for tomorrow, it will be the annual gathering of the extended family (one branch of it), we'll be around 30 it seems..

    Today I went to Vienna with my sisters and my parents, had a great time: a little shopping, eating delicious food and gelato and strolling Vienna's streets. But with today's sightseeing and tomorrow's family lunch, there will be no time to relax this weekend.

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

  17. My brother is grilling and the family is going to his house.

  18. We're not doing much--going to see my husband's folks, and just relaxing :) It's fun to have some unscheduled time!

  19. My mother in law is suppose to get out if the hospital today therefore any plans we might have had have been canceled so hubby can take care of her. That means I have lots of time to read and get some writing of my own done.

  20. We did have plans but my husband has decided to work on his truck this weekend. Oh joy. Oh yay.

  21. We are going to bbq some New York steaks and then go to a hotel called The Fiesta because they are launching a huge fireworks display from their roof at 9pm. And it's free to go to...soo what's better than free fireworks?

  22. I'm going to a cookout Sunday with my daughter and my grandkids. Other than that I'm not doing much of anything.

  23. I have to work all weekend so staying close to home.
    Sue b

  24. Went to a cookout today, will have another one tomorrow...I wish July was a lot cooler since we seem to spend so much time outside over BBQs...

  25. Since we're in Canada, we celebrated thursday july 1st. Nothing special, just hanging out with the family, BBQ and fun in the sun.

  26. We are driving down to LA because my MIL has rented a cabana at Newport Beach for the day. We went there last year also and the fireworks over the lagoon were awesome.

  27. We're having BBQ & like you, hanging out at the pool.
    I'm looking forward to a little fun in the sun with Hubs & kiddos=)
    Happy Independence Day to everyone!
    Luvdaylilies at bellsouth dot net

  28. Had a lunch with my family today but I work tomorrow so no plans.

  29. Just another day in Paradise.

  30. I went to a beautiful outdoor wedding on a terrace on a lake. Bride was my daughter's college roomate. My daughter stood up. Everything was perfect! Not a cloud in the sky!! Fireworks over the water..breathtaking!!

    I'd love to read HelenKay's book Leave Me Breathless Callie and Ben's story! Sounds fabulous!!

    Tracy I recently read your Super Romance "From Friend To Father" Sarah and Reece's story with twins. I enjoyed it!!

    johnslake at usa dot com

    Laurie G

  31. I'm hoping to send the day with friends and family. No fixed plans.

    Happy 4th of July!

  32. Cooking out with family and then watching fireworks later!