Monday, October 1, 2018

Based on Principal by Marie Johnston - Book Tour and Giveaway


By day, Natalia is the strict principal of a private school with a staid, troubled legacy. By night, she’s a lithe, agile assassin with a penchant for latex. Or at least her cosplay character is. The two identities don’t mingle until she meets a handsome comic book shop owner at the local comic con. Now there’s a guy she’d be willing to peel her mask off for. 

Too bad he’s the father of one of her students. 

Single father Chris has no time to date, thanks to his business, his daughter, and his ex’s meddling family. But how can he resist a comic lover in a business skirt? She’s his perfect woman. Or she would be, if she didn’t keep the professional and play parts of her life so separate. And he swore he’d never date a woman ashamed of him again.

Too bad she’s obsessed with what the wrong people think of her. 

Together, they could be an unstoppable duo, but when Chris’s daughter acts out at school, Natalia will be put in an impossible position: break all her school’s rules, or pack away her cape forever.




Excerpt

The man she had twined herself around not two days ago at the comic con had just entered her office. 

Chris was Mr. Halliwell? He was dressed nearly identically to when she’d met him. There was no denying he was the same person.  

She’d made out with a student’s parent?

Mortification swept through her. The one time she lowered her guard, and she committed professional suicide. She’d come here as the ballbuster to knock the place back into shape. If those who resisted her efforts found out she had a personal relationship with a student’s father, they would double down to undermine her efforts. 

He smiled, that easy grin she’d dreamt about each night since the convention, but it was filled with tension. “Hello, Ms. Shaw.”

He didn’t recognize her. 

Guest Post

What would you like to tell readers about yourself?

My husband I joke all the time about how I used to say “I’d never.” Here’s my list: I’d never have a long distance relationship, date a soldier, marry a cop, have more than two kids, leave my career to stay home with the kids, or drive a minivan. 

Never, ever, ever. 

Fate laughed. 

The career I left was wicked cool, if I do say so myself. I was a public health microbiologist and my little state is small enough that I performed the most old school tests and in the same day, worked with advanced molecular technology. I got to play with so many kids of bacteria: ones  that caused debilitating diarrhea, STDs, meningitis, and several of the organisms that are considered bioterrorism agents. My desk was right by the tuberculosis labs and rabies testing was the next door down. 

It was cool. But it didn’t allow a lot of professional growth and the work environment stifled me enough that I chose to stay home and raise my more than two kids (I have four).

If I hadn’t quit, I would never written the book I always said I’d write. I kept telling my hubs I couldn’t write a book like my favorite author. That’s close to an “I never…” statement. He said I wasn’t my favorite author and she still had to start somewhere. 

So, here I am. Science geek turned romance nut. I love, love, love science, and bacteria always hold a special place in my heart, but writing is me. I’ve plotted stories longer than I’ve plotted what I wanted to be when I grew up. 

And romance! Except for magazines, and how-to books, I only read romance books. They make my world go around. Reading them helped me navigate all the things I said I’d never do, and writing them is building the foundation of the future I hope to have.

About the Author


Marie Johnston lives in the upper-Midwest with her husband, four kids, an old cat, and a young dog. After trading in her lab coat for a laptop, she’s writing down all the tales she’s been making up in her head for years. An avid reader of paranormal romance, these are the stories hanging out and waiting to be told, between the demands of work, home, and the endless chauffeuring that comes with children.






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