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Thursday, 21 April 2016

NBTM & #GIVEAWAY - The Venus Cure by A.K. Leigh


Romantic Suspense



Torrance Monroe couldn’t be happier. She has landed her dream job as a botanical scientist for the Parks and Wildlife Service in Wilmington, North Carolina. Her specialty will be the conservation, study, and propagation of the native plants that have fascinated her since her earliest memories: the Venus Fly Trap.

Dominique Black isn’t happy. As a Wildlife Officer, he has been working at the grass roots level to save the endangered traps from poachers looking to make a quick buck. It is grueling work, with the majority of offenders going unpunished. How could a scientist with zero experience in the field help him when even the law was failing?

The two are at immediate odds even though they share the same underlying passion for the plants…and each other.

However, after a well-known poacher harvests traps from one of the local swamp lands, Tori and Dom must set aside their differences in order to catch the criminal and keep the remaining plants from being harmed. 

In the process, Tori learns to rely on the mysterious Venus Fly Trap folk lore she remembers from her childhood. Dom learns to release control and have faith in another person.

The Venus Cure is a fast-paced, erotic, and lightly mystical romantic suspense novella that centers around the serious issue of Venus Fly Trap poaching. The author chose the title based on five possible meanings. See how many you are able to discover!

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She smiled as she used her palm to cover the plant. It had been too long since she’d touched one, seen one, in its natural habitat. Weekends spent at her grandmother’s, within walking distance of the swamps of Wilmington, rushed forward. She couldn’t remember how old she was when she’d first seen a Venus flytrap; they’d been in her earliest memories. Her grandmother had taught her so much about the plants: how to discover their secret locations, how to dig them out without hurting them, how to propagate them. And, most importantly, how to care for them. Back then, the plants had seemed abundant. Too many to count. She’d never dreamed their existence would be threatened.

But they were.

More memories came.

Her grandmother clasped a trap gently between her palms. She whispered, “If you love the trap, it will reveal the secrets of the universe to you.”

“Have they revealed the secrets to you, Nonna?”

Her grandmother smiled, “Yes, my child … and they will for you too. I promise.”

. . . “You’re teaching me the secrets aren’t you, Nonna?”

“Yes, my darling. The traps are just like the Goddess they are named after … but you will need to learn what I mean by that for yourself … remember this: it cannot be taught, it must be felt with the heart …”

That was where it faded. Nothing else came. What had Nonna meant?

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The Venus Cure will be $0.99 during this tour

Question: Who is your favourite villain?

Professor Severus Snape from the Harry Potter books. Okay, I know he’s technically not a villain––he’s more of an antihero isn’t he?––but you are made to believe that (or are at least uncertain) all the way through the books. It’s not until the seventh book, Harry Potter and the deathly Hallows, that you discover his real allegiance and back story.

Before I knew the truth, there was something about Snape that drew me in. I liked him even though he was often horrible, and gruff, and terse. I don’t know why. Rowling is brilliant at writing multi-faceted characters. Perhaps it was her subtle clues throughout the books that softened me toward him? Maybe I instinctively knew there was more than what appeared on the surface? Maybe I just like men who wear their darkness proudly?! Or maybe it was the fact he didn’t put up with nonsense? Could be all of those reasons. J

I also like that Snape is a complicated, three-dimensional character. It would have been so easy for J.K. Rowling to portray him as a stereotypical “mean teacher” with no motivation for his behavior other than a general dislike of children (particularly “mud bloods”).

For me, the main thing that cemented Snape as my all-time favourite villain/anti-hero was when I learned about his undying love and loyalty to Harry’s mother, Lily … and the fact that Snape was bullied by Harry’s late father, James, a man whose memory is often exalted by other people in the books.

A.K. Leigh will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC and three ebook copies of The Venus Cure (open to all countries) to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here

A.K. Leigh is an international selling romantic suspense author, huge Michael Jackson fan, martial arts movie buff, astrologer, and identical triplet. She has a Graduate degree in Counselling, which she uses to help her develop rounded characters in her stories. When she’s not reading, writing, dreaming, or star-gazing, she spends her time with her three beautiful children. Though her books are set in North Carolina, USA (because she loves the state!), she lives in QLD, Australia.

You can keep up to date with her releases, events and news by liking her on Facebookor following her on Twitter, Goodreads, and Smashwords. Her website is

Tour Organised By: 

Goddess Fish Promotions 


  1. What authors do you like to read? What book or books have had a strong influence on you or your writing?

    1. I love Jane Austen, Nicholas Sparks, Nora Roberts, the Bronte's, Karin Slaughter, James Patterson, and Mary Higgins Clark. As the Bronte's and Austen were the first of the romance genre that I read, I would have to say they were a strong influence on my writing (or at least my passion for writing!). Thanks for the question, Mai :-)

  2. thank you for the chance to win :)

  3. Wonderful and exciting concept. I loved the excerpt.

  4. Great excerpt and guest post! Good luck on the tour and thank you for the awesome giveaway!

  5. I enjoyed reading the entire post today, thank you!

  6. Thank you to everyone who has been following my tour <3

  7. Happy Friday and thank you for the giveaway

    1. Thank you, James. Happy Friday to you too. Have a great weekend :-)

  8. Wishing you a great weekend and thanking you for the giveaway

  9. Thanking you on this wonderful Sunday for giving us this opportunity to win

  10. Thank you so much for the giveaway and all the work put into it.

  11. Thanks so much for giving us this opportunity to win

  12. Here we are at the start of another weekend. Thanks for the chance to win and have an enjoyable weekend.

  13. I'm back and to thank you for the chance to win and wishing you a great Saturday

  14. Hope you have an awesome Sunday and thanks for the giveaway

  15. As we start the week I want to say Happy Monday and thank you for the opportunity to win

  16. I really enjoyed reading the excerpt and the guest post. This book sounds like such an interesting and intriguing read! Totally can't wait to read this book!

  17. I appreciate the chance at winning the great giveaway you brought to us, thank you

  18. Stopping by to say hello and also thanking you for the giveaway

  19. Where is your favorite place to read?

  20. Thank you once again for the giveaway and have a fun Friday!