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Exit Wounds Blog Tour


Today is our stop on the blog tour for Exit Wounds by Nikki Archer. We’re so excited to share this contemporary crime novel! Check out our post and grab your copy today.


About Exit Wounds:

Colt is on the run. After a family argument ends with her father dead on the floor and the murder weapon in her hand, the heiress to Mexico’s largest drug cartel is left with few options. As the police rush to piece together evidence and name a suspect, Colt and her boyfriend speed south. If she wants to stay out of jail, she’ll have to sacrifice a different sort of freedom and leave America for the anonymity and relative safety of Mexico. But at her drug lord uncle’s Playboy-esque villa, the outlaw princess must make a choice: accept her place in the family legacy, or try to make her way alone. And her uncle may have more skeletons in his closet than even Colt could’ve imagined.

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By my count, Tito has two pools, fifteen cars, five dogs, and a dozen girlfriends. The latter twelve rotate in and out, sometimes showing up in groups of as many as five, content to sunbathe or get smashed or both, taking as much or as little of my uncle’s time and attention as he sees fit to afford them. In his absence, they flirt and gossip with one another. In his presence, they vie for praise and affection, or at least more of these things than are bestowed on the next girl.

For my part, I’m mostly content to float around one of the pools, allowing Luisa to ply me with martinis, which I’ve never had before in my life. They help, though. They help me not dwell every minute of every day on what I did, on what I lost, and what my future may or may not hold. After a few dirty martinis, I can interact with the twelve girlfriends in a somewhat genuine manner, or at the very least find them amusing. Today, there are only three, and after two weeks living with Tito, I’ve finally managed to get all their names straight.

Ingrid puffs on a joint beneath her floppy sun hat, pointing two manicured fingers at me. “You a lucky girl, yah.” She stretches out on her lounge chair, her ribs poking against her pale skin. Takes another hit and smiles at me with pink-rimmed eyes. “What is the word for it… inheritance! When my parents died, I inherited barely nothing. Some money… a house… but you!” There’s a bitterness to her collagen-filled smile. “Someday you inherit this.” She gestures around her, to the pools, to the house with so many rooms I’ve still not managed to count them all, to Luisa. “You have good family to take care of you. You a lucky girl.”

I am a lucky girl.

The lounge chair is warm under my legs, and I lean back, letting the glaring sun dry the sweat off my skin. My skin feels like it’s sizzling, like I’m burning alive. But it’s okay. I deserve to be in Hell for what I’ve done, and if Hell comes with pools and martinis, I’ve got no right to complain. “So what does that make you, Ingrid? Since he’s your boyfriend. Are you lucky, too?”

As annoying as Ingrid is, she’s as good a source of entertainment as anything else. I like fucking with her, just to watch her botoxed face struggle against the wrinkles that confusion threatens to put in her forehead. She ashes her joint in an empty glass and looks over her sunglasses at me. “We all lucky girls, dah-ling. We are free like not too many people are free. We smoke, we fuck, we shop. We do Sweden for the holidays, and Madrid for the bulls.”’ She gestures to Amarra, napping on the chair behind her. “Amarra she loves the designers in Milan, so we go for Fashion Week.”

Free. Ingrid thinks they’re free. Me, I feel like a rat in a cage, albeit a pretty fucking fancy cage.


About Nikki Archer:


Nikki Archer lives in New England, where she teaches high school English and spends her free time pursuing as many degrees as humanly possible. She divides her life into hockey season and baseball season, and she really really hates socks. She spends all of her extra money (and some that’s not exactly extra) on concert tickets and trips to interesting places. Her first novel, “Whatever’s Left,” is a YA romance, but “Exit Wounds” is her first venture into the world of crime writing.

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hardened by steel coverARE YOU HARDENED BY STEEL?

It’s been two months since Phillips was killed in front of us. Two months of training and waiting. Time is up and another new recruit is due to arrive any minute; the cousin of the man who betrayed us all. The guys aren’t going to like it, but Jackson has overridden my protests.
Just when I didn’t think things could get any worse, my contact with Aunt Beatrice is discovered and my actions have put her in mortal danger. A hit was ordered from a cartel in Mexico. Led by the cousin of Diego Fernando’s widow, the Vega Cartel has a blood debt to settle and they have come to collect.
Jordon is becoming more attractive to me by the day; as my feelings for him continue to grow, our situation becomes even more complicated when our connection is discovered by one of the team.
Events spiral out of my control, forcing me to face my demons and darkest fears. I find myself teetering on the edge of good and evil, poised to fall.
A sinister message has me racing to Mexico, trying to beat the dawn. What I find waiting for me there may spell the end of my life and Steel Corps itself.
I must decide; am I hard enough to make this choice? Is my soul a big enough sacrifice for the lives of innocents? There is no question. I am Staff Sergeant Michaels and I am Steel.


I was given a copy of this book by the Author for an honest review.
Hardened by Steel (Steel Corps Book 2) is the second book in this series and it delivers a great story. The characters and story line are well-developed. The story follows a secret part of the military that no one knows exists. “Mac” is the leader of this group, and she is recovering from events from book one CORE OF STEEL. They get a new member of the STEEL CORPS to replace a fallen member. There are members of this group that are not happy with their member, because he is the cousin of the one who betrayed them. They will have to get over this prejudice and deal with the case ahead of them. This mission will show how HARDENED BY STEEL they really are. If you love military stories them you will love this one. I loved the characters in this book. If you have not started this series then I urge you to do so. I am putting J.B. Haven on my authors to watch out for list. I will definitely read more books from this author. I give HARDENED BY STEEL 5/5 STARS.


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Do you have a Core of Steel?

Staff Sergeant Bea “Mic” Michaels is the leader of Steel Corps, an elite group of the finest men in the American Armed forces. Commissioned by the United States Government to do what other units cannot, existing both above and outside the law.
A new recruit, Corporal Chris Jordon, has just been delivered, but before he can call himself Steel, he must pass every physical and mental test Mic throws at him. Orders for a mission have come down and Mic must train Jordon faster than ever.
Their team is thrown into a desperate mission to rescue an undercover operative in the heart of Columbia. Forced to take down the head of the Fernando Cartel and the mysterious Frenchie, their mission is complicated when Mic and Jordon are lost to their team.
Digging deep within herself, Mic will need every ounce of her strength to save both her team, and herself.

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I was given a copy of this book by the Author for an honest review.

Core of Steel (Steel Corps Book 1) captured me from the very first. The characters and story line are very well-developed. Mic is the Staff Sergeant of the Steel Corps. They are part of the Armed Forces that does missions under the radar that the US Military cannot be associated with. The Steel Corps is the best of the best. When they are sent to retrieve an undercover operative from a drug cartel, things might not go the way they should. J.B.Havens is an Author to keep your eye on. I know I sure will! I give Core of Steel (Steel Corps Book 1) 5/5 stars.