Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Blog Tour: Coldhearted Concept by Whitley Gray #Excerpt #Giveaway



CHC 200 x 300TITLE: Coldhearted Concept 

SERIES: Concept Series 

AUTHOR: Whitley Gray 

PUBLISHER: Loose Id Publications 

COVER ARTIST: Mina Carter 

LENGTH: 436 Pages 

RELEASE DATE: December 29, 2015

BLURB: Detective Beck Stryker has a lot to juggle: his long-distance relationship with FBI profiler Zach Littman, the family issues of cop widow Marybeth Halliday and her two boys, and the ups and downs of being out and proud. To top it off, Beck must work with his closeted ex-lover Van on the case of a skeleton discovered in the woods. 

FBI profiler Dr. Zach Littman has been working on an exit strategy for months. Every time he’s on the brink of resigning, Minneapolis Unit Director Sands comes up with “one more case,” one that only Zach can manage. It’s a situation that frustrates Beck. Zach has promised he’ll leave the FBI and profiling behind—as soon as his Colorado medical license comes through. It may be easier said than done. Zach has reservations about uprooting his life and moving to Denver. 

A killer leaves a grisly invitation insisting Zach participate in a deadly game, the rules of which are known only to the psychopath. It’s clear taking out Zach is on the killer’s to-do list, and he won’t stop until it’s done. Beck and Zach must capture the killer before the psychopath finds Zach and declares Game Over.


The girl lay on a centrally positioned steel table, face white as a shroud. She looked nothing like the young woman who had sat on the porch that day. Elmo and the autopsy tech stood next to her. The assistant was male, slightly built, with inky hair pulled back in a ponytail. His dark gaze met Beck’s and darted away.

A mask hid the lower half of Elmo’s face. “Evening, Detective.”

Beck stopped a yard away. It was still close enough for him to see the dead stare of dull gray-blue eyes, the gaping chest wound where the sternum should be, and the multiple stab wounds—some running vertical, some horizontal, some diagonal.

Murder seemed more heinous in this antiseptic atmosphere, the dead laid bare to reveal their secrets. Get it over with and get out of here. “What did you find?”

“The heart is missing. It’s not just chopped out. It’s excised, like the killer had some sort of medical knowledge. It’s a precision job.”

Jesus. Was the Follower a physician?

The diener glanced at Quick, then at Beck.

Should they be talking in front of the tech? The more people who knew, the more likely the case would spring informational leaks.

As if reading Beck’s mind, Quick said, “Please get the inventory forms, Mr. Fox.”

The tech turned and exited.

“And the second finding?” Beck wasn’t sure he wanted to hear this.

Elmo frowned. “It’s more disturbing.”

Beck’s gut clenched. More messages to Zach?

Elmo gestured with a gloved hand. “I did the autopsies on three of Xavier Darling’s victims.”

This couldn’t lead anywhere good.

Elmo’s expression softened. “I know you didn’t work those cases. But you should know—the technique used to remove the heart is similar.”



  Once upon a misspent youth, Whitley read and wrote stories under the covers at night. A decade ago, Whitley became enamored of romance and gave writing a whirl. Inventing characters turned out to be addictive, and along the way, Whitley discovered that two heroes is twice as nice. A storyline featuring a couple of guys makes for a perfect day. Stop by www.whitleygray.com and feed your fix for heat between the sheets with erotica and M/M romance.


1st Winner’s Prize: E-copy of Cold-Hearted Concept (Book 2)

2nd Winner’s Prize: E-copy of High Concept (Book 1)


December 29: Love Bytes Reviews 

January 5: Diverse Reader 

January 12: Joyfully Jay 

January 19: The Novel Approach 


  1. More of Beck and Zach!! Can't wait to read this.
    Congrats on the book release, Whitley, and thank you for a chance at the giveaway.

  2. Looking forward to reading this :D Great opening scene

  3. I loved High Concept, so I'm delighted to see more of Beck and Zach! The excerpt definitely reels you right in, too!