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Chasing the Diamonds Book I Roni’s Investigation Files by Mary Martinez is a Best Books '23 pick #romanticsuspense #romance #suspense #bestbooks #giveaway

Title: Chasing the Diamonds Book I Roni’s Investigation Files


Author: Mary Martinez


Genre: Romantic Suspense


Book Blurb:


When Senator Denning reaches out to Roni Staples to set up a meeting, she’s intrigued.


His son is missing and there has been no ransom note. Not a good sign. She must find the senator’s son, because the longer it takes, the less chance of a live rescue.


Sebastian Sosa is an easy going, singer songwriter. Life is good. Until someone uses his nightclub to lure a senator’s son to kidnap him to gain information on two rare red diamonds.


What Roni doesn’t need is a civilian tagging along. However, Sebastian is invested in finding the culprits. Even if he isn’t a trained professional, he will help Roni in her investigation, despite her qualms.




As planned, they took the passed-out Finlay for a ride around Denning until the club closed. Promptly at one in the am they pulled the van into the back entrance of the club. Again, parking in the last space where the cameras were positioned to miss. First, she unlocked the back door for them, then the basement one.


“Careful as you go down the stairs. He’s easier to take him down unconscious than struggling. I’ll lock up and be down in a moment.”


Once she met them in the basement, she went to find the latch to open the secret room that was built during prohibition. Sarah had found the original plans to the building in the locked room that was off limits to employees. Like that would ever stop her. She’d hit pay dirt. What better place to hide? Right under everyone’s noses.


Everyone, except those on a need-to-know basis, will assume he’d been taken somewhere else. Sebastian was a good guy; she felt a little guilty about using the club. She thought for a minute. No, she didn’t. It was what it was.


Carson and Quinten had Finlay in the chair with his shoulder propped against the wall. They added an ankle bracelet that was attached to a chain bolted to the wall. The chair was also bolted to the floor. They had a need to come and go, no need to give him a weapon he could launch at them as they entered.


There was no way to get out of the room, only in. How that worked during prohibition she didn’t know, then again maybe she was wrong about the room’s use.


Surveying the room, everything was set. His chained tether could reach the bucket in the corner for the man’s needs, along with a roll of toilet paper. A table, again within his reachable perimeter, where a gallon of water sat, next to a plastic cup and some bagged food to keep him alive until he could be returned to his father, if all went well. Afterall, she wasn’t a monster.


“Okay, let’s wake him up.”


Carson had a full mug of ice water at the ready, at her command he dumped it over the man’s head.


“Hello Finlay Denning. Welcome to your worst nightmare.”


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What makes your featured book a must-read?


It’s the first book of a suspenseful series. The characters are fun to get to know. Each book has its own story the main characters are the same.


Giveaway –


Enter to win a $45 Amazon gift card:



Open Internationally.


Runs December 18 – December 31, 2023.


Winner will be drawn on January 2, 2024.


Author Biography:


Mary lives in Magna, a little town west of Salt Lake City, Utah. Together with her husband, she has six grown children, six wonderful grandsons, and five beautiful granddaughters. She loves to spend time with family and friends--she includes good books as friends!


Mary and her husband love to travel, especially to the Caribbean for relaxing, and Italy for the wine. And most recently she discovered she was Irish and Scottish, of course, they had to visit Ireland and Scotland. Mary fell in love with both, but the green hills of Ireland felt like home.  With the experience from the exotic places she has visited, she is able to fill her books with colorful descriptions of cities, painting a colorful backdrop for her characters. One of her favorite US destinations is New York/Brooklyn, where her beloved Beckett's live. When she visits, she can wander their neighborhoods, favorite parks, and visit their favorite pub, Putnum's.


They are avid concert ‘Ho’s’! Yes, they pretty much want to do them all. They love outdoor amphitheaters the best and attend as many during the warmer months as possible.


Mary writes mostly romantic suspense, romance, women's fiction, and she has just begun to dabble in young adult mystery.  During her writing career she has been a conference coordinator, workshop presenter, and chapter president for the Utah Chapter of RWA. In 2007 she was presented with the Utah RWA service award in acknowledgment and appreciation for outstanding service. Mary has participated in numerous library panels on writing and co-presented a workshop on writing a series at the League of Utah Writers conference. She was awarded the 2021 N. N. Light Book Award winner for best book in two categories; Four Sisters for Women's fiction and Celtic Myst by M. L. Foxx for Fantasy.


Mary also writes as ML Foxx. This is her first jaunt into Fantasy and Sci-Fi, she loves it. It gives her freedom of choice.  In her ML persona she also loves to go to the movies and you got it… Watch the Avengers, Dead Pool, among others. Something her hubby doesn't really enjoy but humors her fantasy side. You’ll see more books soon…


Mary and her husband are also enthusiastic college football fans. They have season tickets to the UTES, University of Utah Football and they tailgate every game. They love tailgating so much, that they were married at a tailgating in 1999.




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Twitter:  @marylmartinez

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Dec 29, 2023

Thank you, Mary, for sharing you book in our Best Books of '23 Bookish Event!

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