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Dark Rules by Susan Vaughan is a New Year, New Books Fete pick #romanticsuspense #newyear #romance #giveaway

Title:  Dark Rules


Author:   Susan Vaughan


Genre:   Romantic Suspense


Book Blurb:


Danger, secrets and lies…


Maverick government officer Simon Byrne, undercover on a Caribbean island, must stop an international arms dealer’s sale of uranium that could trigger world conflict. Simon’s mission goes sideways when the woman he once failed to protect is assigned as his tech officer. He vows to keep her safe, but she’s in his head…and in his heart.


By-the-book tech expert Janna Harris is determined to prove herself in the field and uncover whether her late husband, who sold to the arms dealer, also betrayed his government. A treason investigation could expose Janna’s own secrets. Her attraction to Simon wars with her pledge not to let another man into her life. But can she walk away from the only man who could heal her battered soul?


Emotions and danger collide as the powder-keg deadline ticks down on their mission—and their survival.




Janna let her gaze lift to Simon as she listened to his explanation.

His diamond earring winked at her, teased her like he used to. Never under control, his brown hair had been styled with something like a garden trimmer. His perpetual two-day beard looked soft and touchable.

Ever the rebel, he wore snug, faded jeans and a T-shirt emblazoned with the words Spies Do It Undercover. Not that every man in DARK wore a tie, but at headquarters, most wore dress shirts and pants. Higher-ups tolerated Simon’s in-your-face attitude because of his sharp intellect and street savvy.

She and Simon were such opposites. How had they ever managed to be friends?

Once upon a time. No more.

When she received her first field assignment, anticipation had tingled through her. But why did her partner have to be Simon? Why not someone dull? Married? Safe?

I’ll need you to translate for the two goons. I’ll want you to record it,” he said. A beat passed. “Standard procedure.”

Why did he say that almost apologetically? Her heart did an anxious flip. How could she work so closely with this man? The analytical part of her said her stung feelings weren’t rational. The emotional part of her regretted the loss of their friendship.

There was a part of her that she could never reveal to him. Or to anyone. She would keep her private pain just that—private.


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It’s a brand-new year, full of possibilities. Did you make any resolutions/goals for 2024? If so, please share one.


2023 has been hectic and somewhat chaotic with many changes in my writing life. My goal for 2024 is to take a deep breath, declutter, and keep myself organized—my books, my office, my life..


Why is your featured book a must-read in 2024?


The hero Simon, who has appeared in a secondary role in previous DARK Files books, is one of my favorite creations. He’s cocky, irreverent, a rule breaker, charismatic with devil-may-care charm. The kind of guy your mother warned you about. Irresistible, of course. So readers won’t want to miss Simon.


Giveaway –


One lucky reader will win a $75 Amazon gift card



Open internationally.


Runs January 1 – 31, 2024


Drawing will be held on February 1, 2024. 


Author Biography:


Occasional bouts of insomnia led to Susan Vaughan's writing career. When she couldn't sleep, she made up stories to fill the long, dark nights. Her stories throw the hero and heroine together under extraordinary circumstances and pit them against a clever villain. Besides curling up with a good mystery or romance, Susan enjoys walking her dog, boating, traveling, and volunteering. A former teacher, she is a West Virginia native, but she and her husband have lived in Maine for many years. Susan is the author of 16 novels and one children’s book. Find her at


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