Monday, April 4, 2022


 Inked Caffeine: Melrose and Vine

Book 1 in the Inked Caffeine Series

by Monique Duclos 


GENRE: LGBT Romantic Suspense



I was just your typical Starbucks barista without an interesting bone in my body. I liked to keep my head down and do my best to cruise through life uninterrupted, although my bright red hair made it almost impossible. Things took an interesting turn when I met Jimmy, an artist from the tattoo parlour down the street. Living and working in Hollywood, California, I met a lot of intriguing characters, but no one as intriguing as him. He brought a new light to my life that I didn't know I had, let alone one that I needed.

My past wasn't a great one, but I got out and made a new life for myself. And now, it felt like my future was looking better with Jimmy in it. I felt like life was finally worth living, until... everywhere you looked, something was on fire. The screaming was enough to make you go deaf and the scent of blood made you gag. My body was screaming in pain and I couldn't stop choking on all the smoke in the air. My lungs felt tight, and when I looked up, I couldn't decide if it was snowing or raining ashes. People were firing guns chaotically and I had never run so fast in my entire life. Jimmy jumped up to the roof of a parked car and I was quick to follow, bending over to catch my breath.

"Now where?" I panted.


EXCERPTS (Exclusive Excerpt):

It is only a matter of time. I wasn’t expecting to go quite like this, but I guess being tortured makes the most sense. As I slowly spun in circles upside down, I stared down at my blood in the sand. So much was pouring from all my new wounds that the sand had stopped absorbing, and instead, the blood was puddling on the surface. There was nothing I could do but hang here, and no matter how many times I ran the options through my mind, the likelihood of me getting out of this was thin. The options didn’t look very good. And even though there were three of them sitting there, watching me twirl and occasionally spit the blood out of my filling mouth, I was alone. I was alone, and nobody knew where I was. Even if they did, they wouldn’t know how to get here. Trying to glance at my feet, my cheeks were too swollen and I could only just make out the chain wrapped around my ankles. Closing my swollen eyes, I thought back to my apartment and how life was easier back then. But that’s always the case, isn’t it? You always think back to the beginning when it’s the end. And this was most definitely the end. I was just waiting for my body to lose enough blood so that I could pass out. At least if I was unconscious, I wouldn’t feel any more pain.

Opening my swollen eyes once more, I whimpered and almost sighed as I watched one of them walk toward me. He had an array of tools all spread out in front of him; he had been using most of them on me all night.

“Ple—please,” I croaked, spitting blood off to the side. I wasn’t sure why I kept pleading. I knew he wasn’t going to stop, but it was worth a try. Maybe it is just human nature to beg for your life in times like these. 


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Monique lives in Southern Ontario with her high school sweetheart and her two lop eared rabbits. When she’s not writing, she’s getting tattoos, dyeing her hair, or travelling. She is an avid concert-goer and has way too many houseplants.

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The author is running a Goodreads giveaway, running from April 3rd - May 3rd. 

Anyone in the U.S. with a Goodreads account can sign up to win a free e-copy of Inked Caffeine: Melrose and Vine. 

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Monique Duclos will be awarding a $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


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