Blog Tour & Giveaway: Tough Justice with a post by author Carla Cassidy

Posted 11 January, 2016 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | Blog Tour, Giveaway | 3 Comments

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I’m kicking of an awesome tour for an eight-part FBI thriller series today with the fabulous Carla Cassidy, who’s got a great blog post for us. *waves* Welcome, Carla! (Y’all, don’t you just love thrillers with kick-ass characters? I know I do!)

Kick-Ass Heroine and Spine Chilling Villain: Romantic Suspense author Carla Cassidy Shares Why You Need to Give TOUGH JUSTICE a Try

Screen Shot 2016-01-11 at 7.05.41 PMMy name is Lara Grant. I’m a Special Agent for the FBI, but I’m so much more than that. I have a driving need to see killers behind bars and to get thugs and creeps off the street. I believe in justice and I’m a kick-ass kind of woman who plays my cards close to the vest. I’m slow to trust anyone. You have to prove your trustworthiness, not just talk about it.  
I also have dark secrets and painful regrets that haunt me. I’ve made mistakes and I’m still learning how to deal with what I’ve done and what I can’t do.
My name is Moretti. I’m the kingpin of a major organized crime faction, but I’m so much more than that. I have a driving need for power.  I don’t trust anyone and if you cross me…you’re dead.Screen Shot 2016-01-11 at 7.05.48 PM
FBI Special Agent Lara Grant crossed me once and in doing so has written her own fate. She will not survive me. I promise you that.

My name is Carla Cassidy and I’m one of four authors who wrote Lara’s story in the exciting new 8-part TOUGH JUSTICE series. I’ve been writing for Harlequin for a long time and have a driving need to create stories and characters that I hope readers will enjoy.  

While I didn’t create the characters in TOUGH JUSTICE, I like to believe that I, along with the other authors, breathed life into them.  

Tyler Anne Snell, Gail Barrett and Carol Ericson and I worked together wonderfully well on this project. We stayed in touch through the entire writing process with the single goal of creating a great reader experience.

Part of the fun of writing Lara was that she was so different from me. I’m not a kick-ass kind of woman and I trust everyone I meet. While I do have regrets, (who doesn’t) I don’t have secrets. I tell anything and everything to anyone! I’m an extrovert who loves people and I believe that’s part of why I love writing. I enjoy delving deep into characters’ heads to see what makes them tick. What makes them happy and what breaks their hearts? For me, it’s definitely the characters that drive the story and TOUGH JUSTICE is filled with great characters.

Readers should be able to find all kinds of elements to enjoy about this series. Not only does it have the characters to cheer for, but there is also plenty of action and spine-chilling suspense.

Being able to participate in this ground-breaking project from Harlequin was not only a challenge but also a joy. I can only hope the readers enjoying reading it as much as all the authors enjoyed writing it!

Be sure to check out part 1 of Tough Justice, EXPOSED, available to readers for FREE!

For more information about the series, visit


“This story charges from the gate right away, dropping the reader into a tense, boiling hot crime drama that will suck readers into its vortex from page one.” –Night Owl Reviews

Tough Justice: Exposed opens with an instantly dramatic and riveting episode. The pace is swift throughout, and right away you‘ll know you will want the whole series.” –Romance Reviews Today
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Get part 1 of TOUGH JUSTICE for FREE:

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A new job. A new case. A new criminal…?

Special Agent Lara Grant will do anything to get her mark—until her last undercover case, infiltrating the notorious Moretti crime ring, forced her to get close to the top. Way. Too. Close… Now starting a new job in New York City, all Lara wants is to leave the ghosts of her past behind. Until a dramatic sniper attack leaves Lara’s face – and real name – all over the media. In the blink of an eye, her cover is blown, her identity exposed. Then a woman’s body is found, branded with the ritual Moretti tattoo. Someone knows who Lara is…and exactly how to make her pay…

Part 1 of 8 in a chilling, high-octane FBI thriller TOUGH JUSTICE from NYT bestselling author Carla Cassidy and Tyler Anne Snell, Carol Ericson and Gail Barrett.

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Carla loves danger…but only when it comes in the pages of a book. She’s been a professional cheerleader, a singer and dancer, but the best job she’s ever had is writing books for readers to enjoy. She’s had over 140 books published and has enough ideas for new books to keep her busy for years to come. Visit her website at

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3 Responses to “Blog Tour & Giveaway: Tough Justice with a post by author Carla Cassidy”

  1. You’re not a kick-ass kind of woman, Carla? I beg to differ! We all breathed life into the characters in our own way, and it was a fascinating process. Loved your episode.