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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

The Duty Bound Duet by Sydney Jamesson - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hey, lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Sydney Jamesson and her new book series, “The Duty Bound Duet,” which includes, Book One, “DUTY OF CARE,” and Book Two, “THE CARETAKERS,” - BOTH featured below!!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Sydney and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!

The Duty Bound Duet Book Series
by Sydney Jamesson


GENRE: Mystery/Suspense (Psychological)



On her death bed Emily Derbyshire’s mother made her promise to take good care of her little sister. Keeping her promise, twelve-year-old Emily did exactly that and became five-year-old Rita’s benefactor and bodyguard.

After eighteen years of sisterly devotion Emily receives some shocking news! Rita has committed suicide. When disturbing details start to surface, Emily puts her highflying career on hold to seek out those responsible. She hires an American private investigator Robert Blackmoor; a motorbike riding, no-frills, computer hacker who will use any means necessary to unearth the truth.

Not surprisingly, Robert uncovers secrets from Emily’s troubled childhood and chips away at the glossy veneer of deceit which masks the truth behind, not only Rita’s life, but Emily’s imperfect life too.

Together they assemble the pieces of a sinister puzzle, revealing a cruel and corrupt world of exploitation and murder: a Dark Web into which Rita has become entangled.

As dark forces encircling Emily tighten their grip, and with everything to lose, she must make a life and death decision that she may live to regret.



Emily Parsons is a product of a difficult childhood: self-reliant, fiercely protective and willing to do whatever it takes to safeguard the wellbeing of those in her care. She has even slayed a monster, or two … or three in the name of poetic justice, and yet she is haunted by the image of a beautiful blond girl.

Sixteen-year-old Louise Travis has been abducted.

Louise’ fate rested in Emily’s hands, but she let her slip through her fingers like gold dust, only to be swept away by a malevolent band of brothers.

By once again enlisting the help of computer hacker, Robert Blackmoor, Emily must find Louise before she is lost forever in a Dark Web of heinous crimes, cruelty and corruption. The clock is ticking, and Emily’s investigation is drawing the wrong kind of attention, but she will not back down. She is duty bound to protect those she loves.

With skeletons from her past being unearthed, who can she turn to, and who can she trust with her own sinister secrets?



From DUTY OF CARE – Book One:

Chapter 1

“The whole world can become the enemy when you lose what you love.” Kristina McMorrris.

I STOOD ALONE in the graveyard the day they buried my sister. There I was, Emily Parsons, the hapless figure lurking behind a gnarled oak tree—an unwelcome guest.

A savage January wind gnawed at my cheeks. It made my eyes sting; eyes already brimming with salty residue left over from a night spent sobbing into a pillow. Sapped of all strength, I leaned against the trunk, held it between my hands; gloved fingers tracing rough edges. I breathed in its wild, woody perfume; rotting branches, unclaimed timber—a steadfast pillar of support in a surreal tableau.

At our parents’ request, I didn’t show my face. Did they fear I’d cause a scene, throw myself onto the coffin?

Who knows?

Who cares?

With or without their blessing, I had to go. I had to be there to witness my little sister’s departure from this mortal coil and, if that meant enduring sniveling platitudes caught on the wind—so be it.

Our parents, family members and some of Rita’s friends circled the cavernous hole in the ground like ravens; a flock of silhouettes set against a snowy backdrop. My watery eyes lingered on the word Rita formed in purple violas on the wreath—a tiny name for someone with a big personality and an even bigger heart.

Having endured the lamentations of the priest marking the passing of a life ended much too soon, I absconded. I sprinted like a bandit between gravestones, my feet slipping on ankle deep snow that shrouded everything, creating a clean, sterile landscape. Nothing seemed out of place. Nothing except my sister’s charred body lying six foot under in a mahogany coffin fifty yards away.

I took refuge in my car and sat in silence, refusing to acknowledge the shifting congregation. Concealed behind windows veiled with condensation, I left unseen.

In those days leading up to Rita’s funeral, I cried nonstop. I would wake from dozing and the world would be as it was. I would smile through cracked lips, but then I would remember and my heart would ache and my body would shake and tears would cloud my eyes once more.

The myriad of memories we had made were my only lifeline: phone conversations, photographs and texts existing in a vacuum, authorless—a cruel kind of comfort. For the sake of my sanity, I tried to come to terms with her passing, I really did, but the realisation that the one person I loved more than any other had gone and left me behind did not make any sense to me.

We had made a pact when we were kids to never be separated.

Why had Rita broken it?



Intro: Sydney Jamesson explains the creative process she embarked upon when writing her USA Today bestselling trilogy, The Story Of Us; an extraordinary love story spanning twenty-six years.


Ever wonder how someone who teaches full-time manages to complete a series of six books in three years? No need to send your answers on a postcard…

I can tell you the answer because that’s exactly what I did.

I had a dream and that dream was THE STORY OF US. While I slept, the female protagonist, Elizabeth Parker, whispered in my ear; she told me about her loneliness and the love of her life; how she was waiting to be found…

In the morning Ayden Stone, the male protagonist, introduced himself; he’d become lost and disillusioned in his search for the love of his life … but he would never stop looking for her.

My mission was to bring them back together.

To tell their story, I stayed up late, worked through the night, used every waking moment to jot down notes and ideas, snippets of dialogue and heartfelt avowals of love and devotion; I heard their laughter, felt the heat of their sighs and even tasted salty tears drying on my cheeks in moments of desolation and despair.

By the end of the writing process I was exhausted.

In January 2013 I published book one TouchStone for play and later that year TouchStone for giving. The next year TouchStone for ever, followed by the Into the Blue Series: Blue Genes, Blue Hearts and Blue Moon.

I confess that completing the series was something I was determined to do, it became an obsession; to make sure the characters I loved like family, had their happy ever after. Love stories like The Story of Us are not meant to end abruptly; to suffer the indignation of an anti-climax or a disappointing resolution. As its creator I had to learn what it was to breathe life into the story so my characters could grow and blossom.

Ayden and Beth experience a love founded on the belief that nothing will ever come between them … but what becomes of my star-crossed lovers? Does destiny force them apart? Will they be able to surmount every obstacle, defeat their enemies and find a place for themselves in the universe?

With every ounce of breath in their bodies they try to, discovering what it means to love unconditionally, without reservation or hesitation because that’s what soul mates do.

It’s powerful stuff! The stuff that dreams are made of…

Once The Story of Us was complete, I could do no more. The time came to leave my fictional forever family to their own devices. They would be together for eternity, never grow old, never fall out of love and go on to exist in the hearts and minds of readers everywhere having united the forces of heaven and earth with their fateful love.

With my mission complete I stepped away, took an invigorating breath, and prepared to dive into another story headfirst…



Sydney Jamesson is a USA Today bestselling author by night and an English teacher by day. She is nocturnal by nature and loves nothing more than staying up late, listening to music and being inspired to write. She has always written creatively; in her home is one enormous wastepaper basket full of discarded phrases, opening lines and pieces of dialogue that have hit her like lightning in the middle of the night. Her USA Today bestselling trilogy, THE STORY OF US sold worldwide, and she has been thrilled to continue Ayden Stone's and Beth Parker's epic love story in The Story of Us Series: Into the Blue, featuring Blue Genes, Blue Hearts and Blue Moon.

More recently, Sydney has focused on psychological suspense. THE DARKEST CORNERS was her first venture into the new genre: a complex love story filled with lots of angst, emotional scenes and edge of your seat suspense as a single father and a troubled young woman confront their deepest, darkest fears together. The twists come think and fast and the ending is unforgettable!

In her latest novels, DUTY OF CARE and THE CARETAKERS - THE DUTY BOUND DUET - readers explore the seedier side of the Dark Web; witness abduction, human trafficking, and a devoted sister’s willingness to do whatever it takes to safeguard the wellbeing of those in her care. It’s a real page turner, filled with incidents which are heart-breaking and heart-stopping in equal measure!











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Sydney will be awarding a $50 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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  1. Sydney ~ Good morning! Welcome to FAB! It is so great to have you here! Congrats on your new book series and good luck on the book tour! :)

  2. Was it hard to start writing? Or, has it always been your passion?

    1. I have always written in one form or another. I was a commercial journalist and copywriter before side stepping into teaching. I learned what is meant to engage readers commercially before writing a full length novel. It helped that I was 'possessed' by Ayden's and Beth's story initially. :)

  3. The book synopses and excerpts are intriguing, this sounds like a thrilling duet