Authors: this is a great opportunity to spotlight a few lines or even a paragraph or two from a new release or backlisted title. Readers: you get to sample some delicious snippets! We’ll do our best to tease, titillate and tantalize you into the weekend.
Today I'm offering snippets of my new release that just came out yesterday! Second Chance Succubus, is the first story in the Capitol of Second Chances books. It's a paranormal menage romance mystery with BDSM elements. How's that for cross-genre? It's also HOT. In this tease, Nik Wolffe, PI and werewolf, is talking to his twin brother, Detective Chayse Wolffe, about the information he got from Rufus at the hotel. Nik is the first one to speak.
“Get your warrant yet?”
Chayse looked up to find his brother leaning against the lab doorway with a visitor’s badge clipped to the lapel of his leather jacket.
“What are you doing here, Nik?” Chayse couldn’t recall the last time his twin had darkened Metro’s halls.
“Can’t I visit my own family?”
“Not in the last few years.”
Nik grimaced and shoved his hands into his jeans pockets. “Didn’t get the feeling I was all that welcome five years ago.”
“What’s changed now?” Chayse tried to keep his voice even. Despite the time and history between them, he missed the camaraderie they’d shared.
“Now it seems we’re working on the same case from different angles. It’s just that Johnson isn’t so missing anymore.”
“You told your client yet?”
Nik shook his head. “No. I wanted to bring her more than, ‘he’s in the morgue’.”
“Metro can’t hold off from contacting her much longer, Nik. She’s next-of-kin.”
“I know.” Nik nodded, pulling out a photo from his pocket and sliding between his hands as his thoughts chased each other through his eyes. “I’ll tell her it’s a murder as soon as I’m done here.”
Chayse eyed the photo and raised an eyebrow. “And why are you here, again?”
“I’m here for your help.”
Chayse’s mind went into a momentary freeze. Nik needs my help? “For what?”
Nik extended the photo to Chayse. “This guy stayed in the room beside Johnson the night he disappeared. He went out with Johnson around seven fifteen that evening.”
Chayse studied the satisfied expression on the face of a man in overalls. A series of spots marred the blue denim like mud splatters. “Johnson went out with this guy?”
“Yeah. I checked with my sources at the hotel. Johnson and this guy went out dressed in suits.”
“What time was this again?”
“Time stamp has them leaving at 19:16.”
“Did they come back together?”
Nik shook his head and pointed to the photo. “That guy returned around ten-twenty and had a tantrum in the hallway outside his room before going inside.”
“Maybe Johnson left him in the lurch.”
“Maybe, but at ten-fifty, this guy left again dressed like you see him there, in overalls, windbreaker, and the hat. Normally, I wouldn’t care, but he didn’t look at anyone, didn’t act like a tourist or a businessman out on the town.” Nik nodded to the picture. “In fact, he left like he wanted to hide from anyone who knew him, head down, on a mission. He was gone until ten after midnight, and when he got back, he wore that expression, but was missing the windbreaker.”
Chayse chewed on his brother’s news. For all the other issues between them, Nik’s instincts about people were spot-on. Something had set off Nik’s warning bells and Chayse would be stupid to ignore them.
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