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 Bronco's Rough Ride, the first story in the Bad Boys of Beta Squad books. It's the prequel to The Navy's Ghost and Rimshot's Hard Target, and tells the story of how John Andrews met his wife. In this tease, Lindsey is talking to her handler Courtney about the nullifer for the ketamine and a safe house to get them out. Lindsey's undercover name is Jenna Black.
“Oh, thank you so much. I was almost out of their Luscious Lash mascara.” Lindsey pulled out the tube of mascara and surveyed it. The lab guys had outdone themselves in terms of disguise. She’d never know it held a syringe unless she opened it. “This is perfect. Thanks again.”
“No problem, Jenna. I know you go through that stuff like water.”
“And I love it, too.” Lindsey winked and dropped the little pink bag into her purse. She had the nullifier, now she just needed the safe house. “So tell me about this stay-cation.” She tightened her lips. “Are you going to the lake house this weekend?”
“No, it still has to be cleaned from the last time my sister was in town. You know how she parties.” Courtney grimaced and shook her head. “Apparently, she’d vomited all over the carpet in the guest room and the whole house smells like stomach acid.”
Lindsey’s gut sank. No safe house. “Oh, that’s awful. How soon can it be cleaned? I’d hate for you to miss the opportunity to get away kid-free.”
Courtney laughed. “You just wanted to house-sit, didn’t you?”
Lindsey bit her lip. “Guilty as charged. You have such a lovely view of Lake Las Vegas. Are you sure you can’t go?”
“Bill and I are thinking of maybe renting one of the cabins up at Mt. Charleston for the weekend. I’m sure we’ll come up with something. Don’t worry.” Courtney reached out and firmly squeezed Lindsey’s hand. “But I have other good news. Remember that guy you told me about? The cute one from the same party where my sister over-indulged?”
“Yes.” Lindsey stuck her tongue out for effect. “Don’t tell me. He’s married.”
“No, silly.” Courtney laughed and pulled out a card in a lavender envelope. “I got his name, number, and address for you. It’s all there.” She grinned. “Are you going to call him?”
“Well, aren’t you just the little matchmaker.” Lindsey matched her grin and threw in a wink. “I might.”
“Oh, come on, Jenna. He was cute.”
“He was. But I like to keep my options open. You know, wondrous variety?”
“Yes, yes. Well, at least check him out. You might find more of value than you first thought.”
Lindsey ignored the foreboding in Courtney’s voice and nodded with an easy smile as she dropped the card in her purse beside the Marie Kinney bag. Both items called to her with a siren’s song of temptation, but she steadfastly ignored them as she finished her coffee and scone with Courtney.
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