In this snippet, Detective Chayse Wolffe is investigating the dead body left in the alley outside of a strip club.
“What’ve we got, Wolffe?” His boss, Maxine Peterson, tossed her fiery red mane over one shoulder as she stopped behind him.
“One dead white male, I’d say mid-forties, and smells like he took a bath in coconut suntan oil.”
“Richard William Johnson, according to his Nebraska driver’s license. And all his money and credit cards were in his wallet. Homeless guy took it off him, but surrendered it as soon as we arrived.”
“So, not a robbery, then.” Peterson tilted her head to get a better look at the vic’s face. “Are those bruises on his mouth?”
She crouched and lifted a cuff with her gloved finger, exposing the marks on one wrist. “Looks like Mr. Johnson got himself all tied up with nowhere to go.”
“Yes, it does.” Chayse tipped the man’s head to the side. “The marks go all the way around his cheeks. I’d guess he was gagged at one point.”
Chayse frowned as he scanned the pale body. All the blood is gone from this guy. “I don’t know. Hard to tell. We’ll have to give him to the ME to find out. But here’s what’s weird. He’s got these marks on him and he looks like he’s lost a lot of blood, but his clothes are clean and there’s no blood here.”
“So he was killed somewhere else and dumped here.” Maxine sighed and shot a look at the lurid neon flashing in the entry to the alley. “Tourists. I still can’t figure out why they would come to this kind of place for a good time. Takes all kinds, I guess.”
So not quite what it looks like. ;) There are several great authors on the Weekend Writer Warriors list and in the Snippet Sunday Facebook group. A few of my favorites are Charley Descoteaux, Jeff Tsuruoka, Gem Sivad, Goran Zidar, Veronica Scott, and Iris Blobel. Here's the blurb for SECOND CHANCE SUCCUBUS:
Everyone deserves a second chance...
As an ancient succubus, Lady Aislynn is cursed to survive off sexual energy for eternity. To live without killing, Aislynn runs the Underground, a pleasure club in Las Vegas where she safely feeds on the ample eroticism of her patrons. A murder inside her club threatens the haven she’s built, even as it brings unwanted attention—and possible salvation—in the form of two handsome brothers, both in search of the truth.
Werewolves Chayse and Nik Wolffe haven’t seen each other in five years, and the last place they expect to cross paths is a strip club. The detective and PI find their cases intertwining around the enticing Aislynn and her club. Nik may believe in Aislynn’s innocence, but Chayse knows all too well the destructive power of a succubus. He’s determined to keep himself and Nik free of her spell.
Nik’s missed sharing lovers with his brother, but Chayse seems dead-set against reconciling the past or building a future. Luckily fate, and the Goddess, may have plans for the two embattled werewolves and the succubus with love enough for them both.
Available October 20 2015