In the meantime, DELI'S TAKE OUT, Bad Boys of Beta Squad, Book 4 is available now, but even better, it's available in PAPER too. It has direct ties to Rimshot's Hard Target and Darwin's Evolution.
In this snippet, Deli has met Caroline as they both encountered the bear. She has a rifle to scare the animal off and a helluva voice.
The otherworldly shriek seemed to do the trick. The bear pivoted again and headed for the woods away from the trail. Deli grasped Trace’s collar to keep the dog at his side as he watched the bear disappear into the trees. Crashing sounds came from the forest, but Deli didn’t wait.
“Trace, foose. Sch-stay-en.” The old commands felt natural as Deli retrieved his pack. Trace fell in beside him, the dog’s stance vigilant. Damn, he missed working with MWDs. “Good girl.”
He swung the pack onto his shoulders just as the woman approached. “Trace, here.”
The dog looked at Deli then back at the woman before she whined, but held her ground.
“Trace, here.” The woman pointed at the ground beside her.
“She’s not gonna do that until I release her from her task.” Deli met her gaze and watched anger and frustration flash across her face before she settled for cold seething.
“Who the hell are you?” She probably wanted to say more, but she closed her lips over her teeth in a tight line. “Give me back my dog.”
“Your dog?” Deli raised his eyebrows.
“That’s right, mine. And you didn’t answer my question. Who are you?”
Deli shook his head. “How is she your dog? This is Sergeant Trace, a U.S. Military War Dog. She doesn’t belong with a civilian.”
“I know exactly who she is and she’s been medically retired from the military. She’s my dog now and I’ve sworn to take care of her. Now, let go of her, because she’s comin’ with me.” The woman stood her ground. She didn’t point the rifle at Deli, but he suspected she wasn’t far from doing so if he pushed.
Uh oh, he's pressing buttons he might not like. ;) There are several great authors on the Weekend Writer Warriors list, the Snippet Sunday Facebook group, and the Rainbow Snippets Facebook group. A few of my favorites are, P.T. Wyant, Karen Michelle Nutt, Veronica Scott, Jessica Subject, Kathy Griffith Karysa Faire, and Iris Blobel.
Here's the blurb for DELI'S TAKE OUT:
CPO Eugene “Deli” Rubenovich has hit his limit. After his friend is gravely injured on a mission, Deli takes leave to clear his head. He wants the great outdoors, fresh air, hiking, and maybe a beer or two. What he gets is a 5-on-1 bar fight and cartel thugs trying to forcibly take a woman’s home. And then there’s the bear.
Caroline Atherton has a quiet life she loves as the owner of Last Chance Dog Sanctuary, where she rehabilitates dogs like Sergeant Trace to return to civilian life. When a simple shopping trip goes awry, a handsome Navy Chief winds up nursing a concussion after defending her from a pack of idiot males.
Deli’s not used to being rescued, but the beautiful woman who heals dogs makes it an experience worth repeating. She’s says she’s got no room in her life for pushy men, but the cartel gets nasty, and Caroline needs help defending her home and her dogs.
Enlisting assistance from the Ultimate Recon crew to take out the enemy is just another day for Deli, but to win Caroline’s heart? He’ll need every skill in his arsenal for that mission.
So much for taking a vacation.
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