Hello again. Well, life has settled into a more or less frantic pace as I begin to get ready for summer and all that it will bring. Midweek Tease is brought to you each week courtesy of Angelica Dawson. Today, I thought I’d give you another teaser from Secrets and Lies, a stand-alone suspense romance that is part of a multi-author series.
DEA agent, Emily Shepherd, is after the Chef, a crystal meth cook, who sets up labs for the Mexican cartel and walks away—the same man responsible for the deaths of her husband and unborn child. Her search leads her to Braden, Iowa, a small town just right for the Chef’s specialty. But identifying her quarry won’t be easy when she’s up against a woman who sees her as a threat, a male chauvinistic deputy sheriff, and an attractive school principal who might just be at the center of it all.
Jackson Harris has sworn off women. Life is satisfactory, if lonely, until he meets a hazel-eyed damsel in distress who gets under his skin, and triggers that protective instinct of his. There’s a killer in town, one who may or may not be a notorious drug lord. Finding him, and keeping his town, his students, and Emily safe, may be harder than he thinks.
Love is breaking out in Braden, Iowa. Follow all the romance with this collection of stories.
Secrets and Lies is part of the Hearts of Braden Series, a multi-author series Secrets and Lies stands alone for your reading enjoyment, but the story doesn’t need to end there.
Your tease this week:
Conversation sprinkled with a heavy serving of gossip was as delectable as the meal—tossed salad to start, followed by succulent prime rib, garlic mashed potatoes, and local vegetables. For dessert, she opted for a piece of brandied pecan pie, from The Triple B bakery. Merryn obviously had a monopoly on sweets in town.
Throughout the meal, she discretely checked out the other diners, surprised to see the man who’d rescued her from Deputy Dunderhead sitting in a booth, obviously alone. She didn’t think he’d recognized her, but his resemblance to Alex had imprinted itself on her mind. Where was his wife? His girlfriend? A man like that shouldn’t lack for companionship. The loneliness on his face called out to her. How many solitary meals had she suffered through, including the one on Monday night? She was about to ask who he was when Calvin stood up.
“Mike, glad you could make it,” he said as a man with freckles and dark red-hair joined them, “We’re just about to have coffee and dessert. What would you like?” He signaled the waitress.
“Pie and coffee are fine,” the newcomer answered. “I ate with Morgan over at Buddy’s.”
“Let me make the introductions,” Cal continued. “Mike Reynolds, you know Julia, and this is Emily Jacobson. She’s here for the year to implement the new Healthy Living Initiative at the high school.”
Emily held out her hand and felt her cheeks redden at Mike’s appreciative gaze. He looked a trifle familiar. She’d definitely seen the man before, but where?
“If I’d realized who you were, I’d have tried harder to stop Kevin from harassing you the other night at the bar.” He turned to Julia. “I saw Emily on Monday when she picked up her supper at Buddy’s.”
“Yes, she mentioned she’d met Kevin,” Cal said. “As usual, my deputy was less than diplomatic, but he’ll mind his p’s and q’s now.”
“The man who did come after him was quite effective, but thanks for the thought,” she said and smiled weakly, remembering seeing him there, but she could swear that hadn’t been the first time. “If we’d been introduced sooner, I might have joined you when I went inside, but…I’m getting tired of my own company.”
“Well, anytime, you want someone to talk to, I’m just a call away.” He handed her a card. To anyone watching, they were just two young people flirting. If they had people thinking they were dating, then seeing them together wouldn’t arouse suspicion, and spending time with Mike would keep her mind off her knight in shining armor.
Secrets and Lies is available from any Amazon distributor. http://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Lies-Hearts-Braden-Book-ebook/dp/B0184FUC5U
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