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Midweek Tease: More From Sworn to Protect


mwtease15Hello again.  Thanks go out to Angelica Dawson and all the other fine authors who make this blog possible each week and include me in their midst. Reading their varied posts is a wonderful learning experience.

This week, I’m focusing again on my Kindle Scout campaign to get Sworn to Protect published. The novel is a romance suspense, currently seeking nominations for possible publication with Amazon. By clicking on the link, you can read the link, you can read the beginning of the book.

Here is the full blurb:

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Four years ago, a car accident robbed Nancy Frost of her child and her mother, taking what was left of her marriage with it in the process. When US Marshal Neil Copeland discovers his wife is the victim of a terrorist attack at a Baltimore restaurant, he rushes to her side, determined not to let her down again. As the police investigate, evidence suggests the attack was a ploy to hide a hit, and when a professional assassin tries to kill Nancy a second time, it’s clear whatever’s going on is a lot more complicated than they think.

Matters become even more complex when Nancy awakens from her coma, with retrograde amnesia and has lost the last six years of her life. Now, Neil must protect his wife from the unknown person who wants her dead and bring her up to date, including dredging up all the sorrow that tore them apart in the first place, hoping something jars her memory.

As he races against time to find a safe place for her, can he save her from an assassin, rekindle the love they once shared, and show her what they had once is worth having again?

Here is your Tease:

Two hours later, Neil entered the living room once more. The muted television continued to show the live feed from downtown. Although he’d showered, he didn’t feel any more alert than he had earlier. He’d tried to sleep, but worry over Nancy and the fact she didn’t answer his calls had him frustrated and angry. No matter what had come between them, she’d always had the decency to reply. Staring at the leftover pizza in the box, he decided against another piece.

Todd and Mac were in the kitchen packing up the last of the food for transport and arguing over who made the best ribs in Baltimore. Fred was upstairs packing. He’d finally finished answering questions, but Neil got the impression the men who’d interrogated him were no more satisfied with their guest than he was. A cellphone rang.

“Neil, that must be yours,” Tom shouted from the kitchen.

“Seriously?” Neil reached for the Smartphone on the table, stared at the call display, and frowned. He didn’t recognize the Baltimore number. Had the techs made a mistake and given him someone else’s phone? It wouldn’t be the first mistake on assignment, nor was it likely to be the last.


“Is this Neil Copeland?” The woman’s voice was clipped and professional.

“It is,” he answered, his brow furrowed. “Who’s this?”

“Inspector Copeland, I’m Detective Elise Sanders with BPD. Director Anderson wouldn’t give us your location, just this number.”

Neil stared at the phone. Baltimore PD? What could they possibly want with him?

“You’re wife’s been in an accident,” the voice said, as if her words weren’t cutting him to the quick.

The air was sucked out of the room, and Neil struggled to breathe, almost brought to his knees by the agony that filled him.

“My wife?” The question erupted from his mouth. The acid in his stomach churned, making him regret he’d had lunch.

“According to the information we have, Nancy Frost has been seriously injured. You’re listed as her husband and next of kin. Is that incorrect?”

What the hell was Nancy doing in Baltimore? Cold filled him just as it had four years ago, but this time he wasn’t going to stand by. Nothing, not even Fred upstairs, was going to stop him from going to her. They could get along without him for a while, and if they couldn’t then he’d quit, but no matter what, he wasn’t going to let Nancy down again. He plopped into the chair and the sound of it brought Todd and Makenzie into the room.

“No. It’s correct.” She might not want him to be her husband, but until the decree was finalized he was. “What happened?”

“You may have heard there’s been a mass shooting downtown. Your wife was one of the victims—”

Pain seared him. “Is Nancy dead?”

“No, sir, at least not as far as I know. She’s in critical condition and has been taken to Johns Hopkins.” He could hear the sympathy in the woman’s voice now. What had he thought earlier? Shot at close range with a high velocity weapon? The odds weren’t good.

“I’m on my way.” He ended the call and reached for his coat. “I don’t know why she was there, but Nancy was a victim in that restaurant shooting we saw earlier. Call Anderson and get him to find someone else to babysit this guy.”

He stared at the two marshals, their shock and dismay clearly evident. His face had to be as white as the shirt he wore while his stomach was a seething cesspool. Where did all the blood go when it left your face? The thought of Nancy’s blood pooling on a restaurant floor spurred him to action.

“Don’t even think of trying to stop me.” His voice was hard, clearly demonstrating his determination, daring someone to say he couldn’t go. It would take physical restraints to keep him here, more than either of these two had.

“Wouldn’t dare,” answered Todd, grabbing another piece of cheese pizza and shoving it in his mouth. His partner always ate when he was upset.

“Where are the car keys?” Neil’s hands fisted at his side.

“Right here. I’ll drive.” Todd reached for his jacket.

Makenzie came over to Neil and touched his arm. “Go. Chuck and I have this. I’ll talk to Anderson. I know a couple of retired guys who won’t mind filling in as long as it takes. Call when you can.”

He nodded and followed Todd out to the SUV.

If you’ve nominated the book, you have my thanks. If you haven’t please consider doing so.

Now, please take time to check out the rest of this week’s bloggers.

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Finally retired after more than 30 years as a teacher! Now, I get to spend my time gardening, enjoying my grandchildren, and writing. I finally completed the number one item in my bucket list and Crimson Romance published my first novel, Fire Angel, in April 2013. Since then I have published 24 manuscripts to date and don't plan to quit writing for a long time yet.

12 thoughts on “Midweek Tease: More From Sworn to Protect

  1. Wow, what horrible news to receive. Yet, I’m very curious as to why she was there. Great tease! 🙂

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