Mid Week Tease: Dusk (Stronghold #2) – #MWTease


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The tease below is from my brand new WIP: the second book of my Stronghold series. I’m calling it Dusk, after the hero, Solomon Dusk.

In the scene below, Sentry Solomon Dusk calls Lucy at work, the girl he helped to heal in the first Stronghold book, Dark. Neither of them are particularly sure of each other. 😀



“I am sorry. I didn’t mean to interrupt you at your job,” he said, voice going low. “I’ll leave you to finish your day.”

“No, wait!” Lucy exclaimed, sensing he was about to hang up. “Wait.” She listened to him draw in a breath and hurried to speak before he disconnected. “Solomon. I have to ask you something.” She tried out his name for the first time. It felt weird, to be talking to him as if he were an ordinary human. He wasn’t. He was near-immortal. He was over two centuries older than her. She was twenty, barely an adult, and he was older than everyone.

“I’m here.”

She swallowed, gathering her courage. “We’re safe, aren’t we? I mean, there aren’t any more Spiders on Earth, right?” She had to ask. She couldn’t help it, even if she sounded like a little girl. The nightmares came too often for her to ever fully forget what had happened all those months ago. She rubbed at her arm again, then forced herself to stop. When the Spiders attacked her and Eva in early summer, the only thing she clearly remembered in the midst of the blistering pain was Solomon Dusk’s light brown eyes, specked with silver. He’d stared at her, wordlessly reassuring her that everything would be all right.

How she she’d seen him, she didn’t know. Eva told her she’d passed out when one of the aliens had burrowed into her arm, hooking onto her nerves and destroying her from the inside out. It had felt like someone had poured molten lava into her body. She vaguely remembered Eva’s Sentry, Greyson, taking her hand. She could sort of recall him murmuring to her, but Solomon’s eyes staring calmly into hers was what truly kept her sane through the entire, wretched experience.

“You are safe, Lucinda,” he said quietly. “I would never allow the Spiders to harm you. Not ever again.”

After that extraordinary statement, the faint click on the line told her he’d hung up. Lucy stared at the phone in her hand, then slowly tapped the icon to dismiss the call.


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Mid Week Tease: Bestie Bodyguard again – #MWTease


It’s Mid Week Tease time again, hosted by the delightful Sandra Bunino!

I’m still working on a my MM romantic comedy. It’s a story about a billionaire, his best friend/bodyguard, and their complete inability to understand that they belong together. The story has kind of gotten away from me… it was supposed to be a quick, short, funny read, and now it’s growing into a suspense/thriller. Gah! I’m plugging away at it though.

In the teaser below, Jesse and Alex are trying to come to grips with their relationship and the violence that seems to stalk them everywhere they go.



“Yeah, yeah,” Alex replied, smiling.

Jesse shifted. “So maybe I was bi and I didn’t tell anyone.”

“How did that work out for you?” Alex asked, twining his fingers with Jesse’s. “I bet it was fun in the military.”

“I was too busy to worry about it,” Jesse said, hardly able to believe he was thinking about this. “I really didn’t think I was bisexual.”

“I’ve seen you checking guys out, Jesse.” Alex leaned back and gave him a look. “I’ve watched you do it for years.”

Jesse rubbed his face. “Yeah, well. I didn’t think about it consciously.”

Alex was silent for a long moment. “Maybe you didn’t. That’s why I didn’t push you until now.”

Jesse closed his eyes, unutterably grateful to have this man as his best friend. “I know. Thanks.” He shifted his weight again, making a face as the drying lube stuck to the sofa. “We need to get cleaned up.”

Alex nodded. “Yeah. And we need to do some research.”

Jesse stood up, ignoring the itch starting on his skin. “Your office is the best place for that.” He laughed, giving Alex a hand up. “Good thing my clothes fit you. We didn’t have time to pack.”

“Won’t they be looking for us there?”

Jesse shook his head. “They might be, but we’ve gotta start somewhere. You still have your carry license?”


“Good. I’ve got a Beretta with your name on it,” Jesse said.

“I don’t like guns,” Alex told him. “You know that.”

Jesse gave him a long look. “You do now.”


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Mid Week Tease: Bestie Bodyguard – #MWTease


It’s Mid Week Tease time again, hosted by the delightful Sandra Bunino!

Right now, I’m working on a new romantic comedy. It’s a story about a billionaire, his best friend/bodyguard, and their complete inability to understand that they belong together. In the teaser below, Jesse has just barged into Alex’s house in the middle of the night because he can’t stand living with his ex-girlfriend anymore.



“I don’t know what’s wrong with me, man. My relationships never work out.” Jesse craned his head back, eyes flickering over the mural on the ceiling. “I mean, you don’t think I’m emotionally unavailable, do you?”

Alex grimaced. “No, I don’t. Do we really have to talk about this? Why can’t we just drink some booze and call it a night?”

“She said that I kept part of my heart locked away.” Jesse slumped further down the sofa. “Where does she think I put it? In a jar? Ugh.”

Alex didn’t want to tell his best friend that he probably spent too much time with him and not enough time with her. Them. Whatever. Because you’re a selfish bastard, and you don’t want him to stop hanging out with you, especially now that he’s back home for good, he told himself. “Are we actually having a relationship conversation?” He walked over to the sideboard and poured himself a shot of brandy. “If so, I need fortification,” he muttered.

“I’m not emotionally unavailable,” Jesse repeated morosely. “I’m reserved. I’m not into big scenes and all that crap.”

“You look pretty emotional to me right now,” Alex said, handing him a glass.

Jesse took it and sipped. “Thanks.”

Alex wasn’t sure if he was thanking him for the drink or the statement.

“So what if I don’t want to get married? Is that a crime?”

Alex wondered if Jesse knew he was having the entire conversation all by himself.

“And her mother is crazy.” He looked at Alex and made a face. “I mean, C R A Z Y,” he spelled the word out. “With all caps and bells on.”

“You wouldn’t be marrying her mother,” Alex said, shoving Jesse’s legs out of the way and slumping down onto the sofa. Damn, he was tired. He should really just go to bed and let Alex ramble on alone.

Jesse gave him a pitying look. “I know you don’t date much, and that statement proves it. Women turn into their mothers, dude. Happens every time.”

“I don’t date at all,” Alex reminded him.

Jesse fell silent for a moment. “Huh. That’s true. I can’t remember the last time you went out.”

“Seven years ago,” Alex said, closing his eyes. “Rob. The stylist.”

Jesse chuckled. “He was a piece of work. When he broke your grandpa’s precious candelabra, I thought the old man was going to commit murder. That was just before I left for basic training.”

Alex grinned, remembering the old man’s face. “That was a good day.”

“The day your grandfather stabbed your boyfriend with his cane? That’s what you call a good day?” Jesse was outright laughing now.


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