Saturday, August 17, 2019


Hi, All!

I hope you are having a great weekend. This is Day 4 in my Kindle Countdown Deal for The Eyewitness, Book 1 The D'Azzo Family series. 

Here is what you need to know...



Don't forget to grab a pre-order copy of The Analyst, Book 2 for the same price—just $0.99. 

Happy Reading! If you enjoy these two books, I would really appreciate a positive, honest review.

Thank you!

Nancy C. Weeks

Thursday, August 15, 2019


Happy Thursday, Everyone! 

I hope your week is going well. This is a rare occasion, two post in one week. I hope to do this more often. When I don't blog, something is missing in my life. 

Okay, what to talk about first...

This is Day 2 of the Kindle Countdown Deal for The Eyewitness. Grab your $0.99 copy now on AMAZON

Next, I have an awesome new contest that features The Eyewitness. Here is what you need to know.

Mystery, Thriller & Romantic Suspense 
August 9-29

Kindle Fire 7 • Amazon Gift Cards • Ebook Packs • More Prizes

How would you like to read that next bestseller on a Kindle Fire 7 tablet? Win an Amazon gift card, a cool lamp that opens like a book, or a pack of ebooks on your TBR list? Enter August 9-29 and you could decide which books we’ll buy for you from millions on Amazon.

Plus, don’t forget to shop our book fair and play the bonus scavenger hunt game, where we have a tea and brownie brittle bonus prize pack up for grabs. Plus, everyone scores a freebie, a short story download by C.J. Zahner exclusive to this event!

(This giveaway is sponsored by the authors listed below)

Amanda Uhl • Anne McClane • Barbara Barrett • C.J. Zahner • Curtis Bausse • D.B. McNicol • Danielle M. Haas • Dawn Greenfield Ireland • Eichin Chang-Lim • Em Petrova • J.J. Cagney • Jacqueline Diamond • J.C. AndrijeskiJoan Reeves • Karen D. Bradley • Katherine Gilbert • Kerry Blaisdell • Kristy Tate • Lisa Lieberman • Mimi Barbour • Nancy C. Weeks • Naomi Bellina • Sierra Kay • Stephanie Queen • Susan D. Peters • Taylor Marsh • Tricia Tyler

I wish you the very best of luck and have a great time!

Newsletter Contest

I mentioned this yesterday, but in case you missed it, I have an exciting contest on my newsletter this month. Have you ever dreamed of becoming a character in a book? 
I will pick one of my newsletter subscribers and recreate him/her into a secondary character in my next release, The Protector, Book 3. To learn more about my newsletter and join, clink HERE.


As promised, Chapter One of The Analyst, Book 2 of The D'Azzo Family series. It is up on AMAZON for Pre-Order for only $0.99 until it releases September 24th. Happy reading! Please let me know what you think in comments below. 

Hugs to all,

Nancy C. Weeks

Chapter One 

November, Richmond, Virginia, 10:00 p.m.

There was a time to hold your tongue. This wasn’t it. 
“Excuse me, Captain Logan.” Tessa D'Azzo swallowed the screech as twenty law enforcement officers from three different agencies froze, their glare on her. “We’re not done here.”
“I think we are.”
Logan turned his back to her. Tessa raised her chin, straightened her spine, and willed the heat in her cheeks to dissipate. “Regardless, I’m going to need a minute of your time.” 
Short-sighted, stubborn, pinheaded—the damn man challenged every word she uttered.
“Fine, D’Azzo. You’ll get your minute.” 
“Take a breath, Tessa,” FBI Special Agent Leo Lake whispered, slamming his notebook shut. “Sometimes you have to go with the plan.”
“The plan is wrong.”

Wednesday, August 14, 2019


Happy Wednesday, Everyone!

Today is the official Book Cover Reveal for my new release, The Analyst, Book 2 of The D'Azzo Family series. I love this cover and so very proud of the story. This is what my wonderful editor, Julie Sturgeon, has to say about it. 

"Every career has a high point, and it’s rarely the glitzy moments. It’s that moment of deep satisfaction, a personal joy, something that awes you. This story is that for me."

You waited a long time for this story. It's been an interesting road since March 2018 when Simon & Schuster closed the doors unexpectedly to my imprint, Crimson Romance. The Eyewitness and The Analyst sat for months in the mess that followed. But that's in the past. 

Thank you for your patience. I'm placing The Analyst is up for PRE-ORDER for only $0.99. It will return to its normal price right after it releases. 

In honor of this book cover reveal, I have also placed the digital version of The Eyewitness on a Kindle Countdown Deal for only 7 days at $0.99

The Analyst Blurb:

Fans of Blue Bloods won’t want to miss this chapter of the D’Azzo family. 
FBI analyst Tessa D’Azzo has been tasked with a tough job even for her unusual skills: tear decorated police officer Oliver Gates’s life apart to find out why he went on a killing rampage before the Beltway sniper put a bullet through his heart. Anyone else would have missed the one link Tessa uncovers that connects Gates’s death, the sniper, and her own father’s murderer. 

But she reports to the one detective whose goal in life is to bury her career. Just let him try to distract her from using her advantage to hunt down this murderer. 

Gates’s replacement, Captain Eric Logan, has had his fill of Tessa’s brilliant but erratic mind, her unfounded theories, and the way she haunts his dreams. He owes Joe D’Azzo a great debt and is determined to find who’s behind his friend’s murder without Tessa’s interference destroying his case. 
Yet when grief overwhelms Tessa’s focus, Eric’s closeness is the only thing that centers her. And he can’t squelch the desire to convince her that life is about more than working the case.  Maybe this time, she doesn’t have to fight the battle alone. 

With the killer close enough to touch and Tessa the target, will love transform them to true partners?

Come back tomorrow for Chapter One excerpt, but before you go, I have an exciting contest on my newsletter this month. Have you ever dreamed of becoming a character in a book? I will pick one of my newsletter subscribers and recreate him/her into a secondary character in my next release, The Protector which releases this winter 2020. To learn more about my newsletter, clink HERE.


That's it for today.  Don't forget to drop by tomorrow for Chapter One of The AnalystI have one more contest I can't wait to tell you about. I hope you can find a few stolen moments to relax and read a wonderful book. 

Hugs to all, 
Nancy C. Weeks

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Friday, July 12, 2019


The Analyst, Book 2 of the D'Azzo Family series will be up on Pre-Order this month, big cover reveal, July 23. I'm living in my writer's cave working through developmental edits from my amazing editor, Julie Sturgeon. If you love my books, Julie is the book whisperer who takes them to another level. 

I thought you might like to step into the middle of a scene and see my stars of The Analyst in this short excerpt. It's still in Word form. There are absolutely no spoilers in this excerpt ... okay, there is one little, tiny spoiler.

You had a short introduction of Tessa D'Azzo and Eric Logan in The EyewitnessTessa and Eric had this instant magnetism toward each other the moment they met. But I can't keep things so simple and easy. The story would be boring, and as you know, I don't write boring stories. 

Please let me know in comments what you think of Tessa and Eric so far, and stay tune next week for the cover reveal. Enjoy the excerpt!


Tessa's hand cupped his neck. “I’m here. Just taking it all in.”

“Too much, too fast?”

“No.” She ran her lips over the tender spot of his neck where his skin pulsed. “Not enough. I’m just getting started.” Her palm brushed over his shoulder, resting on a thin scar. Her gaze scanned his chest. Shit. His beautiful skin on his chest and arms was covered with scars of different sizes. “The explosion in Afghanistan…it wasn’t just your knee.”

 “It’s nothing.”

“It was something, and you were alone with it.”

“And now it’s over.”

The pain he must have gone through, and so far from home. “I have this high IQ and crazy brain, but I missed this. You were blown from the vehicle. Of course it wasn’t just your left leg.” Her lips went to the next wound and the next. 

Eric rolled her over onto her back. “Stop it.”

“I should have reached out to you. It goes back to the first time we met, the letters and that kiss at the airport, the way you hugged me like you didn’t want to let go. And then nothing. I was being petty, childish. God, I’m sorry this happened and …”

Eric brought his lips to hers, cutting off her last words. Smart, clever man. This wasn’t the time for things unsaid. His kiss took them back to the place where everything disappeared but them. Her palm swept over his shoulders and back muscles, so hard, such strength. She let go and gave into them. She wanted more from him than she ever expected. 

Her phone buzzed across the bedside table. She ignored it until his phone rang from the other room. Eric broke the kiss and eased off her, but she stopped him.

“No. Don’t answer it.” Her phone went still, and Tessa buried her head into his shoulder. Her lips worked their way to his lips, but the phone vibrated again; this time it seemed so much louder.

“Tessa, get it or I’ll have to get mine.”

I know. Too short. More to come. Promise!

Hugs to all,

Nancy C. Weeks

Friday, May 31, 2019


Happy Friday, Everyone!

Winter Austin is here to share her re-release of the first books in her Degrees of Darkness series, Relentless and Retribution. They are both live on Amazon only. I loved these two suspense stories. I hope you do too. Great time to fill up your e-readers and hit the sands. Click the covers for your own copy. 

Relentless Degrees of Darkness Book 1

An elusive serial killer draws in a wounded detective in a deadly game of hide and seek.

Dallas homicide detective Remy LeBeau trusts no one. He hides from a past that could kill him and anyone involved with him. What he’s not prepared for is the return of an elusive serial killer, and an unwanted desire to protect a witness at all costs.

Professional barrel racer Cody Lewis’s dreams of completing what her mother started are in grasp until she discovers a murdered woman in her horse trailer. She and Remy have a clash of wills, yet she finds herself drawn to this mysterious man and the wounds that shroud him.

The deeper Remy is pulled into the investigation, the more secrets he uncovers about his boss and the botched investigation into this same case five years before. And Remy’s involvement has brought about unwanted attention from the killer. Battling his partner, his attraction to Cody, and the demons of his past, catching the killer could cost Remy everything. Even Cody’s life.


Retribution Degrees of Darkness Book 2

When secrets meant to stay buried begin rising from the dead, how far will one detective go to protect the ones he loves?

Called to the homicide of a Dallas criminal lawyer, Detective Remy LeBeau stares at a scene that drags him back into his past. To another murdered lawyer in New Orleans. A case that put Remy on a collision course with death.
Cody Lewis struggles with the horrific memories of her kidnapping and the need to numb the pain. The battle she puts up causes her to avoid Remy and their undetermined relationship. But the flashbacks and nightmares are proving more potent than Cody thought and she's having a harder time resisting the cravings for alcohol.
As the case takes a turn in revealing a professional assassin is behind the death, Remy begins to make decisions that could cost him his job and Cody. Because the deeper he sinks, the closer the enemies of his past come to finding him.

Winter Austin perpetually answers the question: “were you born in the winter?” with a flat “nope.” Having returned to her home state, Winter has stepped into the chaotic world of a full-time wife, mom, author, and employee.

A lifelong Mid-West gal, Winter grew up listening to the captivating stories told by relatives around the table or a campfire. Since becoming a published author, she learned a mindset of a glass half-empty personality makes for a perfect suspense/thriller author. Taking her ability to verbally spin a vivid and detailed story, Winter translated that into writing deadly romantic suspense and military thrillers. 

You can find more about Winter on her Website


That's it for today. I hope you have a great weekend and find a few stolen moments to read a wonderful book. 

Hugs to all, 
Nancy C. Weeks

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019


"I refuse to “write to market” despite crushing pressure to do just that from all around me. I write from the heart and always will."

Hello Everyone!

I'm sitting on my deck today and enjoying the soft sounds of late spring. It's such a beautiful day to introduce you to a wonderful author, Linda Fausnet. Isn't she lovely!

Linda Fausnet
This is Linda's first time on my blog and I'm thrilled to have her. Linda, thank you for sitting down today with us. To start off this interview, tell us a little about yourself--the real Linda behind the writer. How did you come to write Finding Their Forever

Linda is in italics...

Well, this is the fifth and final book in the Wall Street to Broadway Series (though it can work as a standalone). In the first four books, people were always losing something. The books are Losing His Shirt, Losing His Cool, Losing Her Inhibitions, and Losing Her Fear, so I thought it would be appropriate to wrap up the series by having the characters finally find what they’re looking for! 

I thought about calling it Finding Their Happy Ending, but “happy ending” has unintentional, if hilarious, connotations… I absolutely love Broadway musicals, and as a writer, I know what it’s like to follow your dreams. I also know what it’s like to have your heart broken by bad reviews and how it feels to cry both happy and sad tears during the whole crazy artistic journey. I explore all of this emotions throughout this series.

Before we go on, I want to break in and show everyone her very sensual cover for Finding Their Forever. For your own copy, just click the image. 

Linda, completing a book is an enormous challenge. What was your biggest obstacle and how did you overcome it? In other words, what do you think drove you to complete this enormous project?

First of all, thank you for affirming what an accomplishment it is to write a book. As authors, I don’t think we hear that enough these days. There is tremendous pressure to write inhumanly fast – many authors write a book a month and some a book a week! It helps to take a deep breath and remember that writing a book is awesome. It just is. All you writers out there – you rock, and please don’t ever forget it. 

The biggest obstacle this time around has been that sales have been slower for this series than my other series. I don’t know if it’s because contemporary romance is a more competitive genre (my other series is a mix of historical, paranormal and contemporary, and I’ve done well by marketing primarily to historical romance readers). It can be really hard to keep going when you have those days where you feel like nobody cares. I also struggle with the enormous popularity of arrogant alphaholes/ bad boys. Though I never judge people for what they read, I personally cannot stand bad boy/super alpha heroes. I write sweet and steamy heroes, and I struggle daily with the fear that everybody wants Christian Grey and that maybe there’s no room for my nice guys in the market. That being said, I refuse to “write to market” despite crushing pressure to do just that from all around me. I write from the heart and always will. My business model is “one book at a time, one reader at a time”. I’m not a bestseller, and that’s okay. I try to take one day at a time, one book at a time, and remind myself to be patient. It can take time to find an audience and that’s okay, too. 

Beautifully said, Linda, and I couldn't agree more. I can only write from my heart, and one book at a time with the age long adage that love conquers all. My men are good men who just haven't found that one person they will love for a lifetime. In a small way, I want the world to believe that HEA exists with the right person. 

When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

July 1994. Well, I think I realized even before then, but July 1994 was when I realized I was actually going to do it. I was sitting in a hot tub in Rehoboth Beach with a friend when I had a Eureka moment. I realized then I was done thinking about it, and that I was actually going to do this thing.  I began as a screenwriter and did that for fifteen years (had two screenplays optioned by production companies in L.A. during that time) and then switched to novels. This summer will be my 25th anniversary of being a writer. The amazing thing is that I am just as excited about writing now as I was then. 

That's so exciting. I've never written a screenplay, but it's on my list. What moment in this journey are you most proud of?

Back when I was a screenwriter, I had a screenplay that was very near and dear to my heart. It was all about LGBT equality in Major League Baseball. It was getting just terrible feedback from other readers on it and I was in denial about it. I kept telling myself that they were wrong, that it was them and not me. Then one day when I was home with a stomach virus and was already weak and vulnerable, I got another terrible review. That was when it really hit me – the script was terrible. I specifically remember thinking “if I wasn’t a writer, I wouldn’t be in this pain right now.” That was, for sure, my lowest point as a writer. 

I knew I was at a crossroads and had a choice to make. I could either give up or start over, and fix the script I loved. I picked up the whole screenplay and dumped it in the recycling bin. And I started over. Giving up was never an option. After extensive work and rewrites, the screenplay went on to become a Finalist in a small but national screenplay competition. When I switched from writing screenplays to writing novels, I adapted the story to a novel an I self-published in July 2004. That was my 20th anniversary of being a writer. The book, entitled Queen Henry, received a glowing review in Baltimore Outloud and I was invited to give a talk about it at a PLFAG meeting (a group for loved ones of the LGBT community). I got to read aloud from the book, and it was one of the highlights of my writing career. All proceeds from that book go to the Harvey Milk Foundation

Beautiful story. This is exactly why I love hosting amazing people on my blog. So what is up next for you?

I am working on a new series, most likely a trilogy, called the Williamsburg Ghost Series. It’s a mix of paranormal, historical, and contemporary romance and its sort of a follow-up to my earlier series, the Gettysburg Ghost Series

Who doesn't love a great ghost story. Where can readers find out more about your book and yourself?

My website is, and my books are all available wide – Amazon, Apple, Nook, Kobo, as well as in paperback. I also run a romance novel fan group called Romance Novel Addicts Anonymous that you can find on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest. 

Finding Their Forever will be available for 0.99 for a limited time. Even though it is the fifth book in the series, it works fine as a standalone novel. The links for Nook, Apple, and Kobo will be up soon. I also plan on releasing a box set of all five books in the near future. 

Linda, I wish great success with this new release and hope you will come back for another visit with your Williamsburg series or anything else you would like to share with my readers.  

That's it for today. I hope you have a great weekend and find a few stolen moments to read a wonderful book. 

Hugs to all, 
Nancy C. Weeks

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Monday, April 22, 2019


Happy Monday!

The Eyewitness Book 1 The D'Azzo Family series is LIVE today on Amazon and FREE on Kindle Unlimited. 

Rone Award Best Suspense/Thriller 2018



Fans of TV’s Blue Bloods will love this dynamic new suspense series.

Maryland PD forensic scientist Emersyn D’Azzo has an explosive past with her father’s younger, sexy partner, Detective Alec Pearce. Then an ill-timed kiss destroys the thin line of trust between her and her dad. Tragedy strikes, and someone guns down her father.

The fatal bullet turns out to be tied to the ongoing spree of random sniper kills across the state, but Emersyn knows this wasn’t a random act of violence and is determined to find the killer.

To do so, she’ll need to rely on help from Alec, whom she doesn’t quite trust but just can’t resist. When they discover a connection to a decades-old disappearance of a college student, their investigation takes a deadly twist. Can they learn to trust each other with their hearts to save their lives? 
 Tag Line: Their relationship, explosive, off-limits until a fatal bullet hurls them together.

Their relationship is explosive until a fatal bullet hurls them together.
Maryland PD forensic scientist Emersyn D’Azzo has an explosive past with her father’s younger, sexy partner, Detective Alec Pearce. Tragedy strikes and only person she can turn to is Alec, whom she doesn’t trust but just can’t resist. Their investigation takes a deadly twist. Can they learn to trust each other with their hearts to save their lives?

Sensual Level: Clean and Wholesome

Available in eBook and print. Free on Kindle Unlimited

*** If you have read The Eyewitness the first time around under my publisher, Crimson Romance, THANK YOU! It's the same amazing story with just a few minor cosmetic changes. With that said, you may want to give it a re-read. Book 2, The Analyst will be out this summer. For everyone else, check below why I think you will love this story. 


"With an in-depth plot, characters that jump off the page and into the heart, and writing for the intellectual mind, The Eyewitness is a tale for the ages. 
Crown of Excellence - InD'tale Magazine

"Nancy C. Weeks absolutely astounds with this fabulous first in a series. I am already eagerly awaiting the next in this romantic suspense set ... I enjoyed how close knit the family and the Baltimore police community is in this story. The connections and the relationships don't feel forced or faked, and I can't wait to delve a little farther into other various departments, agencies or sections of law enforcement and the people whose lives revolve around it. If you like your romantic suspense to be smart and sexy this is a must read."
5 Stars Top Pick  Night Owl Reviews

"This was a fascinating story that I enjoyed immensely. I love it when the author writes such great emotional characters, and this author wrote the characters and their emotions well. I didn’t just read this book, I absorbed this book, experienced every part of this book and every depth of emotion within these pages. From grief, to heartache, to anger and joy and everything in between".
Author Angela Smith

"Excellent, fast-paced romantic suspense novel. I loved Em for her smarts and courage, while Alec was a complex beta hero with a troubled past and a heart of gold. Their chemistry was palpable, and I thoroughly enjoyed the variety of their interactions as they navigated the mine field of murder and mayhem in the Greater D.C. area. The ending was satisfying, yet it left a plot point or two unresolved - but this only added to my anticipation for the sequel. Nancy C. Weeks, I look forward to what comes next. Five stars!
Author Deborah O'Neil Cordes

This was my first read by Nancy Weeks and it was riveting! The Eyewitness is a well written mystery with plenty of action to keep the pages turning. Really enjoyed the relationship between Emersyn and Alec and how he fits into her family. I just have to add ... that dance between them ... hot! Can't wait to read the next book.
Author Christy Newton

In celebration of the release of The EyewitnessHis One Wish will be part of a KINDLE COUNTDOWN DEAL from April 22 through April 29 for $0.99. Still Free on Kindle Unlimited. 

I loved creating both these stories for you. The characters came alive to me, and my greatest wish as an author is that my stories give you a few quiet moments of escape from your stressful life. Happy Reading.

Hugs to all,
Nancy C. Weeks

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019


My heart ... soul is with France, Paris, art lovers worldwide. I was devastated as video began to come in yesterday of Notre Dame in flames. 

You are not alone in your grief from the lost of such an extraordinary cathedral. It will live in our hearts, today, tomorrow, next month, and years to come, a continued symbol of France's remarkable heritage.  

God Bless You!

Nancy C. Weeks

Wednesday, April 10, 2019


Hi Everyone!
Are you part of KINDLE UNLIMITED (KU) on Amazon? My new release, His One Wish is FREE on KU, and it's part of a wonderful, fun giveaway.

4 DAYS ONLY--APRIL 10 - 13

Check it out!

April 10-13, 2019


***His One Wish can be found in the Romantic Suspense section half way down the page.

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Monday, March 25, 2019


Happy Monday, Everyone!

I'm so proud to announce that my novella, HIS ONE WISH, is now live on Amazon only.  This is my first release for 2019. If all works well, I will go through this crazy excitement three more times this year. 

I know my new cover is all over my blog, but here it is again. One more time....because it's RELEASE DAY!!!



HIS ONE WISH is exclusively on Amazon. I did that for a reason. I wanted all my readers who are part of Kindle Unlimited to have a chance to get this book for free. If you are not a KU subscriber, it's only $2.99. 


True worth comes from within…

Aiden Cooper loved being a Marine, but an explosion ripped that world to shreds, leaving him adrift without purpose.  When a contract to locate a missing high tech prototype appears out of thin air, he decides to take it despite the shady details. How much trouble could a palm size codebreaker cause?

Jazlin Morgan has been groomed from childhood to run Turhan Technologies, but she has another dream. However, when her father collapses into a coma from a poison with no known antidote, Jazlin steps into the CEO role with a vengeance. As she struggles to save her father’s company, she must confront whether she is the root of the chaos that has befallen it. 

For Aiden, locating the “Genie” is easy. Separating the job from the enigma that is Jazlin Morgan could destroy him. 

Jazlin can’t protect Turhan and her father by herself. Can she trust a stranger who is hiding his identity, but can’t seem to veil his heart? Or is he the real threat?

As competing desires tear their worlds apart, whose wishes will come true?

And once revealed, it will set the heart free.

A modern day fairytale retelling.
Heat level: Sensual

*** This is the re-release of HIS ONE WISH. It was previously published in anthology, Modern Magic by Crimson Romance.


Chapter One

No matter how hard he planned and sacrificed, life still came from behind and kicked him in the ass. Aiden Cooper leaned his back against the wet brick and used the greasy dumpster as cover. “No job is worth this shit.”

Damn it to hell, he deserved a good ass-kicking. He could’ve been sitting, warm and clean, with his feet resting on a desk and a damn good annual salary resting in his bank account. Instead, he was wet to the bone and miserable, because he had too much pride to accept what he considered a pity offer.

It was honest work, moron, unlike whatever the hell this is.

The pungent stench of rotting vegetables made him gag as every instinct his training had drilled into him shot to the surface, awakening his senses for the first time in several months. The musky hint of wet dog hit him seconds before the black Labrador squeezed between his legs and the wall.

“You really don’t understand the word ‘stay,’ do you, Karo?” he whispered as his fingers gently scratched behind the dog’s drenched ear. “Just how did you manage to get out this time?”

He had secured his apartment door, but Karo somehow found a way to follow him. Then again, Aiden never stayed put, either. He had run free like a street rat for the first seventeen years of his life in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Baltimore. The military had given him a much-needed ten-year lesson in order and discipline after his unruly beginnings—that is, until fate decided to blow his left hand and forearm to pieces. The Marines had no use for a one-handed soldier and tossed him right back to the one place he never wished to return.
A dark limo pulled onto the side street and double-parked in front of the alley. The pretentious vehicle didn’t belong in the low-class Baltimore neighborhood. But what waited patiently behind the tinted glass of the limo was Aiden’s chance at a new beginning.

The deep, throaty growl from his only true friend bounced against the walls of the tight space. Without giving away his position, he rested his hands on Karo’s head.

“I know. This is a new low, even for me.”

The plan was simple. One job, one payoff, and he and Karo could get the hell out of this stinking city. Some big shot from Turhan Technologies needed the best in the recon business. When Aiden completed the assignment, he would have earned more money in one night than he did standing behind a mall security desk in a year.

His army buddy had promised him the assignment was on the up and up, nothing illegal. It wasn’t stealing, not really. Turhan Technologies had funded this project, paid the quantum physicist good money to design some special prototype. And the nitwit kid had walked off with it. Aiden didn’t have a clue what the stolen device did. His job was to collect it and return it to Turhan’s vice president.

Squaring his shoulders, he stepped out of the shadows. A sense of unease slithered down his spine, and the feeling had nothing to do with the dampness in the air. He was being watched, but he couldn’t detect from where.

Aiden approached the vehicle and gripped the passenger-side door handle, but it was locked. The tinted window rolled halfway down and came to a stop.

“Are you Cooper?” A deep voice resonated from the darkened interior of the limo.


The man’s features were partially hidden, but Aiden recognized the deep slant in his thick eyebrows, his chiseled cheekbones, square jaw, and dark, thick head of hair. Malcolm Morgan, Turhan’s vice president and chief technology officer, was everything Aiden wasn’t. Rich. Powerful. Ruthless. The Baltimore Sun painted him as a gifted philanthropist, a man willing to put his expertise behind any project that would keep Baltimore booming. His latest project was reconstructing his brother’s company so it could once again compete in the global market. Aiden had just read about it in the paper that morning.

Morgan stuck his hand out the window and handed Aiden a folded sheet of paper with a key taped on the outside. “Everything you need is here. Call the cell phone number when you have my merchandise.”

The window slowly rose. Aiden slammed the paper against the glass. “And my payment?”