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Happy Memorial Day to all of you!!!!!
I've used the last month to start recording my podcasts and dealing with a personal family illness. The family stuff isn't going away anytime soon, so I would love your prayers with this. I've spent the last few weeks reconnecting and making adjustments in my everyday life.
At this point, I'm as prepared as I can be and I've started back reviewing Colin: Loving the Solider and The Cunning Werewolf and they will be released this month.
Also, my 35th bday is on June 20th and I will be making the first book in the Sanctuary Series Free on that day. So if you wanted to check that one out, that's the day to do so.
Thank you guys for all of your well wishes and for checking in. I appreciate each and every message I receive. I hope you guys enjoy the upcoming releases and I thank you for your patience.
PS I'm going to be setting up two more preorders for the end of the year for the Bad Guys for Buck and Pearl (Bonus book). Buck's will be the last story in the Bad Guys Series. But I do plan on doing a stand-alone story featuring Lucas.
Let me know what you guys think and thanks again for taking the time to read this.
T.C. Clark- Colin: Loving the Solider!
T.C. Marie- The Cunning Werewolf
Colin: Loving the soldier!
Gina Hall put down her peach Bellini and smiled as the waiter closed in on her table. She ignored the men at the bar doing their best to catch her eye. She’d already sent away three drinks. Gina wasn’t sure why she was so popular tonight. She’d intentionally dressed in a way to not draw attention.
Maybe it was her look. She hadn’t seen anyone else in here tonight that looked like her. She was probably an exotic-looking woman compared to the locals.
She looked around the room and smiled. Everyone in the place looked like characters from a Norman Rockwell painting.
It wasn’t as if the bar wasn’t a nice spot. Ever since she’d discovered it, she’d spent a lot of time here. To be fair her choice was based more on the location than the atmosphere, but still, it was a cute spot.
Tiny tiki statues were placed along the center of the bar with tea lights surrounding each one.
The island theme even extended to the bathroom. Each stall was decorated with thick greenery. It wasn’t exactly efficient when it came to navigating the tiny spaces, but it definitely added to the mood.
The waiter placed a colossal platter down in front of her, and immediately Gina’s stomach growled.
Mikey smiled and patted his stomach as he placed the platter on the table. “Garlic mussels, fried calamari, and house lobster rolls.”
“Thanks for the recommendation. This looks delicious, Mikey.”
Mikey had been her waiter of choice for the last few nights. The young man was both charming and kind. He’d given her a lot of key advice about the local area and that had made her transition to living on an island a bit easier.
For the first time in a long time, she didn’t pull out a file folder or her phone to work on. All she wanted tonight was a quiet night eating food while staring at the ocean. Tonight was a time for reflection.
“I hope you enjoy it. This is my favorite dish at the restaurant. Just a heads up, another guy at the bar wants to buy you a drink. Do you want me to tell him no, as well?”
“Yeah, I’m not looking for anyone to buy me anything. I just want to spend tonight alone with this oversized glass of peachie goodness and some fantastic food.”
Mikey chuckled, “That sounds like a good plan to me. Well, I hope you enjoy the food and I’ll go over there and tell your growing fanbase the news.”
“If it will help, you can tell them I’m married,” Gina offered.
Mikey grinned, “Are you married?”
Gina sipped her drink, “I was, does that count?”
“I don’t think it will stop the drinks from coming, but hey, it’s worth a shot,” Mikey said.
“They’ll be fine without me,” Gina said. She looked around the room at the people laughing and drinking. “I’m sure they will find another one to focus on in time.”
Mikey nodded, “I hope you enjoy the meal, and I’ll be back in a few minutes to check on you.”
Gina didn’t look up as he walked away. She was too focused on the plate in front of her.
It was funny how much she’d come to appreciate the little things in life, like a good meal or a nice hotel.
The last few months of her life had been filled with chaotic violence and terrifying memories. She’d dedicated the last few years of her life to catch one of the most notorious criminals in the EU. The job had taken a toll on her marriage, her body, and her mental state. After all of that, she craved a gentler existence. No more late nights with little sleep and zero personal time. Gina had served her time to the public. She’d put away several high-profile criminals during her career, and the last one had nearly been her undoing.
No one had ever stepped up to go after Neil Crawford before. He was the kind of criminal who always held an ace up his sleeve. Be it in the form of a crooked cop or some gullible lackey, Neil Crawford was always one step ahead of the law.
It had taken every ounce of Gina’s intelligence to capture him, and in turn, he’d put a bounty on her head. She’d been lucky. The only person who’d actually assisted her with the dismantling of
Neil’s enterprise was Alek Hansen.
Alek had kept her safe during the trial and had also stepped up when Neil had decided to get revenge. Alek had sent a friend, Colin Richardson, to retrieve her from the city.
He’d arrived just in time. She’d been in the process of trying to outrun what she believed to be a crazed jogger; when suddenly, like magic, Colin had appeared and immediately killed the man pursuing her.
The stoic man had spent the last few months shadowing her. During that time Gina had grown used to his New York accent and his ability to make anything fun.
Once they’d found out Neil was dead, he’d brought her to Australia to lay low. Colin had wanted to see Neil for himself. He wanted to make sure he was actually dead before Gina was officially left their protection.
Lord knows how he was supposed to do that. But if Gina had learned anything about Colin over their many days together, it was that the man always had a plan. She’d also learned he held an appeal that seemingly devastated her senses. From his dark hair to his sculpted physique, Gina liked everything she’d seen. Then, a few months ago, he showed up out of the blue at her friend Alek’s request. Neil was suddenly reaching out from beyond his prison.
Colin had shown up with a phone in hand, and Alek confirmed his identity and the current situation.
Alek and Gina had been the ones to lead the case against Neil. Gina had known the possible retaliation that awaited her, but she couldn’t stand in fear anymore. Neil was a clinically diagnosed sadistic psychopath. A man like him wouldn’t take a loss like this without pursuing some sort of payback.
She’d expected him to do something right after the case, but it had been over a month, and Gina had moved on with her life.
At least she’d tried to move on, that was until a man jogging by her apartment had grabbed her one morning and attempted to put her in his trunk. As soon as her attacker had picked her up Colin had arrived. After a violent scuffle in which the man who’d attacked her was shot Colin had scooped her up and taken her away from London.
To Be Continued....