Friday, June 29, 2012

Oh, So You’re a Marshal

Are any of you in law enforcement? If so, you probably already know a lot about the US Marshals, but if not, you’re probably thinking of marshals like you saw in old TV westerns. In fact, the US Marshal’s Service is the nation’s oldest and most versatile law enforcement service. They were established in 1789, and since that time they’ve been involved with virtually every federal law enforcement initiative. At present there are about 4800 deputy marshals and career employees.  

Okay, so what does a marshal do? First, they protect judges and courthouses. Second, they apprehend fugitives. Third, they transport prisoners, and lastly they’re involved in witness protection, asset forfeiture, and operations support of various types.

Andy Bryce, my hero in Never Trust a Pretty Wolf, is a US Marshal. Andy’s on vacation, so he agrees to take his brother’s place in a charity game. He never figured on getting a partner like Liesel Wolf though. She’s beautiful, abrasive, and she has secrets that floor him once they come to light.
In this excerpt, Andy ponders his attraction to the beautiful Liesel.

He paused as he reached for her hand. He had often heard the old, overworked phrase, ‘she looks like an angel’, but Liesel really did. Her hair fanned across the pillow in a redgold flame that accented her smooth, creamy complexion. Her thick, lush eyelashes looked too pretty to be real. They made him long for her to open her eyes, just so he could see how they’d look in the morning while she was still vulnerable from sleep, before she’d had a chance to don the prickly armor that irritated him so much.

Involuntarily, he reached for her, but he jerked his hand back as though she had hissed at him. Being beautiful did not change her character. She had married a monster. Who knew what bad habits she had picked up from him? Hadn’t he taken a gun away from her two days ago?

A gun? Why do you need a gun to play a charity game? Who is the monster that Liesel married? Are they still married? What’s this charity game all about? How did a US Marshal get paired with a beautiful yet secretive woman? Has Liesel picked up bad habits? All very important questions!

Liesel Wolf has a secret, a dangerous secret she’ll go to any lengths to conceal.  When she’s paired in a charity game with sexy marshal Andy Bryce, a man with secrets of his own, her carefully constructed world comes crashing down, and Liesel’s on a collision course with her past. 

Never Trust a Pretty Wolf is available at  Astraea Press and at most other retail outlets.

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