Never Turn Your Back…
Never Reveal Your Name…
Never Surrender Your Heart…
Madison Sinclair is a smart-mouthed photographer that enjoys the simple things in life. Recently landing a job at one of Manhattan’s top imaging companies, she works hard to prove herself but often falls short of the mark. Taking pictures of the New York scenery, relaxing at home with a glass of wine, and caring for her stray cat is the highlight of her day. But when her best friend convinces her into covering a charity event thrown by a handsome billionaire, Madison’s life suddenly becomes anything but simple as she finds herself in a constant race for survival. There is nowhere she can turn, no one she can trust.
Seth Reynolds has been in the game a long time. He knows how to get in, get a job done, and get out with no complications and no witnesses. Trained to be cold and heartless, he is committed to follow through with this mission no matter what. Racing against an impossible time table, everything is in place to take out the madman intent on destroying New York City. But when the naïve Madison Sinclair stumbles into his world, all of his carefully laid plans go to hell.
Determined to do what is right at all costs, Seth must choose between the rules he’s lived by his entire life or saving Madison from a fate worse than death. If he follows orders, he will be an unsung hero, saving millions of innocent people. But if he risks his own life for Madison’s, the entire city will be in jeopardy. The choice should be easy.
Amy learned to read at the tender age of three. Once she started, she never stopped. Growing up, she could always be found snuggled in some quiet corner with her nose stuck in one book after another. Her desire to read soon led to her passion for writing. As a child and teenager, Amy wrote poetry and short stories for her family and friends, delighting them with her vast imagination. From child to adult, she has continued to read everything she can get her hands on. Her love for a good book knows no boundaries and crosses every genre imaginable.
Amy currently lives in NW Arkansas with her wonderful husband, Shaun, and three energetic children. But of course their family would not be complete without their two loveable shih tzus, Tucker and Dylan. Recently, they welcomed a new addition to their household, a rambunctious boxer puppy named Buck, and since then, their lives have never been the same.
When Amy’s not working or writing, or possibly sneaking in a few minutes of quiet reading, she can be found with her family riding bicycles around town, playing sports, watching movies, or taking pictures. (Although she takes so many photographs, the kids try to run and hide every time she breaks out the camera).
And now....an excerpt from Angel In The Shadows!
Seth moved through the house with alarming speed and a silence that was absolute. He was not a happy man. So much for no surprises. He opened the door and quickly slipped inside the darkened room. Ms. Sinclair was a surprise he had not expected. Young and blond with long legs, she was a definite improvement over Robert Sutton. And also more observant, he decided, recalling her close scrutiny of everything around her. He briefly wondered what had happened to the other photographer. Probably lying dead in an alley somewhere. Their Intel team was one of the best. They had scrutinized every aspect of Robert Sutton’s life assuring Seth that the photographer would not be a problem. And that he would be expendable if needed. The intended photographer exited Seth’s mind almost as soon as he had entered. He was of no concern to him now. But Ms. Sinclair, ah now, she was a different matter altogether. Who the hell was she and why was she here?
The possibilities raced through his head with rapid speed. Her story was feasible. She could really be a replacement for the original photographer. On the other hand, it could all be the act of a well trained professional. But if that were the case, what was her purpose? The assignment was almost over and everything was going accordingly. At this stage in the mission, it was a little late to send in any reinforcements and besides, Charlie would never send someone else in without informing him first. But then, who was he kidding? Secrecy, deception, and lies were the foundation of the Perfect Order. Even those on the inside were subject to its scrutiny. There was always the possibility that she had been sent from his own organization to check up on him.
He had been in this game a long time and was starting to grow weary of it, not even bothering to pretend otherwise. The constant lies and deceptions, the blurred lines between good and evil. Recently, he had begun to question which side he was on. And once the questions set in, loyalty began to wan. In his line of work, there could be no questions, only reactions. Everyone had a limit to what they could do before they either quit or went over the edge completely. He was not one to give up but he had no desire to become completely lost either. Though, at times, he had the feeling that he was dangerously close.
He harbored no illusions that he was entirely on his own on this mission. Operatives worked every angle of this assignment so no base was left uncovered. Other than himself, Ryan Brennen was the closest to the operation. The young British operative posing as Vance’s chauffer had been brought in only recently, replacing the previous driver. In fact, over the last eleven months, many of Vance’s employees had been effectively persuaded to look for work elsewhere leaving him unknowingly surrounded by several members of The Perfect Order. Some left by persuasive suggestions, others by force. Force was not his preferred method of action but he did whatever was needed to ensure that he had complete control over the situation. He had no problems carrying out an order and was ruthless enough to follow whatever steps necessary to accomplish his mission.
Their technical magician was hidden but never far away. Intel extraordinaire, Ricki Havens, was an absolute genius when it came to computers. There was no system she couldn’t hack into, no file she couldn’t implant. Not to mention, she could get the most intimate information on anyone within the blink of an eye. Phoenix Jordon was the last of their little party. A dangerous mix of determination and mystique, she was absolutely lethal. It didn’t hurt that she was also hot as hell. Posing as Vance’s “personal” masseuse, she had no equal.
Ms. Sinclair was a risk. Not only to him and the other operatives but to the entire mission. He had to figure out what she was doing here and take care of the situation quickly. Decisively, he opened the encrypted cell phone, typing out a short message, expecting to have an answer within the hour. Until then, he was working in the dark, a circumstance he was not totally comfortable with. Time was running out and there was too much at stake to sit around and play guessing games.
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