Christy Reece
Friday, September 9, 2016

Excerpt of Running Wild

Chapter One

The bar was both sleazy and filthy. Smoke swirled through the big room like an industrialized bug fogger belching out its last toxic dregs. From the sticky fake wood floor that hadn’t seen soap and water in decades to the light fixtures with grimy coats of dirt and dead bugs, the ambiance of Claudio’s Cantina bellowed ‘Enter at your own risk’.
Aidan Thorne figured it’d take at least a half dozen showers before the stink left him.
Slouched in the corner, his back to the wall, he gave the appearance of being half wasted and all the way bored. He was neither. His informant was fifteen minutes late. Punctuality had never been a priority for Manuel Diaz. Aidan had no illusions about the man. Though less corrupt than most in his business, if Diaz got a better offer, he’d sell out without a thought. Which was why Aidan was only going to give the vermin five more minutes to show. The back of his neck was getting that twitchy feeling which usually meant trouble was brewing. Ignoring that twitch had once gotten him shot. He hadn’t ignored it since.
He shifted in his chair, noting and appreciating the lack of pain. Three months ago, he’d been laid up with a broken leg. Weeks of doing almost nothing but waiting for it to heal had made him antsy and out of sorts. The minute he’d returned to full LCR duty, he’d jumped into the action as if all hell’s demons were on his ass. Too much time to think and remember. Too much time to regret. Nothing like staying on the edge of danger to help focus a man’s thoughts.
In fact, he’d been so focused, that when he’d gotten the call from Diaz, he’d almost delayed the meet. After all this time with no viable intel, what was the point of rushing just to find out there was nothing new? After that thought, the inevitable guilt had followed. How dare he not follow up? Had he not made a promise? Had he not sworn that he would follow every lead, no matter how minuscule or far-fetched until he found the murdering bastard?
So, despite the fact that Diaz was about as reliable as a politician and most likely had nothing new to tell him, Aidan had taken the bait.
His family thought he was certifiable. Not that they’d come right out and say it. His mother and father, ever supportive, just gave him that sympathetic, helpless look that basically said ‘We’re here for you but we’re completely lost on why you’re not living up to your potential’.
His sister was a little more blunt. Last time he’d talked to her, they’d had a shouting match. She thought he was wasting his life and didn’t mind saying so. He thought she was a nosy, opinionated, buttinski that needed to stay out of his business. A day later, he had sent her flowers to apologize. She had sent him a bottle of his favorite wine. Both of them knew, all was forgiven.
To his family, it probably did look as though he was wasting his life. Or at least not living up to his potential. They had a vague idea of what his job with LCR entailed but he did his best to shield them from the more hair-raising details. Rescuing kidnapped victims from the most dangerous places in the world was a far cry from the safe, secure world he’d left behind.
But that world stopped being safe and secure a decade ago. His family could stay in denial as long as they wanted. Aidan knew the truth. The monster was still out there. Watching. Waiting. Looking for his next chance to strike. Too many had paid the price for Aidan’s carelessness. He would never let his guard down ever again.
Without moving a muscle, every inch of Aidan’s body went on high alert. His eyes searched the reason for his unease. Detected nothing. Still, the hair on the back of his neck was screaming a warning. What the hell was going down?
“Let me go, you big gorilla! I don’t want to go in here.”
What the hell?
A woman was shoved into the middle of the room. All eyes were on her and almost every damn one of them had the salacious look of a predator about to pounce. This was not going to be pretty.
The room was too smoky to tell much about her but that wouldn’t matter to a bunch of drunk, horny, soulless men. Fresh meat had arrived in their vicinity, requiring no effort to obtain. The woman was in a boatload of trouble.
With a casualness in direct contrast to the circumstances, Aidan stood and eased himself over to the bar. Calling attention to his movements wouldn’t be good for either him or the woman. He was her best chance to get out of here unscathed. If he was taken down, she was toast.
There were five men at the bar. Another eight were at various tables. Four men had been playing pool. Two had been throwing darts. Of course all activity had ceased. No one was doing anything now but staring at the woman and salivating.
Already trying to figure out which man he could pit against the other, Aidan leaned against the barstool and pretended to eye the woman just like everyone else. Acting as if he wasn’t interested would call attention to himself, but in truth, he didn’t bother to look at her. All other eyes were on their single target. Aidan’s attention was on the safest way to get this woman out the door.
The music on the ancient jukebox ended. Since no one had bothered to pay for another song, silence filled the room.
“Look,” the woman stated in a firm, no-nonsense way, “I’m just looking for my friend. If you’ve not seen her, that’s fine. But I’m not going to stand here anymore. I’m leaving.”
Aidan’s involuntary gasp took in a giant gulp of smoky air and he almost choked on the fumes. Probably would have if he weren’t in shock. His eyes finally settled on the woman and even though his mind screamed a denial, he couldn’t avoid the truth. Holy, holy hell. That was no girl, no mere woman. And definitely no stranger. That was the one, the only, Anna Bradford.
What was she doing here? Most importantly, how was he going to get her out alive?

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Running Wild back cover copy

Here's the back cover copy for Running Wild. Still planning for an Oct-Nov release. Hope to announce a definite date soon. Stay tuned!

He’ll Stop At Nothing To Protect The Ones He Loves

LCR Elite operative Aidan Thorne is dedicated to rescuing kidnapped victims from some of the most dangerous places in the world, but that will never stop him from hunting down a coldblooded killer. Child psychologist Anna Bradford is a temptation unlike any he’s ever faced, penetrating the steely armor encasing his heart. Though he wants her with an unending ache, Anna’s very survival requires Aidan to stay as far away from her as possible.

Understanding human behavior is Anna Bradford’s profession. Aidan Thorne is a mystery she has yet to unravel. Her fascination for the snarling, often rude man is a battle she fights on a daily basis. Her head tells her to stay away, her heart tells her something different. When they join forces to help rescue a friend, Aidan finally allows Anna to see the man beneath the tough exterior. Falling in love with him was inevitable.

But someone is watching. He’s been hiding in the shadows for years, waiting. The time has finally arrived. Anna Bradford will be his tool, his perfect weapon of revenge. She will be his masterpiece.

His worst fears realized, Aidan must now find a way to save Anna before the madman that destroyed his life once before lives out his ultimate fantasy.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Running Wild Cover!

I'm so excited to share the cover of Running Wild with you. I love everything about it. The colors pop, the background is perfect for the storyline, and the couple is exactly how I pictured Aidan and Anna. I especially love their hands clasped together. Aidan, for good reason, is one of the most protective heroes I've ever written. His stance on the cover says it all. You'll have to come through me to get to Anna. And you probably won't survive the trip! Anna is tough, too. You can just see it in her face. She loves Aidan Thorne and will defend him to her last breath.

Can you tell I love these two? I can't wait for you to read their story!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Update from the Writing Cave

Hey Everybody! Hope you're having a good summer. It's been especially hot here in Alabama and we're counting the days until autumn. Really looking forward to those cooler temperatures and beautiful fall colors.

I'm almost finished with the first draft of another LCR Elite book! Running Wild is Aidan Thorne and Anna Bradford's story. If you read Running Scared, you saw the sparks flying. Well, they're still flying. I'm so in love with this couple. They're fun and spirited, brave and courageous. I cannot wait for you to see them together.

Last week I finalized the cover--my favorite LCR Elite cover yet! I'll be sharing it with you soon, as well as the back cover copy.

Now for the most important part. When will it be released? Right now I'm shooting for mid-autumn, which will be between the middle of October and the middle of November. Send good writing thoughts my way if you have some to spare. The last few chapters are going to be tough!

I hope you're looking forward to reading Running Wild. You'll finally find out about Aidan Thorne's dark past and you'll catch up with some of your favorite LCR characters, too.

Next year it'll be all about Grey Justice. Stay tuned for more news on that.

I'll be back in a week or so to share the back cover copy and gorgeous cover so be sure to check back often.

Until then, happy reading!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Running Scared in Paperback and Newsletter Winners

Hello Everyone-

It's been a little over a week since Running Scared released and I'm thrilled with the response for Riley and Justin's book. Thanks to everyone who took the time to leave a review, write a note, or send me an email. I so appreciate the support and I can't tell you what a lift it is to hear from you.

Wanted to let you know that the paperback of Running Scared can now be ordered. Here's the buy link at Amazon

Also, congrats to the winners of a $50 Amazon gift card from the Running Scared newsletter giveaway: Audrey Eckert and Cynthia Criket! Both winners have been notified by email.

What's up next? I'm working fast and furious on the next LCR Elite. Aidan Thorne will finally get his story told in Running Wild. Yay! Ever since he was introduced in Last Chance, I've received numerous emails and notes asking about the mysterious 'Golden Adonis' of LCR. I can't wait for you to learn Aidan's secrets and what makes him tick. And since this is a spoiler free zone, I won't tell you who his heroine will be, but once you read Running Scared, you'll have no doubt. Stay tuned for a wild ride!

Until next time, stay safe out there and happy reading!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Running Scared is here!

Hey Everyone!

I'm so excited that Running Scared, featuring Elite operatives Justin Kelly and Riley Ingram, is here! These two courageous and scarred people were meant for each other but first they must face the evil of Riley's past. Can they survive? Of course they can and they'll kick some uber bad guys butts, too!

I hope you fall in love with Justin and Riley as much as I did. And if you're wondering whose book will be next, you'll know for sure once you read Running Scared. :)

Here are the buy links to the eBook. Paperback will be available in a couple of weeks.
Barnes & Noble


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Running Scared, An LCR Elite Novel

Here's the first look at the next LCR Elite book. Coming soon!

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