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Round Robin Episode 2

What the hell happened to the lights?

“It’s okay, folks.  Just stay where you are.”  The bartender didn’t quite manage to hide his panic.

Jackie’s heart pounded as she watched a flashlight beam swing around behind the bar.  At first she thought she’d heard a shot, but it must have been a transformer or breaker popping.  Not a big deal, and it gave her a few moments to pull herself together.

She couldn’t believe Jack had fallen for such an obvious fake.  If the woman had been any more plastic, she would have melted under the bar lights.  Her mother had been right; Jack was as superficial as the makeup caked on his date’s face.  He hadn’t even noticed Jackie watching him, and she’d worn her sexiest black jeans. Top notch private investigator, my ass.

Still, he knew where the skeletons were buried and she needed to dig up one in particular.  If she didn’t find her mother’s secret account, she and Matt would lose the shelter.  Jackie couldn’t bear the thought of all those kitties and puppies being put to sleep.

Matt would have a heart attack if he knew where she was and what she had planned.  At first she’d thought it would be easy to appeal to Jack’s good nature, but he hadn’t even returned her calls.  Plan two had been to charm the information out of him.  She’d learned a thing or two from her mother over the years.  But this dinner date had delayed that.  Maybe she should just strut past his table and spill her drink on him.  If nothing else, that would get his attention.

Tough Enough

The lights blinked on, and a collective sigh rose from the bar’s patrons.  Jackie sipped foam from her beer, grabbed her helmet, and slid from the barstool.  Taking a deep breath to steady her nerves, she started toward the table with glass in hand, then stopped.

Jack, half out of his chair, clutched  his date with one arm around her waist.  The woman’s blonde hair, cocked strangely to one side, verified Jackie’s earlier assessment.  But what made her gasp was the figure standing in shadows by the door…

Go on to Episode 3

Sarah Storme, author of Tough Enough, writes spicy contemporary and historical romance.  Visit her at www.SarahStorme.com.

 
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Posted by on July 10, 2010 in Round Robin, Zumaya Publications

 

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Zumaya Publications Birthday Bash

Four years ago this month, Zumaya Publications moved from its original birthplace in Canada to Austin, Texas, and became Zumaya Publications LLC. This year, Zumaya came under new ownership, and we decided we were way past due for a party.

For the next 31 days, you’ll meet some talented authors and have a chance to win some great presents, including (drumroll, please) a Nook eReader from Barnes & Noble.

Zumaya now has 7 imprints: Embraces for romance and women’s fiction, Boundless for LGBT, Enigma for mystery and suspense, Otherworlds for speculative fiction, Thresholds for YA and middle grade books, Yesterdays for historical fiction and memoirs and Arcane for New Age fiction and nonfiction. Zumaya itself is home to mainstream and literary fiction and an eclectic collection of nonfiction.

Our goal this month is to first and foremost to entertain you and give you an opportunity to chat with us and our authors, give away some stuff and have you sample our wares. The virtual barbecue and sweet tea are out, chips and salsa are waiting.


Y’all come to Coffee Time Romance and join the party!

 
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Posted by on July 4, 2010 in Birthday

 

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