Okay. I’ll admit it. After 45+ books, I still get excited about a new release. I’m particularly excited about WITH NO REMORSE (out today!!!), as it’s book 6 in my Black Ops, Inc. series and it’s about Luke – Doc Holliday – Colter who I’ve been dying to write about ever since the former SEAL and current BOI team medic stepped onto the page.
Doc is totally my kind of guy. He’s sweet and funny and smart and alpha and just can’t help but be heroic – even when he thinks his ‘hero’ gene has taken a hike.
Here’s a little taste of With No Remorse to give you a feel for this particular hero’s crisis of conviction:
Luke Colter’s number one rule of self-preservation: Don’t ignore the itch.
The last time he’d blown off the warning, he’d ended up gut-shot and on life support in a San Salvador hospital. So when he felt that first infinitesimal tickle of unease skitter along the back of his neck, he shot straight to attention.
Nothing looked out of sync inside the gently rocking train as it methodically ate up the miles across the Peruvian Andes in the middle of a very quiet June night. Still, his heart had kicked up like a marathon runner on his last leg so from his seat in the middle of the dimly lit passenger car, he scanned for signs of trouble.
And saw nothing.
God, he was tired. Dog dead tired. He could use another week off but tomorrow it was back to Buenos Aires. Back to the trenches. He swallowed the acid taste of dread.
Suck it up, Nancy boy. It’s not like you’ve got a lot of options.
The military and then Black Ops., Inc. had been his life. The life he’d always wanted. And yet since San Salvador … well. Since San Salvador his backbone seemed to have gone the way of the dodo bird.
Was his mother right? Had he given enough? Had he had enough? Is that what this erosion of his nerve was trying to tell him?
Bleary-eyed, he stared toward the dust and fingerprint smeared windows and pushed back the memory of his mother’s heart-wrenching question and the guilt brought on by her tears.
Outside, the night scrolled by, star-studded and black. Iron wheels on iron rails rumbled and clacked and whined in a rhythmic static of endless white noise.
His hand moved involuntarily to his side. Close to a year later, he still felt the occasional twitch of pain. But it wasn’t the pain that bothered him. More and more lately he woke up in the night tearing at the sheets and drenched in sweat, reliving the shooting one more time.
Enough, all ready. He was so not going there tonight, because damn, it was too easy and too often that he let himself get dragged back into that sucking pit of quicksand. A sure way to get killed in his line of work was to think about dying. About almost dying. About being so scared you’re gonna die that you make promises you know you could never keep. Promises to God. Promises to the devil.
Promises to your mom.
At what point is enough, enough, Luke?
So, there you have it. A hero who thinks he’s lost his nerve – but finds out soon enough that it takes more than a little self-doubt to undercut a hero’s true nature.
Please tell me about some of your favorite real life or novel heroes. For me, Jesse from LaVryle Spencer’s HUMMINGBIRD will always be at the top of my list – right beside Devon from Tom and Sharon Curtis’s THE WINDFLOWER. And let’s not forget Rourke from every J.D. Robb book ever written and Ranger from the Stephanie Plum series. Oh, be still my heart. Now give, who’s your fav? Someone who comments will receive an autographed copy of WITH NO REMORSE.
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