5 Fact Thursday - You can only have fun if others let you.
Five facts about…my recent book
1 It’s the ninth book of the series with Nick & Jacklyn, and I still have fun writing these characters
2 Like the other books before, this carries the influence of my muse, who’s an ice hockey fan and wanted to have a story dealing with players…and some adventure, too, among the thrill.
3 Videos helped me to get into the mood and learn more about the ice hockey rules in the US.
4 While we were already developing characters, we watched some old episodes of MacGyver and were pleasantly reminded that Richard Dean Anderson had been an ice hockey player, too.
5 My editors and readers told me that I took them by surprise how the story develops and the crimes get solved. Always there to please… LOL.
As the kidnapper pulled him forward again, Anderson feared he would stumble and break his neck. He tried to figure out the man’s motivation. Was he a fan gone mad? A total nutcase who had accidentally chosen Ginger and himself as his daily victims? Or was it no accident?
Anderson Wright just wants to play hockey, but a criminal kidnaps and tries to kill him while he’s vacationing with his girlfriend in the Monongahela Forest National Park. He survives due to FBI Agent Nicolas Hayes’s courageous actions that save his life. The motive and the resources of the attempted murder remain a mystery.
While the team of FBI agents investigate, three young and talented hockey players are brutally killed, just as they were on the cusp of starting great careers. Public pressure on the agents mounts as all hockey players and their crews fear that the killer will strike again. Still, the murderer leaves the crime scenes without tangible clues to his identity.
On a private level, Nicolas faces his mistress’s growing demands for their love life and has to decide whether to follow her kinky wishes or deny her desires.
The fear for Wright’s life spurred Nicolas into action. He would not forgive himself for any delay, and he had no excuse for losing ground. Panting hard, he climbed across a small assembly of rocks.
Nicolas cried out when lightning struck a pine tree near him and broke away a part of the trunk with several large branches, twigs, and autumn leaves. The following thunder took his breath away, and the breakaway of half the tree trunk was louder than the liftoff of a jet plane. Blinded and stunned, Nicolas staggered to the side, missed a step, and knew the moment he slipped that he was unable to stop his fall. He crashed his shoulder and chest against a trunk and flailed his arms to keep his balance, but it was already too late. A branch of the falling treetop flung over his face faster than he could raise his arms. The impact hurt but then he was on his butt, slipping downhill in the mud, slipping faster and faster, hoping he wouldn’t hit a trunk and break a leg. Above him, the scorched tree crashed to the ground, reverberating through the soil like an earthquake. Nicolas couldn’t see where he was sliding and missed a boulder by sheer luck. Breathless, he tried to reach out, find a hold, but his slide only ended at the bottom of the hill. He was stunned and didn’t move, fearing that the pain in his head and sides would knock him out.
For a minute, he felt immobilized. He was lying with his face in the soil, gasping, spluttering dirt, cursing lightning and rain. Assessing the injuries, Nicolas thanked the patron watching over poor FBI agents in the woods that he was still alive.
Ann Raina lives and works in Germany with cats and a horse. Riding and writing are her favorite
hobbies, and two years ago she started training yoga. So far, she has written twenty-seven novels for eXtasy Books with more to come. Her latest series, starting with Twisted Mind, deals with FBI Agent Nico-las Hayes, his cases of capital crimes, and his demanding and commanding lover, Jacklyn Hollander.
In all of her books she combines erotic romance, suspense, and humorous elements, for no thrilling story can stand with-out a comic relief.
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