SHORT RIDES with Lorelei James and giveaway

 

 

Short Rides is an anthology compilation of two novellas and one short story in the Rough Riders world. These are NOT meant to be read as standalone stories, but are a peek into favorite character’s lives after the happily ever after…

The stories included in the Short Rides anthology are:
King of Hearts* — Deputy Cam McKay deals with a murder/suicide case on Valentine’s Day.
Rough Road — Chassie, Trevor and Edgard Glanzer spend a romantic weekend away from the ranch and kids celebrating their anniversary…only to return home to face their biggest challenge yet.
All Knocked Up — Keely and Jack Donohue are having a baby. Given Keely’s raging pregnancy hormones, will Jack need to wear a cup in the delivery room?
*previously published in the Guns and Roses anthology in 2012

KING OF HEARTS excerpt

A murder/suicide.

In Sundance, Wyoming.

It was one of the worst scenes Deputy Cam McKay had dealt with. And he’d seen a lot of horrific things over the years. He’d served several rotations inIraqand witnessed the aftermath of suicide bombers. He’d seen animals used as vessels to hold bombs. He’d been in a caravan that’d hit a string of IEDs, resulting in death and dismemberment of his fellow soldiers. He hadn’t come away from war unscathed—he’d lost most of his left leg, part of his hand, and bore scars, both visible and invisible.

During his time as deputy inCrookCounty, he’d dealt with deadly car accidents, including a fatality involving his cousin, Luke McKay. He’d broken up domestic disputes where one or both of the parties were drunk, armed, angry, and bleeding. He’d stumbled across a wild horse slaughter.

But this? It was beyond sickening.

The hysterical 911 call from the neighbor who’d discovered the bodies hadn’t prepared him at all for what he’d found at the crime scene.

His stomach roiled as his brain flashed back to the carnage and he fought the urge to throw up.

Again.

ButCamhadn’t been alone in his reaction. Sheriff Shortbull had stumbled outside and heaved over the juniper hedge after his glimpse at the dead couple.

A murder/suicide.

In Sundance, Wyoming.

Happy Valentine’s Day.

Maybe it seemed worse becauseCamknew the couple. He’d graduated from high school with Jeff Wingate.Camcouldn’t fathom how the mild-mannered insurance salesman could carry out such brutality, especially to his wife. And Angela hadn’t fought back. She’d literally lay down and died.

What a fucking waste.

What a fucking mess.

There’d been no indication of domestic issues. No 911 phone calls in the last year. No history of violence. He’d seen them eating in Dewey’s Delish Dish two weeks ago. They’d acted… happy.

Because the crime scene was beyond their small county’s investigative expertise, they’d had to call in the DCI fromCheyenne. Which meant waiting for the crew to arrive. But neitherCamnor Sheriff Shortbull could stomach waiting inside the house where the bloodbath had occurred.

So they stood outside in the frigid February weather, taking turns warming up in their patrol cars. He and the sheriff were too disturbed to slide into their usual defense mechanism, cracking jokes—which was how most law enforcement officers handled unpleasant aspects of the job—trying to find any bit of humor to escape the horror of the gruesome scene.

Grand Prize:  $100 Amazon, B&N or ARe Gift Card (winner’s choice)
Winner will be announced 4/27/13.

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This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. Man, I love my McKays, you chose a gripping excerpt to compell me to pick this one up, thanks Lorelei and Miss Ivy!
    Z

  2. I love the after stories.. And this excerpt is certainly a compelling read.. Thanks!

  3. Oh, I don’t know why I haven’t seen this before! Adding another author/series to the wish list. Very intriguing excerpt.

  4. I love Lorelei James. Her stories are always so addictive, I usually finish them in one sitting. 🙂 Thanks for this giveaway!

  5. These short stories will tide me over until a new book possibly comes out about these wonderful characters.

  6. After enjoying this excerpt, I would love to hear more! Thanks for the chance!

  7. Lorelei James is a new author for me. Her short stories sound really, really good. Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. I read her early work but this one looks great and I need to hunt it down.

  9. Sounds like she has picked up on what law enforcement has to deal with daily. It is a wonder they can manage at all with all they see and experience.

  10. Lorelei writes some hot cowboys…always a good read with her books. And here we get two instead of just one! Score!

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