Remember when you were a kid–for some of us this is greater stretch than for others–and everything seemed to be so far away? Your next birthday. Christmas. Summer vacation. High school. Graduation. Being legal. Being on your own. All seemed to be so far out of reach. Until, suddenly, there they were.
For the past year and a half the release of BEAUTY AND THE BOUNTY HUNTER seemed forever away. I had waited years to be able to write a western again. Then I needed to finish other commitments before I could finish this book. Then I had to wait for it’s turn on the release schedule. Then, in a flurry of preparation, promo, finishing the second book and real life, suddenly the big day is today!!
I have written over 50 novels and novellas. I have loved them all. But this one . . . This one is special.
When the sun began to slant toward dusk, and the pile of coins on both sides of the table lay about even, Cat lifted her eyes. “Wanna make this interesting?”
”Khriso mou,” Alexi murmured. “When you say things like that . . . ” He moved a card from the right side of his hand to the left. “I get excited.”
”How about we raise the stakes to . . . ” She drew out the moment, and even though he knew exactly what she was doing, as he was the one who had taught her to do it, eventually his anticipation caused him to lean forward. Only then did Cat give him what he sought. “Anything.”
”Anything?” he repeated.
”Oui.” He cast her an exasperated glance as she purposely mangled one of his favorite words. “I win this hand, you give me anything I ask. You win–”
”I get anything I ask.”
”You’ve played this before.”
”Not with you.”
She doubted he’d played it with anyone. What moron would promise anything?
Only someone with little left to lose or . . .
Cat considered her cards without so much as a flicker of an eyelash. Someone with a hand like hers.
“All right,” he agreed. “Who am I to turn down anything?”
Not the man she knew and–
Cat brought up short. Not the man she knew and what?
Well, not the man she knew.
Alexi turned his cards face up. Cat kept her face blank as she placed hers face down.
What did you wait and wait for as a child and it always seemed so far away? What are you waiting for now? Have you gotten your copy of BEAUTY AND THE BOUNTY HUNTER yet?