Running Blind (Men of Steele #4) is out today!
A bit of trivia… Did you know that each of the the four Men of Steele books was released while I lived in a different city? This one was by far the most hectic because during edits and launch prep, I was living in a temporary rental, house hunting, and unpacking in a new home. Oh, and my college kids were with us for winter break.
Honestly, I’m a little bit amazed this book launched on time, LOL. But, yay! Kurt and Caitlyn finally get their story. I hope you love it!
Charter pilot Caitlyn Brevard’s sister disappeared while working undercover to expose human traffickers in the Caribbean. Four months later, Caitlyn has finally found her, but to infiltrate the captor’s inner circle and rescue Rose, she must appear at the man’s gala event with a fiancé she concocted to keep his lecherous son at bay. Can she convince Kurt Steele to forgive a past betrayal and play the doting groom-to-be?
Former special operator and wounded warrior Kurt can’t say no to a friend in need, especially not Caitlyn, who he can’t forget, no matter how hard he tries. But playing ardent fiancé to the woman who broke his heart—and still attracts him like no other—might just be more than he can bear. When their mission turns deadly, he and Caitlyn must risk everything to save Rose and get a second chance at a love worth dying for.
The other day, I got to do something I never do.
My dear friend came into town and we took one of those double decker bus tours. You know how it is, you live in a tourist place like D.C., and you don’t really get to see it until guests arrive from out of town. What a treat. Someone else did all the driving, we were deposited literally in front of every important monument without having to hike a million miles or search for a parking spot.
Even better, from the top deck, on this incredibly warm winter day, we had an elevated view and a tour guide narrating what we saw.
The best part was that we were able to spend time together without either one of us fussing. No one was cooking, or scrambling to do dishes, or trying to figure out where to go. We just went, and did, relaxing and laughing together.
By the time we reached Arlington National Cemetery, I was too exhausted to move. I guess my back isn’t what it used to be, and I told my friend to go ahead while I waited for her. After all, I’ve seen the place before and why should she miss it because of me?
There in the stillness, the tombstones almost seemed to speak. Husbands and wives buried next to each other, some men lying all alone. Every now and then, a child was buried there, too. All of them were so darn young.
A plaque from the French declared, “N’oubliez jamais.” We will never forget. But so many of these people are forgotten. Their family tree dies out, and they blend into an amorphous group representing a time of sacrifice and courage. And we, like the French, often forget what they sacrificed to make us the “Greatest Nation on Earth.”
Just before closing, a group of teenaged students came barreling down the road. Their youthful energy was astounding. Leaping, laughing, running — there in the cemetery . It wasn’t that they were being disrespectful, they were just so full of life. I’m sure even the specters that haunt the place envied their vivacity and smiled at their hijinx.
After all, isn’t this why all these brave people gave up their lives? So future generations could run and play and thrive? Believing theirs was the war to end all wars. Believing their sacrifice could make it better for generations to come.
Maybe that is why so many of us here are obsessed with writing and reading suspense and mysteries. We face horror squarely, deal justice in a world that is not always just, and we laugh at death as our characters go on — against supremely terrifying odds — to live, to succeed, and to love.
Up next is our Scrivener-famous Gwen Hernandez interviewing Ella Grace on Tuesday. Ella Grace is the pen name for NYT Bestselling Author Christy Reece. Find out why she’s got a new name and about her new series!