Welcome to the Weird, the Wild, & the Wicked for this week's Mid Week Tease hosted by Sandra Bunino.
Authors: this is a great opportunity to spotlight a few lines or even a paragraph or two from a new release or backlisted title. Readers: you get to sample some delicious snippets! We’ll do our best to tease, titillate and tantalize you into the weekend.
My Mid Week Tease is from my upcoming release The Navy's Ghost. Ensign Christiana Brickman woke up in the hospital with a broken and torn leg. She's out of the SEALs, but she's always worried about her squad. Fortunately, the men are just as concerned with her.
“Did you catch them all, sir?” Crushing the terrorist cell would improve her mood.
“Yes. Bravo Squad went in at 1900 the day you returned to Coronado.” The lt. commander lost his smile, but fierce triumph glowed in his eyes. Hooyah, they’d gotten the bastards. She nodded her gratitude, but her gut clenched with loss. She’d been left behind already.
“Glad to hear it, sir. Would you pass on my congrats to the squad, sir?”
“Will do, Ensign.” A half-smile curled his lips. “They also took your nickname for the Squad.”
“My nickname, sir?” Chris blinked.
“Bravo Squad does it mo’betta?” He chuckled at her blank stare. “They shortened it to Beta Squad, because they’re second to none.”
Chris gaped at her CO. “Did I really say that, sir?”
“Yes, Ensign. Under the influence of morphine. I have multiple reports.” He raised an eyebrow. “You don’t remember?”
“They’ve adapted it out of honor and affection for you, Brickman.”
“Yes, sir. Thank you, sir.”
“They are all looking forward to seeing you.”
“Thank you, sir.” Chris didn’t really want them to see her like this.
They lapsed into silence again. What more was there to say? The squad had vanquished the terrorist cell and only she’d sustained injuries. At least as far as she knew.
“Was anyone else wounded in the latest op?”
“No, Ensign. The squad came through without a scratch this time.”
This time. Chris tried not to take it personally, but the phrase stuck in her mind.
The Navy's Ghost will be available on Smashwords, ARe, and Amazon on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013