The WiP Shelf is without a doubt the biggest and most exciting part of my office. This is where the scary stuff happens, where whole new worlds suddenly appear and characters turn up and introduce themselves. My WiP Shelf is a busy place, especially since Jack & Gareth and the Dream Team moved in. So this page is where you can keep track of what’s going on. It’s also a great place for keeping myself honest. (If it’s here, it’s gonna get finished – promise!)
Once Burned – FireWorks Security #2
What do you do if your back is to the wall and you’re the only one who believes you’re innocent?
As a trauma surgeon, Marius Leven saves people. He rarely allows anyone to save him, so Gabriel Coelho – already handicapped by being the eldest son of a cartel boss – has his work cut out to get close to the gorgeous man he’s guarded diligently, and anonymously, for weeks. He’s there when Marius needs support until the doctor finally thaws and sees him. Gabriel’s support doesn’t waver when Marius’s life shatters around him, when he’s accused of professional misconduct and criminal activity. But when more and more evidence points to Marius being the villain of the piece, Gabriel starts to lose faith.
Marius doesn’t let himself think about this latest betrayal. He fights against the lies and accusations and he finds a staunch, supportive ally in Kieran Ross, the ex-DEA agent from FireWorks Security. Kieran backs Marius to the hilt, even though it strains his relationship with his partner Joel Weston. When both Marius and Kieran offer themselves as bait in their hunt for truth, Joel and Gabriel must make a choice. Judge their partners guilty and leave them to their fate, or accept their innocence, go to the rescue and hope for forgiveness and a second chance when it’s all over.
FanBait – A Power of Zero Side Story
A rock star who loves to tease. A bodyguard with a past that keeps him awake at night. A stalker, blackmail and a bunch of death threats…. Tempest‘s concert tour was never going to be a straightforward assignment for any of the men involved in it. Add kidnappings and an undercover investigation that goes off the rails and it’s no wonder that lead stylist Skylar Payne calls in a little extra help.
Jack Horwood has never been on tour with a rock god, and he certainly isn’t amused to bump into a man who once abandoned him in the middle of an operation, but he always enjoys a challenge. Finding out who uses PlayREx Entertainment’s star performers to lure kidnapping victims is one challenge that’s right up his street. While babysitting a love-struck rock god and dispensing relationship advice to a stubborn security chief certainly isn’t.
Mangaka Yamashita Hitoshi lives a life creating dream worlds where he imagines himself as one of Sanada’s Brave, as assertive, attractive and able to gain and hold the attention of dangerous, capable fighter Kirigakure Saizō, where he can stand beside the beautiful man as his equal, even if it is right in the centre of the fire.
Real life is less accommodating. Hitoshi is quiet, shy and avoids people as he avoids trouble. He shares a flat with his inspiration, dashing detective Ishikawa Kazuhiro, but the most he’s yet managed to do is irritate the man. And unlike the character he inspires in Hitoshi’s story, Kazuhiro doesn’t react to Hitoshi at all. Not even with anger.
Hitoshi has always used his stories to make sense of people and work out things that puzzle him. But the story of Saizō and Kamanosuke’s journey is worlds away from his quiet life and unrequited feelings. Since Hitoshi can’t conjure up a situation that could force him and Kazuhiro to get to know each other or work together, will he end up living in his dream world, pining after his crush? Or will he learn from the characters he writes and step into the centre of the fire himself?
A celebrated artist on the brink of death. A warrior who can save him. And an ancient betrayal that threatens a city in the clouds.
When glass master Minel falls sick with the lung evil, he can let the council pressure him into a pair bond, or he can let the disease take his life. Minel loves his work, but he has no desire to hand over his body to a stranger. So he chooses death, as quietly and intently as he designs his glass.
Warrior captain Falcon has long carried a torch for the enigmatic craftsman. When he learns of Minel’s sickness, he does his best to dissuade Minel from letting death take him. Tiny steps bring the two of them closer, but the city’s council has other, darker plans for Minel. Plans that take Minel and Falcon away from the lives they’d thought they would lead and thrust them into a fight that could destroy a city in the clouds, start a war and tear them apart.
Wayward – The Power of Zero #7
When Jack is poisoned while on a job, the police have little trouble tracing the drugs to HC Pharmaceuticals, a company renowned for developing highly effective treatments for head trauma victims.
The company’s CEO, investigating the thefts on the quiet, is accumulating an impressive collection of death threats until Aidan Conrad – personal friend and HC Pharma’s legal counsel – brings in Raf Gallant to solve the thefts and protect a beleaguered man and his family.
Raf has no issue with the assignment, but he almost blows a gasket when he realises that Aidan has sent Skylar Payne as his backup in place of the still recuperating Jack. Aidan is known for his tendency to play matchmaker, but as the case gets messier by the minute and Raf and Skylar fight with each other and their feelings, Aidan has to consider that – this time – he’s made a mistake.
Prospects – A Power of Zero Side Story
Dr. Tom Walken, geologist and mineral prospector, offers a large mineral find to Nancarrow Mining. Julian Nancarrow and Jack Horwood fly to check it out… only to find themselves under fire from parties unknown and running for their lives.
Julian Nancarrow is not amused… not by the attempts on his life, not by Jack seemingly sacrificing himself, and certainly not by travelling with an opinionated, fiery redhead who is far too enticing for Julian Nancarrow’s peace of mind.