Today I am so pleased to welcome Whitley Gray to Joyfully Jay. Whitley has come to share an exclusive excerpt from her latest release, Coldhearted Concept. She has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving Whitley a big welcome!
“Okay, gentlemen,” SJ said. “Where are you on the skeleton?”
“The ME puts her at somewhere between fourteen and eighteen years old,” Beck offered. “She probably died months ago, maybe around Christmastime.”
“Cause of death was possibly manual strangulation, but the hyoid bone was intact,” Van said. “There was nothing left of the soft tissues to know for sure. There were marks on multiple bones consistent with animal activity.”
SJ steepled her fingers. “Any matches with missing persons?”
“We have too many.” Van straightened the crease on his pants. “Runaways, alleged parental abductions, a few where foul play was suspected but nothing proven.”
Beck added, “It’s possible the clothes might help. The best bet might be the prescription glasses found with the body. Elmo says the lenses are for someone who’s farsighted, which isn’t as common as nearsightedness in kids.”
Pushing up her own glasses, SJ asked, “Anything on the fingerprint?”
“No match in AFIS,” Beck said. “If we can get a lead on a suspect, we can compare. So far, nothing has panned out. No suspects. The hiker, the dog owner, and the woman who found the skeleton all cleared. We need to identify the girl and go from there.”
Detective Beck Stryker has a lot to juggle: his long-distance relationship with FBI profiler Zach Littman, the family issues of cop widow Marybeth Halliday and her two boys, and the ups and downs of being out and proud. To top it off, Beck must work with his closeted ex-lover Van on the case of a skeleton discovered in the woods.
FBI profiler Dr. Zach Littman has been working on an exit strategy for months. Every time he’s on the brink of resigning, Minneapolis Unit Director Sands comes up with “one more case,” one that only Zach can manage. It’s a situation that frustrates Beck. Zach has promised he’ll leave the FBI and profiling behind—as soon as his Colorado medical license comes through. It may be easier said than done. Zach has reservations about uprooting his life and moving to Denver.
A killer leaves a grisly invitation insisting Zach participate in a deadly game, the rules of which are known only to the psychopath. It’s clear taking out Zach is on the killer’s to-do list, and he won’t stop until it’s done. Beck and Zach must capture the killer before the psychopath finds Zach and declares Game Over.
Once upon a misspent youth, Whitley read and wrote stories under the covers at night. A decade ago, Whitley became enamored of romance and gave writing a whirl. Inventing characters turned out to be addictive, and along the way, Whitley discovered that two heroes is twice as nice. A storyline featuring a couple of guys makes for a perfect day. Stop by www.whitleygray.com and feed your fix for heat between the sheets with erotica and M/M romance.
Whitley has brought a copy of Cold-Hearted Concept to give away to the first place winner on her tour, and High Concept of the second place. Just follow the Rafflecopter link below to enter. The contest ends on at 11:59 pm EST.
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