Sunday Jan 16.
07:15 a.m. – This is how it begins. I’m feeling swamped and would love nothing better than a Sunday morning lie-
08:15 a.m. –Our congregation is like a big family, with all the love and strife that comes with it. And in the end, nothing’s more important than family.
08:45 a.m. – Lauren and Li’l J head off to Sunday school in the rec room. My wife’s been a Sunday school teacher since our son was two years old. Everyone loves her. I’m smart enough to love her too.
08:48 a.m. – The pastor preaches about blessings and forgiveness. I’m praying God will forgive me because I know my family is the real blessing in my life.
09:45 a.m. – Lauren’s tidying up after Sunday School. I help the youth band pack up then try to track down our little hell-
10:30 a.m. – Lunch at Leon’s is a Sunday ritual, as is trying to talk Li’l into having more than just apple juice and cheesecake, and Lauren more than salad and tuna. Having said that, she's got a great body.
12:00 noon. – Heading back home, I fill up the SUV so I don’t have to stop at the gas station on the way to work in the morning. I like my job but lately, things at the office have got a little complicated.
12:21 p.m. – At the traffic light, I pull up beside a beaut of a 1978 Mercury Marquis. Flawless paint work, gleaming chrome, sexy V8 engine roar. I admire it. I even chat with the passengers.
12:21:31 p.m. – This life I have, the life I work for and nurture, and yes, sometimes get impatient with, this life ends forever. Only I don’t know it…yet.
Software engineer, Nathaniel Myer, is a restless suburbanite with a guilty secret, whose world is shattered when mere chance puts him in the path of a genius sociopath with the sweet face of an angel and plans for a cold-
Nathaniel brushes off the fleeting encounter but in the hours that follow, he falls asleep in the arms of his wife and awakes to unimaginable horror.
Nate battles back through frailty, grief, guilt, and ultimately rage when time after time, the four suspects, guided by their clever leader, skip ahead of the police then completely through their fingers and underground. Unearthing them becomes Nate’s sole purpose until his obsession destroys what little he has left.
On the street, owning nothing but the clothes on his back and a crumpled wad of papers he got off a crooked PI, more than ever Nate cares for little beyond his single-
His plans and Fate’s aren’t completely in alignment, however, because when a cantankerous army veteran with unusual PTSD, an emotionally disturbed kid with too many body piercings, and a feisty mother and brutally honest child all need a hero, he’s somehow always in the right place at the right time and the man he used to be can’t do other than help them. As long as none of his temporary wards depend on him long term, because Nate doesn’t plan on sticking around anywhere once his own crusade ends, and it doesn’t matter that new emotions are beginning to painfully prod their way through cracks around his hardened soul.
As it happens, staying sharp and playing reluctant street guardian draws him closer to the very animals he’s hunting and, most importantly, their elusive leader.
Then abruptly, Nate’s life takes another series of blinding turns, landing him at yet another unexpected crossroads—confronted by the bridges he’s burned without regard, the lives he’s endangered without foresight, and the question of where it will all end.
He might have to choose between the justice he’s sought so long, letting a habitual killer smile and slip away again, and daring to hope once more. Or he might just have to become the ultimate human sacrifice.
"NATHANIEL MYER" on the back cover:
Hunting the animals who destroyed his life, Nathaniel Myer has few resources. He loses everything save the clothes on his back and a crumpled wad of papers he got off of a crooked detective. His life comes down to just one purpose: justice—or vengeance, depending on your point of view. He's certainly no one's hero.
But even as he closes in on a sociopath the law just can't seem to touch, Nate finds himself the reluctant guardian to a ragged band of misfits—a cantankerous old army veteran, an emotionally disturbed kid, and a mother and child hiding out from their case worker.
Then his life takes another series of blinding turns and, with final justice threatening to slip through his fingers, Nate discovers that his toughest test is just starting.
(I know, I know. This novel took a little longer than expected ('a little', ha!), but I don't like bringing something to readers until it's up to scratch and worth their time and money. Now it’s been through the paces and is in the publishers’ hands, so stay tuned for its official release date later this year. And look out here and on facebook for more freebie glimpses of the high stakes, emotional storyline. In the meantime, if you haven't read The Nude, get your hands on a copy already! Check out the reviews here.)