I haven’t shared excerpts from my books in quite some time, so I thought I’d post one for you today. This is from my novel No Justice, the first in my Michael Sykora series. I opened the file, ran my finger over the scroll bar on my mouse, and took the beginning of the scene I landed on.
A group of college-aged guys with too much testosterone sat a few feet away. Their behavior confirmed what Michael had suspected with his first glance their way; their muscles saw more action than their brains. They flexed as they drank, showing off for a few young women seated at a booth nearby. The blond guy with the square head and diamond earring winked at the women, then licked his lips in what was meant to be a seductive come-on. The women looked at each other and one of them giggled.
Michael turned away. He glanced at his watch, sipped his beer. If he was smart, he’d be in bed instead of here inhaling smoke and cheap perfume. Although even that prospect didn’t hold the allure it should have. Sleep was much harder to come by these days.
The young women left, which devastated the group of Neanderthals. They’d apparently had high hopes for the evening. Michael slipped into the now empty booth and tried not to stare at his watch or the door.
Ten minutes later she slid onto the seat opposite him. She’d recently highlighted her hair, adding a glint of gold to the deep brunette. Thin straps of her tank top settled on the edge of her slender shoulders, giving the allusion that at any moment one may slide down and expose a full, round breast. A C-cup. Not implants. She’d shared that with him long ago.
Now she met his eyes. Hers were large mocha coils that held a vault of secrets in their depths. Her eyes had always saddened Michael in a way he couldn’t quite explain. Something about what lay hidden behind them made him want to protect her. That was the reason he hadn’t seen or spoken to Nicki in more than six months. Of course there were other reasons, none of which he cared to confront at the moment. Or ever.
For Michael Sykora, killing started as blind rage. Then it became something he’s good at. To most of those who know him, Michael is a software designer, a smart but average guy with a workaholic nature. To a chosen few, Michael is a part-time hit man whose specialty is eliminating hard-core criminals.
Michael has managed to keep his two personas separate. Until now. When Nicki, a close friend, gets into trouble, Michael steps in to help. Having lost his fiance to a brutal crime, Michael will do whatever necessary to keep from losing another woman in his life.
All of my titles are available in print and ebook format. Find them all on Amazon, Amazon UK, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, iTunes, Smashwords and Sony’s Reader Store. I’m also in the process of getting them all narrated as audiobooks.
I hope you enjoyed today’s visit with Michael Sykora.
Thanks for reading.
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