As soon as the guards left the room, the man rose to his knees and leaned over, shaking the hood off. He was definitely a tourist. His dark hair was cropped close and gleaming; she couldn’t tell if it was dark brown or black. He had the same expensive look as his jeans. His fair skin was clear and clean shaven with just a hint of shadow, and he had the sort of profile she’d only ever seen on a movie or television screen. He wouldn’t be here long. Either he had a family with money or he worked for a company that would want him back.
She realized he was giving her the same level of scrutiny, and felt a small rush of fear. They were both bound, so surely he couldn’t hurt her, but there was something dangerous in his eyes.
Which is why she didn’t expect them to soften the way they did. “Zoe Rodriguez?” She was too startled to answer, but just nodded.
He glanced toward the locked door and pushed himself to a crouch, the movement oddly graceful. She fought not to flinch when he came over to her. “My name’s Lee Wheeler. I’m with the CIA. I’m going to get you out of here.”
The sudden lump in her throat caught her by surprise. She tried to keep her face schooled as she studied him.
There was no trace of anything but sincerity in his blue eyes. “How do I know you’re telling the truth?”
“You don’t.” He flashed a quick, humorless grin. “I’m not precisely carrying my credentials at the moment.”
Another careful look over his shoulder. “Trust me until we’re out of here, and I promise I’ll show you all the proof you need.”
Zoe’s throat ached and her eyes were stinging. She would not cry in front of a stranger, but the relief was threatening to overwhelm her. “Why?” she said. “I mean, I’m nobody.”
“Médecins International doctor, working as an emergency surgeon in a refugee camp in Oaxaca—that doesn’t sound like nobody to me.” He started to say something else but froze, then threw himself over to where the guards had initially pushed him.
Talks With Fists came in with the filthy bucket that served as a toilet, then dropped it, cursing and yelling at Lee to close his eyes. Lee did, but the guard cuffed him across the cheek before pulling the hood over his head again.
From the author of The Farther I Fall comes an action-filled romance in which two lovers discover that the best thing about being lost is having someone find you...
CIA operative Lee Wheeler is glad to be back in the field, even if the assignment is at a backwater station in Colombia—what he considers punishment for crossing lines in an attempt to save his brother’s life. Either way, he’s ready for action. But he never could have predicted the action he’s about to get...
Doctor Zoe Rodriguez is in charge of a clinic in a tiny town on the edge of the rain forest. She’s still dealing with a traumatic experience she had in Mexico—a trauma she wouldn’t have survived if it weren’t for Lee. So when they unexpectedly cross paths again, unresolved wounds rise to the surface, and their mutual passion flares to life.
But when a new threat reveals itself, Lee and Zoe’s reunion takes on echoes of the past that may ruin their
chance for a future.
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Title: As Lost as I Get
Author: Lisa Nicholas
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: August 18, 2015
Publisher: Berkley Intermix
Print Length: 72k
Format: Digital ONLY
Digital ISBN: 9780698191464
Sometimes when you fall, you land just where you need to be...
Gwen Tennison got out of Afghanistan alive but scarred--and then got stuck on her sister's couch. When she's offered a job managing the U.S. tour for rock music's hottest, most troubled star, it seems like just the thing to snap her out of her post-injury funk. Her instructions are simple: start the shows on time, and keep him clean.
But Lucas Wheeler may be more than she can handle. Though he's drug-free, he still feels the need, and his gorgeous, capable new tour manager is a challenge he can't ignore. Fame and infamy have forced Lucas to protect his heart, but soon he finds himself craving Gwen's touch, and yearning to give her control. And Gwen might feel the same way.
But it's not just the mutual heat between them that is keeping Gwen on her toes. Someone is following Lucas from city to city. With more than just her job on the line Gwen must decide how much she's willing to risk to keep Lucas safe.
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Lisa Nicholas is the author of The Farther I Fall. If she’s not writing, she’s feeding her story addiction any way she can: raiding Netflix, pillaging her local bookstore and library, and (most recently) tearing her way through the comics archive at Marvel.
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I’ll let you in on a secret: for someone who writes about far-off places and exotic jobs… I’m not that fond of research. I read about writers who talk about getting lost in research to the point that they end up not writing and that is not me. I just want to tell my story—why are the facts so difficult to deal with?
I’ve tried going to the library and reading books like a good researcher, and I just… can’t. I lose patience most of the time when I can’t find exactly what I’m looking for. For me, that sort of long-form research tends to happen when I don’t even realize I’m researching. In other words, I’m already reading about a topic that interests me, when I realize there’s a book idea right there staring me in the face.
That’s where the internet is my godsend. When I’m writing a book, I start with enough base knowledge to know that I want to write about the topic at hand. Then I do enough research at the front end to have a decent sense of my setting. I check the plausibility of any plot points I’m not sure of, and often, I’ll find the little details that make the difference. Best of all, this is where I sometimes find new little details that become plot points. From there, I try to limit my research to when I’m stuck on a particular point of data: “wait, how many bullets are in that gun, after all?”
Doing research for As Lost As I Get, I found a whole new resource for information, one I hadn’t considered before, and turned out to be absolutely perfect for me: video. I watched endless documentaries of everything from Doctors Without Borders to a biography of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. And best of all, I found a lot of tourist videos taken on and around the Rio Inírida, which plays an enormous role in the book. The amazing visuals gave me endless inspiration, and I hope helped make the town of Inírida and its surroundings come to life.
So maybe for this next book, I will take a trip to the library… to check out their video collection. ;)