I woke to a cold breeze scratching at my cheek. I opened my eyes a crack and saw the room was filled with early morning light. In the distance I heard bells sounding. Surreptitiously, I slipped my hand under my pillow and wrapped my fingers around the hilt of the dagger I kept there. A shadow fell across the bed; I jumped up, swinging the blade in a wide arc.
A man leapt back, a gash across his chest and garrote in his hands. Before he could recover, I charged him, bringing my dagger down into his forearm then punching him square in the nose. I grabbed the man by the collar and threw him across the room, right into an expensive Noan table that shattered like an icicle that had fallen from the eaves. With a moan, the assassin rolled over, blood covering half his face.
“Mercy,” he said, but even as he spoke his hand crept to his belt–towards a dagger.
I kicked the man’s hand then tore his belt off. I fashioned it into a makeshift noose and slipping it around his neck. As I dragged him towards the window, the assassin’s hands flailed uselessly around his throat, trying to slip his fingers between the leather and his skin. I pulled the man to his feet and sent him straight through the window.
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Deborah Longworth is the best firearms officer in the division. When her regular partner takes the night off to attend a birthday party, she is paired with rookie cop Brent Ashcroft. Its a quiet Sunday night, so what could possibly go wrong? Short, sharp storytelling from the Amazon best selling author of THE FIX, DIRTY and UNREST.
Friends Rob, Pete, and Jack were stuck in their bunk house, their crampons and ice axes taunting them. They had spent months training to summit and ski Mont Blanc, the highest peak in Western Europe. But conditions were bad.
Still Rob wouldn’t take no for an answer. Not from the guides, nor the mountain. He proposed risky solutions. Pete embraced them, determined to bag the peak before his fortieth birthday. Jack regretted ever agreeing to the ascent—he’d only come for the glorious ski down.
Then a scary Canadian walked through the door and announced, “I’ll take you to the top.”
Was he their salvation or damnation?
“Blue Ice, White Powder” is a true story and quick read, delivering the challenge of a fifteen-thousand-foot mountain in your lunchtime. If only the peak had been that easy.
The perfect summer short story from bestselling novelist and broadcaster, Fern Britton. Ed and Charlotte have been married for fifteen years, but they have been drifting apart and now Ed suspects that Charlotte may be involved with another man. He decides a family holiday is just what they need and rents a cottage on the cliffs near the picturesque Cornish village of Pendruggan. He is desperate not to lose Charlotte and hopes that the holiday will bring them closer together again, but Charlotte is wondering what happened to the man she fell in love with. So into their car they all pile, including their teenage daughter Alex, her younger brother, Sam and their enormous Bearded Collie – will their Cornish escape be the holiday to make them…or break them?
Nothing worse than getting ants at your picnic…. unless it is vampires. It’s the 4th of July and the nation is celebrating the United States’ independence. Except someone dressed like George Washington has figured out a way to turn the revelers into mindless drones. Looks like a job for Maggie and Killian.
A part of the Maggie MacKay: Holiday Special short story series. This stands independently from the main Magical Tracker series and can be read at any time and in any order.
WARNING: This series contains cussing, brawling, and unladylike behavior. Proceed at your own risk.