Do you have any special St. Patrick’s Day traditions? I’m not Irish, but I come from Montréal, which surprisingly has the third largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in North America, behind only New York and Chicago. I attended it often as a teenager and young adult. March in that part of the country is fickle. Sometimes, I nearly froze my toes off, other years, I wore only a T-shirt and got a nice tan. But whatever the weather, it was always a blast. Everyone wore green, McDonald’s had Shamrock Shakes, the bars had green beer, and everyone was in a party mood.
Since we’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, I’d like to say a little word about my FREE novelette, Guns ‘N’ Tulips. This story takes place St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago, and I use some of the Irish holiday’s symbolism, which you can see in the short excerpt below.
Officer Connor Kavanagh lost everything—his badge, his friends and his fiancée—when he agreed to go undercover with the mob and infiltrate the ruthless Bank Bandits. After months of scheming and strategizing, the day of the big heist—and Connor’s chance to get his old life back—finally arrives, but right from the start, Connor’s plans fall apart. Even worse, the woman he loves is trapped in the crosshairs of the Bank Bandits’ murderous leader, and Connor is her only hope for survival.
They pulled the stockings over their heads and picked up their weapons. Connor slipped the backpack containing his tools on his shoulders, and when the van door slid open, he and Owen jumped out. A brisk March wind tugged at Connor’s trench coat, threatening to yank it open and reveal the MP5 he held hidden inside. The day’s cloudy gray skies reflected his mood as they sped across the oddly empty sidewalk.
In the distance, he heard the cheering of a crowd. Brows furrowed, he pushed open the entrance door to the bank and came face to face with a cardboard leprechaun. St. Patrick’s Day. The bank was only a few blocks from the parade route where all the Irish and Irish wannabes in the city of Chicago were lining along Columbus Drive, shivering in the cold lake air and drinking gallons of beer and whiskey. Last year, Lily had insisted on attending both the river-dying ceremony and the parade, and he’d had a blast snuggling with her under a Bears blanket to keep her warm.
But that was a lifetime ago. Lily hated him now, maybe for good.
Pushing down the emotions clogging his throat, he nodded to Owen, raised his gun and charged inside. “Everyone, listen up! Get face down on the ground with your hands above your heads. Now!”
Do you think the luck of the Irish will hold for Connor? Can he accomplish his mission and be reunited with the woman who means everything to him? Download it today and find out if Connor will be lucky in love… or not.
An Interpol agent playing a dangerous game. A Mafia princess desperate to escape. A man determined to exact retribution…
Nick Clarkston, a young Interpol agent, threatens to undo the fragile peace between the Lucchesi and Andretti families when he tries to take down the Mafia don father who abandoned him. He allies with his father’s sworn enemy, a mobster both devious and ruthless. The mobster’s alluring daughter helps Nick negotiate the murky criminal underworld, but he soon learns she’s using him. Trapped, and with nowhere to turn, Nick makes a tragic mistake that plunges him further into danger.
Delfina Andretti appears to be the typical Mafia princess–but this princess wants out. Delfina dreams of being a fashion designer, and hooking up with Nick is her ticket out of an arranged marriage. Her feelings for Nick are genuine, but he’s leery of her. Even worse, his heedless drive for justice threatens to get them both killed and to put everyone Delfina loves behind bars–unless she and Nick can forge a new future for their warring families.
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