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I'm back again with another snippet from my romantic suspense, One Red Shoe. In last week's snippet, Sam was ambushed by a Russian Mafia kingpin's security. He got away and today we catch up with him in New York City.
Teller was late, and Sam Jozwiak was freezing his ass off—one more screw-up in one hell of a long line of screw-ups. Sam’s light jacket had been fine for April in Paris, but spring warmth was nonexistent on the deserted fifth floor of the old Guttschenheimer Department Store. After running for three days across Europe, he had to keep moving, if only to stay awake. When he heard the heavy footsteps, he stayed hidden in the rabbit warren of inventory shelving to make sure it was Teller.
“We know you are here, Samuel,” announced Yuri Grashenko, accompanied by his buddy the Hulk—damn, they found him again.
Sam had to ditch his weapon at Charles de Gaulle because the airlines were finicky about people carrying guns aboard—Sam was pretty finicky, too, about passengers being armed . . . unless it was him. Someone from the agency should have passed him along the JFK concourse and handed off a gun, but Teller probably didn’t think about that.
“Do not make things hard on yourself, Samuel, give me what I seek and we shall go our separate ways—as we have before.”
If Sam believed that, Santa existed and pigs could fly.
It Happened One Night meets Knight and Day.
When elementary teacher Daria Mason left Iowa for a writers’ conference in New York City, she didn’t expect to come home with a wounded spy. Sam Jozwiak works for a shadow agency that gathers intel vital to U.S. security. From the moment he steals digital files from a Russian Mafia kingpin, Murphy’s Law takes over. No matter how he covers his tracks, the kingpin’s assassins find him. What’s worse than getting shot in the butt? Accepting help from an Iowa tourist. Thus, begins a road trip that takes Sam and Daria cross country with the assassins right behind them.