Bait By Elizabeth Noble
Every life is a circle, and sometimes those circles connect and overlap in unexpected ways, even if the patterns they form aren’t obvious at first glance.
Past and present, from the wilderness to small towns and cities, the greedy and evil seek to exploit the vulnerable. The brave men of law enforcement fight to protect the innocent and punish the guilty—but they’re not alone. Men from all walks of life are called to stand beside them and solve these mysteries. Along the way, lives intertwine as couples are reminded that one thing makes the struggle worthwhile: love.
Tyler McCall has made mistakes. He was a teacher—before he fell for a student in his school. That misstep cost him his job and everything he’d worked for. He moved to the Black Hills of Wyoming to start his life over, and he’s happy working at the Big Rock Inn near Devils Tower.
Linden Bourne, a no-nonsense FBI agent Tyler had met before, returns to Wyoming hot on the trail of a killer. The previously unexplored attraction between them grows—which is good considering they’ll be spending a lot of time together when a blizzard strands them at the inn. Cut off from the outside world, with no power, they’ll need to rely on their wits and each other to survive.
Especially when it becomes clear they’re not alone—and the danger they face comes from more than the elements.
Linden slowly closed the yearbook and looked around the apartment. It was early afternoon, so there was light coming through the windows, but still there was a noticeable dimming in the room. He watched as Tyler cocked his head and then turned to study the wall at the far end of the room, near the kitchen. There was such silence inside it was almost frightening. Outside was a different matter. Without the low hum from the refrigerator or the sound of the heat kicking on, the blowing wind seemed louder than it had a minute ago. In fact, Linden hadn’t noticed the outside noises very much except when he was actually outside in the elements.
“I thought you said there was a generator?” Linden asked.
Tyler’s voice was close to a whisper. “Yeah, there are. Two, actually.”
“How long does it take before they kick on?”
“The one that powers this part of the building should have kicked on already. They both should’ve.” Tyler got up and walked to the apartment door.
“Wait.” Linden stopped him before he could pull the door open. “Where’s that shotgun you said you have?” He realized Tyler likely wouldn’t ask him to go back out into the storm. “You shouldn’t go alone.”
Tyler opened his mouth, probably to ask if that was necessary, then closed it again when Linden arched one eyebrow. A few long strides to the pullout couch and he reached under the base and extracted an older gun. Linden followed, took the weapon, and checked the chamber.
“Not much protection without the shells,” Linden observed.
Tyler nodded at the Pullman kitchen. “Above the microwave.”
Linden retrieved the shells and loaded the shotgun, then nodded at Tyler, who looked relieved. “Look, there are all of a sudden too many coincidences to not take this situation very seriously. I think we need to be cautious and smart about what we do from here on in.” He dipped his head toward the door. “Obviously someone has been hiding here, maybe even since the work crews left. I can only come up with a few reasonable explanations, and I don’t like a single one of them.”
Tyler pulled in a deep breath and let it out slowly. He focused on some point between his feet for a few seconds before lifting his head and standing a little straighter. “I think I have the same explanations. Someone is hiding here, and they don’t want to be found or they’re here waiting to catch someone alone.”
“Either situation presents us with a potentially very dangerous person. If they’re hiding out, it’s a good bet it’s because they’ve done something wrong. If they’re here for someone, that person is you, because other than a few people at my FBI office and Randy, no one knew I was coming here to talk to you,” Linden said quietly.
“You’re the wild card.”
“Yes. One guy who works in a bar sticking around to watch this place isn’t much of a threat. If whoever that is came here because of you, they’ll know you’re not some retired special-forces Rambo seeking a quieter life or something.” Linden paused to gather his thoughts. “I don’t suppose you know jujitsu or are secretly a black-ops sniper?”
Tyler laughed and spread his arms wide. “No. Sorry. Just a teacher turned inn worker who really hates the cold. I can shoot that gun, however.”
Elizabeth Noble Bio:
Elizabeth Noble started telling stories before she actually knew how to write, and her family was very happy when she learned to put words on a page. Those words turned into fan fiction that turned into a genuine love of M/M romance fiction. Being able to share her works with Dreamspinner is really a dream come true. She has a real love for a good mystery complete with murder and twisty plots as well as all things sci-fi, futuristic, and supernatural and a bit of an unnatural interest in a super-volcano in Wyoming.
Elizabeth has three grown children and is now happily owned by an adorable mixed breed canine princess and one tabby cat. She lives in her native northeast Ohio, the perfect place for gardening, winter and summer sports (go Tribe!). When she’s not writing she’s working as a veterinary nurse, so don’t be surprised to see her men with a pet or three who are a very big part of their lives.
Elizabeth received several amateur writing awards. Since being published two of her novels have received honorable mentions in the Rainbow Awards. Her novel Jewel Cave was a runner up in the 2015 Rainbow awards in the Gay Mystery/Thriller category.
Website (please include at least this link) http://www.elizabeth-noble.com
Circles website: http://bit.ly/2aryKUQ
Vampire Guard website: http://bit.ly/232TyHH
Dreamspinner page: http://bit.ly/1OiVC6j
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 23, 2016
Word count: 31,049
Cover Artist: TL Bland
Book Five of the Circles series (all the books are stand alones and don’t need to be read in order). It will be available for pre-order on October 24, 2016 on Dreamspinner Press site and other book sellers shortly afterward.
Series page: http://bit.ly/1WI8Phd