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Title: Open Case
Author: Mickie B. Ashling
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Catt Ford
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance
Release Date: 02/03/2017
Seth Wilder and Bryce McFarland deal with the aftermath of Owen Lightfoot’s destructive rampage. Once again, the insurance company denies the life insurance benefit despite the compelling evidence regarding the underlying cause of Mark’s death. However, they acknowledge their former employee’s complicity in the multiple crimes that have blindsided Seth and Bryce. They settle to keep their names out of the news, offering the couple a million dollars apiece, which they accept.
Owen learns of the big payoff and is determined to get his cut. Just when Seth and Bryce think it is all over, Owen reappears, and what follows tests the very limit of their endurance. Through the help of friends and relatives, Seth and Bryce find the strength to keep their relationship intact while seeking out the best way to stop Owen once and for all.
Hi, all! Thanks for stopping by to help me celebrate the release of Open Case, the final novel in the Open Series. I’m excited to share an exclusive excerpt and give you a chance to win a few giveaways. Those of you who haven’t read the first two books, Open Seating and Open House, will want to catch up before you start this one.
Since the status change from friends to lovers, Seth Wilder and Bryce McFarland, have had more challenges than the average couple. Through it all, they’ve been united, communicating without reservation in their quest for a happy ending. Now that it’s within reach, Bryce’s ex-lover, sociopath Owen Lightfoot, is back, intent on destroying it all.
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“What does he have in the form of resources?” Bryce asked.
“Owen stole the victim’s car, wallet, and some petty cash. He’ll ditch the wheels as soon as he can, but he’s had a head start on the credit cards. No word yet on what he’s purchased.”
“Great,” Bryce said. “Fucking great. Should we get out of town?”
“No, but speaking of going out of town,” Jack said. “The next time you decide to spend the night at your sister’s place, I’d appreciate a heads-up. My guys were worried sick when you didn’t come home on Thanksgiving Day, and we wasted a lot of time on the phone. You told us you’d be gone, but you didn’t say it was a sleepover.”
“Shit, I’m sorry.”
“It’s real important to keep the lines of communication open at all times, Bryce. If it had been a true emergency, we wouldn’t have known until the next day.”
“All right already.”
Scowling, Jack stepped closer to the desk and leaned over. “Don’t treat this like a fucking inconvenience,” he snarled. “And whatever you do, don’t underestimate Owen. He’s figured out ways to get past some serious obstacles, so he’s not as dumb as you think.”
“If you’re trying to scare me, you’re doing a good job,” Bryce said. “What in the hell do you expect us to do?”
Jack straightened up and stepped back. “We talked about carrying a weapon. Have you followed through on that?”
“Not yet,” Bryce admitted, shamefaced. “We’ve been busy.”
“Need I remind you that safety—yours and Seth’s—should take precedence over everything else? Meet me at the shooting range tonight at seven. I can at least get you started on the basics.”
“You’re really that worried?” Bryce asked.
“Get your head out of your ass,” Jack snapped. “Owen is a real threat.”
“Right… sorry,” Bryce stumbled, feeling like a fool.
“Don’t make me remind you about this conversation if, God forbid, there’s another incident.”
Bryce’s heart rate spiked upon hearing Jack’s reprimand. “Where’s the shooting range?”
Jack gave him the address and Bryce put it in his phone’s GPS. “We’ll be there.”
“I’m counting on it,” Jack said. “Later, buddy.”
About the Author
Mickie B. Ashling is the pseudonym of a multifaceted woman who is a product of her upbringing in multiple cultures, having lived in Japan, the Philippines, Spain, and the Middle East. Fluent in three languages, she’s a citizen of the world and an interesting mixture of East and West. A little bit of this and a lot of that have brought a unique touch to her literary voice she could never learn from textbooks.
By the time Mickie discovered her talent for writing, real life got in the way, and the business of raising four sons took priority. With the advent of e-publishing—and the inevitable emptying nest—dreams of becoming a published writer were resurrected and she’s never looked back.
She stumbled into the world of men who love men in 2002 and continues to draw inspiration from their ongoing struggle to find equality and happiness in this oftentimes skewed and intolerant world. Her award-winning novels have been called “gut wrenching, daring, and thought provoking.” She admits to being an angst queen and making her men work damn hard for their happy endings.
Mickie currently resides in a suburb outside Chicago.
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