Ember Raine Winters
(Pride and Honor, #2)
Publication date: April 20th 2017
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense
Being a cop, I didn’t have any choice, but I really wish I hadn’t got mixed up in this case. My dark past is catching up to me ever since he barreled into my life without a care. It terrifies me that he sees right through me. He could be the one to save me . . . or break me.
It was just a job. Until it wasn’t. By then the sexy little redhead had her claws in me. Now, she’s in my life and I’m lost. How am I supposed to keep the demons from her past from eating her alive? I don’t know, but I will do whatever it takes to make her mine.
It happened again. I didn’t think a person could dream when they were that drunk. I was wrong. She let out a blood-curdling scream, and I jumped from my spot on the couch and ran into the bedroom. I was looking around wildly for any possible threat, when I noticed Tasha thrashing and whimpering in the bed.
“Tasha? Tasha!” I bellowed.
I walked over to the bed and brushed the hair from her face and watched as she settled. Walking around the bed, I figured I’d stay and make sure another nightmare didn’t come back. I leaned up against the headboard and watched her sleep for a bit. I was drowning.
I couldn’t believe how much this woman had gotten under my skin. I didn’t like it, but as I sat there looking at her sleep, her scarlet locks framing the pillow, I knew I was done for. I would do anything to protect her, even from herself.
Everyone joked and talked crap about how I reacted in times of stress, but I learned that from living in foster care and on the streets. I became that way after having to not only watch my back, but also watch Kelly’s as well. It did me a great deal of good in the military. I just wished I knew what to do to help Tasha.
“GO, go, go!” I screamed at Kelly as we ran down an alley.
We had a really big ugly dude on our tail. I was pretty sure he was after Kelly. She was a cute little thing, and we had our fair share of big guys trying to take advantage of her.
We ran down the alley and came to a busy street. There were people everywhere so we slowed our pace.
“Do you think we lost him?” she asked with a tremor in her voice.
I wrapped an arm around her and continued down the street. I could tell she was scared. I hated that she came with me. She actually had a decent family this time. Mine had sucked and the guy had tried to hurt me several times.
When I told Kelly what was happening, she insisted that we take off again—she was a persistent little thing. Finally I agreed after the guy punched me in the face, blackening my eye.
“I don’t know, Tink,” I sighed and hugged her closer.
A moment later she was ripped from my arm and I turned around to see Big Ugly with his meaty paw wrapped around her biceps. She squealed in pain and was thrashing against him. I saw red.
“Let her go!” I raged and stepped forward.
He laughed then. The sound grated on my already fried nerves. I was looking around. It wasn’t good to cause a scene in the middle of a busy street. If someone called the cops, we would be going back to foster care.
It didn’t matter that the guy was roughly pulling Kelly down a sidestreet, struggling all the while. I walked up behind him and punched him in the back of the head as hard as I could.
“What the fuck?” he yelled and swung around with a right cross, but I ducked under his arm and plowed into his middle. He got me from behind, and each blow he delivered to my back felt like I was getting hit by a truck, but I refused to let go. Once he had me on the ground, he flipped me over and straddled my waist as he rained blow after blow on my head and chest. I vaguely heard Kelly’s panicked screams. I was covering my face in an attempt to ward off his punches when everything went black.
My eyes shot open as I looked around wildly. I didn’t recognize anything in the room I was sleeping in. After a few minutes, I relaxed when I noticed Tasha asleep in the bed next to me.
I hadn’t even realized that I had fallen asleep sitting up, until Tasha rolled over and moaned.
“Twitch? What are you doing here?” She yawned.
“Sorry, you had a nightmare. I came in to try to calm you. I must have fallen asleep.” I put my legs over the bed and stood up.
“It’s okay, just stop screaming at me,” she groaned.
I chuckled and then I went to the bathroom. Grabbing a bottle of water and aspirin, I walked back to the bed and handed them to her.
“Thanks.” She popped the aspirin in her mouth and downed the bottle of water. “I don’t really remember much of last night. I hope I didn’t make you uncomfortable,” she said shyly.
“No worries. I have dealt with many drunk people before. You were fine,” I laughed.
“Ugh,” she groaned. “I let her get to me.”
“I figured that. You okay?” I asked, making sure to lower my voice.
“Yup, I’m here to do a job. That’s all!” She was getting fired up. “I’m not going to let her and her selfish need for my forgiveness get to me.”
“Okay, well, you feeling good enough to get this show on the road then?” I asked.
“Absolutely,” she said sitting up, stopping for a second as if noticing something for the first time and looked at me accusingly.
“Did you undress me?”
“Nope, that was all you,” I chuckled. “Carried you to the bed after you passed out on the sofa, but you woke up and started stripping. I hightailed it out of here as soon as I realized what was happening. I only came back in when I heard your nightmare.”
She looked around, seemingly for the first time, and saw her clothes and shoes sprawled across the floor and shook her head.
“This is why I never drink whiskey,” she sighed dramatically.
“You drank whiskey?” I asked flabbergasted.
“Yeah, and a lot of it.” she replied. “Can you leave so I can get dressed, please?”
Ember Raine Winters is a new author who just self published her first book. She went to community college to study political science and philosophy. She is currently taking classes to get her BS in business majoring in Sports management. She is an avid reader mostly fantasy and science fiction with a little romance thrown in as well. She loves writing Science Fiction mainly dystopian but is trying her hand in Fantasy as well.
Thank you so much for joining us today! Please introduce yourself! Tell us who you are and what you do! Are you the main character in the story or a supporting role? What do you do for a living? How old are you? Tell us about your story. What is it about and what role do you play? Hi! I’m Dylan Spaulding AKA Twitch and I work for GTT Security. I was sent to help the LAPD and the breathtakingly beautiful Tasha bring that idiot Brendan in for kidnapping his own kids. I never would have guessed that I would fall so hard for her fiery spirit and take charge attitude. I learn somethings about her in the process that make me not only love her but need to protect her.
Can you tell us about one of your most distinguishable features? I’m pretty average in appearance nothing to striking about me. I do have a tendancy to look around a lot and watch everyone else’s back. That’s why they call me Twitch. I’m always ready for trouble.
Do you have any birthmarks or tattoos? I do have a tattoo on my biceps but you will have to read the book to find out what it is.
Would you ever want to go hang out with your author? If so, what would you do together? Ember? Nah, not really. I think I will leave that up to the girls they can all do girly crap together or whatever.
If you could have a super power what would it be, and why? I think super speed would be the best there are a couple times in my life where that particular super power would have been useful. I may have been able to save some lives if I had just been fast enough.
What is your biggest pet peeve when dealing with others? I hate people who hurt women and children they are definitely the scum of the earth.
What would I love the most about you? My awesome body, obviously! *chuckles* no really I’m loyal to a fault and once I care about someone I do everything in my power to protect them.
What would I hate the most about you? It might be the fact that I still subscribe to the idea that women should be cherished and protected. Marcy and Tasha have both gotten all over me on more than one occasion because I mentioned trying to protect them, Kaylee too.
Do you think the author portrayed you accurately? To an extent I guess. I think she made it seem like I was a lot more arrogant and conceited then I actually am but whatever. I know I am awesome and that’s exactly how she portrayed me, so it’s all good. *chuckles*
What is your idea of a perfect day? Staying in bed with Tasha all day and blocking out the rest of the world. We would only come out to order food and then eat it in bed naked all day!
What is your greatest fear? Losing Tasha. Failing her is my biggest damn fear in the world. I can’t imagine what my life would become if I lost her. I would cease to exist.
Someone is secretly in love with you. Who is it and how do you feel about that? Ha! Tasha told me about this question and just let me say that no matter who thought they were in love with me wouldn’t matter because the only person that I will ever love is Tasha. (Did I lay it on thick enough because I don’t want Tasha to kick my ass later for giving the wrong answer.) *snickers*
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? When I was little I wanted to be just like my dad. He was a great man and a federal prosecutor in Baltimore. The man was everything to me. He died along with my mom when I was twelve years old. After that nothing mattered but surviving and as soon as the foster-care system spit me out, I joined the Army.
If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would do today? Stay in bed with Tasha all day. *chuckles* No I would tell my family that I loved them and spend time with the three greatest kids in the world, Leanne, Lance and Trey’s son Mikey.
What is the one food you can’t live without? I am a total grilled cheese junkie. My mom used to make the best grilled cheese sandwiches when I was a kid and I could eat them all day, everyday.
If they turned the book into a movie, who would be cast to play you? I would want someone who is a badass to play me, but I think Chris Pratt or Channing Tatum would be the best because they have killer bodies just like me. See? I told you I wasn’t as conceited as she made me out to be. *Laughs*