Thursday, May 07, 2009

Watch Over Me - Brand New Excerpt!!!

I thought today I'd give a special sneak peek into Lucy's upcoming release of "Watch Over Me!"

Remember to post those comments for a chance to win some autographed copies of Valentino's Love Child... Enjoy the excerpt!

“What the hell just happened?” Myk asked as he, Elle, Beau and Frank walked down the nondescript gray hallway toward Elle’s office.

For a company on the leading edge of environmental technology, the building’s d├ęcor was less than inspiring. Who knew? Maybe gray walls and white labs were supposed to promote creative thinking to compensate?

Frank checked his watch and pulled the cell phone from the holster on his belt, clearly needing to make a call. “That’s just Lana. Don’t take it personally.”

“It’s hard to take her desire to have sex with me any other way.”

Beau choked on a laugh. “She said that?”

“Myk! Stop it.” Elle sounded serious. “Lana’s social skills are a little unpolished. She spends too much time on her own. The only other person she talks to regularly is her lab assistant.”

Frank chuckled. “I swear those two talk in some kind of code. Half the time I can’t follow their conversation.”

“So?” Myk shrugged.

“So…just don’t make fun of her. You either,” Elle said to Beau and then stopped at her door and passed her hand over the biometric lock. “She’s a brilliant scientist and a caring person.”

“Yeah, she cares so much, she dismissed us after I told her you were the primary target for bastards that would make slitting your throat seem like a favor.”

Elle spun to face him, her glare familiar and yet more intense than it used to be. “First target. Not primary. Ultimately, to make whatever scheme they’ve got going work, these people are going to need Lana, not just her formulas. That makes her the primary target and don’t think she’s so lost in scientific theory she hasn’t already figured that out.”

Right. “Then why didn’t she ask what we are going to do to protect her?”

“I’m sure she doesn’t think you are interested in protecting her at all.” Elle pushed the door to her office open and stepped inside.

Beau followed her. “Sounds like I missed some fun showing up late for your talk with our little alchemist.”

“That’s bullshit,” Myk said to his sister, more annoyed than he should be by the accusation. “I’m lead agent on this case. Her safety is my responsibility.”

“You didn’t tell her that though, did you?” Elle shook her head and sat down behind her desk, giving him a look that reminded him of their mother in full disapproval mode. “No, you made sure you told her that if anything happens to me that it’s her fault.”

Myk wasn’t taking that back. He was furious that his sister was at risk from a drug cartel that made the slavery ring he took down look like school yard bullies in comparison.

Elle sighed, her expression going somber. “Besides, I doubt she believes that she’s safe, regardless of what measures are taken.”

“Why?” Beau asked from his perch on the edge of Elle’s desk.

“Do you know something we don’t?” Frank asked thoughtfully, his phone open but inactive in his hand as he took one of the chairs facing Elle’s desk.

Myk opted to stand.

“I’m sure Mr. Smith is aware of it,” Elle said with some derision. “But he’s already shown he shares information on a need to know basis and he decides who needs to know what.”

What does Mr. Smith know?” Myk asked, on the downhill slide to psychotically frustrated, a condition only the women in his family seemed to be able to elicit in him.

“Lana was a child prodigy.”

“It figures,” Myk muttered. The woman was even smarter than his sister, but he didn’t see what that had to do with her perception of personal safety.

“Honey, that’s not exactly a state secret,” Beau said.

Elle hushed him with a look. Huh. So it worked on non-Chernichenko males as well. Must be the connection between them.

“She had a double PhD in Applied Physics and Chemistry by the time she was twenty-one.” Elle’s admiration was clear in her tone. “Her doctoral thesis for her PhD in chemistry had applications for chemical warfare, though she was interested in improving water supplies without hugely expensive water treatment facilities.”

“And?” Frank prompted when Beau and Myk refused to do so.

Chernichenko women were notorious for dragging out a story. The men in the family had a policy of not encouraging them. Myk was glad to see Beau taking the same tack.

“And she was kidnapped by a radical faction of the Kurdish rebels a week after she defended her thesis to the doctoral committee. The rebels wanted her to create chemical weapons for them.”

Several beats of stunned silence followed Elle’s revelation.

That was one need to know fact Myk would never have guessed resided in the sexy scientist’s history.

“Someone found out and got her released?” Beau asked.

Elle’s gray eyes flashed. “She blew a hole in the wall of the cell equipped as a lab that they kept her in. The door was steel, set in a steel frame, but the walls were more vulnerable.”

“Day-am,” Beau’s drawled.

Myk’s reaction was less printable.

“Two soldiers died in the explosion and several others would have suffered permanent nerve damage from the gas she released to incapacitate them for her escape.”

Myk shook his head in amazement. “She’d make a hell of a soldier.”


booklover1335 said...

I. CAN'T. WAIT!!!!

Thanks for the excerpt, but was mean to those of us who have been anxiously awaiting this book for months (ever since it appeared as a pre-order).


Amy said...

I am just about to start reading the copy I won tonight. I can hardly wait to get started. Love the excerpt

sarabelle said...

Thank you so much for the excerpt. I am very interested in the book after reading it and yesterdays excerpt was HOT HOT HOT.

limecello said...

Loved the excerpt - I definitely want to read this book; love Lucy's stories!

Jenn said...

Oh I so can't wait for this book. I have already pre-ordered my copy. I love all of Lucy's books.

flchen1 said...

Oh, awesome!! Thanks so much for the peek!

Judy said...

Woohoo!! Amy, I will not, will not, will not be jealous, much. At least my copy is on pre-order so it will be here in a few weeks. Thinking I'll need to reread The Spy Who Loved Me, as a refresher, of course. Thank you, for the excerpt!!

Jane said...

I can't wait for "Watch Over Me" to be released.

Stacy S said...

Great excerpt! Can't wait to read it when it comes out.

kim h said...

wow very hot congrats love the cover

Maureen said...

It looks like another good story.

CrystalGB said...

Great excerpt. Looking forward to reading Watch Over Me.

Michele L. said...

WATCH OVER ME sures sounds like a fantastic book! The excerpt is very tantalizing!

The cover alone is hunkalicious! I would buy the book for the cover and frame it! Seriously! What a handsome guy!

Can't wait to get this book Lucy!