The Edge of Texas, with J.D. Faver

Do you know where The Edge of Texas is? Please help me welcome my guest today, J.D. Faver. She’s going tell you just where it is, why it can be a dangerous place to hang out (in fiction, at least) and give away a copy of her latest release, BAD VIBES.

Thanks for visiting, J.D. First, can you tell us a little about yourself?

      I live near Houston, Texas. I write contemporary romance and mystery/suspense. Although I write daily, I still find time to enjoy family and friends. I also enjoy cooking, gardening, and painting.
      I am active in several writer’s organizations in the area. I belong to National RWA and am a member of all three Houston area chapters. I am owned by two cats and a small, yappy rescue dog.
      I would rather be sailing or on a beach somewhere, but if I can’t do either of those things, I would just as soon write.

Thanks for sharing that. Since I live in the frozen north, I’d love to join you on that beach. Now, the blog is yours. Take it away.

Thank you so much for inviting me to guest blog, Margery. I hope you’re staying warm. Living in south Texas, the temperature has been like a roller-coaster ride. It may be in the 80s one day and drop to freezing that night. I wanted to tell you about my series of Romantic Thrillers entitled The Edge of Texas. The setting, just 20 miles north of the Texas/Mexico border on the coast, has a semi-tropical atmosphere. South Padre Island is a lovely strip of white sandy beach separated from the mainland by a two and a half mile bridge spanning the Intracoastal Waterway. The first book in the series is BAD MEDICINE followed by BAD KARMA and BAD VIBES, my most recent release.

I’d like to share the blurb for BAD VIBES:
      When government agent Mike “The Iceman” Burke invades her South Padre Island turf, Deputy Darla Calhoun is assigned as liaison officer to his team. Her skills as a sniper come in handy when a gang of human traffickers strikes close to home, kidnapping local women including her best friend.
      Darla is recovering from her husband’s suicide and trying to be a good parent to her twin sons. The ICE assignment takes her out of her misery and plunges her into a dangerous mission and a steamy affair.
      Mike and Darla tear up and down the Intracoastal Waterway in search of the kidnappers and the captive women while Rafael and Javier conduct their own investigation. Will they rescue the captive women or will the kidnappers slaughter them as they have done in the past? Two teams race to find the answers before it’s too late.

In the following scene, Darla has been on the boat with the Feds for a short time, and Mike, with his usual lack of tact, has managed to insult her. His partner insists that he make amends.

      Darla had withdrawn.
      Mike knew he’d been hard on her, but she was the new guy. He had to be sure he could depend on her when the bullets started flying.
      Damn! The whole problem with working with women is that they’re women. He figured that the next thing she’d do was turn on the tears.
      Freddy was giving him a hard look.
      â€œOkay, okay,” he murmured, getting to his feet.
      She had gone to the front of the boat, settling on a built-in seat with storage below. She didn’t look up when he neared.
      Mike lowered himself onto the cushion beside her. “I hope I didn’t hurt your feelings back there.”
      She looked up at him. One side of her mouth lifted in a smirk. “Don’t flatter yourself.” She edged away from him. “You have the social skills of a water buffalo, but we’re not socializing.”
      â€œI’m, uh, sorry,” he said.
      The big brown eyes lifted, settled on him briefly and then looked away.
      â€œI don’t know what your problem is with me, but I’m here to do a job. I have knowledge that you don’t have. You can choose to ignore me or to utilize me.”
      He considered the ways in which he’d like to utilize her. None of them had anything to do with the job.
      Her voice was soft, spoken just above a whisper. “I could be an asset to your mission, but if you continue to discount me because I’m a woman, it’s your loss.”
      Mike shook his head. “I’m not discounting you.”
      â€œSave it. You’re not the first chauvinistic male I’ve had to work with, and I’m sure you won’t be the last.” She turned back to face him. “I’m not asking you to like me. Just respect me for my abilities and treat me like you would if I were male.”
      Mike sighed. “Well, when you walk off in a snit to go pout, it’s a little hard to think of you as a man.”
      She snorted. “You think I came up here to pout? I left because I was very close to kicking your ass.”
      Mike gazed into Darla’s eyes, grinning. He knew that she couldn’t possibly kick his ass. It was the idea that she thought she could, he found intriguing.

I hope you enjoyed the short scene. I would love to give a copy of BAD VIBES to a lucky person who leaves a comment. Thanks so much for allowing me to visit and share a bit of this novel.

Thanks for spending some time with me today. Best of luck with your new release.

Don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered into the draw for a copy of J.D.’s latest release, Bad Vibes.

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