Shannon Stacey

What I’m working on today…

Jack was on his third scotch, eyeing the wedding guests and idly pondering lithe brunette versus busty redhead—he’d been avoiding blondes—when his cellphone vibrated in his pocket.

He thought about not answering it—everybody whose call he absolutely had to take was in the reception hall—but yapping on the phone beat standing around watching other people have a good time.

The number wasn’t familiar to him. “Donovan.”


The music was too loud, to say nothing of the voices and laughter, so he headed toward the door. Once he was on the other side of it, he could hear a lot better. “Yeah. Who’s this?”

“Isabella.” The name hit him like a hard shot to the chest. “Isabella Arceneaux.”

“Isabella,” he whispered, unable to get anything else past the sudden logjam of emotion in his throat.

It had been almost a year since he rescued her from the guerrilla stronghold where she’d been held captive for over two years. Almost a year since he told her there was nothing between them but a little hero worship and put her on a plane out of Africa. It was the hardest lie he’d ever told.

“You told me if I ever needed you to call,” she said, and he heard the subtle tremor in her voice. “I think I need you now, Jack.”

“What’s going on?” Not that it mattered. He was already pushing himself to his feet, patting the tuxedo’s pockets for his car keys. His go-bag was in the trunk of the rental, along with his weapon.

“I think somebody’s trying to kill me.”

13 comments to “What I’m working on today…”

  1. Lori
      · February 28th, 2013 at 9:34 am · Link

    Squeeeee! Jack! Finally!

  2. Michelle
      · February 28th, 2013 at 9:50 am · Link

    So giddy right now….I love this series and so glad you’re getting back around to it.. Can’t wait…

  3. Amy R
      · February 28th, 2013 at 12:56 pm · Link

    You are such a tease….but I like it!

  4. Lynda the Guppy
      · February 28th, 2013 at 3:30 pm · Link

    Oooh! Is this one of the Devlin group? I have GOT to read those! LOL.

  5. Hilly
      · February 28th, 2013 at 3:53 pm · Link


  6. Jennifer
      · February 28th, 2013 at 8:54 pm · Link

    I’m SO freaking excited!!

  7. Negar
      · February 28th, 2013 at 10:04 pm · Link

    Is it Isabelle or Isabella

  8. Shannon
      · March 1st, 2013 at 9:41 am · Link

    It’s actually Isabelle, now that you mention it. Oops!

    I struggle with her name a little bit. (Okay, a lot.) Her name was originally Claire, but my editor pointed out I REALLY love names that start with C and I couldn’t change Connor or Carmen’s, so Claire became Isabelle. Why I keep changing that E to A on the end is beyond me.

    This is just one of the many, many reasons we have editors, LOL.

  9. Melanie J
      · March 1st, 2013 at 4:03 pm · Link

    Yessssssssssssss! I’ve been waiting for this book for a LONGGGGG TIME!! LOL!

  10. library addict
      · March 1st, 2013 at 7:48 pm · Link

    Yay! Love the Devlin Group. I confess the whole Isabella/Isabelle thing went right past me.

  11. Shannon
      · March 2nd, 2013 at 9:19 am · Link

    In my mind she’ll always be Claire, I think, so I have a hard time getting the Isabelle/Isabella to stick. Definitely putting a sticky note up to do a “find all” for Isabella before it goes for edits.

  12. Donna
      · March 4th, 2013 at 5:39 pm · Link

    Oh my! You’ve got me now. I’m putting the Devlin Group on my e-reader wishlist. I’ve been Jonesing for a new military series.

    I’m working my way through the Kowalskis right now. I have to tell you that I laugh so much that I’m afraid I’ll jiggle my hubby awake some nights.

  13. Shannon
      · March 8th, 2013 at 9:55 am · Link

    My husband hates being awakened by me making choked, snorting noises because I’m trying not to laugh. :D


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