Cover Reveal: Random Acts by Erica Spindler + Exclusive Excerpt
Eric Spindler stops on over to share the cover for her upcoming release RANDOM ACTS!
One dead queen.
Three bizarre acts of violence.
No visible connection between the crimes.
Michaela Dee Dare, newly minted detective for the New Orleans PD, is called to a Garden District mansion—someone’s decided to bludgeon a former Queen of Carnival to death with her own scepter.
Even as the investigative pieces begin to fall into place and they close in on a perpetrator, something’s not adding up for Micki. It’s too easy, the crime too random. But what’s a rookie detective to do when her seasoned partner doesn’t agree with her?
Betting on her instinct and gambling with her future in the NOPD, Micki strikes out on her own, pulling at strings that reveal an evil that chills her to her core—and may cost her everything she holds dear.
Set in New Orleans’ most iconic neighborhoods, this exciting prequel to The Lightkeepers —a series lauded as ‘enthralling’ and ‘not to be missed’—introduces tough, likable heroine Micki ‘Mad Dog’ Dare, and foreshadows the thrill-packed journey to come.
The Banks Street two-story had been built at the turn of the twentieth century and had solidly stood against every hurricane until Katrina. But Katrina’s floodwaters had inundated the first floor; its wind had torn off the roof, allowing rain to pummel the second floor.
Hank had purchased the moldering home “as is” and rebuilt it from the inside out. Truth was, the house reminded Micki of the man himself—sturdy and old-fashioned, with a crusty kind of charm.
Truth was, didn’t matter if it was cars, buildings, or people, Hank liked to fix things.
He’d fixed her. Something her crazy mother and the small army of pediatric counselors she’d hired had been unable to do. No wonder he was her best friend.
Micki let herself inside the gate and went around the side of the house. Light glowed from the garage in back. The Nova, she thought, smiling. His latest project. He’d hauled it home a couple months ago, grinning from ear-to-ear.
Micki stepped into the garage. Hank was bent over the car’s raised hood. “Hello, old man. You ready to break for dinner?”
He came out from under the hood and grinned at her. “Depends. What’s on the menu?”
She cocked an eyebrow. “What? Your Spidey-senses not working tonight?”
Hank had the best sense of smell of anyone she had ever known. Same for his hearing and vision. It was practically supernatural.
“Burgers,” he said mildly. “From Port of Call.”
She checked each bag, making certain neither was marked. “How do you do that? It’s just plain freaky.”
He laughed and grabbed a rag and began cleaning the grease off his hands. “The smell of grilled beef and onions clings to you like a perfume.”
“Great. No wonder I’m single.”
“You’re single because you choose to be.”
Her relationship status was a regular point of contention between them, and she changed the subject. “Okay, Sherlock, besides my eau-de-diner cologne, what tipped you?”
He snapped off the work light. “You drive past Port of Call on your way home and their burgers are your favorites. I was an NOPD detective, you know.”
She grinned. “Like a million years ago.”
“Ungrateful girl.” He lowered the garage door, and they started for the house. “I hear you pulled a homicide today. Tell me about it.”
“Cut-and-dried. Looks like the perp snapped.”
“Snapped, you say? How so?”
“Mmm. Everyone we talked to claimed our perp couldn’t hurt a flea. Said perp, however, beat the victim to death. Big mess.”
Hank stopped and looked at her, his eyes the baby blue of a summer sky and somehow as endless. How did her do it, she wondered? How did he let it all roll off him, seemingly without effort. He was like a cross between Santa, Yoda, and an aging Marlboro Man.
“Nothing’s ever cut-and-dried, girl. Not when it comes to one man taking another’s life.”
She shook her head, fondness for him washing over her. “You’re such a weirdo.”
His eyes crinkled at the corners. “Love you, too, girl.”
Erica Spindler is the New York Times and International Chart bestselling author of thirty-three novels and three eNovellas. Published around the globe, she has been called the “The Master of Addictive Suspense” and “Queen of the Romantic Thriller.”
The Lightkeepers is Erica’s first series, something she’s wanted to do for years. All she was waiting for was the right characters. She found them in Micki Dare, reformed southern belle turned kick-ass cop, and Zach “Hollywood” Harris, a charming bad boy with some very cool, save-the-world skills.
Erica splits her writing time between her New Orleans area home, her favorite coffee shop, and a lakeside writing retreat. She’s married to her college sweetheart, has two sons and the constant companionship of Roxie, the wonder retriever.
Erica is currently at home in New Orleans, writing Micki and Zach’s next adventure, FALLEN FIVE.
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