Sneak Preview: A Fallen Heart (Zero Hour Book 2)


Things around the Ashwood household have been crazy as of late. I’ll be explaining a bit more about that in the coming weeks, but there has been so little time this summer that I’ve blinked and it’s already mid-August. I have no idea where the months have gone, but I’d like a refund.

In any case, I have a book release this month! It’s been a while since I had a book drop, and much like the end of summer, this has kind of snuck up on me. I am super excited for this, since it’s the second book in the Zero Hour series. I had so much fun writing this one (in between tearing my hair out and wanting to delete the whole thing).

It releases August 29th, but in the meantime, here’s a little sneak preview:

They’d reached the lot beside the ambulance station where Nash’s Highlander was parked, and Ford was so relieved Nash hadn’t called him out. Instead Nash clicked the button on his keyless entry and the wall behind the vehicle illuminated with the flash of the taillights.

After climbing in, Ford got comfortable in the oversized SUV. He could almost fall asleep where he sat. The leather seats were so comfortable.

“This is an awfully big vehicle. Either you’re compensating for something or you’ve got a secret gaggle of kids I don’t know about,” he said when Nash was sitting next to him.

He chuckled. “Nope. Neither. I bought it, thinking I’d do all kinds of outdoorsy stuff. I wanted to hike and snowboard and kayak.”

“Kayak? Really?”

“Yeah. It looks like fun.”

“Sure, sure. Suctioned into a tippy-ass boat, floating in the middle of the frigid ocean. That sounds like a blast.”

“I thought it did. Unfortunately, most days off are spent sleeping, wasting time until my next block of shifts starts. One day I’ll summon the motivation to take advantage of living here. It’s nearly winter. Maybe I’ll get around to snowboarding this year.”

“I still don’t understand the desire to voluntarily spend time outside. Humans learned to construct buildings for a reason. Strapping your feet to a board and hurling yourself down a mountain sounds like a good way to get hypothermia and lose a testicle.”

“I don’t think hypothermia of the testicles is all that common.”

“You never know,” Ford said. “I’m not willing to take any chances. That’s why I spend my days off meeting Sam for boozy brunches and parking my ass in front of my TV with popcorn that has more butter than actual popcorn to go along with a marathon of shows about sweaty guys in kilts, or whatever those things they used to wear in ancient Rome were.”

“You have a thing for guys in skirts, huh?”

Ford paused, pretending to contemplate the question. “I never realized it, but I guess it is kinda hot, all that easy access.”

“You know, uniform pants provide pretty easy access. Just sayin’.”


o-a-fallen-heartAfter his last disastrous relationship, Joseph Ford has absolutely no interest in getting attached again. Concentrating on working as a trauma nurse and keeping his life as simple as possible are his only goals. Unfortunately, his plans could be derailed by the charming, sexy Nash.

Things are looking up for paramedic Ridley Nash when he transfers to Station 217. He gets along with the crew, likes his partner, and is finally on a team willing to accept him—gay and all. It’s everything he’s always wanted, but when he meets Ford, Nash knows his life is about to get very interesting.

As Ford and Nash find themselves stuck in the middle of a homicide case, things become more complicated. For the last year, the mutilated bodies of teenage boys have been showing up all over downtown. With no leads, the police are getting desperate. One of the victims is found alive, and he’s the best chance the police have to catch the killer—if only they can get him to talk.

Will Nash be able to catch Ford when he falls, or is there too much standing in their way to make it work?

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