Welcome Author, Rhani D’Chae’s “SHADOW OF THE DRILL”… Blog Tour!
EXCERPT FROM SHADOW OF THE DRILL:
Decker entered the kitchen several hours later, his usual greeting dying unspoken on his lips when he saw the simmering hostility beneath Charlene’s brusque reception. He eyed her warily as he reached for a coffee cup, keeping a safe distance while she went back to the business of preparing her lunch. “Rough night, Char?”
She slammed a bowl onto the counter before glaring at him, one hand on her hip and the other balled into a fist around a heavy soup ladle. “My night was just fine, thank you very much. I can always count on Jose to treat me right. Unlike some people.” Her voice hardened with the last sentence, and he could feel the temperature in the room cooling rapidly.
“Char, c’mon . . . cut me some slack here.” He spoke pleasantly, testing the water. “Food smells great. What are we having?”
Her voice became even colder, and he found to his surprise that he could not meet her eyes. “I’m having chicken noodle soup. I don’t know what you’re having.” She smiled sweetly. “But I know I’m not cooking it.”
Decker sighed, wondering what he had managed to do wrong this time. “Char, don’t be like this. It’s too early.” As soon as the words were spoken, he realized his mistake. But by then, of course, it was too late.
Charlene lit into him with all the wrath of a woman scorned yet again. “Early my ass! It’s almost noon, and you’re just now crawling out of bed! And don’t tell me you were up there alone ’cuz I’m not buyin’ it!” Her voice trembled with frustrated anger. “And don’t even think about opening your mouth ’cuz I don’t wanna hear it!”
Decker took a step forward, extending his hands. “Look, Char . . .”
She cut him off, focusing her attention on the stove. “I mean it, Deck. Drop it. And before I decide I’m not talking to you – Rudy called early this morning. Twice. Which you’d know if you’d bothered to check your messages. Anyhow, he said he’d had a dust-up of some kind at the club last night, so he’s spending today and probably tomorrow in bed. Said not to call or come by. He’ll call you when he’s feeling better.”
Disgust flooded her voice, but she made no attempt to hide or disguise it. “He’s lucky he wasn’t calling for help! He’d have been outta luck, wouldn’t he?” She glanced over her shoulder with a scathing glare. “So much for knowing we can count on you! Any piece of fluff looks your way, and you’re gone for the duration. Never mind how it affects anyone else!”
Decker took a second to wonder what had gone down with Rudy but, since his partner’s message did not indicate a need for alarm, he did not want to allot too much attention to the issue. At the moment, it was more important to understand what was happening with Charlene. He was honestly puzzled by her behavior and by the venomous edge to her words. Tawnee was not the first woman that he had brought home since their relationship had ended, and she sure as hell would not be the last. He had discussed his need for sexual gratification with Charlene and had been completely honest about his feelings for the women that he slept with. And Tawnee was no different from any of the others. At least, not where it mattered. None of them were any different in that respect and he had thought that Charlene understood.
But it seemed that she did not, and as he stood in the kitchen watching her storm her way from stove to table to dishwasher and then back to the table again, he tried vainly to understand what it was that had set her off. He finally came to the conclusion that a woman’s mind – particularly this woman’s mind – was beyond him, and if he wanted to learn anything, he was going to have to come straight out and ask. From the other side of the room. Out of ladle range.
Shadow of the Drill centers around a man whose life was destroyed by violence, who then embraced violence as a means to a very brutal end. It follows Decker and Rudy as they come face to face with their oldest enemies and attempt to close that chapter of their lives. The book contains graphic violence as well as sexual situations, and is not intended for young or easily offended readers. Shadow of the Drill is the first in the Drill series and the second book, Winter of the Drill, will hopefully be completed in the next month or two.
Thank you all so much for allowing me to share a bit of my journey with you today. To follow the rest of my tour, please visit 4WillsPublishing. Nonnie, you were a great host and thank you so much for having me!
Nonnie: Rhani, this is an incredible read and I’m so glad that you joined us here. My readers are just like me in that they expect and appreciate nothing but the best here on my blog, so thank you for gracing us with your presence and your book today. You’re welcome here any time!
RHANI D’CHAE spent her teen years bouncing between WA, OR, and OK, but has lived her adult life in Tacoma, WA. She likes to read, though she doesn’t read as much as she used to due to diabetic vision loss, and is a fan of Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Brian Lumley, and James Clavell. She loves The Walking Dead, and any zombie film with a high body count. Ms. D’Chae enjoys connecting with people on social networking sites, and loves getting feedback from those who have read her work, so please don’t leave without sharing your comments.
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