Tommy slept soundly, bracketed against the bare back of Sadie Cintean, her ample butt tucked into his groin. She had accepted his invite for a night cap after dinner at Don Pistos in North Beach—their fourth date.
They made love into the wee hours of the night, her boundless energy as refreshing as it was exhausting.
He was awakened by his cell phone ring. He broke from Sadie and rolled over to grab it from the night stand. “Hello?”
“Hey cuz, it’s Ryan,” Assistant Chief of Police Ryan Delmastro said.
“Shit,” Tommy mumbled. “You’re gonna ruin my Sunday, aren’t you?”
“Last time I checked, you were a homicide detective, and we have a homicide that needs detecting.”
“Outside my jurisdiction,” Tommy groaned.
“Marin County Sheriff’s Department is short on detectives. We owe ‘em one for helping us out on the gang bust last year.”
“When did it happen?” Tommy rubbed his eyes.
“Overnight. Found early this morning.”
“San Francisco resident. Jina Pak—of Korean descent.”
“They told me she has a neck wound. That’s all I know.”
“That’s for you to find out. Are you a fuckin’ journalist? What’s with the one-word questions?”
Tommy heard Ryan slam his hand on a table. “You’re with a woman, aren’t you?”
“Smile if you got any last night.”
“I’ll be there in an hour.” Tommy broke the connection.
“What’s going on? You have to be somewhere in an hour?” Sadie asked, moving to rest her head on his chest.
“Yeah. Homicide on Muir Beach. Gotta go.”
“One more time around?” she asked, cupping his balls with her hand.
“As much as I’d like that, and I would, I’m afraid the dog needs a nap. He might be ready tonight. What are you doing for dinner?”
“Meeting you somewhere. Text me.”
“Count on it. Stay as long as you like. I have to shower and go.”
“I’ll shower with you,” she said, and did.
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JerJer is anxious to dominate humanity and prove that his philosophy of natural order is superior. Educated at the finest universities, JerJer launches an insidious campaign for President of the United States.
His agenda appeals to Americans’ weaknesses, as he leverages the hubris of his constituency.
In Western Australia, a girl is born into tumultuous circumstances at Margaret River Winery. Raised by her father and an aborigine caretaker, Starr strives to live a normal life, riding her loyal appaloosa, tending to her vineyards and tasting romance with a steadfast Australian man.
As her supernatural talents intensify, however, messages from the aborigine Spirit Realm and God combine to animate constellations, depicting the prophecy that was spoken to Starr’s father on the night of her birth.
Starr is swept up in the penultimate battle between good and evil, fighting a primordial adversary with her meager resources - or so she believes. She struggles to come to terms with her destiny, wondering if she can save humanity for the love of higher powers, family, and her beloved Australia.
In AUSTRALIA’S STARR, Alexi Venice paints picturesque landscapes and develops captivating characters who use inventive weaponry. Venice incorporates subtle symbolism that will resonate with readers, lingering long after they finish the story.
Amazon Bestselling Author, Alexi Venice, practiced law for 28 years until the novels within her had to be indulged their freedom. She continues her daytime role as an attorney at a large healthcare system (under a different name), pursuing her writing life from dusk till dawn.
Her exciting legal cases inform her writing, in addition to her adventurous spirit, which has led her to fly jets, shoot assault rifles, wake board in the Caribbean, test her strength at CrossFit and get the crap beat out of her boxing.
Venice, who used to live near San Francisco, is married and now spends most of her time in Wisconsin.
Her favorite pastimes include biking and playing with her duck tolling retrievers on the lake.
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