by Jane Harvey-Berrick
Release Date: November 1, 2018
About Tick Tock
Forget SEALS, Marines, Fighter Pilots—I have the most dangerous job in the world. And I love it.
James Spears is part of an elite group who lives and breathes danger. Where others run from it, he walks towards it, calm, focussed ice-cold. James is a top EOD operative.
You’d call him a bomb disposal expert. Or crazy. A guy with a death wish. He’s heard it all before and he doesn’t give a shit. He’s the best.
They say he doesn’t have blood in his veins, he has ice. They say he has no nerves.
All that’s about to be tested.
Amira is recruited by the CIA to infiltrate a terrorist cell living in rural Pennsylvania. She’s the perfect plant, no one would ever suspect her. Because her brother was killed when a bomb was dropped on the Syrian hospital where he was working as a doctor. And now hate burns deeply inside her. She’s perfect.
That’s what they tell James when he’s told to train her to be the best damn bomb-maker there is. In a secret camp, deep in the woods, James teaches her everything he knows about building bombs. He’s not a praying man, but now he’s really hoping that he’s doing the right thing.
Codename: Hansel and Gretel
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An Excerpt from Tick Tock
Prologue - James
We’re born alone and we die alone.
I’ve never been afraid of dying. It’s living that scares the hell out of me.
But in the bomb suit, I am utterly alone.
There is no today, no yesterday, no tomorrow.
Just here, right now.
There is no God, no Devil, no good, no evil.
Just me. And the sound of my breathing, loud and rhythmic.
Just me. And this bomb.
A bomb is a device that is designed to kill, maim or harass.
I’m not afraid. I don’t have time to be afraid.
The sun burns down, the light is a white haze, sweat runs into my eyes. The longer I’m out here, kneeling in the dust, the more vulnerable the team watching my back.
I can’t be quick. I have to be certain.
Because if I’m wrong, I die.
I am an EOD operator.
I am the Tick Tock man.
I get asked where my ideas come from. A lot. That's a really hard one to answer, because it's usually a build-up of vague ideas, conversations overheard (I do like to lurk), things I've seen or experienced, and sometimes just that weird alchemy that is imagination.
I carry a notebook everywhere in case inspiration strikes, and I'm often jotting down notes while I walk by the ocean with my four-legged best friend.
I write romance, a genre that I love (no pun intended), but I like to write about real-life, too. So you'll see stories about soldiers returning from war and coping with the after effects (The Education of Caroline, Semper Fi), you'll see people coping with difference and disability (Dangerous to Know & Love, Playing in the Rain, Slave to the Rhythm, The Traveling Woman), but I'm also interested in writing about people and communities that are different from most experiences—the traveling / carnival community in The Traveling Man, The Traveling Woman and Roustabout; the surfer community in Summer of Seventeen and The Education of Sebastian; and of my most-loved books is Lifers, about a man coping with returning to his home town after being released from prison.
Dazzled is a romcom—with a little bit of heartbreak, but all my books contain humor. It's something we all use, sometimes as a defense, sometimes during our darkest hours—and isn't life a little bit of pathos, and a lot of bathos?
I hope you enjoy my stories. And I love to hear back from readers.
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