I’m Julia Talbot, and I’m here to share an excerpt my new novella Fox and Wolf, which is book one in the Apex Investigations series.
Rey woke in a strange place, eyes flying open, his nose working overtime. Wolves. Bears. Cats? Cats. Oil. Computers. Tuna fish. Peanut butter.
Oh. The private investigators. Indeed.
He relaxed for a moment, his human eyes staring at the ceiling. Thankfully, the change didn’t take him hard. He dressed silently, making sure he was totally put together before he opened the door.
“Hey there.” The big shaggy wolf who’d been assigned to his case smiled at him. “Feeling a little better?”
“Yes, thank you.” Rey needed a bathroom, a cup of coffee, and answers.
“There’s a bathroom out in the hall. Do you want something to drink?”
Oh, blessed mind reader. “Coffee? Back in a jiff.”
He hurried off and did his business, his stomach screaming at him. Then he cleaned up and headed back to the office, checking his phone on the way.
He had a few messages, but nothing he needed to answer. Thank goodness.
Right now he didn’t know who to answer and who not to. Anyone could be paid to betray him. He had no friends or family, just professional acquaintances.
At this point he just needed to run and keep going.
“Have a seat,” Dylan said. “Carrie is bringing coffee.”
“Thank you. Have you found anything?” Rey slipped into the chair across from Dylan’s desk.
“Well, Senator Cooper does have a taste for underage girls. That’s who your lady was working for. It’s possible she was blackmailing him, I suppose. The firm seems as on the up-and-up as any PR people can be, but there are a couple of players there who have shady backgrounds.”
“Her files didn’t have anything unusual. Just performance reviews, a write-up, then her exit interview.”
“So you did look at the files?”
“Yes. I had to ensure they were what she requested.”
“They were in standard folders? No special folio?”
“Just HR folders. Manila. I don’t know why they weren’t electronic files. Those are always easier.” Always.
“See, that’s why I keep thinking she had to be looking for something to show…. How soon after the drop-off did she call you?” Dylan’s gaze narrowed, but it looked like thinking eyes, not accusation stare.
“You mean after the calls started? The threats?”
“You said she called you to come get the files. How soon after the drop-off?”
Dylan had said he would ask the same questions in different ways, so Rey went with it.
Title:Fox and Wolf by Julia Talbot
Apex Investigations Series Book One
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Gay, Romance, Mystery, Suspense
Length: 138 pages/Word Count: 42,724
Apex Investigations: Book One
Werewolf PI Dylan Weems is a hired to solve the murder of a client’s customer. As an ex-cop, Dylan is the perfect man for the job, but he doesn’t expect the complication of alluring fox shifter Rey.
Ever since finding the dead body of one of his clients, Rey Mercier’s life is a mess, and he needs help desperately. He has no idea why he’s the target of some ruthless people or what he did to anger them. Hopefully Dylan and his motley crew of shifters at Apex Investigations can help him find out, but first Dylan and Rey have to deal with literal corporate tigers and dire crocodiles shifters… all while deciding what to do about the mate bond that’s becoming undeniable. And is that even possible between fox and wolf?
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Stories that leave a mark. Julia Talbot loves romance across all the genders and genres, and loves to write about people working to see past the skin they’re in to love what lies beneath. Julia Talbot lives in the great mountain and high desert Southwest, where there is hot and cold running rodeo, cowboys, and everything from meat and potatoes to the best Tex-Mex. A full time author, Julia has been published by Dreamspinner, All Romance Ebooks, and Changeling Press. She believes that everyone deserves a happy ending, so she writes about love without limits, where boys love boys, girls love girls, and boys and girls get together to get wild, especially when her crazy paranormal characters are involved. She also writes BDSM and erotic romance as Minerva Howe. Find Julia at @juliatalbot on Twitter, or at www.juliatalbot.com