DEADLY FEAR…psst…a new excerpt! Back to Blog

Happy Friday!! Yes, Friday! The weekend is nearly here!

Today, I want to share a new DEADLY FEAR excerpt with you.  It will help you get to know my hero and heroine a bit more.  Hope you enjoy it!

“So…are we gonna talk about it?”

Monica froze at the deep voice. Her notes were spread in front of her, the shade on her window firmly closed—because she really hated to fly—and with only about ten minutes left on the private flight, it looked like Dante had decided to get chatty.


“I mean…we’re gonna be working together, and we can’t pretend the past didn’t happen…”

Sure they could.  She spent most of her days shoving the memories of her past away.

Carefully, Monica sat down her pen. Then she lifted her gaze.  Dante sat across from her, his long legs spread out, taking up too much room.  He’d changed before they left, thankfully gotten rid of the blood, and now he wore loose khakis and a button-down shirt.

Over the years, she’d tried not to think about Dante. Tried to pretend the fling with him hadn’t happened.

Tried and failed really, really well.

“Like what you see?”  The words came out of his mouth sounding like some kind of sensual purr.


And, dammit, yes.  Luke Dante was sex, he was power, and he was temptation.

A temptation she hadn’t been able to resist when she was twenty-two. But one she would ignore now.

Tall, muscled, with bright emerald eyes and sun-streaked blond hair, Dante was a southern boy with charm and a dimple in his chin.

A long, thin scar marred his right cheek.  She’d been there the day he got that scar.  The mark didn’t detract from Dante’s looks. No, the scar just made him look all the more dangerous.

She stared at him, trying to be detached. A strong jaw, wide lips, slightly twisted nose—he shouldn’t have been handsome.

But he was.

No, not handsome. Sexy.


Monica cleared her throat. “The past is over, Dante.” They’d been over this before, when he’d made the mistake of tracking her down.  Serious mistake.  “We’re professionals, we can—”

“Pretend we never had sex?  Pretend we didn’t nearly tear each other apart because we were so fucking hungry those nights?”

Her heart thumped hard enough to shake her chest.

He smiled at her, flashing his white teeth. “Don’t know if I’m that good at pretending, Ice.”


In case you’re curious, Ice is a nickname that Monica was given in her FBI Academy days, and it’s a name she hates.

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46 responses to “DEADLY FEAR…psst…a new excerpt!”

  1. Pearl says:

    Shorty! And I’m not even that short (5’3″)…I hated it and from the time I could I started wearing heels (serious heels, not the puny 3 inch ones) to make up for it.

  2. Babs says:

    “Babs” is the nickname…the only who actually calls me it is my best friend of 18 years who decided it fit me. Funny, loads of others don’t think it fits but it works for me!

  3. Staci says:

    This book sounds Hot! One of my funniest nicknames is Air Bear. I tend to be a little ditzy sometimes, and was given this nickname during the Care Bear craze in the 80’s!

  4. “Hell cat.” But that’s more based from my personality which I secretly adore. It matches. 😉 Based on my name: Kaza. I don’t lean either way with that one.

  5. Shelly Estes says:

    When I was a kid, everyone called me Skinny Minnie and I hated it. Now I just WISH I was still that thin!!!

  6. Nikki B says:

    I have 2 nicknames…the 1st was given to me by a group of people I used to work with at Old Navy…they called me GhettoP lol. It stuck b/c I did a lot of club dancing to the music in the store to make people laugh. And I wore this HUGE puffy coat in the winter that everyone said made me look like a baller, lol. To this day whenever I run into any of them they start yelling GHETTOP!!!!

    My other nickname is nikkiums….my hubby calls me that. I have no idea why or how it got started but I think its cute. So I started calling him billiums LOL.

  7. Sharon Chambers says:

    Wow! Can’t wait for this one to come out. I have it marked on my calendar!!

  8. Diane Sadler says:

    Did that sound good or what?
    No nickname for me; I’ve been called Princess Di since my name is Diane but just as a joke. My name’s been shortened to Di, Dee, Deedee but no nickname.
    Have a great weekend all!

  9. Viki says:

    The only nickname I’ve had is – Vi Ki. My buddy in college liked how I spelled Viki so he kind of stretched it out ;).
    That excerpt has me wanting more. I love that Dante is acting like an ass.

  10. Taylor Z says:

    I love nicknames, but i dont have any cool ones. People call me “T” or “Tayz”, but usually i just go by my first name.

  11. Stephanie G says:

    Ice Queen. Psh, just because I think people should be called out on it when they act stupid doesn’t make me Icy!

  12. Chris says:

    my nickname was Blackie and it’s kind of a shortcut for my last name 😉

  13. No endearing nick names for me, some not quite so endearing ones having to do with my body shape but we won’t go into that.

  14. Cheryl McInnis says:

    Mine was Pork Pie *cringes* My mother called me that because I was such a chubby little kid and it stuck for years, especially when someone in my family (my brother!)
    wanted to get my goat! Of course, his nickname was Weiner-Beiner so really he had no room to talk. I however, refuse to give my kids nicknames-I would never humiliate them like the way I was 😉

  15. Valerie says:

    Great excerpt. Well, I’ve never had a nickname really. People just shorten my name to Val. My Mum hated it. When friends called and asked for Val, my Mum would tell them…we don’t have a ‘Val’ here, only a Valerie….duh!!!! Haha!!

  16. Sonya says:

    You know, I WANT nickname! My name is hard to do much with.
    The only one I really ever had was ‘Rainbow Brite’ – I went through a phase in the early Eighties where that was the only name I would answer to. My schoolwork came home with ‘Rainbow Brite’ written on it because I refused to be called Sonya!

  17. LSUReader says:

    My first name is so short, I’ve never really had a nickname. Sometimes my husband and I call each other by our first initials, and that’s fine. I guess it’s a whole lot better than Ice.

  18. Jeanette Juan says:

    When I was younger people tried to cal me by Jeanie but I did not like it so I ignored them anytime they used it.

  19. Chelsea B. says:

    Don’t really have a nickname except for Chels 🙂

  20. Heather S says:

    First, love the excerpt. Very HOT!

    Nicknames, I’ve had two both of which make me cringe when I hear them. I was called Casper as a child. I’m really, really pale. The second is the most recent. My friend has taken to call me Bubbles, mainly because I am not bubbly. She finds it very ironic.

  21. Jane says:

    I was called Shortstuff and occasionally I was called Shortcake. I am short, so I guess it fits me.

  22. Leslie says:

    Nickname in high school was Red – my hair has since darkened but still has some red in it.

    My sister has always called me Annie – my middle name is Ann. She’s the only one that calls me that.

  23. Valerie L says:

    Love the excerpt, can’t wait for the book!

    As for nicknames , in High School my best friend called me Moose. Don’t exactly remember why but yep that’s what she called me. Now I don’t really have a nickname, but hubbies pet name for me is pretty lady.

  24. Barb P says:

    Hi Cynthia! Well I have had several nicknames thru the years. When I was little my family called me Bitsy, because I was so small. When I got older my sister called me Boo, and still does, and my nephew called me Aunt Barky because he couldn’t pronounce Barbara. He also still calls me that. To everyone else though, I am just Barb. Have a great weekend!!!

  25. Brandy says:

    When I was little my Dad called me Pee-Wee and Peanut because I was so small when I was born. It didn’t really stick past my adolescence. If I were to have a nickname now it would probably be something along the lines of crazy cat lady. *G*

  26. Jennifer D. says:

    Hello Cynthia,
    I’ve had a bunch of nicknames in my life. Probably due to the fact that my name (Jennifer ) is popular. Some of the classics are JP (from my aunt) & Midge from my high school track friends because I’m short.

  27. cories says:

    Hi! Great excerpt!

    The only nicknames I received were based on mispronunciations of my name by younger cousins. Of course, I got back at them by calling them by mispronunciations of *their* names by even younger cousins. 🙂

    My grandmother had nicknames picked out for each of us grandkids from when we were babies, but I don’t know if that counts since only the older generation would use them.

  28. Cathy M says:

    Only nicknames were from my dad, who loved making stuff up: Kit Cat and Cathy Toots. Even ages and ages later, he still uses them and I don’t mind one little bit.

  29. Judy Cox says:

    Great excerpt!! I have never had a nickname. That seems odd since I am thinking about it 🙂

  30. Tracey D says:

    Nuisance! Because I’m a pester…LOL

  31. Casey says:

    That was hot! I can’t wait to read it! I usually get called Erin, because that’s my older sister’s name and we look almost exactly alike. I also sometimes get called Erin’s Little Sister, or Mini-Erin. The worst part is all these people know my name is Casey and that I HATE being called Erin.

  32. Mary G says:

    OMG the excerpt. I love rom. susp. & that was hot.
    My hubby used to call me punkin but it was shortened to punk years ago.

  33. kylie says:

    Nice excerpt. My childhood nickname has stuck with me since I remember remembering! My mom affectionately called me “Honeydew.” Then it shortened to “Dew” and quickly evolved to plain “Doo.” Yeah, you totally know where this leads to – surviving a childhood with all my siblings and relatives calling me Doo-Doo. As an adult now, I can certainly proclaim with pride: “Yeah, I know I’m so the sh-t!”

  34. Donna S says:

    I got the nickname clutz, for twisting my ankle jumping down the stairs. Not really fair I dont think as I didnt hurt myself much more than others do.

  35. Fedora says:

    “Fed,” which is fine by me 🙂 My high school locker partner used to call me Fifi, which I didn’t care for much, although I was OK as long as only she used it.

  36. Linda Henderson says:

    My middle name is FERN, I hate it, so naturally some people used to call me FERNY. I can’t tell you how much I hated that nickname. I still don’t like the people that called me that.

  37. Edie Ramer says:

    My real name is Edyce and my nickname is Edie. That’s it! I feel like I should apologize. lol

  38. Willa says:

    Hi Cynthia *waving*

    My Dad calls me ‘sugar’ – guess it’s because I’m soooo sweet! 😀 hahahahahaha!

    So – what was/is *your* nickname???

  39. Mars almond bars is the only nickname I can remember and I thought it was silly.

  40. Denise T. says:

    My father has called me Runt all my life still does and I’m now 46! I love it and hate it. Love it because it’s my dad hate because yes I am the runt of the family!

  41. meaghan says:

    in high school everyone called me boody (my maiden name was abood). it never made me self concious about my butt. it makes me smile when people call me that now since most people only know me by my married name. 🙂

  42. JoAnna says:

    Growing up I was active, I was an acrobat, cheerleader, twirled baton so I apparently had a healthy appetite, so my step-father came up with the nick name “Garbage gut”.

  43. Colleen says:

    I had a few nicknames… but nothing that stuck… I give out more nicknames to people than anyone has ever done for me!

  44. kh says:

    shorty or kimmy
    i am fine with it and it si a complinent lol

  45. Stacey Smith says:

    Thay nicknamed me Stuffy when i was a kid because I liked to act lady like and to the stuck up.Was dreaming of being a princes all the time when young no one calls me that enymore.and thay call my brother stubie because he was short.


  46. sue brandes says:

    They call me kats cause I love cats. And yes it fits me well.