Sneak Peek Week Day Two

White Knight (sequel to Black Jack) is definitely coming. I’ve had lots of people asking for Travis’s story and I intend to write it as soon as I finish up Because You Love Me. I’m hoping I can wait that long. Travis’s whole story is in my head and it’s screaming to be told. I’ve finally met his heroine and I love her! Hope you will too.



Travis Knight walked away from the one-way window in his office, the actions of the performers on the stage no longer filling that empty place inside him. Tonight’s fantasy involved a harem girl captured by a dominant sheik. The talented actors—his best friends—had never failed to capture his attention and enflame his imagination, but tonight the show left him cold.

Dropping onto the couch by the wall, he rubbed a weary hand over his face, his gaze traveling from one end of the room to the next. His desk was an experiment in disorderly conduct, papers stacked high, covering every horizontal inch of oak surface on the antique furnishing. He’d picked the desk up at an auction, the overly large piece appealing to him at the time. It was a desk that bespoke of power and purpose, two attributes he’d worked hard to maintain throughout his life. Like the piles of shit teetering precariously atop it, he suspected all his hard won control was about to topple as well.

His gaze moved to the walls, lined with bookshelves, overflowing with countless novels. An avid reader, his tastes ran the gamut from horror to poetry. Books—like the fetish fantasies enacted in his club—allowed him a brief escape from reality. Glancing at the table beside him, he studied the dust gathering on the cover of the last book he’d attempted to read. He hadn’t picked it up in weeks, the words failing to pull him out of his stupor, his depression.

Darkness had finally descended and Travis was helpless to hold it at bay. He was too fucking tired of the fight. Enough was enough. Leaning his head back, he closed his eyes and succumbed to it, letting the madness flow through him. Clenching his fists, he considered his next move. It was clear he couldn’t remain in this club, couldn’t escape the demons roaming.

He’d leave Scoundrels to Emma. Give it to her and Jack as an engagement gift. He knew their happiness and love shouldn’t leave him with this ache in his gut, but he couldn’t shake it. It was selfishness, pure and simple. He could admit that shortcoming. It’s not like he was proud of it. He wasn’t. Even so, that didn’t make it go away.

His friends had only just found each other after years of standing right in each other’s faces. Love had a funny way of showing up in moments when you least expected it. At least that’s what Emma said. Travis had never felt the emotion. Not once. He grimaced and rubbed his side. Fucking ache was back again. He was fucked up—no two ways about it. Thinking about love shouldn’t cause physical pangs. Jesus.

Reaching beside him, he picked up the glass of whiskey he’d poured earlier and downed it in one long drink. Slowly, he breathed in and out, letting the booze take off the edge. When it failed to take effect, he reached for the bottle and poured another glass. And then another. And another. Only when the tumbler fell from his hand, bouncing on the plush carpet without breaking, did he feel the numb peace take over.

The club had closed, the office illuminated only by the flickering security screens that showed him an empty bar, a dark stage, quiet nothingness.

Always nothing. His eyes drifted shut on that thought.


I have nothing.

I am nothing.

So…whatcha think of the opening?

7 Responses to “Sneak Peek Week Day Two”

  1. I think you need to start getting up earlier to write more-lol

  2. I really like it. Its sets the mood, so to speak about who Travis is. Maybe I’m off base about him. I especially like that you is going to give the club to Emma and Jack as a wedding present.

  3. OMG I love it – I love Travis and I can’t wait to finally hear about all his demons and the woman to chase them away!!!!!!!

  4. Mary Preston Says:

    Oh yes!!!

  5. Susan C. Says:

    OMG! I want this story! Awesome start. You are really nailing the prologues these days. *g* I can’t wait to find out what demons Travis has and how you are going to help him find peace and happiness. You need to help him soon! LOL I love how you worked in the books, how he uses them to escape from his reality, like so many of us. The club as the engagement gift was a nice touch.

    Oh, and I agree with Dawn, if you spend the summer getting up early and writing, then writing all day, you can finish White Knight soon, then move on to Sticky Security LOL.

  6. It’s perfect! Can’t wait to read the book.

  7. It sounds fantastic, Mari. Please, write faster!!!


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