by Stella Barcelona
A cryptic, urgent text message turns the peaceful life Skye Barrows has created for herself and her sister into chaos. She must follow her father’s instructions to the letter, but Sebastian Connelly is blocking her way. Telling Sebastian what she must do is not an option.
What He Doesn’t Know Will Get Them All Killed
When a prison break in the midst of a security system upgrade threatens to destroy the reputation of Sebastian’s company, Black Raven Private Security Contractors, he goes on the hunt for escaped prisoner Richard Barrows – a delusional and paranoid computer software genius.
Sebastian’s mission: find Richard Barrows and return him to prison, but stonewalled by Skye, who refuses to give him answers, and with the added complication of her special needs sister, Sebastian finds himself always a step or two behind vicious killers.
Nothing About This Case is Normal
For Sebastian, it should be simple, but this case will test him in ways he never imagined. As probing interrogation becomes urgent protection, the search for Barrows forces Sebastian and Skye into a murky world of shadows and illusions.
Barrows. The tech-genius was famous for innovations that had revolutionized computer science and usage. At one time the man was regarded as one of the more brilliant minds of the computer age. He’d made a fortune off his inventions. But with his brilliance came passionate beliefs that were far-fetched and unsubstantiated. Before his conviction, implausible claims had outweighed the plausible. The same brain that had patented ingenious innovations in anti-viral software and spyware became a frequent target of late-night comedians for claiming that extra-terrestrial life had infiltrated the internet.
He’d been imprisoned one year earlier. Although he’d been paying taxes, he’d formulated a detailed personal tax code and, for years, had been paying in accordance with his own tax code. He not only formulated it, he published it, and encouraged others to use it. The running joke was that Barrows, with his considerable wealth and income, paid far more in taxes than required by the official tax code. Others, though, hundreds of thousands of Barrows’ fans, paid less when following his formula. He had pleaded guilty and, because he had paid more in taxes than legally required, had been given a lenient sentence of two years.
Once in prison, Barrows’ daughters, Skye and Spring, had seemingly disappeared. In truth, they’d done a world-class job of concealing their true identities and their connection to Barrows. They became Chloe and Colbie Stewart and lived in the small town of Covington, Louisiana, which was why Sebastian had flown there. His people were good at what they did and it still took them three full days post-prison break to find Skye and Spring. New identities—ones this good—cost big bucks, and only a few forgers were good enough to pull off such a seamless transition. Then again, they were the daughters of Richard Barrows, who could make computers do things others only dreamed about. Dad could have done it for them. Their fake names and assumed lives made Sebastian suspicious, but he didn’t give a damn what they called themselves or where they lived. All he cared about was whether the daughters knew where their father was.
Where the hell was Barrows?
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AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Stella Barcelona has always had an active imagination, a tendency to daydream, and a passion for reading romance, mysteries, and thrillers. She has found an outlet for all of these aspects of herself by writing romantic thrillers.
In her day-to-day life, Stella is a lawyer and works for a court in New Orleans. She lives minutes from the French Quarter, with her husband of seventeen years and two adorable papillons who believe they are princesses. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and the Southern Louisiana Chapter of the Romance Writers of America. Her first novel, DECEIVED, was inspired by New Orleans, its unique citizens, and the city’s World War II-era history.
Her third novel, JIGSAW, a Black Raven novel, will be released in 2016.