Excerpt from Hiding from Love, Witness Protection Series, Book One

Carolyn_Williamson_5716_final_Cover-orders-2-003-Page-6 Hiding “Who’s she?” Alex Brandon swiveled on the scarlet bar stool. He nodded toward the woman in the doorway. Silhouetted against the red door, she appeared to be scanning the casually dressed patrons of the only place alive tonight in Grandville, Texas. Her green dress hinted at interesting curves. Lightly tanned with a determined looking chin, her face was striking.
The short bartender with slanted eyes held up a forefinger and then jiggled his shaker. He poured a frothy yellow liquid into a glass. He shoved it across the inlaid image of a golden pagoda on the black counter. He inclined his head toward the lady at the door. “Don’t know her. Bet she’s a patient of Doc Gittleman. He’s a plastic surgeon, treated lots of these folks. They come to the Oriental Energies Spa next door for therapy.”
Dr. Gittleman–the name stirred a memory. Wasn’t he the surgeon they’d mentioned at CIA headquarters when agents needed to become less recognizable?
Behind the bar a sign proclaimed, “Today is the First Day of the Rest of Your Life.” Especially true for his friend, Sam, who had to disappear when his cover was blown. Alex didn’t have to worry about that any more. He could concentrate on settling down as his family had always encouraged him to–but now it was too late.
Alex sipped his drink. Laced with pineapple, it was refreshing after the hot muggy air outside. For now he wanted to forget the past and let the measured rhythm of oriental music sooth his troubled spirits. Inhaling the scent of cloves and fennel from a ceramic incense burner, he wished it could somehow renew his zest for life.
His gaze was drawn again to the attractive dark-haired woman. Bathed in the glow from red lanterns, she threaded her way between tables crowded with customers in casual clothes.
As she walked past a carved wooden screen, heading toward him, he could see a flesh-colored bandage on her nose.

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About carolynrae1

Carolyn Rae (a/k/a Carolyn Rae Williamson) - Her passion is writing romantic suspense and delving into the minds of stalkers, bombers and terrorists that threaten the course of true love. She has several books published. Her latest is Just the Two of Us in the Barefoot Bay Kindle World. She has also written a Witness Protection Series, which includes Hiding from Love, Protected by Love, and Tempted by Love. She wrote the text of There IS Life After Lettuce (Eakin Press), a cookbook for heart patients and diabetics and has a master's degree in home economics. Whenever she tastes a delicious high calorie dish, she goes home to make a more healthy, but still tasty version. Her profile, travel, and cooking articles have appeared in the Fort Worth Star Telegram, The Dallas Morning News, Positive Parenting, AAA World, Hawaii and Alaska, and Romance Writer's Report.
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