It’s been a while since I had a character over, and I’m very happy to have one today! Read on to meet Gillian from this new story.
Dark Energy: Return to Becker Circle by Addison Brae will release Wednesday in the romantic suspense genre.
Cybercrime doesn’t talk. It creeps in and destroys lives right under Gillian’s nose when a cryptojacking scheme lands her boss, Pinkie, in jail. Gillian had just started over with a new career, boyfriend, and confidence after escaping a vicious murder investigation that shattered her ability to trust. Then Pinkie’s arrest leaves her struggling to run his two bars while also unraveling the conspiracy.
Gillian will not let her mentor and friend go down for something he didn’t do. Neither will Jon, the most talented musician on the bar’s stage and the perfect boyfriend…until his good fortune sends her reeling. Gillian forces herself to trust the cops, people who hurt her, and known criminals. Will it be enough to free Pinkie and save her life?
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Meet Gillian, heroine in Dark Energy (Return to Becker Circle)
Name: Gillian Davis
Birthday: September 21, barely a Virgo
Home town: Sugar Creek, Missouri, outside of St. Louis
Profession: I’m a CPA but hate doing the work. My mentor and friend hired me for my dream job—to manage his new bar and also do the accounting.
Are you happy about your life? I’m ecstatic about life now, but that could change. I just started over—again— after barely escaping a murder investigation alive with a new career, amazing boyfriend, and the confidence I need to be successful. My life is a roller coaster, so hang on!
What do you like about her/him? My boyfriend Jon listens, is there for me, and has my back when things get really bad. I’ve never had any of this from men in my life. Even better, he’s a good cook, makes his own money, and wrote and performs with his band a song for me called Dark Energy.
On what occasions do you lie? My lies are typically by omission rather than not telling the truth. To me, a promise is everything, so I don’t make them if I can’t keep them. I’ve been in the habit of making promises that get in the way of my own happiness. That’s why I added another new rule of my new fresh start—remember me.
What do you value the most? Trust and having people close to me I can count on are the things I’ve learned the hard way are most valuable.
What is in your refrigerator right now? My fridge has a part of bottle of OJ, a half of last night’s burger, and the eggs Jon left the last time he cooked us a gourmet breakfast. Anything else you find in there, consume at your own risk. Only my boyfriend Jon and my boss, Pinkie, know that I don’t cook—or have food in my kitchen—but I can mix a mean cocktail.
What errand/chore do you despise the most? I have cold sweats if I have to go to a grocery store. The massive shelves packed with so many choices of food I don’t know what to do with overwhelms me. If I buy food for home, it comes from small markets, convenience stores, or restaurant takeout.
Your obituary would be … Thinking about my obituary at only 21 is terrifying. It horrifies me more since I’ve almost died at least three times in the last year. I hope it would start like this, “Gillian was a badass…”
What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently? I was kidnapped—for the second time—by the same guy. Most people would have been terrified, but once I got my wits back after being drugged, I was just annoyed. Read more about the experience in the excerpt and you’ll get why this is funny.
I lock the front door behind him, stash the cash in the safe, and log the receipts, just realizing how not enough rest has caught up with me. Sleep will be welcome after last night. I turn off the last light and head through the heavy back door to the parking garage when strong arms wrap around me from behind.
A rag covers my face, garbling my scream. Exhaustion converts to fear. All I see is cloth and concrete.
I swing my body around with everything I have to escape my captor’s hold before everything goes black.
Time passes before I come to. How much, I have no idea. I struggle to break loose. My arms and legs are tied to a chair, and my face is covered. “Where am I?
Who’s here?” My heart might pound through my ribs.
“Hello, Gillian. Sorry to drop in uninvited.”
“It’s you. Again.” I’ll never forget the voice I heard the first time someone held me hostage after Bobby died.
“Indeed, we meet again. Trust me, this is a friendly visit.”
“Then why am I tied up and blindfolded?” My heartrate slows. For some odd reason, I’m not afraid I’m about to die.
“Please don’t take it personally. It’s purely so I can remain anonymous.”
“We have these things today called phones. Don’t you guys use burners so no one can trace the calls? Might try that next time.”
“You being here is much more personal.”
Then why can’t I see him? Footsteps travel across the room.
“You and Pinkie have a nice place here.” Carl’s pots and utensils clank together like off-tuned chimes.
“I heard about Pinkie’s misfortune. If you want to keep this nice place, we need to work together.”
“Why would we work with some guy who keeps kidnapping me?”
“I always like your spirit, Gillian Davis. Your question is smart. There’s someone new in town. He’s trying to control Dallas. Keep hard working entrepreneurs like Pinkie and me from running our businesses.”
Bio: Addison Brae lives in Dallas, Texas on the edge of downtown. She has been writing since childhood and continues today with articles, video scripts and other content as an independent marketing consultant. She writes romantic suspense and contemporary young adult fiction. When she’s not writing, Addison spends her time traveling the world, collecting interesting cocktail recipes and hosting parties. She’s still addicted to reading and enjoys jogging in her neighborhood park, sipping red wine, binge-watching TV series, vintage clothing and hanging out with her artistic other half and their neurotic cat Lucy.