Elizabeth Noble’s The Jewel Cave
The lovely Elizabeth Noble joins me today with the latest book in the Circles series. I can’t wait to read The Jewel Cave since the first two books were wonderful. She wrote a fabulous bonus scene that you can only read here. If you read Run For The Roses and A Barlow Lens, you’ll remember a certain horse headed for a Triple Crown win. She wrote a scene where Clint and Griff watch the Belmont Stakes. After the fabulous scene, read all about the book. Plus an excerpt you won’t want to miss. At the very bottom, enter for a chance to win a copy of the book.
“Griff, get in here if you want to see this race! It’ll only last a few minutes,” Clint yelled from the living room. “The horses aren’t going to wait on you.”
“Yeah, yeah…I was making your damn popcorn.” Griff set a bowl on the table beside Clint. As the aroma of butter mixed with warm popcorn wafted up, Clint inhaled deeply and sighed. Griff laughed. He looked at the television and shook his head. “Who names these horses?”
Clint leaned back and set the bowl on his lap. He tossed a piece to the larger of their two dogs, Phoenix, who snatched it out of the air, sat and woofed. Fern, their smaller dog, wedged herself between Clint’s legs and the back of the couch.
Griff pulled a chair from the kitchen and planted it close to the television. They watched as the horses paraded to the starting gate. Griff reached out and pointed at the screen. “See that guy there, the one leaning over rail. Something is up with him. Look how he’s rubbing his hands together.”
Huffing a breath, Clint rolled his eyes. “Griff, only you can watch the Preakness Stakes—from Cleveland no less—and find someone to suspect of something. The guy probably bet a lot of money on the race.”
“Let’s see if we can figure out which horse,” Griff said. He turned and grinned.
“You’re on.” Clint inched along the couch so he was closer to the television screen.
They both watched as the names of the horses were announced. When the name Ramble On was announced their suspect stood on his toes and strained to see around the people near him.
“Ramble On!” Clint and Griff said together. Griff scooted his chair closer to Clint and grabbed a handful of popcorn. Clint added, “He’s pretty close to the finish line, maybe we’ll see his reaction after the race.”
The horses were finally in the starting gate and ready to go. There was a few seconds of absolute silence before a bell rang and the horses sprang forward. At first it seemed as if they were one entity with many heads and legs.
“Which one…where…?” Griff used one finger close to the screen and pointed to one horse. “There’s our target.”
“It’s a horse race, Griff.” Clint grabbed Griff’s other arm shaking it when three horses moved ahead of the crowd and spread out to a single line.
The lead horse lost ground and the horses shuffled positions, a gray horse taking the lead. “Which horse is that?” Griff looked at Clint.
“Dreamspinner,” Clint echoed the race announcer.
In the next instant the crowd at the race erupted, cheering and waving. The horses slowed. Griff threw both hands in the air and whooped, Clint jumped up yelling, “Oh, yeah!”
Phoenix rolled on his back and Fern leapt off the couch to bark at the television.
“The gray one won. Where’s our targ—guy?” Griff was still squinting at the television.
They both leaned in closer as the camera scanned the crowd. The man they’d spotted earlier came into view. He threw something on the ground and banged one fist against the rail.
“He looks pissed. I wonder how much he lost.” Clint reached down and rubbed Phoenix’s belly a few times.
“Watch how he moves, and see if you can spot anything on him that looks out of place,” Griff inched even closer to the screen.
Griff looked over at him, a sheepish expression on his face. He stood up and put the chair back. Grabbing the dogs’ leashes he gave them a shake. Both dogs charged to him, tails wagging, pacing between him and the door. “Walk?”
Clint shook his head and stood up. “You’re a master at changing the subject.” He took one harness and snapped it on Fern while Griff was getting Phoenix’s in place. Grinning, Griff opened the door, kissed Clint’s cheek and shrugged, waving Clint ahead of him. “Try not to investigate the neighbors basef on their choices of flower colors.”
“I’ll try,” Griff mumbled and they headed out to a bright and sunny spring day.
Through ten wonderful years Griff Diamond and Clint Bishop weathered good times and bad together. Lately they haven’t spent as much time together as they’d like, and their physical relationship is suffering. Then Clint loses his job at the steel mill. Instead of worrying, he sees it as an opportunity to lean on his steady partner, start his writing career, and rekindle the passion they’ve lost.
But a friendly relationship with another author turns to obsession, putting Clint’s life in danger. Taken against his will to the Jewel Cave system in South Dakota, Clint must rely on the skills he’s learned from Griff to survive.
Fearing the worst, Griff tracks Clint across the country. As a US Marshall, Griff’s always been the man who keeps everyone safe, but he doesn’t know how he and Clint will survive this.
Clint nearly jumped out of his skin when someone’s strong arm snaked around his waist and pulled him back against a firm body. Warm breath blew in his ear along with the words, “You left the door unlocked again. I could be the neighborhood whack job here to bludgeon you to death after defiling you.”
“You scared the crap out of me!” Clint yelped, trying to squirm away, but it was useless. “You’re the guy on this street with all the big guns.” Behind him Griff chuckled and used one finger to move Clint’s hair away from his neck. He pressed a soft kiss to the spot. Clint glared down at the dogs. “And you two! You need watchdog lessons.”
Griff let go of Clint, turned him, and shook him by the shoulders for a second. “Lock the goddamn doors. Even if someone smashes through the storm door, you’ll at least hear them.” He raised his eyebrows and leaned away from Clint, letting him go. “For me. Please.”
“What you really don’t want is some moron busting up the storm door since you’d have to help me replace it,” Clint muttered.
Griff pointed up. “Hey, I happen to have a deep appreciation for that door. Notice I’m tactfully not mentioning how delightful you are when you work on a construction project?” Clint burst out laughing. Griff’s blue-gray eyes twinkled, and the corners crinkled in the way Clint loved when Griff smiled. “Sorry I’m late,” Griff said, leaning down to pet the dogs.
Elizabeth Noble started telling stories before she actually knew how to write, and her family was very happy when she learned to put words on a page. Those words turned into fan fiction that turned into a genuine love of M/M romance fiction. Being able to share her works with Dreamspinner is really a dream come true. She has a real love for a good mystery complete with murder and twisty plots as well as all things sci-fi, futuristic, and supernatural and a bit of an unnatural interest in a super-volcano in Wyoming.
Elizabeth has three grown children and is now happily owned by an adorable mixed breed canine princess named Rosie, and two cats, Murphy and Yeti. She lives in her native northeast Ohio, the perfect place for gardening, winter and summer sports (go Tribe!). When she’s not writing she’s working as a veterinary nurse, so don’t be surprised to see her men with a pet or three who are a very big part of their lives.
Two of Elizabeth’s books have received Honorable Mentions in the Rainbow Awards.
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