On Paid Leave by Beth Mikell
ON PAID LEAVE
A Shawn Angel Mystery Book 1
Genre: Mystery/Women Sleuths
Death is final. Murder is unforgivable. Bottom line: I was tired of it all…
Suffering from PTSD with a snarky view of life, Detective Shawn Angel is forced to face her internal demons. As she heads out of town for some R and R, she finds herself yanked into a hometown mystery. A missing person and a murder doesn’t make for a relaxing vacation, but hey, chocolate could be her mental salvation. Confronted by her past love, Shawn must surrender her pride and consult on his case, yet he complicates matters in his no-nonsense manner. Their reunion is short lived when a murderer finds her, and beating the odds becomes number one on her bucket list.
“You froze my boxers?”
I shrugged. “That’s what you get for ratting me out,” I said, thumbing toward Leo, who had the wherewithal to nip my digit, and then smooth a kiss over my skin. My toes curled, damn him. “Next time, keep your trap shut. Just sayin’!” I moved a little away from my man-crush before I forgot decorum and jumped him in the kitchen. Manners were key.
“Cruel, woman,” Hernandez said, shaking his head. “Seriously, couldn’t you come with something else?”
He took the bowl of frozen heroes from the freezer, setting it on the counter. Iced Batman and frozen Captain America shorts clunked with a thud. I hope Cap didn’t mind the refreeze?
Beth Mikell is an avid reader and writer across many genres. She’s a native Floridian, yet at thirteen, her family moved to Alabama and as the years turned into several, she traveled to many countries such as Brazil, Turkey, and Iran. When it comes to writing, Beth likes to weave tales about love, loss, and rebuilding hope, either in fiction or poetry. She finds the most challenging part of writing to be the end—saying goodbye is never easy.
Favorite Quote: “Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds…” –William Shakespeare
Classic Writing Influences: Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, and Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Favorite Bands: Evanescence, 3 Doors Down, Breaking Benjamin, Seether, Red, Linkin Park, From Ashes to New, Starset, and Three Days Grace
Favorite TV Shows: Outlander, Chicago PD, North and South Book 1 and 2 (mini-series)
Favorite Movies: Gone with the Wind, Titanic, Man on a Ledge, Cellular, Sense and Sensibilities, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and Ladyhawke.