Hi everyone. I’m happy to say Gamble, by Staci Troilo is available for download and she is here to share it with us.
Hi, everybody. I’m really happy to be here with you. Thanks for visiting with me.
I’m here to share a short excerpt from my new novella, Gamble, the second installment of my Nightforce Security Series. In the following passage, we join our hero when he’s putting himself in harm’s way to protect everybody else. I chose this one because it’s indicative of Noah’s personality and abilities.
Jack snickered. “You’re pretty funny, frogman. Too bad I don’t believe you about your crew. And I told you what I do to people who lie to me.”
“You really want to risk making all that noise?” Noah asked. “I don’t know how you’ve diverted security so far, but a gunshot will bring everyone running. Including my guys.”
“Thought your guys were with your client?”
“I’m missing, and I’m not answering my phone. Someone’s looking for me.”
Jack stared at him through narrowed eyes.
The door burst open, and Ace and Joker strode in. They were dressed in casino security uniforms—charcoal pants, white shirt, blue blazer, burgundy tie—and they each had little gold name tags like the real guards.
“I see you’ve revealed yourself, Jack,” Ace said.
“Didn’t have a choice. This one,” he pointed his gun at Noah, “rushed Deuce. Almost took him out with a chokehold.”
Ace sighed. “What are we going to do with you, Mr. Crawford?”
“He’s a former SEAL, Ace. Works private security now. Says he has a crew in the building.”
“Is that so?”
“I don’t believe him, but…” Jack shrugged.
“Let’s find out, shall we?” Ace pulled his phone from his pocket then took Noah’s picture. Then he sent a text. “Trey can look through surveillance feeds and see who he came in with.”
“We really have time for that?”
“I’ll make the time. I want to know what I’m dealing with.”
Joker held a bundle of clothes in his hand, and he handed some to Deuce and the rest to Jack. “You’re lucky we prepared for you blowing your cover. Go change.”
Jack jumped off the edge of the table. “Don’t get your panties in a bunch. We always knew it was a possibility.”
Jack and Deuce disappeared, presumably going somewhere previously scouted and safe for them to change. Ace’s phone rang, and he walked deeper into the poker tables to talk uninterrupted.
Noah only had a few seconds before Ace found out he really did have backup in the building. The hostages were as safe as possible on the floor. It was his only play. He turned to Daphne. “Stay down.”
But he was on his feet again, charging Joker. They fell to the floor, rolling, wrestling—each trying for the upper hand.
Sometimes stakes are too high to gamble. Other times they’re too high not to.
Noah Crawford is a consummate bachelor—until a one-night stand piques his interest in something more. The only problem is, she wouldn’t give him her name, and he has no way to find her.
A week later, resigned to forgetting her, he accompanies his friends to a casino. Floor traffic promises to be light while everyone clusters at the sportsbook for the college basketball championship game. But Noah isn’t in the mood for frivolity and sets off on his own. No one is more surprised than he is when he bumps into his mystery woman.
He’s playing a far different game than cards when armed criminals take over the poker room. Noah is separated from his friends, and somehow the room has been cut off from security. Help isn’t coming. It’s up to him to keep everyone safe while he tries to thwart the gunmen.
Noah quickly realizes he’s trying to prevent more than a simple heist. And he doesn’t know who he can trust. The stakes have never been higher, and he’s all in. But one of the thieves might have an ace up his sleeve, and that could cost Noah everything.
Staci Troilo writes because she has hundreds of stories in her head. She publishes because people told her she should share them. She’s a multi-genre author whose love for writing is only surpassed by her love for family and friends, and that relationship-centric focus is featured in her work.