A Sense of Danger
Author: Jennifer Estep
Publisher: Jennifer Estep
Release Date: November 16, 2021 (ebook)
Series: Section 47 #1 / Standalone
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Spy Action Thriller
From the Author:
One of the great things about being an author is writing a book in a genre that you love—and the spy genre is one of my all-time favorites.
I love, love, love (!) spy stories. I’m a James Bond superfan, and I’ve enjoyed so many spy books, movies, and TV shows over the years, including Alias, Nikita, and the Bourne movies, just to name a few. Basically, if it has spies, then I will read/watch it. 😊
Over the years, I have written a few unpublished spy books, including one that was very spoofy of the genre (like how my Bigtime books are superhero spoofs). But none of them were quite right. Then, a couple of years ago, I was thinking about what I wanted to write next, and I decided to take another crack at a spy book – one that eventually became A Sense of Danger.
A Sense of Danger focuses on Charlotte Locke, Desmond Percy, and other agents of Section 47, a secret government agency dedicated to spying on paramortals, or those with magic and other extraordinary abilities, like synths, enduros, combustos, galvanists, and more. The urban fantasy book is basically spies with magic, so if you like my Elemental Assassin series, then I think you’ll like this book too. (Fingers crossed.)
I also did something a little different in this book. I usually write in first person, but A Sense of Danger is told in first person from the viewpoints of both Charlotte Locke and Desmond Percy. So readers will get both the heroine’s and hero’s points of view.
I hope everyone has as much fun reading the book as I did writing it. Happy reading!
It was after midnight now, and the moon and stars were shining big and bright in the October sky. The air was quite chilly, and I tucked my hands into my jacket pockets. The wind whistled down the street, cutting straight through my thin white tights and swirling up under my skirt. I shivered and hurried on.
A few people were ambling along the sidewalks or curled up in building doorways, trying to get out of the worst of the wind. If not for my grandmother’s apartment, I probably would have been one of them. If I’d had the money, I would have given those folks a few bucks, but I didn’t have so much as a nickel to spare.
Still, despite the cold, the walk was pleasant enough. During the day, D.C. was a pressure cooker of a city, with mortals and paramortals alike always hustling for more power, money, deals, and information. All those folks spewing all those innuendoes, half-truths, and lies sometimes sent my synesthesia into overdrive, and I often saw gray, pink, and red clouds streaming out of people’s mouths the same way that my own breath was currently frosting in the chilly air. The resulting haze cloaked the streets in a swirling miasma of colors, giving me a headache and making me feel as though I were walking through an abstract painting.
I much preferred the city at night, when the streets and sidewalks were largely empty of cars, people, lies, and colors, and everyone’s frantic greed, ambitions, and agendas had been put to bed, at least for a few hours.
It had been another long, tiring day, so I quickly headed home. I had just stepped onto my block when I spotted a woman leaning up against the side of my apartment building. For a moment, I thought it was Miriam, sneaking a late-night smoke, although as far as I knew, Miriam didn’t know where I lived and would have no reason to visit me at this late hour.
The woman must have heard the soft, steady swish-swish-swish of my skirt because she glanced over at me. Dark brown hair pulled back into a thick braid, sleek black pantsuit, bright red lipstick. Rosalita grinned, her white teeth flashing like square opals in the moonlight. The smile of a predator who had finally spotted her prey. Rosalita pushed away from the building and sauntered toward me.
The second I recognized her, my inner voice started screaming. Danger-danger-danger! But I didn’t need my magic to tell me how much trouble I was in. A cleaner lurking outside my apartment building in the middle of the night only meant one thing.
Rosalita was here to kill me.
I whirled around to run away, but three men were coming up on the sidewalk behind me. I hadn’t heard their footsteps, and I didn’t recognize their faces, but their black suits and sharp, thin smiles marked them as cleaners too.
My mind seized on the numbers, the way it always did. Four cleaners were coming to kill me. Not one, not two, not three, but four. What had I done that would prompt someone to send four cleaners to murder me? Didn’t they realize that one probably would have been enough? This was most definitely overkill, in every sense of the word.
About the Book:
My name is Charlotte Locke, and I’m an analyst for Section 47, a secret government agency that tracks terrorists, criminals, and other paramortal bad guys who want to unleash their abilities on an unsuspecting mortal world. I have a magical form of synesthesia that senses danger and uncovers lies—making me a stealthy operative.
I’m trudging through another day when one of Section’s cleaners—assassins—takes an interest in me. I don’t need my synesthesia to realize that he is extremely dangerous and that he will do anything to achieve his goals—even if it means putting me in the line of fire.
…AND AN ASSASSIN
I’m Desmond Percy, one of Section 47’s most lethal cleaners. I’m also a man on a mission, and I need Charlotte Locke’s skills to help me keep a promise, settle a score, and kill some extremely bad people.
Charlotte might not like me, but we’re stuck together until my mission is over. Still, the more time we spend together, the more I’m drawn to her. But at Section 47, you never know who you can trust—or who might want you dead.
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About the Author:
Jennifer Estep is a New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea.
A Sense of Danger is a stand-alone adventure set in Jennifer’s Section 47 world. The ebooks and print books will be released Nov. 16.
Jennifer is also the author of the Gargoyle Queen, Crown of Shards, Elemental Assassin, and other fantasy series. She has written more than 40 books, along with numerous novellas and stories.
In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys hanging out with friends and family, doing yoga, and reading fantasy and romance books. She also watches way too much TV and loves all things related to superheroes.
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