Teaser Tuesday ~ Doppelgänger by Camille Taylor

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Hello and welcome to Teaser Tuesday where every week I’ll be posting a teaser from a range of books and genres. This post is all about fun, so sit back with a coffee and enjoy a short tease from talented authors.

This week we have Doppelgänger by Camille Taylor

“Following the rules has its advantages, but breaking them may just save her life.”

SYNOPSIS

Doppelgänger by Camille TaylorA new killer has descended on Harbour Bay, and he’s already killed five women…

Bestselling author Megan Bailey is devastated when her young cousin Stacey goes missing. She’s been watching the news and knows what this might mean. Stacey could be the newest victim of Harbour Bay’s newest serial killer. Megan is determined to do something, and enlists the help of her friend, the superintendent of police, Amelia Donovan.

Amelia has her best detective on the case…Dean Matthews.

Dean doesn’t believe in love. It makes men weak and vulnerable, and as a retired soldier, he’s experienced enough heartache to last several lifetimes. He also has difficulty dealing with emotional women. So when he shows up to interview Megan at the request of his boss, he isn’t exactly looking forward to it. Except Megan isn’t what he expected.

Megan is intelligent, witty, and not to mention, beautiful. Dean tries to maintain a professional distance, but with a killer on the loose, he breaks all his rules and gets involved. He offers Megan comfort and promises he might not be able to keep.

The body count continues to rise and Dean’s leads are empty as ever…

When Megan disappears too, Dean knows his time to solve this case is up. He must unravel the twisted web of clues the killer has left behind or risk the one woman who might finally teach him to love again.

TEASER

“I had quite the unconventional childhood.” She picked at her nails. He noticed her thumbnail had been chewed into a jagged edge. “I never set foot inside a classroom until I was nine. My father was a musician and we followed him from town to town. Did you know I won my first literary award when I was eleven?”

Dean shook his head.

“It was called Tour Girl and it was about a young girl who toured the world with her famous father, only she manages to get caught up into a high profile criminal case. In the end, she foiled the bad guys’ plan just in time to watch her father play.” She smiled at the memory. “It was a ridiculous, childish story.”

“It couldn’t have been that bad. It set you on your path.”

“No, I have my mother to thank for that. She was extremely intelligent, always expanding her mind. She surprised many people who believed her to be a simple roadie. They were always underestimating her, but she proved them wrong. There was a brilliant brain inside her head. My mother tutored me. She was determined my education wouldn’t suffer because of our nomadic lifestyle and had me constantly constructing stories, making use of the English language in all its complexities.”

“She sounds like an amazing woman.”

Megan smiled, warming his heart.

“She was. What about you, Detective? How did you end up as one of Harbour Bay’s finest?”

“We were talking about you.”

“We were…and now we’ve moved on to you, temporarily. I’m extremely curious about you, Detective.”

His heart thumped. She couldn’t mean in the way he hoped, but the words still affected him. Much more than they should have.

“Not much to tell. There’s not much work for an army man, at least one who wants to remain active in the field.”

“Yet, you chose to serve your community as a government man rather than in the private sector.”

“It was never about the money.”

“Which is what makes you special, Detective. The kind of people I write about—a real hero. You might not recognise it in yourself, but others do. I do. You care about those around you, those who are taken advantage of, who can’t fend for themselves.”

His face heated. He wasn’t used to such praise. He cleared his throat. “You were telling me about yourself.”

She appeared to examine his expression for a moment. “I embarrassed you, didn’t I? I’m sorry, and you’re right, we were talking about me. From a young age, I was blessed with the ability to tell a story of distant lands, magical places, and knights in shining armour. Nothing was too grand or wild or beyond belief. The sky was the limit. Stories just came alive in my head. My mother encouraged me and fed my mind with the classics, even the books you’ll never see on a shelf, ones long forgotten.”

He grinned and ran his fingers through his short hair, his fingertips brushing against his head. “My mother would like you.”

Megan frowned. “Why is that?”

“Because you’re the very embodiment of everything she’s ever wanted. She’s spent her life collecting and preserving books. Like your own mother, she consumed every written word she could get hold of. It was hard being the only kid in primary school who’d devoured every Shakespeare play, or Scott and Dickens novel in existence.”

His mother had ensured he’d not grown up ignorant and he knew words that could probably rival Megan’s extensive vocabulary, but he didn’t like to flaunt it. Besides, he rarely had the opportunity.

Megan’s enthusiasm was clear. “I’d love to meet her some time, discuss her latest find. Although I doubt I’d be of interest to her. My novels aren’t exactly going to stand the test of time like Austen or Alcott. But that’s okay, because it’s not why I do it. Not to sound conceited, but I want to share my vivid imagination with the world, or at least that’s my dream. Right now I’m working from the east coast to the west, but one day I’ll get there.”

“I don’t doubt it. You are a strong-willed woman, and like Stacey, you’ll get what you want in the end.”

“You make that sound like a threat or a promise.” She straightened. “It’s hard. As a writer, everywhere you look you see a story developing. You hear something and the next minute you have a plot sitting in your head. Hell, even my dreams are narrated like a book.”

“I wasn’t complaining. I like it. It’s sexy,”

Oh shit, did I just say that? Sexy?Great, now she knows. But from the moment they met, he hadn’t been able to take his eyes off her. She’d probably already realised it.

“Uh—”

“It’s all right. I know. You think I’m sexy.” She blushed, turning away.

She was teasing him, and she wasn’t very good at it, either. It was obviously as alien to her to tease as it was for him to receive. He couldn’t remember the last time any woman had teased him.

They stood staring at each other for several long minutes, and the urge to take her in his arms was strong. He found himself gravitating towards her tempting lips.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Camille Taylor is an Australian author who resides in the Nation’s Capital with her small dog. She was the typical 90’s kid and was raised on Goosebumps, Roald Dahl and Paul Jennings. In her teens she began reading the Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie and in later years found Christine Feehan, Janet Evanovich and Julie Garwood.

She started writing at sixteen and enjoys spending time with her family, doting on her nieces and nephews, writing the many stories floating about her head and working on her genealogy where she can trace her heritage to England, Scotland, Ireland and Russia.

Her other interests include, anything creative – such as scrapbooking and drawing and has travelled across Western Europe, New Zealand and the UAE, after spending a year living in London. She’s also dabbled in tae kwon do.

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