Saddled with the grim inheritance of a bankrupt Russian teahouse in a Detroit slum, Alex Winters’ life is filled with more misfortune than a Tolstoy novel.
Using her knack for observation and the songs playing on the radio, Alex passes the time by writing quirky backstories for the parade of inner city characters that drift in and out of the teahouse, each one inspired by her love of music.
But all that changes when an enigmatic stranger walks through her door. Tall, dark and grumpy, ex-Marine Frank Brennan’s daily visits to the teahouse defy any plot twist Alex can imagine. Frank’s mysterious behavior leaves her wondering who he really is and why he keeps trying to improve her bleak situation.
But when Frank’s unique brand of tactical chivalry slams head-on into a mob payment gone bad, Alex finds herself on the run in an epic cross-country road trip with a twitchy veteran who acts like his mission objective is to get as far away from her as possible…
…Which would be fine if Alex hadn’t the misfortune to fall hard for the rough-around-the-edges Gunner.
Getting Frank Brennan to admit he feels the same is a risky gambit, but Alex Winters has four days, two thousand miles of road, and a strategy for unconditional surrender that could bring even the most battle-hardened soldier to his knees.
Spin the Wheel
Meet Frank Brennan, a veteran Hollywood action hero who meets his match in smart-mouthed screenwriter Alex Winters...
Nope, scratch it. That rom/com crap has been done to death. And I can’t even picture Mr. Name, Rank, and Serial Number in hair and makeup.
Meet Frank Brennan, highly-trained government spook and international hit man on the trail of a mysterious Russian assassin named Alex…
Hmmm…maybe not. I mean, he’s tall, dark, and smoking hot but he’s not like “international man of mystery cosmopolitan.” I bet he eats his steak well done. With ketchup. Oh well, let’s try again.
Meet Frank Brennan, husband, father, vinyl siding salesman…
Oh, he’s going to hate this one. But it’s still not quite right. It needs something. Let’s see… add some Russian mobsters… maybe change the location from Detroit to umm…Argentina? Albuquerque? No, wait… Bangkok! That’s it! I’ve got it now.
… but when his secret past as a disavowed double agent catches up to him, Frank finds himself on the run from something even more terrifying than the Russian goons sent to kill him: his furious wife, Alex.
From the mixed-up files of Alex Winters come three high-octane, adrenaline-packed, hyphen-heavy adventures in deciphering the mystery that is Frank Brennan: Winter Unscripted, Brennan’s Lament, and Bangkok Vengeance.