Dwayne is a retired hockey player. Celeste is a young Instagram star. With their five year prenup coming to an end, Celeste wants to take everything Dwayne has. But Dwayne made his living on the ice by fighting, and he isn’t about to stop now.
The only thing Dwayne has of any value is a failing restaurant. And a failing restaurant is very valuable when it’s used for money laundering. To the criminal underworld, it’s much more valuable than either of their lives.
A divorce isn’t in anyone’s best interest. And murder is so much easier.
Thus, a deadly game of cat and mouse commences with an assassin hired to kill both husband and wife. As they run and hide and try to edge a step ahead of the other, more lives are put in danger, creating a path of destruction hell would be proud of.
An assassin that won’t be stopped vs. a couple who don’t realize what they’re up against.
There’s only one way this can end…
And it won’t be amicable.
Cold Shot is a non-stop thrill ride with crackling wit that travels at break-neck speeds. This is one you don’t want to miss, so grab your copy now!
Like all my books, Cold Shot started as an idea. Yeah, I know, they all start as ideas. This one started as an assignment waaaaay back in high school which I turned into a short movie for an English Writer’s Class. I can’t even tell you how I got away with making a movie for the final assignment, but it’s pretty hilarious that I did.
Anyway, the movie was called The Ketchup Brothers, which had nothing to do with the movie. It was a stupid name me and a friend came up with because we’d go to lunch and always end up with ketchup on our shirts.
In this movie, a man thinks his wife is cheating on him, so he goes to the mob boss to put a hit out on his wife. Unknown to him, the man his wife is cheating with IS the mob boss! Dun dun dun!!!! Naturally, the mob boss puts the hit out on our cuckold husband.
Every character was played by high school students, so it was pretty damn funny. I think everyone that makes a movie in high school has to make some mafia type movie with teenagers playing bosses and hitmen and stuff.
So that was the seed of Cold Shot.
I also knew I wanted to do a story about Trevor, the assassin in A Life Untold. It was the second book I wrote, so I wanted to do the character more justice than I was able to with that attempt. So I decided to do a prequel and I had my characters of assassin and mob boss.
I’ve wanted to incorporate a professional athlete for some time, so Dwayne Sheffield, the cuckold hockey player was born. I also wanted his wife to be vapid, so I gave her the most superficial lifestyle I could think of – that of an Instagram model. But something happened with Celeste, Dwayne’s wife, while I was writing the book.
When I write, I make it up as I go along. I haven’t used an outline in some time. In fact, I think the last one was The Van Halen Guitar from the Gutter Dogs series, and that outline was the script I wrote because I made them years ago as short films. The reason for this is that I don’t want to know where the story is going, and I hope that translates into the reader not expecting where the story is going. If I get excited about something, I hope that translates over.
So, Celeste started as a vapid, helpless, model, but throughout the story, she ended up being quite clever and a survivalist, having a great arc to her character and propelling themes forward.
I also had a psychic stuck in my head, so Mama Rose, the psychic was put into the book, as well as Charlie the repo man.
To counter-balance Trevor, the assassin with surgical precision, I put in Clem who is just a brutal force of nature. His story line also ties in a piece of information from In The Pocket because I like to have all these books related and in the same world.
Anyway, that’s where the bulk of the characters came from. Of course, I had cops later in the book because with that much destruction going on in the city, they’re going to be involved.
So… sitting down to write this thing, I was angry. I’ve been called an angry person by more than a few people, but of course I never take them seriously, but maybe I am. Maybe I just hide it well, at least to myself. I know it’s something I often have to control.
Now, I’m not saying anger is bad. Anger is an emotion just like any other, just like joy, sadness, calmness, or euphoria. The thing is to learn what it’s trying to tell you and use it.
There’s a great story told by the director Martin Scorsese (one of my heroes). He was shooting a film (it may have been Kundun) in a poor country, and a little boy came up to him.
Boy: You know I’m very lonely.
Scorsese: Yes, we all are.
Boy: What do you do with the loneliness?
Scorsese: I try to put it into the work.
The little boy goes off and returns a day or two later.
Boy: I tried putting it into the work but it didn’t go away.
Scorsese: No, it doesn’t go away.
That’s what I tried to do with this book. I channeled the anger into it.
When I sat down to write Cold Shot, I had every intention of just writing a story. I had no idea about themes, or endings, or what would happen. But the anger drove the story, and themes naturally occurred. It ended up being about how one small mistake, one small decision can snowball into a lot of bad decisions and mistakes. About how anger can destroy you if you let it run free (like any emotion will). About how not making a decision is a decision unto itself. And about how those small decisions and mistakes can put you on paths you don’t like, and you won’t see, until it’s too late.
I hope you enjoyed the Author’s Notes for Cold Shot.