Monday, September 17, 2018

"Nice Try, Afton" by Brent Jones

Nice Try, Afton
(Afton Morrison Book 3)
by Brent Jones

Nice Try, Afton (Afton Morrison Book 3) by Brent Jones

Author Brent Jones stops by today to share an excerpt from his latest book, Nice Try, Afton. You can also read my review. This is the third book in his Afton Morrison serial thriller. Also available: Go Home, Afton (read my blog post) and See You Soon, Afton (read my blog post). Available for pre-order: Time’s Up, Afton and The Afton Morrison Series (Books 1-4).

For more books by this author, please check out my blog post on The Fifteenth of June and my blog post on Fender.

Is evil a matter of choice, or are we born that way?
After a string of brazen arsons overwhelms Wakefield’s first responders, the town is placed on lockdown, rendering Afton and her companions vulnerable to attack.
In a last-ditch effort to protect her inner circle, Afton attempts to establish an improbable truce with her archnemesis, leading her into a deadly trap more than a decade in the making. Survival will mean choosing to embrace her dark side, once and for all.
Nice Try, Afton is the third of four parts in a new serial thriller by author Brent Jones. Packed with grit and action, the Afton Morrison series delves into a world of moral ambiguity, delivering audiences an unlikely heroine in the form of a disturbed vigilante murderess.

Drizzle pelted my face, aided by whipping winds, the tail end of a massive downpour. The rain had helped to steal some of the mugginess from the hot summer eve. But it had drenched my glasses, too, hampering my vision, and had soaked me to the bone, making stealth a challenge.
Dressed in dark athletic attire—a half-zip pullover in charcoal and navy leggings—I kept my pace slow and even, with knees bent and hips close to the ground. Puddles made it difficult to move without generating noise, as I maneuvered between houses and trees. From farther up the street came a familiar rumble. A military Humvee, headed in my direction. I pressed my back to the side of the nearest bungalow, taking cover behind wet cedar shrubs, submerging my sneakers in mud up to the ankles.
A Humvee the color of sand rolled past, occupied by two uniformed men in the front. I stuck my head out from the side of the house and scanned in all directions, not that I expected to see much. Somewhere not far from me, however, sirens pierced the night. There was shouting, too. Several men, loud but indistinct, and fast interrupted by a popping sound. No, taking the main road beneath all its ample streetlight would be far too risky. The cops would come through soon, and their reds and blues would dissolve all the places I had left to hide.
I raced through the nearest backyard, leaping over the shabby picket fence, and scrambled up a hill just behind Wakefield Public Library. My mud-caked feet slipped and struggled on the slick grass, causing me to topple, and I broke the fall with my damaged hand. Waves of pain, originating from two fractured fingers, traveled up my arm, and exited my mouth in a high-pitched expletive.
[Want more? Click below to read a longer excerpt.]

Praise for the Book
“This is fast-paced, action packed, and full of surprises. Less than 200 pages, it's a fast read.. one you won't want to put down. Suspense builds from the first page and just doesn't let up.” ~ Linda Strong
“Wow! Afton takes us on a wild ride in this installment. […] Like the first two installments in this series, Nice Try, Afton is an easy 5 stars and I can’t recommend this series enough.” ~ Reads & Reels
“Jones delivers his unlikely protagonist in intense and raw dialogue, adult situations, and language. It is a novella of nail-biting hard-core suspense and you won't get to breathe until Book 4 is done and won. These characters pit each other in good vs evil and we've yet to see their true colors.” ~ Stanley McShane
“Oh my stars, Afton!! I’m still buzzing after reading this third book in the series!! This one was the most anxiety provoking, nail biting, I didn’t know if my kindle and I were going to get through it!! […] Once again I’m not at all let down by this series. It only gets better and better. I can’t wait to get into book four and find out how Afton gets out of this next jam she’s in!! I’m rooting for you Afton!!!” ~ Donna

My Review
I received this book in return for an honest review.

By Lynda Dickson
In this installment, we jump straight into the action, continuing from where the previous book left off. The town is in lockdown and Afton is sought by the police. She and her new friends are caught in a game of cat and mouse with her new enemies, and Afton learns what she is capable of.
The action is non-stop, and you never know what is going to happen next. One this is sure, no one is safe.
Edge-of-your-seat stuff.
Be warned, this is a serial novel, and you will have to read the rest of the series to get the complete story. I can’t wait to find out how everything is resolved.
Warnings: coarse language, graphic violence, sexual references, sex scenes.

About the Author
Brent Jones
From bad checks to bathroom graffiti, Brent Jones has always been drawn to writing. He won a national creative writing competition at the age of fourteen, although he can’t recall what the story was about. Seventeen years later, he gave up his career to pursue creative writing full-time.
Jones writes from his home in Fort Erie, Canada. He’s happily married, a bearded cyclist, a mediocre guitarist, and the proud owner of two dogs with a God complex.