Flash Forward Friday – LOCKED AND LOADED teaser #3

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Guess what? In case you’ve lost track of time, I wanted to remind you that you are less than two weeks away from the release of Bullet #6, Locked and Loaded. I don’t want to give too much away, because I hate spoilers, but let me just say that a few things happen in this book that you might not be ready for. This scene, though, might help you prepare for those things…

Teaser #3 from Locked and Loaded

“Any particular pain you’re addressing?”

Shit. Zane hadn’t given that much thought in years. But the shrink asked…so Zane might as well tell. “My back bothers me off and on. When I was a kid, my dad used to beat the ever-lovin’ shit out of me…and there’s a spot on my lower back that hurts like fuck sometimes. Oxy cures that shit.” Zane was impressed that the doctor never even blinked when Zane flung expletive after expletive at him. That was good and indicated that they’d probably get along just fine.

“Psychological pain? Emotional trauma as well?”

“Yeah. Probably.”

“What else?”

Zane paused for a few seconds to let his thoughts settle once more. “Weed usually just puts a haze on everything and makes life feel okay, you know? Like…I could be having the shittiest fucking day, be angry as hell, then I smoke a joint, and ah.” He reclined in the chair and laid his head back as though letting go of all his worries, all the tension of the day. “It’s the best thing for me if I’m pissed off. Takes all the edge off.”

“You’re speaking in present tense, Zane.”

He gave it some thought. “Yeah, I guess I am.”

“That’s okay. Nothing wrong with that. I just wanted to point it out.”

Zane nodded. “I usually don’t do—er, didn’t do one strain or another. I usually went with a hybrid. But anyway, um…did I answer your question?”

“I think so.” Dr. Harvey sat up and pushed his glasses to the top of his head. “How often were you sober?”

“On the road?” The shrink nodded his head. “Um…never if I could help it.”

“And regular sex was part of the routine?”

“Oh, yeah. Goes along with it. Sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll, doc. You’ve heard that before, right?”

Dr. Harvey smiled again, not an unsympathetic gesture, but he leaned forward. “Do you have any other compulsive habits, Zane?”

“What do you mean? Like what?”

“Well…let’s just say that addiction comes in many forms. Maybe you gamble impulsively…or you’re addicted to the internet. Maybe you obsess over sex.”

Zane laughed—the first fully relaxed moment he’d had since entering that building. “Doc, I’m a rock star. Yeah, I’m not the front man, but I score plenty. And I’m a guy. Tell me what guy my age doesn’t obsess over sex.”

Dr. Harvey took a deep breath and looked down at the papers, flipping pages and seeming to look for some information, but Zane got the feeling the guy was toying with him. “You’re in your twenties, correct, Zane?”

“Yeah…”

“Contrary to popular belief, men do not think about sex every seven seconds. Teenage boys, maybe, but men with jobs or families or obligations don’t think about sex as frequently as has been reported.”

“What’s that even mean?”

Dr. Harvey took in a deep breath. “I’d like you to consider the very real possibility, Zane, that perhaps you are addicted to a great many things, things you’ve never even considered…and maybe we have our work cut out for us.”

Just a reminder—LOCKED AND LOADED releases on February 1, 2016 and you can pre-order your copy now!

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