“The perfect balance of romance with some action” – Jessica Almeda
Jackson Taylor is Director of the Los Angeles branch of the FBI. His second in command is Ashley Haven. Although the air crackles with electricity between them, so far they have managed to keep things professional. But when a mission goes wrong and ends with Jackson being held hostage, things begin to change.
After Ashley leads a successful mission to free him, the pair realize the true depth of their feelings for one another. The agents barely have time to express these though before another explosive situation rips not only Jackson and Ashley apart, but his family as well. With their lives at stake, Jackson and Ashley will use their skills as trained agents, as well as their love for one another, to close the case.
Choosing to work for the FBI is never a safe career option, and the ever-heightening crisis reveals just how much Jackson and Ashley have to lose. Now, having had a taste of what life could be like as a couple, they must face the cold, hard reality that their defense of America may cost them a lot more than either ever imagined.
“Longing, lust and danger are in abundance in Behind the Badge” – Margie Shields
About the Author
Shelley was born in Perth, Western Australia. She moved around Australia many times during her childhood however she feels most at home in Melbourne. Shelley is a single mother to her five year old daughter, Ashley and their puppy, Bandit and cat, Walter.
With a degree in Journalism, Shelley spent many years managing and creating content for a professional golfer, Aaron Baddeley’s website. This was a highlight of her career, travelling the world, meeting amazing people and writing for some of the largest golfing publications online. Also, she owned a junior golf academy in Melbourne, called Green Walkers.
Shelley has done a lot of casting and behind the scenes work on TV shows (Blue Heelers) in Australia. Spending time on the Terra Nova set learning from her favourite director, Jon Cassar (24), was an incredible experience. She was even able to suit up as a soldier as an extra in multiple episodes.
After many major operations on her knee and a sufferer of chronic pain, Shelley was forced to re-evaluate how she wanted to move forward with her career. Having long written fiction for herself, she decided it was time to share some of her work and achieve a long standing dream to publish a book.
Behind The Badge is Shelley’s first novel and she hopes this is just the first in a series.
Elijah was on comm with Ashley and a new woman they had transferred from another department a month ago, Natalie.
“Are you there, Ashley?”
“Yes, Elijah. What is your position?”
“I can see two men that appear to be guarding the complex. I’m going to …”
“Wait, Elijah, I have a potential threat. Coordinates A-4 moving towards A-5.”
It was too late. The sound of gunfire pierced Ashley’s ears as it rang through her comm. She gasped with shock. She called Elijah’s name over and over, but he didn’t respond. She switched channels and tried him again and then her other agents, but minutes passed, and she heard nothing.
Ashley felt like she had stopped breathing and that everything was going in slow motion.
Another explosion went off next to her surveillance van, sending her body flying through the air and smashing into the side of the van wall. The van doors opened up, and men stormed the vehicle, and so she lay still, pretending to be dead. The sound of gunfire was never-ending, and her ears felt like they were bleeding. Someone kicked her body, looking for a sign of life, and it took everything she had to not respond.
She breathed so shallow, hoping her breathing would go completely undetected. It felt like hours before she heard them leave the van.
Silence filled the office as everyone waited for a word from the team on the ground. All that David could hear was the sound of Natalie on her computer. He checked every channel on their comm. All their satellite feeds were lost. They had nothing.
“Heart warming, uplifting and beautifully written” – Shellibrahim