Jordan Bollinger’s Director’s Cut: Duty with Honor

When I approached my friend Jordan Bollinger about blogging on the Giggles, I asked her for something totally wow. She informed me that she had just the thing. Seeing as how she not only writes romance about super spies, she is always a spy in the house of love, I was intrigued to say the least. I asked what she had. She told me this, “Ever wonder what happens between books? Our characters are real, and their lives don’t stop just because the book does. (Hey, it’s good to be crazy!) So, let me give you a little peek at what they can be up to on their ‘down time’.”

That’s right people! She has an honest to goodness deleted scene, only not so much deleted as a director’s cut scene that ties Books 1 and 2 of her Duty with Honor series together. Man! This is so much better than a whole stack of DVD Bonus Features. So, sit back and enjoy something never before seen and written especially for the Giggles.

 

Duty with Honor

Call of Duty

A Bonus Scene

By

Jordan Bollinger

 

 

“Hello?” Beth Bennett answered the phone on the kitchen island.

“Aunt Beth, when were you going to tell me about this dreamy new man in your life?

“Ah…well…I guess I didn’t think I had to,” she said. Then, with a giggle added, “I mean, I thought your dad would have pretty much alerted the media.”

“Well…”

“I rest my case. Besides, you know Andrew.”

“Yes, I do. And he’s gorgeous. If it you weren’t my favorite auntie, I’d be so jealous. Now, tell me everything.”

“Really, Sarah, I don’t know what to tell you. According to your father, it was you who suggested he ask me to meet him. Why? Are you saying he didn’t asked you. And, he told me you said you were too busy.”

“Well…” her niece hesitated for a moment, then added, “I did tell him I was too busy to go away for a long weekend. But, to be completely honest, I kind of think Dad and Drew did plan this out. But, that’s just between the two of us. Besides, they’d probably never admit it.”

“You’ve got that right,” Beth said, with a giggle.

“So, tell me everything?”

“Sarah, what is there to tell? Your father and Andrew set me up, ambushed me, and even though I was mad in the beginning, I have to admit, I did have a good time — for the most part.”

“What does that mean?”

“Well,” Beth said, after she considered for minute, “I did get upset that your dad told me Drew was a banker, and Andrew said he was an importer. So, I was pissed when I found out that he was like your granddad — and he and your dad had lied. You’d think that spies would know enough to get their stories straight. Wouldn’t you?”

“Yes, you’d think so,” Sarah answered. “But, you do like him, don’t you? I mean, you’re going to keep seeing him?”

“We’re working on it, honey. But, it’s not like he lives down the street. Since we came back from Washington, D.C., he’s made it back here several times. And each visit is several days. I’m just not sure how much longer we can maintain this.

“After all, we need to get to know each other. Still, I will admit he is something special.”

“That’s what Mom used to say. She said Andrew was exceptional — then she’d kind of ruin it and say something like — just like your dad.”

“Well, your father is exceptional. Don’t you think?”

“I suppose,” the younger woman answered, in a very unconvincing voice.

“Sarah!” her aunt exclaimed, “I know you don’t quite get how important he was when I was your age and even younger, but he’s responsible for an enormous percentage of the popular music for the sixties and seventies. What did you listen to when you were in high school? Or listen to now? I bet you anything, in another twenty-five or thirty years, you dad’s music will still be around — and those awful hip-hop things will be long forgotten.”

“Yes, you’re probably right. I guess we just don’t appreciate him because…he’s just our dad.”

“Well, your granddad is ‘just our dad’, but we’ve always known that his job was important. While it might not be the same ways, they’ve both made an impact on the world.”

“I guess,” Elizabeth’s niece conceded. “So, why don’t you come here, to London, and visit Andrew? You know you can stay here.” She giggled, and added, “I bet Daddy would even let Andrew stay in your room. He won’t let Evan stay here.”

“Well, while you think of yourself as a twenty-three old adult, your dad thinks you’re still his baby girl.”

“I’m not even the baby…Jennifer is.”

“You know full well what I meant. And, technically, Ben is the baby — well, the younger twin.” Beth thought for a moment and then asked, “You don’t think you’re granddad would let Andrew and I sleep in the same room in his flat, do you?”

“Oh, Aunt Beth! You can’t believe that Granddad wouldn’t? No, I can’t believe that. I mean…”

“If what you’re having trouble saying is ‘You and Andrew are almost fifty.’ — it’s okay. We are. Still…I am absolutely serious. Besides, Andrew has an apartment. I would expect we’d stay there.”

“Ah…I’m not at all sure you’re going to like Drew’s apartment.”

“Why? What’s wrong with it?”

“Let’s just say it’s austere.”

“I see.”

“Anyway, I think something’s up. Daddy’s been acting kind of silly–“

“Kind of silly?” Beth cut off her niece. “He’s always been a big tease. What do you mean?”

“I don’t know. All I know is that Andrew was over the other night, and they were holed up in Dad’s study for quite a while. And, later, over dinner, they kept making these secret jokes. It was kind of annoying — like dealing with Jennifer, Ben, and a bunch of their friends.”

A deep, heavy sigh escaped from Elizabeth. “You know, I always heard that it was women who talked too much — that they were the ones who couldn’t keep a secret. But, I swear, your father and Andrew are like two thirteen-year-old girls.”

The younger woman’s giggles burst from the phone receiver. “You have that right! Anyway, when is Andrew going back to Connecticut?”

“The day after tomorrow. And, he’s supposed to have a week or so off. So, we should have some time to ourselves. Of course, Jack’s coming up, so we will be suitably chaperoned. Be sure to tell you dad and granddad — should it come up.”

“Yeah, I’ll be sure to do that — should it come up. I have to go now, Ethel’s putting stuff on the dinner table. I’ll tell everyone hi for you.’

“Okay, Sarah.”

“I love you, Aunt Beth.”

“I love you guys too. I’m sure we’ll be talking to your dad while Drew’s here. They can’t manage to go more than a few days without talking.”

 

*****

Jordan‘s Sites

jordanbollinger.com

jordanbollinger.blogspot.com

 

Duty with Honor

Available

From

Desert Breeze Publishing

http://www.desertbreezepublishing.com/brands/Jordan-Bollinger.html

and

at

Amazon

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Leap of Faith

http://www.amazon.com/Duty-Honor-Book-One-ebook/dp/B008DBVOWQ/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1380068006&sr=1-3

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Second Chances

http://www.amazon.com/Duty-Honor-Book-Two-ebook/dp/B00BIVY04C/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1380068006&sr=1-2

 

 

Book Three

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Hunted Honeymoon

To be released October 2013

 

Book Four

Finessing the Wolf

To be released December 2013

 

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One thought on “Jordan Bollinger’s Director’s Cut: Duty with Honor

  1. Jordan, these books look so interesting. I have your first book in the series and look forward to having the time to settle down with it. Nice to see you here today. 🙂

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