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Enemy of my Enemy by @TravisCasey1074 is a Stress Busting Festival pick #romanticsuspense #giveaway

Title: Enemy of My Enemy

Author: Travis Casey

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Book Blurb:

When US Embassy officer Thaddeus Kline’s wife turns up dead he blames crime boss Bruce Gage. Kline sets out for North Carolina determined to settle the score. What he doesn’t count on is coming up against his adversary’s wife, Gemma. Gemma Gage is living in the lap of luxury. She does not ask, nor does she care, where the money comes from. She is a loving wife and a good hostess to her husband’s business associates. Just as she makes an unwanted discovery, Bruce catches her red-handed scrutinizing his dealings. Now she must pay. When Thaddeus breaks into the Gage mansion looking for Bruce, he gets a whole lot more than he bargained for. And Gemma gets a hero she doesn't want. The hunters soon become the hunted and an unlikely alliance is their only hope for survival. They must overcome their mistrust of each other to take down a common enemy. But can they?


We arrived in Gatlinburg and grabbed a sausage and egg McMuffin each and some coffee. We got to Sam's shortly after he opened at 9 a.m. We browsed the gun cases and it wasn't long before Sam shuffled over.

"Howdy, Mr. Smith. You back so soon. Ya sure do use a lot of guns."

"Hi, Sam. I need one for my girlfriend." Gemma shot me a wide-eyed look.

"What you lookin' for little lady?" Sam shifted his look toward me. "If you don't mind me saying, Mr. Smith, you got yourself a cute one here." He looked back at Gemma and winked.

Gemma opened her mouth but I butted in before she could speak. "Thanks, Sam. I told her that myself on the way over here."

Gemma placed her hands firmly on her hips, huffed, and threw eye-daggers – to Sam and to me.

I ignored her sarcastic stance as best I could. "She needs something compact, for defense mostly. Nothing too heavy or bulky."

"Got just the thing." He motioned us down to the end of the counter. He reached in the case and pulled out a pearl-handled .22 pistol. "This little gem will stop your intruders." He handed the gun to Gemma.

Gemma flipped it over side to side with an indifferent look on her face. "Who you trying to kid, mister. This little pissant toy wouldn't stop a horsefly. Now let's get serious." She handed the gun back to Sam.

A stout man in bib overalls stepped up next to us. "She's right, you know? That's a sissy gun. This is what she wants." He tapped the top of the glass case pointing to a .38 sat below. "Now that's a real gun."

Sam went to reach for it.

"Don't bother, Sam," Gemma ordered. "You guys have no taste." She stretched her arm a few feet further down the case. She tapped the glass. "What's that?"

Sam pulled out a silver and black two-tone pistol. He handed it to Gemma. She theatrically mouthed 'Wow' as she held it.

"That's a Stoeger Cougar, nine millimeters, double-action, auto-loading pistol. Holds a fifteen round clip, plus one in the barrel. It's a lot of gun."

"Oh, yeah." Gemma stretched out her arms and looked around the store down the sight of the pistol.

"You like it, Lacey?" I asked.

"I'm Cagney. Lacey was the fat one. I love it. It's perfect."

I nodded to Sam. "We'll take it."

"Cash again, Mr. Smith?"


"They're regularly five-hundred bucks, but for you, four-seventy-five. And I still need to see some ID. Legal bullshit."

"Sure." I reached in and pulled out my passport. Sam took down various details and handed it back to me. We bought some extra ammunition, thanked Sam and headed for the car. We got in and I started it up.

"Made a passport for yourself I see, Mr. Smith."

"Wouldn't you?"

She shrugged. "Guess so."

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I tell myself jokes. The only problem is I've heard them all before, but they still make me laugh.

Why is your featured book a stress busting read?

Enemy of my Enemy offers romanticism in falling in love with your captor or developing feelings for your hostage. Although the concept is nothing new, Melissa Mayberry and I never knew what kind of chapter we would throw to the other one to respond to. This is as spontaneous of a book as you'll ever find. We had fun writing it and the result is total escapism and more twists than a Grand Prix circuit.


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Author Biography:

Born into a middle-class family in Midwest America, I had a normal upbringing for a preacher's kid moving from town to town every 3-5 years. That bred living in eight cities in five states by the time I was eighteen. So traveling and moving got into my blood. I left Indiana and joined the Navy and began on world travels. After sowing my oats on a Western Pacific Navy deployment, I married an Australian-raised Brit who has ping-ponged across oceans with me for the past 34 years. We've lived in Hawaii, Scotland, Seattle, England, Minnesota, back to England, and back to Minnesota where I reside today—but for how long who knows.

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May 15, 2020

Sounds like a fun premise!


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May 15, 2020

Thank you, Travis, for sharing your book in our Stress Busting Book Festival. It sounds like a great read!

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