Nights Like These Pre-Release Party

January 25, 2015

Hi there. I’m Chris Scully and I’ll be spending the afternoon with you to kick off the launch of my first novel, Nights Like These (releasing Monday, January 26 in paperback or ebook). Dreamspinner has kindly provided a 15% coupon (use Scully0125 at checkout) for use in the DSP store today and tomorrow. That’s on top of the existing 25% off sale on ebooks. It’s also good for anything on my limited backlist.

Now that we’ve got that taken care of, let’s get this pre-release party started!

Meet Miles Koprowski. Miles is prickly, sarcastic and occasionally a bit of a diva. His entire life has been turned upside down. He’s lost his cushy corporate job, his gold-digging boyfriend has left him with a mountain of debt, and now the only employment he can find in these hard times is security guard in a suburban office building.

NightsLikeThese_sm2Starting over sucks. At forty, Miles Koprowski thought he had life all figured out. He had a nice car, a hot young lover, and a cushy job… and then he didn’t. Call it fate, or karma, or a downturn in the market, but this opinionated cynic is now forced to play rent-a-cop in a dying office building in the burbs just to make ends meet. Throw in an unhinged ex, a coworker who hates him, and a hot new boss, and suddenly everything is uncertain.

Miles doesn’t plan on liking the night shift or becoming embroiled in a mystery that reawakens old passions and puts him in danger. And he certainly doesn’t plan on falling for the overbearing head of security, Colton Decker, former soldier and doting dad. But nights like these can change a man, make him start to believe there’s more to life than a high-paying job and a warm body in his bed. With a thief on the loose and his new job in jeopardy, Miles will have to decide what’s truly important. He might discover things he never knew he wanted… as long as he makes it through the night.


I was a last-minute replacement, called up when the regular guard had an accident and couldn’t work. In fact, I’d had my license for less than a week. If I had known it would be this easy to get hired, I would have lowered my standards a lot sooner rather than waste my time sending out resumes to the big firms.

All kidding aside, I was grateful Bryck Security Services had found me an office job because there was no way anyone was going to find a five-foot-eight, 162-pound—okay, closer to 170 these days if I’m being honest—soft-around-the-middle security guard intimidating. I’m not the least bit butch. I’ve been told I have a very effective glower, but I doubt that would deter the criminal element when sometimes it doesn’t seem to work on my nephews. Even if I were the buff, action-hero type, there is no way in hell you would ever catch me in the back of an armored van, with a gun on my hip, waiting to be somebody’s target practice. These days I’m not looking for excitement. Not even if it did pay more.

 Miles is prepared to hate his job. But then Colton Decker, the gorgeous Head of Security, asks him to do some snooping, and Miles finds himself embroiled in a bit of a mystery. But perhaps the bigger danger is to his heart, because he can’t deny his attraction to dedicated family man, Colton.

This is a light, romantic mystery, so if mysteries aren’t your thing, don’t despair. P.D. James this is not. The emphasis is on the characters and on Miles learning that sometimes starting over may not be such a bad thing. Have you ever had to “start over”? I certainly have (more on that later). What did you learn from the experience? Did it work out for the best? Tell me about it. Anyone commenting today will be entered in a random draw to win an e-copy of Nights Like These or a title of their choice from my backlist.


12 Responses to “Nights Like These Pre-Release Party”

  1. H.B. says:

    Congrats on your new release! I haven’t had to start over but I find myself getting into new experiences very often. I’m very introvert and keep to myself. In the last year I took on a job with a lot of customer service involvement. I had to put myself out their and talk to people something I was never comfortable with. I’ve been told I’m a bit like a different person from when I started. i see this as a stepping stone although I still have moments when I do want to go back into my shell and just not be so active socially.

  2. scullywrites says:

    That’s great H.B. As a fellow introvert I totally understand how hard that is. We sometimes have to force ourselves out there.

  3. Angela says:

    Happy release party. I really like the blurb and excerpt.

    As for answering your question,
    Eleven years ago my first child (son) was born 10 weeks premature and as result of this he suffert brain damage and is multiple disabled. During my pregnancy i dreamt of how my baby’s life would be, what he could be when he grew up etc. etc. I didn’t have to start over but i did have to lower my expatations for him.

    I learned a lot from this and i’m still learning.
    One of the biggest things i had to learn was to speak my mind (from nature i’m a shy person) because he can’t speak for himself, i have to be the one that makes sure everything is in his best interest.

  4. scullywrites says:

    What a wonderful story Angela. You and your son sound incredibly courageous. Sometimes life throws curveballs at us, but it often makes us stronger for it.

  5. Susan says:

    When I had to leave the Air Force for medical reasons, I had to reinvent myself. I fell back on a childhood dream and got my PhD.

  6. scullywrites says:

    Kudos to you for making your dream come true.

  7. JJ says:

    Congrats on your first novel! I almost missed your release party here. I’m a big fan of your Inseparable series.

  8. scullywrites says:

    Thanks for stopping by JJ :)

  9. Waxapplelover says:

    I admit I haven’t had to have any truly dramatic new beginning, other than moving far away from family/friends. But still staring a new job in an unfamiliar city is definitely an experience I’m glad I don’t have to have again soon.

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  10. scullywrites says:

    I can definitely relate to that. I’ve had that experience too. I’m glad I did it while I was young. I couldn’t do something like that now.

  11. Su says:

    I think I have experienced at least three major start overs, one a culture shock of moving to a new country with different customs and attitudes when I was a child, another due to a relationship breakup and more recently a totally job change after a company downsizing :( I did learn to become more confident, that I am quite adaptable and can survive.

    Congratulations on your new novel, I find the cover most appealing and the blurb most tempting :)

  12. scullywrites says:

    Thanks, Su. I’m glad you came through your experiences with a good outlook. My own downsizing was tougher than I expected, but I’m happy with where I am now too.

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