2nd Sneak Peek of The Cardinal Sin, Book 4 of the Cardinal Series by Mia Smantz - Reverse-Harem Book
Updated: Dec 10, 2020
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Welcome back to the weekly sneak peeks. With the 4th book, The Cardinal Sin, soon to be released at the end of August, I'll be posting some snippets from the story to whet your whistles :)
This release date is very special to me. It will be exactly one year since my first book released at the start of this crazy train, but I also picked it because it was my dad's birthday. I like to think that somewhere out there, he gave me a dose of good luck. That was why releasing the fourth book that day, as a celebration of old memories with new people, was so important to me. At many points, I thought that maybe I wouldn't reach the deadline, but here we are.
So the memories of the people in my life taken away too soon gave me the push to take a chance to live my dream because life always goes faster than we hope. Here's a nod to all the people in our lives, unseen but never far.
Now, if you're here, then you are getting excited for the release of The Cardinal Sin, book 4 of the Cardinal Series! With a late August release, hopefully it'll be the perfect atmosphere to read with busy summer plans winding down.
Also, as a reminder--if you're interested in purchasing a new hardcopy set of the first two books, The Cardinal Bird and Cardinal Caged, you can buy the first volume here. This volume is also available in the Kindle Unlimited store if you want to purchase or add to your ten-book Unlimited list to help free up a slot for another great book. I know I always have a hard time trying to cull my ten-books. Get the Kindle version here. Both versions save you some money by bundling :) Plus, it has an amazing new cover design. Soon, I'll be bundling the second volume of the series to include Cardinal of Hope and The Cardinal Sin. I'll make sure to announce it on social media.
Just some old business to bring up, I created the pre-order for the next book so that I could include the link within the current book, but I haven't been promoting it. Yet. So, here is me officially promoting the fifth book of the series, Cardinal Rose. Anyway...so the cover of the book hints at things to come in the fifth book--lots of Easter eggs in there, INCLUDING the color of Callie's hair.
We're two-thirds through the series now. People have asked if I'll be making another series with these characters in it, and my answer for now is undecided. With the finish of each book in my first ever series, the feeling has gone from to relief to bittersweet. I know some of you feel the same way. Which is why I can't completely close the lid on further series with Callie and her boys. I've been laying small Easter eggs that would pave the way for further plot, but not be so pressing as to leave us hanging when we reach the end of book 6.
For now, enjoy it while it lasts :)
This sneak peek is from a lot further in the book--a cute little dialogue scene of teasing and interactions between the guys and Callie before a mission.
The Cardinal Sin, book 4
While the rest of them plotted out where to surveil and how to form their teams of three, Doc Scott, CJ, and I worked on getting the computer equipment set up.
Yolo slipped out to check all the exits and entrances of the hotel in case of, well, in case of an apocalypse, maybe? It seemed like overkill, but it got her out of our hair. I knew from experience that Yolo grew impatient when it came to technology. I could only imagine how much worse the setup would’ve gone with the petite French woman breathing down our necks.
Doc Scott had a hard enough time of it. Despite all the finesse I knew he possessed from being a veterinarian able to perform surgeries and save animals’ lives, he handled computer equipment like a clumsy caveman.
“Whoa, whoa, whoa there!” CJ eased the delicate piece of technology from the vet’s heavy-handed grip. CJ’s slight fingers smoothed over the surface of it as if checking for injuries. He let out a breath of relief at what he found. “Whew. You’ve got to be careful. It took me hours to wire this puppy up. If any of them had come free, I’d have to remember what wires went where. And since I created this little guy in my teens, we’d be here a while.”
I leaned closer, my eyes lighting in interest. “No kidding? You created this as a teenager?”
It resembled an external hard drive, the portable kind that plugged into a computer and expanded its storage. Only, it looked like an HD on steroids. LED lights flashed on its surface, enough to run a rave, and it had, at best count, three fans added to keep the thing cool. The wires that CJ mentioned were soldered onto a circuit board that he’d modified onto the outside of the device.
My eyebrow raised. “Is that its own computer?”