Shift Work by T.A. Moore – Blog Tour & #Giveaway

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Shift Work

By: TA Moore

Release Date: March 19, 2021

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The Storyline of Shift Work

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All Officer Kit Marlow wanted was a cup of coffee and some downtime before his next night shift. Instead, he got a naked man in the elevator and an unaccounted-for dead girl in the morgue. He’s going to need to deal with both before he can head for his bed.

Or anyone else’s. Although not much chance of that.

Reluctantly partnered with the acerbic security consultant Cade Deacon—last seen naked in the elevator—Marlow delves into the dead girl’s life. Between them, they uncover a new crime scene with the whiff of old corruption. A corruption that, five years ago, nearly took Marlow’s life and ended his career.

Finding out who killed the dead girl on the slab might only be the start of this investigation. Oh, and it’s the second night of the full moon. So 80% of the city, including Cade, will turn into werewolves in the middle of the case.

So, there’s that.

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First of all, thank you so much for having me! I’m thrilled to be here with my new release, Shift Work by TA Moore. It’s a novella. It’s a longish novella, but still a novella. It’s the first book in a three book series that will be coming out over the next….three months. So that’s easy! Well, for you. I’m going to have no nails left.

For the blog tour I’ve written a short story set in the Night Shift world. I hope you enjoy!


Chapter Three by T.A. Moore

Marlow had been in full Night Shift uniform for under an hour. He shrugged out of his harness and unfastened the heavy belt. There wasn’t much room.

Something had hit the heavy security shutter hard enough to deform the metal. It had left a gap between metal and door frame just big enough to fit through.

Well, it was if you were a skinny teenager, desperate enough to get away from a mauling that you managed to drag yourself through. Whether even a lean adult man in fair shape could fit was another question.

Marlow got one leg and one shoulder through. The ragged edges of the metal hooked in his T-shirt and scraped against his chest. He swore, squirmed out, and tried again.

“I could try?” Bennett offered. “Maybe what we need to get the job done is a woman?”

Piper snorted from where he was checking out the van parked at the side of the road. “How to put this in a way that won’t get me done for sexual harassment, Bennett? Women have advantages that men don’t; in this case, Marlow doesn’t seem to have an ass.”

“Bite me,” Bennett said.

Piper laughed, a soft growl of amusement, and snapped his fingers at her. “Check around back. The report said they saw three men out on the street. Take Johnson with you.”

Bennett grumbled under her breath and stalked off around the side of the house with tall, lean Johnson on her heels. Marlow managed to get his head and shoulders through the gap and twisted so he could brace one hand on the wall and the other against the broken remnants of the door. He exhaled, as much air forced out of his lungs as he could manage, and dragged himself through.

It was the entrance to a department store. Disarticulated mannequins were piled on the floor, arms and torsos and long, awkward legs laid out in sets. Old wives’ tales had it that a glimpse of anything human shaped would drive a werewolf to smash through a wall to get to it. At some point the pile of tri-colored limbs had probably been covered with a tarp, but now it was being used to stop the kid’s guts from spilling out.

“Night Shift,” Marlow identified himself. He crouched down next to the kid and put his hand on her shoulder  “Help’s on the way.”

She was mid-teens, at that awkward age where all it took was a shock to make her look ten again. Badly dyed pink hair was matted and dirty against her skull, and her eye was swollen closed, her lip split, and blood welled through the sheet she had clutched to her stomach.

“What’s your name?” Marlow asked.

She tried to answer, but it took her a second to get her tongue to work. “…B…Beth.”

“Marlow.” He reached down to the sheet she held pressed against her stomach. “Can I?”

Beth blinked twice, swallowed hard, and pressed her bloody lips together. She gave a quick, short dip of her chin.

He peeled the cloth back gingerly. Underneath it, her T-shirt —a faded Vegas shirt that claimed it was a dry heat–—was ragged and soaked with blood. It spilled out in wet, slippery gouts as he peeled the fabric back and eyeballed the injuries. Four closely-spaced puncture wounds speared into her stomach to the left-hand side. The muscles under her skin trembled as she sucked in a ragged breath and more blood bubbled out.

“Okay.” Marlow pressed the fabric back down. “Hold that in place.”

He loped over to the door and leaned out. The cool night air on his skin made him realize he was sweating.

“She’s got four penetrating injuries to the abdomen,” Marlow said. “Some superficial cuts and bruises to her face and hands. She needs medical attention.”

Piper nodded and recited the interview to Dispatch, crisp and confident. While he talked, Marlow thought about the fact this was his first night and the close, even gouges on Beth’s stomach.

“Sir—”

“Piper. Or David-20, if you’re being formal.”

“ …they don’t look like injuries from a wolf attack.”

“And you’d know?” Piper said. “With all of 52 minutes on the job?”

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Marlow rubbed his hand over his head, cropped hair fuzzy against his palm. Smart money said he should shut his mouth and go along with it. The doctors could decide what had happened to Beth.

“First hour on Night Shift,” he said. “Not my first day on the job. She looks—”

“Look up?” Piper said. He didn’t wait for Marlow to do as he was told. “That’s the full moon. Statistically, anything that happens tonight is wolf-related. So just assume it is, and you’ll live longer.”

Marlow grimaced, but this time he held his tongue. It still didn’t seem right, but Piper was the expert.

“This is why I wanted Franklin,” Piper said. “You were good in the Academy, but he’s seasoned. Not—”

The thin sound of a distant scream cut him off. He turned in that direction and dropped one hand to the gun on his belt. It was chased by gunfire and the attenuated snarls of wolves.

“Pritchard. Dekes. With me,” he barked. “Marlow, stay here. Take care of the victim until the ambulance gets here.”

He stooped down, grabbed Marlow’s belt, and tossed it to him in one smooth motion. Then he took off down the street with the rest of the squad fanned out behind him. Marlow grabbed the belt and pulled it back in through the gap. He looped it around his waist and fastened it as he headed back over to the girl.

Over the clean floor.

Well, not clean. Not bloody either. Marlow hesitated for a second and then stepped past Beth  to look on the other side of the stack of mannequins. Blood splattered all over the floor in a staggered pattern back toward the door.

She’d not come in here to hide. He turned to look at the dented door and the broken door frame, worn dark from exposure to time and hands instead of raw and fresh. She’d been trying to get out.


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Catch More Chapters on the other stops on the Blog Tour. I will update links as I get them…

March 11 – LOVE BYTES

March 12 – READING REALITY

March 16 – BOOK GEMZ *You are here

March 17 – BOY MEETS BOY

March 18 – TWO CHICKS OBSESSED


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Book Specifics

  • Book Title: Night Shift
  • Author:  TA Moore
  • Release Date: March 19, 2021
  • Publisher: Rouge Firebird Press
  • Genre/s: MM Paranormal Romance
  • Length: approx 117 pages
  • First of 3 BOOK SERIES

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About the Author

T.A. MOORE

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T.A. Moore is a Northern Irish writer of romantic suspense, urban fantasy, and contemporary romance novels. A childhood in a rural, seaside town fostered in her a suspicious nature, a love of mystery, and a streak of black humor a mile wide. As her grandmother always said, ‘she’d laugh at a bad thing that one’, mind you, that was the pot calling the kettle black. T.A. Moore studied History, Irish mythology, English at University, mostly because she has always loved a good story. She has worked as a journalist, a finance manager, and in the arts sectors before she finally gave in to a lifelong desire to write.

Coffee, Doc Marten boots, and good friends are the essential things in life. Spiders, mayo, and heels are to be avoided.

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