Poker Face by Paty Jager – Frenemy Character Guest Post + Giveaway

Poker Face by Paty Jager
A Spotted Pony Casino Mystery Book 1
Windtree Press • July 1, 2021

Dela Alvaro is a disabled veteran who grew up on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation. When an IED in Iraq ended her military career, she came home to reassess her life and landed a job in security at the Indian-run casino on the reservation.

Not even a year into being the assistant to the head of security, the head of security is found working with a human trafficking ring and Dela is promoted on a trial basis. When one of the casino employees is found stabbed and stuffed in a laundry chute, she knows she can kiss head of security goodbye if she doesn’t find the killer before the media gets hold of the story.

While she is in over her head, she can’t decide if the FBI Special Agent called in to help is a blessing or a curse. It’s a man she ran across in Iraq who overrode her authority. When a second casino employee is killed, Dela has to decide if she can trust the special agent with not only keeping her job but keeping the rest of the casino employees safe.

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Hi I’m Dela Alvaro, interim Head of Security for the Spotted Pony Casino on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation.

When I was an MP in the Army in Iraq, I had a brief flirtation with a Marine Lieutenant in the special task force. That was until the day he came to free a rapist I’d arrested.

Fast forward seven years later and who has been given the Pendleton FBI Field Office? None other than Quinn Peirce the one man who makes me see picket fences one minute and I want to bust his balls the next minute.

After he took my prisoner, we didn’t see much of each other. And here he was walking into my crime scene at the casino. I about fell over when he offered to help. I had expected him to walk in and take over.

No matter how hard I try to not let my guard down and not let him get to me…he does. I’m not sure whether to believe he cares how I feel. He was, after all, on a task force that used any means to get the answers they needed to keep our forces safe.

But he sounds and acts sincere.

I know I’m not a woman any man would want. I’m missing part of a leg and I’ve settled on the idea I will be alone the rest of my life. Well, not completely alone. I’ll have my family and my new dog, Mugshot. He’s an amputee, too. We will make a good team.

And then Quinn goes and says or does something that makes me think he cares about me. And I wonder…could I make a man happy?

Then I come back to my senses and know it’s best to keep my heart and my missing leg to myself, and not let the man see he might have a chance if he continues to show me a side of him that is intriguing.

But I’m not looking for romance. I want to keep my job as head of security at the casino. We have to find out who killed the accountant and another employee before we have more deaths on our hands.

About the Author

Paty Jager is an award-winning author of 51 novels, 8 novellas, and numerous anthologies of murder mystery and western romance. All her work has Western or Native American elements in them along with hints of humor and engaging characters. Paty and her husband raise alfalfa hay in rural eastern Oregon. Riding horses and battling rattlesnakes, she not only writes the western lifestyle, she lives it.

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  1. Thank you for being part of the book tour for “Poker Face” by Paty Jager.

    Enjoyed hearing from Dela Alvaro. Can’t wait to read more about him while reading this great sounding book.

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