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Book 2 of 4: Shea Stevens Outlaw Biker series

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What's It About?

A brutal turf war between biker gangs. Club drugs laced with rat poison. Can one woman stop the carnage?

Shea Stevens feels pulled in all directions. The ex-con biker is adjusting to life as her niece’s sole guardian while struggling to maintain a romance and the demands of running a custom motorcycle shop.

When the police force Shea to infiltrate a women’s motorcycle club suspected of dealing poison-laced drugs laced, she agrees to locate the dealer despite once swearing to never snitch.

Wary at first, Shea bonds with the sisterhood of bikers and learns they’re caught in a bloody turf war with her father’s outlaw motorcycle club. Allegiances are tested as the violence escalates and Shea discovers the source of the lethal drugs.

Can Shea stop the drug dealers and end the gang war without destroying her personal life?

Snitch is the exhilarating second book in the of the Shea Stevens Outlaw Biker crime thriller series. If you enjoy full-throttle action, strong female friendships, and queer women kicking ass, you’ll love Dharma Kelleher’s gripping tale of girl power and horsepower that will keep you turning the pages into the wee hours.

Buy Snitch today and join Shea as she fights for justice on Arizona’s mean streets and unforgiving desert.

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Chapter 1

Terror gripped Genette Abrams. What’s wrong with me? Can’t breathe. 

Earlier in the evening, Ironwood’s Downtown District had pulsed with Central Arizona University students. Genette had been having such a good time at the Trip Hop Lounge, dancing and rolling on a drug called hex, a mix of heroin and ecstasy, that she told her sorority sisters to go home without her.

But at eleven thirty, her stomach had begun to cramp. She’d stepped outside, hoping some fresh air would help make her feel better. It hadn’t. The stomach cramps worsened until she hurled next to an ironwood tree planted along the sidewalk. She would have been embarrassed had anyone seen her. But on a Monday night finals just a week away, the streets were all but abandoned.

As she walked away from the club, her legs and chest stiffened, making walking and breathing difficult. Her four-inch heel slipped off the sidewalk. She tumbled into the cold, dark street and lay shivering on the pavement. Above her, the red and green lights of a holiday decoration affixed to a streetlamp glowed cheerily.  

As quickly as it came, the bizarre tightening of muscles released. Using a small ironwood tree planted along the sidewalk to pull herself up, she hobbled against a nearby building and took a breath. I’ll be okay. Just need to find my car and get home. She managed a smile, as the bass beat of the club’s house music lingered in her drug-lubricated mind. Where the hell’d I park, anyway?

A second wave of stiffness battered her, more intense this time. Hands trembled. Jaw tightened. Leg muscles seized. Her chest muscles constricted and squeezed the air out of her lungs. Genette cried out in agony through gritted teeth as she collapsed. “Grrrngh . . .”

What’s happening to me? Please, God, don’t let me die.

Moments before she blacked out, the tightness and pain eased up again. She took deep, gulping breaths. A gust of icy November wind blew across her bare legs. Gotta get out of the wind.

Holding on to a wall to steady herself, and inched along the steep sidewalk into an alley. It wasn’t much warmer, but at least it cut the wind screaming down the street.

Gotta call Sarah. She’ll help me.

She reached for the phone in her purse. With clumsy fingers, she dialed her roommate’s phone. Another wave of cramps and tremors hit her.

“Hello?” asked a gravelly, irritated voice.

“Su . . . muh . . . heh . . .” The words would not come out.

“Genette, is that you?”

“Brah . . . nee . . .” With a squeal, her jaw clamped shut and refused to open.

“Dammit, girl! I told you before—don’t be drunk dialing me this late. I’ll talk to you in the morning.”

“Ughnnn . . .” Her lungs burned for air. Her chest tightened. Her pulse thrummed in her ears, like taiko drums from a horror movie soundtrack. A foamy liquid in her throat choked off her breathing. Panic and confusion gripped her. She collapsed on the ground. The phone clattered onto the sidewalk next to her.

“Shut the fuck up!” came a voice farther down the alley. “Some of us is trying to sleep!””

A woman bundled up in a coat with a hoodie loomed over her, illuminated by the dim light spilling from the street. “Jesus H. Christ. Can’t you find someplace else to make noise?”

Genette reached out, her eyes bulging in their sockets. “Mmrrnngh . . .”

“Fucking drunk college kids ain’t got nothing better to do than interrupt my sleep. Shit.” The woman disappeared from view, followed by the rhythmic squeaking of a grocery cart wheel.

Genette collapsed as her muscles no longer responded. No, don’t leave. Please. Help.

Her body arched backward in crushing waves of pain, twisting and contorting. The cold deepened. Genette’s mind went dark. Dead eyes stared sightless into the night.

* * *

Twenty miles to the south, in the town of Sycamore Springs, Shea Stevens and three of her employees at Iron Goddess Custom Cycles were rushing to finish the one-off bagger. It was nearly midnight. The new owner was scheduled to pick it up in the morning.

The scarred-over gunshot wound on Shea’s lower back burned as she tightened the leads on the motorcycle battery. The ache in her recently healed collarbone wasn’t helping either. 

Three months earlier, two sheriff’s deputies had attempted to silence her after she learned they were running a heroin-trafficking ring. Sergeant Willie Foster had run her bike off the road with his car, breaking her collarbone. After she killed Foster with a shot to the head, his cohort, Detective Edelman, had put a bullet in her back. Had it not been for Edelman’s assigned partner Detective Rios, Shea would have been dead.

But Shea didn’t have time to worry about old wounds. If they didn’t deliver the bike on time, the shop would incur expensive penalties. Shea didn’t care so much, but Terrance Douglas, her business partner, would have a shit fit if they missed the deadline.

“Okay, folks, let’s bring this baby to life.” Shea inserted the key and pressed the starter button.

The engine went rurr-rurr-rurr, but didn’t catch. A series of frustrated glances passed between Shea and her crew. She tried again, holding the starter a few seconds longer. It refused to turn over.

“We did put gas in the tank, right?” Shea asked. 

Lakota, an Oglala Sioux woman who served as the shop’s mechanical engineer, inspected the bike. “Full tank. Battery’s fully charged. Oil pan’s filled. Air intake looks fine. It should start.”

“Maybe it’s the wiring,” suggested Kyle Flores, Shea’s newest hire. Despite being just under four feet tall, he still managed to ride a standard-size motorcycle and had turned out to be a decent motorcycle mechanic.

Switch, the shop’s electronics specialist, stared at the bike. “It’s not the wiring,” she said firmly.

“If we got air and we got fuel, problem’s gotta be electrical.” Shea rubbed the scar on her back. “No offense, Switch, but I think something’s miswired”

“I didn’t miswire it. I did everything right. I always do everything right.”

Shea caught a cautionary look from Lakota that said, Don’t set her off.

Outside the closed garage bay doors, the throaty growl of a Harley from the back parking lot caught everyone’s attention. A moment later someone pounded on the back door with such force it made everyone jump.

“Who could that be?” asked Lakota.

“I’ll deal with this bozo.” Shea grabbed a large dead-blow hammer and marched toward the door. “Y’all figure out why this bike won’t start.”

Whoever was knocking was probably not someone she wanted to talk to. A tweaker looking to rob the place. A cop looking for her or one of her team of second-chancers. An ex-girlfriend making a late-night booty call.

“We ain’t open yet,” Shea yelled through the closed door. “Come back at eight.”

More pounding followed by a familiar voice. “Shea-Shea? Open up. It’s Monster.” He sounded drunk.

Anger rippled up her back and into her fists. Like I ain’t got enough shit to deal with.

Shea kicked open the door, nearly knocking the heavyset biker off his feet. “What the hell you doing here? It’s late and I’m busy.”

Monster sported a halo of snowy hair and longish slush-colored beard tied with a rubber band. His leather vest, known as a cut, identified him as a member of the Confederate Thunder Motorcycle Club. “Easy, girl. Saw the lights on. I left you messages, but you never called back.”

“I ain’t got nothing to say to you, old man.”

“Now, Shea . . .” Monster reached out to put a hand on Shea’s shoulder, but Shea backed away, warding him off with the hammer.

“Keep your fucking paws off me. I don’t want nothing to do with you or the Thunder ever again. You got me?”

“Shea, darling, I just wanna see my grandbaby.”

“Annie ain’t your grandbaby.”

“Like hell she ain’t. I raised your sister Wendy since she was seven years old. I was there when she gave birth to Annie. I’m the closest thing to a grandpa Annie knows.”

“Wendy’s dead because of her involvement with the Thunder. I ain’t gonna let that happen to Annie.”

“Aw, that’s horseshit and you know it. That no-good cop’s the one shot Wendy. She’d still be alive if you two had stayed at the clubhouse like y’alls supposed to.”

Shea swung at him but he caught the hammer and pulled her close. 

“Wendy’s dead cause the Thunder are the biggest crank dealers in the county,” she said. “I’m the one who rescued Annie from the kidnapper. I’m her guardian now. And I say you ain’t getting nowhere near her.”

“Shea, I know you’re angry. Hell, I’m angry, too. It can’t be easy raising Annie by yourself. I’m here ’cause Julia and me wanna help.”

“Me and my girlfriend are doing just fine without you.”

“The girl needs a father figure in her life. She ain’t getting it having two mommies.”

“Get the fuck outta here, Monster, ’fore I call the cops.”

“Shea, please. Julia cries every night she don’t see Annie. We lost Wendy. Least you could do is let us see our grandbaby.”

Shea studied Monster’s face. “As long as you’re a member of that drug-dealing, murderous band of misogynists you call a motorcycle club, you and Julia ain’t stepping anywhere near Annie.”

Monster scoffed. “You been hanging around them femi-Nazis in the Athena Sisterhood?”

The Athena Sisterhood was a women’s motorcycle club that frequently staged protests and rallies for feminist causes. There were rumors that the local chapter had firebombed a state senator’s office and a strip club. Shea had avoided them because the chapter was run by an ex-girlfriend of hers.

“None of your business who I hang with.” 

Monster’s face changed from pleading to threatening. “You best stay clear of them Barbie bikers, if’n you know what’s good for ya.”

“Tell me, old man. Is the Thunder still using the old stash house to store drugs and guns? Be a shame if the cops busted the place.”

His eyes narrowed. “Shea, talk like that could get you hurt. Your daddy mighta been the Thunder president once upon a time, but that won’t protect you if you go snitchin’.” 

“This conversation’s over.” Shea tried again to close the door, but Monster stopped it with his boot.

“I’m gonna see my grandbaby, Shea. Ain’t no reason to be stubborn about it.”

She smashed Monster’s boot with the dead-blow hammer. He fell back cursing and holding his foot.

“Stay away from my family, or I’ll put a bullet in your brain.” She slammed the door and locked it.

Monster pounded on the door. “This ain’t over,” he yelled in a strained voice. A moment later the roar of his bike filled the air, then faded into the night.

Shea trudged back to her crew and their work in progress. Kyle and Lakota were staring at her. Switch had unbolted the tank and propped it out of the way as she worked with the bike’s ignition system.

“You okay, Shea?” asked Lakota.

“Just peachy. What’s the story with the bike?”

“Spark plugs were bad out of the box. Switch is replacing them now.” Lakota leaned close to Shea. “Who was that guy?”

“A member of the Confederate Thunder I used to know.”

“Should we be worried? Last time they showed up here, they shot up the place.”

“Nah,” Shea said, hoping to convince herself as much as anyone.

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  • Pages: 414
  • Print size: 5.5"x8.5"

Customer Reviews

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Shea just doesn't know how to stay out of trouble .

This is not for the squeamish reader but if you don't mind a little violence, some love, and a good story this is for you. While the main characters are LGBTQ their story could be about anyone. It would, however, be a good idea to read the first Shea Stevens book, Iron Goddess, first for the back story

In this one Shea wants to just live her life with her girlfriend and adopted niece while running her custom bike shop but life keeps getting in the way.