Oh, So You’re a Marshal

Please welcome Elaine Cantrell to the blog today. She’s talking about marshals.

Here’s Elaine!

Are any of you in law enforcement? If so, you probably already know a lot about the US Marshals, but if not, you’re probably thinking of marshals like you saw in old TV westerns. In fact, the US Marshal’s Service is the nation’s oldest and most versatile law enforcement service. They were established in 1789, and since that time they’ve been involved with virtually every federal law enforcement imitative. At present there are about 4800 deputy marshals and career employees.

Okay, so what does a marshal do? First, they protect judges and courthouses. Second, they apprehend fugitives. Third, they transport prisoners, and lastly they’re involved in witness protection, asset forfeiture, and operations support of various types.

My hero in Never Trust a Pretty Wolf is Andy Bryce, a US Marshal. Andy’s on vacation, so he agrees to take his brother’s place in a charity game. He never figured on getting a partner like Liesel Wolf. She’s beautiful, abrasive, and she has secrets that floor him once they come to light.

In this excerpt, Andy ponders his attraction to the beautiful Liesel.

He paused as he reached for her hand. He had often heard the old, overworked phrase, ‘she looks like an angel’, but Liesel really did. Her hair fanned across the pillow in a red‑gold flame that accented her smooth, creamy complexion. Her thick, lush eyelashes looked too pretty to be real. They made him long for her to open her eyes, just so he could see how they’d look in the morning while she was still vulnerable from sleep, before she’d had a chance to don the prickly armor that irritated him so much.


Involuntarily, he reached for her, but he jerked his hand back as though she had hissed at him. Being beautiful did not change her character. She had married a monster. Who knew what bad habits she had picked up from him? Hadn’t he taken a gun away from her two days ago?



A gun? Why do you need a gun to play a charity game? Who is the monster that Liesel married? Are they still married? What’s this charity game all about? How did a US Marshal get paired with a beautiful yet secretive woman? Has Liesel picked up bad habits? All very important questions!

Never Trust a Pretty Wolf is now available at http://www.astraeapress.com and most other retail outlets.

Visit Elaine on her website: http://www.elainecantrell.com and her blog: http://www.elainepcantrell.blogspot.com.

Cindy here!

Thanks so much for being here, Elaine. Loved the excerpt. Sounds like a great book! I do love the idea of a marshal. How about you guys?

Until next time…



5 thoughts on “Oh, So You’re a Marshal

  1. Elaine Cantrell

    Thank you so much for having me, Cindy. Never Trust a Pretty Wolf is one of my favorite romantic suspense novels. It’s partially set in up state SC which is where I live. I’ve been to the state park where Liesel and Andy found a body and got shot at many times. But all I found was a pretty lake and beautiful scenery.

  2. Herman

    Elaine, I’ve enjoyed your previous books and have this one on my short list of books to get soon – hopefully for Christmas (hint to any family members that see it)! I was curious how you come up with your characters and what sort of research you do to make a book like this. Thanks, and I’ll try to watch for your reply!

  3. Elaine Cantrell

    Thanks so much for commenting, Herman. As far as research goes, my inspiration and information came from my son who geocaches with his family. The game that my characters are playing was a geocaching game. In answer to your second question, all of my characters are combinations of traits that I like in other people. Excerpt the bad ones of course. 😀 I hope you enjoy Pretty Wolf.

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