Five Skills You Need to Survive COUNTDOWN TO ZERO HOUR


By Nico Rosso, author of COUNTDOWN TO ZERO HOUR


It takes a tough woman to be a chef, and Hayley Baskov definitely has a will of iron. But can she live through cooking in a house full of Russian mobsters? Even undercover special forces operator Art Diaz will be tested. Here are some skills they’ll need to survive:

1. Russian Cuisine

Hayley’s family recipe for pelmeni (dumplings) is what gets her into trouble in the first place, but once she’s thrown into the danger, she’ll need every trick on her cutting board in order to keep the mobsters happy. It helps that Art responds very favorably to her cooking, too.

2. Knife sharpening

A sharp knife is important in the kitchen, but for Art, a keen edge is the difference between life an death. He walks that edge constantly as an undercover operator among the mobsters. And when Hayley is dragged into his world, he has to stay razor sharp for her as well.

3. Light sleeping

Some of the most dangerous times are the small hours when people are asleep and their guard is down. Art can’t afford to have anyone get the drop on him and sleeps with one eye open. When Hayley thinks Art is a criminal bodyguard for a mobster, she can’t trust him despite their attraction. A good night’s sleep is hard to come by. After his truth is revealed, the quiet of night transforms to the perfect stolen moment for a rendezvous…

4. Shooting

The house where Hayley’s cooking is a pressure cooker. Will the mobsters find out about Art’s real mission with his group of special operators, Automatik? Will the mobsters turn against each other? At any moment violence can erupt. Art needs to be ready and keep his aim on target. The firefight could get so serious that even Hayley might have to pull the trigger.

5. Hand to Hand

Knowing how to handle a fist fight and keeping it from escalating is important in the volatile house. But there’s a different kind of hand to hand contact that Art and Hayley find, the important connection that shows human emotions can survive a deadly situation.


So which of these skills do you have covered and which do you need to work on?

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Black Ops: Automatik, book one

Fans of Maya Banks’s KGI series will love this explosive new romantic suspense series from Nico Rosso, featuring black ops agents and the women they’ll do anything to protect

Former Special Forces agent Artem “Art” Diaz is tattooed, muscular and undeniably dangerous. He’s also deep undercover, posing as mob muscle for a deadly bratva boss. His mission: gain the Russians’ trust. Then lead the strike team that will take them down.

Chef Hayley Baskov knows better than to get involved with someone with such close mafia ties, but the handsome bodyguard who brought her to this sprawling estate full of ruthless mobsters is inexplicably kind. A little flirtation may keep her safe amid the growing menace.

As Art’s timetable for action escalates, so do his encounters with Hayley. Stealing what illicit pleasure they can keeps them both sane in the face of evil. But when things get dangerous, Art has to tell her about his assignment, bringing her deeper into the shadowy world of black ops…and putting her life on the line.

Now Art has a new objective: protect Hayley from the men who’d see them both dead.

Book one of the Black Ops: Automatik series

Nico Rosso was a writer in search of a genre until his wife, Zoë Archer (AKA Eva Leigh) brought romance into his life in more ways than one. He’s created sci-fi and post-apocalyptic romance worlds, as well as working with his wife on the steampunk Ether Chronicles series. His paranormal Demon Rock series brought you satyr rock stars and the Muses who feed them. With the romantic suspense Black Ops: Automatik series, he takes you into the deep dark world of secret operations designed to protect the innocent.

When he isn’t writing, Nico works in the shop creating furniture and hammering on other projects for the house he shares with Zoë and their two cats in the central coast area of California.

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