Snippet Sunday – Been There Done That

It’s time for Snippet Sunday and it’s cold Cheyenne. Fall has arrived with wind and rain and while I like the warm clothes, I miss having the windows open. But it’s almost October and you know what that means!

The Triple Star Ranch series already has two books, ROPE A FALLING STAR and STAR LIGHT, STAR BRIGHT in it. And STAR SPANGLED BANNER is coming out in October. You not only see the old favorite characters but meet some new ones.

In this snippet, Petty Officer Enrique Sanchez is in the VA hospital talking to his doctor about his recovery from his fall. But it’s the wrong doctor.

“How is your pain level? On a scale of one to ten, where are you sittin’?”

“I’m at about a five, sir.” There was no way on God’s green earth he’d admit more than that. He might be wise enough to take pain meds, but he was still a SEAL. Superhuman came with the job description.

“Uh-huh. Okay, sounds good. Ninety-six hours. You’ll let us know if that rises, right?”

Oh sure, right after I win the Miss America pageant. “Yes, sir. Thank you, sir.”

“Heh, I know that isn’t what you wanted to hear, but I have faith in us and our ability to get you back on your feet quickly if you listen to your body, and my recommendations.” The doc’s face crinkled with his smirk.

“Yes, sir. I know, sir.”

Dr. Lyttle sighed. “And you don’t believe me.” He shook his head.

“I didn’t say that, sir.”

“You didn’t have to, Petty Officer. I was a corpsman in the Marines. Been there, done that, saw it all. Just try to rest. That will get you better far faster.” He gathered up his papers and headed for the door.

“Yes, sir.” Enrique was done negotiating. “Can I ask a question, sir?”

“Sure.” The doctor waited.

“Who was the doctor who treated me at the arena? Does she work here at the VA?”

Dr. Lyttle frowned a moment. “I wasn’t aware there was a doctor at the arena. Are you sure?”

“Yes, sir. She identified herself.” Enrique frowned a moment. “Dr. Suzie something. Do you know her, sir?”

Dr. Lyttle’s eyebrows went up. “Dr. Suzie Appleton?”

“Yes, sir. I think so.”

The doc nodded. “Yes, I know her. I didn’t know she was scheduled for Cheyenne Frontier Days.”

Relief cascaded through Enrique. Thank all that’s holy I didn’t imagine her.

See, miracles do happen. 😉 There are several great authors on the Weekend Writer Warriors list, the Snippet Sunday Facebook group, and the Rainbow Snippets Facebook group. A few of my favorites are, P.T. WyantKaren Michelle NuttVeronica ScottJessica SubjectKathy Griffith Karysa Faire, and Iris Blobel.

Here’s the blurb for STAR SPANGLED BANNER:

Coming Soon!

Sometimes a falling star wears a flag…

Dr. Suzie Appleton expected a helluva ride in the barrel-racing championships at Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo, but she had no idea she’d have to save a man falling from the sky. When he calls her for a date, she’s hesitant, but there’s something sexy and seductive about the Leap Frog, and she takes a chance. She suggests he come to the Triple Star Ranch for his therapy to have more time with him before he returns to jumping out of airplanes.

Petty Officer Enrique Sanchez signed up to serve his country and expected to get shot at, just not during an exhibition jump at a rodeo. But the sexy doctor who saved his life in the arena is willing to sign off on his transfer on one condition: that he’s not her patient. Works for Enrique. He’d much rather play doctor with her than have her white coat get in the way of their personal relationship.

While the attraction between them isn’t one-sided, neither are the threats. Someone is trying to complete their attempt on Enrique’s life, and someone else has their sights set on Suzie. Rumors and lies threaten to destroy their relationship. But all’s fair in love and war, and both of them could lose big.

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