Snippet Sunday – SEALs Take Care of Their Own

It’s time for Snippet Sunday and this is the final day of Cheyenne Frontier Days. It was mellower this year than in the past, but I did go to one of the parades and got to visit the park.

The Triple Star Ranch series now has three books, ROPE A FALLING STAR, STAR LIGHT, STAR BRIGHT and STAR SPANGLED BANNER. There’s a fourth one coming, but with so many writing projects going you can expect it probably in 2022. Tentative title: Loving a Tin Star.

In this snippet, Dr. Suzie is trying to ascertain the extent of the downed SEAL’s injuries.

“Sir, my name is Dr. Suzie Appleton, can you hear me?”

The man moaned but didn’t open his eyes.

Sweet glory, let’s hope he didn’t break his neck.

“I’m going to check you over for injuries, sir.”

She thanked all the watching deities he’d uncurled onto his back, but she worried he might have broken something internally. One arm lay curled protectively around the bundled American flag. Always ready to protect the flag. The other lay across his body at an odd angle and she suspected he’d used that arm to slow him down when he landed. His ragged breathing made her listen closely. His wheezing suggested a compression she couldn’t see.

She checked his pulse just as the other members of his Leap Frogs team gathered around him.

“Miss, you need to get away from him.” A gruff man reached for her, but she shook her head and dipped out of the way.

“That’s Doctor to you, Sailor, and I’m checking him for injuries. He’s broken his right arm and I suspect he’s broken a rib or two, given the sounds his breath is making. He needs to get to a hospital ASAP to check for internal hemorrhaging and injuries.”

“The SEALs take care of their own, doctor.” The gruff man growled and tried to grab her again.

“Then have your corpsman get his ass here fast, sailor, so you can save your teammate. You’re gonna need to stabilize his chest if you want him to live.”

She didn’t know for sure if that was the case, given she couldn’t see inside his body armor, but she wouldn’t give an inch when her expertise was questioned. No one knew they were SEALs when they wore street clothes. The same pertained to her when she competed in the barrel-racing events. She couldn’t exactly wear a white lab coat.

Do NOT question this woman’s expertise. 😉 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 ScottKarysa Faire, and Iris Blobel.

Here’s the blurb for STAR SPANGLED BANNER:

Now available!

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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