It’s time for Snippet Sunday and we’ve had our first snow of the season. Bring on the hot tea!
I have a new release coming THIS WEEK and you can get it right now on pre-order so it shows up on Tuesday. It’s my new Sapphic romantic suspense with a mountain bike mechanic and a retired FBI agent. Both women are in their forties and getting a second chance at life and love.
In this snippet, you meet Merida Roark, mountain bike mechanic in the Scratchin’ Gravel Bike Shop, and she’s found a woman she really likes at first look.
Merida waited as the woman’s stare grew intense. She had the weird feeling the woman hadn’t had a lot of kindnesses freely given and responded as if the world lay full of threat. It occurred to her that asking for consent might be the only way to get the woman to trust.
What the hell do I need her to trust me for?
But she’d listened to her gut in all the most important decisions in her life, and it always paid off. Wait and see what it brings. For her, and for you.
The voice of wisdom was old and infrequent, but like her gut, was always right.
The woman nodded slowly, and Merida dabbed the oil on, coating the wound. She wiped her hands on a clean washcloth and opened a gauze pad. She taped it around the strong calf muscle, trying not to admire the leg too much. Not all women liked undue feminine attention.
Merida nodded. “Okay, I think we got it fixed up. You feel okay?”
The intense look remained as the silence stretched. Merida fell into the hazel gaze, wishing she knew the woman’s name so she could brand the memory of the power of her with a title beyond Queen of Intensity.
“Hey, Merida. I talked to—Oh, sorry. What’s going on?” Isley appeared over the Queen’s shoulder, their expression uneasy.
“Uh, Miss…” Merida trailed off as she gestured to the seated woman.
“Grimes.” The tone remained guarded and stiff as the woman stood.
“Ms. Grimes came in with a wound because her chain jumped the sprocket and grabbed her leg. I couldn’t let her bleed, so I taped it up.” Merida got to her feet and cleaned up the first aid kit. “I’m gonna put this away before I take a look at the bike.”
At least Merida is listening to her gut. 😉 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. Wyant, Karen Michelle Nutt, Veronica Scott, Karysa Faire, and Iris Blobel.
Here’s the blurb for BROKEN CHAINS:
Some inheritances are to die for.
Merida Roark was happy, leading an ordinary life as a bike mechanic at Scratchin’ Gravel Bike Shop in Summit Springs, Colorado, far away from her estranged family, and the past she thought long buried. Until the day an envelope arrives with an unexpected inheritance.
Tam Grimes was an FBI profiler before a serious work injury ended her career. She moved to Summit Springs for a fresh start in the peace and quiet. Falling in love was not part of her plans, but when a bike chain eats her leg and Merida patches her up, Tam finds herself drawn to the beautiful mechanic.
Their fragile relationship is tested when Merida’s home is savagely vandalized. The police have no leads, but it doesn’t take Tam long to realize the threat to her new lover is connected to her hidden past. When things go from disturbing to dangerous, Tam must use all her skills to untangle this web before someone removes Merida from the equation…permanently.