Snippet Sunday – What is the Cost?

It’s time for Snippet Sunday and the days are getting darker as the season shifts toward winter. But that means the lights come out and everything sparkles!

My new sapphic romantic suspense with a mountain bike mechanic and a retired FBI agent is available. Both women are in their forties and getting a second chance at life and love.

In this snippet, Tam is dealing with Merida’s boss and something’s off.

The other person in the shop, however, didn’t have the same energy [as Merida]. They viewed Tam with narrowed eyes and taut shoulders, their mouth pinched with tension. Everything about them screamed distrust and guardedness.

“Sorry about bleeding in your shop. I didn’t expect Merida to take care of my leg, just my bike.” Tam slid out from behind the counter and stood to the side, giving herself a clear shot to the door if she needed to escape.

I’m not on a case, and this person isn’t a suspect.

But old habits died hard, and she wasn’t about to ignore her instincts.

“Knowing Merida, she wasn’t about to let you bleed out on the floor.” The shopkeeper strode behind the counter and surveyed Tam coolly from under sharp black brows below the bright pink, purple, and blue dyed hair. “So what can we do for you, Ms. Grimes?”

“Uh…” Tam hesitated, since the reason for her visit seemed pretty obvious despite her bloody leg. “I need my bike fixed and tuned. The chain, well, did this.” She gestured at her leg. “What is the cost?” She dug out her wallet from the day pack she carried, reminding herself to pick up a little first aid kit, and looked up expectantly.

The person with tri-colored hair eyed her with consideration and Tam remembered what it was like to sit in an interrogation room. The shopkeeper would’ve made a great interrogator and they hadn’t even said a word.

“Are you sure that’s all you’re here for?”

Tam frowned. “Yes. Why?”

The shopkeeper shrugged. “I dunno. The way you were lookin’ at Merida suggested somethin’ different, that’s all.” They punched some buttons on the tablet they used as a cash register. “Thirty-five, even.”

Hm, something else seems to be going on here. 😉 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 BROKEN CHAINS:

Available Here

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.

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