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Saturday, July 1, 2017

Saturday Sample: Flood


Welcome to Saturday Sample. Today, I'd like to share an excerpt from my new release Flood. First let's have a blurb and then our excerpt. 

Since I was on vacation and missed last week, I'm starting from the beginning of the book so you've probably read the first part of the excerpt.

Blurb:
Drawn together by their love of animals, Aria De Luca and Caleb Hawkins burn for each other. They never suspected that malignant forces around them were successfully plotting Caleb’s ruin from the moment he entered her life. When the flood of a century strikes Aria’s hometown, an alienated Caleb is all that stands between her and catastrophic loss.




Last Week

Dr. Aria De Luca threw a newspaper onto her cluttered desk and reached for a tissue to dry her eyes. How could anyone let such a terrible thing happen? 

Her lead vet tech Lila Monroe breezed into her office and held out a clipboard. “Sign this. They just delivered our order of dog food.” 

Aria scribbled her name for Lila who vanished as abruptly as she had arrived. The cute assistant came back a couple of minutes later without a hint of her usual perky smile. “Why are you crying, Aria? Did the collie’s surgery not go well?” 

“No, she’s fine. I’m almost sure the tumor was benign.” Blowing her nose, Aria reached for the morning paper. “Look at this.” 

Lila perched on the edge of Aria’s desk and made herself comfortable. “I’m not wearing my contacts. Forgot them. Just tell me what it says.” 

“Okay, have you heard of the Second Chance program?” 

“No, can’t say that I have.” 

Aria’s chair squeaked as she leaned back. She made a mental note to get some oil for it the next time she went to the store. “Well, the Second Chance program is a newinitiative for convicts. It’s sponsored by the Department of Corrections.” 

Lila laughed in the way that made all of her friends want to laugh too. “Convicts, huh? I didn’t know you knew any convicts, especially not convicts that would make you cry. You’ve been holding out on me.” 

“This is serious,” Aria insisted even though she did smile at Lila’s teasing. She tossed her tissue into the trashcan. “The Department of Corrections partners with community organizations to place model convicts in out- of-prison job settings. It’s supposed to let the convicts learn a skill they can use when they’re released.” 

“That’s no reason to cry.” Lila blinked. “Uh, we aren’t getting one, are we? Not that I dislike convicts, but still... Come to think of it, I don’t know anyone who’s been inprison. 

New Excerpt: Lila speaks first.

I bet your dad wouldn’t like it at all if you started staffing the clinic with criminals.”

Aria snickered. “No, we aren’t getting a convict, but one of the big animal shelters in Pine City has several. Listen to this. They took in an abuse case, an adult dog that nobody but one of their convicts could reach.” She sniffed. “Since the dog isn’t especially friendly or pretty, nobody wants to adopt it. It’s scheduled to be put down on Friday unless someone steps up for it, and guess who’d have to walk the dog to the killing room?”

“The convict?”

“Yep.” 

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