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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Beyond the Book: Flood


Welcome to Beyond the Book. Before I share an excerpt from Flood I'd like to tell you about my RomCon review. They gave me 5 stars and said in part,


This story was fantastic, with plenty of plot surprises that I didn't expect! A It's the kind of story that stays with you because of the intensity of the circumstances and you remember the characters. 
I really enjoyed reading this story and hope to read more from this author. 

You can read the entire review at

http://www.romcon.com/reviews/flood-by-elaine-cantrell

If you're enjoying these excerpts, please tell a friend about Flood. If you read the book, please be sure to review it on Amazon and Goodreads.

Now for a blurb and 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:


In the distance he saw a group of buildings. “Approaching Fairfield,” the driver called.

The bus came to a halt outside the terminal. Caleb hefted his bag and waited his turn to get off. Then he went inside to an information desk near the front counter. “Hey, I’m looking for the Saint Francis Animal Hospital. Could you tell me how to get there?”

The woman, a young blonde who smiled prettily at him, pulled a map from a drawer and showed him where the hospital was. “That’s Dr. De Luca’s place. It’s about five miles away, so you’ll need a ride."

“Thanks for the help.”

The woman gestured to an old man dozing in a plastic chair positioned to catch the sunshine. “That’s Bob Roach. He has a taxi if you’d like to wake him.”

Caleb smiled at the sight of the relaxed old man. In prison you learned not to sleep too deeply. 

“Thank you.”

He touched the man’s shoulder, hoping not to startle him. “Mr. Roach?”

“Huh?”

“Mr. Roach, I’m looking for a ride to the animal hospital. Are you interested?”.


This week
The old man blinked and wiped his face. “Yeah, give me a minute.”

Actually, Mr. Roach took ten minutes to wake up, but he took Caleb right to the animal hospital. It was a pretty drive. The hospital was located in a relatively rural area with freshly plowed fields just waiting for the weather to warm up enough to plant. Pale green fuzz decorated most of the trees and gave the promise of shade once the leaves grew a little more.

“Want me to wait?” Roach asked as he stopped in front of the animal hospital.

“No, thanks.” He had seen a motel not a mile from St. Francis. He’d stay there for the night.

He paused for a moment to look the place over. The hospital was set in a grove of oak trees that would provide shade in the summertime and let the sun in during the winter months. The building was made of concrete blocks that had been painted dark green. It had white shutters and a white door. Someone had added window boxes and filled them with spring flowers in shades of pink, red, and yellow. A curvy walkway made of small gravel led from the parking lot to the front door. All in all it looked like a nice place, a place where the doctor and her staff cared about the animals entrusted to them.


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