You may or may not know but I’m just a month an a half away from the release of the second book in my new romantic suspense series, Den of Thieves, as a present to my faithful readers I am going to treat you to excerpts from it in the weeks leading up to its release. So until then faithful readers, enjoy!
The sun was shining and the birds were chirping. Olivia was having brunch at her local cafe just like she did every Saturday morning. She liked sitting on the patio in the warmer months, watching the people come and go. It was a nice break from her hectic everyday as a county prosecutor.
She took a sip of her coffee just as tires screeched. Olivia’s head snapped up in the direction of the sound. A dark black sedan had just finished turning the corner at the end of her street.
It picked up speed as it shot down the road toward where she was sitting on her front porch.
Then just as suddenly as it had started racing toward her, it started slowing down.
The next few seconds happened in slow motion. The passenger window rolled down and the muzzle of a gun appeared.
The next few seconds passed by as if they were hours. In nightmarish slow motion she watched the flash of gun going off, heard the pop-pop as it fired a second time and felt the air whoosh by as the bullets passed by her.
Someone was shooting at her!
Olivia’s breath caught in her chest as she dove off of her chair to the ground as the pop-pop continued.
The bullets whizzed by her head striking the chair where she sat. They didn’t stop. They just kept coming.
The last one found its target. Her left shoulder felt like she had been punched. She gasped in the air that had been knocked out of her and screamed.
The fire engulfed her shoulder and shot down the side of her body. She lay down as close to the ground as she could and whimpered. She could hear sirens in the background.
One of the men yelled something to the other and the car suddenly picked up speed and shot off down the road.
She didn’t move. She couldn’t. The pain in her shoulder was so bad she could barely catch a breath. She lay there on the ground watching the pool of blood slowly growing beside her.
She listened to the sirens getting closer and prayed they would make it in time. She didn’t want to die. Not like this. It hurt too much.
Bright lights flashed. Red and Blue. She closed her eyes. She was tired and the pain was getting to be too much.
“Over here! We have one down!” a woman’s voice called out.
She could feel hands on her. She was so tired.
She closed her eyes.
“Stay with me. Stay with me.” She could hear the woman’s voice but it sounded so far away.
She tried to open her eyes. They were so heavy she didn’t have the strength.
“Ma’am? Can you hear me? Ma’am–” the bodiless voice got further and further away with each word.
Then her world faded to black.