I would like to tell you about BAD KARMA, the sequel to BAD MEDICINE in the Edge of Texas series, set in the lower Texas coast just north of the Mexican border.
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BAD KARMA is about two sisters who relocate to South Padre Island after one becomes the victim of a stalker. In the following excerpt, Javier, a local firefighter, discovers smoke coming from the house in which the young women live and acts accordingly.
He didn’t wait for the rest of the team. He grabbed a halligan tool and ran up the stairs, shattering the sliding glass door when he found it locked.
Clouds of grey smoke billowed out.
Javier stepped through the opening. “Cassie! Cassie! Where are you?” The mask muffled his voice, causing him to yell in the hopes she would hear him.
Stooping low, he dashed toward Cassie’s bedroom. A mass of flaming debris blocked her door. He used the halligan to shove it to one side; just enough to get the door open and step through.
Dark smoke clung to the top half of the room, but he was able to locate Cassie curled up in her bed.
Javier shrugged out of his turnout coat and wrapped it around her.
He rushed her outside; feeling relieved as soon as he’d cleared the house. He ran down the stairs and lay Cassie on the damp sand.
She looked like a beautiful rag doll, rolling limp and pale out of his turnout coat.
Javier ditched his helmet and nomex hood before checking Cassie for signs of life. He felt for her pulse. It was weak and thready, but she wasn't breathing. Tilting her head back, he cleared her airway and began to administer mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
An ambulance sped toward them, lights flashing and siren screaming.
Cassie drew a wheezy breath and opened her eyes. She lay still, staring up at him without recognition.
“Hi baby,” he whispered close to her ear. “I love you. Please be okay.”
He thought he saw a tiny flicker of acknowledgment before the emergency medical personnel took over. He stepped back, but couldn't move away.
Let the house burn. The only thing that mattered was that Cassie was safe.
The EMT’s checked her vital signs, administered oxygen and loaded her into the ambulance, working to stabilize her inside the vehicle.
Cars arrived and Rafael Solis ran over to where Javier stood, with Cassie’s sister and Zach Bailey close behind.
“Oh, my God! Cassie!” Skyler looked terrified.
The EMT spoke to her and assured her that Cassie had suffered from smoke inhalation, but that the firefighter had saved her before she’d suffered any burns and resuscitated her.
“What firefighter?” she asked.
The EMT pointed to Javier.
Sky looked at him wide-eyed and then embraced him. “You! Thank you so much for saving my sister. How can I ever thank you?” She pulled back, searching his face.
“Sky!” Zach cried out. “You have blood all over you.”
Sky looked down at her dress and arms, puzzled that she was covered with bright red blood.
“It’s Javier,” Rafael said. “He’s bleeding.”
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I hope you enjoyed this little taste of BAD KARMA. The order of the series is:
THE EDGE OF TEXAS Series:
• Book 1-BAD MEDICINE
• Book 2-BAD KARMA
• Book 3-BAD VIBES
• Book 4-BAD DREAMS (coming soon)
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