I’m starting something new. It will be called Excerpt Tuesday. Each week a new except from me or another author will be featured. This week the excerpt comes from my debut book, Wounded Hearts.
“Stay right here, sweetie.”
Reaching in, she picked up the paper. At first the words written on the thing didn’t register. She had to re-read them twice.
Keep quiet or else.
Her hands shook. A lump formed in her throat. When Mark walked out to the car, their gazes met. She noted the concern on his face as he stared at her.
“What’s the matter, Shell?”
She tried to talk, but nothing would come out. When he rushed to her side, she gave him the note. The words had been created with letters out of magazines or something, glued to the paper. She tightened her hold on Hannah. Someone had put the paper there when they were a few feet away. Why?
“Take Hannah and move to the sidewalk.”
Shelby nodded then moved to where he told her. He pulled out his cell and punched in a number. Mark moved with determination as he talked on the phone with the police. Within moments, a squad car showed up. So much for not having attention on her while she was out with Mark. Who had put the note in her car? Better yet, how did they get in when she’d locked the car?
“Shelby, do you have someone mad at you?” Detective Moore asked as he shut the door to his car and made his way over to her.
After a bitter divorce, Shelby Johnson had rebuilt a life for her and her daughter, Hannah, while avoiding the thing she mistrusts most—men. Her resolve is tested, however, when her brother’s best friend, Mark, moves in across the street and her long-buried feelings for him return. Can she possibly open up her heart again? When someone threatens her life, she quickly realizes that her heart isn’t the only thing on the line, and she turns to the only man she feels she can trust.
Reliving everything he lost overseas, Mark Daniels goes back to his hometown to try and live a peaceful life, but instead gets caught up in Shelby’s troubles. He knows she needs someone to protect her, but can he be that man? Except, being near Shelby again is making him feel things he’d rather never feel—again. When his past comes back to haunt him in a way he never expected, he vows to protect Shelby and her daughter until his last breath.