A gifted healer with a genetic secret and a haunted past, Julie Hastings takes her new veterinary degree to South Dakota hoping to bury memories of a physically abusive stepfather and unprotective mother.
Although intending to lead a quiet life, she finds herself relentlessly pursued by two unwelcome suitors: the Chief of Police and a powerful member of the Sioux Indian Nation.
The man she chooses shatters her world-view.
Her stepfather taught her that not all monsters run on four legs. Now Julie must face another truth—some beasts are good.
Excerpt from “Touching the Moon” by Lisa M. Airey
In this scene, Officer Dan Keating is questioning veterinarian Julie Hastings after she is accosted on a hiking trail. There have been three prior murders and Dan is beginning to think that Julie is the real target… that the others were just “consolation prizes”.
“Why didn’t you call the police?” asked Dan.
“After the incident on the mountain on Saturday?”
“And tell you what? That, gee, some man grabbed my wrist and wouldn’t let it go? I’ve been beaten to nearly an inch of my life on multiple occasions and never breathed a word of it. After 20 years of silence, I’m supposed to suddenly run to the police and tell them that I’ve got a bruise?”
“Exactly my point.”
Julie cocked her head. “Meaning what?” Her tone was a little hostile.
“Meaning that the bruised wrist is nothing to you, so why are you so shattered?”
She frowned. “I was hunted and accosted, isn’t that enough?”
“No, Julie. No, it’s not. You have powered through much more than a bruised wrist in your life. I’ve seen the God-damned x-rays.” He took a deep breath. “I’ve seen eyes like yours. Eyes change when they grapple with a horror that they can’t process or accommodate or understand. What have you seen?” he asked.
She looked up at him, her eyes a tumultuous sea-green.
“What did you see?” he asked again.
“I saw Lync.”
Dan reached for her hands. They were ice.
“Julie,” he said softly. “I can only help you if you let me. I can only protect you if I know what you’re up against.”
She was silent a moment. “He grabbed my wrist. He grabbed it hard and squeezed. It happened so fast, I didn’t have time to react. I didn’t even drop the picnic basket. In fact, I clung onto the picnic basket.” She shuddered violently. “It was his eyes. He looked at me as if…” She tried to form the thought, but it wouldn’t come. It hovered on the edge of her consciousness just out of reach, just out of touch.
“As if?” Dan prodded.
“As if I was…” She shivered again. “I thought…that…he…” She worked very hard to still her emotions. He watched her fight the terror. “Was going to…” She swallowed and turned away.
“Rape you?” he finished for her.
Her eyes flew to his. They were as rough and tumble as the surf. She shook her head vehemently. “No. No.” She shuddered again. “I thought he was going to…eat me. Alive.” She swallowed.
Dan’s stomach turned.
“He looked at me as if I were prey.”
Touching the Moon
Lisa M. Airey
Genre: Romantic Suspense with a Paranormal Twist
Publisher: Aakenbaaken & Kent, NY
Number of pages: 272
Word Count: 89K
Cover Artist: www.reese-winslow.com
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About the Author:
Lisa has worked in the wine industry for 20 years, the most recent eight in education with the Society of Wine Educators and the French Wine Society. In these roles, she has authored and/or edited wine study manuals and developed or expanded certification programs for the wine trade.
In her free-time, she writes fiction...naturally, with a glass of wine at the elbow.
She is a Maryland Master Gardener and puts that training into practice in her sizable vegetable garden. To assist her, she has recruited the services of a very helpful staff: two Chinese geese, two mini-Rex rabbits and 2,000 red wigglers (worms)…all of which are “master composters”. An adopted feral cat guards the perimeters and keeps the groundhogs at bay. She resides in Monkton, Maryland.
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