Please welcome J.D. Faver to my blog today. She's the amazing author of the new release, BAD VIBES. Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to visit my readers today. I'm sure they're going to love what you've got to say.
Hi Mary! Thanks for inviting me to be your guest today. I wanted to share with your readers the setting for my series, The Edge of Texas. The location is South Padre Island and it’s situated about 25 miles north of the Mexican border on the Texas coast. It’s a very beautiful semi- tropical part of the state. This is a good image of South Padre Island with the Gulf of Mexico to the right and the Intracoastal Waterway to the left.
My just released novel, BAD VIBES, is the third romantic thriller in my series: THE EDGE OF TEXAS.
Here is the blurb and a short introduction to the excerpt I’m sharing today:
Deputy Darla Calhoun is suffering a major heartache. Lonely and bristling with anger over her husband’s financial betrayal and suicide, Darla is holding her head high and trying to be the best mom to her twin 4-year-old sons as well as a valuable member of the tight-knit law-enforcement team under the leadership of Sheriff Rafael Solis.
Darla arrests a vagrant, hanging around the marina, but after he’s cleaned up, she discovers a hunky, hard-body with a smoldering gaze hidden beneath the filthy rags. He turns out to be a federal agent working undercover. He’s after a gang of human traffickers using the Intracoastal Waterway to bring sex slaves into the United States from Mexico. Rafael assigns Darla as liaison officer to work with the feds, bringing her face-to-face with the “Iceman”, Mike Burke, the undercover agent she arrested. Darla, Mike and his partner tear up and down the Intracoastal Waterway in pursuit of the human traffickers, but when two local women disappear, the search becomes personal.
In the following excerpt, Darla and Mike enjoyed their first unexpected night of passion after the operation they had run was foiled when the kidnappers murdered the victims. Mike’s partner has taken the surviving prisoners to be interrogated and processed, leaving them alone on the boat for the first time. This is the morning after:
His arm was tingling, caught between the edge of the bunk and Darla’s ribcage.
He didn’t care.
She was asleep, her face on his chest.
Mike thought he’d never seen a woman look so pretty in the morning. Her long auburn lashes lay on her peach-colored cheeks, but her soft, full lips were a deep pink.
Since their operation had proved to be relatively fruitless, Mike’s frustration level should have been through the roof. Right now, his only frustration lay sleeping atop him.
Somehow, having Darla tell him that she expected nothing of him made him feel uncomfortable. She made him feel useless, expendable, and extraneous.
He should be willing to walk away. This was an ideal situation. She just wanted him for sex.
Mike took a slow, deep breath, so as not to waken her. Yeah, this is perfect. No expectations.
He found himself staring at her face in the dim morning light and wondering why she had no expectations of him. Had men treated her so badly that she wouldn’t trust any of his kind ever again? She’s said that he was only the second man she’d slept with, so it had to have been one man who let her down. The husband? But he was dead. Mike figured that she wouldn’t be forthcoming with personal information so, maybe a little Darla reconnaissance might be in order.
It wasn’t like she was divorced. The guy died, so she probably had him on a pedestal. No man would ever be as good as the dead spouse.
And then there were her boys. Cute little kids. They looked just like her.
Mike resisted the urge to touch her, to stroke her hair or run his hand over the firm little ass. He felt the stirrings of an erection and tried to think of something less stimulating. His brain seized on the least stimulating vision he could imagine. The faces of the dead women he’d seen on the smuggler’s boat.
Yeah, that did it. No passion left brewing.
The order of this series is (1) BAD MEDICINE (2) BAD KARMA (3) BAD VIBES (4) BAD DREAMS <Under Construction>
I hope everyone has a chance to visit South Padre Island and the Lower Rio Grande Valley. In the meantime, you can visit through my series and keep up with the happenings. My goal is to entertain…and keep you up nights. ;-) *hugs*