This teaser Tuesday, I’m giving everyone one a double dose of danger with A Dose of Danger, book 1 in the Risky Research series, and book 2 in the series, A Taste of Tragedy. Though not the main character in A Dose of Danger, Devyn Nash, a socially-challenged FBI agent. and her partner Nick Melonis, play a more prominent role in A Taste of Tragedy, so I thought there was no better time to introduce this dynamic duo than on teaser Tuesday.
Excerpt from A Dose of Danger
Neither spoke as they navigated the lane. Devyn wasn’t used to driving in so much snow, so she focused on making sure they didn’t get stuck rather than speculating on what they would see once they crested the incline.
“Holy crap!” Nick gasped.
Devyn could think of no more appropriate response as she took in three sheriff’s department vehicles, the burnt-out shell of what she assumed must be the white Suburban they had been tracking, another truck with an empty snowmobile trailer, an upside down snowmobile just off the end of the porch, boarded up windows all across the front of the house, and four body bags lined up in a morbid row.
As she got out of the vehicle and stretched, she spotted Gage Harris approaching. Memories flooded through her as she watched his long, purposeful stride quickly close the distance between them. The heavy coat made his already broad shoulders seem out of proportion with his lean, long legs. He always looked so masculine, strong, and sure of himself that it took a bit of an effort whenever she was around him to maintain the aloof demeanor she was known for, and avoid behaving like a teenage girl at a high school pep rally fawning over the quarterback.
“Devyn, good to see you, but I’m sorry to report you’re a little late for the party,” Gage stated with a crooked little smile on his face as he took her outstretched hand.
His familiar deep voice, which had haunted many of her dreams, made her heart skip a beat. Quickly regaining her composure, she took his hand and gave it a firm shake. Then she turned away from his warm smile and mischievous gaze which always made her feel a little weak in the knees.
“Hopefully not too late for a friendly interview. Is this everyone?” She motioned to the bodies on the ground. “Or did you save some for me?”
Excerpt from A Taste of Tragedy
“Here, let me help you,” Morgan said as she draped Devyn’s arm around her shoulders.
Morgan tried to relieve as much weight as she could from Devyn as she helped her hobble to the waiting vehicle. Once Devyn was seated in the cramped back seat, Morgan dug out her emergency supply bag. She handed Devyn a blanket and a bottle of water. “I have a first aid kit, but I think you need something a little more than a bandage.”
“It’s just a few scratches. I’ll live.”
Morgan could see why Nick trusted Devyn with his back. As she looked at the battered and bruised woman, who had taken off into the desert in the middle of the night in bare feet to prevent a criminal from getting away, she had to admire her. Devyn had to be in extreme pain, yet not a complaint escaped her lips.
“Make room in the back,” Nick huffed.
Morgan looked up to see Nick trudging toward her with an inert man slung over his shoulder. She raced to the tiny back cargo area and moved a few items around so Nick could squeeze the body in the vehicle.
“Is he dead?” Morgan whispered.
“Not quite, but we need to get him medical help A.S.A.P. The bullet didn’t hit any vital organs, but I’m not sure how much damage he suffered from the knock to the head”
Morgan watched as Nick set the man down in the vehicle, and then she joined Devyn in the back seat. Turning around and kneeling, she was able to lean over the seat and assess his injuries. She folded up a handkerchief and placed it over the gunshot wound and applied pressure. She wasn’t sure which was bleeding more, the bullet hole or the bump and cut to the head, but she had to try and slow the blood loss any way she could.
“That’s all we can do for now,” Nick said. “Just keep the pressure on the best you can.”
Morgan nodded as Nick secured the back and then got behind the wheel.
“You okay?” Nick asked as he turned to face Devyn.
“I’ve had better days, but sadly, I’ve had worse.”
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