I have a sneaky peek excerpt for you. Obviously there are spoilers for Through the Fire ahead, so if you still haven't read that one and don't want to be spoilered, don't read on.
Otherwise, have at it and enjoy! I hope it whets your appetite for things to come.
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I shook myself awake with
a scream, twisting in place as I struggled to reach Clay, even though he was
somewhere hundreds of miles away—at least I hoped he was.
Rolling onto my back, I
sighed and stared up at the makeshift shelter surrounding me while I waited for
my racing heart to slow. Despite the danger I was in, I couldn’t find the urgency I
needed to pull myself out of my hideaway to check the area to ensure I was safe. Or
that I was alone. With my tired body and aching head, all I could do was pray
that the huge oak trees and red cedars that surrounded the hollowed out log I’d claimed for the night
would keep me hidden from casual observers. Before I’d gone to sleep, I’d positioned branches
over the open side of the log as well, which I hoped would keep me hidden for a
while even if someone was searching for me. A quick check to the side confirmed
they were in place and mostly undisturbed.
For a moment, I closed my
eyes again and allowed myself a few moments to relive my dream of Clay—at least the beginning of
“You know what my dream
Tears rolled down my
cheeks as the memory of his voice floated through my mind.
“My dream is to spend more
than a few hours in a bed with you—preferably not sleeping.”
They were words he’d spoken as we considered
stopping in Detroit—the city where his family
had caught up to us before his sister died. Before I killed her.
What might have happened if he hadn't convinced me to stop?
The thought was enough to
force me to stop wallowing. The fact was we had stopped moving, we had tried
for a life together, his family had caught us, and I’d destroyed everything we’d shared in one dreadful
moment. Just because of what I was.