I am so excited to have Lindsay McKenna here at Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews with a Spotlight, Excerpt and Giveaway.
Thanks Lindsay and Tasty Book Tours for allowing me to join your Forged in Fire Blog Tour!
Please take it away, Lindsay!
Forged in Fire
By: Lindsay McKenna
Releasing December 3, 2015
Blue Turtle Publishing
Pediatrician Dara McKinley loves her job. So how could she say no when her sister asks her to come to Kabul for a few weeks to offer medical assistance at a local orphanage? Terrified of the dangers surrounding her, Dara finds unexpected solace in the protective arms of Sergeant Matt Culver. Transfixed by the warrior with the exotic gold eyes, can Dara overcome her fears?
Matt, a Delta Force operator, has always listened to his instincts, and they have yet to steer him wrong. So when he sees the alluring blond belly dancer at Bagram’s annual holiday show, he knows without a doubt that she’s “the one.” Now he just has to convince her to take a chance on him and love. If they survive.
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Mohammed slowed the van and turned off onto a heavily rutted, muddy road. It had obviously rained up here from what Dara could see. She didn’t know the elevation, but it appeared much higher than the desert floor. There were wheel ruts created by carts drawn by donkeys or horses. The van jolted along at a very slow speed. Dara gripped the arm of the seat, constantly jostled around. There was a copse of trees resembling pines, their green limbs making it look like a gauntlet or corridor that the van would have to crawl through.
Matt sat up, far more alert. What scared Dara was that he had just taken the safety off his M4. Did he see something? What? She craned her neck, trying to see what he saw. Beau removed the safety from his weapon, as well. That sent adrenaline leaking into Dara’s bloodstream.
The van moved sideways as Mohammed fought to keep it on the road. Dara gripped the arm tighter, her gaze moving quickly from one side of the road to the other. Matt and Beau were on full alert, braced, as they continued to scan the enclosed area. Dara could see nothing. This stretch of the road to the village was walled by sixty-foot pine trees and brush that blocked the view.
Her heart started to beat a little harder in her chest.
She saw Matt speak quietly into the mic that lay close to his lips, but she couldn’t hear what he said. Who was he speaking to? Beau also wore an earpiece and mic, too. She was not at all familiar with what Matt did; it alarmed her. There was such a feeling of danger hanging over them it was hard to ignore, but she told herself that it was only her imagination. Seeing the two Delta Force operators put the rifles to their shoulders sent alarm bells ripping through her, and her knuckles whitened around the arm of the seat.
Dara was about to ask what was going on when suddenly, the windshield shattered. The glass exploded inward, like glittering ice shards thrown throughout the van.
“Get down!” Matt roared, aiming his M4 out the shattered window.
Dara lurched for the floor. Callie did, too. The deep-throated firing of the M4s hurt her ears, and Dara felt the van wobble.
Mohammed screamed as the van skidded sideways. A thunk, thunk, thunk of bullets was fired into the careening vehicle.
Dara closed her eyes, biting back a scream. She felt the van suddenly lift off on one side. They were crashing! Oh, God! Clinging to the floor, Callie near her, Dara knew they were all going to die. This was an ambush! She heard Matt’s voice above the roar and heard Beau answer. The sounds were cartwheeling around her and she panicked as the van fell on its side, sliding off the road. It plowed into the tree line and came to a sudden, abrupt halt.
Dara gasped as she was hurled upward and flung across the seat, slamming into the side of the van. She felt pain in her arm as she crumpled into the sliding door. It was now partly open, mud oozing through the crack. The M4s roared, returning fire. There was a chut-chut-chutting of rifles outside of the van, and the sounds converged. Dara’s ears hurt. She couldn’t hear anything. On her hands and knees, she twisted her head, seeing Beau firing slowly and carefully out the shattered rear window. But where was Mohammed? She lifted her head, unable to see him. She saw Matt with the M4 firing, each time slow and accurate.
Then, for a moment, the firing stopped.
“Get out!” Matt ordered. He kicked open the passenger door, leaping out. Beau cursed, trying to open the sliding door, but it was jammed. He grabbed Callie, throwing her forward between the two front seats.
“Exfil!” he yelled, pushing her to the right. Matt was right there, catching her as she was pushed roughly out the passenger-side door. Instantly, he placed himself between her and the wall of the trees, his M4 lifted, ready to fire.
Lindsay McKenna lives her life as a risk taker, and it shines through the books she loves to write: romance, adventure and suspense. She started writing at age thirteen and continues to hone her writing skills to this day. She sold her first romance novel in 1981. The rest is history.
Because she went into the military, this experience became the backbone of her writing—she is credited with writing the first military romance novel (Captive of Fate, 1983, Silhouette Special Edition) and has created a thriving sub-genre within the romance field! As a New York Times Best Selling author, she has sold 23 million books and in 32 foreign languages in her career thus far. Her many experiences in the U.S. Navy are backdrop for her understanding of the military in general, and also her very successful Morgan’s Mercenaries, which is an ongoing series in Silhouette to this day! Forty-five books strong!
Lindsay has gone Indie in 2015 and has created a new family saga on par with Morgan’s Mercenaries It is known as the DELOS SERIES. There will be paperback and eBooks created under Blue Turtle Publishing, her company for her fans. Readers who love Morgan and his family are bound to fall in love with the Culver family. Delos is romantic suspense, which Lindsay is well known for. It took her five years to create and bring DELOS to her readers. It was worth the wait, but we’ll let you decide that.
Lindsay loves to hear from her readers and loves to know what they’d like to see her write next. Stay up with the latest on the Delos Series here. Please visit her Web site at www.lindsaymckenna.com. And be sure to sign up for her free quarterly newsletter. It contains exclusive content found nowhere else on the Net. Plus, giveaways and other surprises, to her loyal and faithful subscribers!
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