Blurb: Civilization is gone and Meg Adams is in charge, whether she wants to be or not. It’s no longer desirable or even safe to stay at the CDC that Amanda and David are gone, so getting her people away is her top priority. At least getting away from the Powers-That-Be might give them a chance. But what about Jim, is he one of Us or Them?
Jim Stephens has forced his way in. Yes, he’s attracted to Meg but he also values his own life enough to want to get away from the new regime that seems to be forming. And this rag-tag group that’s decided to make their escape could use him.
Excerpt: Meg looked away from Jim. He’d done the right thing, bringing this man inside. Yes, it would be a little more crowded, if he lived, but most of them had rallied round to do what they could.
Meg removed the man’s boots to inspect his toes. Whoever he was, he’d done a good job of protecting himself from the elements. He looked hungry and exhausted but he’d had the sense to wrap his feet and hands. He knew something about frostbite at least.
Thank goodness they’d found him when they had. After wrapping a warmed blanket around his feet and lower legs, Meg made her way over to Jim.
“Was he alone?”
“As far as we could tell. Vic and I need to check it out, but getting him inside was the top priority.”
She nodded. “Is it safe to check?”
“Safer than not checking. Don’t worry. Vic and I are both armed. We won’t be long.”
He must have seen the worry in her eyes, because he pulled her against him and kissed her. They didn’t do that too often in public. There weren’t a lot of couples and living together like this could lead to jealousy.
She watched him nod to Vic and they slipped outside with no fanfare. Meg turned back to the unconscious man.
Lorene began heating some clear broth as Jerry helped take the outer clothing from the man. Meg met Jerry’s eyes and he smiled. “Guess I’m glad I lost it.”
Cocooned in heated blankets, the man’s breathing became easier. Someone brought extra pillows to prop him up to help his breathing further and Lorene appeared with the broth.
“We don’t want him to choke, but I do think it’s a good idea to get some warmth inside him.” Meg looked over at Celine and Becky. They nodded.
As a further precaution, Meg had Jerry take a seat behind the man to hold him against his chest as Meg allowed a sip into the stranger’s mouth.
That roused him a little and though he didn’t open his eyes, he did swallow the nourishment. Meg gave him a little more. After three sips, his eyes began fluttering and he managed to open them. “W-where?”
Now he was shivering as his body warmed. Meg had to remind herself that was a good sign.
“You’re safe now. We found you outside, but it’s warm in here and there’s food. Try to relax.”
Meg smiled. He was trying. “I’m Meg. The guy behind you is Jerry. He found you. I’ll introduce the rest when you’re more awake. Would you like some more broth?”
He nodded and she held the cup to his lips.
“And what’s your name?” She asked when he stopped drinking.
He shook his head.
“You don’t know?”
She nodded. Everyone who had recovered from a case of the flu, even after getting the vaccine had at least a short period of memory loss. But it had been weeks since she’d seen a new case. They’d been in Tennessee for nearly two months now and before they had left the CDC no one else had come in.
Meg wished once again that Amanda was with them. She would know how to look after this man.
“Okay. It’s not a problem. We’re familiar with flu cases. You need to rest. Your memories will return, but right now your body needs to regain its strength.”
He closed his eyes and Meg thought he was asleep before Jerry lowered him back to the pillows.
Meg was waiting by the door when Jim and Vic returned. Jim shook his head. “He was alone. No tracks, no one else out there. We did find his backpack, I think.” He held up the battered pack.
“I know you’re sure, but—“
“Very sure, Meg. Don’t worry.”
She tried to smile at that. She knew he’d do whatever it took to keep her, to keep all of them safe. The realization that a stranger now slept in the room with them was filtering in.
“We’ll keep an eye on him.”
“Not a problem yet. He’s weak as a kitten and sound asleep.”
“Who is he?”
“No memory. He’s had the flu.”
“Interesting. I thought that was gone.”
“Me too. At least fewer people to pass it around. Maybe there’re more survivors around.”
Women strong enough for love.
I write science fiction, paranormal and small town romance eBooks about women coming into their strength and having the courage to find and accept love.
As an empty nester with my beloved best friend and husband (who actually encourages this mad passion of mine) I write all the time – whether or not I have a pen or keyboard handy.
Ever since I learned to read—from Superman Comics, Dick, Jane and Sally held no appeal—I’ve wanted to write. The possibilities of science fiction have always drawn me and I’ve read them all. There just needed to be a little more romance in them. I finally got up the courage and I’m delighted that I’m able to share these stories with you.
My premiere novel, a science fiction romance – Rth Rising – was released on March 3, 2012 through Rebel Ink Press. My romance eBooks Learning Trust, Homecoming, Welcome Home, Red Shoes, Wraith’s Heart, Nowhere for Christmas and The Melting,Book 1- The Infection are now available at all eBook sellers. Wraith’s Heart are now also available in paperback through Amazon.
I’m a member of Romance Writers of America, the Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal Chapter of RWA and the Heart of Carolina Romance Writers.
Please check out the trailers for Rth Rising - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hugHZsfXDD4 and Wraith's Heart - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POJ4ejbNY4w