I'm continuing to share snippets from my upcoming release, ROPE A FALLING STAR, book 1 in the Triple Star Ranch series. Amber Hillcrest is a massage therapist at the Triple Star Ranch and she also has PTSD from experience with a fire. So when she hears the sirens and smells the smoke, she gets sucked back into memory.
Amber unlocked her front door and stepped onto the porch. The wind blew in from the west, bringing scents of smoke and burning lumber. She scanned the sunset laden skies to the west and caught the plume of smoke rising in the evening breeze.
Aw hell, that’s the Knight place.
She shot back inside her place and changed into jeans and a long sleeved t-shirt with the Triple Star logo of three stars arching over a horseshoe gracing the back. It was too hot outside to wear a coat, but she couldn’t just go over there in flip flops and shorts.
Ranch fires were serious things and neighbors came to help no matter what. It’s something she learned when she’d moved to Wyoming. Everyone pitched in fighting the fire or helping out afterwards.
And the doc said it was part of my therapy, part of what I need to heal.
Still, the panic almost slipped its chain and swallowed her whole. Memories of damn near burning alive in a cabin caught in a forest fire swamped her mind, bringing with it the scents of burning wood. The sound of hissing glass and moisture from the walls filled her ears and the roar of the flames engulfing her sanctuary made her drop to her knees. Heat bloomed across her face, the hot breath of the flames blistering her skin.
Until a cold wet nose and insistent tongue broke through the sounds and smells.
Thank goodness for cold wet noses. ;) There are several great authors on the Weekend Writer Warriors list and in the Snippet Sunday Facebook group. A few of my favorites areCharley Descoteaux, Jeff Tsuruoka, Veronica Scott, Gem Sivad, Jessica Subject, and Iris Blobel. Still no blurb for this one, but I'm working on it. Here's the cover.