by Debra Holt
Fighting for his life after an ambush, Sheriff Josh Wellman awakes to find himself looking into the eyes of a real-life angel of mercy. Despite his groggy condition, he knows his life has changed the instant their hands touch.
Devastating heartbreak has left Mercy Smith's faith in tatters, her heart guarded against more loss. Her dedication to the air evac trauma team she leads has insulated her from the realities of the earth below, so now Josh faces the biggest challenge of his life.
Can he find a way around the walls that fortify her heart and convince this angel to stay on the ground with him? Can Mercy open herself to life again and find a way to restore her faith in God ... as well as love?
Mercy cast her gaze out the window. They were coming in low and fast over endless stretches of farmland. Cotton fields bordered the two-lane farm-to-market road, which as they approached, now resembled a river of flashing red and blue lights stretching into a long ribbon. First responders, paramedics, firefighters, and a myriad of law enforcement officers rushed back and forth like a colony of hungry ants.
A large tractor-trailer rig sat at an awkward angle at the intersection of two county roads. Its cab doors hung open with the large rear door raised as well. Mercy could make out the figures of black-clothed DEA officers, the letters emblazoned on the back of their vests, as they scrambled over the truck.
The helicopter’s skids touched the ground a few yards from the center of the intersection, kicking up a cloud of red dust. People shielded their eyes as the medics, in their bright blue jumpsuits and helmets, exited the doors the moment the aircraft landed. Guided by the collective motioning of the crowd, Mercy and Paul ran toward the motionless body lying flat on a stretcher.
“Tell me.” Mercy spoke with clear authority, her eyes already assessing the man lying before her. The paramedics gave his vitals and their preliminary findings. Mercy took in the amount of blood loss evident on the officer’s clothing. The khaki uniform she recognized as belonging to the Powell County Sheriff’s Department had been shredded by bullet holes, then ripped by the shears of the first-responder medical personnel in order to minister to him. His Kevlar armor had shielded his main torso, but there were still areas along his legs, lower torso, and arms that had not been so protected. At first glance, she would have expected his wounds to be fatal after such a vicious attack. His vitals were critical, and he needed specialized help fast.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Born and raised in the Lone Star state of Texas, Debra grew up among horses, cowboys, wide open spaces, and real Texas Rangers. Pride in her state and ancestry knows no bounds and it is these heroes and heroines she loves to write about the most. She also draws upon a variety of life experiences including working with abused children, caring for baby animals at a major zoo, and owning a wedding planning business (ah, romance!).
Debra’s real pride and joys, however, are her son, an aspiring film actor, and a daughter with aspirations to join the Federal Bureau of Investigation. (more story ideas!) When she isn’t busy writing about tall Texans and feisty heroines, she can be found cheering on her Texas Tech Red Raiders, or heading off on another cruise adventure. She read her first romance...Janet Dailey's Fiesta San Antonio, over thirty years ago and became hooked on the genre. Writing contemporary western romances, is both her passion and dream come true, and she hopes her books will bring smiles...and sighs... to all who believe in happily-ever-after’s.
The Seymour Agency represents Debra and she is soon to have two contemporary romances published by Spencer Hill/Tulip Romance and Astraea Press. Debra invites you to visit her website at www.debraholtbooks.com. She loves to hear from other aspiring authors or readers via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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