In a quirky college town surrounded by the mountains of New Hampshire new art history professor, Jacob Oliver, hikes a trail on a crisp September morning. He contemplates his life. Divorced and forced out of his job with the Boston Police due to a horrific accident, he spots a naked woman beneath a majestic waterfall. Escaping, he falls and reinjures his knee.
Destiny Blake hears a noise. Someone is on her mountain. She finds a handsome man sitting in the mud. Love blooms and lust consumes them after she helps him to the safety of her cabin. Soon, assumptions pull them apart, leaving her vulnerable to the unwanted attentions of other men.
When Jacob decides he cannot live without her, he must save her from a madman who chases her up her mountain through the cold, snowy darkness of a November night. Ghostly voices push Jacob onward, and urge Destiny to fight back. Pain, hypothermia, and death threaten before the sun rises. Can Destiny and Jacob make it off Destiny's mountain...alive?
An Excerpt from SHIVER
A scream echoed over the mountain, and heightened terror propelled Jacob’s aching legs up the trail toward the sound. His knee throbbed in agony as daybreak arrived. The morning sun’s brilliant rays lit upon a scene that stole his breath. Two grappling bodies tumbled toward the precipice called Garnet Cliffs.
He grabbed a fallen tree branch. Clenching his fingers around it, he smacked the bigger of the two figures on the back. It growled. Jacob hit him again, harder. The monster flung Destiny away and turned toward Jacob, who watched in horror as her screaming, twisting body sailed over the edge of the cliff.
Baring his teeth as his hatred toward the man on the ground boiled over, Jacob pounced. With his bare fists, he beat the snarling form and managed to bloody the monster’s frozen lips. Fingers bent, and then snapped. Destiny’s attacker yelled in pain as the two men rolled across the snow-covered ground, growling and screaming.
Crushed beneath the body of a very angry man, Jacob’s bad knee throbbed in agony. Rolling free, Jacob cradled his knee with both arms in a vain attempt to protect it from further damage. Too late. Destiny’s attacker rose to his feet and staggered in his direction. Massive fists clenched below a face contorted by rage.
Unable to move, Jacob held his breath. The moment the monster’s shadowy form loomed above him, a flying missile glanced off the beast’s temple. The man screeched, wobbled, and then fell from the cliff, while spewing a litany of curses.
Jacob listened as the man’s voice faded away until he heard no sound—nothing but the wind. Soon, even the bitter gusts of air fell quiet. Surrounded by the profound silence of the once-windy ridge, Jacob lay on his back in the snow and gave in to the pain. Both the agony of his bruised knee and the sense of deep loss, from witnessing Destiny’s fall, threatened the release of hot tears. Catching his breath, he forced himself back up into a sitting position.
“What do I do now?” Then a question popped into his mind. Where had the rock come from that hit the bastard in the head?
In honor of Nancy’s Father, a WW2 Navy veteran, she has included her short military romance, UNWRAPPING CHRIS, inside each ebook and print version of SHIVER.
Print ISBN-13: 978-1502558725
EBook ISBN: 9781310538964
After growing up in Huntington, New York, Award-winning author Nancy Lee Badger attended college, married, and raised two sons in a small town in the shadow of the White Mountains of New Hampshire. She volunteered at Scottish Highland Games, and was an EMT and volunteer firefighter for a small NH town. After nearly a decade as an Emergency Medical Dispatcher for the State of NH 9-1-1 service, Nancy moved to North Carolina where she writes full-time. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Heart of Carolina Romance Writers, Fantasy-Futuristic & Paranormal Romance Writers, the Celtic Heart Romance Writers, and the Triangle Area Freelancers.
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Mahalo, Nancy, for the giveaway! Comments are open through Saturday, December 20, 10 pm in Baltimore. I'll post the winner on Sunday, December 21.
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