Not the wishful-thinking type #mfrwhooks

Today, I have for you another hook from my WIP titled Audra Fleeing Audra Finding, book 5 in the Alien Contact for Idiots series. To help you figure out what’s going on, here’s the short-form blurb:

She’s running from an abusive lover . . . but what is she running to?

When her abusive lover threatens to take custody of her baby, Audra Verhailey flees where even he can’t follow: the aliens’ forbidden cities underneath Kwadra Island.

But can the safe isolation she wants for her daughter survive a search party, rebels determined to expel her from her newfound haven — and the love of an emotionally damaged Kwadran?

Kwadra’s queen is twisting the arm of a reluctant Duchess Opsie Beaverpaw to lead the search for a runaway young mother. In so doing, she introduces Opsie (the story’s secondary heroine) to Matthew Verhailey (the story’s secondary hero).

Verhailey had a cleft in his chin and a scar on his jaw, like hers but one-fourth the length. Straighter, too; his flesh had been cut cleanly, not torn like hers. She would’ve resented his good luck if she wasn’t constantly on guard against just this sort of jealousy.

He laced his hands and planted his elbows on his knees. “Audra is a twenty-two-year-old runaway, traveling with her baby, Roxie. My firm’s private investigator traced her to the ferry from Astoria to Kwadra Island. She was last seen getting into a pickup truck with a construction worker named Tal Bakwiss and driving toward—”

“Tal?” Opsie swiveled her head toward him.

“You know him?” he asked.

She nodded.

“It’s a pretty small island, I guess.”

“Not that small.” Thinking, Opsie ran a finger along the scar on her jaw.

“Then why do you know him?” Verhailey asked. “Can I hope it’s not through your official police capacity?”

“Yes, if you indulge in wishful thinking.”

His face hardened. No, he wasn’t the wishful-thinking type.

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  1. Okay, you’ve definitely got me wondering now who Tal really is!

    1. Let’s just say Tal has some issues to work through.

  2. kryssiefortune · · Reply

    Love the mystery construction worker. I want to know more about him.

    1. That’s a wonderful reaction, Kryssie!

  3. janwal · · Reply

    As always, you have me wishing for more.

    1. I’m afraid that’s just wishful thinking, Jan. 😉

    1. Thanks, Kris.

  4. OI agree – somehow Verhailey doesn’t seem to be the wishful thinking type.

    1. He runs a cyber security firm that works with governments and large corporations. They wouldn’t pay him for wishful thinking.

  5. nice job keeping the tension up.

    1. Tension on every page! Or at least that’s what I aim for.

  6. Looks like Verhailey’s got the makings of a wonderful alpha hero.

    1. I sure appreciate that kind thought, Hollyl

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