Next, hugs and kisses to my brave and stalwart beta readers: Nahmi Jones, Bill Mikulak, and Maureen McGuire. You guys were in the trenches, braving dangling participles, fragments, and crazy unclear ideas, yet you still came back for more when I needed you to read “just another draft”…
A huge bear hug and kiss to my editor, Amanda Barnett of The Wild Rose Press. There are so many reasons to thank you.
First, taking the time in a very full life to judge the 2013 final round in “Finish The Damn Book”, and though you placed me second, you were still intrigued enough to request a “full”. I will cherish the fact it was you with your lovely Southern drawl calling me on April Fool’s Day asking me if I’d like to sign a contract. One can never forget getting their first “Call”, I'm super glad it was you. Having you as my editor, with your hand holding the “newbie”, and great input into polishing my novel made it a walk in the garden! I look forward to working with you again with a certain someone’s story you wanted me to tell…
Last but most certainly not least, I have to thank my parents, Allan and Catherine Bahr. Hopefully they are watching from Heaven and have seen my success which I greatly owe to them. I wish they could have been here today to celebrate in my dream come true. Leading by example, they instilled my love of reading and books, which led me to writing down stories I wanted to read. Thank you for always having books in your hands after work and on weekends, and later when I was older, sharing those books with me that you enjoyed. I read so many genres now, I don't have time for all of them! I wish more parents could have been like you.
Excerpt: Walking Through Fire
The first tingle of fear raced up Simon MacKay’s spine as he found himself alone in the pitch dark— kneeling on rough, wet granite. Waves thundered and crashed around him in the gloom. He must be in one of the sea caves on his estate. A blast of salty, cold air struck him, clearing his muddled, throbbing head to frightening awareness. He staggered clumsily to his feet, pain shooting through his arms and shoulders. He couldn’t move his hands.
“Nay!” His shout echoed in the darkness. He was bound to the cave’s wall. He struggled, arms stretched tautly behind him, his muscles strained against the ropes tying his wrists. Ignoring the bite of the coarse fibers and the pain of his tortured joints, panic set in. He had to get free. He had to get out. His family was in danger.
A wave slammed in close, spraying water onto his face. Sweat mingled with salt water as he thrashed. The metal mooring ring trapping him clanked against the limestone rock, as his heart raced with equal parts dread and exertion. Clasped hands turned sticky with blood from the rough bindings biting into his flesh. Simon ignored this too.
Ice water drenched him as the next wave crashed against the wall. The chill soaking froze him in place. The tide was coming in, and the cave was rapidly filling. He hung his head and water dripped from his long hair to streak down his face, mimicking the tears he couldn’t shed. His body started to shake as shock and disbelief speared his mind. If he didn’t free himself, he’d drown and his family would be left unprotected.
“I canna die like this. I won’t!”
He lifted his head and peered into the shadows. Another wave hit him waist high before he felt the dragging pull of the ocean’s retreat. He could now hear lapping water.
I will die here, his traitorous thoughts declared, and for what?
Title: Walking Through Fire
Author: C J Bahr
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Release Date: November 14, 2014
Antiquities expert, Laurel Saville, leaves Chicago to visit her best friend in the romantic Scottish Highlands. She is saved from a tragic fall by the ghostly Simon. Once she realizes she is not crazy, she pledges to help him find his family’s missing artifact. A pledge hindered by treasure hunter Alex MacKenzie, a descendant of the clan that murdered Simon.
Laurel risks everything, including her life, to help Simon resolve the issues keeping him earth bound. But will she lose him forever or is there a way Laurel can keep him with her on this earthly plane?