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Swamp Home…Plan B

from Chapter One, page one

Garret scratched Plan A

Having no knowledge of reptiles other than to panic, she twisted her gaze from the snake, the naked body, and the paddle to search the shoreline for help. No one, she saw no one, just the swamp, lots of swamp.

An 180 degree turn of her head multiplied her fears as the large span of choppy waters of Lake Wheatley greeted her search., then she spotted a half dozen sails in the distance. The urge to scream churned to necessity. She checked on her naked company while taking a breath for a dose of air to feed her panicky screams. The body was still there, still stuck, and the curious snake gathered its slimy body in a greeting hug around her orange paddle, and the body’s arm and neck.

Garret formed Plan B.

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Swamp Home, Plan A

Her survey of the shallow lake revealed clear iced tea waters, and a smooth, white, sandy floor, but bumping the bow of her bright orange kayak was a floating naked bottom, a human bottom.

Garret froze.

She had wedged her paddle in the body’s armpit.

She grasped at the rapid but random flashes of thought. Good grief! What now? Is he dead? Hustling her thoughts of escape, flight, and retreat into a reasonable reality, she remembered the shallowness of the lake. Walk to shore stupid. Get help! She lifted her left leg to jump overboard but the approaching snake changed her mind.

Garret scratched plan A.

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Swamp Home …The Year Before

Chad McIver deposited his weary body into the wooden deck chair. He and his cold beer were ready for the famous Lake Wheatley Fourth of July celebration. Ever since his arrival last May, the few friends he had afforded himself had bragged about the oval shaped shoreline ablaze in a competition between residents for the loudest and the most colorful fireworks display. Most of these were illegal in this state, but illegal was his specialty.

As an ATF agent his assignment in this deceptively peaceful swamp involved a nasty triangle of gunrunners. They exchanged their product here, here of all places. He could smell the connections. Just today he had witnessed the where and the how, but he still needed the names and he needed Cain.

The noise and color increased as did his smile. He sat alone on a dark pier and remembered his past July 4ths with his baby brother; how they’d cut up, how they’d scared their mom by taking running starts and jumping over the campfire at the family hot dog roast and how’d they’d run from lit fuses. When they were older they would spike the lemonade and kiss the Graham girls behind their grandparent’s antique smoke house.

Running his fingers through his hair he realized he was thankful, really glad, he had called Cain today. He had had to leave a voice mail, but still he had reached out to a baby brother who ridiculously applied for this same crazy but worthy business.

He felt the soft rhythmic vibrations on the pier floor and he heard the creak of the wooden slate that needed tightening. He concluded that what he had here was an uninvited visitor. His strong instincts had him rubbing under his shirt to check for his security vest while slowly reaching for his weapon, perhaps too slowly.

 

 

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Swamp Home

A Rebel Ink Press Release March 17, 2014

After the natural death of her abusive husband, agricultural scientist, Garret Chase, relocates to Lake Wheatley, North Carolina to escape her suffocating in-laws. The lake’s environmental issues, partially caused by farmland pesticide run-off, are the challenges Garret welcomes as a healing, a healthy retreat. Could Lake Wheatley provide an appreciated distance from her strangling knots of emotional and physical difficulties?

ATF undercover agent Cain McIver searches for his brother’s murderer using the North Carolina Park Service at Lake Wheatley for his cover. Will revenge reduce its hold on Cain when his strongest witness needs him for her survival?

Will their basic pursuits of justice, emotional healing and a secure Home be satisfied in this beautiful but dangerous Swamp?

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Swamp Home

After the natural death of her abusive husband, agricultural scientist, Garret Chase, relocates to Lake Wheatley, North Carolina to escape her suffocating in-laws. The lake’s environmental issues, partially caused by farmland pesticide-run-off, are the challenges Garret welcomes as a healing, a healthy retreat. Could Lake Wheatley provide an appreciated distance from her strangling knots of emotional and physical difficulties?

ATF undercover agent Cain McIver, searches for his brother’s murderer using the North Carolina  Park Service at Lake Wheatley for his cover. Will revenge reduce its hold on Cain when his strongest witness needs him for her very survival?

Will their basic pursuits of justice, emotional healing and a secure Home be satisfied un this beautiful but dangerous Swamp?  

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Swamp Home

Swamp Home

Swamp Home will be released March 17, 2014 by Rebel Ink Press.
Lord Love Them!

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