When Officer Blake Herro agreed to go undercover in the Mob, he thought he understood the risks. But he’s made mistakes and now an innocent woman has become their target. He’s determined to protect her at all costs.
The Mob’s death threat turns Dr. Dani Hart’s life upside down, but there is one danger she doesn’t anticipate. As she’s dodging bullets, she’s falling in love with Blake. With danger all around them, will she and Blake survive and have a happy ending, or will the Mob make good on their threat?
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Date Published: September 10, 2014
Word Count: 28,422 (Novella)
Dani pressed her back against the wall and peeked around the corner. “I’m looking for a doctor, ma’am,” the man in the middle said to the nurse. She recognized his voice instantly. It was the voice of one of the men who broke into her apartment—Red.
“Well, you’ve come to the right place. Is there a specific doctor you’re looking for?”
“Yes, ma’am, I’m looking for Dr. Hart.”
“No problem.” She picked up her phone. “I’ll see if I can find Dr. Hart for you.”
Dani retraced her steps and opened the door to the waiting room. She ignored the stares of all the people hoping she would take them into an exam room next for treatment. She made it to the entrance of the waiting room, a few yards past the nurse’s desk, and a few yards closer to the hospital’s doors. She slipped out, desperately trying to be invisible as she walked toward the doors, but the nurse looked up and saw her.
“Oh.” The nurse hung up the phone. “Dr. Hart is right there.”
Dani bolted and was out the door instantly. Her feet ate the pavement. With a head start, combined with her long legs and cheetah speed, she was far ahead of them. She flew down the sidewalk; the many pedestrians a blur. Behind her, she could hear the thunder of six pairs of boots as the men ran after her, but she never slowed her pace.
Then a shot rang out. She didn’t know where the bullet went, but terrified screams erupted all around her. Some of the people fell to the ground as the rest scrambled into the street with oncoming cars.
When she realized they didn’t care about shooting her in broad daylight, she doubled her speed. She dashed across the road, ignoring the blinking red hand that warned all pedestrians not to cross. A blare of a horn forged toward her. It grew louder the closer she got to the sidewalk. She leapt onto the curb a second before a delivery truck plowed by, its horn still screaming. Not even the fear of being hit by a car could slow her down a fraction.
The author explains what’s happening in the scene:
Dani Hart, the heroine of 30 Seconds, has been shoved into the middle of a war between the Cleveland Police Department and the Mob that specializes in killing police officers. She goes to work at the ER and the Mob follows her there. When she sees them, she attempts to escape unnoticed, but she’s spotted. No way is she going to let the Mob get her, so she runs.
The scene set to music:
While writing this scene I listened to Attack by Thirty Seconds to Mars on repeat.
I created Blake Herro in the image of Paul Walker, who passed away last year. He’s still my top choice because Blake wouldn’t exist without him.
For Dani, I would choose Rachelle Lefevre from Under the Dome, because her face snuck into my head during the editing process. Pretty soon it was her I saw whenever I thought of Dani.
Chrys Fey is a lover of rock music just like Dani Hart in 30 Seconds. Whenever she’s writing at her desk, headphones are always emitting the sounds of her musical muses -especially that of her favorite band, 30 Seconds to Mars, the inspiration behind the title.
30 Seconds is her second eBook with The Wild Rose Press. Her debut, Hurricane Crimes, is also available on Amazon.
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