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When her daughter, Josie, is brutally left for dead, Sage Sauter will stop at nothing to find out why. Enter forensic pathologist Dr. Michael O’Brien, the man who’d once changed Sage’s life forever. As Michael investigates whether Josie’s been targeted by a fearsome serial killer, Sage realizes he is her daughter’s only hope for survival. But one secret Sage is keeping could destroy them all…
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Excerpt From Texas Law: Serial Manhunt By Jennifer D. Bokal
Josie Kruger’s head collided with a stone as she careened to the bottom of the ravine. The instinct to wrap her arms over her head was stronger than thirst, yet she remained limp. Instinctively, she knew that pretending to be dead was the only way she would ever survive.
Her eyes watered as she realized her first mistake was getting into the car.
Coming to rest on the rocky ground, Josie fought the urge to sob. Every part of her body ached. Her stomach burned. Her throat hurt worse than death. Then again, maybe she was already dead. She’d been choked. Sliced open. Thrown into a trunk. And finally pitched to the bottom of a gully.
Yet, the sky spread out above her in all directions, filled with endless stars. To Josie, this seemed like a nice place to just slip away. Maybe dying would be easiest.
A beam of light cut through the darkness. The illuminated circle danced across the dirt until it found Josie.
She stared, unblinking, into the night.
The light clicked off. From the top of the ravine, Josie heard footfalls on gravel. There was the slamming of a car’s door, along with the crunch of tires as the vehicle drove away.
Finally alone, she drew a shaky breath and blinked her eyes. The first tear leaked out, running down the side of her face and into her ear.
After a minute, she slowly rolled to her side and pushed up to her hands and knees. Josie looked up at the hill. Even in the dark, she could see the steep pitch. The rocks that littered the ground. The fact that the hill was long.
Damn. She’d been lucky not to have broken her neck on her tumble to the bottom. But now she had a different problem. How in the hell was she supposed to climb to the top?
Staggering to her feet, she cried out as a bolt of pain shot through her stomach. Her shirt was ripped open, and she peered at her torso. A long cut ran from her chest to her pelvis. It wept gore. Gripping her bloody shirt, she pressed it into the wound. Agony clawed at her middle and stole her breath.
Yet, Josie refused to relent.
Putting one foot in front of the other, she began to trudge upward. Her vision blurred and her hands trembled. Her head pounded with every beat of her heart. Wind blew down the hill, and she shook with cold.
One more step. Another. Another.
Her foot hit the cool pavement and she dropped to her knees. In the distance, two headlights cut through the dark. Josie lifted her hand against the glare. There was something important about a car, but she couldn’t remember what.
The oncoming vehicle screeched to a stop, the grille just inches from her face.
A shadowy figure approached and dropped down beside Josie.
She looked at the man. His face wavered as if he were underwater. Still, she recognized him. “Sheriff Cafferty?”
“Josie Kruger? That you?”
And then, there was nothing.
Meet The Author Of Texas Law: Serial Manhunt By Jennifer D. Bokal
Jennifer D. Bokal penned her first book at age eight. An early lover of the written word, she decided to follow her passion and become a full-time writer. From then on, she didn’t look back. She earned a Master of Arts in creative writing from Wilkes University and became a member of Romance Writers of America and International Thriller Writers.
Winner of the Sexy Scribbler in 2015, Jennifer is the author of author of over 20 novels and novellas, including the Harlequin Romantic Suspense series, Rocky Mountain Justice, the connected series, Wyoming Nights, and Texas Law. She has also written several books that are part of the Colton continuity.
Happily married to her own alpha male for more twenty-five years, she enjoys writing stories that explore the wonders of love. Jen and her manly husband live in upstate New York. They have three beautiful grown daughters, two very spoiled dogs, and a cat who runs the house.
Interview With Jennifer D. Bokal
Q: What is your favorite trope to write and why?
JDB: I love both a seasoned romance and a second chance at love. Interesting, Texas Law: Serial Manhunt uses both of those tropes. I’m in my 50’s. While I love books with younger romantic partners, it’s not where I am in my life. So, I guess I follow the solid advice of writing the book that I want to read. I also feel that the second chance at romance is a natural combination for an older couple.
Q: If your book was made into a movie, who would star in it?
JDB: The lead male, Dr. Michael O’Brien, would be played by Colin Firth. The heroine, a spunky ranch owner named Sage would be played by, Charlize Theron.
Q: What are you reading right now?
JDB: Right now, I’m reading the Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Scwab. It’s the story of a young woman who becomes forgotten by everyone she meets for immortality. After 300 years of living alone, she’s finally remembered by one man. The writing is excellent, and the story is super engaging. I have my theories about the twist at the end but will have to see if I’m correct!
Q: How do you handle writer’s block?
JDB: There are a few ways I get my creative juices flowing whenever they dry up. First, I leave my desk and computer and sit with paper and pen. Then I journal about my problem and brainstorm ways to solve it. If that doesn’t work, I take a walk, fold clothes, do the dishes—anything to be give me a short break. If that doesn’t work, I try writing in a different space. My favorite place is the café at my local Barnes and Nobel. If nothing is getting me out of my rut, I’m probably burned out and give myself a break. Usually after a day or two I’m ready to get back to work.
Q: Any advice for new writers?
JDB: Aside from writing the book you want to read; I would say that writers must write. Hard work beats talent and positive intentions every time. Also, take writing classes and join a critique group/find a critique partner.
Q: What is your favorite part of being a published author?
JDB: My favorite part of being a writer is when the book really starts to come together—usually after the 2nd round of edits. By then, I truly know my characters and understand the story. Choices that seemed unimportant early in the writing process are now the piece that holds everything together. That’s when I feel very smart for including it in the first place.
What I love best about being published is meeting people who enjoyed my work. I’m not sure that any of my books will change the world. But if they changed somebody’s afternoon for the better, I’m thrilled!
Q: Where can our readers find you on social media?
Facebook: Jennifer D. Bokal
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