Excerpt: An Inner Fire (Contemporary Romantic Suspense)

If you are new to my contemporary romantic suspense series, here’s an excerpt from An Inner Fire, Grayce Walters Book 1.

JackiDelecki_AnInnerFire_300 (2)About the Book

Grayce Walters, animal acupuncturist, harbors a secret. She hides her intuitive gifts from the world until she becomes embroiled in arson on Seattle’s waterfront.

As a key crime witness, Grayce must convince the attractive, logical, by-the-numbers fire investigator, Ewan Davis,that the fire she witnessed is part of a larger criminal conspiracy. Grayce embarks upon a mission to gather proof of the dangerous threat. She enlists the help of her cross-dressing best friend, her street-wise assistant, and Davis’ poodle, to conduct her own investigation.

As her feelings for Davis shift between white hot passion and cold fear, Grayce must risk exposing her secrets to save Davis’ life. Davis must accept things, he can neither see, nor understand to solve the mystery and finally find the love he has stopped believing in.

With nudges from the protective poodle, Grayce and Davis confront shocking betrayal and international crime on the rain soaked streets of Seattle.

Excerpt – Chapter One

Grayce Walters’ left hand twitched. Her universe spun on an altered axis. Her instincts swirled. Her intuition flared.

Earlier today, a cranky feline had gouged her, a sneaky dog had nipped her, and now, late for dinner with friends, the parking gods were messing with her. Something was coming. Something strange.

Her headlights probed the mist, dissolving in the murk of Puget Sound fog. Her intuition acted like an inner GPS, directing her to the far side of Seattle’s Fisherman’s Terminal. The beams shone on a yellow heap between stacks of crab traps. A dog lay on its side, barely visible in the shadow of a fishing shed.

Stepping out of her car, she inhaled the musky smell of salt water. A horn blared from the Ballard Bridge. Grayce jumped at the sudden sound. She grabbed a flashlight and moved into the mist toward the large canine.

She knelt on the damp cement next to the golden retriever. Relieved to observe the dog’s shallow respirations, she released a slow breath Baxter was written in bold script on the dog’s red leather collar.

She gently ran her hand along Baxter’s inert body. Her cold fingers probed the crown of his head, locating an egg-sized lump on the back of his skull.

“Your head hurting, Baxter?”

The large retriever wagged his tail ever so slightly and then stilled.

Grayce scanned the cluster of corrugated fishing sheds. A deep foreboding flooded her senses. “Baxter, I need to get us away from here.”

She searched the waterfront, looking for the perpetrator of Baxter’s injury. The overhead lights on the docks cast an eerie halo on the boats bobbing in the black water.

Screeching hinges broke the silence. The sound raked her skin like dogs’ nails skittering across the metal exam tables in vet school. Her nervous system ratcheted into high alert.

The sound of a door opening in the next row of sheds echoed in the night’s silence. Then she heard footsteps on the cement, moving toward the water. The sound of the footsteps grew distant, swallowed in the darkness.

Under the dock lights she spotted him, a beefy man with a satchel slung over his shoulder. Wearing the slicker and boots of a commercial fisherman, he moved with an energized self-assurance toward the boats. Rage and elation radiated from him. Grayce was sucked into his dark violent energy. She fought the temptation to absorb his malevolence.

The footsteps stopped. He looked back in her direction. A raw chill penetrated Grayce’s body. She bent forward to shield the dog and tightened her hold on the flashlight, ready to protect Baxter.

Moving in and out of the shadows on the wharf, the overhead beams caught the top of his head. His hair shone a fiery red. He walked into the fog.

Baxter whined, breaking the tense silence. She ran her hands along the damp dog searching for further injuries. “You’re going to be all right, big guy.”

Nerves stretched taut, she twisted to look for the man. She studied the entire area searching for him. Every sound boomed in her ears.

She fumbled in her jeans pocket for her phone, then hesitated. Grayce hit favorites for James, her best friend.

Damn! Voicemail.

Peeling off her coat, she covered the dog.

“Baxter!” A woman’s voice, then a whistle.

The dog’s ears shot up as he bolted upright. He gave a high-pitched yelp, shook several times, and loped in the direction of his owner’s voice. Twenty feet away, a middle aged woman stood next to her Volvo station wagon with the hatch-back door open. Baxter jumped effortlessly into the car. The dog’s large head was silhouetted in the rear window as they sped away.

She bent to pick up her rain jacket when a massive blast shook the wharf causing the cement to sway beneath her. The harsh sound reverberated in her ears as the tremor traveled through her legs.

She whirled around, trying to locate the source of the explosion. Shock waves continued to pulsate throughout her body.

She heard the fire before she saw it, a slow hiss followed by a roar. Twenty-foot-high flames shot out of a shed less than a few car lengths away. Heat blazed across her face, hot enough to singe her eyebrows and eyelashes.

Primitive fear imploded in her chest. She ran, ran as if the flames chased her.

The fire’s heat penetrated her sweater to her skin. She sprinted, her feet and heart pounding.

When she reached the far side of the wharf and the far side of the inferno, she dialed 911.

The wail of sirens filled the night’s silence.

In the frenzy of noise and flashing lights, she spotted the red-haired man lurking in the shadows. He was crouched, half hidden by an industrial dumpster. As if he sensed her watching him, he turned and vanished into the darkness.

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Grayce Walters, animal acupuncturist, harbors a secret. She hides her intuitive gifts from the world until she becomes embroiled in arson on Seattle’s waterfront.

As a key crime witness, Grayce must convince the attractive, logical, by-the-numbers fire investigator, Ewan Davis,that the fire she witnessed is part of a larger criminal conspiracy. Grayce embarks upon a mission to gather proof of the dangerous threat. She enlists the help of her cross-dressing best friend, her street-wise assistant, and Davis’ poodle, to conduct her own investigation.

As her feelings for Davis shift between white hot passion and cold fear, Grayce must risk exposing her secrets to save Davis’ life. Davis must accept things, he can neither see, nor understand to solve the mystery and finally find the love he has stopped believing in.

With nudges from the protective poodle, Grayce and Davis confront shocking betrayal and international crime on the rain soaked streets of Seattle.

 

Hot Summer Read: AN INNER FIRE

JackiDelecki_AnInnerFire_HR (2)AN INNER FIRE “perfect for a summer read,” says Night Owl Romance.

Lisa Jung, a Night Owl Romance reviewer gave AN INNER FIRE a 4-star review, accompanied by this outstanding commentary:

“Debut author Jacki Delecki takes readers into the world of hot firefighters and a vet that reads dogs.

Graycee is a vet who has a practice in acupuncture for dogs. Not only is she a strong modern women she reads animals auras and receives premonitions from her dead sister. One of these paranormal encounters leads her to witness a burning shed and to the attention of Lt. Davis, the fire inspector. Things heat up for Graycee and Davis as they solve a crime and Graycee tries to protect the guy she loves. With a little help from her friends we have a happy romance for all.

An Inner Fire is a hot new romance that is perfect for a summer read. Who doesn’t love a strong alpha hero, a damsel and a poodle names Mitz? Davis is the entire typical alpha hero, but he has a sweet side. Graycee is the perfect partner. She’s strong, sweet and willing to go the extra miles for the people around her. Also the secondary characters are strong and funny. James, Graycee’s best friend, was a jewel.

An Inner Fire had a mystery to solve that kept the story interesting as the story progressing. This is an all-around a great read. I look forward to read Jacki Delecki’s next book.”

If you haven’t yet read AN INNER FIRE, get your copy today!

Mitzi and Jasmine: Two of a Kind

Jasmine GreyhoundKnowing what a dog lover I am, a friend recently forwarded a story to me about a rescued greyhound named Jasmine. The newspaper account related that Jasmine had been abandoned as a pup and required an extraordinary amount of kindness and patience to recover. This attention was generously provided by caretakers at a wildlife sanctuary, where Jasmine continued living.

Once she regained her health, Jasmine the greyhound began playing nursemaid to other animals brought into the Nuneaton and Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary. From 2003 until her death in 2011, Jasmine served as a foster mother of sorts to fox cubs, badger cubs, chicks, guinea pigs, fawns, rabbits and stray puppies.

Before I was three paragraphs into the story, I realized Jasmine and Mitzi, the French poodle in AN INNER FIRE, Book 1 of my Grayce Walters Series, were kindred souls. Mitzi is a nurturing caretaker just like Jasmine, doting and nuzzling everyone who comes into Grayce’s office.

I am often inspired by the antics, adoration and intuitive behavior of dogs, but Jasmine and Mitzi are “a breed apart.” Share your own story about an amazing dog or animal you’ve known.

Read AN INNER FIRE and get acquainted with Mitzi and the rest of the cast of characters.

Blog Tour for An Inner Fire

Come over to Win!

Come Over to Win an Amazon Gift Card and copy of An Inner Fire!

Pioneer Square In Seattle- Scenes from An Inner Fire

Seattle Fallen Firefighters Memorial, Occidental Park, Pioneer Square in Seattle.

Seattle Fallen Firefighters Memorial, Occidental Park, Pioneer Square in Seattle.

Book Signing Party!

Celebrating with Friends!

Celebrating at my book release party with great women:

Cynthia Garlough, my best buddy editor and Helen Fitzpatrick, my Seattle Fire Department Expert.

An Inner Fire Book Release

The centerpiece for my Book Signing Party of “An Inner Fire”!

UFO Spotted In Seattle?

Seattle Space Needle UFOPhoto by NothingI5True

Taken earlier this month by redditor NothingI5True, is a picture of the famous Space Needle in Seattle, Washington.

He says he took the photo from his office window just as a heavy fog was rolling through. Another case of right place right time, as the fog makes the top of the space needle look like a UFO! Ten minutes later he said the fog was gone.

The Space Needle is an observation tower and at one time was the tallest structure west of the Mississippi River. The Needle is 605 ft (184 m) high, 138 ft (42 m) wide, and weighs 9,550 tons. It was built for the 1962 World’s Fair.

All That Fire Fighter Training Pays Off!

All that fire fighter training pays off! In my book An Inner Fire, Fire Investigator Ewan Davis has acupuncturist Grayce’s full attention!

With that in mind, I wanted to share these sexy, hot fire fighter pictures with you!  Enjoy!

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