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Finding Euphoria by C. Becker

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  • Euphoria Book 1

    Hailey Langley refuses to be a victim and has moved on from her traumatic past. But her marriage problems worsen when a deadly illicit drug threatens to draw her into the life she left behind.

    Mark Langley has allowed his job to interfere with his marriage, but he never suspected the secrets in Hailey's past might hold the key to solving both of his current investigations.

    Together, they must unravel the mystery of the drug called Euphoria and find a way to save not only their marriage, but countless lives, before it's too late.

    Rating:Spicy
    Page Count: 416
    Word Count: 90665
    978-1-5092-2491-3 Paperback
    978-1-5092-2492-0 Digital

    Excerpt

    Hailey Robinson stared at the masked man slouched on the tattered recliner. She shivered and huddled deeper in her jacket. A sharp pain stabbed her in the lower ribs, and she gasped. She turned her head away from the warm fireplace and glanced out the cabin window at the light fluffy snow. Daylight was creeping in. This man had better drift off soon. All night he had sat in his clown disguise and ogled her. The shotgun cradled across his bulging belly moved with each breath. Another batch of goose bumps spread across her arms.

    Finally, his head drooped. Just a few more minutes. Let him fall into a deep sleep. Then she could escape. A heavy weight pushed on her stomach. What if the plan didn’t work? No. she couldn’t go there. It had to work. She glanced out the window again. The snow came down faster, heavier. The kidnappers had arranged a ransom pickup later in the afternoon. She had nothing to lose. How could her parents come up with the ransom when they couldn’t afford a cell phone? At last, the man snored.

    “Psst. Hailey, you awake?”

    She turned her head to look at the boy lying next to her on the stone floor. The fire illuminated Sam’s handsome face. “Yeah.” The smoke strangled her voice to a whisper. “I can’t sleep.”

    “Me, too.” His voice was hoarse. “How bad are you hurt?”

    Tears burned her eyes. Her sides throbbed as if a wild horse had trampled her. She’d do anything to feel her mother’s comforting arms around her. “It could be worse.”

    “Are you able to run?”

    She inhaled, and a streak of pain ran across her back. She closed her eyes. Papa would expect her to stay strong. “Yeah. I think so.”

    “Why did Madge kick you last night?”

    “You stupid bitch. Your parents have no money.” An ember popped in the fireplace. She wrapped her arms around herself, unable to stop her lip from quivering. “I don’t know.”

    “Did you give Ken the key?”

    She nodded. “I palmed it to him after I swiped it from Madge’s purse.”

    “Good. He’s the fastest runner. He’ll start the van.”

    Hailey pictured the evil battle-ax yelling with a cigarette dangling from her mouth.

    Sam leaned closer. “Sounds like this guy’s out for the night. We should go before Madge and the other guy wake up. It’s starting to snow. If we don’t leave now, we’re stuck.”

    The wind whistled outside. Getting off this mountain would be tricky. She started imagining a reunion with her parents and stopped. With her luck, something would still spoil the plan.

    Sam nudged her shoulder, and she gritted her teeth from her arm’s tenderness. “Are you sure you’re okay?”

    “Yeah, I’m good.” She forced a smile and shivered. What was the point in telling him everything ached? “Wake Ken and Victoria.” Rubbing her arms against the chill, she prayed for a miracle.

    The four teens pulled on their shoes and zipped up the jackets they had worn while lying on the cold floor. Hailey hurried and finished putting on her gear first. Turning to the kidnapper, she knotted the laces of his snow boots together. That would slow him down.

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