View Full Version : New Release: Desperate Dreams

Joan Alley
April 23rd, 2012, 09:12 AM
Check out this new heart-racing, edge-of-your-seat release from Kim McMahill!

A ruling authority too powerful to challenge, but to those desperate for a new life and a chance at love, defiance is worth the risk...



Short Novel

ISBN: 978-0-9847645-8-7

$2.99 eBook/$8.99 Print

To most, America has become a safe, orderly, predictable place, but to a few, like Nyla and Ethan, it has become a prison. Inseparable since childhood, but now faced with being torn apart, they are determined to change the course of their future.

As Nyla struggles to understand her deepening feelings for Ethan, they embark on a desperate journey for freedom through the inhospitable Big Bend region of Texas. With their two best friends in tow they attempt a daring border crossing to chase a dream few would understand... Only the most courageous will dare to challenge the new order and embrace forbidden love.

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“Are we ready to roll?” Ethan asked, ignoring Claire’s comment.

“Sure, but how about a group hug, just in case?” Claire added.

No one asked her what “just in case” meant. They knew and didn’t want to hear it articulated. Gathered in a circle with arms wrapped around each other, they held each other tight with their heads down so as to avoid seeing any doubts or fears in each other’s eyes. They didn’t want to let go, fearing this might be the last time they would be able to hold on to the friends who were so dear, but the time had come to push forward.

They stashed their empty water bottles and food wrappers and headed out. The further they traveled the higher in the sky the moon crept, breaking through the lingering clouds, shedding enough illumination to allow them to travel without any artificial light. They followed the creek bed for several hours in silence, trying to ignore the howl of wolves nearby, increasing their pace, but still feeling like the distance between them and the terrifying noise was shrinking.

The sounds made the hairs on the back of Nyla’s neck tingle. She couldn’t tell how close the predators roamed, but as her mind replayed the scene from the highway through the abandoned towns she decided any distance was too close. She would never forget the hunger in the predator’s eyes, the gleam of their long teeth or the absolute lack of fear the wolves had shown for their passing vehicle. Now, they didn’t even have her tiny car for protection.

Nyla stayed close to Ethan as she cautiously walked on, picking up anything that could serve as a weapon for self-defense. She hoped the two wolves they kept hearing were the extent of the pack. The size of the group they had seen on the road would be impossible to escape from or fight off if an encounter occurred.

Another wolf returned the call and the sounds grew closer. Nyla had read that the animals’ sense of smell was highly evolved and feared their group had already been detected and determined to be an acceptable meal.

“I think they caught our scent, they sounds are getting closer,” Nyla said.

“Just keep walking and don’t talk,” Ethan said as he listened to the howling. His mind wandered back to the highway and he felt true fear for the first time in his life.

Soon the howling stopped and the silence made Nyla even more nervous. She could almost feel eyes following their movements. She heard a rustle up ahead and huddled close behind Ethan as he flicked on his light. Two large four legged bodies whirled around and disappeared into the brush.

“Here.” Nyla handed each of her friends a sturdy stick about four feet long.

“If they come at us, don’t turn your back to them. If there’s only two maybe we can hold them off,” Ethan added as he took the stick from Nyla’s hand.

Nyla watched as Ethan quickly extracted a knife from his pocket and secured the blade to the end of the stick, making a spear. Just as he finished wrapping the string and tying it off, Nyla spotted the two shapes re-emerging from the shadows, this time from behind.

“Behind us,” she hissed as the group whirled around to meet their enemy.

Ethan tried to shine his light in their eyes, but this time the wolves kept their eyes diverted and began circling the group.

“Huddle up, backs together,” Ethan whispered.

The wolves paced slowly and methodically, moving in closer with each circuit around the group, spacing themselves so the potential meal was sandwiched between them.

“Claire and Jared, stay focused on the animal closest to you no matter what you hear from us. Nyla and I will concentrate on this one. If we lose our focus on one, it will expose our flank. That’s probably their plan—one strikes and the other attacks from behind when everyone’s attention is diverted.”

The moment the words were out, a wolf lunged at Claire, hitting her shoulder...

Available now in eBook and trade paperback from www.inspiredromancenovels.com (http://www.inspiredromancenovels.com/)!

Also available from www.amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/Desperate-Dreams-ebook/dp/B007VOK2NS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1335108336&sr=8-1), Barnes and Noble (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1110282279?ean=2940014530156), All Romance Ebooks (http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-desperatedreams-781469-151.html), Smashwords (https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/153509) and more!