Art imitates life: a post apocalyptic excerpt from LINE OF FYRE

This is where the toilet paper used to be. My local Walmart, taken March 13, 2020

With COVID-19 spreading, real life is beginning to look a little apocalyptic as people hoard supplies, schools and events are canceled, and people hunker down.

In Line of Fyre (Alien Dragon Shifters 2), the world’s citizenry fears attack by aliens and has shifted into survival mode. Store shelves are bare. Helena Marshfield, the president’s daughter, flees for her life, sneaking out of the dubious safety of Bunker One with only the clothes on her back. She stops at a drugstore to try to purchase some necessities.

An excerpt from LINE OF FYRE: 

“Four hundred sixty-two dollars and ninety-five cents,” said the Drugs & More clerk.

“For sneakers, a T-shirt, and a few toiletries?” She stared at the tiny pile of merchandise. Shelves had been as bare as she’d feared. The shoes were a half size too small, and the orange T-shirt was so hideous it had been left behind during an apocalypse. She had scored a three-pack of granny panties, a couple of toothbrushes, toothpaste, an off brand of all-in-one shampoo and conditioner, and a battered box of tampons. The colony on Elementa probably had those necessities, but she felt better having her own.

The guy shrugged. “Times are hard. Take it or leave it.”

She pressed her lips together, hating that he could get away with price gouging. “I don’t suppose you’d take a credit card?” As soon as she paid, Biggs would have a record she’d been here, but better he thought she visited a drugstore than a spaceport. Her cash would be needed for bribes.

“Actually, I’d prefer it. We don’t keep a lot of cash. Since this mess started, we’ve been robbed four times.”

He should talk about robbery! “How rude of them to try to take advantage.”

His face tightened. “Are you gonna buy the stuff or not?”

She shoved her card into the reader, releasing a silent sigh of relief when APPROVED popped up on the screen. No one had deactivated her account yet. She tucked the card back into her wallet.

“Would you like a plastic bag?”

“Yes.” She huffed.

“That will be another five dollars.”

That was the last straw. She shifted her gaze to the tampons then affected her best I’m-about-to-lose-it PMS glare. “Do you really want to fuck with me?”

They glowered at each other across the counter for a long moment, and then he caved.

“I guess I could throw one in for free.”

He bagged the purchases; she grabbed the sack and stalked toward the exit.

“Thank you for shopping at Drugs & More,” he called.

Line of Fyre will be released March 23. Preorder is available from all online booksellers.

You know things are bad on Earth when you’re the president’s daughter and becoming a concubine to an alien dragon shifter seems like your best option…

Helena Marshfield made a big mistake. But making it right puts her life in danger. She’s forced to flee and become the concubine of the Draconian prince. She never expects to be attracted to the “dragon man,” and has no intention of making the relationship real.

Prince T’mar has no wish to consort with a human. Unfortunately, his father, the king, decrees he must accept her, his dragon mistakes her for their mate, and worse, the flame-haired female stirs his desires. Still, he intends to deposit her at the palace and fly away.

But when powers on Earth draw them back into the line of fire, will their unexpected, unwanted burning attraction be the one thing that can save them?

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