SLICE Agency, book one
A thin line exists between reality and the paranormal, between one country and the next. Lucia grew up stuck between cultures on the border of Texas and Mexico and the wavy lines of reality. With the help of her two sisters, she runs the family ranch, or what’s left of it.
Years ago, a hurricane shifted the river, cutting through the property with their land partially ending up on the other side of the Rio Grande. Mother Nature unleashed more than land wars. Legend tells of a supernatural beast slaughtering the livestock every seven years. When the carcasses of goats show up drained of blood, she reaches out for help.
Shaw McDiamond doesn’t want to be stuck in a hick town chasing after the myth of the chupacabra. As part of an elite force of paranormal agents that work the border, Shaw’s group, SLICE, exposes aliens of another kind. This vampiric creature is like nothing he’s encountered, and the woman he’s working with unnerves him even more.
Lucia and Shaw clash over folklore and reality, fate and free will. As the killings escalate with the attack of a ranch hand, the storm returns, and the two become trapped in an ever-shifting world they can’t control. And to survive, they’ll have to do it together.
Tweet: He’d broken the rules, and now he was going to break her heart. And his own. Border Town by @LouisaBacio http://a.co/9Y6ZbGz
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About the Author:
A Southern California native, Louisa Bacio can’t imagine living far away from the ocean. The multi-published author of erotic romance enjoys writing within all realms – from short stories to full-length novels.
Bacio shares her household with a supportive husband, two daughters growing “too fast,” and a multitude pet craziness: Two dogs, five fish tanks, an aviary, hamsters, rabbits, guinea pigs and hermit crabs. In her other life, she teaches college classes in English, journalism and popular culture.
Enjoy the following excerpt for Border Town:
Once he got closer, he caught a better look at her. Strong, defined cheekbones, inquisitive eyes, and these full luscious lips that immediately put him on edge. The ugly yellow slicker camouflaged quite a looker.
She cocked her head to the side, evaluating him. “Mr. McDiamond. How did you know my name? I thought you didn’t have any interest in what I was telling you? That I was making things up.”
“Great. Way to make a first impression,” Jackson said. “Looks like we’ll be sleeping in this heap.”
“Well, you may think I’m crazy, but I’m not heartless,” she said. “I’m not going to leave you out here for the boogey monster to get. Grab anything you might want for tonight, lock up and I’ll take you to the ranch.”
“Thank you,” Alec said. “See, I said you should have contacted her.”
Shaw did his best to ignore the snide comments, knowing they were all in good nature. They’d experienced some harsh conditions. A dark road with a little bit of sprinkles—this was nothing compared to their last assignment in the wilds of Costa Rica.
From the trunk, they each grabbed their duffle bags, and an equipment case that fortunately rolled. As the three of them lined up in front of their rescuer, she whistled.
“Not sure if the three of you and all that will fit in my little golf cart, but we’ll try it.”
“You get to sit next to her,” Jackson said.
“Appreciate that,” Shaw replied. He didn’t expect to meet her under these conditions. What a way to give a professional first impression—broken down on the side of the road. Being run off the road by an unidentified dashing object. Who wasn’t going to be believing him?
Together, they lifted the equipment case onto the back of the cart and for a moment, he wondered if it was going to tip over backward.
“Looks like you’ll have to hold your luggage,” she said. She slid behind the driver’s wheel and turned on the dome light. As threatened, the guys grabbed the back seat, leaving Shaw to take the front.
In the cramped space, with the bag between his knees, his thigh pressed against Lucia. There was something about this woman. The heat of her body warmed him, and he pushed aside the inappropriate thoughts flooding his mind just as surely as the rain was flooding the ditch along the highway. She glanced down at the juncture and then sideways at him, before starting the engine. The little cart lurched forward, and she made a wide turn. The wheels rumbled over the rough terrain, and she hung a left onto the ranch drive.
“See, we didn’t have much further to go,” Alec said. “If you wouldn’t have started imagining things.”
“I saw something,” Shaw said. “If your lazy ass hadn’t been asleep, maybe you would have helped me out.”
“Do you guys always bicker so much?” Lucia asked. “I mean, it’s entertaining and all, but how do you get anything done?”
“We’re proficient like that,” Jackson said. “Once we’ve uncovered a mystery, we won’t stop until it’s solved.”