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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

EDGE OF SURVIVAL by Toni Anderson

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(Warning: small amount explicit language)

Tommy grabbed his arm, jabbering. “She’s in the water. She fell in the water and her waders filled and she sank—”
He grabbed the kid by a handful of shirt. “The Doc? The Doc is in the water?” Daniel yanked his shirt over his head and kicked off his boots. “How long?” He shucked his pants just as Vikki surfaced.
“I can’t find her!” she yelled and spluttered.
Fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck. How long had she been down? He grabbed his knife from his pants and ran full pelt up onto the rocks above the pool and dove straight into the water.
There was the shock of cold. Which was good for the Doc, but not so great for his fine motor skills. He kept descending, slicing deep into the pool that had been eroded by thousands of years of water versus bedrock. It was silent, except for the sound of his blood thrashing around his body as he searched for Cam.
How long had she been down?
Panic fluttered. He had to keep calm. Had to remember his training even though tactical breathing was a little difficult in this situation. It was dark under the water, with bright shafts of sunlight breaking through the surface like spotlights. Fish swam all around, unfazed by the human invasion.
Everything felt so violently alive—his senses sharpened, nerve endings stripped, survival skills on fire. His body was primed by sheer muscle memory and cognitive reflex. Even though worry for the Doc gripped his chest, he’d forgotten how good this felt. He’d forgotten how alive a body could be.
Then he spotted her. Motionless at the bottom of the pool except for her hair, which swirled around her like silk, and he remembered something else. How dead a body could be.



Dr. Cameran Young knew her assignment wouldn't be easy. As lead biologist on the Environment Impact Assessment team, her findings would determine the future of a large mining project in the northern Canadian bush. She expected rough conditions and hostile miners—but she didn't expect to find a dead body her first day on the job.

Former SAS Sergeant Daniel Fox forged a career as a helicopter pilot, working as far from the rest of the human race as possible. The thrill of flying makes his civilian life bearable, and he lives by his mantra: don't get involved. But when he's charged with transporting the biologist to her research vessel, he can't help but get involved in the murder investigation—and with Cameran, who awakens emotions he's desperate to suppress.

In the harsh and rugged wilderness, Daniel and Cameran must battle their intense and growing attraction while keeping ahead of a killer who will stop at nothing to silence her…

My heroine has diabetes and I'm donating 15% of my royalties to diabetes research. Read the foreword by NYT Bestselling Author Brenda Novak.

EDGE OF SURVIVAL. Coming November 21st, 2011, from Carina Press.


Anne Marie Becker said...

That's intense! Great blurb. :)

Kathy Ivan said...

Oh, wow, great excerpt Toni!

Wynter Daniels said...

Intriguing excerpt! I'm adding to my list.

Jane said...

Congrats on the upcoming release, Toni. Love the pic of Henry Cavill.

Toni Anderson said...

Thank you, everyone, and Jane, I'm your woman for gratuitous hero pictures.

MaureenAMiller said...

You always get me right in the gut. It's so nice that an author was placed on this planet to write exactly what I want to read. :) How lucky am I?! Thanks, Toni.

Elise Warner said...

An excerpt that drew me in. Strong.
Edge of survival sounds like a winner.

Toni Anderson said...

Aw, Maureen. You say the nicest things.
Elise--I hope so and thanks. My hero does a couple of things that are slightly out of the usual bounds of romance heroes. Hopefully he gets away with them!

Stevie Carroll said...

I like the idea of a disbetic heroine.

Shirley Wells said...

Love the excerpt, Toni. Can't wait to read it. Roll on November!

Anonymous said...

Fantastic excerpt.

Desiree Holt said...

I have to say that Toni Anderson continues to be one of my most favorite authors.

Toni Anderson said...

Thanks, Stevie, Shirley, Chrissy and Desiree. Desiree, my friend, you are actually in the acknowledgements :)

Clare London said...

So sorry for coming late to the party - and what an intense excerpt! I can feel the panic as I read. Thanks for sharing Toni, I love your work :).

Anonymous said...

Well this little clip has me hooked.

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