Book Name: Secret Fire (Uniform Encounters 5)
Author Name: Morticia Knight
When not indulging in her obsession for books, she loves the outdoors, film and music. The Pacific Northwest is the ideal spot to enjoy both hiking and beachcombing. Once upon a time she was the singer in an indie rock band that toured the West Coast and charted on U.S. college radio. She now resides on the northern coast of Oregon, where the constant rain and fog remind her of visits to family in England and Scotland when she was a child.
She is currently working on the Gin & Jazz series about the glitz and glamour of 1920’s Hollywood and additional installments of the Uniform Encounters series, with a new series about those luscious men in uniform coming out later this year.
Cover Artist: Posh Gosh
Publisher: Totally Bound
Mesa police officer Zach is a fun-loving guy. Now that he’s hit the big three-oh, he’s looking to stop the hook-up train and find someone he can get serious about. When a mutual friend suggests Fire Marshal Daryl, Zach assumes he must be joking. The surly marshal has given cranky a new meaning. It’s unfortunate, though, since he is one fine-looking man.
Daryl has sworn off relationships ever since he caught his ex-partner cheating. He’s always taken everything in life seriously—from jobs to relationships—and is afraid he might be alone in that regard. Certain he can’t risk love again, he panics when he sees his secret crush Zach approaching him at a police versus firemen softball game. He’s nervous, as he is socially challenged with a tendency to blurt out the wrong things. It gets worse when he realises their shared buddy gave Zach a push. He assumes that Zach is only talking to him out of pity.
Zach has been pissed off at Daryl ever since they got into a verbal sparring match at the park. Yet, when Daryl comes to his aid during an explosive fire, Zach wonders what secrets might be hidden beneath the layers Daryl has built to protect himself from the world—and love. A night of passion turns into the possibility of something more as they struggle to find their way to one another. But all of that is threatened when there is a devastating fire that causes many people to lose their lives. As they work together to uncover the truth, someone thinks they’ve asked too many questions—and plans to stop them before they can ask any more.
“Let me go!”
He saw a look of pain in Daryl’s eyes. Still he grasped Zach’s uniform shirt.
“Carla, those people…”
“I know.” He jerked his head to the side. “They’ve suited up to pull out whoever else they can. It’s too hot, Zach. You can’t get any closer without protective gear.”
“But they don’t have…”
He trailed off when he saw people with their clothes smoking—some with it already burned away—being doused with water or covered by a mixture of fire blankets, jackets and whatever else anyone could grab.
Daryl’s grip loosened and Zach ran over to help the patrons who had already escaped. He wasn’t sure where Daryl went, but they both had other things to worry about for the time being. The ambulances were arriving by the droves. After leading some people to the far end of the parking lot where the heat wasn’t as intense, he encouraged them to sit and stay together until emergency medics could check them out.
He raced back to where he’d been, but was no longer able to get as close.
“Power lines! Watch out!”
He saw what it was immediately. The fire had eaten away the base of the nearest wood telephone pole and sparks flew through the air as it dragged the electrical wires down with it. Zach rushed forward and grabbed a disoriented woman, hauling her out of the way just as the pole crashed to the ground. The lines still danced around, dangerous snakes ready to snap at them. Not letting her go, he dragged her along as he raced back to the spot where he’d left the other people.
Spotting Terrence, he hurried over to him so he could alert him to the people at the edge of the parking lot. As soon as he reached him, he could see a terrified look on his face. He gazed down at his stretcher and saw a burn victim. Swallowing hard and tearing his eyes away, he turned to the EMT.
“There’s some people at the edge of the parking lot that need tending to, but…”
But they’re not anywhere near as bad as this person.
“How can I help, Terrence?”
“Listen, man, this is some crazy shit right here. We need more ambulances, transport. I don’t even think Mesa Hospital will be able to handle this many victims. If we could set up a triage…”
“Okay, yeah. I can help with that. I’ll go grab Tony and let him know.”
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Tour Dates: 6/9/14 – 6/27/14
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