Hey all! I've gotten a lot of questions about the progress of Otherwise Unharmed, so I thought I'd give everyone a quick update. I seem to have gotten into the groove, and writing has been coming along wonderfully the past week or so. I'm hoping the whole thing will be done in the next few weeks for a December release, but you never can tell - it keeps getting longer!
So how about a little taste?
Here's the summary and a little teaser!
After Evan Arden was imprisoned by the enemy for a year and a half, he returned from the desert as a military hero. He’d suffered some minor injuries during his captivity, was discharged from the Marines with just a touch of shellshock, but was considered otherwise unharmed. Now he wonders how he ended up where he is now – incarcerated in Chicago’s Metropolitan Correctional Center for using his sharpshooting expertise to take out the neighborhood park with a high-powered sniper rifle and multiple rounds of ammunition.
Lia Antonio, the woman he rescued from the desert heat the previous year, is the only person who can bring him out of his sleep-deprived psychosis and mounting PTSD. When she does, Evan knows he can’t just let her go again. He’s never considered leaving the business before – who retires from the mafia? – but he’s determined to get both Lia and himself out of harm’s way.
Evan faces forces from multiple directions as a deal to get him out of jail turns more deadly and dangerous than he ever could have imagined. With a three-way mob war on the horizon and the feds holding evidence over his head, Evan has no choice but to throw himself into the middle of another war-zone.
In his efforts to make things right in his own mind, Evan crosses the wrong man and finds himself on the business end of the cross-hairs. With his observation skills and intelligence, he tries to keep a step ahead of his former co-workers, but this time, it isn’t just his own life on the line – he’s got to protect Lia from the man who once called him son.
“Do you have nightmares or recurring thoughts about what happened to you?”
I swallowed hard.
“Every time I close my eyes.”
I didn’t miss Rinaldo’s narrowed eyes as I admitted this to the attorney. Yes, I had been too broken to come to him after I had killed Terry and Bridgett, but it was obvious the nightmares had been getting worse for a while. I hadn’t told him about those. Even when I confessed that Bridgett had slept in my bed with me, I never told him the reason why.
“Do you ever feel numb?”
“Most of the time.”
“Have you ever thought about hurting yourself or someone else?”
I actually laughed, which caused Rinaldo to smile slightly as well.
“Evan’s right,” he told the attorney. “That’s a seriously stupid question.”
Hang on for a while longer! More Evan to come!