I am very happy to welcome author B.J. Daniels to the blog today with a very special excerpt of her latest Cahill series book, Wrangler’s Rescue. It’s part of an excerpt and review tour with TLC Book Tours. To find the other excerpts and reviews you can follow the tour.
Wrangler’s Rescue Excerpt #6
Flint had spent the morning trying to get more information on his brother and the rescue mission. It kept him busy, so he didn’t have as much time to think about Cyrus being somewhere in the ocean. Cyrus being gone.
He’d just hung up from talking to the St. Augusta police commissioner when AJ appeared in his doorway. From the look on her face when she sat down, it was clear she’d hoped for some news of Cyrus.
Flint wished he had some. He knew that she cared about his brother and hated to see her even more
brokenhearted. What he’d learned was anything but good news.
“They’re still looking for him, right?” she asked, leaning forward in the chair across from his desk.
“They have air support and coast guard, also other ships in the area looking for him. If he’s still out there, they’ll find him,” he said with more confidence than he felt. It had been too long already.
“I just don’t understand,” she said, voicing what the whole family had been feeling since getting the news. “How could he have fallen overboard?”
Being born and raised in Montana and having never taken an ocean cruise, Flint had never given any thought to overboard incidents. But since the phone call yesterday, he’d learned that it was rare given how many people took cruises each year. The chance of going overboard was 1 in 1,650,000 passengers.
But still, twenty to thirty people went overboard from a cruise ship every year. Most were either accidents or suicides. But a few were because of foul play.
The worst statistic was that only 22 percent of those survived and were rescued. If a person was stranded for more than three or four hours, their chances of surviving were extremely low. Cyrus would have been in the water far longer than that before they’d even begun looking for him. Flint couldn’t imagine what it would be like to be floating in such a huge body of water and see the ship leaving.
“Apparently,” he said, shaking off the image of his brother alone in the dark water, “it is incredibly hard for a person to fall off a cruise ship. From what I’ve read, the railings and guardrails are designed to prevent people from slipping, tripping or losing their footing and falling over them.”
“Then how could this have happened?” she demanded, as if he knew the answer.
He was as frustrated by this as she was and having just as much trouble making sense of it. “Unfortunately, railings can’t prevent accidents when passengers have too much to drink.” Was that what had happened to Cyrus? He agreed with Darby. His brother had looked drunk in the wedding photo. Overly intoxicated passengers did stupid things like sitting on the railings, climbing over them, even trying to walk on them.
While he couldn’t imagine his brother doing that, he also couldn’t imagine him buying a bull, planning to come home the next day and then deciding instead to go on a Caribbean cruise and hell, why not get married while he was at it?
“He was on his honeymoon,” AJ cried. “Why would he be that wasted unless…” She shook her head. “I can’t imagine Cyrus being that drunk.”
Flint couldn’t, either. In the first place, Cyrus wasn’t much of a drinker. Nor did he take chances. None of the Cahill offspring were drinkers because of their father, Ely. A confirmed mountain man who spent his days back in the hills trapping and mining, Ely only got into trouble when he came back to town and tied one on at the bar. So it was no wonder that his children drank very little alcohol or, like Darby, didn’t drink at all.
About Wrangler’s Rescue:
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: HQN; Original edition (November 20, 2018)
She’ll risk everything to bring her cowboy back home…
One week ago, Cyrus Cahill told Ashley Jo “AJ” Somerfield that he’d be back in her arms by the weekend. He just needed to buy a bull for his ranch, and then they’d pick up where they left off after that romantic ride through the foothills. But now he’s gone missing and everyone—even the sheriff—believes he’s dead.
Everyone…but AJ. She suspects foul play and she won’t rest until Cyrus is back home in Gilt Edge, right where he belongs. Because Cyrus isn’t the kind of cowboy who breaks a promise. And since she’s not the kind of woman who gives up on her man, AJ will risk anything to help bring him home…even her own life.
Don’t miss this suspenseful conclusion of The Montana Cahills series from New York Times bestselling author B.J. Daniels.
About the Author:
NYT and USA Today Bestselling author B.J. Daniels was born in Texas but moved with her family to Montana at the age of five. Her first home was a cabin in the Gallatin Canyon and later a lake house on Hebgen Lake outside of West Yellowstone.
Most of her books are set in Montana, a place she loves. She lives now in a unique part of the state with her husband and three Springer Spaniels.
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