Sunday, April 1, 2012

Born in Ice - a futuristic romantic suspense - $10 gift card

The story line for this novel evolved, with mutiple changes and addiditons, from a dream I had a number of years ago.

Here is a blurb:

Pulled from an icy grave…into a world of doubt and danger.

Frozen in ice for seventy-five years, Zana Forrester suffers the agony of
rebirth to learn her son is dead, and her daughter's whereabouts is unknown.
The year is 2155. A man's soothing voice and gray eyes haunt her drug induced
dreams. When she recovers, she meets their owner and finds her heart in danger.
But, a relationship isn’t a consideration; she must find her daughter.

Brock Callahan is drawn to the beautiful woman taken aboard his salvage
ship. He's determined she'll be his wife and a mother to his young daughter,
but he vows not to love her. All the women he’s loved died. While
Zana searches for her daughter, Brock must protect Zana from the evil that
threatens.
The vehicle was a self-sealing model, one that upon impact sealed
the interior from water and gases, including oxygen. The purpose was to
preserve any life-form inside. On occasion, individuals found in bergs were
thawed, and life resuscitated.

In 2065 when widespread temperatures dropped to dangerous levels,
a drug was developed to help protect body tissues, under certain conditions,
from freezing. Individuals five years and older took a monthly dose of the
preparation. The medication gave cells the ability to be frozen and thawed
with minimal damage. Of course, there were exceptions, cases where the
procedure failed, but the success rate was over fifty percent.

Lost in thought, Brock started at Luke’s question.

“Do you know the location of the deactivation switch, Skipper?”

“Yeah.” Brock walked around, peering inside the darkened windows.
He couldn’t see much, but a shadow in front gave him pause. “Call the
hospital, and have them send a hermetic pod in case we find a body.” The
container would help preserve life if it was present. He was nervous as hell.
Always was when they pulled one of these babies out of the water. It was a
constant shock to see a human, frozen and resembling a figure in a wax
museum display, but finding bodies without hope for survival haunted him.

“They’ve got one on the way.”

He reached under the driver’s side fender well. The small box was
easy to locate. He twisted the lever, opened the container, and pushed the
button. A flurry of clicks sounded around the car.

Brock opened the door. A blast of cold air whooshed out. The faint
smell of death washed over him filling him with dread. He staggered back for
a moment. The first thing he noticed was the child’s seat in the back. Empty.

He drew near again and saw the driver’s seat was reclined. A body lay curled
on its side holding a bundle close.

His voice gruff, he called, “Bring us a light. Luke, open the doors on
the other side.”

Digger held the light as Brock leaned in to look at the bowed figure
on the seat. From the person’s figure and profile, there was no denying the
delicate features beneath the mask belonged to a woman. She was dressed
from head to toe in a silvery grey snowsuit with fur-trimmed matching boots.
Fur as soft and as gray as a dove’s wing edged her parka making her appear
even more ethereal. Dark lashes brushed her face covering, similar to a ski
mask, made with cut-outs for her eyes, nose, and mouth.

He carefully pulled the blanket away from the bundle and groaned at
the mummified features of what had once been a child. Oh, God, no. Not a
baby.
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Linda
Linda LaRoque
Writing Romance with a Twist in Time
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10 comments:

Mysti Holiday said...

Sounds really intriguing! But, poor baby....

Jude Johnson said...

This is a fun and suspenseful read! I enjoyed the peek into a possible future world. Goo stuff, Linda!

~Jude
http://jude-johnson.com

Jude Johnson said...

Good, I meant! GOOD stuff!
(And I didn't even have a cat on the keyboard...sheesh)

Michele said...

I'm impressed! This is so original!

I remember the Ice Man years ago but this sounds SO much more fun and interesting not to mention entertaining...well, when I'm not biting my nails. It sure sounds like there might be reasons to do so.

I'm definitely putting this book in my TBR pile -- this has all the earmarks of a great read.
Thanks!!!

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J.A. Garland said...

Agreed, sounds really good! Great premise!

Catherine Lee said...

Intriguing. I wonder how this all came about.

I signed up for your newsletter.

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Shadow said...

This sounds intriguing. Id love to read this. Im adding it to my wishlist. Thanks for sharing! I signed up for your newsletter. :)
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Linda LaRoque said...

Hi, Mysti! Thank for your comment. And yes, it was very sad about the baby.

Hey, Jude! I knew what you meant! Thanks for your kind words!

Linda LaRoque said...

Gee, Michele, I remember being scared to death during that Ice Man movie! I'm a chicken at heart. Thanks for your comment!

Hi J.A. Glad you stopped by and thanks!

Linda LaRoque said...

Catherine Lee, you must read the book to find out! I have you on my newsletter list and entered into both contests. Thanks!

Thank you, Shadow! I also have you on my newsletter list and in both contests!