Mid Week Tease: The White Lily, Book Two of The Harvester Series

MWTease15Good morning, everyone. elcome to September 30, 2015, and this week’s Mid Week Tease. Each Wednesday, a group of amazing and diverse authors share a snippet from their work in progress, a new release or an old favorite. If you like erotica, BDSM, shifters, suspense or contemporary romance, one of the authors is sure to meet and satisfy your tastes.

This week, the time has finally arrived for me to introduce you to the next phase in the search for the Harvester.

Thanks to Sandra Bunino and all of the other wonderful authors who make this weekly blog hop so much fun.

For those of you unfamiliar with The White Carnation, Book One of The Harvester Series, here’s the scoop.

The White CarnationThe last person disgraced reporter Faye Lewis wants back in her life is Detective Rob Halliday, the man she blames for ruining her career and breaking her heart. But when she finds an old friend murdered, he’s the one she calls.

For the past year, Rob and his team have been hunting the Harvester, a serial killer who ritualistically murders new mothers and vanishes with their infants. What Rob doesn’t need is another case, especially one involving his ex-fiancée.

Then Faye is assaulted, and Rob realizes the cases are connected. She may hold the answers he needs to find the elusive killer. But the more they investigate, the more complex the situation becomes. Can they set the past aside and work together, or will the Harvester and his followers reap another prize?

If you haven’t read it, here’s the Amazon link for The White Carnation

Today, I want you to meet the two newest members of The Harvester Task Force Lilith  Munroe and Jacob Andrews. They are the heart and soul of The White Lily, Book Two of the Harvester Series 

About The White Lily

The White LilyThe Harvester is out there…watching, waiting, biding his time.

FBI cult specialist Lilith Munroe lives in dread that one day the man who tortured her when a case went bad will find her again. So leaving her sanctuary in Quantico to join the Harvester Task Force in Boston is her version of hell. But the Harvester is kidnapping babies, and Lilith’s profiling skills may mean the difference between life and death for the most innocent in society.

Australian millionaire and former member of the New Horizon commune Jacob Andrews returns to the United States searching for his sister. Instead of the happy reunion he expects, he discovers she is dead and his twin brother may be responsible. He agrees to lend his law enforcement skills to help find his former cult leader before the man can implement his plan to kill millions.

Now uneasy partners, Jacob and Lilith must learn to trust each other even as they fight their growing attraction. But when Lilith’s greatest fears materialize, will Jacob be able to set aside his anger and save the woman he loves?

The White Lily is available for pre-order at Amazon

This week’s tease comes from the prologue.

Exhausted and thirsty, Lilith hung from the cold basement wall, her arms extended, shackled at her wrists, in a re-creation of the crucifixion. Her tired legs wouldn’t be able to support her weight much longer, and if she collapsed or fell asleep, her shoulders would separate, tearing the muscle from the bone, and the pain would increase exponentially. With her arms ripped from their sockets, her chest would sag, stretched to its full extent, and she’d inhale until her lungs were fully expanded, and then, unable to exhale because her muscles couldn’t function in that position, she’d slowly suffocate. The irony of this method of torture wasn’t lost on her.

How long had she been in here? Hours? Days? The total darkness of the grave surrounded her. She was going to die just like Turner had. They’d found his brutalized body in the desert, about thirty miles from the compound. Forensics had proven he’d been killed elsewhere, and she’d bet it had been in this dungeon. Had he been crucified on this wall? Had his blood embedded itself into the cold stone at her back? Pooled at his feet like hers did? The coroner claimed exsanguination as the cause of death, but perhaps Turner had simply given in to the pain.

Lilith, when you screw up, you really make a mess of things.

Turner had been one of the agency’s best men, with years of covert experience under his belt. She’d volunteered to take his place and infiltrate the Faithful Followers of the Word, looking for Senator Kirk’s granddaughter, the fourteen-year-old girl who’d vanished from her bunkhouse at ski camp almost a year ago. Why had she assumed she’d succeed where he’d failed?

There’d been concern about sending a female agent into this environment, especially one with no undercover experience, but in her arrogance, Lilith had argued a young woman might have a better shot at being accepted than another man. After all, wasn’t she the agency’s expert on cults? Besides, they’d had no real proof Kelly Kirk was there other than an anonymous tip and a grainy photograph taken by an aerial surveillance plane, so Lilith might simply be gathering vital information.

But she’d misread the dynamics of the cult. Foolishly, because his was the face everyone saw, she assumed Rivers was in charge.

Her left knee buckled, and she gasped as the handcuffs bit deeper into her wrists. Forcing herself upright once more, she gritted her teeth. Her tormentor was probably out there right now, waiting to hear her cry out once more, and by God, she’d die before she’d give him the satisfaction.

Want to read more? The White Lily is available for pre-order and will be released October 12/15

Now, Check out the rest of these great mid week teases.

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About mhsusannematthews

Finally retired after more than 30 years as a teacher! Now, I get to spend my time gardening, enjoying my grandchildren, and writing. I finally completed the number one item in my bucket list and Crimson Romance published my first novel, Fire Angel, in April 2013. Since then I have sold 24 other manuscripts to date and don't plan to quit writing for a long time yet.
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8 Responses to Mid Week Tease: The White Lily, Book Two of The Harvester Series

  1. Kai Tyler says:

    She’s in big trouble. How is she going to get out? Great teaser, Susanne.

  2. Ooh, I’m intrigued. Great snippet, Susanne. And I love those covers!

  3. angelicadawson says:

    *shudder* I think it’s too dark for me. Great tease though.

  4. dorisoconnor says:

    Wow, what an intense tease, Susanne. That gave me the chills. You write suspense so well!

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