We’re so pleased to have author TM Smith’s Survivor audiobook tour dropping by today with an excerpt from the book as well as a giveaway, so be sure to check out the prize details and how to enter at the end.
About the Audiobook
Author: TM Smith
Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins (Unabridged)
Release date: 01-30-18
Publisher: TTC Publishing
Blurb: Taylor Langford’s world is torn apart when he is only thirteen years old—his parents killed, leaving him alone and orphaned. With no living relatives, he’d certainly be another statistic if not for the intervention of the policeman who found Taylor in the crawl space where his mother hid him that fateful night. Despite the tragedy and resulting anguish in his life, Taylor knows how lucky he is.
Frank Moore is a rookie with the Dallas Police Department when he and his partner answer a call in Devonshire, one of the city’s more affluent neighborhoods. They think the young boy in various pictures throughout the home has been kidnapped until they find him, shaken but alive. Officer Moore recognizes the pain in the kid’s eyes, having lost his own mother to cancer when he was just a boy. He steps in, making sure Taylor is placed with a loving foster family. Over the years, Frank becomes a permanent fixture in Taylor’s life.
A decade later, the case remains unsolved and the once gangly, uncertain teenager is now a college graduate who knows exactly what he wants. He’s coming home to the man that helped mold and shape his life, the man he’s loved for as long as he can remember, Frank Moore. But Taylor isn’t the only person returning to Dallas, and while Frank is distracted by his own conflicting feelings and the new bond growing between the two, the past creeps up on them, determined to finish what was started ten years earlier.
The crime scene techs arrived and ushered them out of the bedroom and then the ME, Roman Ward, arrived to examine the bodies. Frank and Roman had dated briefly when he was still in college and remained friends. Knowing the best examiner was there to try and determine what had happened to the young couple was of little consolation at the moment. There was still the matter of the missing boy.
Dismissed until they returned to the precinct to write up reports, Frank and Caleb volunteered to search the attic. After scouring every last square inch of the dark, dank room, Frank was climbing back down into the house when he turned and just happened to catch a sliver of light on the floor right next to the top of the fireplace tunnel to the roof. Scurrying back into the attic, Frank crawled over to the light on his hands and knees. It was in a corner where the ceiling went down at a sharp angle, prohibiting him from standing.
Taking a closer look behind a shelf that held several boxes and a sewing machine, Frank could see the faint outline of a door. “Caleb, get back up here and help me move this shelf!” he shouted over his shoulder. Once the shelf was moved and he was able to open the door, Frank was relieved to see the little boy from the pictures, Taylor. He was obviously terrified, eyes wide as he tried to crawl through the wall behind him.
“Hey there.…It’s okay, I won’t hurt you.” Frank spoke softly, careful not to move or reach for the kid and possibly freak him out.
“Where’s Mom?” the boy asked, tears filling his eyes.
Frank’s heart broke for him; he’d lost everything. At least when Frank’s mom died, he still had his father and their home. But this scared little boy had no idea of the harsh reality that was now his life. The boy, Taylor, frowned and shook his head furiously, turning sideways and pulling his body farther away from Frank.
Poor thing, he was probably terrified. They didn’t yet know why or how he’d wound up hidden here, or why his parents were downstairs lying in a pool of their own blood. But there was no sense in making the boy any more frightened. So Frank scooted back a smidge and sat down, crossing his legs and loosening his posture. “Okay, it’s okay. I’ll just sit here and wait until you’re ready to come out.”
Want to continue the story? Grab your copy of Survivor today! Available in eBook, paperback and audiobook.
About the Author
A military brat born and raised at Ft. Benning Georgia; TM Smith is an avid reader, reviewer and writer. A Texas transplant, she now calls DFW her home. Most days she can be found curled up with a good book, or ticking away on her next novel.
Smith is a single mom of three disturbingly outspoken and decidedly different kids, one of which is Autistic. Besides her writing, she is passionate about Autism advocacy and LGBT rights. Because, seriously people, Love is Love!
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