Trouble in Mind by Donna S. Frelick (Book Spotlight)
Trouble in Mind
by Donna S. Frelick
February 15, 2016
She couldn’t get him out of her mind—and that’s when the trouble started.
FBI Special Agent Alana Matheson is good at her job, despite a past that would make even a seasoned agent cringe. She has no time for the outside help the victim’s family has brought in on a kidnapping case, no matter how good-looking he is.
But galactic tracker Gabriel Cruz is no ordinary private investigator, and the skills he brings to the job will save both their lives. Because Lana and Gabriel are not the only ones seeking an unusual little boy and his mother. Their rivals in the chase are not of this world, and only an alliance built on the bonds of love can ensure that Lana and Gabriel beat the alien hunters to their prey.
The teacher turned to him, a glint in his gray eyes. “I say we owe the galaxy a civilized Thrane to make up for the butcher that is his father. What is your name, boy?”
“Gabriel Cruz, sir. And I am human, not Thrane.”
Lana sat bolt upright in the unmoving vehicle, her eyes seeking light, her lungs gasping for breath in the airless void of night. The child that Gabriel had been had stood up for the part of him that was human, but Lana saw what the others that day had seen—part of him was not of this Earth. His father was Thrane, his brothers were Thrane, and his memories in her mind showed her everything that meant—the cruelty, the conquests, the centuries of war. The bloodlines, the psi talents, the laws that held them in check.
Then, more proof, if any had been necessary: the image she had first seen when she’d touched his scars, of the fight on the dark side of Azreeni VI. Just one of so many fights on so many exotic planets, the creature dying beneath him just one of so many other unimaginable, inhuman creatures he had seen in his lifetime. Image after image, place after place, memory after memory flooded her consciousness until she was shaking and weak. Was she crazy or was he? Aliens? Other planets?
And . . . holy mother of God, she had . . .
She clawed open the car door and stumbled out of the vehicle. It was all she could do to keep her feet—and the contents of her stomach—as she gulped in huge breaths of cold desert air. They were pulled just off a secondary road onto a flat stretch of hardpan, and she was alone. Stars wheeled overhead. God, it was quiet! Her heart was like thunder in her chest.
A flashlight winked a few paces away and began to bob in her direction. “Lana?”
Oh, Jesus! She wanted to run. She wanted to fight. She wanted to do anything but talk to Gabriel Cruz. Who wasn’t human.
As a military brat growing up I was a voracious consumer of science fiction in all forms—in books, in movies and on television. As I grew older I began to recognize that my favorite forms of SF included liberal doses of romance—Classic STAR TREK, the writers of the New Age “humanist” revolution (Zenna Henderson, Ursula K. LeGuin, Theodore Sturgeon among others), and later THE X-FILES and AVATAR. So it was no surprise that when I started writing science fiction, my work would feature a heavy romantic arc, too.
Along my way to a science fiction suspense romance writing career I’ve been married to a great guy since just out of college, been a Peace Corps Volunteer in Africa, raised a family (two girls, two grandkids), tried organic farming, been a community activist, earned black belts in two different styles of martial arts and written four STAR TREK fanfic novellas (and numerous short stories) for “underground” publication. (Ask me sometime about TREK conventions!)
In 2012, my first two SFR novels finaled in the Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® contest for unpublished manuscripts. Shortly thereafter, I found my literary home with the fabulous Michelle Johnson, founder of Inklings Literary Agency and INK’d Press. Unchained Memory was released from INK’d Press in February, 2015. Trouble in Mind follows February 16, 2016.
I’m a member of the Romance Writers of America, the Science Fiction Romance Brigade, the Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal Chapter of RWA, the Golden Network (of past and current Golden Heart finalists) and the Firebirds (2012 Golden Heart finalists).
Currently I live on 43 beautiful mountain acres in Marshall, North Carolina with my husband and two talkative cats.