Okay, so I promised you a couple of excerpts from the sequel to Katie’s Glimpse, but to protect my writing, I have to give you the boring legal stuff first:
More Than A Glimpse-Copyright 2014 by Robin Keahey. All rights reserved. No part of these excerpts may be reproduced, scanned, or distributed in any printed or electronic form without written permission from the author. Unauthorized duplication is prohibited.
Now with that out of the way, here is another glimpse into the lives of Levi and Katie Phillips. Enjoy!
Excerpt 1–I gripped the stroller handle and tried to keep myself upright as my vision tunneled. I could not pass out. I got a hold of myself and backed the stroller up as JT leaned down to look at Asher. I heard the squeal of tires and looked over to see Levi jump from his truck and run towards us. A look of rage contorted his face. He rushed to us and stepped in front of the stroller, blocking JT’s view of Asher.
With his hands clenched into fists at his sides, he growled out, “Stay away from my family.”
I picked Asher up from the stroller and backed up a few steps, certain it was about to get ugly. JT smirked at Levi and stepped closer to him. He was about three inches shorter and had to look up slightly to get in his face. He wasn’t nearly as muscular either, but didn’t seem to be afraid of Levi like Seth had been.
“Your family? No, I don’t think so. That’s my son and Katie, she has always been mine. I just let you borrow what was left of her,” he fumed and poked his finger into Levi’s chest.
Oh, bad move, JT. My husband was a smart man. I’d learn from his fight with Seth that he never hit first. He just waited and let the other guy make that mistake, and it looked like JT was really close.
“You are insane! If you come near either one of them again, I will have you arrested. Do you understand me?”
I held my breath as I waited to see what JT did next. I didn’t have to wait long. He pulled back a fist and before I could move, landed a punch to Levi’s jaw. The sound of his flesh and bone making contact with my husband’s face was disturbing but to my relief, I realized Levi’s head had hardly even moved from the impact.
He looked down at JT and smiled. It was a smile I’d never seen before and if I ever did, I would be running for cover. I knew what was coming, so I turned Asher’s face away. I didn’t want him to see his daddy fighting, but I watched in awe as my gentle husband landed two brutal punches to JT’s face. I saw blood fly from his mouth after the first one, and the second one knocked him to the ground.
Levi took a step forward, bent at the waist, and leaned over the crumpled, bloody mess of JT. He spoke to him in a voice so low I couldn’t hear it. JT looked up at him, gave a wicked, bloody grin and spit right in his face. I gasped, shocked that he had the nerve to do that knowing that Levi could and would hurt him again. I expected Levi to unleash his inner beast, but instead he stood up and stepped back. With a look of disgust, he wiped the bloody spit from his face with his hand. He looked back at me and jerked his head towards the truck. I didn’t need any more encouragement. I grabbed the stroller and took off in a rush to the truck. I threw the stroller in the back before climbing in to strap Asher into his car seat. I didn’t want to get back out, so I climbed over the console to my own seat as Levi got in. I could feel the anger coming off of him in waves. I frantically dug some liquid sanitizer out of my purse. As he held out his hand, I grimaced at the red stain across his palm and poured until sanitizer spilled from his hand. Levi didn’t waste any time rubbing it into his hands and face.
Excerpt 2–Hallie placed the last dirty supper plate into the dishwasher as I wiped down the counter. The alarm beeped its usual warning as Levi opened the front door. He led Blake into the house. Levi had called him with our latest JT news and being the concerned friend that he was, he rushed right over. I heard their greeting from the kitchen and grabbed Hallie’s arm. “Come on. I’ll introduce you to Blake Thomas. He’s one of Levi’s friends and a police officer here in Jackson. He’s been helping us with the JT situation.”
Blake wasn’t in uniform, but had on jeans and a long sleeve button down shirt instead. His police cap had been replaced by a tan cowboy hat. I noticed his eyes flash to Hallie and watched as a huge grin crossed his face. He didn’t wait for introductions, just stuck his hand out to her. “You must be Katie’s friend.”
Hallie blushed bright red and took his hand. “Yes, I’m Hallie. It’s nice to meet you, Officer Thomas.”
Blake scoffed at the formal name she used and replied, “Now there is no need for all that ‘officer’ stuff. A pretty lady like you can always call me Blake.”
Levi groaned loudly while Hallie and I both giggled. Blake seemed reluctant to let go of her hand so Levi cleared his throat. “Oh, excuse me, ma’am,” Blake crooned in a strong southern drawl and released her hand.
We giggled again as Levi shot daggers from his eyes at Blake. “Do I need to leave the room so you ladies can be alone with him?” he asked dryly.
“Levi,” I hissed while Hallie stared at him wide-eyed.
Blake laughed loudly and smacked Levi on the chest. “Now don’t be getting all jealous. I can’t help it if the ladies know a good man when they meet him.”
Levi laughed. “Good grief, can’t you turn it off for just a minute?” He turned to Hallie. “Don’t pay any attention to him. He thinks he’s God’s gift to women.”
“And you think you’re top dog. Don’t forget who put you on your butt the last time we tussled, muscle man,” Blake fired back.
Levi rolled his eyes. “We both know it was a cheap shot. I wasn’t prepared, and you just got lucky.”
I looked over at Hallie in disbelief. Were these grown men or twelve-year-old boys fighting over a pretty girl. “Guys, can you two deal with who’s the better man at a later time? We have important things to discuss right now,” I said, throwing my hands up in frustration.
Both men hung their heads and muttered a snickered apology.
I want to take a minute to thank all the readers of Katie’s Glimpse. I appreciate all the great feedback and reviews I have received. My best publicity comes from you, and you are getting the word out on Katie’s Glimpse. Thanks for that guys. You are the best!
P.S.- I’m working hard and promise to be finished with Book 2 as soon as possible.
Many blessings to you,