New Release Mondays: Do Grave Harm by Trixie Stilletto

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and during the entire month, the author will be donating all the profits from this book to metastatic breast cancer research. Here are links to the two charities that will be supported through your purchase: Founder’s Fund and Mountain States Foundation

And now, here’s more about the book…

Name: Trixie Stilletto

Book Title: Do Grave Harm

Book Genre: Mystery

Release Date: September 1, 2017

Synopsis: There’s nothing normal about Jennifer Atkinson’s radiation treatment, especially when discovers the technician dead in the control room. As the gruesome scene replays itself in her mind, small details spark more questions than she’s answering for the attractive Detective Ben Manteo.

Despite Ben’s warning to stay out of it, Jennifer picks up seemingly unrelated threads that weave themselves into a story of lies, deceit, and betrayal someone will go to any length to keep hidden…

Excerpt: Something wasn’t right. I didn’t want to panic, but I was starting to feel claustrophobic. Having a two-ton radiation machine sitting only inches from your chest will do that to you, especially when it seems you’ve been forgotten.

You’re not truly alone, Jennifer, I reminded myself. There were dozens of people down the hall in the waiting room. And this was a hospital. People were constantly moving around, even though they kept the radiation section closed off.

Repeating these things and more didn’t help. At that moment, I felt abandoned, as if no one knew where I was.

“Excuse me,” I finally called, hoping the radiation technician who’d brought me in here would answer, reassuring me.

Robert. I picture his name tag in my mind. Raising my voice, I called again, “Robert?” Nada. The room was probably soundproof with the door shut.

Panic sped up my breathing as I stared at the machine. It hadn’t moved after my radiation treatment had ended. That was the problem.

In my mind, the six inches between me and it had shrunk to three. My arms were starting to go numb, as well as my feet and legs. No one was coming to help me. I had to do something. Now.

Moving while under the machine was kind of tricky. I was a large woman, and I’d never been dexterous on my back, much to my rat ex- husband’s lament, I guess.

I kicked my legs out of their rubber support and, after several tries, scooted my butt down the metal table. Then I did an ungainly slide, like I was slipping under a barbed-wire fence. Except this particular fence was the size of a VW Beetle, and it seemed to be inching closer to me with each passing second.

When I moved enough that my head and neck were no longer in the plastic mold that kept me still during treatment, I banged the back of my skull against the table. “Ow, ow, ow,” I muttered, inching my way farther down it until I cleared the machine.

Finally, my legs dangled off the end.

About the author: A southern girl, Trixie traveled north when she found the love of her life. Together, they enjoyed more than 20 years working as journalists. Now back home in Tennessee she’s writing stories that range from short hot romances with a kiss of humor to southern-flavored mysteries. She lives seven miles from the neighborhood where she grew up with two cats (Rewrite & Missy), Stella (an aging beagle) and a host of characters waiting for her to tell their stories.

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9 responses to “New Release Mondays: Do Grave Harm by Trixie Stilletto

  1. Judy Penz Sheluk

    Thanks of stopping by, Carol!

  2. What an interesting setting for a mystery novel. Your action towards breast cancer research is awesome! <3

  3. Judy Penz Sheluk

    Thank you for making us aware, Trixie, and good luck with the book sales.

  4. Thanks everyone for stopping, checking out my excepts and commenting! You made my day & week! This research and charity are very dear to me. Most are aware of breast cancer but because of all the advancements in treatments, there are few (unless you or a family member have been affected) that realize the disease does still kill. So thanks to all for the support and happy October!!!

  5. I check your blog everyone Monday to see who’s there.

  6. Judy Penz Sheluk

    Thanks Sheri for stopping by

  7. Great excerpt. Got me intrigued. Wonderful,your proceeds are going to help others.

  8. Judy Penz Sheluk

    Thanks Kristina for stopping by

  9. Trixie, thanks for sharing your excerpt. Very thrilling. And great that you’re donating the proceeds this month. That’s very generous. Good luck!

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