A Snippet From Beneath the Skin

Copyright 2012, Lauren Dane
All Rights Reserved, Samhain Publishing
Releasing in digital formats April 3

She really couldn’t believe she was jogging. She hated jogging. But her physical therapist had suggested it as another way to build endurance so she was doing it, and sweating like a pig shifter.

That made her laugh, which was good because it meant she had enough breath not to pass out. She kept running, glad for all the paths around town so she could keep up some variety. She had an audiobook in her iPod but for right then she’d switched to Florence + the Machine. Each drumbeat kept her feet pounding the pavement. Her thigh had mostly healed and she thanked her shifter blood for that. But it had been slower going than it would have been before the attack.

She picked up her pace and ignored the twinges. It was unacceptable that she not be back to one hundred percent. Unacceptable that those assholes who’d nearly killed her might limit her choices any more than they already had.

Her shoes connected with the path, boom, boom, boom, like her heart. The rhythm lulling her.

Up the trail she kept track of the people on bikes coming in the opposite direction and got over, not wanting to cause a crash. Boom, boom, boom. She kept running, but they kept edging into her space until she realized it wasn’t just drift, but purposeful.

The cottony place she’d been in as she ran fell away. Her senses sharpened as she took everything all around her in. How fast they moved, the looks on their faces, the lack of others on the trail.

And despite her training, despite the fact that she’d been under threat and was on the lookout for anything out of the ordinary, it was still unreal.

Like an ugly dream as reality pulled away from her shores and she watched as a weapon was pulled and aimed in her direction. She hit the ground and rolled to the right, toward a stand of bushes that would hopefully give her some cover.

13 comments to “A Snippet From Beneath the Skin”

  1. Vic
    April 6th, 2012 at 4:37 am · Link

    I really enjoyed this book and thought Mia was a wonderful heroine – very deserving of Gibson (and vice versa).

  2. Susan W.
    April 6th, 2012 at 6:59 am · Link

    I’ve recently taken up jogging because my new Great Dane loves to run NOT because I want to. “Sweating like a pig shifter” describes jogging perfectly! Thanks for the excerpt! I’m going to think of it everytime I run with my dog now! Going to go buy this book now!

  3. StacieD
    April 6th, 2012 at 7:17 am · Link

    Oh wow. Such a scary excerpt. I wonder how she gets out of that horrible situation.

  4. Blanche
    April 6th, 2012 at 7:32 am · Link

    I just downloaded this to my Kindle and I can’t wait to read the entire story!! Great excerpt! 🙂

  5. Diane
    April 6th, 2012 at 8:01 am · Link

    Loved this book but then I love all the De La Vega cats!!!

  6. bn100
    April 6th, 2012 at 12:59 pm · Link

    Very suspenseful excerpt.

  7. Jen B.
    April 6th, 2012 at 5:44 pm · Link

    I have got to read the de la Vega cat series. ❗

  8. Pamiam
    April 6th, 2012 at 6:05 pm · Link

    I was going to wait a week and start the series when I’m off work for knee surgery but these little teasers are making it hard to wait! 😮

  9. azteclady
    April 6th, 2012 at 6:54 pm · Link

    Oh what a great teaser!

  10. Angie M
    April 6th, 2012 at 7:47 pm · Link

    I loved this book! Gibson and Mia complement each other so well. Thanks again for a great book. Looking forward to the next in the series!

  11. Melissa B
    April 7th, 2012 at 2:03 pm · Link

    I’m LOVING this book, Lauren!! Gibson ROCKS!! But now I’m wanting to go back and read the others in the series, and lol, I don’t have time! You shouldn’t DO that to me!

  12. Lori T
    April 8th, 2012 at 6:03 am · Link

    I am definitely going to have to pick these up! I am surprised that I have not already started reading this series.

  13. Michelle Bledsoe
    April 8th, 2012 at 8:11 am · Link

    I have this book waiting for me on my Kindle. I have set aside 2 days for this coming week to do nothing but read. Heaven, Heaven, Heaven….LOL