Gumshoes & Grifters #0.5
By- Allana Kephart & Melissa Simmons
Genre- Mature YA/ Contemporary/Suspense / Thriller
Publication Date- February 1st, 2015
Run for your life…
Sixteen-year-old Claire McBride just witnessed a brutal murder at the hands of someone she knew, someone she thought she could trust. Now she’s alone, afraid and desperate to put as many miles as possible between herself and the killer. Seeing no other options, she flees her home town of Galena, leaving behind everything and everyone she’s ever held dear.
Run for your life…
Carter Emerson’s whole world has come crashing down around him. He woke to the news his best friend, Claire has gone missing without a trace, and there’s nothing he can do about it. Finding out her car was abandoned in the busy city of Chicago, he and his brother can’t help but fear the worst… With no solid suspects or leads, it looks like Carter’s worst nightmare could come true, and Claire’s disappearance may turn into a cold case.
Run for your life…
With the killer at her heels, Claire has no choice but to leave Carter in the dark. She can’t risk his safety just because she misses the sound of his voice… But will the run of Claire’s life be worth it in the end? Or will her past catch up with her no matter how hard she tries to escape it?
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I pull Carter’s baseball cap back onto my head and grab his discarded black hoodie out of the backseat; slipping it on over my tee shirt. I’m struck with a pang of longing that takes my breath away when I inhale and find the scent of his cologne still present on the sweatshirt. I have no idea what I’ll do without him; he has been my best friend since elementary school. I see him every day and talk to him every night before I go to sleep. How in the world can I leave him behind? I feel my pulse starting to race and I take a deep breath, telling myself, You will leave him behind so he can stay safe. I burrow deeper into Carter’s sweatshirt, breathe in his scent and watch as the sleeves fall down over my hands. If I close my eyes I can almost feel his arms around me. This way, I can at least have the illusion of him here with me. It’s not the same and I know it, but I’ll just have to make do.
Looking around the inside of my car – a light blue 2010 PT Cruiser, another extravagant gift from Kate – I grant myself a moment to comprehend the magnitude of the loss of my old life. There are a thousand memories of Carter’s and my friendship in this car; road trips, drive-in movies and a plethora of shared experiences. I choke back the sob that longs to break free of my throat and make myself breathe. I know I have to get out of the car and make my way to the train station, but I’ve never wanted to do anything less. I feel shielded in here, like even if Liam is right behind me, he can’t get to me. I know that’s foolish, but this car has been my sanctuary for the past twelve hours and I’m not ready to let go of my security blanket just yet.
About the Authors-
Allana Kephart has been making things up and bending people to her will from a very young age. She loves animals and reading and spends a large amount of time thinking up ways to torment her characters. She loves coffee and the color purple. She is the co-author of The Dolan Prophecies Series, Gumshoes & Grifters Series & Fractured Fairytale Standalone series with Melissa Simmons and has published two short stories on her own in the Best Thing I Never Had & Happily (N)ever After anthologies.
Melissa Simmons loves music, reading, her cat and her husband-not necessarily in that order, of course. She is obsessed with all things Disney, Supernatural (tv show) and comic book tv shows/ movies and doesn’t care who knows it. Her favorite superhero is Batman and she will defend his awesomeness to her last breath. When she isn’t writing and plotting, she loves to bake and spends her days helping other authors promote their work. She is the co-author of The Dolan Prophecies Series, Gumshoes & Grifters Series & Fractured Fairytale Standalone series with Allana Kephart and has published a short story on her own in the Best Thing I Never Had anthology. She resides in upstate NY with her husband and their adorable cat.