Special excerpt for mystery The Sound of Running Horses by Donna Ball

Today I have a special excerpt
for the mystery, The Sound of Running
Horses
, by Donna Ball.

During
her virtual tour, Donna will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble
(winner’s choice) gift card to a lucky randomly drawn winner. To be entered for
a chance to win, use the form below. To
increase your chances of winning, feel free to visit
her other tour stops
and enter there, too!
A little
bit about the author:
Donna Ball
is the author of over a hundred novels under several different pseudonyms in a
variety of genres that include romance, mystery, suspense, paranormal, western
adventure, historical and women’s fiction. Recent popular series include the
Ladybug Farm series by Berkley Books and the Raine Stockton Dog Mystery series.
Donna is an avid dog lover and her dogs have won numerous titles for agility,
obedience and canine musical freestyle. She divides her time between the Blue
Ridge mountains and the east coast of Florida, where she lives with a variety
of four-footed companions.
The Sound of Running Horses, Book Two in the Dogleg Island
Mystery series, is available in paperback, and for Kindle and Nook. Buy it from
Amazon.


A little
bit about the novel:
Still recovering from the traumatic
events of the past year, newlyweds Aggie Malone, police chief of Dogleg Island,
and Deputy Sheriff Ryan Grady are looking forward to a carefree day of picnics,
pirates and buried treasure with their precocious—and uncannily perceptive–
border collie, Flash. But when Flash discovers a body in a shallow grave on the
deserted Wild Horse Island Nature Preserve, a tangled knot of conspiracy,
murder and deception begins to unfold, revealing that the things that are
buried are often the most dangerous and the only pirates you have to fear are
the ones that live next door.

Fifteen hundred miles away, an ex-con and a fifteen-year-old girl embark upon a
crime spree that will earn them the nicknames “Bonnie and Clyde”. As they make
their way inexorably south, Aggie, Grady and Flash are thrust into the middle
of a murder investigation that leads to the arrest of one of their neighbors
and the attempted suicide of another. When a search of the dead girl’s
belongings reveals a priceless emerald bracelet and two of the islands most
popular residents go missing, the puzzle becomes even more complicated. Grady
and Aggie struggle to put all the pieces into place while Flash, ever obsessed
with understanding the human condition, wrestles with a more painful dilemma:
how do you tell the good guys from the bad guys when they are so often the same
person?

Excerpt from The Sound of Running Horses:
Aggie dropped the phone
into her pocket and shouted, “Flash!”
While she was on the phone Jack had cast off and started the
engine, but he hadn’t yet moved away from the dock. Aggie dived for the rope
just as Flash reached the rail. She stripped the rope off the cleat and tossed
it to Flash, who made one circuit around the rail support before leaping onto
the dock with the end of the rope in his mouth. The boat began to edge away
from the dock, taking up the slack in the rope, as Aggie snatched the rope from
Flash and started to wind it around the cleat. She was tying the knot when she
heard the gear lock in and felt a strong tug that almost pulled her off balance
and into the water. Panic leapt to her throat. She finished tying the knot,
praying it would hold, and shouted, “Jack Saunders, cut your engines! Cut your
engines and disembark! That’s an order!”
The line stretched
taut but the knot held. The boat rocked in the water. Saunders called back,
“You can’t give
orders to a captain on his own boat!”
Aggie pulled her gun and got down on one knee in a shooter’s
stance. “Cut your engines this minute or I swear I’ll fill this boat with so
many holes she’ll never float again! Do it now!”
The boat railing began to creak as it strained against the
pull of the engines and the opposing pull of the rope. Aggie held her breath,
but she also held her aim. In a moment the engines throttled down. “Return to
dock!” she shouted. “Disembark with your hands above your head!”
Flash jumped on board
as soon as the boat was close enough, and kept Saunders in the pine-scented
wheelhouse until Aggie had securely tied off again. He had done take-downs
before, but never on water and never, he had to admit, one that was this much
fun. Captain Jack snarled at him but Flash had bigger teeth, and after he
demonstrated as much the captain gave him no more trouble. Saunders climbed sullenly
onto the dock and raised his hands in the air. Flash kept a wary eye on him. After
all, people, as he well knew, were unpredictable.

Aggie holstered her gun and snatched Jack’s hands behind his
back. She was breathing so hard she was practically wheezing, and she was
soaked in sweat. “You are under arrest,” she said, with difficulty, “for
evading a police officer, interfering with an investigation, withholding
evidence, and disobeying an order from an officer of the law. Damn it,” she
said angrily as she snapped the cuffs closed, “I told you not to make me do
this the hard way.”



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3 thoughts on “Special excerpt for mystery The Sound of Running Horses by Donna Ball

  1. Donna Ball says:

    Thanks for hosting! Those who haven't read FLASH, Book One in the series,might want to pick it up today today for Kindle while it's on sale for 1.99. Good luck to everyone in the drawing!

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