Special excerpt from Barrier by D.C. Renfroe

Today is a
special excerpt from the romantic thriller, Barrier,
by D.C. Renfroe.
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Also, Barrier
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From the author:

I began writing many years ago and put it aside to
raise a family. I put myself through college working toward a Bachelor’s Degree
in Communication, which I have almost completed. I took every writing class
that was offered and finally put pen to paper after dreaming of completing a
novel for almost twenty years. In the meantime, I worked as a freelance
journalist for a local newspaper briefly and wrote a personal blog while living
in south Florida. I currently work as an Instructional Designer based in
Austin, Texas. I am a mother of four and truly believe they are my greatest
creation! Two of my children inherited my love of writing and I encourage them
to write every chance they get!
A little bit about Barrier:
When Claire Luna is kidnapped and
taken to a remote island, her predictable life is torn to shreds. She thought
she understood grief, loss and loneliness. But nothing prepared her for the
Tucker Knight had his world turned
upside down when he was a young teen. He’d known love, security and normality.
But things changed, and somehow he lost his innocence along the way.
Barrier takes you on a compelling,
thrilling and sometimes brutal journey of Claire and Tucker, who in a bid to
control their destiny, must learn about trust and submission. And also about
The island is under the control of
Dr. Stephen Bell, a scientist obsessed with the secrets of humanity through
genetic engineering. Claire is part of his obsession, and quickly comprehends
Bell’s twisted intentions. She is forced to decide between submission and
life-altering consequences. In her desperate attempt to survive, Claire
surprises Bell and Tucker with her strength to fight.
But, can she trust Tucker? Is he her
enemy or her savior? Claire understands that to surrender means to survive, but
can she endure? Tucker can’t help but be enamored by the spirited and
determined Claire, but to survive, he must face and overcome his haunting past.
Up until Claire’s arrival on the island, he had never thought himself capable,
or deserving, but perhaps this was his chance to finally do the right thing.
from Barrier:
I dug my feet into the carpet. If I was to choose the path
that surrendered me to this island, it would not be without a fight.
Tucker saw the defiance in my face, the change in my stance.
“Don’t do this, Claire.” He came closer. I didn’t respond.
“Please, it’s just a few tests.” He was inches away. His voice was low. He
shifted his eyes from me to the door.
I felt the betrayal I had on the beach, when I realized he
was stopping me, keeping me here, like Bell.
He must have seen my skepticism. His expression twisted into
“I’m not your enemy, Claire.”
I braced myself for flight, poised like a cat ready to
pounce. My knees bent slightly. I rotated to the balls of my feet for more
sprint speed.
“Claire.” His voice was a warning.
I sprung. Toward the back of the house, where there were
less guards.
He bolted after me. I was a tenth of a second faster than
him. He made it to the door of the bedroom, just as I was closing it, his hands
hit the door. I locked the knob. His fists slammed into the wood.
“Claire, don’t do this. Please, you don’t know him like I
do.” He was talking about Bell. A painful burn filled my stomach. He was right.
I didn’t know him like he did, which only reminded me he was the adversary. He
was a part of the assemblage I was fighting against. He was who I was running
I pushed the window open, pushed the screen, and climbed
out. My feet landed in the soft grass. I paused, looking in each direction.
The guards were at the front door, expecting me to emerge
from the house with Tucker. Tucker’s pounding on the door would only give me
seconds before they realized what I had done.
My knees bent and flung me forward. I ran toward the fence.
If the barbed wired didn’t slice me to pieces, the tower guard would surely
shoot me, but so be it.
I ran hard. My heart rate pounded in my ears like music, a
rhythmic, steady, swift beat.
My hands landed on the fence, it clattered and sung from the
impact. One foot lifted and fit snugly in one of the rungs of the fencing. My
other foot lifted and almost made it into its place before strong hands flung
me from my place. The hands hurled me to the ground. I thumped against the hard
ground. I felt the air leave my lungs. Each breath was like sucking through a
One of the guards was standing over me. He put one foot on
each side of me and crouched down. He wrapped his hand around my throat. I
closed my eyes. This was it, the moment I had prayed for since I had been
snatched into that van. Surely he would kill me.

What inspired you to write this book?
I had
a dream a long time ago about Claire and Tucker. Their story has just
always been in my head, since I was 14 years old. It was inevitable that I
would write their story.
When did you first consider yourself a
I was
14 years old the first time I “tried” to write a book. I spent
my summer vacation typing on an old punch key typewriter. I was instantly
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s your work
day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to
No, I
am not a full time writer. I am work in Austin as an Instructional Designer. I
write at night and on the weekends. Or anytime I have a few minutes to write my
thoughts down.
What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?
When I
really need to work out the story in my head, I take a bath and turn out the
lights. I lay back and let my imagination take over.
Anything additional you want to share with the
isn’t always easy, but when the story takes over your thoughts, it’s a


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