Title: Don’t Look Back (Book Two in the Land’s End Series)
Author: S.W. Frontz
Genre: mystery, romantic suspense
Main character description (short). Kellyn Grindstaff, forty six years old, college professor and former sex crimes cop
Synopsis: Last autumn Sheriff Andy Patrick rescued his wife, Samantha, after being kidnapped by Matt Ruiz. Since then, Samantha has retreated into a protective shell. She won’t leave her home, and worse, she has pushed away the people that love her the most.
Her daughter, Delaney, decides to enlist the help of family friend, Kellyn Grindstaff. As a former sex crimes cop, therapist, and now professor of psychology, Kellyn has had plenty of experience helping victims of sexual crimes. Kellyn comes to Land’s End, unknowingly bringing her own troubles with her. By saving Samantha, will Kellyn be able to save herself?
Brief Excerpt 250 words: prologue
Coral Gables, Florida
Christmas Eve, 1995
Kellyn Garcia snapped the lid shut on her husband Danny’s lunch box. She had just finished packing it full of Christmas goodies, along with a couple of sandwiches made from the meat of the roast pig that had finished cooking earlier in the day. Usually the traditional Cuban way was to roast a whole pig outdoors on the day before Christmas Eve. Kellyn was eight and a half months pregnant and Danny was working the third watch, which meant he went to work at four p.m. and didn’t get off until midnight which made it difficult for them to be able to roast the pig outside. Kellyn had decided to put one in the oven late the night before.
Danny came into to the kitchen buttoning up his uniform shirt. He was a patrolman for the Coral Gables Police Department. The two of them had met about three years ago at the police academy. They both started as patrol but where Danny was content to stay in uniform, Kellyn was ambitious and wanted to become a detective. A spot had opened up in the sex crimes unit and she had applied. It wasn’t the sort of position that many people wanted because of the type of cases that were investigated so Kellyn got the job.
Danny and Kellyn had gotten married two years ago, and Kellyn became pregnant in the spring of this year. She had worked up until her seventh month and the doctor told her to go home and take it easy.
Danny walked up to her and put his arms around her. Kellyn stared up into his dark brown eyes framed by outrageously long eyelashes. His hair was almost black and he kept it cut short.
He stroked her blond hair away from her face and said, “I guess it’s time for me to leave for work. I hate to leave you here alone with your due date so close.”
“I’ll be fine,” Kellyn replied. “Don’t worry about me; You take care of yourself and come home to us. Just think, this time next year we’ll celebrate Christmas with our baby.”
“I know,” Danny said. “I can’t wait.” He kissed her cheek and said, “I gotta go.”
Kellyn picked up his lunch box and gave it to him. “I put in a couple of roast pig sandwiches.”
He smiled and made a big smacking noise as he kissed her cheek again. “Babe, you’re the best. I can’t wait until lunch time.”
She walked him to the front door and watched as he pulled out of the driveway. She went back to the kitchen to clean up her mess.
Danny called her on his supper break to thank her for the sandwiches and tell her how delicious they were. He told her he loved her and would see her about 12:30 a.m.
Kellyn was dozing on the couch in front of the Christmas tree when a sharp rapping noise woke her up. Disoriented, she stumbled to the front door and looked out of the peep hole. There stood Danny’s partner, Kevin, looking at the ground.