Saturday, November 13, 2021

Book Blog Tour and Giveaway: Crosshairs (Natchez Trace Park Rangers #3) by Patricia Bradley

Welcome to my stop on the book blog tour for Crosshairs by Patricia Bradley. This blog tour was organized by Lone Star Book Blog Tours. On my stop, I have a deleted scene from the book. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card, all the books in the series, and a vinyl cling sticker. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
Title: Crosshairs
Series: Natchez Trace Park Rangers #3
Author: Patricia Bradley
Publisher: Revell
Publication Date: November 2nd 2021
Print Length: 384 pages
Genre: Christian Romantic Suspense
When evil just won't quit, good must prevail.

Investigative Services Branch ranger Ainsley Beaumont wishes the visit to her hometown of Natchez, Mississippi, was under better circumstances. When she arrived to investigate the murder of a pregnant teenager, she never imagined that she would become the killer's next target--or that she'd have to work alongside an old flame.

After he almost killed a child, former FBI sniper Lincoln Steele couldn't bring himself to fire a gun, which had deadly consequences for his best friend. Crushed beneath a load of guilt, Linc is working at Melrose Estate as an interpretive ranger. But as danger closes in on Ainsley during her murder investigation, Linc will have to find the courage to protect her.

The only question is, will it be too little, too late?

I’m a lean writer and rarely cut scenes in my manuscript, but this particular scene turned out to be a little over the top since my heroine, Ainsley Beaumont, had just been attacked. My editor wondered why she felt safe being out in public after being viciously attacked two times, and cutting the scene saved me a lot of work! But I really liked the scene…
When they passed Grindstone Ford and approached Magnum Mound, he lifted his gaze from the road to check on Ainsley and a bright light flashed in the trees ahead. Instinct took over.

“Get down!”

She ducked as a bullet slammed through the windshield. Linc slammed on the brakes and executed a one-eighty. Ainsley raised up, Sig Sauer in her hand.

“Stay down! And call Sam Ryker! Tell him we’ll meet him at Grindstone Ford.”

He floored the gas pedal, hoping they had a signal and drove north, away from the shooter until he reached the short nature trail on the Old Trace. Linc pulled off the road just as Sam’s flashing lights rounded the curve, his siren blaring. Sweet music. “You okay?”

She sat with her head braced against the back of the seat, her eyes closed. “As good as anyone can be after two attempts on my life in one day.”

He studied the bullet hole in the windshield. It had pierced the glass and exited the back window about where Ainsley had been sitting. Either the shooter had a powerful scope on their rifle or Linc had been the target, because normally that’s where he’d be sitting.

He opted for the shooter having a telescope. In any event, the shooter was an excellent marksman. Linc ought to know. He’d made shots just like this one.

“Do you have a vest with you?”

“Yeah. In my suitcase. I didn’t expect to need it today.” She sat up straight. “Why is someone is trying to kill me? Can’t be the investigation—it wouldn’t end if I were taken off the case.”

It didn’t make sense to Linc, either. “Have you thought more about your operations in East Tennessee? Is it possible someone with a beef followed you to Natchez?”

“I’ve been going over those cases.” Ainsley closed her eyes and leaned against the door. After a minute, she opened them and shook her head. “The only person I can think of is in prison,” she said as Sam pulled in beside them.

“Are you certain he’s still in jail?” he asked.

“I can’t image he would be released.”

They both climbed out of the pickup to meet Sam. “Y’all can’t stay out of trouble thirty minutes?”

“Apparently not.” Linc pointed to the bullet hole in the windshield. “It came out the back window.”

“Wow. This is getting a lot more serious.” He turned to Ainsley. “I need a list of people who might want to do you harm.”

“There’s only one person who comes to mind— Troy Maddox, a guy who killed his wife in one of our cabins in the Smokies. I was the Special Agent in Charge of the case, and somehow he blames me for ruining his life.”

“Sounds like he might be a little unbalanced,” Linc said.

“And you would be right.” She shook head. “Maddox got twenty-five years without the possibility of parole so I’m pretty sure he’s incarcerated—after the threats he made against me, surely I would be notified if he wasn’t.”

“We need to make sure,” Sam said. “Send me the particulars, and I’ll look him up.”

“I can find out right now—I’ll call my supervisor in East Tennessee.” She eyed both men. “But we don’t need to rule out Linc as the target. He’s former FBI.”

“I wasn’t the one attacked in the church.”

Ainsley’s shoulders dropped. “Yeah, right.”

While she walked away from them to make the call, Sam and Linc examined the windshield and took photos. After Linc shot the photos of the windshield, he opened the door and took shots of the back window as well.

“I wonder if the bullet could be in the bed?” Sam asked.

Linc hopped inside the pickup bed and examined it. “Don’t see it, but I do see where it nicked the tailgate. Do you think we might find it on the road?”

“Be like looking for a white cat in a snowstorm.” The ranger lifted his flat hand and smoothed his hair. “But I’ll check it out.”

“We’ll backtrack on the Trace, and I’ll show you where I think it happened.”

“Just in case the shooter is still around, call me when we get to the spot,” Sam said. “A sitting target is a lot easier to hit than a moving one.”

“You think he might try again? he asked.

“I don’t want to find out.”
Patricia Bradley is the author of Standoff and Obsession, as well as the Memphis Cold Case novels and Logan Point series. Bradley won an Inspirational Reader's Choice Award in Romantic Suspense, a Daphne du Maurier Award, and a Touched by Love Award; she was a Carol Award finalist; and three of her books were included in anthologies that debuted on the USA Today bestseller list. She is cofounder of Aiming for Healthy Families, Inc., and she is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. Bradley makes her home in Mississippi.

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1 comment:

  1. This sounds amazing! I can’t wait to read it! Lincoln sounds awesome!