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Exclusive Excerpt Home Fire Inferno by Suzanne Brockman
Jennilyn Gillman’s water broke.
At first she’d thought it was some kind of horrific pregnancy-induced incontinence. For a few short seconds she’d actually been glad that she’d gotten out of her sister-in-law Eden’s car and was standing at the side of the road.
But she—and Eden, too—were standing there because the car had broken down on a lightly traveled stretch of highway in the butt-ugly desert, north and east of San Diego, far, far from civilization.
“Oh, my God,” Jenn said as she realized that the pain that had nearly doubled her over was a labor contraction and that she hadn’t just peed her giant maternity underpants.
No, she was going to give birth. Right here. Right now.
“You okay?” Danny’s voice echoed bizarrely over her cell phone, as if her Navy SEAL husband had called her from Mars instead of the Philippines. It was twice as strange that the call from his international cell phone had gotten through, when just moments before neither she nor Eden could get either of their phones to work. Even now, Jenn had maybe half a bar of signal, at the most. And yet Dan’s voice, although distant with that odd echo, was clear.
“Yes,” Jenn told him, working hard to keep her voice even. Despite her attempt, she sounded raggedly out of breath, still reeling from the shock of that sharp pain. “I’m fine. Cramp.”
It wasn’t a lie. Labor contractions were cramps, of sorts. And she was fine. Or rather, she was going to be fine.
Dan, however, was going to be full-on, steam-out-of-his-ears pissed when he got the news that she’d given birth to his baby daughter in a ditch at the side of Obsidian Springs Road.
He would’ve been pissed that she’d even agreed to go on this little road trip through the mountains to the tiny desert “resort” town of Obsidian Springs, even if the trip had been completely uneventful and car-trouble-free.
This was their first pregnancy, and Dan was more stressed out about it than Jenn. Not about the having-a-kid part. He was more than okay with that, happily helping to set up their nursery, and even bringing home a collection of adorable stuffed animals in varying shades of pink. No, it was Jenn who was freaked about her lack of experience with infants, and her imminent responsibility for the life of this completely helpless human being that she was about to drop onto the searing hot asphalt.
Danny’s issue was all about Jenn’s health. This baby they’d made was already ginormous. It was a full-on mystery to both of them exactly how their daughter was going to emerge from Jenn’s womb without medical intervention. If it were up to Danny, Jenn would stay in their apartment, feet up, in their bed, 24/7, until their little girl was born.
So yeah, the fact that Jenn had gone on this road trip with Eden was going to create some noise when Dan found out about it.
But there was one thing of which she was certain. He wasn’t going to find out about it from her, not right now, anyway. Nope.
About “Home Fire Inferno”
Navy SEAL Dan Gillman’s wife, Jenn, goes into early labor while stranded in the California desert, as he’s mission ready, overseas. With the help of his teammates, Izzy Zanella, Mark Jenkins, and the SEAL team’s inimitable Senior Chief Stan Wolchonok, Danny realizes that Jenn’s in good hands, thanks to the support of friends and family back home.
About Way of the Warrior
EIGHT PASSIONATE LOVE STORIES ABOUT AMAZING MILITARY HEROES BY AUTHORS Suzanne Brockmann, Julie Ann Walker, Catherine Mann, Tina Wainscott, Anne Elizabeth, M.L. Buchman, Kate SeRine, Lea Griffith
To honor and empower those who’ve served, all author and publisher proceeds go to the Wounded Warrior Project.
The Wounded Warrior Project was founded in 2002 and provides a wide range of programs and services to veterans and service members who have survived physical or mental injury during their brave service to our nation. Get involved or register for programs and benefits for yourself and your family online at www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
About Suzanne Brockmann
Suz Brockmann is the award-winning author of over fifty books, and is widely recognized as one of the leading voices in romantic suspense. Her work has earned her repeated appearances on the New York Times bestseller list, as well as numerous awards, including Romance Writers of America’s #1 Favorite Book of the Year and two RITA awards.