Northern Border Patrol
Excerpt from book:
"Good night, sweet boy." Heather Larson-Randall leaned in to kiss her six-year-old son's forehead.
"Night, Mommy." Colin snuggled deeper beneath the thick comforter. He lay in the twin-size bed in the room that once had been Heather's.
Gone were the decorations of her adolescenceposters of the latest celebrity heartthrob and her 4-H ribbons and trophies. It had taken the past three days to transform the room in a superhero motif that would have made Ken, her late husband, proud.
A cold draft skated across the back of her neck. The late November night had grown chilly, but at least the northern Idaho rain had abated for now. The weatherman had predicted a drop in temperature over the next few days. Fitting for this year's Thanksgiving. She just needed to get through the day for Colin's sake. Then she could concentrate on Christmas.
Hopefully celebrating the birth of Jesus would take her mind off her brother's tragic death.
She also hoped they had snow by Christmas morning. Colin loved the snow. And, as always, her life's priority was Colin.
She moved to the bedroom door. The creak of the old farmhouse's hardwood floor beneath her feet followed each of her steps, echoing the hollow, lonely beat of her heart. "Mommy?"
Pausing in the doorway with her hand hovering over the light switch, she smiled patiently at her son. Colin looked so much like Ken with his dark brown hair falling over one eye and his dimpled chin. She ached with love for her son and regret that he'd never know his father. "Yes, sweetie?"
Her late parents had taught her that replacing the word what with the more positive yes when talking to children created a strong, effective bond. The proof was in how close her family had been.
Colin's big blue-green eyes stared at her intently. "Do you think Uncle Seth is with Daddy and Grandma and Grandpa?"
The innocent question speared through her like a hot poker. She bit the inside of her cheek to keep the tears of grief at bay. Five years ago, just before Colin's first birthday, her husband had been killed while serving his country in Afghanistan, leaving Heather to raise their son alone. She'd made sure every day that Colin knew his father had loved him. Adding to her grief, her parents had been killed in a freak car accident when Colin was four.
Now, two years later and five days ago, she'd lost her younger brother, Seth, to what appeared to be a cocaine overdose.
She struggled to comprehend how Seth had fallen back into using drugs after being clean the past couple of years. He'd had so much going for him. A fiancée he adored, half the tree farm and a bright future. She didn't know what had sent him running back to the abyss.
Placing one hand on her chest, she leaned against the doorjamb, needing the strength of her childhood home to keep her upright when the grief pressing down on her threatened to send her to the floor in a heap. "Yes, dear. I'm sure they are all together."
A familiar tide of anger washed over her. Anger at God for allowing the tragedies that had left her and Colin alone in the world. On the heels of the anger came a flood of guilt for blaming God. Sometimes it was hard to cling to her faith when the world tried to knock her down.
The cell phone in the pocket of her plush robe buzzed.
"I'll come back to check on you in a bit," she told Colin, then flipped off the light and stepped into the dimly lit hallway to answer the phone.
"Your brother's death isn't what it seems," a rough, low voice said into her ear, sending a chill down her spine. "Leave the farm. It's not safe.AGENT UNDERCOVER
DEA agent Tyler Griffin must stop a drug cartel that's using an Idaho Christmas tree farm to smuggle narcotics across the Canadian border. But to do his job, Tyler needs the cooperation of farm owner and widowed mother Heather Larson-Randallwhose informant brother died on Tyler's watch. Tyler knows a crucial piece of evidence is hidden somewhere on the property. But getting the protective mother to trust him is the hardest part of his mission. As threats against Heather mount, he vows to keep her and her child safe
and clear the farm of danger before Christmas.
Northern Border Patrol: Keeping the US-Canadian border safe..