We’re hosting a snippet from romantic suspense novel “Trapped” by author George Bernstein. Enjoy reading!
Jackee lurches awake with a start—a mental “start”—since her body doesn’t have a flinch or twitch left in it. Her eyes just pop open. The portion of the bed supporting her head and upper body is elevated so she can see into the room.
Phil, tall and athletically slender, is leaning against the foot rail, a strange smile tugging at the corner of his mouth. Violet, wide-set eyes that should be filled with compassion instead send a momentary chill slithering down her spine.
“Hi, baby. Sleeping, weren’t you? How’re you doing? Oh, shit! There’s no way you can tell me, is there?”
Can he really be this insensitive? What’s with that smirk?
“Anyway, you’ll be coming home soon as the rooms are ready.” He perches on the side of the bed.
“I’m building a suite from the maid’s quarters. Paying a big premium for ‘em to work extra innings. Gonna make you as comfortable as possible. You’ve already met the live-in nurse and the therapist I’ve hired. Both highly recommended. The guy’s an ex-boxer, a real Appalachian hick, but they say he works magic.”
She blinks once. She’d thought of them earlier. The man is gigantic, craggy-featured with shoulders a yard wide, like some fabled Gothic warrior. Probably pretty good looking once. The mahogany-skinned woman is tiny as an elf… an unlikely pair.
He sat, somber amber eyes holding hers, as the little nurse studied her charts. Jackee caught snatches during their whispered huddle: “…not your usual…no recovery…but this is different.”
She sensed gentleness in this fierce-looking giant’s battered face, as he took her hand, explaining, in a soft Southern drawl, who they were and promising to return. Her husband apparently arranged exactly that.
“I’m fixing up two apartments over the garage,” Phil says. “The nurse’s room will connect to yours, and Charlene and the big lug’ll have separate digs over the cars. You can’t believe how complicated it was, getting water and sewer connections out there.
“Gotta sign on a new coach to care for the kids, too, with you on the sidelines. One big team, making life as easy for you as we can.”
Jackee fights back tears.
He still seems to care, taking charge of our lives. He’s been so preoccupied with his job these last few years.
She was always proud of his success at North Chicago Printing. He didn’t need to work. Daddy left them more money than they could ever spend. She had berated herself at her anger when Phil’s job kept him away from home so many evenings. They were grooming him as the company’s next president.
But after that horrible mishap last summer, almost losing his entire family, he was back home, loving and supportive. Even now, with her locked in this silent Hell, he’s taking care of everything. It isn’t going to be a picnic, and a lot of guys would bail out. She blinks back resurgent tears, and he smiles again.
Author: George A. Bernstein
Genre: Romantic Suspense
The darkness is still, silent. Jackee Maren’s heart pounds reverberating through her body as fear sears her veins. Someone’s coming. No way out. This time they will kill me. Her breath is short, her chest burns. Must run. Faster. Faster! Her eyes fly open, her heart still racing with blinding fear. Jackee breathes deeply with relief and stares at the ceiling desperately trying to calm herself. The same dream. Something, someone is watching… and waiting.
A tragic car accident leaves beautiful, vibrant Jackee Maren completely paralyzed, mentally alert but trapped in “Locked-in Syndrome,” able to move only her eyes. Jackee’s husband, Phil, is devastated and her two young boys left with nothing but a shell for a mother, but still, Jackee senses the foreboding of an evil presence and knows time is short.
Slowly, Jackee learns to communicate with her physical therapist, Kevin, by blinking her eyes. As evidence comes to light that her car accident was no accident, Jackee knows she must expose the person who wants her dead before they get a second chance.
While Jackee works her mind to put all the clues together, she discovers she has the ability to sense the thoughts of others, but she hides this talent from everyone but her sons, not knowing whom she can trust. By actively exercising her new psychic ability, Jackee finally learns who masterminded the accident but seems helpless to stop them from trying to kill her again.
Slowly a psychic plan forms to not only ensure her boys are safe forever, but to exact revenge on her would-be murderer. Jackee vows not to rest until this would-be-killer understands what it is to be TRAPPED! But she must hurry, with only a year to live.
George Bernstein is a youthful seventy-seven-year-old, with a B.A. from Northwestern University, now living in south Florida with Dolores, his wife of 54 years. He is the retired president of a publicly held Chicago company.
George’s main interest now is as a serious novelist. He has attended numerous writers’ conferences and seminars, including that of famous fiction agent, Donald Maass, and he has worked with independent editor, Dave King, all with the goal of improving his craft.
George’s first novel, Trapped, is published by TAG Publishers, after being a finalist in their Next Great American Novel contest. Dee Burks and her staff really love the story, and have put a lot of effort into comprehensive editing and revision suggestions, making Trapped the best it can be. Trapped was also a finalist at the 2012 Florida Writers Association RPLA fiction contest, and has since acquired over seventy 4 & 5-Star reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.
George has also recently released his 2nd novel, A 3rd Time to Die, which has been received with several 4 & 5-Star reviews. The most common comment for both novels is: “I couldn’t put it down.”