Here’s a good, unedited snippet from Carried Away (Book Two in The Swept Away Saga). It features Mark Bell and his newly acquired job at a historical site and shipwreck. The accompanying video is of a real pirate ship wreck in The Gulf of Mexico, dating around the American Civil War. Super cool!
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Silence fell over the room as the decent to the ocean floor began, nothing on the screen but some white flecks and lots of water. The deeper we got, the darker it was, until the overhead lights on the machine were triggered and lit up the space around the tiny craft. “Look, there,” Joe muttered, pointing to a small object as the lens drifted over it. “That look like a bottle to you?” “Kinda,” I agreed softly, leaning forward. “We’re coming up on the bow now, according to our last scan,” Hal stated, slowing down some. “Look, boots!” In awe, I watched the leather items as they lay on the ground, undisturbed for who knew how long. The sand around them swirled gently as the motion from the camera’s propellers moved over it. Suddenly, it occurred to me that there could be more than just artifacts here. What if there were human remains buried in the sand as well? “There’s the first stone from the hull,” Joe replied, already moving on to the next thing he was seeing. “And look at that bit poking up right there. Looks like a box to me. See the metal corner, coming up out of the dirt? The rest of the chest could be buried in the sand.” Everything was covered in growth from the ocean, as was expected, and only a small portion of the actual ship was visible above the sand. After three hours of careful exploration with the camera, it was clear that we would need to dive to the wreck ourselves. “Pistols, cannons, dishes—I can’t believe how much stuff is down there!” Popping some candy into my mouth, I smiled happily. The ship was definitely from the same era as the Golden Age of Piracy, based on the outlines of the weapons we’d seen. Once we’d raised a few things and studied them, I was positive we could give the vessel a date. “It does look like she was taken down in battle, as well,” Joe said, continuing the conversation. “If they’d burned her to the deck and sank her on purpose, don’t you think they would have taken those things with them? Why destroy all of your stuff as well?” “I think the greater question is what were they doing here to begin with?” Hal interjected from the doorway, having just hoisted the camera out of the water and set it back on deck. “This isn’t a good place to careen. If it came in the time frame we think it did, all that was here were the missionaries. What would pirates want with them?” “I suppose the battle that sunk the ship could have been with the mission.” Joe looked doubtful even as he said it. “Because missionaries were the burning and sinking type.” Hal barked out a laugh, shaking his head. “No. I’d bet good money that there was another ship here, one that would have been a fair fight for No Name. Not some dinky fishing raft ran by religious types.” “But that leaves an even bigger question, doesn’t it?” I interjected, standing. “One ship could be a coincidence. But two? There’s no way. A fight suggests they were enemies, or a reluctant partnership that went bad. What were they looking for that brought them both here?” No one had an answer for that. As we all stood there, contemplating what could have happened in this place so many years ago, I suddenly felt as if the ghosts of my friends were nearby. The notion sent a chill through me and I practically felt the color draining from my face.
Carried Away, the much anticipated sequel to the international bestseller Swept Away, will be releasing on February 7, 2016! Stay tuned for more information on the EPIC treasure chest giveaway, release party, and other information!
Mark Bell is being haunted.
Ever since his friend, Samantha, drowned in the Treasure Pit, he’s been running from her ghost. When his path takes him to a historical site and shipwreck in Texas, he hopes the past will stay where it belongs. However, the more he uncovers, the clearer it becomes that something is not right. Old friends need his help, and he doesn’t know if he’s the man to get the job done.
Samantha O’Rourke is a time traveler trying to survive in the past. Trapped in the social pyramid of the French Court and the secret society her husband, Tristan, defends, she feels more out of place than ever before. Nothing ever stops a treasure hunter for long, though, and she soon finds herself caught up in another mystery, only to have life yanked to a precarious perch, where only the truly strong will survive.
Can the future be changed? Or is everything set in stone, destined to follow only one course?
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