The Traz: Cops vs bikers on the Alberta prairie—oh, and throw in a thirteen-year old girl.
THE TRAZ excerpt:
Katrina looked past the parking lot to the brilliant autumn colours. This used to be her favourite time of the year, with the fire of the foliage under the mellow glow of a sun riding low on the horizon, the honking of geese flying white against the azure sky. Hunting with Grandpa...
The sound of traffic rattled her window and she slid open her eyes. A diesel truck was grinding its way out of the parking lot and a motorcycle was roaring in. The Harley stopped right outside her window. The rider dismounted and tossed his jacket over the seat. Katrina caught sight of the emblazoned orange letters of The Traz motorcycle gang on the black leather....
She turned to watch the biker enter. He was about her dad's age. Unlike her father though, he was a huge man in both height and weight. A tapestry of tattoos snaked up his bulging arm muscles and disappeared under his T-shirt. He could've sat in any seat in the diner, but he slid onto the bench across from her.
She knew she should be afraid of him, but there was something about him—perhaps his eyes or the tilt of his lips—something suggesting that his rugged appearance was a disguise. There was definitely an aura of mystery about the man.
"Sarina," she introduced, reaching for a handshake.
"Shrug," he thundered in a voice that matched his size. He made no move to take her hand.
She could tell the man wanted something from her. What it was, she couldn't fathom. She judged from his refusal to touch her that it likely wasn't sex.
His face was a block of carved features, topped with a shock of short brown hair. He had the strangest grey eyes she'd ever seen: eyes that looked as if they were drawing everything into them.
He looked briefly at the waitress. "Coffee," Shrug ordered and then continued staring at Katrina.
She matched Shrug's gaze until he lifted his eyes to accept his mug of coffee....
The thought that he wanted her for something when no one else did, enticed her...
A long silence passed between them before he picked up his coffee cup and drained it. He set the cup down.
"Wanna ride?" he asked, motioning his head toward the Harley.
Smashwords: The Traz - https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/331565
The Traz School Edition - https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/331566
Short Author bio:
Canadian author, Eileen Schuh has published three novels in her ongoing gritty Young Adult BackTracker Series: The Traz, Fatal Error, and Firewalls. The Traz also comes in a School Edition. As well, she has to her credit two adult science fiction novellas, Schrödinger's Cat and Dispassionate Lies and the adult crime thriller, Shadow Riders.
Born Eileen Fairbrother on a small farm near Tofield, Alberta, Canada, she now lives with her husband in Alberta’s northern boreal forest in the St. Paul area. In addition to writing, she enjoys speaking to youth and adults about the magic of literacy and the social and personal issues addressed in her novels.
Schuh recently retired from a life of careers that varied from nurse to journalist to editor to business woman.
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