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 Born in Ice

 Linda LaRoque

This futuristic romantic suspense story grew from a dream, one of a woman frozen in a block of ice and found by fishermen from an undersea world.  She’s taken to their home and with the help of advanced medical technology, she recovers. In time she learns she must learn to fit into their social system, one different from what she’s known.


Pulled from an icy grave…into a world of doubt and danger.

Frozen in ice for seventy-five years, Zana Forrester suffers the agony of rebirth to learn her son is dead, and her daughter’s whereabouts is unknown.  The year is 2155. A man’s soothing voice and gray eyes haunt her drug induced dreams. When she recovers, she meets their owner and finds her heart in danger. But, a relationship isn’t a consideration; she must find her daughter.

Brock Callahan is drawn to the beautiful woman taken aboard his salvage ship. He’s determined she’ll be his wife and a mother to his young daughter, but he vows not to love her. All the women he’s loved died. While Zana searches for her daughter, Brock must protect Zana from the evil that threatens.

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My editor for Champagne Books has graciously given permission for me to post the Prologue and Chapter One of Born in Ice, so for 10 days I’ll be sharing another installment.


Chapter One – installment 7

Brock returned to the control deck and stood at a viewing console watching the ice encrusted red vehicle move with them on the ocean’s surface. The tow chains remained flexed so he knew their prize was safe. Yet, it slowed them. As soon as possible, he’d haul it aboard.

Except for the occasional click and ding of equipment, an uneasy silence settled on the deck. The crew remained at battle stations until he gave the order to stand down. He’d keep them on alert awhile longer. When it came to his men and craft, he didn’t take chances.

He stared at the Excursion as, encased in the berg, it dragged and dipped in and out of the water much like a weighted inner tube behind a ski boat. Would they find bodies inside? It had happened before, more times than he could count. A shiver ran up his spine. A premonition of dread chilled him. Why this time was different, he didn’t know, but he knew without a doubt his life was about to change.

Hell, ruminating wasn’t accomplishing a thing. He needed to check on Pepe, not stand around and ponder. He strode downstairs to sick bay to find Digger bent over the boy. Brock knelt at Digger’s side and together they searched for tears in Pepe’s suit to locate his injury. The protective gear fit like a glove, thus preventing excessive bleeding. Finding his wound before removing the suit would avoid causing more pain and damage to the area. It was difficult to locate so must be small. Pepe stirred and groaned. “What happened? Am I shot, Digger?”

“We’re checking, kid. Doubt it though. Not a big enough hole in you.”

At the mention of a hole, Pepe’s eyes rolled up into his head. Good. That’d make their job easier. The two of them unzipped the rubber outfit, tugged, and peeled it down to expose Pepe’s chest. Damn, the insulated garment fit like a second skin making it tough to remove.

Digger rolled Pepe to his side and examined his back. “Here it is, Cal.”

Sure enough, a small hole below his left shoulder blade oozedblood—Digger gently probed the wound. A shard of ice protruded, a common injury in their business when uncovering salvage encased in ice. This one was larger, the size of a small dagger.

Digger reached over and popped Brock on the shoulder with the flat of his hand. “He’ll be just fine, Cal.”

Brock nodded. Relief washed over him. He’d never forgive himself if the boy were seriously hurt. “At least his suit gave him some protection.”

Ice could be sharper than any knife and without the protective suit, Pepe might have been dead.


Tune in tomorrow for installment 8.  I’ll be on Lisa’s blog at www.lisasworldofbooks.net

 Please leave a comment today to be entered into a drawing for an ecopy of A Way Back, my time travel set in the 1930s oil fields of Texas. Your name will also be entered in the GRAND PRIZE drawing for my blog tour—a KINDLE.  A name will be draw at the end of my tour on December 16th.

I also have a release contest going. Sign up for my newsletter by emailing me at linda@lindalaroque.com with Born in Ice in the subject line. Your name will be added to the drawing for this rhinestone frog pin. For each of my releases I try to find a piece of jewelry significant to the story. After reading Born in Ice you’ll understand why I chose this frog.

Thank you, Holly, for having me here today, and thank you readers for stopping by. Good luck in all the give-a-ways!

Happy Reading and Writing!







December 11, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. great excerpt:)

    Comment by Beth Blanchard | December 12, 2011

    • Glad you enjoyed it, Beth! Hope you’ll stop by tomorrow for installment #8.

      Comment by Linda LaRoque | December 12, 2011

  2. Count me in to return for part 8. I liked both tours. The first oneI learned a lot of historical facts and for this one, I great great feel of Born In Ice. Time is flying!

    Comment by Na | December 12, 2011

    • I’ll be watching for you, Na. Glad you enjoyed the historical facts and the snippets!

      Comment by Linda LaRoque | December 12, 2011

  3. Whew! Glad the boy is going to be ok.

    drainbamaged.gyzmo at gmail.com

    Comment by Kathryn Anne Merkel | December 12, 2011

    • Yeah, Pepe is fine, Kathryn. For now…

      Comment by Linda LaRoque | December 12, 2011

  4. Holly, Thank you for having me here today. I look forward to visiting with your readers.

    Comment by Linda LaRoque | December 12, 2011

  5. Thanks, Rita! Would you believe I had a futuristic dream last night! Boy, it was different. Better jot down some notes in case I want to write this.

    Comment by Linda LaRoque | December 12, 2011

  6. Can’t wait to read more!!

    Comment by Sarah L | December 12, 2011

    • Stay tuned, Sarah! Just 3 more installments.

      Comment by Linda LaRoque | December 12, 2011

  7. Love the way we know what’s in the vehicle and can follow with the author the hero’s discovery. Great story! Can’t wait to see where it goes! Rita Bay

    Comment by Rita Bay | December 12, 2011

  8. Great installment; I have really enjoyed reading them.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

    Comment by Tracey D | December 12, 2011

    • Glad you have, Tracey! I love this story!

      Comment by Linda LaRoque | December 12, 2011

  9. That’s some large shard of ice – ouch!! Thank you. I must read these all in one hit.


    Comment by Mary Preston | December 11, 2011

    • If you want to do that, Mary, the links are on my blog.

      Comment by Linda LaRoque | December 12, 2011

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