Mystery, suspense, thrillers, paranormal, horror & YA by "Cheryl Kaye Tardif" & romance by "Cherish D'Angelo". Cheryl is represented by Trident Media Group in NY.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Ever Play Chicken?

You're probably all familiar with the deadly game of "Playing Chicken." Usually this is a teen thing; drive towards oncoming traffic and the most cowardly veers off at the last minute—hence, he's the "chicken." Why would someone do this? For the adrenaline rush, some say. Or for the honor of being thought of as the bravest. Or because they think they have something to prove to others.

Most of us would consider this game just plain stupid. And highly dangerous. But many of us aren't aware that we're involved in our own versions of "Playing Chicken." Ever put yourself in a situation of risk, only to bail out at the first sign of challenge? Ever decide not to do something because you're afraid of it? It's a natural reaction. Self-preservation. Sometimes, though, it becomes a form of self-sabotage.

In SUBMERGED, Marcus Taylor has lived for years "Playing Chicken." As a recovering addict he knows what it's like to be in a head-on collision course of disaster. He doesn't need a vehicle; drugs are his weapon of choice and his adrenaline rush. He told himself he needed them in order to be an effective paramedic working long hours and witnessing horrific tragedies weekly, sometimes daily. But he lost control, nearly crashing, coming close to death. Until instinct kicked in and he veered off the path.

Marcus lives with his guilt, like many of us live with a family member. He feeds it, strokes it, gives it life. He thinks he's done "Playing Chicken," but he's not. He has slipped into a life of monotony, taking no risks, making no new connections, seeing a bleak future. He has veered off the road of Life, chickened out.

Until he takes a call while working as a 911 dispatcher, and he has no time for "Playing Chicken." He is spurred into action, driven by the need for redemption, and his life changes forever.

"Submerged reads like an approaching storm, full of darkness, dread and electricity. Prepare for your skin to crawl."
—Andrew Gross, New York Times bestselling author of 15 Seconds

Two strangers submerged in guilt, brought together by fate…

After a tragic car accident claims the lives of his wife, Jane, and son, Ryan, Marcus Taylor is immersed in grief. But his family isn't the only thing he has lost. An addiction to painkillers has taken away his career as a paramedic. Working as a 911 operator is now the closest he gets to redemption—until he gets a call from a woman trapped in a car.

Rebecca Kingston yearns for a quiet weekend getaway, so she can think about her impending divorce from her abusive husband. When a mysterious truck runs her off the road, she is pinned behind the steering wheel, unable to help her two children in the back seat. Her only lifeline is a cell phone with a quickly depleting battery and a stranger's calm voice on the other end telling her everything will be all right.

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