{Blog Tour} Excerpt & Giveaway: Before They Find Us by Michelle A. Hansen

Posted March 25, 2014 by Bee in Blog Tour, Excerpt / 2 Comments


{Blog Tour} Excerpt & Giveaway: Before They Find Us by Michelle A. Hansen

Before They Find Us

by Michelle A. Hansen
Published on November 2013
by Priest Rapids Press
Genres: Romance, Thriller, Young Adult
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I’m going to make you wish you were dead.

Just a text. Seventeen-year-old Rebecca Hales tries not to worry. Probably a wrong number. Not really meant for her, and definitely not related to the crime she witnessed six years ago. Right?

Then two states away, a bomb goes off in her best friend’s locker. Soon Ryan is labeled a terrorist and runs to the safest place he knows—Rebecca’s house in small-town Wyoming. It doesn’t take long for the FBI to show up asking questions. Rebecca lies, of course, and says she hasn’t seen him.

Now she’s neck-deep in it with him, whatever “it” is. The only way out is to return to Vegas, where Ryan is a wanted man. The city of lies and illusion tests Rebecca’s wits as she struggles to find the person who framed Ryan and why.

Is Rebecca’s text linked to the bombing? And what does it have to do with a six year old murder? Rebecca needs to find out before she loses Ryan—and her own life.


“Wanna do it?” Ryan leaned down and said it into my ear, so I wasn’t yelling, “What?” over the music and the crowd.  He motioned upward. “The zip line?”

“We’re trying to blend, remember?” Two more guys zipped overhead. I could do daring stuff like that with Ryan. He’d always brought out the gutsiness in me.

“You’d like it. It’s a rush.”

Maybe next time, when we didn’t have to worry about Ryan getting arrested. I scanned the crowd feeling edgy. Any moment now someone would point at Ryan and scream.

The stage on the next block switched bands. The new group played loud covers of rock songs I’d heard but never bothered to listen to. Ryan stood closer to me in the crowd, not protectively, more conspiratorially.

A couple of cops stood near the door of a souvenir shop, chatting and scanning the crowd. One was a thick-shouldered blond. The other was taller, slight, with graying black hair and olive skin.

I tugged on Ryan’s hand and led him farther into the crowd, where a circle of people watched guys break dancing. A woman next to us pushed through the crowd to toss quarters into the velvet fedora that served as their tip jar.

I backed into a body, turned around and found myself face to face with the Grim Reaper whose eyes glowed red.

“Boo!” he said.

I jumped, and the Reaper laughed.

“Want a picture?”

“Uh, no thanks,” I stammered. I looked back at the cops across the street. Had they noticed us? Did they see Ryan?

The blond cop held his finger to his ear. He tilted his head toward the radio on his shoulder and spoke. He pointed our way, and the two of them came forward, pushing their way through the crowd. Same cop, fingers to his ear again, broke into a run—straight toward us.

Using Ryan’s arm, I squared his shoulders so all they could see of him was the back of his hoodie. This was it. We were caught. They’d drag Ryan away in handcuffs, and I might never see him again without glass between us. There was so much I wanted to say, but good-bye wasn’t it.

I grabbed Ryan’s collar, tugged his face toward mine. He leaned in without hesitation, turning his ear toward my lips. Over his shoulder I saw the cops moving closer. They pushed between an old couple and an Elvis impersonator. My fingers pressed against Ryan’s cheek and turned his mouth to mine.

I had less than one minute to tell Ryan what he meant to me, and I didn’t want to waste it. When our lips met, I gave him my cherished memories of us huddled together over comic books when we were kids, late-night chats on the phone, every smile, every time he’d told me I’d be okay. I tried to show him what it meant to have someone who believed I’d make it out of my darkness. He’d always stood in the light with his hand out, reaching for me until I caught hold.

The noise of the crowd fell away, as I pressed myself harder into Ryan’s body. I couldn’t get close enough. I wanted every inch of me to remember how he felt. His arms clutched me tighter until I was lost to everything except this connection between us. In that moment, it hit me so powerfully how much I loved him. Tears welled in my eyes, and I kissed him deeper.

Ours was the kind of love that’s so natural and sweet it was a part of me before I knew what it was. I wanted to tell him that he’d be okay, even though nothing scared me more than him locked up and afraid. I wanted him to know I’d never give up on him. I’d never stop fighting until he was free.


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