Things You’ll Learn About Texas from Onslaught
Texas is known as the home of cowboys, space travel and oil derricks. Here are a few other things you’ll learn about Texas when you read my latest romantic suspense novel, Onslaught.
The landscape of Texas is so fast and varied that the places where a murderer might hide his victim’s body are almost endless. More information: there almost three hundred major bays and coves along the Texas Gulf Coast, and many of them are used for nefarious as well as recreational purposes.
Texas’ wild alligators don’t seek human prey but they are opportunity feeders that will take advantage of any meat when they are hungry. Additional information: I once took part in a night-time alligator hunt…and was very grateful when we did NOT find the fourteen-footer for which we were looking.
With immigrants from around the world, Texas was settled by many German immigrants during the 19th century. Additional information: Indianola, Texas was the main port of entry for immigrants until it was severely damaged by a hurricane in 1875 and then destroyed by another hurricane in 1886.
Speaking of hurricanes, the residents of small Texas communities pull together to remain prepared all year for the hurricanes and tropical storms that strike the Texas coast. Additional information: during the 20th century, Texas was struck by 36 hurricanes, second only to Florida, and it has the dubious distinction of enduring the deadliest hurricane in U.S. history—the Galveston Hurricane of 1900.
The Texas coast is lined by the Intracoastal Canal, which runs from Brownsville, Texas to Fort Myers, Florida, and many towns and farms had property taken in the 20th century to create this commercial and recreational waterway. Many of those who lost property to the canal also lost direct access to the Gulf of Mexico. Additional information: my own family farm on the Texas coast gave up several acres of land to the canal in the 1950s.
And now for a bit about Onslaught, the book:
In Texas, weather isn’t the only thing that creates storms. Ronnie Clarke would rather wrestle with a difficult spreadsheet all night than walk the floor at 3 a.m. with a fussy baby. But she doesn’t have much choice when her long-missing mother drops a surprise bundle into her arms and then vanishes through the bathroom window of a cheap motel room.
And Ronnie’s mom left one other thing—a life or death warning. She kidnapped Baby Danny to save him from the religious cult leader who wants to sell him to the murderous boss of an illegal drug cartel. Oh, and Danny is Ronnie’s nephew, the son of a sister Ronnie never knew she had.
If all that isn’t trouble enough, the only safe place to hide is in a small town on the Texas Gulf Coast, within easy striking distance of any devastating hurricane that might crop up. Since Ronnie has a phobia about thunderstorms, she’s practically set up for failure. And the handsome—inquisitive—assistant police chief isn’t making her life any easier.
Robberies, drug trafficking, a suspicious fire…for local cop Joshua Dawson, the only thing missing in this assault on his coastal hometown is a hurricane. But it is September—the month for vicious storms—so he’s not betting against one.
Onslaught, a full-length novel by Teri Thackston
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