06 December 2023

The Taken by Donnette Smith Book Blitz and Exerpt!


The Taken
Donnette Smith

Published by: The Wild Rose Press
Publication date: November 6th 2023
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

All Jenna Langley wanted was a chance to finally marry the man of her dreams. But when the spirit of a dead girl shows up at her wedding that only she can see, it becomes clear Jenna’s latest brush with death has caused the heightening of her psychic abilities to reach an unfamiliar and frightening level. Her new husband, Detective Cole Rainwater, vows to do whatever it takes to get to the root of Jenna’s disturbing sightings. But before he can investigate this mystery, his bride is taken right under his nose.

What started as a romantic honeymoon has turned into a fight for Jenna’s life. And the only path to freedom is through the help and guidance of a dead girl who was once the victim of the sex traffickers that have stolen away with Jenna.

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Although not a native Texan, Donnette Smith has spent more than half her life living in the Lone Star State. She is an entrepreneur and former business owner of Tailor Maid Services LLC. After spending a few years working as a journalist for the Blue Ridge Tribune, she realized her love for writing romantic detective novels. Her stories cover a wide range of genres, from horror, time travel, mystery, fantasy, paranormal, and thriller. But one theme stays the same, there is always a detective solving a crime, and a gorgeous victim he would lay down his life to protect. Donnette’s biggest fascination is with forensic science and crime scene investigations. Her novels include, Cunja, a horror/mystery/suspense that debuted in 2012. Book 1 of The Spirit Walker Series, Killing Dreams, a fantasy/romance story with a paranormal element became available in September of 2021. Book 2 of The Spirit Walker Series, Buried Alive, was published on March 14, 2022. And her latest, book 3 of The Spirit Walkers Series, The Taken.

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The closer he got, the more apparent it became Julian was the only one sitting there. His head spun in every direction, scanning the faces of the guests. Jenna was nowhere to be found. His heart skipped a beat, and he advanced toward the table, setting the drinks down. He stared at Julian who leaned back in his chair, a lazy grin on his face. “Where’s Jenna?” 

“She and Clara headed down to the shore to take a walk. They wanted us to join them with the drinks.” 

“How long ago?” Cole calculated in his head how many minutes ticked by while he waited at the bar. He couldn’t have been standing there more than ten minutes. It would have been long enough for something to have happened to her. 

An uneasy sensation slammed into his gut and Cole took off, winding his way around tables and chairs, dodging the cluster of people leisurely going about their business, and bumping into a few. 

The captain’s voice called out from behind, and Cole hit the shore, his feet sinking into the loose sand with every step he took. His gaze darted frantically around, but there wasn’t a soul around, and it didn’t matter how much distance he closed. The tide rushing in was the only sound. 

Cole rounded a corner where a few beach houses stood on stilts. As he scanned the area, Julian called his name again. This time he realized the captain couldn’t have been more than a few feet behind him. A chill ran down the length of his spine, and he remained as still as a statue. A formidable premonition gripped him. He couldn’t for the life of him explain how he knew a gun was trained on the back of his head, but it was as sure as the waves crashing against the shore. 

Before another second ticked by, Cole hunched over, acting as if he was attempting to catch his breath. He freed the gun from the ankle holster, spun and trained the Glock dead center of Julian’s head. 

Finch’s mouth dropped open. Surprise lit his eyes, and the gun in the man’s hand shook slightly. 

“Where’s Jenna?” Cole demanded, holding a steady finger on the trigger. 

It was apparent the man was doing everything to regain control of the situation. “I can’t tell you that.” 

“You have about five seconds to tell me, or I’ll bury a slug in your forehead. 


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