Monday, May 23, 2022

New Fiction Sheds Light On Burn Victims by C. Becker


It's great to have C. Becker back to Discover... on Muse Monday. Her new release sounds fantastic. Please join me in enjoying a great guest post.

Near my town in PA, an accident occurred at a cogeneration plant where four employees were scalded and burnt. More than twenty years later, my heart still aches for the victims and families. One succumbed to the burns; two of the three treated were transported to a burn center 90 miles away. As I began writing Saving Euphoria, I wanted to bring more awareness of burn injuries and the fight patients face in dealing with afterburn care. You may already know someone burned by a fire, wounded by a hot object, electricity or chemical. Their recovery can often take long, painful years.

Though I could never portray all aspects of burn recovery, my protagonist’s husband is set on fire when he tries to protect his family from a drug dealer. I introduce him months after the incident when he is medically stable for rehab. In his chapters, I touch on some elements of a burn injury through his rehab and daily living as he finds his way back to his wife and kids, both physically and emotionally. Through his journey he never gives up on his family, and his wife never gives up hope that he’s alive. Having suffered a minor burn three years ago, I’ve developed a new respect for burn patients and their medical & rehab teams. They are unsung heroes who deserve our attention.


Hailey Langley and her children struggle to cope with the shocking and mysterious death of her husband Mark. Her teenaged son is rebelling, and Hailey is dealing with physical and mental challenges as well.

Tom Parker, Hailey's former partner from the Special Crimes Agency, comes back into her life. He warns her to trust no one even as he tries to rekindle the flame that connects them.

Everyone has secrets, even Parker, and some of those from the past threaten to destroy the present. Hailey fights to move forward after losing Mark, but she needs to figure out if she can trust Parker and risk taking another chance on love.

PG Excerpt:

He moved closer, his breath warming her face. “I don’t want to be a friend. I want more.”

Her eyes blurred. “It’s only been six months since Mark died.”

“Life goes on, Hailey. Mark’s gone.”

“Six months, Parker.” Tears burnt like acid splashing in her eyes. Six months was not nearly enough time to let go.

“I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to say it that way.” Parker reached over and held her hand.

The tenderness in his touch made an instant connection to her heart. Ashamed at her heart’s betrayal, she yanked her hand away and wiped a tear off her cheek.

He held her hand again and whispered. “I love you, Hailey. I always have. Somehow, life or fate, or whatever it is you want to call it, got in our way. I kept my distance when you married Mark, but I never stopped loving you.” He tightened his grasp on her hand. “Now I feel like an idiot because I waited too long.”

“Parker, please. I’m not sure I even want to get involved with someone again.”

“You’ve become so miserable. You’re a strong woman.” His face hardened. “Mark wouldn’t want you to waste your life grieving. He’d want you to go on—and at least try to be happy.” He caressed her cheek with his thumb. “I think deep down, you know it.”

Few people had her pegged so well. She bit her lip, “I do.”




B & N


C. Becker is the author of Finding Euphoria and Saving Euphoria. She is currently working on the third book to the Euphoria trilogy. As a medical technologist in a former career, Becker has never outgrown the attraction of using science in everyday life.

Becker enjoys hanging out with her family and Jack Russell, playing the piano, reading, and gardening. 

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  1. This is a great excerpt! Congrats to Colleen and thank you for sharing, Brenda!

    1. Thank you for stopping by and commenting Jan!

    2. Thank you for stopping by, Jan! ~C. Becker

  2. Thank you for hosting me Brenda!

  3. The book sounds great! Of all the injuries I've seen and read about, burn victims seem the worst to me. Their recovery is so long and painful. Sounds like you treated the subject with sensitivity.

  4. Dee and Anne, thank you for reading this blog. I could never touch on everything that a burn patient endures, but I hope I can bring some awareness to all their struggles and pain. In fact, the struggle is so w tensile, I dedicate most of my next book on the healing and PTSD.