An Excerpt from
The Promise:
Sara growled low in her throat. Her head was down and the hair on her back stood up on

"Easy, girl," I told her. "If we just stay still, maybe it'll go back the way it came."

The bear sniffed the air and gave out another grunt. Then it dropped to all fours.

Sara broke free of my grip and lunged. She charged across the clearing and challenged the
bear again, growling and snarling in its face.

"Sara! Get back here
now!" I shouted, but Sara paid no heed. The bear eyed her stupidly
for a while, just swaying slowly side to side as if wondering what to make of her. She charged
in close, and the bear tossed its head and growled low and threateningly

"Sara, come back!" I shouted again.

Sara trotted back to me at last, but it was too late. She'd gone and got the bear all riled up. It
was loping across the clearing straight toward us!