The peacefulness of Ryder MacKenzie’s home

settled into her soul with every breath of air she drew,

soothing the restless need to run that had consumed her

since she’d hit Nicholas with the whiskey bottle.

When she wandered back to the cabin, she

expected Ryder to be in bed, but he was still in the tub,

his knees drawn up, pale and knobby, his head resting

on the rim.

She grabbed Beau by the scruff of his neck and

shoved him outside closing the door with a sharp bang.

Ryder jerked upright, sloshing water over the sides.

“I’m sorry,” she said. “I’ll come back.”

“No.” He leaned back and closed his eyes. “I’m

done. I just want to wash my hair.”

“I can do it for you.” Before the words were out of

her mouth, she questioned what part of her brain they’d

come from.

Maybe it was because Ryder was safe, and this was

a chance to physically connect with a man on her own

terms, without fear.

Maybe she needed to satisfy the curiosity that had

taunted her all week, urging her to explore the body of

this man she desired.

But maybe it was simply because he was Ryder

MacKenzie, and in his own determined, unassuming

way, he’d touched her heart and become her hero, and

there would never again be a man she so ached to


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Fleeing her abusive husband, Victoria Van der Beck is captured by down-on-his-luck bounty hunter, Ryder MacKenzie. As she comes to love this man who hides his face in shadows, she wonders if he could be the valiant knight for whom she’s been longing. Is he the champion who would save her from the evil prince, or is MacKenzie just a paid lackey determined to return her to her husband?

Ryder MacKenzie never believed anyone could love him, for he was cursed the day he was born. He only wants to be left alone to live on his ranch in peace. But rustlers have stolen his cattle. He’s been ambushed and his horse killed. Now his one chance to get his life back is to simply return a society princess to her husband. Maybe his luck is about to change. At least she isn’t pretty.

  • Paperback: 396 pages
  • Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc. (Cactus Rose) (November 13, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1628300574
  • ISBN-13: 978-1628300574


About the Author:

Kathy Otten is a working mom who lives in the open farm country of western NY with a husband and three college age kids. 
She grew up in a small Vermont farm town where her parents owned the general store.  Her mom collected antiques and her dad loved the old movie cowboys.  Consequently, she and her brothers grew up watching  Roy Rogers, The Lone Ranger, and John Wayne on TV, and visiting places like Old Sturbridge Village and the Shelburne Museum.  Always a nut for horses, her parents gave her a Quarter Horse mare and she had horses in her life for the next thirty-four year.
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[Historic Fiction]





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Lisa April Smith is the highly praised author of “Dangerous Lies,” “Exceeding Expectations” and “Paradise Misplaced,” all in the genre she playfully calls “Suspense with Sizzle for Discerning Readers.” Reviews for all three are consistently amazing. But perhaps one reviewer succinctly said it best: “Lisa April Smith’s books have the pace and heat of Jacqueline Susann and the style and sophistication of Dominick Dunne.” Like other literary late bloomers, Smith grew up in a family of readers and dreamed of becoming an author. But necessity intervened and her formal education came in bits and pieces. Paying her own way college at 17, she chose to leave two years later when she moved to Boston to put her new husband through graduate school. Later, when she could steal time from raising a family, she enrolled in any class that appealed to her wide range of interests, attending any college within an hour’s drive. Eventually, she received a BA in anthropology/sociology. A few years later, after attaining a degree in computer science she was hired by IBM. Ten years after that, she reluctantly left the company when she and her husband moved to Jupiter, Florida. Too young to retire, the yearning to write awakened and life for Smith forever changed. Combining corporate discipline, life experience and long suppressed creativity, characters and stories poured out. Malcolm Gladwell, in his 2008 article in The New Yorker asks “Why do we equate genius with precocity?” in his article “Late Bloomers” Gladwell says, “The Cézannes of the world bloom late not as a result of some defect in character, or distraction, or lack of ambition, but because the kind of creativity that proceeds through trial and error necessarily takes a long time to come to fruition.” Famous late blooming authors include: Henry Miller, Raymond Chandler, Joseph Conrad, Flora Thompson, Mary Wesley and Laura Ingalls Wilder, who published her first book in her mid-sixties. “Forgotten Tales of China,” both new in format and genre for the author, is a logical shift considering Smith’s passion for archeology, anthropology and China. Epic in scope, it skillfully blends scientific data with Smith’s acknowledged gift for storytelling. Note to aficionados of “Clan of the Cave Bear” – Prepare to be captivated by the first two stories in “Forgotten Tales of China:” “The People,” set 40,000 years ago and “Giants,” set 20,000 years ago. Once hooked, you will surely savor every word of the remaining four sagas.



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  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 2, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1493781030
  • ISBN-13: 978-1493781034

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December 31, 2013 For the first time, author Lisa April Smith merges her proven skill at delivering unforgettable characters, page-turner suspense and a scientist’s insistence on accuracy. Forgotten Tales is an epic tale of survival, sacrifice, lust and love, indomitable perseverance, bravery and betrayal. The location is the fertile Yellow River basin near modern-day Beijing – the Chinese Cradle of Civilization. For tens of thousands of years this unique river alternately rewarded its inhabitants hard work, then unpredictably swept away everything in its path with deadly unbridled fury.

Each of six tales has its own characters, conflicts and story. The first tale, “The People,” is set 40,000 years ago, with a small band who communicate almost solely through sign language. Their lives are shattered by the loss of precious fire – a development they have not as yet learned to create. In response to this crisis, Storm, their inexperienced eighteen year-old leader, takes four men to steal it from feared Strangers. The result of this chilling lethal exchange will forever alter the People’s lives. And then there’s low-ranking Berry, the first to be beaten and the last to eat, a nine year-old girl who imagines herself to be the successor to Wise Old Mother, the troupe’s revered shaman.

Praise for The Forgotten Tales of China:
The following five tales – “Giants,” “Squint,” “Shing’s Daughters,” “The Temple of the Goddess” and “The Bronze Worker and the Discarded Concubine” – each show the change in social structure that accompanies technological advances on the road to civilization. But the stories are always about human beings: their frailties and strengths, genius, passion, love and loss, desires and dreams.

If you’re interested in China, or if good historic fiction is among the genres you enjoy reading, this one is for you. If you’re a fan of Clan of the Cave Bear, the first two tales of Forgotten Tales are sure to delight. And if you the rare individual who insists on accuracy in historic fiction, this one was written for you.

“L. A. Smith’s characters radiate the fear and wonder of discovering for the first time so much of what we today accept as ordinary – and the essence of what it is to be human.” “ . . . heartbreak and triumph, victimization and courage, power and compassion, reading these stories is like feeling a spark between your own fingertips and those of your most distant ancestors.” Author and reviewer Valley Brown.






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{Book 1 in the Surrender Trilogy}


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  • Series: The Surrender Trilogy (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade (February 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 042527294X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425272947



In her sensational Breathless Trilogy, #1 New York Times bestselling author Maya Banks tested the boundaries of desire. In her new trilogy, there’s only one thing left to do: cross them. And never have the consequences of erotic exploration been so irresistibly inviting, so shockingly intimate, and so totally unexpected…


Josslyn found perfection once, and she knows she’ll never find it again. Now widowed, she seeks the one thing her beloved husband couldn’t give her: dominance. Lonely, searching for an outlet for her grief and wanting only a brief taste of the perfection she once enjoyed, she seeks what she’s looking for at an exclusive club that caters to people indulging in their most hedonistic fantasies. She never imagined that what she’d find would be the one man who’s long been a source of comfort—and secret longing. Her husband’s best friend.

Dash has lived in an untenable position for years: in love with his best friend’s wife but unwilling to act on that attraction. He’d never betray his best friend. And so he’s waited in the wings, offering Joss unconditional support and comfort as she works past her grief, hoping for the day when he can offer her more.

When he finds her in a club devoted to the darker edges of desire, he’s furious because he thinks she has no idea what she’s getting herself into. Until she explains in detail what it is she wants. What she needs. As realization sets in, he is gripped by fierce, unwavering determination. If she wants dominance, he is the only man who will introduce her to that world. He is the only man who will touch her, cherish her…love her. And the only man she’ll ever submit to.



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Maya Banks is the #1 New York Times and #1 USA Today and bestselling author of the Surrender Trilogy.  Her other chart toppers have included erotic romance, romantic suspense, contemporary romance, and Scottish historical romance.  She lives in the South with her husband, three children and a variety of pets.

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The Black Song Inside sidebar Title: The Black Song Inside
Author: Carlyle Clark
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Pages: 435
Language: English
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Format: Paperback, Kindle, Audiobook

Atticus Wynn and Rosemary Sanchez, newly engaged private investigators, have seen the dark and violent side of life. Nothing, though, has prepared them for an explosive murder investigation that threatens to tear their relationship apart as they struggle to solve a case that could leave them in prison or dead.

Atticus’s manipulative ex-girlfriend bursts back into their lives wielding a secret about Rosemary’s family that she exploits to force the couple into investigating the execution-style slaying of her lover. The case thrusts Atticus and Rosemary headlong into the world of human trafficking and drug smuggling, while rendering them pawns in Tijuana Cartel captain Armando Villanueva’s bloody bid to take over the cartel.

The Black Song Inside is a vivid crime thriller rife with murder and madness, melded with gallows humor and the heroism of two flawed and compelling protagonists who, if they can save themselves, may learn the nature of redemption and the ability to forgive.




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Carlyle Clark Carlyle Clark was raised in Poway, a city just north of San Diego, but is now a proud Chicagolander working in the field of Corporate Security and writing crime and fantasy fiction. He has flailed ineffectually at performing the writer’s requisite myriad of random jobs: pizza deliverer, curb address painter, sweatshop laborer, day laborer, night laborer, security guard, campus police, Gallup pollster, medical courier, vehicle procurer, and signature-for-petitions-getter.

He is a married man with two cats and a dog. He is also a martial arts enthusiast and a CrossFit endurer who enjoys fishing, sports, movies, TV series with continuing storylines, and of course, reading. Most inconsequentially, he holds the unrecognized distinction of being one of the few people in the world who have been paid to watch concrete dry in the dark. Tragically, that is a true statement.

His latest book is the mystery thriller, The Black Song Inside.

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{A Highland Hearts novel}



About the Book


Author: Heather McCollum

Release Date: January 28, 2014

Publisher: Entangled Select

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The Tudors take on The Pirates of the Caribbean in this 16th century romantic adventure!

Pandora Wyatt is the most complicated woman alive. Raised by a pirate captain, Dory risks exposure of her magic to free the only father she’s ever known from the Tower of London. But when she’s tied to a smoldering witch’s pyre, her powers aren’t enough to save her.

Ewan Brody is on a mission to deliver a traitor’s corpse to King Henry VIII when he rescues a beautiful spitfire from a horrific fate. Saving the lass’s life leads him on an adventure he never intended. Thrust together in the roles of husband and wife, they dodge royal intrigue, dark twists, and secrets as they attempt to find the true traitor at the Tudor court.

Magic and adventure spark, igniting a fire between Ewan and Dory, consuming them and tangling their hearts together forever. But to reach forever, they first need to survive the day.




Heather McCollumAbout Heather:
Heather McCollum is an award winning, historical paranormal romance writer. She earned her B.A. in Biology from the University of Maine, much to her English professor’s dismay. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and was a 2009 Golden Heart Finalist. Ms. McCollum has four full length historical, paranormal romances released in both electronic and digital formats. She also has one short novella released in electronic format.
When she is not busy writing and answering calls of “Mom”, she can be found educating women about ovarian cancer. She is a teal warrior herself and just finished slaying the ovarian cancer beast.
She currently resides with her very own Highland hero and three spirited children in the wilds of suburbia on the mid-Atlantic coast.

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1/27/2014- A Step to the SideReview

1/27/2014- Review From HereInterview

1/28/2014- Dandelionn Wine Book Blog  Review

1/28/2014- PreternaturaInterview

1/29/201- My Book Addiction and More  Review

1/29/2014- Manga Maniac CaféGuest Post

1/30/2014- Doing Some ReadingReview

1/30/2014- Literary EscapismGuest Post

1/31/2014- Melissa’s Eclectic BookshelfInterview

1/31/2014- Sarah’s BookshelfReview

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2/3/2014- Swept Away By RomanceReview

2/3/2014- Reader GirlsGuest Post

2/4/2014- Always ReidingReview

2/4/2014- Mundie Moms Interview

2/5/2014- To Read or Not To Read– Guest Post

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~Book Eight in The Feral Warriors Series~


Pamela Palmer

January 28, 2014




Paperback / softback


Fiction / Romance / Paranormal


$7.99 US / $9.50 Can.


 ISBN: 978-0062107558 

Wulfe knows the end-game is approaching.

The Mage are preparing to free the Daemon plague and Wulfe’s own small strain of Daemon heritage has been awakened. Worse yet, the beautiful human he once rescued needs saving again. Though Mage sentinels are the ones after Natalie Cash, Wulfe knows his heart is what she really should watch out for. He’ll do everything he can to protect her…and keep his distance.

Running for her life while trying not to fall for this gentle, wounded warrior, Natalie’s world’s been turned upside down. But when the Mage begin to free the Daemons, it becomes clear that the Ferals’ only chance of defeating them is for Wulfe to use Natalie to harness the dark forces-and risk becoming evil in the process.

The future of the world hangs in the balance, but can Wolfe endanger the woman he loves to save her?

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Pamela Palmer – Jeaniene Frost Book Tour


January 26, 2014


Pamela and Jeaniene Frost will be touring together January 30-February 4, plus an additional event February 15th. If you can get to NC, TN, KY, OH, PA, or MD, check the details HERE.


About the author:

Pamela Palmer is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of more than a dozen novels including both the Vamp City and Feral Warriors series. When Pamela’s initial career goal of captaining starships failed to pan out, she turned to engineering, satisfying her desire for adventure with books and daydreams until finally succumbing to the need to create worlds of her own. Pamela lives and writes in the suburbs of Washington, D.C.







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Sun & Moon
Sun & Moon by Lee Strauss
(Book One in the Minstrel Series)

Coming January 26th!

If you’re a fan of the movie Inside, Llewyn Davis, ABC television’s Nashville or Colleen Hoover’s upcoming novel, “Maybe Someday”, the Minstrel Series is for you!

The Minstrel Series is a collection of contemporary romance novels set in the singer/songwriter world. The books are companion novels, with shared settings and characters, but each are complete standalone stories with a HEA (happily ever after) and no cliffhangers!

Katja Stoltz is a risk-taking singer-songwriter hoping to make it in the indie music scene in Dresden, Germany. Micah Sturm’s a brooding uptown banker on a quest.

Driven to the streets, Katja is picked up by Micah – but he doesn’t want what she thinks he does. There’s an undeniable attraction between them, a gravitational pull they both struggle to resist. Katja knows she mustn’t fall in love with this handsome enigma. There’s something dark lurking beneath the surface. He could be dangerous.

And even if her life isn’t on the line, her heart most definitely is.

*not erotica – no explicit sex or coarse language

This series is an exciting collaboration between Lee Strauss as an Indie Author and several very talented Indie Singer-Songwriters. Four original songs produced by Norm Strauss are featured in Sun & Moon and are performed by award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter Kim McMechan. MP3 links are included at the end.

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All the songs from the Minstrel Series can be found at Bandcamp.

The Minstrel Series also has its own Facebook page. Go Like it to follow all the upcoming Minstrel Series news!

Pre- orders now available at the pre-release price of 2.99! (Price goes up after launch)

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Lee Strauss authorAbout Lee Strauss: Lee Strauss writes romantic mixed genres set in the past, present and future for YA and adult readers. She also writes light and fun stuff as Elle Strauss. She divides her time between BC, Canada and Dresden, Germany, and enjoys drinking coffee and eating chocolate in both places. Find out more at


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SUNDAY’S BOOK NEWS…..Debut author, Samantha Scordato….
{Romantic Suspense}
Samantha Scordato

  • Paperback: 334 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (December 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1494756129
  • ISBN-13: 978-1494756123
Adventure is just around the corner. . .

Lizzie Price had never understood when her mother told her adventure was just around the corner. When her mother dies of cancer, she leaves a letter inviting Lizzie to undertake an adventure she never expected: A scavenger hunt thought up by none other than Jane Austen to “find the universal truth as well as a handsome reward.”

Lizzie travels through the whole of England to chase down the clues and discover the treasure that Jane left behind. When a handsome, young pop star, Graham Harris, catches Lizzie finding one of the clues, he is intrigued by her and determined to help her solve the mystery as well.
So tag along with Lizzie and Graham as they begin their adventure by. . .
Following Jane.
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About the author:
Debut author Samantha Scordato has been penning stories in her journals for many years. She fell in love with Jane Austen at an early age and kept up with her love through an undergraduate degree in Fashion Merchandising and an MBA from Philadelphia University. After graduating, Samantha turned her attention to her two loves: Running a surf and skate shop and writing. FOLLOWING JANE is Samantha’s first novel, but she is already at hard at work on another. For more information, please visit

Twitter: @SAM_ANTICSx

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SATURDAY’S GUEST CHARACTER: DeEtte, from Big Brazen Sky……


[Historical/Western Romance]

{From the Montana Girl Series”


Coming to you all the way from the big Triple D, one of the Montana Girls……

Welcome DeEtte!

Where do you dream of traveling to and why?


DeEtte: To be honest, I can’t live without adventure. When I was younger I used to dream of traveling anywhere, but since the range war I think I’m content with simply traveling as far as Lolo town. I can get enough adventure on the Triple D.

Tell us about your family.


DeEtte: Where to begin? I have four sisters and one brother. Each of us are vastly different, but when it comes to helping each other out, were there. Take my sister Justine…we’ll actually I heard she’s trying to change her name to Daylene…but that’s a different story. When I had to leave to hunt down my horses, she stepped up on took control of the Triple D. I never would have expected that from her. She loves the town life way too much to get dirty.

What was the scariest moment of your life?


DeEtte: When I realized John had been kidnapped by Tisdale. I realized then that I couldn’t live without him.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?


DeEtte: This is it. A rancher.

What is your favorite meal?


DeEtte: I don’t know about meal, but I love me some bear sign, or as you town folk call it, doughnuts.

What are you passionate about these days?

DeEtte: Same as always, breaking horses and running the Triple D. Only now I have a man to help me out, he’s really good in the kitchen. *winks*

What would we find under your bed?


DeEtte: My lucky boots. My sister, Dusty has a matching pair.

What is the next big thing?


DeEtte: I plan to live low here in the valley, but Dusty and Travis just left to take Justine out East to be a big star. For our family, that’s big.


Is there a piece of advice that you have received that has really stuck with you? If so, what was it?


DeEtte: I don’t know about advice that was given to me, but I would say let your heart trust in love. If not, your life will be filled with disappointment and loneliness. I’ve never met a happy person that was lonely.



Thanks for being here!


DeEtte: Thanks for having me! I’d better get back to the Triple D before John takes off with more of my horses. *Grins and winks*


About the author:

A country girl born and bred, Dawn Luedecke has spent most of her life surrounded by horses, country folk, and the wild terrain of Nevada, Idaho and Montana. As a child she would spend many afternoons reading books, watching western classics, and Rogers and Hammerstein movies. When she grew up she decided to leave the quiet country life for a chance to find adventure by serving a successful tour in the United States Coast Guard. During that time she found her soul mate (and alpha male) and started a family and writing career. She enjoys writing historical and paranormal romance and spends as much time as she can working on her current manuscript. For more information visit



  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc. (Cactus Rose) (October 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612179193
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612179193


After she discovers a cut fence and her horses missing, DeEtte hunts down the dirty outlaws who took the herd from her ranch, only to find things aren’t as they seem. John, the man who stole her horses and her heart, must now prove he is indeed as innocent as he claims — a task that makes it difficult for him to woo the headstrong woman. Two-timing outlaws, deadly secrets, and finally DeEtte’s ability to find danger in any situation challenge his love and determination. John needs to settle his score with a man from Texas, protect DeEtte not only from murderous outlaws but from other suitors, and meanwhile convince her he’s trustworthy enough to marry. Can he clear his name and at the same time keep her from running head first into a range war and possible death?


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{Romantic Suspense}


  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc. (American Rose) (November 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1628301120
  • ISBN-13: 978-1628301120


October 26, 2013

Although Ophelia Garrett loved Cade Scott first, it was her sister he married and took home to his plantation. When Ophelia receives word of her sister’s murder and Cade’s arrest, she travels there on a mission to learn the truth. She soon finds the halls of Almenara are haunted by secrets, peril, and quite possibly her sister’s ghost.
Despite the cold, angry man Cade has become, Ophelia’s heart refuses to believe he is a murderer. Vowing to do everything she can to prove his innocence, Ophelia must open wounds she’d hoped were long healed and face the feelings that still burn between her and Cade. As everyone looks to Cade as the suspect, evil haunts the dunes and halls of Almenara, bringing death to two more young women and forcing Ophelia to confront the danger.
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About the author….

Romantic suspense author Gloria Davidson Marlow’s heart is firmly planted in the northeast Florida neighborhood where she grew up in a family of commercial fishermen. She works as a legal assistant for a local law firm, but remains a homemaker at heart who loves cooking, Florida wine, and making pickles and jellies. She and her husband, also a commercial fisherman, have three young grandsons with whom Gloria cannot spend nearly enough time.


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Excerpt from “Shades of Silence” by Gloria Davidson Marlow:

“I’m sorry,” she said, moving away from the screen. “I can’t help you.”

            “Wait!” he cried as she started to shut the door.

            The desperation in his voice seemed to catch her attention, because she stepped closer to the screen once more. This time her grey eyes came into clear view, catching and holding his gaze as they searched his intently. Her face drained of color and she swayed toward him. His hand shot out to steady her.

            “Don’t touch me!” she exclaimed.

            “I’m not, I’m not.” He held his hands in front of him as if in surrender.

She seemed to gain some control of herself, as with a heavy sigh she turned away from the door.  

            “You better come in.”                                   

He knew she had decided to help him, although he had no idea what changed her mind. He wanted to demand she explain, but deep down, he doubted he was prepared for what she would say.

            “Have a seat, Mr. Sexton. I’ll get us something to drink.”

            “Can I help?”

            “No!” At her outburst, her cheeks turned pink and she drew in a deep breath. “I’m sorry. Wait here. I’ll be back in just a minute.”

            She hurried from the room and Drake sank into a chair that faced the fireplace. Unlike the outside of the house, the inside was clean and cozy. The small living room had a warm, homey feel to it and he felt himself relax a little. He let his mind wander to a time before Madeline, Kelsey or Terrence Enterprises, the time before he became the man he was today.

            He had been raised in a little house like this one. A fire blazed in the fireplace during the fall and winter. In the spring and summer, his mom kept a huge basket of flowers on the hearth to brighten the dark, cold stone. He closed his eyes, remembering the noise that had filled that house, the noise he had run from at his first opportunity.

            With a small, ironic smile, he thought of the silence that filled his house now. He’d often wondered over the last few years if this was God’s way of answering the prayer he had prayed as a sixteen-year-old boy anxious to escape the noisy, crowded nest he shared with his five siblings and his parents.

            “Mr. Sexton?” Her velvety voice enveloped him and he let it caress his ears for a moment before opening his eyes.

            “Drake,” he said, taking the frosty glass of lemonade she held out to him. “Call me Drake.”

            “All right, um, Drake. How did you find me?”

            “A lady at the supermarket gave me directions. She goes to church with you. I think her last name was Potter, but don’t blame her for telling me. She really tried not to, but I was quite persistent.”

            “I see. And why are you so persistent, Mr. Sexton? Are you a reporter? A stalker? What is it you want from me?”

            Drake studied her for a long moment. She was unlike anything he’d expected. There wasn’t a wrinkle or wild gray hair in sight, no gobs of makeup caking on her face, and not a single piece of gaudy jewelry bedecking her neck and wrists. The woman who stood before him was young and pretty, with large gray eyes that matched the smokiness of her voice and dark hair that hung straight and thick around her face and shoulders. Dressed in snug blue jeans and a loose flannel shirt, she looked nothing like the sideshow quack he’d expected. In all his wild imaginings, he had never expected Sara Jennings to have lips so full and inviting.

She pursed her lips and he forced his gaze away from her mouth and met her eyes. She raised her brows slightly and he was surprised to feel his face turn warm with embarrassment.

“I’m not a reporter, Ms. Jennings and I most certainly am not a stalker. I just want you to help my daughter.” His voice became desperate. “Please, you’re the only hope I have. I need you to help her.”

As if sensing the truth in his words, she nodded in silent acknowledgment.

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