Wednesday Words – Erin Unger (GIVEAWAY)

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Please welcome author Erin Unger to The West Corner! She’s here today talking about books. Giveaway details are at the end of her post!

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Thanks so much for having me today!

Books are powerful. Whole other worlds unfold in a few well-stated sentences. There’s nothing like that feeling a reader gets when the perfect book is open on their lap and it pulls them in on the first page. It’s like a gift. Sometimes they make us rethink long held ideas. At times they mirror what we’re going through. And sometimes they remind us of areas in our lives we haven’t worked on.

But not every book is for every person. Sometimes it’s not the best seller that struck the right cord or the book everyone’s reading, it’s the one you stumbled upon on a special or heard of from a friend. It’s a God-ordained tool to show us His ways and plans.

As Christian writers, the power to transform is even more in our hands. We have the ability to show how great our God is and how he works in the most unusual ways at times. We use our gift to do more than only entertain, we want to make Him more real to our readers. We want to show them how to grow and change as our characters do. And it’s amazing that we can use fiction to do so.

Next time you pick up a book, see if you can find the message hidden in the character’s struggles. Maybe God used a writer to put it there just for you to learn from.

Comment below for a chance to win an eBook of Practicing Murder, and leave your email. Five people must comment for a prize to be given.

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About the Author

photo of author Erin UngerErin Unger was raised in the hills of Virginia, exploring abandoned houses and reading the scariest books she could find. After marrying so young it would make a great romance novel, she has enjoyed an exciting life with her hubby. But her fast-paced life sometimes rivals the suspense in her books thanks to all her mostly grown children and a couple grandkids. Her novel, Practicing Murder, releases March 29, 2019.

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Practicing Murder cover artBook Description

Graduate student Maddie Clare is never talking to her ex-boyfriend Joze Evans or God again. Broken from her past and Joze’s betrayal, she must go home for her Aunt Lonna’s funeral. But after a run-in with a stalker, who insists Maddie knows the secret that had Aunt Lonna investigating him, she’s afraid for her life and must accept Joze’s protection.

As the stalker draws closer, how will Maddie and Joze face the past and their love that never died? And will Maddie stay out of the stalker’s grip long enough to figure out what secret he possesses?

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Practicing Murder is available from Amazon and Pelican Book Group.

Monday Mentions – Hair Calamities and Hot Cash by Gail Pallotta (GIVEAWAY)

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Please welcome Gail Pallotta to The West Corner! She’s here today with her upcoming sweet romance, Hair Calamities and Hot Cash. She’s also giving away an e-copy of her romance novel Barely Above Water to one luck commenter! Details below.

Book Description

Hair Calamities and Hot Cash cover art“A comedic romp from small town to big city in search of missing money, hair catastrophes, and love. A truly fun read”—Cynthia Hickey, author of the Shady Acres Mystery series.

What happens when a New York stockbroker crashes his car into Eve Castleberry’s North Carolina beauty shop…on the same day the young widow’s defective hair products are causing wild hairdos? Soon Eve finds herself helping the handsome stranger hunt the thieves who stole his client’s cash…and hot on the trail of two of the F.B.I.’s most-wanted criminals! Romance blossoms amid danger, suspense and Eve’s hair-brained plan to get back the money.

Excerpt

The bright May sun beaming through the window of my beauty shop created a stripe across the black shampoo bowl. Every day the ache in my heart reminded me that Eve’s Clips was my life now. I leaned Joyce Westmoreland’s head back and scrubbed her blonde locks. Then I reached for the conditioner on the metal shelf behind the shampoo bowl. The bottle was empty, and it was the last one I had. That ne’er-do-well Durbin Brown hadn’t delivered my products.

A breeze hit me in the face as the door swung open, the pink flowered curtain flapping. “Hello, where have you been? You were supposed to come on Monday.” I held out the container. “I’m out.” My insides boiled at such bad service, not to mention that my creepy new salesman reminded me of Ichabod Crane.

He plopped down several cardboard boxes, ripped the top off one and handed me Strawberry Fields Conditioner.

“Thank you.”

Durbin pulled a small pad out of his pants pocket, flipped it open, and tapped his foot. “I’m writing a bill for you.”

The building shook. Metal crunched. Bricks fell amid loud scraping.

My nerves vibrated. Durbin’s mouth twitched. Joyce bounded out of her chair, her blue eyes wide.

“Quick, under the vanity,” I yelled out.

Joyce shot to it like a bullet, but Durbin froze. I grabbed his spindly arm and pulled him behind me, the heels on his black boots scraping across the gray laminate floor. “Get under here.” I couldn’t help but use a harsh tone. He hunkered down, and I scooted beside Joyce. He nuzzled into my shoulder and shivered like a wet puppy. My head spun as the walls shook, shards of glass fell, and sheetrock dust trickled into the air.

Finally, the structure stood still and quiet. I crawled out, and my legs nearly buckled under me. Joyce and Durbin followed. Then we all turned toward the window. My heart sank and landed like rock in my stomach.

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Hair Calamities and Hot Cash is available for pre-order on Amazon.

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Giveaway

Gail Pallotta is giving away one Kindle copy of Barely Above Water. To enter, leave a comment below. Giveaway ends at 11:59pm Eastern on Wednesday, October 24, 2018. Gail will contact the winner on Thursday, October 25.

Barely Above Water cover artHere’s a little more about Barely Above Water:

An illness comes out of nowhere and strikes Suzie Morris. Her boyfriend dumps her. She has no living family, and her physician can’t diagnose the malady. Suzie relies on her Christian faith as she faces the uncertainty of the disease, and turns to a renowned alternative doctor in Destin, Florida. She takes a job coaching a county-sponsored summer swim team. She’s determined to turn the fun, sometimes comical, rag-tag bunch into winners. Her handsome boss renews her belief in love, but learns of her mysterious affliction and abruptly cuts romantic ties. Later he has regrets, but can he overcome his fear of losing a loved one and regain Suzie’s trust?

Barely Above Water is available from Amazon.

About the Author

photo of author Gail PallottaAward-winning author Gail Pallotta’s a wife, mom, swimmer and bargain shopper who loves God, beach sunsets and getting together with friends and family. A former regional writer of the year for American Christian Writers Association, she’s a Grace Awards Finalist and a 2017 Reader’s Favorite Book Awards recipient. She’s published five books, poems, short stories and two-hundred articles. Some of her articles appear in anthologies while two are in museums.

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Monday Mentions – Alone by SM Ford

Please welcome SM Ford to The West Corner! She’s here today with her inspirational romantic suspense novel, Alone.

Book Description

Alone cover artReady for adventure in the snowy Colorado mountains, Cecelia Gage is thrilled to be employed as the live-in housekeeper for her favorite bestselling author. The twenty-five-year-old doesn’t count on Mark Andrews being so prickly, nor becoming part of the small town gossip centering on the celebrity. Neither does she expect to become involved in Andrews family drama and a relationship with Simon Lindley, Mark’s oh-so-good-looking best friend. And certainly, Cecelia has no idea she’ll be mixed up in a murder investigation because of this job. Will Cecelia’s faith get her through all the trouble that lies ahead?

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Alone is available from Amazon and Audible.

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About the Author

photo of author SM FordSM Ford writes inspirational fiction for adults, although teens may find the stories of interest, too.

When she was thirteen, she got hooked on Mary Stewart’s romantic suspense books, although she has been a reader as long as she can remember, and is an eclectic reader. Inspirational authors she enjoys include: Francine Rivers, Bodie Thoene, Dee Henderson, Jan Karon, and many more.

SM Ford is a Pacific Northwest gal, but has also lived in the midwest (Colorado and Kansas) and on the east coast (New Jersey). She and her husband have two daughters and two sons-in-law and three grandsons. She can’t figure out how she got to be old enough for all that, however.

She also loves assisting other writers on their journeys.

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Monday Mentions – Luna’s Treasure by Mary L. Ball

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Please welcome Mary L. Ball to The West Corner! She’s here today with her Christian romantic suspense novel Luna’s Treasure, Celestial Investigation book 2.

Book Description

Luna's Treasure cover artLuna Kast, surveillance specialist at Celestial Investigation stays one-step away from danger. In her personal life, she treasures tranquility. She meets Kevin Hollings. He seems shy and levelheaded, but she’s been duped before and has no intention of making another mistake.

Luna and Kevin become cyber friends, but while their relationship grows, so do her problems. When her latest case turns deadly, and she finds Kevin in the arms of another woman, Luna’s hope for a peaceful life are once again, dashed. Can she stay planted in her belief that God leads those who are faithful?

“Luna’s Treasure,” Celestial Investigation, book two. A Christian romantic suspense based on three sisters. Their P.I. skills come in handy in the quaint town of Mercy, North Carolina, a place where romance and mystery unite.

Excerpt

“Maybe the thief has…” She stopped short with her rambling as a customer crossed the threshold. Luna semi-grinned at the young man who’d purchased chewing gum the night before.

The stranger’s navy blue pullover appeared to be too big for his skinny frame and just as before, his thick beard and attached hood hung down toward his face and made it hard to pick out any unique facial features. He ambled to the middle of the store, looked around and approached the counter. Blood-shot eyes focused on her.

Luna rubbed her neck and shivered as a chill crossed her arms. Engulfed with a sense of uneasiness she moved her hand closer to the underside of the counter where she’d stashed her revolver. “May I help you?”

“Sure.” He smirked. “Gimme the cash now.” Clenched teeth followed the harsh whisper as he pulled a gun from his pocket and waved it toward the register.

“Okay. Calm down. No one needs to get hurt.” Luna barely moved her left hand while her mind replayed tactics she’d been taught in target shooting. Any distraction will give you time to make a move.

“Hurry it up.” The robber exhaled. His cheeks flared.

“What’s that?” Luna glanced to her right and slightly changed her tone, as if excited. “Lady.” The man trailed her gaze.

The response was quick, but it gave Luna the second she needed. She grabbed her gun, stepped back and squeezed the trigger. A bang filled the room.

The robber lost grip on his firearm and fell to the floor.

He stretched out his hand to go for the revolver.

Another thunderous blast echoed in the room.

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Luna’s Treasure is available from Amazon.

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About the Author

photo of author Mary L. BallMary L. Ball is a multi-published Christian author. She resides in the heart of North Carolina.

When she isn’t working on her latest story, she enjoys fishing, reading, and ministering in song with her husband.

Readers can connect with her on her web page, Face Book or Twitter.

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Monday Mentions – A Taste of Tragedy by Kim McMahill

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Please welcome Kim McMahill to The West Corner! She’s here today with A Taste of Tragedy, book 2 in the Risky Research Series.

Book Description

A Taste of Tragedy cover artMorgan Hunter sacrificed everything for her career. She had yet to encounter anything she wasn’t willing to do to succeed . . . until now. When she uncovers evidence that the healthy foods she’s been hired to promote may be dangerous, she must reevaluate her priorities. As questions mount and the body count rises, she finds herself caught in the crosshairs of an organization that will stop at nothing to hide its secrets and protect its profits. With no one else to trust, Morgan is forced to seek help from the man she drove away, but whom she never stopped loving.

Excerpt

“Here, let me help you,” Morgan said as she draped Devyn’s arm around her shoulders.

Morgan tried to relieve as much weight as she could from Devyn as she helped her hobble to the waiting vehicle. Once Devyn was seated in the cramped back seat, Morgan dug out her emergency supply bag. She handed Devyn a blanket and a bottle of water.

“I have a first aid kit, but I think you need something a little more than a bandage.”

“It’s just a few scratches. I’ll live.”

Morgan could see why Nick trusted Devyn with his back. As she looked at the battered and bruised woman, who had taken off into the desert in the middle of the night in bare feet to prevent a criminal from getting away, she had to admire her. Devyn had to be in extreme pain, yet not a complaint escaped her lips.

“Make room in the back,” Nick huffed.

Morgan looked up to see Nick trudging toward her with an inert Aaron slung over his shoulder. She raced to the tiny back cargo area and moved a few items around so Nick could squeeze the body in the vehicle.

“Is he dead?” Morgan whispered.

“Not quite, but we need to get him medical help A.S.A.P. The bullet didn’t hit any vital organs, but I’m not sure how much damage he suffered from the knock to the head”

Morgan watched as Nick set the man down in the vehicle, and then she joined Devyn in the back seat. Turning around and kneeling, she was able to lean over the seat and assess Aaron’s injuries. She folded up a handkerchief and placed it over his gunshot wound and applied pressure. She wasn’t sure which was bleeding more, the bullet hole or the bump and cut to the head, but she had to try and slow the blood loss any way she could.

“That’s all we can do for now,” Nick said. “Just keep the pressure on the best you can.”

Morgan nodded as Nick secured the back and then got behind the wheel.

“You okay?” Nick asked as he turned to face Devyn.

“I’ve had better days, but sadly, I’ve had worse.”

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A Taste of Tragedy is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Smashwords.

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About the Author

photo of author Kim McMahillKim McMahill grew up in Wyoming, which is where she developed her sense of adventure and love of the outdoors. Kim started out writing non-fiction, but her passion for exotic world travel, outrageous adventures, stories of survival, and happily-ever-after endings soon drew her into a world of romantic suspense. Along with writing adventure novels Kim has also published over eighty travel and geographic articles and contributed to a travel anthology and cookbook. Kim currently resides in Colorado, and when not writing, she enjoys gardening, traveling, hiking, and spending time with family.

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New Release – Emerald Street by Felicia Rogers

Please welcome my fellow Astraea Press author Felicia Rogers! She’s here today to celebrate the release of the third book in the Wounded Soldiers Series, Emerald Street.

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What if one laugh changed your world?

Raylyn Morrison, a critical care nurse for wounded soldiers, has a problem. She cares too much. Dreams haunt her. The death of her patients leaves her distraught and seeking peace. But temporary peace is not enough. She doesn’t want to leave, but she needs to. Then he comes along.

Staff Sergeant Jack Williams understands loss — physical, emotional, and spiritual. Not only did the war take his leg, but it took his family and his desire to live. But the voice of an angel keeps him going. A voice he dreams about even after he wakes from a coma. Yet when they meet she is nothing like he expected and he wonders if he’s made mistake.

Fate destines them to be together forever, he’s sure of it, but something goes wrong and Raylyn disappears. She leaves a hole that only service can fill.

Chiapas, Mexico, is the perfect setting to forget her loss and work on her future. But when Jack reappears in her life, she worries her heart will break again. But after two years, she should be over him. Right? Do her new fears have a foundation or should she give in and allow herself to love him once more?

While residing in a country with a rich history and a tumultuous future, Jack must convince Raylyn he never stopped loving her…before it is too late.

Excerpt

“Can I join you?”

She jumped, surprised to hear Jack’s voice. Swallowing, she held out her hand. “Please.”

He took a seat. “I didn’t expect to see you here.”

“I don’t have any food.” Way to go, just blurt out something stupid.

He smiled and played with a folded napkin. “Neither do I. I’ve been eating in some of the restaurants here on the strip. Believe it or not, they have practically anything you might want.”

“I noticed that.”

“Did you order already?” he asked.

“I did.”

“So did I. I asked them to bring it here. That is, if you don’t mind.”

She shook her head. They sat quietly, and she winked and whispered, “Are you going to show me some more of your fancy dance moves?”

He laughed under his breath. “I’m not sure. Would you like me to?”

She smiled. “Only if you’re going to move your hips again.”

He laughed heartily and stood to his feet. She reached for his arm to pull him back down, but he’d already confiscated a rose and placed it in his mouth. The guests clapped as he danced around the room. Did anyone notice the slight hop to his step? The plastic prosthesis peeked out from under the hem of his pants. She looked away and forced herself to watch his happy face. Hands clasped atop the table, she tapped her feet to the music.

A smile widened across her face as Jack drew close and moved his arms like a wave in her direction. She shook her head. No way was he getting her to dance. He bent at the waist, his nose almost touching hers.

“Come on, it’ll be fun.”

Chin lowered to her chest, she tried to avoid his intense stare. The crowd cheered as he enacted fancy footwork before her table in an attempt to get her attention. Heat flushed her cheeks at the thought of his hands guiding her.

He snatched her hand and drew her to her feet. Warmth encased her entire body as he held one of her hands high above their heads and laid the other on her waist. He guided the movement of her hips, and her heart raced. Tingles raced along her spine, and she fought her rising attraction.

Jack held her close and nodded his head for her to take the rose from his teeth. Awkwardly, she complied, and he twirled her out. Her heart hammered so loud in her chest, she couldn’t hear.
He moved his hands to her waist. Others in the crowd stood and followed suit. Soon there was a line rounding the restaurant’s interior. The song ended, and they fell into their seats, laughing.

“You have a beautiful smile, mi tesoro.”

Heat flooded her cheeks. No one had ever called her their treasure. She smoothed a wayward hair behind her ear and prayed for a distraction. Still, her flesh tingled from his touch, and she ached to regain his nearness.

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Emerald Street is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and most online retailers.

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Emerald Street is a contemporary inspirational suspense romance and the sequel to Diamond Mine and Pearl Valley. Want to know what readers are saying about Emerald Street?

“Gripping!! Felicia Rogers does a masterful job of telling a gripping story that is emotionally packed. It gives a realistic perspective on just how prevalent injustice towards Christians exists in parts of the world… You will not put this book down unmoved.” –Yolanda Gamble, reader

“Felicia has once again marvelously brought 2 extremely likable characters to life. The story of Raylyn and Jack seems so real that I couldn’t help but laugh, cry, and gasp throughout the book. I loved seeing old favorites again from Diamond Mine (if you haven’t read that book it is a must!) and meeting new ones.” –Danielle Williams, reader

About the Author

photo of author Felicia RogersFelicia Rogers is an author of multiple novels and novellas. When she’s not writing, Felicia volunteers with the Girl Scouts of America, teaches at a local homeschooling group, hikes, and spends time with her family.

To find out more information about Felicia Rogers visit the sites below. She loves hearing from her readers.

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Email: feliciarogersauthor@yahoo.com

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Finding the Way Back Release Party and Giveaway

Finding the Way Back releases today on Kindle and Smashwords!

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Nurse practitioner Hazel Baker is stunned when the Agency asks her to take a traumatized field agent home with her. Her immediate concern is how it will affect her four-year-old daughter. But, after meeting the broken man, she can’t deny him the opportunity for healing and opens her home to him. If only she could find a way to help him regain the ability to speak, which he lost after being captured during a mission…

Ian Grant may not have a voice, but he still has a conscience — something many of his colleagues at the Agency seem to have lost. Their unethical behavior set back his recovery from the torture he endured, but his move to Hazel’s house gives him hope that perhaps someone truly does care about him, not just what he knows. But can Hazel’s gentle presence and her daughter’s innocence help him find the strength to fight against the corruption riddling the Agency?

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In honor of the release, I’m hosting a party on this blog until November 15. As part of the festivities, I’m giving away a $10 gift certificate to either Amazon or Barnes and Noble. There are daily opportunities to enter, and the more entries you submit, the better your chances of winning. So, grab your friends, check out the contest details, and join the fun!

Contest details:

Entering is simple. Do any (or all) of the things listed below, submit the entry form, and you’ll receive the appropriate number of entries in the drawing. Some of the entries can be earned each day of the release party, so be sure to come back often! Then on November 16, 2012, the winner will be chosen using Random.org and announced on this blog. The winner will also be notified by email, so be sure to enter your email address accurately!

Ways to earn entries:

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Drum roll, please…

Exciting news! Finding the Way Back will be available November 8, 2012. And without further ado, here is the promised blurb for this sweet romance novella with a hint of suspense:

Finding the Way Back cover artNurse practitioner Hazel Baker is stunned when the Agency asks her to take a traumatized field agent home with her. Her immediate concern is how it will affect her four-year-old daughter. But, after meeting the broken man, she can’t deny him the opportunity for healing and opens her home to him. If only she could find a way to help him regain the ability to speak, which he lost after being captured during a mission…

Ian Grant may not have a voice, but he still has a conscience — something many of his colleagues at the Agency seem to have lost. Their unethical behavior set back his recovery from the torture he endured, but his move to Hazel’s house gives him hope that perhaps someone truly does care about him, not just what he knows. But can Hazel’s gentle presence and her daughter’s innocence help him find the strength to fight against the corruption riddling the Agency?

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Stay tuned for information on the release party, which will include the opportunity to win Finding the Way Back.

It’s coming… with a new cover

I know, I know. I fell off the blogging wagon again, but I had a really good excuse this time. For the last few weeks, I’ve been working at a furious pace to finish Finding the Way Back, a sweet romance with a hint of suspense. The edits are complete, with only a quick proofread left to do before publication. Who is the publisher, you ask? Me!

That’s right, I’m taking a journey into the realm of self-publishing with this novella. It’s been quite a ride so far, but I’m enjoying every step. Even the frustrating moments have taught me a lot and brought me a greater appreciation for what publishers do for their authors. Cover artists in particular are superheroes in my mind. After working to create my own cover, their skills and talent impress me even more. I must thank author Miss Mae for her excellent advice when my cover wasn’t turning out quite right. Thanks to her, I was able to re-work the cover into something I love.

Without further ado, here’s the brand-new cover for Finding the Way Back!

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Look for the blurb next week, along with an announcement of the release date!

Sweet Saturday Sample – Riley’s Mission

It’s been a while since I mentioned my sweet romantic suspense, Riley’s Mission. If you haven’t checked it out yet, here’s a brief taste of the story to whet your appetite:

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Riley's Mission cover artRaised voices caught her attention and she opened her eyes. One of the voices spoke English, but the other shouted in Arabic. Jade’s heart raced and she trembled at the sound of the Arabic voice.

It couldn’t be him. She’d left him in a Syrian prison.

She climbed out of bed and went to the door. No matter how horrible she felt, she had to know if it was him. She followed the sound of the quieting voices and peered around the corner. In a glass-walled room lay Aziz Khadoul. He was having a heated discussion with a brown-haired man wearing an outfit identical to Gibson’s. The soldier looked almost like…

It couldn’t be. She hadn’t seen him since Kuwait. Jade backed away and leaned against the wall, fighting terror at the sight of the man responsible for her evacuation to the United States in the company of a man she knew well.

She made her way to an empty wheelchair parked a few feet away and dropped into the seat. Lowering her head to her hands, she tried to figure out how Khadoul had ended up in Grant County General Hospital. How had he even made it into the United States?

No matter how he’d gotten here, he couldn’t see her. He’d attempted to kill her before, and she had no doubt he’d try again, no matter how sick he was. Moisture stung her eyes. She’d fought so long and hard to stop him from killing anyone.

“Ma’am, are you all right?”

Jade lifted her head and found Gibson watching her. Before she could respond, she noticed the brown-haired man with him, the same man who had spoken with Khadoul.

She hadn’t been wrong.

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Riley’s Mission is available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other online retailers. You can also purchase a copy from The Wild Rose Press.

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