The Dalmatian Dilemma, Veterans’ Road Bk 2 (August 2020)

The Dalmatian Dilemma

She’s opened up to him…
But will he let her in?

Former air force officer Reyna Montero wants to become a firefighter, despite her family’s wishes. In a bid to impress the fire chief, Reyna agrees to train the station’s naughty dalmatian—and turns to fellow veteran and dog expert Sean Wakefield for support. As they work together, independent Reyna gradually lets Sean see her vulnerable side…until mounting pressures tangle with their dreams coming true.

 

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Excerpt:

Reyna’s smile, surrounded by glittering, sparkling lights, knocked him off his game. He’d known that smile would be memorable. It was rare. That made it more valuable.

“Get her some food.” Mimi snapped her fingers in front of his face. Had she been forced to repeat herself? “Then we dance. Do you know how to hustle, Reyna?” A sly grin curved her lips. “Sean knows how to hustle.” She wagged her eyebrows and then straightened her tiara.

He and Reyna watched her descend from her stage. Then he noticed Reyna had covered her cheeks with both hands.

“Do you wish I’d taken you back home?” Sean bent his head so she could hear him. Her eyes met his—a kiss would be so easy. But she said, “No, I was wondering if Mimi would adopt Brisa, too. My sister would love her. I love her.”

Sean made a mental note to ask someone smart why finding out that a woman loved the same person he loved more than life automatically made her the most beautiful person in the world.

Excerpt:

He sipped his lemonade and immediately puckered his lips while pinching his nose against the brain freeze. Her reluctant chuckle reminded him they weren’t doing this, they were friends, not lovers, but the warmth that spread across his chest suggested only his brain had gotten the memo. The rest of him was still connected to her. He couldn’t help it. Making her laugh was like a drug.

“She’s not a beach dog.” Reyna unhooked the leash. “Should we try walking down by the water? Let’s see if she likes that better.”

“Can’t hurt.” Sean stood and brushed the sand off his jeans. Dottie immediately snorted. She’d made her feelings clear about the sand. “And then we’ll find a different dog park, one with lots of grass.”

Reyna nodded and they slowly walked down toward where the waves wet the sand.

Dottie perked up at the retreat of the water and followed it tentatively until the waves crashed back in. She ran away, her tail wagging wildly. She might hate sand, but she loved the new game she’d found.

A Soldier Saved, Veterans’ Road Bk 1 (April 2020)

He’s rebuilding his life
Could she be his happy ending?

Sweet Romance cover

A Soldier Saved


Returning veteran Jason Ward hopes a creative writing class will jump-start his life’s second act. Falling for his instructor is a major plot twist! Professor Angela Simmons is trying to move on after divorce, just like her soon-to-be-remarried ex. Though she’s drawn to Jason, his scars run too deep to let anyone get close. With a little poetry and a lot of courage…could this be the new chapter they deserve?

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Excerpt:

“We’ve already got to go parasailing to make your mother happy. Want to be my adventure coach? My guide?” Angela asked before she thought better of it. “I’m guessing skydiving, bungee jumping, rock climbing… Those are nothing to a soldier.” And he’d have to physically catch her and strap her into the harness to get her rock climbing, but she wasn’t going to mention that.
 
“Why does ‘guide’ make me think of uniforms and learning to make fires to earn badges? People talk about skydiving as if it’s hard.” Jason shook his head. “It’s one step. Then you just fall. Falling is easy.”
 
“But you’ve got to stick the landing…or else,” Angela drawled. His chuckle sent that fizzy spark through her. She was the funniest woman in the world at that moment.
 
Excerpt:
“So, Jason, what music speaks to you?” Angela asked, prepared to agree with whatever came out of his mouth. Even death metal would have some kind of connection if she dug deep.
“Lots of music, but based on your description of images and the power of the words…” He paused.
Was he regretting his decision to step out? She hoped not. This was all part of the process.
“Smokey.” He cleared his throat. “Smokey Robinson. ‘My Girl.’ It gets at the way love, especially when it’s new, makes a man float, bright and warm, sunshiny. He’s bouncing along and ready to tell the world.”