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Preston is being written right now and I would like to have him out within the next couple of months. Duncan will take several months longer. I have a feeling his book is going to be a big one!

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The business was doing great, but he couldn’t help but be resentful that he was not part of the detectives out on the street. Looking down at his worthless legs, he was once again swamped with anger. As a Marine, it had been standard practice to run for five or ten miles a day. Now he was lucky if he could get his thigh to twitch on command. It was historic if he could get a hard-on.

Although, he thought with a slight smile, it was happening more and more often when Shannon was in the room.

The first time he’d met her, more than six months ago now, she and Mrs. Harrison had been kneeling on the floor going through files. Shannon had straightened and arched her back to work out the kinks. She’d been wearing a cute little pink outfit thing that clung to her lush curves, but she’d kicked off her high heels. The lust that had fired through his veins caught him totally off guard. For the first time in six years, he’d gotten excited looking at woman’s ass. Her legs were bare beneath the skirt. He sat stunned, soaking up her subtle beauty and the exhilaration of being turned on.

The women hadn’t seen him yet, so he cataloged everything he could about Shannon Murphy. Mrs. Harrison had said Shannon was extremely intelligent and would be a wonderful office manager, but she had not told them how exceedingly beautiful Shannon was, with her petite little shape and curly, dark chocolate-colored hair laying gently on her shoulders. Shannon was a good bit smaller than the older woman beside her, but curvy, and had a husky laugh that gave him chills. His own lips curled up in shared humor, even though he had no idea what she laughed at. Without conscious thought, he pushed his chair forward to get their attention.

Mrs. Harrison noticed him first, and pushed herself to her feet, then urged Shannon to join her. John barely heard the introduction as his eyes took in the details of her face. In honest fact, she was not classically beautiful. Actually, “cute” would more likely be applied to her mobile features and wide-set hazel eyes. Her broad smile started with up-tilted lips on one side, then spread to encompass her whole mouth.

He held out his hand and was entranced as she pumped energetically. Without blinking, he watched for any hint that the chair or his disability bothered her, but she seemed almost oblivious to the fact that he could not stand up to shake her hand. For the first time in longer than he could remember, he had met a person that not by word or deed made him feel like less than a man.

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A portion of the proceeds from this book will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.

John Palmer hasn’t felt like a real man since he was injured during combat in Iraq. Though not content with his new life, he is mostly adapting, just like the other vets at the Lost ‘N’ Found Investigative Service. When Shannon Murphy is hired on as the new office manager, life suddenly gets a lot more interesting. Before long, John finds himself wondering if he could ever be the kind of man Shannon needs.

Shannon Murphy wasn’t really looking for love when she hired on at LNF, but finds herself hopelessly attracted to the sex-on-wheels former Marine, John Palmer. The man is grumpy and nearly impossible to work with, but his brand of masculinity appeals to her on a basic level. Soon Shannon is wondering just what it would take for John to want her the way she wants him.

When an old enemy tries to settle a vendetta against Shannon, John insists on protecting her. He moves into her house, fanning the spark of attraction into a blaze. But the danger continues to escalate. Will the connection that they’ve found survive when they’re thrust into a fight for their lives?

Recognizing Earth Weekend…with Sexy Vets

I’m participating in a blog-hop right now for Earth Weekend, and what better way to celebrate it than with e-books and gift cards for prizes??? No paper products! To join the hop, as a reader or an author, just click this link here.
While my books aren’t exactly about recycling, they are about finding new life after the old one didn’t work out. I write about Marines that have returned home, battle-damaged and heart-sore, that are forced to rebuild their lives when the military discharges them.

The prequel of the series, The Embattled Road, is free! If you click on this cover it will take you directly to Amazon.

Book 1 of the series is titled Embattled Hearts, about a wheelchair bound former Marine trying to save the woman he’s falling in love with.  No, there’s nothing in the book itself about recycling or being Earth conscious, but it is wonderful to watch John Palmer’s transformation from hard-ass Marine to nice guy. Here’s an excerpt.

John sat back in
his chair, with a hand across his flat belly. “I can’t eat any more. That was
wonderful.”
“I’m glad you
liked it.”
“I mean every
word of it. It’s better than anything I’ve ever had before.”
Shannon felt her
brows lower skeptically. “Oh, please. I’m an okay cook, but certainly not
fantastic.”
“After MREs,
hospital food and take-out, believe me, this is ambrosia.”
Shannon tipped
her head forward. “Well thank you very much for the compliment, John. It’s the
least I could do.”
She took a piece
of chicken over to the box in the corner and broke it into little pieces. One
she gave to the mother, and the others to each of the kittens. John rolled over
behind her, and peered down into the box. He scowled as he watched them spit
and hiss at each other. “Why are they doing that?” he demanded.
Shannon smiled
and separated two of the kittens. “Well, they haven’t been eating solid food
very long, and they’re trying to establish a pecking order. They don’t usually
hurt each other.”
She handed a
small gray bundle of fur to John. “This is the runt of the litter, and I try to
feed her a little more than the others.”
John held the
kitten awkwardly in front of him. The young cat’s paws batted the air, looking
for something to claw into.
“No, no, hold her
against you, like this.”
She settled his
hand against his chest and shaped his fingers around the little creature’s
bottom. Shannon didn’t even realize how close she had moved to John until she
looked up and found him staring at her. Hard. With those heavy black brows
furrowed and his dark eyes full of burning emotion.
“Sorry,” she
mumbled, and pulled away quickly. She snatched another kitten out of the box
and tucked it under her chin.
John’s kitten
started to purr.
“What’s it doing
now?” he demanded.
Shannon laughed
at the ferocious frown on his face. “Relax,” she told him gently, “she’s just
purring. It means she’s comfortable and likes what you’re doing.”
John eased back
in his chair and eyed the cat.
“Haven’t you ever
had a cat?” she asked him curiously.
John’s face lost
all expression, and a subtle tension eased into the air. “No, I haven’t. Animals
weren’t allowed at the boy’s home where I grew up.”
“Oh.” Shannon
felt like a heel as the revelation about his childhood settled into her. It
explained so much of who he was.
“I didn’t mean to
dig things up,” she told him finally.
John shrugged and
stroked the kitten on the top of its head with a huge finger. “No big deal. You
didn’t know.”
“So, have you
ever had any pets?” she asked finally.
John shook his
head. “None. There was a stray dog I used to toss scraps to outside my window at
the orphanage, but he wasn’t around very long before the pound caught him.”
Shannon felt her
eyes fill with helpless tears. How very sad. No animals in his life at all, and
the one small contact he had destroyed by the dog catcher. She still had three
horses at her parent’s house in Colorado Springs she needed to decide what to
do with. She’d always had animals in her life. From hamsters and hermit crabs
as a child to horses and cattle she showed in 4-H in her teenage years. Actually,
she couldn’t remember ever not having
an animal in her life.
John fondled the
kitten around the ears, and the little animal purred just as loud as she could,
her eyes slitted shut in rapture. Shannon knew she would do the same thing if John
handled her that way too.
“She really likes
you,” she told him softly.
John made a
non-committal grunt, but he continued to run his big fingers gently over her
coat.
“You know,”
Shannon murmured, “I’m going to have to find homes for these before too long.”
John immediately
held the kitten out to her. “No, thank you. You’ll find a better home for it
than with me.”
Reluctantly, she
took the dangling kitten from his hand. She wouldn’t push him on it. They
wouldn’t be ready to wean for a couple of weeks yet, anyway. Setting the two
gently in the box, she turned back to John.
And caught him as
he glanced away from her ass.
 
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Embattled Hearts is LIVE!!!

For those of you that have been waiting, Embattled Hearts, John Palmer’s story, is now LIVE on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo and Smashwords!

A portion of the proceeds from this book will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.

John Palmer hasn’t felt like a real man since he was injured during combat in Iraq. Though not content with his new life, he is mostly adapting, just like the other vets at the Lost ‘N’ Found Investigative Service. When Shannon Murphy is hired on as the new office manager, life suddenly gets a lot more interesting. Before long, John finds himself wondering if he could ever be the kind of man Shannon needs.
Shannon Murphy wasn’t really looking for love when she hired on at LNF, but finds herself hopelessly attracted to the sex-on-wheels former Marine, John Palmer. The man is grumpy and nearly impossible to work with, but his brand of masculinity appeals to her on a basic level. Soon Shannon is wondering just what it would take for John to want her the way she wants him.
When an old enemy tries to settle a vendetta against Shannon, John insists on protecting her. He moves into her house, fanning the spark of attraction into a blaze. But the danger continues to escalate. Will the connection that they’ve found survive when they’re thrust into a fight for their lives?

ALSO!!!
The Embattled Road is FREE right now on Amazon, for Valentine’s Day Weekend. I’ve gotten phenomenal reviews for it, and really believe it’s something everyone should read.
In the harrowing prequel to The Lost and Found series, three embattled Marines must deal with their devastating physical and emotional injuries in a world that seems to have turned against them.
When the rescue helicopter crashes into his convoy in Iraq, Marine First Sergeant Duncan Wilde struggles with the loss of men, his career and the use of his body. Things can’t get much worse. Until his fiancée decides she has to move on with her life, and that of her unborn child by another man.
Sergeant Chad Lowell knew when he went to war that it would come with a price. And it did. A young Marine under his command is killed by a landmine. Chad’s left with one less leg and a mountain of recriminations. That doesn’t mean he wants to be a pitied by every female he comes in contact with.
Gunnery Sergeant John Palmer is furious at the hand he’s been dealt. He’s served his country faithfully, if not without antagonism, for many years. Now they’re turning him out like a relative who has overstayed his welcome. And, since he’s not even a real man anymore, maybe it is time to move on permanently.
Can these wounded warriors use a friendship borne out of adversity to form a partnership rescuing others? And can they find real love in spite of their challenges?

John Palmer Update…And a Taste…

I know a lot of you are waiting on pins and needles for John’s book to come out, titled Embattled Hearts. I thought I would assure you that it will be out this month. It’s complete, being edited and beta-read as we speak, cover is ready to go. So, I thought I would give you a little taste to whet your appetite…

She handed a small gray bundle of
fur to John. “This is the runt of the litter, and I try to feed her a little
more than the others.”
John held the kitten awkwardly in front
of him. The young cat’s paws batted the air, looking for something to claw
into.
“No, no, hold her against you,
like this.”
She settled his hand against his
chest and shaped his fingers around the little creature’s bottom.  Shannon didn’t even realize how close she had
moved to John until she looked up and found him staring at her. Hard. With
those heavy black brows furrowed and his dark eyes full of burning emotion.
“Sorry,” she mumbled and pulled
away quickly. She snatched another kitten out of the box and tucked it under
her chin.
John’s kitten started to purr.
“What’s it doing now?” he
demanded.
Shannon laughed at the ferocious
frown on his face. “Relax,” she told him gently, “he’s just purring. It means
he’s comfortable and he likes what you’re doing.”
John eased back in his chair and
eyed the cat.
“Haven’t you ever had a cat?” she
asked him curiously.
John’s face lost all expression,
and a subtle tension eased into the air. “No, I haven’t. Animals weren’t
allowed at the boy’s home where I grew up.”
“Oh.” Shannon felt like a heel as
the revelation about his childhood settled into her. It explained so much of
who he was.
“I didn’t mean to dig things up,”
she told him finally.
John shrugged and stroked the
kitten on the top of its head with a huge finger. “No big deal. You didn’t
know.”
“So, have you ever had any pets?”
she asked finally.
John shook his head. “None. There
was a stray dog I used to toss scraps to outside my window at the orphanage,
but he wasn’t around very long before the pound caught him.”
Shannon felt her eyes fill with
helpless tears. How very sad. No animals in his life at all, and the one small
contact he had destroyed by the dog catcher. She couldn’t imagine not having
animals in her life. She still had three horses at her parent’s house in
Colorado Springs she needed to decide what to do with. And she had always had
animals in her life. From hamsters and hermit crabs as a child to horses and
cattle she showed in 4-H in her teenage years. Actually, she couldn’t remember
ever not having an animal in her
life.
John fondled the kitten around the
ears, and the little animal purred just as loud as she could, her eyes slitted
shut in rapture. Shannon knew she would do the same thing if John handled her
that way too.
“She really likes you,” she told
him softly.
John made a non-committal grunt,
but he continued to run his big fingers gently over her coat.
“You know,” Shannon murmured. “I’m
going to have to find homes for these before too long.”
John immediately held the kitten
out to her. “No, thank you. You’ll find a better home for it than with me.”
Reluctantly, she took the dangling
kitten from his hand. She wouldn’t push him on it. They wouldn’t be ready to
wean for a couple of weeks yet anyway. Setting the two gently in the box, she
turned back to John.

And caught him as he glanced away from her ass.

If you haven’t read Embattled Road yet, I strongly suggest you do to get a feel for the men.

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