LIGHT UP THE NIGHT
When a police chief who craves stability meets a free-thinking, colorful college professor, neither anticipate the fireworks that light up the night.
After a mugging in grad school left her with an irrational fear of the night not even her PhD in psychology has helped overcome, Sadie Wren is sure she’s found an idyllic, safe place in Cottonbloom. When a break-in at her house shatters her sense of safety, gruff, protective Thaddeus Preston storms into her life. On the surface, they have little in common, but a loneliness she’s only too familiar with hides behind his infrequent smiles. But based on her knowledge of the human psyche, Sadie is convinced her infatuation with Thad will burn out as quickly as it flared.
As the Chief of Police of Cottonbloom, Mississippi, Thaddeus Preston maintains a strict control on everything in the small town—himself included. With an older brother serving time for a crime Thad committed when he was just a kid, he lives a life of penance, not allowing anyone to get close. When a reported lurker turns into a real threat, Thad is determined to restore order as quickly as possible and get back to his virtual jail.
But Thad’s brother gets out on probation just as Sadie and the town turns to him for protection. His tidy, barren life spins into chaos, and the only thing that makes sense is the one woman who shouldn’t.
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CHRISTMAS IN THE COP CAR
For those of you who have read the Falcon Football Series (and if you haven't, you totally should--they're awesome:), you might already know that Jeremy Whitehurst aka Whitey grew up in Falcon, Alabama and plays a secondary role in all three Falcon books. When I wrote his character in SLOW AND STEADY RUSH, I never intended for him to hang around. In fact, he was the villain! I didn't even like the kid for most of the book. But, by the time his life story and struggles became clear, he'd grown on me. Lo and behold, if he didn't show up in the second book, CAUGHT UP IN THE TOUCH, and then the third, MELTING INTO YOU, too. Believe me, I was as surprised as anyone, the kid kept hanging around!
But, he wasn't a kid anymore...he'd grown up and matured over the course of the Falcon books (they take place over three football seasons.) I got the idea for the Cottonbloom series as I was editing the final Falcon book, and on my copyedits, I slipped in the fact Jeremy was moving...to a little town in Louisiana. Not sure how many readers caught on to that fact or put two-and-two together:)
As I was writing KISS ME THAT WAY, it was obvious who Jeremy should be with. He needed a woman who wouldn't judge him based on a few bad decisions in his past. He finds that in Kayla, who made a few a poor decisions herself in KISS ME THAT WAY. This novella jumps ahead a couple of years and the readers will get to catch up with Cade and Sawyer and Monroe in Cottonbloom and also Logan Wilde in Falcon, Alabama. I really loved visiting with all these characters and hope you will too!
(P.S. This is my first Christmas story. To be perfectly honest, I don't find Christmas a very "romantic' holiday, so of course I had to put my own spin on it.)
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