Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Psst - Advance Peek At KINFOLK, new romantic suspense novel

On July 4th my next novel and my first Champagne Books release, KINFOLK, will be out.  It's just the perfect day for this novel, a romantic suspense featuring a former Navy SEAL as the hero.  Ben Hatfield's Navy career ended early due to an injury but he's more than capable to handle the trouble that is heading his way after writer Katherine Vaughn returns home to her native Arkansas in fear for her life.

Here's the blurb:

When Katherine Vaughn flees California, she returns home to her native Arkansas, a place she barely remembers. As she settles in at the family farm with her aunt, she finds herself growing closer to her late cousin's husband, Ben Hatfield. Ben is a lot more than the country bumpkin she first takes him to be and when the men who threatened her follow her to Arkansas he will rely on his skills as a former Navy SEAL to protect her.

As their feelings toward one another grow, so does the danger and in the end, it’s anyone’s guess what will happen or if anyone will be safe.

Katherine’s life is in jeopardy as she wonders if there is any hope left in her heart.

            Kinfolk is a novel about the power of love and the strength of family ties.



full-bellied harvest moon illuminated the farm with a magical light. The orb

was a rich butternut shade, a burnt orange that beckoned her outside. Without

stopping for shoes, she dashed downstairs and outside where she let the light

pour over her skin.

With face upturned to the heavens, she marveled at the beauty of the

night sky. Stars dappled the heavens, dimmed by the brilliant moonlight but

visible. Beneath her feet, the cold earth was solid and the wind that teased

her hair carried a chill portent of winter. Powerful joy at being alive soared

through her and she raised both arms as if she could enfold the heavens into

her embrace.

Headlights played over her face and she blinked, the mood broken.

Ben’s 1963 Chevy pickup slowed as he rolled down the window.

“Is everything all right?”

“Wonderful!” she called. “I came out to see the moonlight. Isn’t it


His profile in the shadows of the truck shifted and she saw him

smile. “Pretty. Your feet may freeze, though. It’ll frost tonight. Don’t they

have a moon in California?”

“Well, yes, they do.” She wasn’t offended; his tone was teasing.

“I bet you can’t see it through all the smog.”

With care, she took two steps closer to the truck, near enough that

she could smell his cigarette smoke. Her giddy joy faded and she felt very

tired. It was important, though, that he not find her foolish.

“Please don’t think I’m silly, out mooning over the moon.”

He shook his head and moved so that the moonlight illuminated his

face. “I don’t think you’re silly at all, Katy. Good night.”

If he had been closer, she would have kissed him. Her realization

rattled her but it also warmed her as she picked her way across the rocky

drive to the house. In the morning, the frost he predicted rimed the fields and

coated the hay bales near the barn with white.

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