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This is from my upcoming contemporary Western suspense, Gambling On A Secret, releasing January 7, 2013 from Lyrical Press.
This is from Dylan’s first POV scene from Chapter 1…
Set up: Dylan Quinn is easily considered the town drunk, but he has PTSD. He was wounded in Afghanistan when his Special Forces Delta Team, which he commanded, was ambushed in a super secret operation to support the famous SEAL Team Six in their definitive operation. Here, he has returned to his sister’s home, where he’s been living for the past year, after his interview for ranch manager for the mysterious heiress, Charli Monroe.
Where would he go if Tracy followed through with her threat and tossed his ass out like yesterday’s trash? He didn’t want a job. He didn’t know what he wanted, but everything that mattered had died with his wife’s Dear John letter and his men in Kandahar a year ago.
He’d long ago stopped feeling the burn of bourbon he poured down his throat. What had possessed him to show up at this interview and not blow it off like all the others Tracy set up?
An image of Miss Charlotte Monroe popped into his mind as he lowered the bottle from his lips.
Former runaway-turned-heiress Charli Monroe is hiding her sordid past and planning a future in Colton, Texas. Attending the local college for a degree in social work, she intends to raise cattle on her newly purchased ranch, which she plans to open as a home for troubled teens. Only a few glitches—the Victorian mansion is crumbling, the barn needs a roof, and her oilman neighbor wants more than friendship. When she meets Dylan Quinn, Charli is willing to take a chance on the town drunk to help her rebuild the rundown ranch.
Dylan has his demons, too. The former Special Forces commander can’t get past his ex-wife’s betrayal and the botched mission that left him with much more than a bad limp. Certain the greedy oilman next door to Charli wants much more than just her heart, Dylan’s even willing to stop drinking in order to protect her.
When things get dangerous and secrets of the past are revealed, is he only looking out for his new employer, or is she the new start he so desperately needs?
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