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Wow, tomorrow is the offical release day for Gambling On A Secret… I can’t believe it. As many of you know, I also publish paranormal romance as Cera duBois and actually my second paranormal, A Hunter’s Blade, released on Tuesday. But there’s something about seing this first western, truly the book of my heart, out into the world.
Here’s a bit from one of my favorite scenes in the book. Some setup… Charli and Dylan are lying in bed and she is tracing a tatoo he has over his heart–a sword with a green beret lying over it and the Latin words “De oppresso liber.”
“What does this mean?”
He caught her hand and held it against his heart. “The translation isn’t perfect, but it roughly means ‘to free from oppression.’ The motto for the Special Forces.”
She looked at him. “You really lived by that motto, didn’t you?”
When Charli bets everything on a secret, will she find the deck stacked against her?
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?
CONTENT WARNING: Details abuse of a minor, drug abuse, alcoholism, swearing, spicy sex, murder.
COVER QUOTE: “Full of intrigue, tangled pasts, and raw emotions, this one is guaranteed to keep you turning pages from start to finish and then wishing for one more chapter!”
Carolyn Brown, New York Times bestselling author of Just a Cowboy and His Baby.
Ms. Brown also named Gambling On A Secret as one of her favorite romance reads in 2012 in the Happy Ever After Blog on USA Today.