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August 15, 2016

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"Set up a writing schedule and stick to it. The only way to get published and stay published is to write. Also, try to write the same time every day, and then it’ll become a habit." ~ Delores Fossen, author of Six-Gun Showdown

"I'm not dead." 

The voice mail rocks deputy sheriff Jax Crockett to his core. A year ago, Paige was murdered by the Moonlight Strangler. Yet his ex-wife just showed up at his ranch—out of options and out of time. There are only two reasons Paige would come back to Texas with a killer hot on her heels: Jax and their toddler son. Faking her death was the only way to keep them alive. But now it's Jax who's risking everything to protect his family. The cowboy lawman is also reawakening a powder keg of desire. A desire that's primed and ready to explode. Giving in will up the ante, igniting the embers of a love they may not live to claim.

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"Greatest tip I can give anyone – Perseverance – keep writing.  The more you write the better chance you’ll have of getting published and sustaining a writing career.  It took me years to get my first book published and I’ve suffered through some slumps due to lines closing – losing editors and agents, etc –but BEAUTY AND THE BODYGUARD is my 52nd published book.  No matter how many rejections I received, I kept writing.  And if an editor asked me to revise, I revised.  I once changed a book from a women’s fiction into a paranormal vampire book.  I look at revisions as a challenge to make a book even better."  ~ Lisa Childs, author of Beauty and the Bodyguard

Can this bachelor bodyguard save his true love from mortal danger…on her wedding day?

Bride-to-be Megan Lynch has just learned her ex, presumed dead marine Gage Huxton, is alive after surviving enemy captivity. But before she can break up with her fiancĂ©, gunmen storm her wedding and take hostages! Megan will do anything to stay alive—for herself and a second chance with Gage. But there's more terror to endure before she can say yes to the dress—and her dream groom!

What do the gunmen want? Gage works double time to unravel the mystery and save the beauty who still holds his heart. As the wedding crashers open fire, Gage puts his life on the line to protect Megan and convince her of his love.

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"It’s important to write your book before you pitch it. I’ve met many aspiring authors who have written a few chapters, pitched the idea to an editor or agent, received a request for the complete manuscript, and then not been able to finish the project.  My advice: don’t open a door you won’t be able to walk through. It becomes a missed opportunity and makes a poor first impression.  When the request comes – and it will – the manuscript should be ready to send." ~ Shirlee McCoy, author of Secrets and Lies


Attacked in her classroom, widowed teacher Ariel Martin's only thought is for her unborn child. When her student's brother, rookie K-9 officer Tristan McKeller, and his faithful dog save her life, she can't thank him enough. She knows Tristan won't rest until she's safe, but she doesn't want him or his police colleagues digging into her dangerous past. After all, the only person who would want to hurt her is dead…or is he? With her and her child's life on the line, she'll have to trust Tristan with her secrets if she wants to finally get the fresh start she's been desperately seeking.

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