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This entertaining collection of short stories will take readers from the frozen Arctic, to Victorian England, and then present day New York City.
In Murder by Bear, readers will meet Julia. Her close encounter with a polar bear in Churchill, Manitoba, makes her question her marriage. In Escape, set in British Colombia, Canada, Marilee tries to outrun her past. Victorian England sets the stage for The Encounter, in which a desperate Emily scratches a living on the streets of London. In First Impressions, Ann dreads her upcoming arranged marriage to the mean-spirited George. And lastly, present day New York City is the setting for The Wily Witness. In the NY office, newly hired FBI Agent Finn Callaghan struggles to establish who stole five hundred thousand dollars in diamonds.
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Widow Sarah Johnson struggled to pick up the pieces after her life was ripped apart. After two years of grieving, she's found contentment in her thriving business as photographer to Hollywood's A-list and in raising her angel-faced daughter, Kylee... until bodyguard and long-time friend Ethan Cooke changes everything with a searing moonlight kiss.
Sarah's world turns upside down as she struggles with her unexpected attraction to Ethan and the guilt of betraying her husband's memory. But when blue roses and disturbing notes start appearing on her doorstep, she has no choice but to lean on Ethan as he fights to save her from a stalker that won't stop until he has what he prizes most
Alone and mildly terrified, Ethan stared down at the pretty little bundle snuggled against him. Her serene face, a miniature of Sarah’s, was so perfect. She smelled of baby powder and weighed next to nothing. Even though she slept, he began to wiggle his arm—just in case. “I guess this isn’t so bad. Let’s make a deal. If you keep doing what you’re doing until your mom comes back, I’ll talk her and your dad into a really kickass swing set for the backyard. It’ll be my present to you.”
Kylee’s lips made a sucking motion as she continued sleeping.
“Okay, I guess that means we have a deal.”
Relaxing with more confidence, he turned back to the counter, attempting to make his sandwich one-handed. He finagled the twist tie from the plastic as Kylee curled closer against him. Startled by her sudden movement, he dropped the bread and bent at the knees to pick up the loaf as Kylee grunted. Seconds later, a small, wet explosion sounded in her diaper. “That can’t be good.” He stood and walked to the bathroom, desperately hoping Sarah was finished, but the radio played beyond the closed door as water sprayed into the bathtub.
The baby began to stir and he jiggled his arm from side to side, but Kylee’s fussing turned into a lusty cry. Panicked, he almost forgot the rules of friendship and rushed into the bathroom. With his hand on the doorknob, he stopped himself. “Christ, pull it together, Cooke. You’ve got this.”
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International bestselling author Cate Beauman is known for her full-length, action-packed romantic suspense series, The Bodyguards of L.A. County. Her novels have been nominated for the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, National Indie Excellence Award, Golden Quill Award, Writers Touch Award, and have been named Readers Favorite Five Star books. In 2015, JUSTICE FOR ABBY was selected as the Readers' Favorite International Book Award Gold Medalist, while SAVING SOPHIE took the Silver Medal. SAVING SOPHIE was also selected as the 2015 Readers Crown Award winner for Romantic Suspense and FALLING FOR SARAH received the silver medal for the 2014 Readers' Favorite Awards.
Cate makes her home in North Carolina with her husband, two boys, and their St. Bernards, Bear and Jack. Currently Cate is working on Deceiving Bella, the eleventh novel in her popular Bodyguards series.
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I know it’s been a while since I posted anything to this blog. I have no excuses except to say I’ve been furiously working on two projects. The first is a small collection of short stories, Murder by Bear and Other Short Stories. This will be a free eBook, which I hope it will be ready within the next few months.
My other work-in-progress is a novel entitled Sun Seeker. This is a contemporary romantic suspense set in present day Montana. Sun Seeker placed first in the romantic suspense category in the Pages from the Heart Contest. Unfortunately, as is the way with some creative projects it needs editing, polishing, and then more editing to make it fit for human consumption.
I did take my nose away from the grindstone long enough to visit my Mum (That’s how the English spell it.) in England. I grew up in the small town of Ashford, Middlesex near Heathrow Airport. Actually as a young woman I worked as a check-in agent for British Airways.
South of the town you will find the Queen Mary Reservoir. At over 700 acres it is one of the largest suppliers of fresh water for London and the surrounding areas. It is also home to the Queen Mary Sailing Club. An institution that was never open to me – a woman born to working class Irish parents.
Anyway, I thought it might be fun to share some photos of my hometown with you.
You will notice that Ashford isn’t one of those historic picturesque towns you see in the movies. Like many towns in Europe it’s a combination of historical, and industrial. Although recent attempts have been made to preserve its history it has ultimately succumbed to the relentless urban sprawl, which is a symptom of its proximity to London.
There has been a settlement in this location for over a thousand years and Ashford is mentioned in the doomsday book of 1066 AD under the name Echelford. There are still buildings and a school that pay homage to that ancient name. Here’s the link to the online Doomsday Book: http://opendomesday.org/place/TQ0771/ashford/
This is St. Matthew’s church, which is one of the oldest buildings in town. There has been a church on this site since 1293. The present structure was built in 1858.
This is St. Michael's Catholic church. It stands a few blocks away from St. Matthew’s. As a strict Catholic my mother forced us to go to mass every Sunday until I turned eighteen. Needless to say I spent a lot of time daydreaming in this building.
Ashford Antiques is situated in what used to be a pub, The Royal Hart. Built in the 19th century it is now a listed building. When I lived there The Royal Hart was a pretty rough establishment and was not my regular drinking hole.
So now you’ve seen my hometown, the place where I grew up. What’s your hometown like? Is it picturesque, or rough and tumble? Do you have good memories or bad? I’d love to hear about
I haven’t written a post for a while. I was planning to share photos from my latest trip to England and share an update on my work in progress, but all that has gone by the wayside in the wake of the Fort McMurray Fire. The wildfire that firefighters are now calling the Beast is, as of today, 2000 square kilometers – that’s 772 square miles.
To put that in perspective New York’s five boroughs covers approximately 304 square miles, and Greater London extends to 607 square miles. (The New York Times, Encyclopædia Britannica and Wikipedia provided those measurements.)
To give you an idea of how hard it is for first responders. Fort McMurray is an isolated city carved out of the northern forest. There is one highway, highway 63, which links it to the rest of the world. Beyond that it is surrounded by wilderness, which is fuel for the Beast.
I am not a resident of Fort McMurray. I live near Edmonton, Alberta and although me, and my family are not in any danger, over 80,000 people have been evacuated from the city. Photos from the fire-ravaged city show a devastation that is hard to comprehend outside a war zone.
For most of the week my hubby was on the other side of that fire. He works in one of the mines north of the city. And although he was not in any immediate danger from the fire, with the highway closed he was cut off from the rest of civilization and all that goes with it – food, and clean water being at the top of the list.
He is home now safe and sound, and we know that we are luckier that most. My heart goes out to all those effected by this catastrophe. There are displaced people all over Alberta who are trying to keep their lives together despite the fact that they have lost everything.
If you want to help please give to the Red Cross.