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Zane – The K9 Files Book 3 by Dale Mayer



Zane
The K9 Files Book 3
By
USA Today Bestselling Author
Dale Mayer

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Going home wasn’t part of his plan …

Agreeing to travel home to Maine to hunt down Ketch, a K9 dog the system had lost track of, wasn’t an easy decision for Zane. It meant facing his drunk of a father, his cold older brother and, worst of all, Angela, his kid brother’s widow—who used to be his girlfriend.

Finding Ketch looked to be the easiest part of this dysfunctional homecoming. Only he wasn’t the only one hunting Ketch.

Angela has been through a whirlwind of emotions in the last few years. But the good thing in all of this was the hope that Zane would finally come home again. They had a history to clear up and a future to forge … she hoped.

A call for help brings the injured shepherd to Angela’s doorstep, plus a hunter looking to finish what he started. All thoughts of a future with Zane are threatened now and forever as the hunter decides two-legged prey are just as good as four-legged ones.

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Katch, the dog Zane is sent to check on is quite possibly in the worst situation he could possible be in, with a hunter. His last known location was Maine, near Zane’s hometown. Now Zane has to face all the reasons he’s stayed away as he searches for Katch.

The last time he was home was for his younger brother’s funeral, where his father made it known that it should have been him. Even worse was the fact that his brother’s widow Holly, had been his girl once upon a time, and those feelings still lived inside him.

Then there is his older brother Butch, he’s so much like his father but his wife Sandra seemed to balance him a bit.

What does surprise him is the attitude about the dog. Everyone seems to think the dog should be put down because he has PTSD from being in a war zone for so long. While it’s true the dog could be dangerous, the dog just like any other soldier, deserves to be treated for his illness.

Holly is now a veterinarian and actually is helpful in finding the dog. Someone had brought an unconscious shepherd mix to a colleague of hers, unfortunately he now can’t get close to him now he’s awake.

This is a favorite scene as Zane tracks the dog who had escaped the vet’s pen.

Zane followed the blood for the next half hour, wondering how badly injured the animal could be if he was still going at the pace he was moving. But these War Dogs were well-trained, and, when fear was involved, they could keep going for hours.

A creek was up ahead. Zane stopped, studied it, seeing paw prints heading into the water and coming out on the other side. Crossing the creek, he stopped, leaned against a tree and surveyed the meadow in front of him. A crackle of a branch to his right had him studying the trees closer.

He watched a man, rifle in his hand, up and ready to shoot. He could see nothing in front of the man, even out a good fifty meters. He called over to him, “Hey, don’t shoot.”

The man didn’t appear to notice. Or he was deliberately ignoring Zane. He changed direction and headed toward the shooter. He was about twenty feet from the shooter when the man suddenly heard him and raised his sights to study him.

Zane called out, “Don’t shoot that dog please.” But instead of lowering the weapon, the shooter trained it on Zane.

“Shit,” Zane whispered. He stopped in his tracks, held up his hands to show he wasn’t armed. “Is this what you do, hunt and shoot dogs?”

The hunter took several cautious steps backward. Good. Zane was hoping he’d turn tail and run, like the coward he was. When he came up against the first tree, the hunter stopped, kept his rifle trained on Zane, and then ducked behind the tree and disappeared into the shadows.

Zane was caught between wanting to run after the shooter and staying with the dog. But he knew the dog was injured already. Taking note of the direction the shooter had disappeared, Zane raced in the direction the shooter had been targeting. Sure enough, lying on his side was a black shepherd-cross dog. Zane approached cautiously, as the dog was still awake, a growl coming from deep in his throat.

Zane crouched and crept along until he was within six feet of the dog. He whispered, “Take it easy, Katch.” He presumed it was the right dog from the photos. Even his mannerisms fit that of a War Dog. “Take it easy, boy.”

His growls didn’t stop though. Zane closed his eyes and willed loving energy toward Katch. Zane had always had a way with animals, but it was important they understood and received the kind of reception he wanted to give them. And it wasn’t easy when animals were already injured and terrified and abused by men.

He sat at Katch’s side, just talking to him calmly, trying desperately to let him know that Zane wasn’t a threat. But how would Katch understand that when the last man who’d followed him back here was a big threat to Katch?

The dog lay here, breathing heavily. Zane studied his injuries and found blood on his chest and flank, running down his leg. “Well, Katch, you’re big, and you’re heavy, and you’ll be a hard load to get back to the clinic. Especially if you don’t go willingly.”

He shuffled a little closer. Katch growled again, staring at him. Zane could see the whites of his eyes, and his panic already started. Katch struggled to rise, then gave a whimper and fell back on his shoulder.

Zane waited, checking to see if the animal would open his eyes again or move. Zane shuffled forward yet again, realizing Katch had lost consciousness with the pain of his injuries.

Knowing Zane would cause Katch more injuries and pain if moved, but, not really having much choice, Zane checked out the dog’s wounds while he was out cold. Zane saw the bullet was still in his flank, and the dog had an open wound showing the white of a rib. The dog was easily 140 pounds, if not 180.

With great difficulty, he got his arms underneath the dog, positioned for a fireman’s carry, and, using his legs, Zane slowly rose. The biggest problem would be if the dog woke up again.

Focusing, blanking out the pain caused by Katch’s weight, Zane walked steadily back the way he’d come. He had no way to phone the vet to let him know to watch for him. But, as he came through the tree line to the meadow and over to the field, he could see the vet standing in the pen, looking in his direction.

Zane let out a whistle. The vet lifted a hand, bolted indoors, out of sight. Zane certainly hoped Reggie was bringing an anesthetic to keep the dog knocked out.

As soon as Zane managed to get Katch to the clinic, Zane still had to walk around to the side, carrying the dead weight of an unconscious Katch, and then in through double doors that Reggie opened for him, while pushing a gurney.

“Lay him on this,” he murmured.

Relieved to have the weight off his shoulders, he gently laid the big animal on top of the gurney. “He’s unconscious. I don’t know how badly injured he is, other than what you initially saw. I stopped a hunter from shooting him. He took off into the woods.”

“Did you recognize him?” Reggie asked.

“No, I didn’t,” he said, “but then I don’t know anybody around here. What I do know is, when I told him to stop, he turned that rifle on me. He then backed out and took off, but I definitely got the impression he wouldn’t have cared less if he shot me or not, except for the fact we were too close to civilization, and he probably would have been caught.”

Reggie shook his head. “What the hell has the world come to?” He pushed the gurney inside. “Now that the dog’s out cold, I’ll run through some tests and see what we’ve got.”

“You need a hand? He’s a lot to move around.”

“We’re set up for him,” he said. “If you want to take a seat in the front room, I’ll see what I can find out.”

And that was as good as it would get.
Dale Mayer. Zane (Kindle Locations 556-600). Valley Publishing Ltd.

I loved the interactions of Zane and Katch. The added intrigue of the hunter, and Zane’s unreasonable father had me turning pages and crying over the attitudes.

Then there’s Holly, these two belong together and seriously always did. Such an emotional read and one I couldn’t put down.

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Dale Mayer is a USA Today bestselling author best known for her Psychic Visions and Family Blood Ties series. Her contemporary romances are raw and full of passion and emotion (Second Chances, SKIN), her thrillers will keep you guessing (By Death series), and her romantic comedies will keep you giggling (It’s a Dog’s Life and Charmin Marvin Romantic Comedy series).

She honors the stories that come to her – and some of them are crazy and break all the rules and cross multiple genres!

To go with her fiction, she also writes nonfiction in many different fields with books available on resume writing, companion gardening and the US mortgage system. She has recently published her Career Essentials Series. All her books are available in print and ebook format.


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Pierce – The K9 Files Book 2 By Dale Mayer



Pierce
The K9 Files Book 2
By
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Dale Mayer

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Just because helping out is the right thing to do doesn’t make it easy …

Pierce is on the hunt for Salem, a K9 military dog that belonged to Pete, a veteran, who can no longer look after himself or the dog. So the dog has been handed from owner to owner—until she’s become too much to handle—and now the law is involved. No one has Salem’s best interests in mind … and they definitely don’t have Pete’s either. Pierce is about to change all that … whether they like it or not.

Hedi, a young deputy, has lived in Arrowhead, Colorado, all her life and knows Pete and Salem but was helpless to do much when greed overtook his friends and family. She recognizes in Pierce the same qualities that Pete has, and, by Pierce’s actions alone, she knows a corner has been turned. She also understands the locals won’t take it lying down, and this means war …

Pierce served his country overseas for many years, and seeing another veteran in trouble makes him realize the fight isn’t over, even after life in the navy ends. In fact, this battle has just begun. But … this one … Pierce will finish. And he plans to win.

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Pierce wasn’t sure he was ready to join the Titanium group, but when he heard this assignment he had to take it. Pete was in rehab and his dog Salem had fallen through the cracks of the system. When he arrives in town he stops at the diner and gathers unexpected intel on the dog. She’d bitten someone and was caged at the sheriff’s office.

The Sheriff leaves much to be desired, but one of his deputies Hedi was someone Pierce could respect and support.

As the sheriff is dismissive of Salem, Hedi was concerned. Unfortunately the sheriff is just as dismissive of Hedi and her abilities as a deputy.

This is a favorite scene.

Hedi stood on the front step and heard the sheriff push his chair back. She moved toward her car so he wouldn’t know she had been listening. On the way she saw the stranger sitting in a big truck, the cab door open.

She walked to him. “What’s this about you looking for Salem?”

At the sound of her voice he turned to study her. His eyes were a deep dark chocolate color with thick eyelashes. His face was lean and tanned, as if he worked outside.

“Is there a reason why you’re looking for her?” she asked again.

“Are you asking professionally?”

“Deputy Hedi Miller, and…” She frowned at that answer. “Should I be?”

He gave a negligent shrug. “A friend is worried about the dog. I was asked to come and track it down. She was a War Dog and deserves a hell of a lot better than being locked up in a fenced yard for somebody to steal.”

Inside, she felt her heart beat a bit harder. “So are you here for the dog or against the dog?”

He pushed the door open wider and twisted in his seat so he could look at her. “I’m here to save the dog.”

Perfect. She gave him a smile. “In that case maybe we should talk.”

He glanced back at the restaurant. “Not now. We got company.”

She didn’t turn around but knew it was the sheriff. “Exactly. If you give me your number, I can give you a shout later, give you the details from the case.”

“We’re not handing out no information no how,” the sheriff said.

Hedi just smiled. “It’s public knowledge. We picked up the dog. He could ask anybody, but he might as well get the truth from us.”

“Don’t you have something to do? Go chasing after those kids who are always whining.” He got into his vehicle, turned on the engine and reversed out of the parking lot, taking off down the highway, back to his office. His tires spit out rocks behind him.

She turned toward the man, still sitting in the truck. “He’s not quite as bad as he looks.”

“I’ve met lots like him,” the man said, his voice hard. “And they’re a hell of a lot worse than they look.”
Dale Mayer. Pierce (Kindle Locations 133-150). Valley Publishing Ltd.

There is a lot going on in this little town. Much caused by the Sheriff’s obvious misogynistic view of women. A trait shared by many of the men in town.

Pierce’s concern over Salem is now extended to Hedi as he takes a stand to bring Pete back home.

Betrayal of the highest order, not only by Pete’s brother but also the Sheriff.

This book had me crying, holding my breath and crossing my fingers for Pierce and Hedi.

I can’t wait to read the next book. I am loving the HEA for both these dogs and the men sent to find them.

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Dale Mayer is a USA Today bestselling author best known for her Psychic Visions and Family Blood Ties series. Her contemporary romances are raw and full of passion and emotion (Second Chances, SKIN), her thrillers will keep you guessing (By Death series), and her romantic comedies will keep you giggling (It’s a Dog’s Life and Charmin Marvin Romantic Comedy series).

She honors the stories that come to her – and some of them are crazy and break all the rules and cross multiple genres!

To go with her fiction, she also writes nonfiction in many different fields with books available on resume writing, companion gardening and the US mortgage system. She has recently published her Career Essentials Series. All her books are available in print and ebook format.

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Ethan – The K9 Files Book 1 by Dale Mayer



Ethan
The K9 Files Book 1
By
USA Today Bestselling Author
Dale Mayer


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When one door closes …
second chances open another …

Ethan was lost after a major accident abruptly shifted him from a military life to a civilian one, from working with dogs to odd jobs … In that time, he’d spent months healing from his physical injuries. When he connects with Badger and the rest of his Titanium Corp. group of former SEALs, Badger offers Ethan an opportunity he can’t refuse. A chance to do the work he used to do … with a twist.

Cinnamon works from home as a project manager plus is heavily involved in global dog rescues—dogs of all kinds. When Ethan walks into the next door’s vet’s office with an injured shepherd in his arms, she sees another lost soul—just like the canine ones she helps.

Ethan knows he’s about to take a dangerous step, but he’s on the job, and no one—on the job or not—hurts animals while he’s around. This poor shepherd has taken enough abuse, and Ethan fears she is only the tip of a nightmare he’s determined to uncover. But he knows she’s going to lead him in the right direction.

He has his sights set on saving one dog in particular, Sentry: K9 File 01.

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Now that the SEALs of Steel series has ended we see the Badger’s new company Titanium Corp. take on a different kind of project. At the request of their former Commander they are going to look for and check on some military K9’s that had left the system and fell through the cracks.

When asking who, Ethan’s name came to the forefront as he had been a K9 handler and trainer. They just had to convince him to do it.

Where he’s sent to look is Levi’s territory, so we get to see a few of the Legendary Security guys. Gunner is a friend of Ethan’s as well and has a place for him to rent while he’s looking for the first dog on the list, Sentry.

As he’s searching he finds not Sentry but a female German Shepherd. She’s hostile and growling as he approaches. She’s severely injured and losing blood and as he lowers himself to the ground he hears someone stop behind him. Stone is behind him and he has an anesthetic to administer to the dog so they can get her the help she needs.

Ethan sort of meets Cinnamon at the Clinic while Louise is doing her best to save the dog. She brings him coffee and tries to have a conversation with him, but he’s more than a little preoccupied. One of the injuries the dog has is from bullets.

But something about Ethan just strikes Cinnamon as someone who needs a friend and she leaves a note with her phone number on it under his windshield.

Instead of calling, Ethan shows up at her place instead.

This is a favorite scene.

Several hours later, the dogs crazily barking had startled her out of her reverie. As the dogs reached the front door, they both fell silent and sat just inside the door, tails wagging. She studied them. Looking through the nearby window at the shadow outside the door, she knew who it was. Hesitatingly, wondering why the hell she was even thinking of doing this, she left the chain on the door and opened it the little bit the chain allowed. “Hello?”

He stared at her, his chin dropping and his eyebrows rising.

She looked at him nonplussed. That she was correct about him being behind her door wasn’t necessarily good. Still, she’d left that note because she wanted to see him. But the note didn’t have her address on it. “How did you know where I live?”

“The clinic.”

She shook her head. “No, they wouldn’t have shared that personal information.”

He pulled out his phone and showed her a page he had been on. It was her license plate with her address.

“Now that makes sense,” she said on a sigh. “Not too many people know how to pull up an address off a license plate.”

“Let’s just say, I know some people,” he said smoothly.

“Levi? Stone? Flynn?”

He nodded.

“But you don’t work for them?” She bit her lower lip, as she tried to figure out what to do about this. “Then why lie to me?”

“Most women would be uncomfortable with this method, so I thought saying the clinic told me would be easier.”

She had given him her name and number in her note, but he hadn’t followed up on that by calling. He’d taken a different route.

“I’m making you uncomfortable,” he said in that low voice. “I’ll leave.” He turned to walk back down the front steps.

Immediately she took off the chain and pulled open the door, still not leaving her house. “Wait.”

On the bottom step he turned and looked at her. “You shouldn’t have opened the door to a stranger.”

She raised both hands. “Yeah, I’ve heard that before too.”

He looked at her steadily. “You can call Stone, if you know him.”

She grabbed her phone and called Levi’s compound. “Hey, Ice. Is Stone there?”

Ice laughed and said, “I think he just came in. Hang on.”

Within minutes Stone’s heavy, deep voice came into her ear, “What’s up, Cinn?”

“Do you know Ethan?”

Stone sucked in breath on the other end, and he answered cautiously, “If you mean the Ethan who picked up the shepherd this morning, yes, I know him. We have friends in common.”

“What friends?” she demanded.

“They’re in the next state over,” he said slowly. “Another group of friends of ours. Ethan’s okay. He’s been through a lot though.”

“But you can vouch for him?” “I can vouch he’s honorable, and he’s damaged, and that shepherd was very important to him.”

“Well, those three things I could figure out myself,” she said in exasperation. “But thanks.” She hung up the phone, pocketed it, knowing, if anything happened to her, Stone would know who was responsible. She threw the door open wide for him to enter. “Come on in.”

The dogs happily exited the house, greeting him as a long-lost friend.

He stood on the porch for a long moment, petting the animals. “Stone knows me but not well.”

She nodded. “He said as much. He also said you’re honorable but damaged.”

Ethan lifted a pant leg and showed her what appeared to be a prosthetic limb.

She nodded. “That explains the gait.”

“What gait?”

“You went down the stairs stiffly,” she answered, walking toward her kitchen. “I’ll put on coffee. Do you want a cup?”

He leaned against the entranceway to the kitchen, a safe distance away, as if giving her space. “Thank you. I’d appreciate it.”

She silently put on a small pot, then felt awkward as she searched for a topic of conversation. “What’s the state of the shepherd?”

“She’s doing much better.”

“Is she awake from the anesthesia yet?”

He gave her a glimmer of a smile and shook his head. “But she’s resting easier. More at peace.”

She thought about that and nodded. “I guess that’s fair. Sometimes animals don’t rest, even when they are under anesthesia, do they? It’s more of a forced rest. But, if she’s looking better, that’s good.”

He sat at the kitchen table, choosing the chair closest to him.

She said, “Or we can sit outside on the deck.”

He stood again in a smooth motion and waited. Always silent, mostly still. She poured coffee in two cups, leading the way to the large veranda that ran along the back of her house. The dogs raced out into the backyard. A ball sat beside one of the patio chairs. With the coffee cups still in her hand, she kicked the ball across the yard. Both dogs tumbled after it. She placed the coffee cups on the patio table and took a seat. The dogs came back with the ball, eager for more. She grinned to see Burglar had won.

“You have a three-legged basset hound?”

She nodded. “Got him from Anna. His name is Burglar. He was trying to steal something from a butcher shop when the door closed on his leg, one with automatic locks, and it wouldn’t open again. He lost circulation, and the leg had to be removed.” Out of the corner of her eye, she watched a smile whisper across his face. “You really like animals, don’t you?”

He nodded. “They’re simple, straightforward, honest, clear-cut. They don’t play sneaky mind games.”

“Unlike humans, you mean?”

Again he nodded. He reached down, and Burglar dropped the ball into his hand. Ethan tossed it high and long into the yard. Both dogs raced after it. “What’s the Lab’s name?”

“Midnight,” she said. “She was another foster dog of Anna’s. She’s way too friendly with everybody, so, the minute she escapes a fenced-in yard, she’s gone looking for the next person who will give her attention.”

“Do you have a securely fenced yard?” he asked, his gaze looking around the property.

“Several of them,” she admitted. “I have a lot of dog runs here. Depending on what animals we’re moving, if I have to get involved personally. I have ten acres here.”

Appreciation lit his gaze. “I really like that idea. I’m not much for town living.”

“Neither am I,” she said. “Stone said something about you having mutual friends in another state.”

He gave her a crooked smile. “That’s true. In New Mexico— Santa Fe. Badger was in one of my units way back. And I served with Stone. But not the same unit. That was a few years ago.”

“That explains the look to you,” she said. “You and Stone both have that hard edge that says life hasn’t been easy.”

“Is life meant to be easy?” he asked with interest.

“I don’t know,” she admitted. “But I sure wouldn’t mind if it was.” He just smiled and didn’t say anything.
Dale Mayer. Ethan (Kindle Locations 333-392). Valley Publishing Ltd..

The ensuing conversation lead to clues where to look for Sentry and also leads to more than what Ethan was expecting.

I love all animals and this is a fast-paced, action-packed story with plenty of intrigue, suspense, laughter and tears combined with slow build romance and a HEA for the dogs.

I can’t wait to read the next book in this great new series.

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Dale Mayer is a USA Today bestselling author best known for her Psychic Visions and Family Blood Ties series. Her contemporary romances are raw and full of passion and emotion (Second Chances, SKIN), her thrillers will keep you guessing (By Death series), and her romantic comedies will keep you giggling (It’s a Dog’s Life and Charmin Marvin Romantic Comedy series).

She honors the stories that come to her – and some of them are crazy and break all the rules and cross multiple genres!

To go with her fiction, she also writes nonfiction in many different fields with books available on resume writing, companion gardening and the US mortgage system. She has recently published her Career Essentials Series. All her books are available in print and ebook format.

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Cooper – SEALs of Honor Book 6 By Dale Mayer



Cooper
SEALs of Honor Book 6
By
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Dale Mayer

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A highly-skilled practitioner of medicine saved Cooper’s life and sanity while that same woman steals his heart.

Being a SEAL is at the core of Cooper’s being, but he isn’t just doing his duty when the doctor who miraculously restored him to life is kidnapped. He’s the first in line to volunteer in her rescue.

Dr. Sasha Childs has devoted herself to helping others. Finding out her husband is helping himself to her best friend solidifies her sense of single-minded devotion to practicing medicine. Disillusioned about love, she volunteers her skills to a Syrian refugee camp crying out for medical aid. She’s completely unaware of the war brewing around her until she’s caught in the middle of it.

Cooper had his hands full rescuing Sasha from foreign hands the first time. After the war comes home, keeping her safe a second time becomes damn near impossible. Blessed with getting his life handed back to him, he discovered he needs a second miracle before the woman he’s fallen for becomes little more than a casualty of war.

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This book is one of my favorites in the series so far. It stands to reason that when the doctor who saved his life is one of four medical personnel kidnapped, Cooper would want, no need to be involved in the rescue.

What they find is a tense situation and they need to move quickly or lose the opportunity to get to them before they are transported elsewhere by water.

This is a favorite scene when Dr. Sasha realizes just who is rescuing them.

Cooper stared at the tiny doctor in front of him. God he’d loved her since she’d done the surgery and given him his life back. Not only had she done the surgery, but she’d hounded him on his physical therapy too. He grinned. She wasn’t bigger than a mosquito. That’s why everyone called her, Dr. Sasha. Her real name was Sasha Childs. But given her five foot stature, her name caused her more grief than anything. So Dr. Sasha it was.

“It is,” she said with a delighted grin. “Thank you for saving us, me.”

He’d always loved that about her. So much spirit. Almost with an edge but she had a ready smile for anyone.

But then she surprised him and barreled toward him arms open.

He laughed quietly and held her close. “Glad to be able to return the favor,” he said in a low voice.

“Now that’s a fair trade,” she whispered.

He knew what she meant. Swede made a harsh sound. Right. They needed to save the reunion for later.

“We’ll talk later. We have to go now.”

She gave a quick nod, picked up her feet and ran back to Swede. She flashed him a big grin and dove into the back of the truck. Apparently seeing a familiar face had picked up her spirits.

Then again, seeing her had picked up his.

But what the hell was she doing over here?

And where was her husband?

Swede nudged Cooper, making him realize he was standing there like an idiot.

“You know her?”

Cooper gave him a sheepish grin. “Yeah, long story. The surgeon on call that day I was shot collapsed in surgery. She was there for some special training at the time and took over. She saved my life.”

Swede’s eyebrows shot up to his hairline. He turned to glance back at Sasha then snorted. “You got all the luck. When I got shot, I ended up with that old geezer Mahoney.”

Cooper snickered. Mahoney was close to seventy and had the bedside manner of an old goat. “I lucked out,” Cooper said. “The nurses told me about what happened afterwards. She not only saved my life, she saved the doctor’s life who’d been working on me.”

“And you let her walk away,” Swede said with a note of incredulity. “Haven’t you learned anything from the guys yet?”

“Yeah well this was before Mason found Tesla,” Cooper protested. “And besides, she’s married.”

Swede frowned. “Are you sure about that? I wouldn’t want my wife over here in this troubled time while my fat ass is back home.”

“You don’t know, they might be happy with that arrangement,” Cooper said in exasperation. “Besides you won’t let Mia out of your sight for five minutes.”

“Have you seen the guys on base? Hell,” Swede said, “I’d lose her in a heartbeat if I did leave her alone.”

He had a point.

Their team had gotten a hell of a name for themselves. Not only were they SEALs, but they were hell on wheels in the love department too. Somehow his buddies had all found love – often in the most unexpected places. The base had dozens of nicknames for the team. Only one they were called to their face. The Keepers. But there were rumors of others. Love Boaters was the worst. The guys hated that one. Some were cruder but no one ever made mention of the names around the team. They wouldn’t stand for it.

And dare anyone say anything against any of the women, the guy would be knocked flat in no time.

But on the other side of that coin, there’d been dozens of requests for guys to work with The Keepers in the hopes that the luck might wear off on them. The love vibe was a hard thing to miss out on if you were looking for it.

Many SEALs were already happily married. And some were in the middle of ugly divorces. Still others hadn’t recovered from breakups and had no plans to.

The military was hell on relationships.
Mayer, Dale. SEALs of Honor: Books 4-6. Valley Publishing. kindle Locations (5285-5315). Kindle Edition.

Stubborn and now divorced, Dr. Sasha is more than a little temptation for Cooper.

Even stateside it seems there is going to be trouble, and lots of it.

Fast-paced, intriguing, with plenty of action and sizzle. Don’t miss this book!

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Dale Mayer

Dale Mayer is a USA Today bestselling author best known for her Psychic Visions and Family Blood Ties series. Her contemporary romances are raw and full of passion and emotion (Second Chances, SKIN), her thrillers will keep you guessing (By Death series), and her romantic comedies will keep you giggling (It’s a Dog’s Life and Charmin Marvin Romantic Comedy series).

She honors the stories that come to her – and some of them are crazy and break all the rules and cross multiple genres!

To go with her fiction, she also writes nonfiction in many different fields with books available on resume writing, companion gardening and the US mortgage system. She has recently published her Career Essentials Series. All her books are available in print and ebook format.


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Dagger in the Dahlias – Lovely Lethal Gardens Book 4 by Dale Mayer



Dagger in the Dahlias
Lovely Lethal Gardens Book 4
By
USA Today Bestselling Author
Dale Mayer

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Riches to rags. … Chaos quiets. …
Crime is circling. … And cold cases never cease …

After almost a month in picturesque Kelowna, Doreen Montgomery still can’t keep her notoriety to a minimum or her nose out of other people’s business. Now those suffering from the loss of a loved one seek her out, wanting her help. While the last thing Doreen wants is to have the media discover she’s involved in another cold case, she is already hooked on the details …

But even more is going on. News has gotten out that Nan’s old house is brimming over with valuable antiques, antiques Nan collected and left for Doreen, and the seedier elements of their lovely town are circling like vultures. With her animals in full assistant mode, Doreen must investigate the cold case, right the wrongs of the past, and keep her home safe, all while evading the media—and Corporal Mack Moreau.

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I love Doreen and her menagerie of pets. My favorite is Thaddeus, the African Gray Parrot, the things he repeats have me giggling every time. Of course Goliath, the huge Maine Coon, and Mugs, her basset hound, all play a major role in her investigating.

Doreen’s grandmother Nan, is a hoot and has left the house full of stuff, including some significant antiques, gorgeous clothes and who knows what else.

Then there’s Mack, I love him too. The Police Corporal is kind, helpful and he kind of found her a job, gardening for his mother. There is something brewing between them but she’s not ready for any involvements, even though her Nan thinks she should consider it. However, there are those cooking lessons.

This book opens with the appraiser from Christie’s Auction House, and things just get wild from there. A request for help locating a missing brother-in-law literally falls into her hands.

Then Mugs has a fit over something attached to the antique bed and Mack has to help her with getting it off the underside of one of the slats.

A favorite scene is after they succeed in getting bookshelves out of the closet and it’s dinner time.

It took a bit of maneuvering, but finally Mack dragged the bookshelf along the carpeted floor out to where Doreen could access to it. It didn’t resemble the other pieces in any way. It was also scratched and beaten-up some.

“Can you imagine,” she said, “that it’s been in there for probably fifty years?”

“Probably since Nan moved in.” He nodded. “And with the passage of time and too many possessions, it got buried in the back. Still, it’s quite useable, lots of life in it yet.”

“It’s pretty amazing,” she said. “Nan seems to think nothing of leaving all this stuff behind.”

“I think she left it behind for a very specific reason, and she was more than happy to share this with you,” he said.

She smiled. “Maybe. I just hadn’t expected it.”

“No,” he said, “but it’s all good. I think you’re doing the right thing.”

She appreciated that. “I have to admit that it does wake me up in the night. I feel like I’m letting my family down.”

“Not at all,” he said. “I think the worst thing you can do is hang on to things out of guilt or because you think it’s the right thing to do. I think it’s time for you to do what’s right for you.”

She beamed at him. “You know what? Honestly it’s been a pretty good week so far.”

“No kidding,” he said. “Yesterday certainly made it a great week. That was a very good thing you did.” “But it wasn’t necessarily what I did.”

She hated to feel guilty about it. “I mean, really anybody could have sorted that out.”

“The difference is,” he said, “at the time, we didn’t have most of the technology we do now. And that cold case hadn’t been reopened because nothing new had been added in the way of facts or evidence or witness statements. We would have eventually reviewed it before boxing it up and putting it aside, but that’s just the facts of life. You came at it from a very different angle, and you solved it.”

“It was the license plate,” she said.

He nodded. “That makes sense. And that’s when we got that needed pop on the case. However, we didn’t have time to take another look because you’d solved the case already.”

She beamed at him. “Praise from you is high praise, indeed.”

“Have you made another omelet yet?”

She shook her head. “I haven’t had time,” she confessed. “And I’m scared to. I figured that was beginner’s luck.”

He chuckled. “I haven’t had dinner. If you haven’t touched the ingredients, there’s probably enough for another one. I suggest you try again, and we’ll split it again.”

She looked at him in surprise, then the nearby clock. It really was dinnertime. “I haven’t touched anything. Do you think it’s all still good?” She looked at him anxiously. “That’s another thing I don’t know anything about. How long does food keep?”

“Four to five days for sure,” he said. “Come on. Let’s take a look.”

Downstairs again, they walked into the kitchen, and Mack opened the fridge. He pulled out the bacon first. “See here? A Best Before Date is printed on the packaging, and that’s still another four days away. And the spinach, it’s okay. It’s wilting a little, but it’d make a good spinach omelet. And the eggs …” He brought out the carton, checking the Best Before Date on the end of it, nodding, putting everything on the counter. Then he leaned against the counter and crossed his arms over his chest. “Go for it.”

She looked at him nervously. “I haven’t prepped.”

“No prep required. No videos to watch. Just go by memory.”

She wrinkled her nose at him as she stepped forward. “Are you trying to put me on the spot?”

“No,” he said. “I’m trying to get food. It’s been a very long day.” She laughed and got started. Since he had stopped by to lift her bed frame— and ended up moving that bookshelf as well— it was the least she could do.
Dale Mayer. Daggers in the Dahlias (Kindle Locations 604-636). Valley Publishing.

So many laughs, some tears, a whole lot of intrigue and not so nice guys trying to break-in.

I couldn’t put this book down, and now I can’t wait to see what she finds in the Echinacea. Is it May yet?

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Dale Mayer is a USA Today bestselling author best known for her Psychic Visions and Family Blood Ties series. Her contemporary romances are raw and full of passion and emotion (Second Chances, SKIN), her thrillers will keep you guessing (By Death series), and her romantic comedies will keep you giggling (It’s a Dog’s Life and Charmin Marvin Romantic Comedy series).

She honors the stories that come to her – and some of them are crazy and break all the rules and cross multiple genres!

To go with her fiction, she also writes nonfiction in many different fields with books available on resume writing, companion gardening and the US mortgage system. She has recently published her Career Essentials Series. All her books are available in print and ebook format.

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Shadow – SEALs of Honor Book 5 By Dale Mayer



Shadow
SEALs of Honor Book 5
By
USA Today Bestselling Author
Dale Mayer

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Given a life that’s been little more than an uphill battle, it’s no wonder Shadow is so damn good at dealing with whatever’s the hardest, the most hazardous and hellish.

The life of a SEAL is the one place where Shadow is most comfortable existing. He’s certain of what he’s capable of achieving, knows when to act and exactly how to do what needs to be done. But when he sets off on a mission to rescue Arianna and her family, his world goes from precise, controlled action to blown-to-smithereens chaos. Who is this woman and why does she rattle him the way no one else ever has?

Arianna has been plunged into a foreign state of affairs that includes kidnapping, beatings, threats…and Navy SEALs. The only good thing about this nightmare is the dark, dangerous savior watching over them. Shadow doesn’t seem to have a clue what to do with her. Although she has a pretty good idea where she’d like to see their relationship go, will they ever get that chance?

She’s been marked for murder, and it’s up to Shadow to save her–or risk losing what he hadn’t even realized he wanted, yet now can’t live without…

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As the men of Mason’s team find a woman that can deal with all that comes with loving a SEAL, the few remaining single men wonder if they will find love too.

This mission is high profile, a Senator and his family being held hostage at their vacation cabin in Canada. With all the windows it’s a challenge to find a way to approach without being seen.

Arianna and her brother have been sent to bed, and they hear the awful sounds of her father being beaten and told to comply. Knowing they have to get out of there not only for Kevin but also to prevent these men from touching her Arianna searches out the window for her options.

As there was no one in the window now to see his rope, he swung it gently forward to come up and lightly tap the glass. He knew his team was watching his progress.

The first swing fell short, the second was almost there. The third hit. A heavy enough thud, and he immediately pulled it up in case someone else heard it.

After a few moments, and lying full length on the large tree limb above, he swung it again. And it tapped the window lightly. Then he did it again. And again.

Damn it, where were they?

Afraid the two had been moved he tried one more time and watched as two pale faces appeared. Arianna wasted no time. She opened the window, did something to the brother and lifted him up to the windowsill. When Shadow swung the rope toward them, she grabbed it and had the boy grab high enough up the rope that he could stand on the knot below. Then she gave him a quick kiss and swung him out and away. She stepped back out of sight but he knew she could still see the boy as he hung on for dear life. Shadow carefully hauled him up. The boy was a lightweight. But it was still dangerous getting off the rope and over the main trunk of the tree where he wrapped the boy’s arms around the trunk and whispered against his ear, “Hold on. I’ll be right back. I have to get your sister.”

Shadow returned with the rope to where the window was still open…and the young woman waited for him.

She peered out at him then darted back, slowly lowering the window again. What was she doing? Then he watched the guard on sentry duty cross the property line, his gaze automatically going to the bedroom window.

Shadow smiled in appreciation. He could kill the guard from where he was positioned and would love to – but only once he had the girl out and safe.

She needed to be rescued too. He waited for the sentry to pass under him and go around the house, then slowly lowered the rope. This time when he swung it to the window he found her sitting on the ledge, legs out as if to jump. She stood up awkwardly, grabbed the rope as high as she could, and then pushed the window down behind her as she let go to swing out on the rope.

Smart.

He was liking her more and more already. She climbed up that rope like a monkey and as she made her way to where he was lying silently, he couldn’t help but admire her. She was almost eye level, her gaze busy as she looked for a way to get up onto the tree. When he extended his arm, she reached up and clasped his forearm. He sat up and tugged, she landed in his arms. Very nice.

She lay there trembling for a long moment then turned to look directly at him. For a long moment their gazes locked. Then she said, “It was you, on the hill, wasn’t it?”

He nodded. “Yes,” he whispered.

“Need to get the rope out of sight. Kevin is back at the main trunk.”

She caught sight of her brother, carefully gained her footing and made her way over to him. Shadow, his hands busy pulling up his rope, looped it properly then stuffed it in his pack. He was surprised to see both Kevin and Arianna had backpacks with them. It was good but it had taken a presence of mind he hadn’t expected.

He approached and with an arm around both of them he explained who he was and what they were going to do next.

Neither said a word until he was done. Then Kevin reached out and grabbed his hand, whispered in a hard to understand guttural voice, “Thank you.”
Mayer, Dale. SEALs of Honor: Books 4-6 . Valley Publishing. Kindle Locations(2903-2930). Kindle Edition.

Shadow is successful in getting Arianna and her brother out of the second floor window as the rest of the team prepares to get the Senator and his wife. Of course this isn’t going to be easy.

Arianna saves Shadow and takes a bullet to her leg, and things just get more complicated as they head to extraction.

Apparently Arianna is a target and when they fail to get her out they are all still in danger.

So much action, suspense and intrigue as this story unfolds, Shadow’s admiration for Arianna and her understanding of the situation will just make you love them more.

A page-turning read you won’t want to miss.

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Dale Mayer

Dale Mayer is a USA Today bestselling author best known for her Psychic Visions and Family Blood Ties series. Her contemporary romances are raw and full of passion and emotion (Second Chances, SKIN), her thrillers will keep you guessing (By Death series), and her romantic comedies will keep you giggling (It’s a Dog’s Life and Charmin Marvin Romantic Comedy series).

She honors the stories that come to her – and some of them are crazy and break all the rules and cross multiple genres!

To go with her fiction, she also writes nonfiction in many different fields with books available on resume writing, companion gardening and the US mortgage system. She has recently published her Career Essentials Series. All her books are available in print and ebook format.


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Reyes’s Raina – Heroes For Hire Book 18 by Dale Mayer



Reyes’s Raina
Heroes For Hire Book 18
By
NY Times & USA Today Bestselling Author
Dale Mayer

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He once picked the wrong woman…
he won’t make that mistake again.

Reyes Drere came from a long line of gardeners. He’d known since he was little which way his life was going to go and it had nothing to do with planting seasons. When he joined Legendary Securities after eight years as a Navy SEAL he’d been avoiding going home and joining the family business.

The family business included an ex-fiancé he had no wish to see again. Her sister was a good friend but there was nothing more dead than a dead love – unless it was a dead ex-fiancé…

Raina is reeling from the shock of seeing the only man she’s ever loved showing up at work one day, his new boss in tow. Ice is all about plants on a grand scale, whereas Reyes appears to be all about denial.

Only the shocks continue as her twin and Reyes ex-fiancé show up dead… and he’s the one with a motive…

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I am behind on this series so I definitely have catching up to do. But this book came up so here I am at the most recent of this series instead of the beginning.

Ice has decided to add plants to the landscape around the pool at the compound. To accomplish this she recruits Reyes whose family owns a large nursery in California.

Now Reyes hasn’t been home in two years, not since he broke off with his fiancé. Nothing says welcome home more than having a conversation with your ex’s sister in the middle of the store, and having your ex walk in and slap you.

Reana is a volatile woman, much like Reyes’ mother. Women who control with anger and abusive behavior. Her twin sister Raina is the opposite and frequently finds herself apologizing for Reana’s behavior.

To Reyes’ surprise, his mother steps in to quell the scene unfolding. However the lies Reana has told everyone will soon haunt him.

Things settle and Ice and Reyes go to her father’s for the night and Raina heads home. Her mother interrupts her late with calls regarding her sister.

After several of those calls Raina calls Vince, friends with both her and Reyes. He offers to check on Reana and also calls Reyes and sets up a breakfast date.

That breakfast changes this whole trip for all of them.

This is a favorite scene.

She couldn’t help but catch the grin on Vince’s face and how his eyes lit up at Reyes’s words. “Well, there you go. Now you got his attention,” she muttered.

The men continued to talk. She listened, not part of the conversation. She pulled out her phone yet again and checked for a message from her sister, but there were none.

Her phone rang while she was holding it though. “Hi, Mom. I’m at a restaurant with friends,” she said. “I haven’t heard any updates from Reana.”

“Neither have I,” her mother said, her voice drawn and tired. “I’d hoped to sleep in this morning, but apparently I can’t.”

“I’ll let you know as soon as I hear anything,” Raina said. She hung up and placed the phone beside her knife and fork.

The food arrived slowly, with the coconut pancakes first. By the time she got her plate, the men were already digging in. But then she was eating about half the amount they were. She had a traditional waffle with a fried egg and sausage on the side.

As she finished her last bite, placing her knife and fork on her plate, she looked up to see two police officers walking into the coffee shop. They stood at the entrance, their gazes slowly moving across the patrons. When they landed at her table, her heart sank.

“Uh-oh,” she said. “This doesn’t look good.”

Reyes looked at her with a frown. “What the devil do they want?” he muttered.

The men stacked their dirty plates to the side and reached for their coffee, almost as a defense mechanism. When the officers arrived, they looked at the three of them.

The first one asked, “Which one of you is Reyes?”

“I am,” Reyes said. “What can I do for you?”

Instead of answering him, they looked at Raina and asked, “Are you Raina Woodcroft?”

Slowly she nodded her head, her heart sinking even further. “What’s this about?”

“We need to know where you were last night.” But they didn’t direct it at anybody in particular. It seemed like the police wanted to know where each of them had been last night.

“I was at home alone,” Raina said.

Reyes popped up next. “I was with my boss at her father’s house.” He rattled off the address.

“The whole night?”

Reyes frowned. “Yes, the whole night.”

“Can anyone vouch for that?”

She watched a stillness cross his face. “Well, I was with both of them up until I went to bed, and that was about eleven o’clock. Then I got up this morning, had a quick cup of coffee with the two of them before Vince picked me up for breakfast.”

“Did you sleep alone last night?”

He replaced the cup of coffee on the table in front of him, nodding slowly. “Yes, I did. But there is security at the house, and I’m sure it would record whoever was coming and going.”

The two officers exchanged a look and continued to write on their notepads.

Reyes repeated, “What’s going on?”

But they insisted on questioning Vince on his movements and then questioning Raina again.

Finally she couldn’t stand it. “Is this about my sister?”

The officers turned their gazes on her. “What about your sister?”

“We can’t find her,” she said boldly.
Dale Mayer. Reyes’s Raina (Kindle Locations 708-736). Valley Publishing Ltd.

A suspect now in a murder, Reyes calls Ice who smooths things over a bit, but the circumstances of the initial interview have consequences that complicate everything more.

Reyes becomes Raina’s sole support as her world falls apart, and he finds he can’t deny his feelings for her any longer. Pleasantly surprised to find those feelings are reciprocated.

Plenty of emotion, suspense and family drama all around as this tale unfolds with just enough heat.

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Dale Mayer

Dale Mayer is a USA Today bestselling author best known for her Psychic Visions and Family Blood Ties series. Her contemporary romances are raw and full of passion and emotion (Second Chances, SKIN), her thrillers will keep you guessing (By Death series), and her romantic comedies will keep you giggling (It’s a Dog’s Life and Charmin Marvin Romantic Comedy series).

She honors the stories that come to her – and some of them are crazy and break all the rules and cross multiple genres!

To go with her fiction, she also writes nonfiction in many different fields with books available on resume writing, companion gardening and the US mortgage system. She has recently published her Career Essentials Series. All her books are available in print and ebook format.


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