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Calum’s Contact – Terkel’s Team Book 4 by Dale Mayer


Calum’s Contact
Terkel’s Team Book 4
By
USA Today Bestselling Author
Dale Mayer

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As his career path led him into more and more danger, Calum made a decision to keep his family safe, even if it meant he would be alone in the world. But when his wife and son are kidnapped and dumped almost into his very own secret headquarters, Calum knows his safeguards haven’t been enough.

Mariana didn’t like Calum’s decision from years ago but finally understood after her and her son are rescued from kidnappers, and she saw the dangerous level of his work. However, having him once again in her life, their family whole again, she’s not willing to let him go. Not this time. If the danger would continue, … surely they were safer at his side.

Calum’s abilities at an all-time low, his friends and fellow teammates injured and struggling, Calum knows he must be there for the team. Yet protecting his family comes first. But, if they don’t get to the bottom of the chaos that’s his current life, … no one is safe.

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Calum is still recovering from the initial attack that took out all of Terk’s team. At the end of the last book the guys who are more recovered rescued Calum’s wife Mariana and his son from the hands of kidnappers. Mariana was supposed to be safe, far removed from what Calum does for a living. Unfortunately, he has been proven wrong in the worst way.

Terk asks Mariana to try to remember anything about her kidnappers or what they might have said. Calum is with him and Mariana remembers someone saying Rulrul won’t like this, and someone else spoke with a man named Sean who seems to know Calum and about his family.

Calum knows a Sean Calvert, a man who has always blamed his shortcomings on him. It feels well worth it to track him down, if only to ask some questions.

There’s also some interesting things about Mariana. It seems she has a connection to Calum that no one realized. I really got a kick out of her talking about it with Terk.

There’s so much happening here and when they find the dead body of Sean’s brother David, locating Sean’s sister is next. That doesn’t go so well, but they get a bit of a warning thanks to Mariana.

This is a favorite scene.

Mariana woke up with a start and sat upright. Thankfully Little Calum wasn’t still in her arms. Sometime, while sleeping, he’d shifted over. She hopped to her feet, checked that he was fine, and bolted from the room. She raced down the hall toward the main working quarters. A meeting was in session, but Terk immediately stood at her approach.

“What’s the matter?” he asked, as she took several deep breaths, trying to calm her racing heart.

“Is he okay?” she cried out. “Is he?” Terk looked at her. “As far as I know, yes. What are you getting?”

She kept shaking her head. “He’s in danger. I know it. I am telling you, Terk. Cal’s definitely in danger.”

“I get that,” Terk noted. “Sometimes they’re in danger a lot.” His voice was calming but alert, as a word of warning.

“No! Not like this. Not like this. … Not like this.” She couldn’t get the words out. “Somebody … It’s a trap. Somebody is trying to kill him.” The others stared at her, while Terk, instead of arguing, got a really odd look on his face and froze.

She walked around him in a big circle. Then she looked over at the audience around the control room. “Does anybody have any contact with Cal?”

“I’ll reach out to Damon right now.” Tasha sent out a text. “They’re waiting for Sean to show up,” she shared a moment later. “So far no sign of him.”

“Warn them,” Mariana snapped. “Warn them it’s a trap. More than one’s coming.”

Tasha studied her, even as she dialed. As soon as Damon answered the phone, Tasha explained what Mariana was getting for a message.

“That would fit.” And he hung up.

“They are duly warned,” she stated, looking over at Mariana. “Damon confirmed how that would fit, and then he hung up. But at least they’re warned.”

Mariana nodded, her hands shaky.

Sophia immediately stood, then walked over and grabbed her hands. “You’ve done the best you can. Now trust them. Now you need to be strong. Let me get you some coffee.” Quickly she raced over to the coffeepot, brought back a full cup, and handed it over. “Try to calm down.”

“How do you guys do this?” Mariana asked, whispering.

“We do what we can do,” Tasha murmured. “We help where we can help, and, when we can’t help, we step back and let them do what they do. Our guys are real pros.”

Mariana smiled at that. “Thank you, I needed that reminder.”

“Good. You’re not the only one who started getting some connection with these guys, but ours is obviously not as defined as the connection you have with Cal. We would like ours to be that way though, stronger.”

Tasha nodded. “I don’t know what changed,” she noted. “It happened when Damon was in the coma. Before that, I always felt a little bit of a connection. I could kind of check in mentally and see that he was fine, and that was good enough for the longest time. But then, when he was not fine”— she paused—“ when he was in the coma, I utilized that time to constantly check in because I was so worried about him.” She sighed, showing her palms.

“How can you not be worried about them?” Mariana rambled, in shock now, and everyone just let her be. “I was always waiting for the day he’d come back and say he was retired and good to go. I knew that he was getting out of the industry because I’d heard this was all being shut down, so I was expecting to hear from him.”

Mariana shook her head. “The days went by, and I didn’t hear anything at all. Then, when Terk told me what had happened, I just went to pieces. And— somewhere along the line, in the midst of one of those long lonely nights— while I was silently searching and crying out for him, I connected. And ever since then, I just, well, … I haven’t let go,” she admitted. “Cal probably won’t like it, but I just … I can’t let go.”

“I’m not saying that’s right or wrong,” Sophia noted, “but maybe relax a bit, so it’s not quite so intense as it may seem to him. These guys all appear to have a problem when women are possessive.”

“It’s not coming from a possessive place at all,” she explained. “It’s intuitive. It’s just a very close connection. I don’t want to let it go because, well, it just feels right.”

“Then don’t,” Tasha stated, as she walked closer. “If it feels right, just go with it. So much of what Terk teaches is intuition and learning to understand and to honor the feelings that you have. So don’t let go, stick close, and maybe we can use your ability to help us.”

“It’s not really an ability,” Mariana argued. “It’s just …” She didn’t know what to say. Finally she shrugged. “Honestly, I would just call it love.”

Tasha gave her the most beautiful smile she’d ever seen. “There is no such thing as just love. It’s a huge gift, Mariana.”

“And whether he understands it or not,” Terk pitched in, “the point right now is that it’s giving you a connection to him that you didn’t have otherwise, which could be very valuable in terms of keeping him safe while we get through this.”
Dale Mayer. Calum’s Contact (Kindle Locations 1368-1409). Valley Publishing Ltd.

Of course, nothing goes easily and there’s also Mariana’s determination not to be separated from Calum again.

I love the interactions of the team with little Calum, and the love between Mariana and Calum is so very strong.

There’s plenty of twists in this one and action as well. Not to mention a bit of sizzle.

I really can’t wait for the next book in this 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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Quarry in the Quince – Lovely Lethal Gardens Book 17 by Dale Mayer


Quarry in the Quince
Lovely Lethal Gardens Book 17
By
USA Today Bestselling Author
Dale Mayer

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Riches to rags …
Chaos is down …
Everyone loves sparkly rings …
Some more than others!

Who knew a simple trip to the consignment store would find Wendy being strong-armed by two strangers? So not allowed—especially as it could affect Doreen getting her month-end check! Trying to get to the bottom of this is one convoluted story to sort out. It involves Bernard—an eccentric and handsome older man, who had a very young fiancée in his life—the breakup, and the resulting theft.

Corporal Mack Moreau is not at all happy with Doreen’s new male friend, Bernard, who has the money to keep her in the style she was accustomed to. However, Mack is happy Doreen is staying out of his cases, if only she could stay out of trouble! Then again, Doreen can find trouble like this without any effort on her part. At least this time she also befriends another Kelowna icon, who lives behind Wendy’s store and who is well-known for her quince jams and jellies.

Yet a big shiny reward from Bernard awaits someone who solves the theft and how it involves Wendy and the jam icon. Maybe—just maybe—that someone could be Doreen.

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I love the way this book opens with tea at Millicent’s. Macks mother is definitely encouraging a relationship between Mack and Doreen. There’s mention of Mack’s brother Nick moving back to Kelowna as well. When Doreen mentions going to the consignment store on their way to the beach, Mack discourages her by reminding her it’s Saturday and to wait until Monday to get her consignment check. He also mentions the Esther, and her famous Quince trees behind the store. It seems everyone loved Esther’s quince jam but she doesn’t sell it anymore.

We found out in the last book that Wendy at the consignment store has some shady characters coming around. This book gets to the heart of that issue. We all know Doreen supports her friends and Wendy’s store is where she gets part of her income. She’s not going to let anyone hurt Wendy, and she finally gets the story out of her. Apparently, a woman tried to get Wendy to buy a ring for cash, a lot of cash. Wendy doesn’t buy things she takes them on consignment. Not that she’d have the kind of money the woman wanted for it even if she did.

Doreen not only gets her check from Wendy but actually sees the men bothering Wendy and getting a photo of the van’s plates. Doreen tells Wendy to expect a visit from Mack. There’s no way Doreen wasn’t going to get him involved if Wendy is in danger.

After missing a call from Mack, Doreen calls Wendy on her way out with Goliath, Thaddeus and Mugs for another walk. She’s going to check out the alleyway and see if there’s any place the woman could have hidden the ring. That’s when she meets Esther and sees the murder of crows that inhabit the quince trees.

A trip to the library has Doreen find information about Bernard, his ex, Candy and the ring. She follows this up with a trip to the grocery where she runs into Esther. After seeing her purchases, Esther invites her to her home where she has plenty of jam to go with Doreen’s peanut butter. Doreen leaves with a lot of the jam everyone raves about as well as fresh fruit from Esther’s other trees.

We see more of the guys threatening Wendy and of course Doreen and Mack are involved with finding out who exactly they are. There’s also the problem of finding Candy who apparently disappeared right after the debacle of the ring.

Everyone’s reaction to Esther’s jam is hysterical and I think Mack’s was the best.

This is a favorite scene.

“I’ll stay safe,” she replied, yawning. “Besides, I mean, after being told I wasn’t cream pie either, that’s an insult that I’m still trying to get over.”

He chuckled. “Honestly? Sounds like it’s not a bad thing.”

“Says you,” she argued. “I don’t know what, but something’s going on with Richard.”

“For you, something always going on with everybody.”

“Yeah, but he’s … different.”

At that, Mack just nodded. “He’s definitely unique, but that doesn’t matter.”

“Maybe not,” she stated. “At the same time, he is a conundrum.”

Uh-oh, that just means you’ll try and figure him out.”

“If he hasn’t done anything, I can’t really figure anything out, can I?” she asked, raising both hands in frustration.

“It sounds like you’re waiting for him to do something, so you can get into his life and tear it apart.”

“No, I don’t want to do that,” she stated. “Something’s sad about him. I don’t really want more sadness in my life.”

“Is this case getting you down again, like the others?” he asked, frowning at her. “Remember? You have to take this work in small doses.”

She smiled. “Yeah, how about we try paddleboarding or something fun again coming up? To take my mind off all this stuff.”

“Perfect,” he said. “Dinner tonight, and then we can go out paddling tomorrow, no better make it the day after.”

“And we make a day of it,” she offered. “We can go out paddling on Sunday and have dinner Sunday night.”

“And that works too,” he agreed. “Considering the work I’ve got, maybe that’s better,” he admitted. “It may end up being Monday even.”

“Good,” she replied. “I need to spend some time with Nan too.”

“I’ll let you know.” He looked around. “Hate to ask, but you got anything to eat?”

She laughed. “I’ve got toast. And jelly.”

He looked at her in surprise. “I haven’t had jelly in a very long time,” he shared in delight.

She rolled her eyes. “And I didn’t even know it was a thing until a couple days ago.”

“It’s not only a thing,” he explained, “it’s a heritage thing, especially when talking about Esther’s jam. But quince was never very profitable commercially, so it wasn’t something that anybody ever turned into something you’d find in the supermarket,” he noted, “but that doesn’t mean that it’s any less viable.”

“Well, if you say so.” She got up off the deck, walked back into the house, and then returned. “I do have bread and jam, and I even have peanut butter.”

“I’ll take it,” he said, standing up to join her in the kitchen.

She watched as he put four slices of bread in the toaster. “Wow, you are hungry.” He nodded. “I am. I’ll buy you another loaf of bread later.”

“No, you won’t. You’ve fed me more than enough times.”

As soon as the toast was done, he buttered all four and put peanut butter on half, and then she handed him the jelly jar. He looked at it, and his eyes lit up when he saw it. “Is this it?” he asked almost reverently.

She watched in astonishment, as he took the knife, dipped it into the jam, and then tasted it. He closed his eyes and almost swooned. “Good Lord,” she stated. “Now I know why they say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.”

“Absolutely. But you can get to my heart anytime,” he joked. And then he winked at her.

She flushed. “Now you’re just joking,” she replied, laughing.

“Oh no, I’m not.”

“You have to be,” she murmured. “You know what my cooking’s like.”

At that, he burst out laughing. “Good point.” He slathered jam all over his toast without peanut butter and took a bite. He sat down right in place. “Wow,” he muttered. “This has got to be Esther’s quince jelly.”

She stood here with her hands on her hips. “So not only can you tell that it’s quince, you know who made it?”

“Only Esther made jam like this,” he declared. “I used to go with my mom to the Kelowna market and get it from her.”

“Wow. Well, it is Esther’s,” she confirmed. “She gave me several jars.” He looked up at her hopefully. She sighed. “Apparently I didn’t get enough jars from her though.”

“No, there is no such thing as enough when it comes to this,” he stated reverently. And he sat here in peace and just finished his first slice, then the second with peanut butter, and then again had buttered toast with jam.

She smiled at him. “I’m glad that you really enjoyed that.” Seeing the look of joy on his face, she was happy that she could at least give him that much. She got up, walked over to the pantry cupboard, where she had put the jelly, and pulled out one jar, and handed it to him. “There. Now you can’t say I didn’t share.”

He looked at the jam hopefully. “Is this another one?”

She nodded. “It is. And it’s for you.” He beamed like a little boy. She shook her head. “And you promise to enjoy it all?”

“Not only do I promise to enjoy it all,” he said, chuckling, “I promise to not share.”

She rolled her eyes at that. “You better not. I do not have enough to give everybody in town a jar,” she exclaimed.

“Who else have you given them to?”

“Nan, and, boy, she had a similar reaction to you.”

“We were all heartbroken when Esther stopped making it. I mean, we understood, but, at the same time, you know, she had a heck of a market built up.”

“Sounds like she had a good thing going. She doesn’t look like she’s terribly flush with money, so I’m surprised she’s not still doing it.”

“I think it’s hard work, especially for just Esther to handle alone,” he noted. “And maybe she just doesn’t care to do that anymore.”

“Maybe. I know she told me that she had put away enough food for years and then amended that to say that, now that she’d reassessed her age and how much she had stored up, she’d put away enough for decades.”

He frowned. “If you ever have an opportunity to get more, get lots more,” he suggested, looking at her hopefully.

She shrugged. “She gave me enough that it would be suspicious if she were to give me more because I suddenly ran out,” she noted. “I’m hardly drinking this stuff.”

He looked at it and shrugged. “You know what? It’d be worth it. Can you imagine this with ice and some gin?”

“Nope, I sure can’t.” Doreen frowned and shook her head.

He grinned at her. “Well, you have definitely given me a trip down memory lane, and I will take the jar with joy,” he declared. And he snagged it up.

“Now sit there and finish your toast,” she said, as she walked over, grabbed the coffeepot, and topped up their cups. “And after you’re gone, I might have a lie-down and just let some of this stuff run through my brain.”

“At least you’re not getting into trouble.”

“Nope, I’m not,” she agreed, “at least not at the moment.” At that qualifier, he glared at her. She shrugged. “Hey, it’s early yet today. Who knows? Maybe all kinds of things can still happen.”
Dale Mayer. Quarry in the Quince (Kindle Locations 1968-2028). Valley Publishing.

We all know that quince is going to play a part in this story. I love the way things twist and turn between the past and the present. Every little clue dropped intertwines with both. Mack and Doreen’s relationship moves steadily forward is delightful.

I can’t wait for the next book in this 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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Percy – Hathaway House Book 16 by Dale Mayer


Percy
Hathaway House Book 16
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Dale Mayer

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It was Aaron who convinced Percy to take a chance on Hathaway House. Yet, when he arrives, Aaron is back at school, and Percy’s alone after all. The place is everything Aaron said it was, but the trip getting here set his progress back, from slow to nonexistent.

Giada has worked at the center for several years and always went home happily to her brother at the end of the day. Only now her brother is engaged and planning to marry in six months. Change is happening, whether she likes it or not. And, in this case, it brings up a lot of turbulence in the family dynamic. Dani offers Giada a place of her own here at Hathaway’s staff quarters, but the path forward is not so easy. Thankfully Percy is there as both a comfort and a friend.

Now if only he could find the progress he’s looking for, and she could find the new beginning of her own …

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Aaron recommended Percy for Hathaway House, unfortunately there was an infection to clear before he could be ready for the move. The trip to Hathaway House took a lot out of him more than he expected and to top it off Aaron had returned to school before he got there.

Meetings with Dani and Shane leave him wondering about the miracles that could be accomplished here. A text to Aaron just confirms what he’s already been told. Much to ponder.

Giada is the purchaser for Hathaway House, she’s helping out a bit by bring towels and blankets for the new patient. As they talk, she finds he hasn’t eaten and sets out to get him coffee and maybe food from Dennis. Now Giada has some things to think about since she lives with her brother and he’s getting married in six months. Dani has offered to save an apartment on site for her and she’s thinking about it but has time.

On Percy’s second day, Dani asks Giada to give him a tour of the property. This leads to an interesting conversation as they get to know one another. A lot of insight into Giada’s relationship with her brother. The end the tour at the Vet Clinic and Stan joins them to go to lunch.

This is a favorite scene.

“Oh, good, the line’s not too bad yet,” she stated, but then she looked out at the deck with so many of the tables full, “or maybe we’re just a little bit late.”

She pushed the wheelchair into the buffet line, knowing that, by Percy’s silence, he must be getting more and more uncomfortable around all the other people. She grabbed a tray, put it in his lap, and said, “You hang on to that one. I’ll hang on to this one.”

Stan grabbed one as well. He stepped before them and said, “We’ll go as a team.”

As soon as Dennis saw Stan, Dennis’s face lit up. Then he realized that Percy was here too, in his wheelchair. He leaned over and said, “Percy, my man. What can I get ya?”

“What have you got?” Percy asked. “I can’t even see everything yet.”

“We’ve got fried chicken, grits, biscuits and gravy,” he replied. “Plus we’ve got veggies and even some fried fish over here.” Dennis pointed farther down the buffet line. “So, what appeals?”

“All of it?” Percy asked hesitantly. “But I need dense nutrition.”

“Good,” Dennis noted. “So fish or chicken?”

“Chicken. I had it before, and it’s great.”

“Do you want a biscuit on the side?”

Percy nodded.

“And then we’ll fill the plate up with lots of veggies,” Dennis added, and that’s what he did.

Stan took one look at the size of the plate and said, “It’s a good thing that you guys get a good work out here because, my gosh, you’d be all heavyweights if you didn’t.” He looked back at Dennis and stated, “I’ll take half of what you just gave Percy.”

“Half!” Dennis replied in outrage. “That’s hardly worth shoveling onto a plate.” But he followed suit, handed it off, and then turned to look at Giada. “And you, missy, what would you like?”

“How about half of what you gave Stan?” she replied, with a big grin.

“Nope, nope, nope,” he argued. “You rarely eat here, so take advantage of this wonderful food. Do you want green veggies or a salad?”

“Salad,” she said instantly and watched as Dennis made a fresh salad right in front of her, then asked her if she wanted dark meat or white meat from the fried chicken. By the time her plate was full, she was just as amazed at the aroma. “It smells delicious,” she told Dennis, as she accepted her plate from him.

“It is. Let me come around and give you a hand.” He walked over, pushing Percy forward. “Up here we’ve got desserts and a big drink center,” he added, “so everything you could want, plus coffee and tea. What can I get you?”

Percy hesitated, then looked up at Dennis. “How about just water for now? Maybe a cup of tea and a dessert after I have plowed through this.”

“Good call,” Dennis noted.

Giada watched as Dennis maneuvered Percy right out onto the deck, where already a good thirty or forty other people were already seated. “Do you want sunshine or shade?”

“Sunshine, if it isn’t too-too bright,” Percy replied. At that, Dennis moved him to a large umbrella-covered table. “You pick whereabouts you want to sit at the table. You can get a little sun or a lot here.” And then he set down the tray Percy carried and said, “I’ll be back with water.”

She pulled up beside Percy and sat down next to him. “See? It’s quite the place.” He looked at her, and she saw Percy’s stunned amusement.

“No wonder Aaron doesn’t want to leave. This place is very special.”

“Yeah, they do like to take exceptional care of their patients and their staff,” she noted, with a grin. “And we do argue about budgets all the time.”

“No wonder,” he said. “I can’t imagine keeping it running at this level of quality is easy.”

“Not easy,” she agreed, “but important. Food is to feed and to help nurture and to heal. If you don’t have good quality food,” she says, “it won’t help you guys get back on your feet.”

The look on his face when he bit into the fried chicken moved her in a way she hadn’t expected, with such a sense of peaceful joy, as he sat here and just slowly worked his way through the chicken leg in his hand. She stopped eating to watch.

Finally Stan nudged her gently. “You should be eating your own food.”

She looked down at her chicken. She took a bite, and it was wonderful, no doubt about it. But to see somebody enjoy it in the same way that Percy had was just incredible. When he sat back and stared at the second piece of chicken still on his plate, he looked over at her and said, “I haven’t had anything this good in so very long,” he whispered.

“Enjoy it,” she replied gently. “It won’t disappear off your plate, but we don’t offer fried chicken every day. The menu changes on a regular basis.” He was such a sensual man that it really surprised her and made her feel odd, as if it were a private experience to watch as he thoroughly enjoyed his food. She was done in half the time, and it reminded her that she’d gotten into the habit of just eating because food was in front of her, yet not taking the time to slow down and to enjoy it.

Percy looked over at her plate. “You must have been hungry.”

“I was,” she admitted. “But you’re a good reminder that I need to slow down and to enjoy my food more.”

He nodded enthusiastically. “Good God, if you’ve eaten the swill that I’ve eaten for the last year, you would not be rushing through this. This is almost like a …” He didn’t even know what to say. “But it’s, … it’s almost like an intimate experience. And I know that sounds weird, but it’s just so nice to enjoy good food again.”

“I get it. You keep enjoying. I’ll go grab a coffee.” She got up, needing to put a little time and distance between him and her. She rushed over to get drinks. Stan waited until she got back, and then he excused himself. She put a cup of coffee down in front of Percy. “It might be a bit too early for you,” she noted, “but I was already there.” She sat down beside him. “Wow. You’re almost done.”

“Well, I sped it up a little bit,” he admitted. “I just seemed to be taking too long.”

“No,” she replied, “don’t ever feel that way. The good thing is that you’re taking the time to enjoy your food. Whereas I just rush through mine too often.”

“Nothing quite like having terrible food for a long time to make you appreciate it when you get something so much better.”

She laughed. “And I don’t spend enough time here to get to appreciate the food here very much. I go home and look after my brother.” Percy didn’t say anything, but she felt almost a sense of him withdrawing again. She smiled. “And you made some really good points about my brother. I’ll consider them.”

He looked at her in surprise. “You need to do you,” he replied, “not what I say.”

“Oh, I wouldn’t do it because of that,” she murmured. “But you did make some valid points that I should consider, and it is something that I will consider,” she murmured. “If nothing else, I have to also consider him.”

“Good point.” Percy pushed away his tray. “My God, I need to go sleep for an hour,” he murmured.

“You know something? That’s one of the advantages here. You can do that,” she said, with a gentle smile. “You get to go back, relax, and digest everything that you just put into your stomach.”

“Yeah, but, at one point in time,” he noted, “I’m supposed to start work. Aaron’s warned me that it won’t be easy to get where I want to go.”

“Maybe not,” she agreed. “But”— as she stood up and removed his tray, so that the mess wasn’t in front of him anymore—“ it will be worth it.”
Dale Mayer. Percy (Kindle Locations 746-807). Valley Publishing Ltd..

We see a lot of Shane in this book, Giada gets him involved when a severe muscle spasm has her concerned. I loved the interactions between Shane, Dennis and Giada with regard to her relationship with Percy.

Giada also faces some hard truths when it comes to her brother. She’s going to move out before he gets married and he’s not happy about it at all. His mindset is something she hadn’t considered before that announcement.

This book is truly a journey for both Percy and Giada, very emotional and at times stressful. There is growth that takes time and patience on both sides of this story. I truly love the way things move forward.

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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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Lachlan – SEALs of Honor Book 28 by Dale Mayer


Lachlan
SEALs of Honor Book 28
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Dale Mayer

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Lachlan is delighted to be picked by Tesla to help her friend out in Germany on a sensitive joint operation. Yet, when he finds out what’s involved, he’s shocked and intrigued. He’s not so overjoyed at the several references to how this “friend” would be perfect for him.

Leah is relatively new to her job as a military analyst based in Germany. When her department is asked to help in a joint task force, she’s afraid she’s in over her head. She’s worked with several of these people before, but this case is an international banking scandal, which everyone is anxious to keep out of the media. But that’s pretty hard to do when the kidnapped victims survive, and a loved one doesn’t.

As the bodies pile up, Lachlan realizes this is more about keeping Leah safe and less about helping Tesla out. It doesn’t take long for him to agree, and she becomes his priority too.

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Lachlan is recruited to go to Germany to help out one of Tesla’s team, Leah. There have been a series of kidnappings from bank personnel with the bank CEO’s being killed and the kidnap victim released with no knowledge of what went down.

To say the welcome Lachlan, Marcus, Axel and Jonah receive is messed up is an understatement. Although Leah meets them at the base, the drive to where they were staying was fraught with evading a tail. Instead of where Leah thought they were going, they are now at a safe house.

I really got a kick out of the interactions with Jonah, being MI6 he’s sort of the outsider here but in the thick of things because all this started in England. There’s even a bit of a rivalry happening for Leah’s attention.

One thing that is very puzzling is that the target of the attack on them seems to point to Leah. The question is why. When one of Leah’s co-workers goes missing a whole new avenue opens up.

This is a favorite scene.

Lachlan sounded so utterly confident that she shook her head. “Tesla would never have said anything about my temper.”

But there was just enough doubt in her voice that he had to laugh.

“Fine,” she added, “of course she would have.”

“Don’t worry. I’m used to people with tempers.”

“Yeah, well, how come? Do you have one?” She hadn’t stopped typing.

“Not really. I’m one of those fairly laid-back types.”

“And that just pisses me off even more,” she stated. “Nobody likes someone who’s perfect.”

At that, Lachlan laughed again.

“Go away,” Leah repeated. “You’re distracting me.”

“Oh, that’s interesting. In what way do I distract you?”

“Oh no, you don’t,” she replied. “Go away.”

And, with that, he agreed. “Okay, I’ll be quiet for a while. But tell me if anything comes up.” And there was a sharpness to his tone, as if he feared she would go off on her own.

“Don’t worry,” she replied. “I don’t have a death wish.”

“Good. I don’t want to have to explain to Tesla that I didn’t look after you.”

That made her stop. “She didn’t send you over to look after me, did she?” She lifted her gaze from the laptop to stare into space, while she considered that.

“No. More to just keep an eye on things,” he replied, laughter in his voice.

“Ha! Knowing her, there was probably an ulterior motive.”

There was silence on the other end, and, with his tone a little too neutral, he asked, “What kind of ulterior motive?”

“She’s been trying to get me married off for a long time,” she explained. “I just don’t bite.”

“Why not?” Lachlan asked. “Or maybe you bite too much?”

“Ouch,” she muttered, typing harder now.

“Not trying to be mean,” he replied, “but, if she’s putting all these great guys in front of you, how come you don’t like any of them?”

“Maybe I’m just not ready to be married or to be married off to just anybody,” she snapped, then paused. “But everybody who’s happily married always wants everybody else in the world to be in the exact same stage, which I find especially irritating.”

He burst out laughing. “You know what? I get that a lot too,” he confirmed. “I have friends who are happily married, and they keep telling me that I should do the same. I’ve heard it over and over again that life will never be the same if I find the right person.”

“Right. Everybody who is married always has this impression that it’s so easy to find the right person.”

“Yeah, because they found that happiness, so they think if they can, anybody can.”

“That’s bullshit too,” she snapped. “It’s not like the right person is just tripping over my life to get to me.” He chuckled, and then she stated bitterly, “You are supposed to be quiet.”

“Yes, ma’am,” he replied immediately.

Leah groaned. “I think … I like you,” she murmured, “but sometimes you’re very, very irritating.”

“Yep,” he agreed. “That’s quite all right, and I don’t imagine you’re much better.”

She gasped at that, but then he went silent. She wondered why and then started to worry. “You still there?” she asked cautiously.

“I am,” he said, his voice low. “Stay quiet.” She didn’t know what the hell was going on until suddenly he whispered, “You have company.”

“Great,” she muttered, “I can’t see anything on the video cameras.”

“You said earlier that somebody who hacked in can possibly control them.”

“Well, if they are, … they’re doing a damn good job,” she muttered, as she clicked away on her computer.

“The elevator is moving,” he shared.

“How do you know?” she asked, bolting to her feet. “Shit, of course it’s moving.”

“Can you hear it?”

“No, I can’t hear anything,” she muttered. “But that shouldn’t be happening. Somebody hacking the elevators, I should find. … Unless they are using a completely different route.”

“I’m sure they are,” he agreed quietly.

“It’s also one of those cases of somebody else’s ideas working better than mine.”

“What would yours do?” he asked softly.

“I was trying to shut down the elevator, and then the only person who could get up here would need permission.” She kept clicking away, feeling the pressure build. “I think I shut down the elevator now.” As she watched her computer screen, another series of clicks came. “Shit, they just brought it up again.”

“So somebody is online and hacking it right now?” he asked in a sharp tone.

“Yes,” she said. “I’ll need a hand here.”

“Yeah, I’m already here,” he confirmed. “Stay put.”

“Yeah, I’m staying put all right,” she muttered. “But I’ll find this asshole. I really don’t like when somebody tries to take over control of my computer.”

And, with a laughing tone in his voice, Lachlan noted, “Understood.”

“Yeah, you can laugh,” she replied, “but I really don’t like the position I’m in.”

“And, like I said, I’m right here,” he said.

As she looked up, there he was. She frowned at him. “What the hell? Where did you … How the bloody hell did you get back inside without me seeing you?”

“I stayed out of camera range at the second-floor landing,” he explained. “I was up and down the hallway where you couldn’t see me because I knew we had somebody coming in.”

It took her a moment to even begin to process that. She shook her head at the audacity of whoever was out there. “Okay, that won’t happen again,” she declared, as she worked away on the keyboard.

“But now we don’t have any eyes or ears on the outside.”

“What about the other two?”

“They’ve gone hunting.”

“Good, as long as nobody knows they’re out hunting, maybe they’ll actually get somewhere.”

“But that means you have to trust me to handle whatever is coming through that door.”

“I trust you,” she stated, “and I also know that there’s no guarantee that whatever’s coming through the door is actually something you can handle.” She looked up at him. “So be careful.”

He nodded. “Always.”

And, with that, she had to be satisfied, as he slipped back down the hallway. Just then an explosion sounded.

Everything on her laptop went blank.
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Things get even more intense and the chemistry between Leah and Lachlan is undeniable.

Plenty of suspense, action, flirting and a touch of sizzle.

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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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Simon Says…Scream – Kate Morgan Book 4 by Dale Mayer


Simons Says…Scream
Kate Morgan Book 4
By
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Dale Mayer

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It’s taken some time, but Detective Kate Morgan’s various relationships are gelling at work—and even at home. Until Simon starts screaming in the middle of the night. Worried and not sure she’s up for this, Kate distances herself from him. When a tortured female body shows up, Simon’s visions are of no help, until he describes one specific injury, … the same injury on Kate’s latest case.

A case getting weirder as more is uncovered. A similar tortured death happened more than a decade ago, where the killer was caught and served time. As a suspect he looks good for this current case because he’s now out and back in society. Except he has a solid alibi …

This isn’t the only victim though, and, as the Vancouver PD Homicide Unit digs deeper, Kate’s team finds several more cases—all with connections to the same suspect. But Kate’s still not convinced.

Too much more is going on, and she’s determined to get to the bottom of this, before someone else dies a painful death …

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This book opens with Simon waking from a nightmare screaming. Kate was there with him and immediately looks for the source of the scream when Simon tells her it was in his head.

The case Kate gets called to is a brutal scene, the victim tortured, and her vocal cords cut. The call she makes to Simon really isn’t a surprise considering his nightmare.

This is a favorite scene.

As Simon headed off, after this final meeting, and walked toward home, he pulled out his phone again. “You called,” he said, when she answered.

“I did,” Kate answered briskly. “Remember that nightmare?”

“Which one?” he asked in a hard voice. “There’s been a few lately, and why the hell do I have to remember them anyway?”

“You don’t,” she acknowledged, “but you and I both know that whatever is going on in your psyche won’t let you rest until whatever the hell is going on is solved.”

“That’s an awful lot of vagaries,” he noted.

“Well, anytime you want to give me something definitive,” she replied in a cheerful voice, “I’d be happy to have them.” Her voice dropped as she added, “Especially right now.”

“Ah hell.” He stopped in his tracks; a person walking behind him bumped into him. With both of them apologizing and moving out of each other’s way, he hissed into the phone. “What did you find?”

“A pretty ugly scenario,” she replied quietly.

“I don’t really want to deal with any more ugly scenarios.”

“I get that,” she noted, “but, in this case, I’m not sure any of us have a choice.”

“Why not?” he snapped.

“Because her vocal cords were cut,” she answered quietly. “To stop her from screaming.”

A long, drawn-out hiss escaped as Simon realized which nightmare Kate was talking about.

“Ah, crap, the woman who was screaming but not screaming.”

“Yep, that one. At least as far as I can figure, that’s the one we’re talking about.”

“Meaning that I have more than one nightmare?”

“No,” she stated, with a note of finality. “Just hoping that we don’t have more than one murder victim.”

“Isn’t your desk piled rather high?”

“Too damn high,” she groaned.

“So it’s not like murder takes a holiday.”

“No, it doesn’t, unfortunately.”

He groaned. “What do you need from me?”

“As always, anything you have to give.”

“Wow, Detective,” he said in a mocking voice. “I didn’t know you cared.”

“You know I care,” she snapped right back in a pithy voice. “You just don’t know if I care very much.”

He shook his head at that because it was very true. He wasn’t even sure where the hell their relationship was at these days. She was independent, and, as much as he wanted her to be less independent, she struggled with their relationship as it was right now. “Fine,” he muttered. “What would you like from me?”

“A heads-up if you get any insights.”

“You know I’m pushing them away.”

“But I know that sometimes they won’t let you push them away. And, Simon, I get that you don’t want to do this,” she said. “I really do. But I’ve got to tell you, I really don’t want to stand over any more women who were in the condition of the one I saw today.”

“That bad?”

“Worse,” she replied. “I’ve got to go. Remember. Any answers you get, I’ll take them.”

“You don’t even believe in this bullshit,” he argued.

“I don’t know what I believe anymore,” she snapped right back.

It was an argument they’d had many times, and he couldn’t blame her because he was definitely on the same side in terms of not knowing what to believe. Obviously he was a believer, but sometimes it all just seemed too damn far-fetched to be feasible. As he went to answer her, he realized she’d already hung up on him. He swore, staring down at his phone.

A man standing nearby, waiting for a bus, laughed at him. “Had to be a woman,” he stated. “Those are the only calls that can screw us over so badly.”

Simon looked at him, realized what the guy was saying, then chose to ignore him and walked away.

“You can run, but you can’t hide,” the guy called out with a laugh.

The trouble was, it was almost true.
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More victims, more clues that lead nowhere and Simon’s senses overloading. Kate and Simon work together to find a woman who isn’t yet dead but is telling Simon she wishes she was so the pain would stop.

Frustrating for Kate and her team and Simon as well as they race the clock that is counting down rapidly.

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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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Tomas’s Trials – Heroes for Hire Book 27 by Dale Mayer


Tomas’s Trials
Heroes for Hire Book 27
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Tomas is excited about this new direction in his life. Working for Levi allows him to use his vast array of skills in new and varied ways. He doesn’t expect to be sent undercover in a supremacy group, loaded with weapons. Yet what he finds is much more complicated than that.

Amber had joined the group to help get her friend away from the members, only to find out her friend is dead, and no one will talk about it. The group is in the middle of a coup from within, as the leader barely maintains control. It’s a dangerous place to be, but she is not leaving without answers. Needing help, she contacts an old friend. Tomas isn’t what she expects.

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Tomas has been on Levi’s hiring list for a long time, at first it wasn’t possible because of Tomas’s injuries, now he’s healed and Levi has need of him. With Kai pregnant and now in charge of their Arsenal they are down an operative and there’s a mission pending that Tomas is uniquely qualified for. A militia type group is in the area and a friend is on the inside who wants to get out.

Amber is stuck, she won’t leave without her friend Peaches but needs help. She also wants to get all the women out they don’t have a good life there. She’s friend with Saul’s wife and with Levi’s help they’ve planned out this op carefully.

Tomas’s brother had been part of a similar group and died when thing went bad. He knows how thing work and hopefully between him and Dezi they can get the evidence to shut them down.

Amber’s impatient but knows they have to be careful. Too many lives are on the line here. Her friend Annette had paid the ultimate price and she doesn’t know why or how she died.

Tomas and Dezi show up and Amber plays like Tomas is the boyfriend she’s been talking about to keep the men away. Dezi has already been in as a member from another band and Tomas is going in as his friend and Amber’s boyfriend. They arrived at dinner time the evening after the meet.

Brutus who has interest in Amber wasn’t at dinner but hears about it afterwards and pays them a visit.

This is a favorite scene.

Amber barged up to the front door, now open, and plastered a smile on her face when she saw Brutus, clearly angry and red in the face. “Hey, Brutus. What’s the matter?”

“He’s the matter,” Brutus snapped, looking at Tomas. “What the hell happened?”

She looked at him in surprise. “What?” she asked, with what sounded like genuine shock. At least she hoped it sounded genuine. “What are you talking about? You know how long I’ve been waiting to see him. Why are you even bothering us right now?” she asked, stepping closer to Tomas.

Brutus looked at her in disgust. “I figured you were just lying.”

“Lying about what?” she asked, staring at him in shock. “About his existence?”

“Yeah,” Brutus said. “And I didn’t know until just now. I had dinner at my place tonight, so I didn’t meet your mystery man.”

“Believe me. They were all bugging me about Tomas. I’m sorry if his appearance was a surprise,” she noted. “Obviously it was a surprise for me too and a welcome one at that,” she said, with a smile. “I’ve been waiting for him for months.”

“I just didn’t believe that boyfriend line,” Brutus repeated, growing impatient.

Amber tried to calm her nerves. “Let me introduce you two now.” She then quickly made the introductions.

Tomas nodded and reached out to shake his hand. Brutus looked at him in disgust. “Office type, huh?”

“Definitely not the office type. And, hey, sorry to arrive unannounced.”

“Yeah, sure you are,” he said, with a hard look at Tomas. Then, without another word, he turned and walked away.

She wasn’t even sure what to say about that, but, as soon as she shut the door, she turned to Tomas.

“Now that’s not normal,” she murmured. “In fact, this makes me even more worried.”

“He obviously thinks that you should be his,” Tomas stated.

“I never gave him any reason to think I would be in favor of that. In fact, he’s not been one of the grabby ones,” she muttered in a low voice. “He’s always given me the creeps because I never really knew where he stood on that issue. Honestly, I thought he might be gay, which, in this group, is not something he’d want outed. But he’s the one who took me to town. So maybe that was part of his motivation.”

“Understood, but, judging by the way he looked at you just now, he considered you his,” Tomas murmured. “So that’ll be a problem.”

“I don’t want it to be a problem,” she muttered. “I don’t want any of this to be a problem. I’ll try again to calm him down. We sure don’t need his ugly self on our asses all the time.”

“Maybe not, but you’ve stepped into something that’s ugly regardless.”

“What you’re saying is that I stepped into something that’s uglier than I had any idea of before,” she corrected. “I don’t think that Annette and the guy Peaches was with are the only two people these guys have killed.”

“Probably not,” Tomas agreed. “Once they get a taste for that kind of thing, it’s pretty hard for them to stop.”

She nodded slowly. “At the same time, it’s just pretty unnerving.”

He smiled, then wrapped an arm around her shoulders. “Hold on tight,” he said. “The ride could get a little rough, but we’ll make it to the other side, okay?”

She looked over at him, smiled. “I wish I knew that for sure.”

He nodded. “You came here for a reason, so, if you want me to get you out now,” he stated, “I’ll get you out. Just say the word. I have no idea what excuse I’ll give them, but I’ll come up with something.”

She immediately shook her head. “No, we can’t leave Peaches behind. That woman’s been through enough.”

“You want to elaborate?”

“No, I don’t,” she replied. “I just know that her husband was very abusive, and everybody here knows it. She’s pretty damn sure that, if she hooks up with any of these men, it will be more of the same, and that’s the last thing she wants.”

“When you’ve already experienced being a punching bag, you don’t want to go back for round two,” he murmured.

“Exactly,” she agreed, looking at him in surprise. “You do understand.”

“Of course I do,” he stated, looking at her. “I’ve never quite understood why women stay in the first place, but I know that they do. Maybe getting her out of here will her set up with enough of a life that she can live in peace beyond this.”

“That’s my hope,” she agreed quietly. “But I know she’s also terrified. I don’t think she sleeps at night.”

“Anybody bothering her?” “No, that’s outside the code,” she replied. “I mean, if she were to complain, then I’m sure somebody would step in and say something.”

“Maybe, but who would she complain to?”

“That’s part of the problem,” she murmured. “Mary is always watching, but I’m not sure exactly what side Mary is on anymore.”

“I think Mary will be on Mary’s side, and, if she’s partnered with the big boss, then you can bet that she’s providing information to him constantly, letting him know exactly how things are down here,” he murmured. “It’s just interesting that he keeps himself apart. And, like I said earlier, I just think that’s part of the mystery. The mystique that is required to keep people believing in him and this place.”

“So how would you do it?”

“Stay out of sight, have my various spies watch for any dissent in the group, and, when there’s a problem, come down on them, raise complete hell. Then clean it up, lay down the law, and fade back into the shadows.”

She smiled. “Exactly. You know how they think.”

“Oh, I do,” he agreed. “The question is whether Baxter himself understands just how badly things will go to hell down here.”

“I think he’s also getting older, and he may be unwell. I don’t know if …” She hesitated. “I would say cranky, but I don’t know. I think he’s not … I mean, I don’t know if he’s as bad as the rest of them.” She fumbled on the last sentence, lost in her racing thoughts.

“He might be the one making the rules,” Tomas noted calmly. “He could be the one who’s running it all from the shadows, and maybe there is a chance that he gave the order to kill Peaches’s husband. He might even have pulled the trigger himself,” Tomas added, looking at her calmly. “You cannot trust anybody in a scenario like this.”

“Got it,” she replied, then relaxed ever-so-slightly. “You know what? I’m really glad you’re here.”
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Things start heating up shortly, with links to Amber’s friend Peaches. Peaches is being coerced to marry another member of this cult and she wants no part of it. This results in a scenario where Tomas takes her off the compound for medical care, only to get himself banned.

Escalating quickly, Dezi, Tomas and Saul go in to get Amber out, the problem is a visit from Mary has her sneaking out of her basement apartment.

Somehow, they have to bring this place down and keep the innocent save in the process.

I couldn’t put this book down, there is something going on within each page.

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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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Gage’s Goal – Terkel’s Team Book 3 by Dale Mayer


Gage’s Goal
Terkel’s Team Book 3
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Gage hadn’t told the rest of his team, but he’d planned to meet up with Lorelei after their team disbanded. A little one-on-one time was needed to see if all the sparks they’d felt over the last few years were the real thing. He’d deliberately avoided getting involved with anyone he worked with, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity. Until all the team is decimated …

Lorelei was in Manchester, hoping to run into Gage, but after a car accident that sent her to hospital with an injured leg, she had no idea what had happened to the others, until Terk contacted her. Once he realized what had befallen her, he figured out that her accident was likely no accident and probably the same potential annihilation that his team had experienced. Terk coaxes Lorelei to live in their temporary new headquarters, where she finds out Gage hadn’t contacted her by choice but because he couldn’t.

Now on the mend, Gage is determined to keep her safe, only that’s much easier said than done, as the attacks turn on her and just … won’t … stop.

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If you haven’t read the other books in this series, STOP, go back and read them first. This book starts where the last one left off. Gage is now awake although he’s still not at full power. He’s just spoken with Damon, Tasha and they introduced him to Sophia, who is Wade’s partner. Terkel has just joined them when he gets a text, from a Lorilei. The name doesn’t click until Gage says they all do, she worked with them through the government. As soon as Terk texts her back his phone rings and he’s given a series of numbers to type in. Then they are connected on a secure line.

Lorilei doesn’t know exactly what’s going on, but she arrived in Manchester the day the team went down and the following day she was in an accident that put her in the hospital until now. Now her hotel room is bugged and she’s not safe. She still has all her government clearances though so that’s a plus.

Although Gage doesn’t want her put in more danger, the only option for her is to stay with them. They don’t have resources to guard her otherwise. Plus they could always use the extra help especially with her access.

Gage and Terk went to meet up with Merk and end up in an attempted ambush. Fortunately they get a prisoner out of it. The information they gather isn’t unexpected but it’s even more concerning because of Lorilei.

This is a favorite scene.

He nodded. “You’re in danger.”

“I know that,” she replied. “That’s why we moved me here. Remember? So, what’s changed?”

He winced. “It’s not that anything has changed, but our prisoner has been talking.”

“That’s good, isn’t it? So what was he talking about that has you so wound up?”

“He just told us that, since the attack on your life failed, the original contract killer— who happens to be our most recent dead guy from the park earlier today— had already hired a friend to finish the job on you because he was taking on this other job to finish us.”

“Good Lord,” Lorelei said, “so I do have a killer after me.” She stared at Gage in disbelief. “Why? How is that even a thing?”

“I don’t know, but apparently it is,” he murmured, as he sank down on the bed beside her. “So … I got scared and just had that moment of ‘Oh my God, they might have already got her,’ you know?”

“Well, I’m not against the greeting just now”— she smiled—“ and the reasoning behind it is a little unnerving at first, but I’m fine. And, as long as I’m here, I’ll be safe.”

He shook his head. “No way, you can’t stay here,” he murmured. “Anything can happen at any time.”

“Maybe so,” she noted, refusing to be pulled into his worry. “But you’ll take care of me, and I know you can do that.”

He frowned. “And what if I fail?”

“Sadly you will have to live with that regret for the rest of your life,” she replied, “but I won’t care because I won’t be here.” He stared at her as she shrugged. “I tend to get a bit fatalistic about the whole thing,” she explained. “I mean, even when I worked for the government, it was something that I always knew could happen, but it wasn’t something that I ever focused on. And I’m certainly not focusing on it now because honestly, it doesn’t seem like something I want to waste my time and energy on.”

“It’s hardly a waste to reevaluate your life and to try to be safe,” he murmured.

“But how does any of this help me?” she asked. “It only really came home to me when I realized that the hit-and-run could have been somebody intentionally trying to take me out. It’s an odd thought, but I’ve never mattered to anybody enough to be worth killing.” As he stared at her, horrified, her lips twitched. “Yes, I’m making light of it,” she teased. “Obviously I’ll take this very seriously, and it is a little disconcerting.”

“Of course it is,” Gage agreed. Then he picked up her fingers, sliding his between them. “It is also something that I need you to take very seriously because anybody could be the next contract killer.”

“Well, I’m sure you’re online, tracking that guy you have in custody already, trying to find out who on his list of associates is connected and who else in this wonderful world of contract killers is involved,” she noted. “So I’m in good hands. I mean, look at us. Between all of us here, we ran huge departments. We set up all kinds of missions and investigative cases and intel-gathering ops,” she added. “I mean, this is hardly new for us. What’s new is that we are the ones with targets on our backs, and we’re trying to save ourselves this time, but we have all the skills we could possibly ever need. So we can do this.”

He smiled, leaned over, and kissed her very gently this time. “How very true.” Lifting her laptop off her lap, he asked, “Now, are you ready for bed?”

“Whoa, whoa, whoa,” she protested. “No, I’m not.”

He looked at her, and then he waggled his eyebrows.

“Oh, no, you don’t.” She laughed. “You don’t get to just waltz in here and sweep me off my feet, thinking that’ll be enough.”

“Why not?” he asked. “It isn’t enough?”

She was still laughing. “But, now that you are here, you can help me to the bathroom.”

When he had completely cleared off her bed, he flipped back the covers and helped her to her feet, taking her to the bathroom door. “Call out if you need me. I’ll be within hearing distance. Then I’ll go have a shower.”

She nodded, feeling some of the fatigue from earlier settle in now that he was back again. She hated to admit it but figured she had probably been waiting for him all along. She closed the bathroom door and quickly brushed her teeth, thankful she could bring her things from the hotel. She smiled at the thought and wondered at the events of the day. But then she knew she was in the best possible hands. So, whatever happened, it’s all good. By the time she was done and headed back out, she felt shaky again.

He took a critical look at her, then nodded. “Yeah, it’s definitely bedtime for you.”

She rolled her eyes. “Stop being quite so protective.”

“No can do,” he replied, with a bright smile. “On the other hand, maybe being protective will keep you safe this time.”

“Maybe,” she murmured, then she slipped back into bed, wincing.

He asked, “Did they give you some painkillers?”

She hesitated, then spoke. “Yes, but I don’t like taking them.”

He shook his head, grimacing. “I think it probably would help you get a good night’s sleep.”

“But they make me so groggy in the morning,” she murmured.

“You’ll be fine,” he said. “You’ll be absolutely fine.” He looked in her things and brought out the medication for her.

She took half the dosage required, then snuggled into the bed. “Go have a shower,” she mumbled, already feeling the fatigue hitting her. He disappeared into the bathroom. She laid here for a long moment, wondering what his plan was when he returned. But, as injured as she was, chances were he wouldn’t do anything.

He also wasn’t talking about the trouble with his own leg, which had seemed to get worse as the day progressed. Had he been injured in a way that he hadn’t told her about? Thoughts like that stopped her from falling asleep. When he entered the bedroom with just a towel around his waist, she murmured, “How badly injured were you?”

“If you mean the leg,” he replied, “that appears to be more of an energy glitch.”

She pondered that for a moment. “Does that make sense to you?”

“Meaning that you don’t know what an energy glitch is, right? Well, hey, welcome to our world. And, no, it doesn’t make any sense to me, but it seems to be what we’re talking about.”

“Wow. Okay, so how do you fix an energy glitch?”

“Now Terk would say, Time, energy, and healing abilities,” Gage explained, “but, in my case, I don’t really know what’s required. I keep trying to give it time to heal, but he would say it’s probably connected to my own energy drain.”

“And is that something you can heal?” she asked.

He looked at her, then nodded. “It is, indeed. It just may take a little longer than I thought.”

She smiled. “In my opinion, we always think injuries take longer to heal than we thought.”

He nodded, then walked over and shut down the light in the bedroom. “Can you sleep now?”

“I think so,” she replied. “I presume you’re sleeping in here with me.”

“Yep,” he confirmed. “We’ll be short on space as more guys get back, so I figured we might as well get used to it.”

“Fine,” she said, “and at least I know that nobody will slip in and slice my throat in the night.”

“That is very true.” Gage slid into the bed beside her. He shuffled gently, trying to get comfortable, and then he tugged her ever closer. “Now sleep,” he murmured. “I promise that nobody will attack you in the night.”

She wondered about that for a long moment and then realized, at least if they did attack, it wouldn’t happen quietly, not with him around. She closed her eyes and slept.
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Gage is slowly admitting he’s in love with Lorilei. They’ve been sort of working toward it for a while but while Gage was working with the team he thought more to protect her.

The threats to her lead to some very interesting encounters, and a premonition from Terk.

I found myself holding my breath a lot as this story continues. They really need answers but until they get ahold of someone higher up that’s not happening.

So much happens in this book, I really love Gage and Lorilei they are perfect together. I really can’t wait for the next book in this series. The lead in at the end just has me wanting more.

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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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Kyron – The K9 Files Book 15 by Dale Mayer


Kyron
The K9 Files Book 15
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Dale Mayer

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Kyron swore he wouldn’t work with dogs anymore, but, when Badger asks him to go home to Aspen and to track a missing War Dog, who is missing her left leg—as he is—Kyron can’t refuse. Even if it means seeing his brother and his wife again. Not that he had anything against them. Kyron just couldn’t deal with his parents. Finding the dog seems like the easiest part of returning to Aspen, until Kyron realizes a rescue run by a fascinating woman is the one that’s spotted the missing dog, … only the dog isn’t alone …

Miranda spends every waking moment working to keep her animals safe. Two jobs keeps them in food and shelter but not much more. Considering her miserable neighbor is always making complaints about her, she has considered moving, but it is too expensive to make that happen. She has seen a three-legged canine hanging around the back perimeter of her property and had been feeding it, quietly knowing it resembled the dog the neighbor had brought home, until it ran away.

She had no intention of letting her neighbor or anyone else know about the dog, hoping to coax it onto her property, where she could look after it properly. However, then Kyron showed up, searching for the animal, and things got really ugly …

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Once again Badger has to convince someone to go look for a missing war dog. This one disappeared a couple of months ago, the adoptive family said the dog was becoming aggressive as well. They didn’t report it either.

Kyron’s the perfect person for this job, he has family in Aspen, Colorado where the dog was last seen. He had left the K9 unit before he was injured, he couldn’t handle the death. Badger had just the right thing to lure him in though, the dog, Beth, is missing a leg, just like Kyron.

Kyron knew he was going to look for Beth, even though the chances of finding any signs of her were slim. It also meant seeing his brother Allen and his wife Sandra, hopefully that would go well. He wasn’t close to his family, he always hung out with his grandfather, and since his parents were angry with the man, Kyron was considered a traitor of sorts. This was made even worse when he went into the military instead of law enforcement like his father.

Miranda Galloway works two jobs to support her unofficial animal shelter. She has a good size property and one of her neighbors lets her use a pasture and barn for the larger animals that were left with her. Her other neighbor, old man Brant Macintyre wasn’t as nice. At some point the man had found a dog with a missing leg. When the dog ran away, he told her in no uncertain terms not to feed it. Of course, she wasn’t going to listen to that nonsense and was actively trying to coax the dog to her. He also made a habit of calling the city on her since she really wasn’t a licensed animal rescue or shelter.

Her grandmother is a big supporter where the rest of her family isn’t. She even has a great uncle out there somewhere who her grandmother has encouraged to help her as well. He’s cut her a large donation and wants to visit as well.

When a pallet of dog food arrives from one of the vendors of the clinic, things start to get interesting. Kyron’s investigation leads him to her as she’s moving the food to her garage. They strike up a conversation about her animals as Kyron helps her with securing the food. He finds Miranda has been looking for the dog and leaving food out for her and they learn much about each other as they share coffee after the work is done.

This is a favorite scene.

“Hey, Beth,” he whispered. “Beth,” he called out softly, “come here, girl.” Her tail wagged, and he smiled gently. “I know. It’s been tough, hasn’t it?”

The other dog stuck very close to Beth, almost leaning into her. Kyron studied it for a moment. A shepherd, larger, and, yet in a way, maybe more dependent. He wasn’t sure what the scenario was. He reached out a hand and called again, “Come here, Beth. Come over here, girl.” He didn’t want to use too many commands that would set her back, in case whatever had been there before had been part of her problem. He just kept talking to her in a calm, quiet voice. “It’s all right, girl. It’s okay.”

In the distance, a series of shots were fired, and both dogs took off immediately, yet still so close together.

Kyron straightened up, his heart in his throat, as he watched Beth take off again. But they had made contact, so, as far as he was concerned, this was just about needing more time now. Yet something about the other dog shook him. He wasn’t sure what was going on or in any way had an explanation or even a theory, but he continued to think about it, as he slowly trudged his way back to the house.

He didn’t know how Miranda would feel if he camped out here several times over the next few days, trying to establish trust with the dog, but that immediately brought up something else.

Having now made contact with Beth, if he did get a hold of her, what was Kyron supposed to do? As he walked across the lawn, he phoned Badger.

“Well, I’ve found the dog,” he stated. “She’s definitely been on the loose for some time, but she’s hooked up with what looks like a German shepherd. The other dog is quite a bit bigger than her, yet dependent somehow, and I’m not sure what the scenario is. I was just making progress when somebody fired some shots in the distance, and they both bolted.” He paused, turned around to look in the direction the two dogs had gone, but he saw nothing. “Yet she was responding, and I know with a little bit of time, I can get her to trust me.” He added, “But that brings up the larger question.”

At that, Badger, his voice excited, replied, “Absolutely, it does. But this is huge, if you’ve actually found her. What kind of condition was she in?”

“Skinny,” he said instantly, “but holding. I’m at the house of a woman who has been feeding her, well, putting out dog food, unsure if it was for this dog or for coyotes, but the food was disappearing. She’d gotten a glimpse of the dog a couple times but never got close enough to get a look at her,” he explained quietly. “This woman is spending every penny she’s got, trying to run a rescue here. She’s got over forty animals, and it appears that she’s the only one suffering for lack of food or at least nutrients.”

“Ouch. So somebody else who’s operating more on heart than head?” Badger noted.

“Well, let’s just say that I’m sure she gets a lot of pushback from family and friends because she’s working two jobs, and everything goes to the animals.”

“Of course,” he replied, “and you can understand that too.”

“Absolutely,” he muttered. “But I’m not too sure what we’re supposed to do with this situation now. What if I get Beth back? I mean, I get that she needs to have a good set of choices and a good life from here on out, but do you have somebody here who can take her, somebody who’ll properly look after her?”

Badger was quiet for a moment. “In that location, no,” he stated finally. “Can you take her to your brother’s place?”

“No, I don’t think I can,” he answered quietly. “I’ll mention it to him, but his wife is not a big fan of dogs, and she’s well along in a high-risk pregnancy, so I don’t want to cause any trouble. In fact, I’m not sure I should even be there myself.”

“Right,” he agreed thoughtfully. “Let me talk to the rest of the team about it and see what we can come up with.”

“Will do,” Kyron said. “I just don’t want to see Beth go to another scenario where she ends up struggling, you know? Plus, she’s broken out of two different places here, so we’ll have to keep that in mind as well. And she seems strangely bonded to this other dog.”

“Right,” Badger noted quietly. “We’ve got to find the right placement. That’s why we took on this K9 project, to make sure all these animals ended up in homes that are safe and sound. We might find a rescue that can take her there or maybe adopt her somewhere within the city itself.”

“And it’s possible,” Kyron admitted. “Certainly decent people are here, but we’ve seen some lately who haven’t been all that easy to deal with. Like the people who got Beth originally.”

“Right, and I can contact the war department and see what can be done about that.”

“Haven’t you come across this problem before?”

“No, not yet,” he said.

“Well, what happened with all the other dogs you found?”

Badger laughed. “You may not want to hear this.”

“What?” Kyron asked. “Every one of them was adopted by the man we sent out to find them.”

Kyron froze, as he thought about it. “Damn.”

“Why damn?” Badger asked.

“Because, I have to admit, it already crossed my mind. She is a dog I can handle because it’s work that I’ve done in the past,” he noted, “but that doesn’t mean that I’m ready to settle down.”

“No, and I’m not saying you have to,” Badger answered carefully. “This isn’t a trick. We’re not trying to get you to sign up for something like that, particularly if you’re not ready to put down roots. The dog needs a home where she can stay for good, where she doesn’t have to be rehomed yet again,” he explained quietly.

“More than that, she needs a place where she feels safe, and it’s very obvious, based on her current mannerisms, that she hasn’t felt safe in a long time,” he noted. “I did get a tail wag out of her eventually, but she’s wary, very wary.”

“Do you think she’s been hurt?”

“I wouldn’t be at all surprised, though I don’t have any evidence or any other reason to say that,” Kyron admitted. “Obviously something went on at her placement home that wasn’t at all what we’d hoped for.”

“Of course, and, if she’s been on her own for any time it makes more sense too. It makes me damn angry with the ass who didn’t let anybody know she was in trouble. They were only thinking about themselves and how much trouble they would be in,” Badger snapped. “Believe me. It’s not the first time we’ve seen something like that.”

“It’s still wrong, no matter how many times it happens though,” Kyron muttered.

“Sure it is, and being wrong is just one aspect of how these poor dogs ended up slipping through the cracks,” he replied, “but we’re doing what we can. As is the war department.”

“I know. I hear you,” Kyron said. “Let me think about it. I might have some solutions here.”

“Do you know people who are solid and serious in their commitment to handle Beth?”

“Maybe.” Kyron turned to stare at the house. “I don’t know. I’ll have to give it some thought. Talk to you later.” And, with that, Kyron hung up the phone and walked toward Miranda’s house. He knocked on the back door, and she opened it almost immediately.

“You got close to her,” she exclaimed.

“I did, but then some shots were fired or a truck backfired or something. I’m not sure what I even heard,” he explained. “Her reaction does make me wonder if she has PTSD though.”

Miranda winced immediately. “Oh, the poor baby.”

“Exactly.” Hesitating a moment, he began, “Look.

I don’t want to impose, but I’ll need to come back and forth over the next few days to see if I can gain her trust. Also a second dog is with her.”

“I saw that, at least I thought I did,” she added. “I could just see you from my bedroom window. I was up there stripping the bedding to get it in the laundry, to rid it of all the dog and cat hair,” she said, with an eye roll. “I heard you whistle, then looked out, and later saw that you got somewhere.”

“I got somewhere. I’m just not sure where yet,” he admitted. “And honestly, a lot of progress is necessary in order to get her to the point where I can take her home— or to a home.” He hesitated. “I’m not too sure how long that will take.”

“And what about the second dog she’s with?” she asked anxiously.

“That’s the next problem. I wasn’t expecting a second dog, and they seem to be bonded.”

“What about your brother? Would he take it?”

“Nope.”

“Well, you need to spend whatever time you can give her,” she stated. “Come on back in again and get warmed up.”

He stepped inside, happy to feel the warmth. “Thank you, and I sincerely mean that. It helps that you’re an animal lover, so I can take time getting Beth’s trust, without pressuring her.”

“As long as you’ll look after the second one as well,” she stated immediately.

He winced at that. “I know. I need to. I called my boss to see what they want to do about this.”

“Well, I can’t have you taking them out of here to a worse situation,” she stated.

“Worse?” he asked, with a wry look.

“Yes, worse,” she confirmed, nodding. “At the moment, now that we’ve found her, we have to move into the second stage, which is gradually gain her trust and get a leash on her, then see what we can do from there.”

She nodded. “And your brother?”

He shook his head. “My brother would probably be okay with it temporarily, as he’s an animal lover, or at least he used to be. But my sister-in-law is not.” She frowned at him. He frowned right back.

“I really can’t condone letting the dogs go into an unhealthy scenario,” she stated, crossing her arms over her chest.

He hated that he immediately noticed how plump and firm her breasts appeared over her arms. He gave himself a mental shake. “I get it. Let’s get all our options together, and I can come back tomorrow.” He looked out the kitchen window at the darkening sky. “Would you mind putting out more dog food for Beth today?”

“I can do that.” She smirked. “As you saw, I have plenty, and thankfully you helped me unload.”

“Right.” He nodded, still in his own thoughts. “I’ll bring a harness, some leashes, and dog food for Beth and her friend tomorrow morning. And see what I can do over the course of the day to hopefully gain her trust.” And, with that, he smiled at her. “Thank you for the coffee too.”

“Thank you for the help moving the dog food.”

“I’m just so glad you found Beth in the first place.”

She gave him a big grin. “Hey, any animal in need.”

“I get it, and I’ll see you in the morning.” And, with that, he headed back to his vehicle.
Dale Mayer. Kyron (Kindle Locations 1210-1299). Valley Publishing Ltd..

For Kyron the family stuff gets worse, for Miranda her neighbor gets more dangerous, for the dogs their lives improve.

After shots are fired, injuring one of the dogs, Kyron is faced with a dilemma. He can’t bring the dogs to his brother’s. Miranda is more than willing but the neighbor is escalating. She’s looking for a larger property and a quick sale to get away from the dangers to herself and the animals. It’s then that Kyron remembers the property his grandfather left him.

For Kyron the family stuff gets worse, for Miranda her neighbor gets more dangerous, for the dogs and the other animals their lives improve.

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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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Hatch – The Mavericks Book 16 by Dale Mayer


What happens when the very men—trained to make the hard decisions—come up against the rules and regulations that hold them back from doing what needs to be done? They either stay and work within the constraints given to them or they walk away. Only now, for a select few, they have another option:

The Mavericks
A covert black ops team that steps up
and breaks all the rules …
but gets the job done.

Hatch
The Mavericks Book 16
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Hatch is more than happy to step up and to rescue the missing father-and-daughter archeological duo. Now if only it were that easy. They’d been questioned by the Egyptian government and released, with a warning to not leave Cairo. But, when their hotel room is found empty, most believe they took off ahead of punishment—but not Hatch’s team.

When the father’s foreman turns up dead, Hatch investigates the body-dump location and finds the daughter, weaving through the sand, ready to collapse.

Milly is shaken and grieving. During her captivity, her father dies, and she escapes, only to find herself lost in the sand dunes. She may be safe, but her father will never come home. Millie is determined to find the man responsible for her father’s death and for the information that’s changed her entire life.

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Marcus Bragner and his daughter Millicent aka Millie are archaeologists on a dig in Egypt with a US grant. Her father frequently clashes with the Egyptian government and is quite outspoken. This particular habit had them arrested and questioned about something that went missing, but they were released. They hadn’t been in their hotel long when they disappeared.

Killian contacts Hatch who is the next one to be in charge of a mission. He is pleasantly surprised to find his partner is one he’s worked with many times before, Corbin Wallace. They arrive in Egypt and find there is no new information for them. They need to go out and track down Millicent’s local friends. Hopefully one of them has some lead they can follow up on.

Millicent can’t remember much more than opening the hotel room door for room service. They are now being held in some sort of updated cave. When her father returns beaten from questioning, he tells Millie they want the location of a tomb that was being discussed in a pub. He doesn’t know where that is but they want him to find it and let them know first. They are an organized group of grave robbers, dangerous and asking the impossible. When her father dies thing just get worse, she is left in the desert with no supplies and no idea where she is.

Hatch and Corbin are investigating where the body of Marcus’ foreman was found, then chasing after the person who was watching them, when they hear a woman calling for help.

This is a favorite scene.

Ultimately she could do really nothing but wait and hope that somebody would take pity on her and let her out. Finally, after what felt like another hour of dozing and sitting here, realizing her bladder situation was rather desperate, she got up, went to the door, and beat on it with her fists. When no answer came, in frustration, she reached for the door handle and pulled. And damned if the thing didn’t open under her hands.

Swearing softly to herself, she pulled it open and stepped out. Judging by the faint light in the hallway, it was still night, probably a couple hours before dawn. The instinct to bolt was strong, but her need to go to the bathroom was even stronger. She quickly stepped out into the night, squatted, hating again that she had no toilet paper or anything, but she would make do because obviously any rescue of her wasn’t an option at this point. She just needed to escape as quickly as she could.

Stumbling forward, she raced down the hill, hoping nobody was watching her. Out here, if somebody decided to shoot her, she could do absolutely nothing about it. Hell, even the thought of getting away free and clear wasn’t much of an option at this point either.

She had no idea where she was, no idea if anybody was even out here looking for her or if she would have enough luck to stumble across somebody outside at this hour of the night or the wee morning maybe. She had no phone and no way to contact anybody. All she could do was resolutely put one foot in front of the other and keep going, hoping that she would find something.

After another ten minutes of slipping and sliding her way down the steep embankment, she heard a noise in the distance. Something like a bike. She stopped, trying to hear it again, torn between two minds, wondering whether she should call out for help, even though it could end up landing her with her kidnappers again.

Realizing she didn’t have a whole lot of choice if she wanted to survive, she waited until what appeared to be the sound of the bike slowing down and then coming to a stop, and she yelled for help. She yelled over and over again, until she had to stop because her throat was too dry to keep it up.

She kept walking, feeling so tired— more than that really, … utterly exhausted, mentally, physically, and emotionally. Just as she was about to give up, she heard a sound that brought tears to her eyes. It sounded like somebody shouting for her by name. She hollered as loud as she could, but her throat was so parched that her hoarse voice cracked.

She sagged to her knees, hoping that her efforts had been enough. But, when she heard nothing, tears formed in her eyes, and she started to scream again and again. Suddenly she was picked up in somebody’s arms. Immediately she fought hard, assuming it was her kidnappers. She was screaming, although it was more of a raspy shout than anything.

Finally she sagged against the strong arms in defeat. Only then she heard his voice.

“It’s okay. Hey, take it easy, Millie. You need to calm down. We’re here to rescue you. Easy, Millie. You’re safe now. It’s Hatch. Easy now.”

Held against his chest, she looked up, but, in the darkness, she could barely see, but the name? … “You’re here to rescue me?” she whispered. “Do I know you?”

He nodded. “Yes,” he replied, as if understanding that she couldn’t see much in the night. “Where’s your father?”

“He’s dead,” she said, sobbing. “They killed him.”

With his arms tightening around her, Hatch quickly led her somewhere nearby, but she couldn’t even tell where that was, except for the light that suddenly flashed in her face. Caught off guard and still stunned, she finally realized that a flashlight shone into her face, and she stopped wincing against the bright light.

“We’re just checking you over,” the man explained. “Do you need medical attention?”

She slowly shook her head and gasped hoarsely, “Water.” A bottle of water was placed in her hands, and she tilted it up and drank thirstily.

When he tried to take it away from her, she glared at him. He just smiled. “It’s yours. Don’t worry. You get to keep it, but remember. Too much, too fast won’t be good either.”

Reluctantly she slowed down on the chugging and nodded. “I know, but you don’t understand how desperate you can be when you don’t have water.”

He still held her in his arms, and she realized that she hadn’t been put down. “I can walk, you know,” she stated.

He slowly lowered her until her boots touched the sand, but almost immediately she collapsed.

She looked up at him again. “Well, I will walk. Just give me a moment.”

He shook his head. “It’s not necessary.” Picking her up again, he asked, “Do you think you can ride on my bike?”

She looked at him and nodded. “I think so.”

“Can you hold on to me?” he asked. “That’s all you have to do.”

She realized that he wanted to find out if she was strong enough to do that. “I can hang on,” she replied, and he immediately parked her on the back of his bike. It was just a small dirt bike, and it would be a hard ride on this desert. But, as he sat down in front of her and had barely taken any of the seat, she wrapped her arms around his waist and clung to him.

If nothing else, she would hang on long enough to get out of here, hopefully back to civilization. If she was lucky, maybe she’d even get out of this nightmare. She whispered against his ear, “I don’t know where my kidnappers are.”

He nodded. “Hang on. Let’s get the hell out of here first.”
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Now that they’ve found her and learned of her father’s death, Millie shares what she learned from her capture. That her mother was murdered for one and that her father was involved in something illegal. She has no knowledge of that, but she can’t help but wonder.

There’s quite a bit of intrigue and suspense as Millie, with the help of Hatch and Corbin, looks for answers. The connection between her and Hatch is obvious and leads to a bit of sizzle.

I can’t wait for the next book in this 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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Wade’s War – Terkel’s Team Book 2 by Dale Mayer


Wade’s War
Terkel’s Team Book 2
By
USA Today Bestselling Author
Dale Mayer

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Sophia met Wade a few years back, and the last she heard from him was he’d be back to take her out to dinner—and never saw him again. Having spent several years in the meantime working with Merk and his team in Texas, when Terk called for her help, Sophia jumped at the opportunity to go. Even if Wade didn’t get it, she knew a connection worth trying for when she felt it.

Wade is weak, helpless, his abilities damaged, after the attack on Terk’s team. Seeing Sophia, the woman he fell in love with at first sight, is a sock to his gut. His defenses are already down, and he knows it will be impossible to keep her at arm’s length a second time.

Wade must bring her closer, protect her, especially after their team was shattered from the initial attack, and subsequent attacks haven’t eased—not with the world slowly realizing that not just Terk survived the attack but so did a few of his team …

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At the end of the last book, Damon and Terk got Wade out of a dangerous situation. In the process Wade’s brother, who was on the wrong side was killed. Now Wade is at their new headquarters, still weak and recovering.

Since they needed more help especially on the computer end, Terk invites Sophia from Levi’s team to join them. Merk brings her in, and Wade is very surprised to see her. They have a bit of a history stemming from a conference they both attended about a year ago. They were supposed to meet for dinner, but Wade was called for a mission and never contacted her again.

There’s a computer-based attack, and Sophia gets a glimpse at just what this team can do. Tasha explains that the reason they had to stop is that Wade was in there chasing and blocking the intruder.

There’s a definite connection between Sophia and Wade and Sophia is determined to see where it can go. To that end when they collect her bags, she puts them in Wade’s room while he’s sleeping.

This is a favorite scene.

When he opened his eyes the next time, he wasn’t alone. Sitting in his room, whether he wanted her there or not, was Sophia.

She walked closer and sat down on his bed and picked up his hand. She whispered, “How are you?”

“Ask me later.”

“I got it. Tasha said you were in the computer?”

He opened his eyes and then nodded. “Yeah, it was me.”

“That was freaking amazing, but how?” she asked. “And since you did whatever you did, nobody has been back.”

“Which is why I did it,” he explained, “but it tired me out.” He didn’t explain what he did, why, or even how, and he could only hope that she would let it slide. Some things were just too complicated to explain. And the stuff his team did? Well, it needed to be parsed out in bits, or it could overload a person.

She patted his hand gently, and he relaxed, shifting on the bed. “You’re still in a lot of pain?”

“Not so much. I was in a coma for a few days. Since I came out of it,” he added, “everything has just been really taxing. Not the same. Senses, nerves on overload, that type of thing.”

She hesitated before speaking. “I don’t know anything about this stuff, but did they do something to you while you were in that coma?”

His eyes flew open, and he stared at her. “Like what?”

She winced. “I really don’t know because I have no clue what we’re talking about here,” she admitted. “It just seems plausible to me that, while you were in such a vulnerable state, they might have done something.”

“No … and the reason I can say that with any degree of certainty is because I know that Terk kept up security around us the whole time.”

She stared at him and blinked. “Like the whole time? Guards and everything?”

“Well, not quite the security that you would imagine”— Wade grinned—“ but someone was watching over me. Terk is pretty amazing.”

“I know. I’ve heard … things from your team,” she shared, “but nobody ever really explains anything.”

“That’s because you’re on a need-to-know basis. Terk doesn’t involve himself very much with each of these scenarios, unless there’s actually a problem, in which case he jumps in and warns the appropriate people. The team doesn’t discuss our particular skills much, so a very limited number of personnel has access to substantial information.”

“I can sorta understand that. The compartmentalization cuts down on who can find out what— not among us. In case we’re caught. Okay. That rings true and makes sense now,” she agreed.

“When I was at Levi’s place, one time Terk said something to Ice that worried her. She didn’t go out that day, but I don’t really know what was behind it all.”

“You don’t argue with Terk when he shares insights like that. He’s just way too right too damn often.”

“And that’s kind of scary too,” Sophia murmured.

“Very, but when you have somebody who can give you an inside scoop, you take it, and you make it work for you.”

“Got it.” Sophia nodded. “Do you want something to eat or drink?”

“As much as I want to say no, I probably should,” he admitted.

“Well, feel like getting up? Or I can bring you something to eat. Any preferences for what you want me to get for you?”

He rolled his eyes at that. “I’m not an invalid.”

“No, but you’re exhausted, and, if there’s anything I can do to help, I’m more than happy to.”

And she had said it in such an honest way that he nodded. “Sorry, not trying to be a prick here,” he apologized, “I’m just tired.”

“And I understand that part.” She sighed. “I might not understand a whole lot about this, but I’m getting there. What I do see is an exhausted man whose reserves have been spent doing something that I couldn’t help with, even if I wanted to. So, if getting you some food is in any way a help,” she explained, “I’m happy to do it.”

“Good luck with that. You’ll probably have to fight Tasha for food.”

Sophia chuckled. “Oh my God, does she still eat like a horse?”

“Two horses,” he replied instantly. “Honestly I’ve never seen anything like it.”

“She’s beautiful inside and out,” Sophia noted, with a smile. “We’ve been friends for a long time, and that is a friendship I value.”

“It’s a good thing,” he noted, “because, when it comes to things like that, around here, our relationships are about all any of us have.”

She nodded. “I really do understand that.”

“Good,” he agreed, “because it’ll be tested. Everything you have ever believed will be tested. Then, when you finally think you’ve got it, it’ll all get thrown up in the air, come back down as something completely different, which you may no longer recognize.”

She stared at him, considering his words. “You know something? Life was getting boring before anyway. I’ll go get you some food, and I’ll come back as soon as I can.” She stood and walked out.

Wade remained in bed for a moment, only to look over his room and see her bags. She really had brought them over, apparently waiting for him to say yes or no. He frowned at that, wondering if they could get past everything that had gone on before. Was there any reason not to go in that direction?

She was already here; she was already in danger, and, if he were honest, he didn’t want her to be anywhere but here. With that, he got up and made his way to the bathroom. When he returned, he tossed her bag on the spare bed and laid back down again.

When she walked in a little bit later, she smiled at him. “Good news! Tasha didn’t eat all the food, so I guess it’s your lucky day after all.”
Dale Mayer. Wade’s War (Kindle Locations 530-577). Valley Publishing Ltd.

One of the problems they are having is getting someone alive to question. That appears to be getting worse as they actually talk to kids hired to harass Sophia when she was bringing back groceries.

Implants and drones are the weapons being used against the team, they have to find the source and shut it all down.

Lots of action, suspense and I really love the way the relationship between Sophia and Wade progresses.

5 Contented Purrs for Dale!

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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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