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Cat’s Meow – Broken Protocols Book 1 By Dale Mayer


Cat’s Meow
Broken Protocols Book 1
By
USA Today Bestselling Author
Dale Mayer

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After a year of hell, Dani Summerland’s life is just getting better when she’s tossed unceremoniously a few hundred years into the future with her orange Persian cat, Charmin Marvin, in her arms. With no way to fight it, no way to go back, things are only looking to get worse fast.

Breaking protocol is cause for severe consequences in the time and world Levi Blackburn lives. But, after a year of government regulation, the crackdown is easing up and he begins to relax. Everything he’s worked for is hinged on keeping his reckless brother in check. But, while he’s been protecting Milo from falling under the government’s ever-vigilant radar, his brother has been working on a surprise present for him, one that’s the cat’s meow… Dani is that gift–a woman from the past that Levi has been fixated on.

Milo never anticipated having his brother’s dream girl come to their time with a snarky cat that can not only talk but doesn’t have a clue how or when to shut up!

Formerly Book 1 of the Charmin Marvin series.

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Milo is a genius with the understanding of a sixteen year old. He does things he thinks he has thought through but has no clue of the consequences of his actions to himself or others. Milo’s does something he thinks is awesome and as his brother Liev witnesses it, he knows not only does he have to fix it he hasn’t a clue how.

Dani Summerland’s life is finally getting on track, she has a job she likes and now she has a date. Before getting ready she grabs a glass of wine and her cat doing a little bit of a dance, then in a flash of light and what seems to be an explosion she’s somewhere else. Not a thing is recognizable except for one of the men standing there. He looks just like her ex, Lawrence.

After running from an inspection, Dani lets loose on both of them.

This is a favorite scene.

She had to find a way home, and she needed their help. But she’d be damned if she’d let them walk all over her. Knowing what was outside the building scared her shitless, and, for all she’d been trying to shake off her old life, she hadn’t meant to shake it off this far.

And who was this Liev? With each glance to confirm that Liev looked so similar to Lawrence, she had to consider he’d come forward in time as well. But she had discerned just enough visual differences too. Then again, she hadn’t seen Lawrence in over a year. That could account for some of the differences in his appearance. She stole another look in his direction. No, Liev was younger. Much younger. Besides, how likely was it that the two of them were dragged forward in time? And, if they had, were others like her here? She perked up at that idea. If there was a group them, maybe they had a way to go home too.

“It’s not the same guy,” Charming muttered.

She wiped the tears from her eyes as her laughing spell ended and holding Charming so the men couldn’t see her talking to him, whispered, “Why do you say that?”

“Because you’re in the future. That means he’s not the same man.” He shot her a look of disgust, adding, “Duh!”

She pursed her lips at the sarcasm, not even close to being able to digest Charming’s new communication abilities or indeed the sarcastic responses that seemed to roll off his tongue and, stared up at Liev. He had the same tall, lean build, the same jet-black hair as Lawrence. The same quirky smile. But the whole package was fresher, softer, like a younger brother. Not so jaded, or cynical. Still, she had to know. She asked him point-blank. “So did you come from my century as well?”

Liev shook his head in a slow movement that made his slightly long hair curl on his shirt collar. If they were two hundred years in the future, the men still wore shirts and pants. Although outside of the fact that material covered both his legs and chest, the clothing was unlike any she’d seen before. His weird-looking friend with the green mohawk could have been from any number of places in her time, so he looked odd but not that odd. Outside of the technology, like the elevator—and, God, how creepy had that been—the rooms she’d seen so far looked almost normal. High tech and definitely futuristic and with almost a movie scene look to the space with the massive wall of monitors and a wall length console instead of keyboards and individual desks. It’s what had been outside that had shocked her. Flying cars? Rooftop rail systems from building to building while something else snaked around the building going up? And the weird bright reflective silverishness to the buildings? Maybe the city was even domed. She didn’t look out the windows around her. In fact, she deliberately avoided looking around. Her gaze locked on Liev.

“I’m sorry. I don’t know you.” He tried for a friendly smile and added, “Yet.”

She rolled her eyes. “You would say that.”

He gave her a hand to help move her away from the mess. “You must be mistaking me for someone from your time.”

“Yeah, right. Like you aren’t the spitting image of Lawrence Blackburn.”

Liev stiffened. “That is my last name. And Lawrence was a blackhearted ancestor of ours. I’m sorry if you were harmed by him. I can only assure you that I am not him in any way.”

She stared at him. “Doesn’t that figure? Well, at least tell me that he’s dead. That would almost make this worth it.”

“That I can do.” He smiled and held out his hand as if to shake hers. “I’m Liev Blackburn, and Lawrence is definitely dust by now.”

The younger guy bobbed his head up and down. The long skinny body bobbed in a matching tune. She wondered if he had an iPod or something in his ear because he seemed to move to some inner beat. He gave her a huge grin and said, “I’m Milo. Liev is my older brother.”

Her gaze widened. “That is so wrong.”

The smaller guy narrowed his gaze, confusion clouding his eyes. Liev said, “Wrong or not, it’s true. Milo is also a genius.”

She snorted at that. “Oh, right. That whole genius thing about creating some kind of time machine that snatched me out of my own life without my permission. Well, thanks for nothing. So, before we go too far down this road, how about you reverse the results and let me return to the time where I belong.”

A long strange silence filled the room. She narrowed her gaze suspiciously. “Why did you say that’s the beauty of this—that this isn’t reversible?”

And Charming gave voice to her thoughts. Thankfully it came out in a garbled whisper. “Uh-oh.”

Milo looked at his feet and shuffled from left to right and back again. Yeah, he was guilty as hell. She switched to Liev. And he was staring at Milo.

“You didn’t figure that you needed a way to reverse the process?” She motioned to the nonexistent elevator that had dumped her in this futuristic office around her and said in an ominous voice, “You figured anyone—any female—would be delighted to find herself yanked away from everyone and anything she holds dear into a foreign world where she has no way to support herself?” Her voice rose at the end to shrill tones. “Dependent on you two for my living?”

Both men winced in sync.

She lowered her voice and continued in an angry whisper, “And while I’m running up a list of questions, here is a biggie.” She paused. “Why me?”
Mayer, Dale. Cat’s Meow (Broken Protocols Book 1) (pp. 29-33). Valley Publishing Ltd.. Kindle Edition.

Even knowing that Liev isn’t Lawrence doesn’t help the animosity she is feeling for both of them. Her life has been irreversibly altered and she has much to learn about this world of the future.

To top it all off, her cat Charming can talk and is doing many impossible things.

I laughed, cried, held my breath a few times and was totally taken by surprise at the end.

I am so totally hooked now that I bought the other books in this series as a collection. This first book was free so I wasn’t really repeating a purchase which is a definite plus in my book.

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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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Ryker – The Mavericks Book 6 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.

Welcome to a new military romance series by USA Today best-selling author Dale Mayer. A series where you meet new friends and just might get to meet old ones too in this raw and compelling look at the men who keep us safe every day from the darkness where they operate—and live—in the shadows … until someone special helps them step into the light.

Ryker
The Mavericks Book 6
By
USA Today Bestselling Author
Dale Mayer

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After his last assignment, Ryker is ready for a rest.
And he gets it—but only a few hours …

That’s even too long for a geologist kidnapped by guerrillas in the Columbian jungle. Ryker has plenty of experience in jungles around the world but, keeping Manila safe—along with the two men she’s traveling with and their injured guide—exposes them for who they are. It quickly becomes apparent, under these most gruelling conditions, which of her party steps up and which plan to step out.

Manila’s life has become one of never-ending misery at the hands of her captors as they await word from their bosses, who decide her ultimate fate. That she’s hunting platinum doesn’t matter to them. Nor that she’s fighting against the invasive illegal gold mining taking over parts of the area. When Ryker rescues her from her prison tent, she places her trust in his ability to get her and her team safely away. Not yet realizing she’d be gifting him both her body and her heart too.

Ryker needs to keep them all alive and together long enough to get them out of this hellhole—hopefully alive …

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After working with Asher, Riker is next for his own assignment. I really feel sorry for these guys, it seems that call comes before they have a change to recover from their last mission.

Riker had just arrived at his brother’s when his call came, he has one night and he was leaving for the wilds of Columbia. On the Navy cruiser he was traveling on he was approached by Miles, a friend and now it seems his partner on this mission.

Manila was the team lead on this excursion to find possible platinum ore. She has a couple of promising stones, but she’d like more. Unfortunately as she was getting ready to unload her finds she and her team are captured by guerillas.

So far they’ve been left alone, although with very little food or water. With her is a grad student, Andy, who seems to be holding up well, and a colleague Benjamin who seems a bit pessimistic. She has no idea what became of their guides, but that’s the least of their worries. Manila has faith that the company she works for will send someone in to get them, and prays that it’s sooner rather than later.

Riker and Miles find them without too much difficulty and manage to get them out the back of their tent. Now they needed to put distance between them and the camp.

This is a favorite scene.

Ryker didn’t know how far they had traipsed, but they were leaving a trail a mile wide. Couldn’t be helped when there were five of them, and three didn’t know how to slide secretly through the jungle. He took some time every once in a while to clean up as they went. It wouldn’t fool any real tracker, but maybe it could fool these kids.

Ryker kept on going until he noticed the woman stayed with him. He studied her closely in the half-light. She wasn’t panicked nor appeared to be anxious in any way. “Why aren’t you with the others?”

“Because you’re slowing down, trying to hide our path,” she said. “And I won’t leave you alone.” She almost sighed when she said the last part, and he rolled his eyes at her. “So hurry.” She glared at him, but she turned and immediately moved faster.

He raced up behind her, grabbed her hand to keep her with him as they ran and whispered, “We have to catch up.”

She nodded and started running. Of course, it sounded like a herd of elephants going through the brush, and that would immediately cause them more problems. He bent down and scooped her into his arms.

She gasped in outrage.

“I have to do it this way to keep you quiet.” He glared at her.

With a sniff, she subsided. “How is it you can run so quietly?”

“Practice,” he said. Between her and her backpack and his own bags, he knew he could manage a couple miles but not too much more. But the more miles they put between them and the gang of teenage guerrillas behind them, the better. If they were ever caught again, the guerrillas would not be so easy on any of them.

He kept running until they could see the others up ahead. At the sound of his footsteps, Miles immediately moved the others off the path. Ryker smiled at that and let out an odd whistle. It sounded like an owl, a cry of a bird of prey. Immediately Miles responded with an answering cry.

Ryker slowed when he caught up with them and lowered her to the ground. One of the other men, the tall young kid, stepped forward and asked her, “Are you okay?”

She wrinkled her face up at him. “I’m okay,” she said. “But apparently I was making too much noise.”

The kid looked at her in surprise and looked up at the man behind her. “Thank you for the rescue,” he said, his voice heartfelt. “I’m Andy.” He pointed at the other man and said, “He’s Benjamin, and Manila is our geologist.”

Ryker nodded. “I’m Ryker. He’s Miles. Let’s go.” And that was all he would say, but he moved them rapidly, his hands pushing and shoving to give them an idea of just how fast they had to move. And, with Miles leading, they headed off again. As soon as she made more noise, she winced and looked at him, and he nodded. “One more like that,” he said, “and you’ll get carried.”

She glared at him, and he grinned.

But he knew his teeth were flashing white in all this jungle darkness, and that would get a bullet between his jaws if he didn’t watch it.

It didn’t take long to come across more guerrillas. These were an older bunch, fully armed and more experienced. Ryker could imagine what they had gone through to live to be this old in their line of work. Miles and Ryker tapped out their strategy; then Miles took Manila’s two team members first, detouring deeper into the brush. Waiting a good thirty minutes, then Ryker carried Manila to meet up with the others. Another couple hours later, they heard more voices.

Following us? Ryker tapped out to Miles.

It took a minute or so before Miles responded. Can’t see them. Heard two on patrol. So I think not.

Finally, after four hours total on the run since being rescued, Manila stumbled to a stop, gasping. Her two team members were almost done too. Ryker looked at Miles and nodded. “We need a place for them to rest.”

“I think I hear water,” Miles said.

“And that brings its own dangers,” Ryker warned.

Miles nodded. “We need to go up farther toward a pool off the river.”

“Just make sure you pick one that’s not jaguar-infested,” Ryker said.

So the two softly wrangled back and forth.

Ryker quickly picked out a stand of trees, and, boosting Manila to the lower of the branches, he came up behind her. When they got up about another ten feet, he removed several other branches too, hacking at them with a machete, and made a crossways platform that would hide them from people below. There he pointed out a very large branch and said, “You can rest up there.”

Nodding obediently, she sank against the trunk and, with her eyes closed, took several deep breaths.

“If you think you can sleep here, I have ropes to tie you to the limb, if you want that added security.

”She nodded. “Maybe later.”

Ryker pulled water from his backpack and handed it to her. She looked at it in surprise and then drank greedily. Then she stopped suddenly and looked at him with a guilty expression.

He shook his head. “Yes, you shouldn’t drink too much at a time, but drink up whatever’s left,” he said. “We’ll refill it as soon as we get fresh water.”

She nodded and quickly emptied the bottle. When she handed it back to him, he slung both his backpacks up on a higher branch and pulled out a canteen and another bottle.

“I’ll be back,” Ryker told her. “Don’t move, and don’t make a sound.”
Dale Mayer. Ryker (Kindle Locations 413-457). Valley Publishing Ltd..

Manila stays close to Ryker throughout this dangerous trek. A the hours turn to days, Benjamin becomes more and more irritated with everything. He takes whining to an artform and places all the blame on Manila.

A wounded guide, slows them down as they do their best to get him help. They need to know what happened and what they find starts them investigating closer to the group they rescued.

In all of this Ryker finds himself a little more than attracted to Manila. She has courage and fortitude not seen in many who have been held captive.

Once again Dale Mayer has delivered a page-turning, action-packed tale that has romance in the form of banter and just the right amount of sizzle.

I can’t wait to read the next book in this series!

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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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Harrison’s Heart – Heroes For Hire Book 7 By Dale Mayer


Harrison’s Heart
Heroes for Hire Book 7
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USA Today Bestselling Author
Dale Mayer

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Welcome to Harrison’s Heart, book 7 in Heroes for Hire, reconnecting readers with the unforgettable men from SEALs of Honor in a new series of action-packed, page turning romantic suspense that fans have come to expect from USA TODAY Bestselling author Dale Mayer.

When a call for help comes from Ice’s father, Harrison steps up. A senator has been shot, his wife beaten and his kids are in the wind. It’s up to Harrison to find the answers everyone is looking for.

Including finding the senator’s ex-military and pissed at the world daughter. Only she doesn’t want anything to do with him.

Zoe is on a mission. There’s no room in her world for heroes – especially not Harrison. But he won’t take no for an answer. Only Zoe has angered the wrong people, and they won’t stop until they put an end to her meddling or better yet – to her.

With so much going on, Harrison struggles to pull the pieces together – before their world is completely blown apart – permanently.

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A Senator’s been shot, his wife severely beaten and in Ice’s father’s hospital, their adult children are no where to be found, yet both were at dinner around the time of the shooting.

This time it’s Harrison who’s assigned, He’s got a bit of cabin fever with all the couples around him. His job is to find the daughter Zoe and see what she might know.

He doesn’t have that much trouble finding her, but their exchange is interesting and fun when he catches up to her.

This is a favorite scene.

She didn’t recognize the man at all. But that didn’t mean much. He could be hired muscle. She also didn’t know if he was connected to either her father’s shooting or her mother’s beating.

As he watched her coming toward him, he straightened and shifted back farther. But his eyes were those of a predator.

She was no man’s prey.

She looked at the hot coffee in her hand. She really wanted to enjoy it, not waste it by having to throw it at him. She glanced around for other options. She wasn’t very good on that whole idea of ignoring things in life. She already had evidence of that. She lowered the bag with the sandwiches along her far side. As she walked closer, she slipped the bag over her wrist and lifted the lid off the coffee. She could almost hear Benji on the other side of the street saying, “Don’t do it, girlie. Don’t do it.”

She walked up to the stranger and said, “Making sure you aren’t here to cause trouble.”

He stepped back and raised his hands. “Whoa, crazy lady. I’m not doing anything.”

She smiled. “Yeah, you better believe it. Get the hell out of here and don’t come back. You’ve got three seconds to move, or you’ll have this boiling hot coffee all over you.”

Instead of taking off, he got ugly and stepped forward. “I don’t take orders from you.”

She didn’t give him three seconds before before the hot coffee went fully in his face. As he screamed, she turned and walked past, deliberately giving him her back. That added to the insult of being bested by a woman. She tossed the empty cup in another trash bin and strolled on, as if not giving a damn.

At the church up ahead, she sat on the steps, pulled out one of her sandwiches and proceeded to take a bite. She could see him rubbing his face and swearing. She was a good fifty yards away. But she’d made him. Benji had too. And how interesting was that? Blind and yet, he could still spot trouble. She owed him one.

Something she couldn’t afford to let happen again. Assholes like this guy … well, the world was a better place without them. As she munched away at her sandwich, a stranger walked up and sat beside her. He had two cups of coffee in his hands. He held one out.

She stared at it and then at him. No alarm bells went off. Not yet anyway. “Aren’t you afraid I’ll throw that at you?”

“If you really feel you should. However, as I mean you no harm, why would you?”

She glared at him. But dammit, she wanted that coffee. She took it, popped off the top and realized it was black—the way she liked it. “Who the hell are you?”

“The name’s Harrison. I work for Legendary Security.”

She froze. “Isn’t that Levi’s company?”

Startled, he turned to face her, his huge blue eyes staring at her.

Eyes completely at odds with the rest of him.

He shook his head. “How do you know Levi’s group?”

“Don’t know them. Heard of them.”

He nodded once. “Levi’s done well.”

She curled her lip. “So they say. Doesn’t mean I believe everything I hear.”

“Good thing.” He took the lid off his cup. It was black too.

She set hers between her legs and proceeded to finish her sandwich. She glanced at the man she’d attacked. He remained against the wall, glaring at her. Why was he still here? He had to be waiting for somebody. No other reason for him to stay put at this point. The game was up. She glanced around to see who might have come to his aid, realizing it could easily be the man beside her. “You with him?”

He chuckled. “Hell, no. If it had been me, you’d never see me coming.”

“Is that why you approached me here? So while my attention was on him, you could sneak up on the other side?”

He shook his head. “Levi doesn’t hire fools. Has no time for failures.”

“Well, we agree on something,” she muttered.

“What the hell is Zoe Branson doing on the streets and using a blind man as an alarm system?”

She stiffened. She didn’t know who the hell this Harrison was, but that he knew her name had her already contemplating her options. She could run straight across the street, disappear in the alley on the far side. But he looked fit and quite possibly could outrun her.

She could throw the hot coffee in his face and bolt, but she figured he’d probably run after her and catch her before she was gone. She could pull a few martial arts tactics, jump the railing and bolt, but she suspected he had a few of his own. She stared at the last bite of sandwich left in her hand. It tasted like sawdust now. Deciding she needed the energy anyway, she finished it, chewing long and hard, then looked at the sandwich still in her bag. “Who the hell are you really?”

“I’m really Harrison. And I really work for Legendary Security.”

“How did you track me down, and why the hell do you give a damn?”

“Not sure I do. I get paid either way.”

His tone was aloof, but humor threaded through it. She took umbrage at the latter. She had had nothing to laugh at in so long …

“Besides, I didn’t have much problem finding you. It’s what I do, and I’m damn good at it.”

She was prepared to blast him again when he turned, piercing her with those blue eyes and said, “And I’m here really for your mother’s sake.”

That shut her up. God she’d been panicked to find out about her mother’s condition. How could this man know? And could she believe him? “How is she?”

“In and out of consciousness. I understand the damage is severe but not life-threatening.”

“I don’t even know where she is,” she whispered, pain in her tone. She had to watch out for those kinds of emotion. The last thing she wanted was for anybody to know her mom was her weakness.

He held out his hand, palm up. “I can take you to see her if you want.”

She stared at that hand and wondered at herself. She was contemplating placing her hand in his. But that would signify trust. That was like holding out an olive branch and having somebody accept it. Everything was symbolic about this. He was asking a lot of her. The stranger seemed to know so much about her, and she knew nothing of him.

With childlike movements, she put her hands on the step and sat on them. He laughed out loud. And she knew he understood exactly what she’d done and why.

But he left his hand where it was and said, “Whenever you’re ready.”

“Hell, no.” She shook her head. “I’m no fool.”

“You’re not, but you are in trouble.”

“Am not.”

The corner of his mouth twitched, and in a singsong voice, he matched her words with “Am too.”

She sagged in place. “I can’t go. Someone might follow me there and hurt her. Nobody can know where I am.”

“I didn’t say anybody would know where you were going. I offered to take you to see your mom.”

“And then what?”

“I can return you to these church steps if that’s what you want.”

“Like I trust you.”

His smile, when it came, was slow and sweet. “You should trust somebody. You can’t be alone for the rest of your life.”

“Can too,” she snapped, right back into that childish voice.

He chuckled. “You could try. But it’s not who you are. A lot of anger is inside you. Maybe even hatred. Not too sure what happened to make you who you are today, but the woman from a few years ago, she wasn’t about being alone. She wasn’t about forging her own path, kicking tires along the way.
Mayer, Dale. Heroes for Hire: Books 7-9 (pp. 24-28). Valley Publishing Ltd.. Kindle Edition.

Now a lot of people want to talk to Zoe, but she’s having difficulty understanding she’s in danger. Her brother is also missing but they don’t get along so it’s anyone’s guess.

I love Trish (Zoe’s Mom), she and Richard at one time had been an item, but she went for the money and power instead of the surgeon. I really hope these two will get together.

Harrison sticks to Zoe like glue and does manage to get her to stay at Richard’s at least until they figure everything out.

Plenty of twists and turns, suspense and family drama as Harrison and Zoe slowly become more than just friendly.

I am already starting the next book in this series, I can’t seem to stop myself.

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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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Logan’s Light – Heroes for Hire Book 6 by Dale Mayer


Logan’s Light
Heroes for Hire Book 6
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Dale Mayer

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Welcome to Logan’s Light, book 6 in Heroes for Hire, reconnecting readers with the unforgettable men from SEALs of Honor in a new series of action-packed, page turning romantic suspense that fans have come to expect from USA TODAY Bestselling author Dale Mayer.

Logan heads to Boston on an intel mission. His investigation plunges him and his partner into the deep dark world of human trafficking.

The last thing Alina remembers is having coffee at the cafe in the hospital where she works. She awakes tied up in a strange apartment. Her world as she knew it gone…possibly forever.

Now they’re on the run together. Time is against them. There’s a quota to be made, and the traffickers aren’t going to let Alina go if they can help it.

Unfortunately, she’s not the only victim. The hunt is on…for the traffickers and their other victims…before it’s too late.

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I’m trying to catch up on this series, and I have bought the available bundles, I just keep getting waylaid by the new books. I am going to really make the effort now to finish this whole series.

Levi and Ice are pulled into a possible trafficking case by Jackson, his friend the detective who was assigned to the case was pulled supposedly for budgetary reasons. The detective thinks there’s something very wrong going on but can’t find the proof.

Logan and Harrison set out to Boston armed with four addresses of suspected Human Traffickers. At the first one they check they find a woman but no suspect. Alina had been taken as she was leaving work by a man who was stalking her.

This is a favorite scene.

The first man shot her a hard glance and asked, “How do you know we broke in?”

She was about to answer, but her hands were freed then, and her arms fell to the bed. She cried out as pain screamed up them to her shoulders. The man grabbed her arms and gave them a good shake before massaging them.

“Take it easy,” he said. “If your arms have been like this for a long time, it’ll hurt like crazy to move them.”

She gasped, unable to stop the tears in her eyes. “You’re not kidding. I’ve been like this since this morning when he left. But he’s kept me tied up off and on for two days now.”

“Any idea where he’s gone?”

“To meet his friends. The ones he keeps threatening me with.”

The second man at her feet finally released her legs. He worked the bottom of her calves and the soles of her feet and ankles, massaging them as he slowly moved her legs up and down, bending her knees.

The pain coursing through her made it impossible to speak. When she could, she said, “Colin told me he knew men who would buy women like me.”

“Like you?” the man nearest her asked.

She shot him a confused look. “I presumed he meant any women that crossed him because I wasn’t giving him what he wanted.”

The man stopped and stared down at her. “Did he rape you?”

She shook her head. “I’ve been out of it most of the time. I don’t think so, but he gave me an ultimatum. He said if I didn’t agree to submit, he’d sell me to these men.”

“Still rape. No matter which way you cut it.” He bent down and picked her up in his arms, carrying her out to the living room. “And he likely planned to sell you regardless. He would get something for himself and terrorize you even more.”

She didn’t know if she should clutch him or try to run away. Once he placed her in a chair, she realized how rubbery her legs were, as well as her arms.

He continued massaging her legs and feet, getting the blood moving once again.

She gave him a wobbly smile and said, “Thank you.” She glanced at the door. “We really need to get the hell out of here.”

“Tell us more about Colin,” the first man said. “We can’t let him do this again.”

She shook her head, as if clearing it. “I’m a nurse. He said he worked part-time as an orderly. He kept asking me out, and I refused. After that it was just a nightmare, as if I was already his girlfriend and just being difficult. He kept stalking me. He finally caught me in the cafeteria, and I sat and had coffee with him.”

“Did you call the police, report the stalking?” the second man asked.

She nodded and wrapped her arms around her shoulders. “I was hoping he’d stop then. But I don’t remember anything after having coffee.” She stared at the strangers. “Who the hell are you guys anyway? Not that I’m not grateful. I really want to get out of here.” She glanced around, not even giving them a chance to answer and asked, “Is my purse here?”

“I’ll look,” the second man said.

The first man stopped massaging and gently put her foot on the floor.

“Thank you. I’m Alina Chambers,” she whispered. “Who are you?”

“I’m Logan, and my buddy is Harrison. We work for a Texas private security company.” He gave her a lopsided grin. “You’re lucky we showed up to check out this apartment for a potential problem.”

She stared at him blankly. “I’m sure this makes sense to you, but it doesn’t to me.” She pushed her hands down on the chair and struggled to her feet. “I have to leave before he gets back. Where are my shoes and purse? I can call the cops, but I’m afraid he’ll get bail and be out on the streets after me in no time.”

She took a couple steps and had to hang on to the wall for support. “How can I be so weak?”

“Did he give you any drugs?” Logan asked at her side, putting an arm around her shoulders to support her. He helped her to the front door and pointed to a set of women’s boots on the floor. “Those yours?”

“Yes,” she cried gratefully. He bent down and lifted first one foot and then the other. Using his back for support, she stepped into her boots.

She felt better already. What was it about having boots that gave her a little more security and self-confidence?

“Logan?” Harrison’s voice came from the other room. “You need to see what I found.”

Logan straightened and patted her on the shoulder. “Stay here at the door. Let me see what he discovered.”

She leaned against the wall next to the front door, wondering if she could go outside. Surely it was a whole lot safer than being inside. But she really wanted her purse. She waited a long moment, then struggled toward where the men had disappeared. She found them in the kitchen.

At her arrival, Logan turned and asked, “Are any of these yours?” On the table was an assortment of purses.

Shocked, she could feel herself swaying. She clung to the counter as she studied the neat rows and counted fifteen of them. Her bones turned to rubber, and all the heat drained from her body. She whispered, “How many women has he done this to?” She took a deep breath and nodded to the purse on the far end. Even her joy at seeing it didn’t begin to wipe out the enormity of what they’d found. “The burgundy leather one at the far end looks like mine.”

Logan picked it up, opened it and gave it to her. “Your wallet is still in there.”

“Where did you find these?” she cried out, going through her wallet and purse in relief.

Harrison pointed to cupboard above the fridge. “They were up there in a box.”

Leaning against the kitchen counter, she quickly went through hers. “My apartment and car keys, wallet, money, and even credit cards are all still in here.” She reached up a hand to wipe her forehead. “That’s a relief. What do we do about all those?” She pointed to the remaining ones. “If a woman has gone missing for every purse here …”

The two men exchanged hard glances. “We have to call the police,” she said reluctantly. “He has to be stopped.”

Logan glanced at her and asked, “Do you live in Boston?”

Her eyes grew wild. “Boston? I’m in Boston?” She shook her head. “No, I live in Somerville and work at the university hospital there.”

“That’s, what? A half hour from here?”

She gave a quick nod, then covered her mouth with her hands.

Logan lifted her arm.

She glanced down to see the swelling at the top of her arm. “So he did drug me.” She watched his face as he nodded.

“Looks like it. And it doesn’t look like your system appreciated it either.” He glanced at Harrison. “She needs a hospital.”

“And we should contact Levi.”

“Who’s Levi?” Alina asked, now suspicious about any newcomers in her life. “Our boss,” Logan told her.

“They were right about the trafficking trafficking ring,” Harrison said.

“Crap,” Alina said. “I thought he was just using that as a threat.”

Logan pointed at the line of purses. “I highly doubt this is a purse-snatching problem.”

She started to shake, and then tears sprang to her eyes. She turned and leaned on the counter, feeling her breath whooshing out of her body. “Oh, my God! How close did I come to ending up like these poor women?”

“Damn close I’d say.” Logan stayed at her side, gently rubbing her shoulders and back. He turned to Harrison. “Want to call Levi from the other room?” He turned to her, bending down to study her face.

She gave him a wan smile and said, “I’m okay. Honest, I’ll be fine.”

He nodded. “You are now. Do you have any idea how long ago Colin left and when he’s supposed to be back?”

“He said a couple hours.” She closed her eyes, trying to think. Time seemed so unreal. “I’m not sure how long ago that was. I was lying there, figuring out how to get free. This is the first time he’s ever left me alone.”

“You sure he didn’t touch you?”

She stared at him with tears growing in her eyes. “How am I supposed to know? If he drugged me, how would I even…” And she started to cry.

He turned her into his arms and held her close. “Take it easy. You’ve been through a huge ordeal, but you’re safe now.”

She shook her head, her tears dripping onto his shirt, and mumbled, “How can you say that? We’re still in this place where I was held captive. You haven’t caught the bad guy yet. And I highly doubt you’ll do so now. But I can’t let him go free.”
Mayer, Dale. Heroes for Hire: Books 4-6 (pp. 419-424). Valley Publishing Ltd.. Kindle Edition.

With the discovery of purses, the guys are ordered to wait and apprehend Colin,the man who kidnapped Alina. This proves to be informative but not enough.

As they track down leads, Logan keeps Alina close. She’s been through a lot and even her apartment really isn’t safe anymore.

I love the way this story develops with plenty of suspense and leads from interesting places.

Of course there’s the blossoming relationship between Logan and Alina with the hope she’ll decide to move to Texas.

I’m going to start the next group of three books now.

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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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Coming April 7! Johan’s Joy – Heroes For Hire Book 22 by Dale Mayer


Johan’s Joy
Heroes For Hire Book 22
By
USA Today Bestselling Author
Dale Mayer

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A SEALs of Honor World Novel

After helping out Vince, Johan hadn’t planned on staying at Levi and Ice’s compound for long. However, Johan realizes how much plans can change when Galen comes over from Africa to join Johan, and the two are sent into town on a job that’s close and up-front personal to another member of Legendary Security.

Joyce, otherwise called Joy, sought a career position but accepted something out of her normal skill set in order to pay the rent. But when her inventory lists show missing drugs, she knows something ugly is going on. With no one at the company willing to listen, she turns to her old friend Kai for advice.

Johan wasn’t the answer Joy was looking for, but, when she finds out the previous employee to hold her position is in the morgue, she’s damn happy to have him.

Her job might be safe … but her life? Well, that’s on the line …

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When Kai gets a call from her friend Joy about a missing case of Ketamine, she didn’t hesitate to bring it to the attention of Ice and Levi.

Ice sets things in motion for an investigation since she knows a member of the company’s board.

For this she sends Johan and Galen, they’re working with them on a sort of exchange program with Bullard.

This is a favorite scene as things get underway.

The three of them stood in the hallway and watched until James turned the corner. Then the men looked at her. This time she saw real smiles.

Johan said, “Kai says hi.”

Immediately she felt relief wash through her. She rushed into the small room, waiting until the men closed the door. As she went to open her mouth, one of them held up a hand, pulled something from his pocket, and proceeded to check the room for something. It took her a few minutes to realize he was looking for listening devices.

“Seriously?” she asked.

When Galen had searched the room and found nothing, he nodded and stowed away the small box in his pocket. “Absolutely.”

She sagged and sat down at one of the desks. “Kai really thought this was serious?”

“Didn’t you?” Johan asked.

“I did,” she said. “I just didn’t know how bad it potentially was.”

“Exactly,” Johan said. “So do you want to fill us in on what’s going on?”

She snorted. “I was about to ask you that same question.”

“Too bad,” Galen said, “we got it in first.”

She glared at him, but he just responded with a grin. She shook her head. “First, before I forget, when I signed in this morning, my computer didn’t go to a log-in screen. As if I didn’t sign out on Friday evening.”

The guys exchanged knowing looks but didn’t say anything.

Frustrated at their silence, she asked, “Do you have laptops? Are you doing anything here?”

“Oh, we’ll do something,” Johan said. “Kai went to Ice, and Ice went to Bruce who then included Edward.”

She knew about Ice because Kai had been full of admiration for her. In fact, she’d raved constantly about Ice. Kai obviously really liked the woman. It took a lot for Kai to respect anybody. “And Ice just picked up the phone and called Bruce?” Joy asked.

“That’s Ice, for you,” Johan said with a big cheerful rumble. “Bruce was horrified and brought Edward in to handle this, and both, by the way, were horrified.”

She sagged in place and closed her eyes briefly. “Well, I’m glad to hear that,” she said. “Is there any regulation coming down the pipeline that we must be in compliance with?”

“No clue,” Galen said cheerfully. “We’re not concerned about what’s coming down the pipeline. We are more concerned about what may have gone out of here through that pipeline.”

She frowned at that, thinking about it, and then realized he meant other medications, drugs, and anything else that may have left the building. “I hadn’t considered that,” she said. “I was just so stunned at my boss— James, whom you just met— considering it to be some clerical error.”

“Is it possible?” Johan asked.

“Well, I guess,” she said, “but I’m not sure. When you think about it, I suppose it’s possible.”

“Not only possible,” he said, “it’s very probable. And is this just the tip of the iceberg? Or else, somebody has just gotten started.”

“Or it’s a clerical error,” she said drily.

He looked at her, and even Galen stared at her steadily.

She raised both hands in frustration, wondering what those shared looks meant. “Or not,” she said. “I presume you guys will find out one way or the other.”

They beamed. “We certainly will,” Johan said. “Now, we’ll need the password to get into the network, or I guess we can just hack our way in.”

She gasped. “Don’t do that,” she said, turning to leave. “I’ll get IT to come and give you a hand.”

When they looked at her, she froze.

“Isn’t it better if you do it legally, at least initially?” she asked, her voice rising. The two looked at each other, shrugged, then nodded. “Good,” she said. “I’ll go to my desk and give him a call. I’ll have him come down as soon as he can.”

“And then we’ll go over your databases,” Johan said.

“Fine. I’ll be back in a few minutes.” And, with that, she turned and left.
Dale Mayer. Johan’s Joy (Kindle Locations 280-314). Valley Publishing Ltd..

Even before they really get started they have disturbing news regarding the person who previously held her job. After IT gets them set up on the company network, they start the process of tracking Joy and her boss with some added tweeks to be sure no one tracks them.

As they finish the inital stuff, Johan is a little surprised as Galen asks if he’s interested in Joy. While his initial reaction is a no, Galen definitely read between the lines to see otherwise.

When bodies start piling up, so does the danger to Joy. The attraction is another thing altogether, it begins with a kiss that neither Joy or Johan see coming and builds slowly from there.

Fast-paced with plenty of intrigue, action and simmer to sizzle romance.

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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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Asher – The Mavericks Book 5 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.

Welcome to a new military romance series by USA Today best-selling author Dale Mayer. A series where you meet new friends and just might get to meet old ones too in this raw and compelling look at the men who keep us safe every day from the darkness where they operate—and live—in the shadows … until someone special helps them step into the light.

Asher
The Mavericks Book 5
By
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Dale Mayer

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A born protector, Asher signs up for jobs
even the most trained men won’t take …

But finding a set of female autistic twins in mainland China—after someone has gone to a great deal of effort to make sure they are never found—isn’t easy. Finding those responsible behind the actual kidnapping is even harder …

Mickie, hired to look after the twins for the last six months, is still recovering from the trauma of being beaten and drugged, waking to find her adult charges gone. Beside herself already, then seeing Asher, her ex from ten years ago, is another sock to her gut. And to her heart … She’s not the same person she was back then and, being with him again, shows her just how much she’d screwed up her relationship with him.

Yet betrayal, deceit and bodies litter their pathway as they struggle to save the missing women before the kidnapper’s assassins get close enough to take them out instead …

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Asher is ready to take on his own assignment. There’s a few twists in this one for him. He’s being sent to China to find adult autistic twins, and their caretaker is someone he used to know very well.

Mickey was impatiently waiting for the team the twin’s mother Chandra has hired. She was in the same room, the one where the twins were taken. She has to be with them to help rescue them. One of the things the twins hate is change, they really didn’t want to come on this trip with their mother they like staying home in their safe environment.

Chandra is convinced that the reason they were taken were because she was refusing to do a wedding for a very influential bride. She brought the twins on this trip because she felt they need some change. Not a very smart move.

Asher has Ryker for a backup and they aren’t so easily convinced. Mickey has made her decision to go with them and help with the twins when they find them. However her history with Asher is a stumbling block.

This is a favorite scene.

Mickey spotted Asher, already heading to the door. “Wait. Where are you going?”

He turned and looked at her in surprise. “To get the twins.”

“Why? Don’t you need anything else?”

He shrugged. “This is really best done with minimal force.”

“You’ll need me to look after them,” she said, racing to his side.

“Maybe,” he said. “If, in fact, they know you.”

“They do.” She glared at him. “I’m coming.”

“The twins love her,” Chandra said. “She’s very good at calming them down.”

He nodded. “Fine. But if she can’t keep up …” And he headed for the door.

Chandra anxiously called out, “Mickey, are you sure?”

Mickey waved back and said, “I’m fine. I’ve known Asher for a long time.”

“If you say so,” Chandra said. “I’d be happy to find more men to send along.”

“Don’t bother,” Asher said, his voice hard. “They’ll just get in my way.”

Mickey followed him to the elevator. “I don’t remember you being such a hard-ass.”

“Circumstances,” he said.

“Circumstances or me?”

He shrugged. “Not necessarily you. Although it was a bit of a surprise to find out you were here.”

“Yeah. Apparently I’m the plus-one. Just in a work environment, not a personal one.”

“Well, we tried that once. It didn’t work so well. So here we can try the first one.”

“It worked fine,” she said.

He snorted. “So why’d we break up again?”

They went down the elevator, again with him refusing to let anybody else on. She watched his ability to keep that elevator door closed and shook her head. “You’ve done this a time or two.”

“All the time.”

When the door opened, she froze, staring at the loading dock area. “This isn’t where I expected to get off.”

“Yet it’s where I expected to get off,” he said calmly.

She groaned. “Yes, we did break up, but we were after different things.”

“If you say so.”

The breakup had been mostly her doing. “It was the right thing to do at the time,” she said.

He stayed quiet, and she looked around and asked, “What happened to Ryker?”

Just then a small vehicle drove up beside them. Asher reached for the back door of the vehicle, opened it, and said, “Get in. Ryker is driving.” Surprised, she scrambled into the back seat before they took off and left her standing there.

As soon as he got in the front, Ryker asked Asher, “Did you learn anything?”

“Yes,” Asher said. “I’m never getting married. Those weddings are nuts.”

Ryker laughed. “You will when the time is right.”

“I doubt it,” Asher said. “Came close once. That was close enough.”

That was a barb at her. Damn.
Dale Mayer. Asher (Kindle Locations 386-412). Valley Publishing Ltd.

There are many twists and turns as this story evolves, some I guessed at others totally surprised me.

To be honest I couldn’t see Asher and Mickey coming together at all.

Plenty of action, suspense, intrigue and an interesting progression to 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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Iain – Hathaway House Book 9 By Dale Mayer


Iain
Hathaway House Book 9
By
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Dale Mayer

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Welcome to Hathaway House.
Rehab Center. Safe Haven.
Second chance at life and love.

Getting accepted to Hathaway House is the new start Iain MacLeod has been waiting for. His old VA center has put him on the road to recovery, but he’s nowhere near where he wants to be. Much work remains to be done, and Iain is determined to do what’s necessary to get back to full power. But he has hit the limit of his current professionals’ abilities. He needs a new team. New eyes. New methods. He can only hope that Hathaway House has what he needs to keep moving forward.

Robin Carruthers works in the veterinary clinic at Hathaway House. When she connects with Iain, she’s his biggest cheerleader and enjoys watching him take steps toward greater recovery. Until she realizes that, while Iain is growing in major ways… she isn’t. When traumas from her past intrude on the present, and Robin is forced to confront issues of her own, she’s afraid she and Iain won’t find their way back to each other again…

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Iain was a bit surprised when he received the acceptance to Hathaway House. He does believe it’s the change he needs to make any real progress. However he makes a major mistake by having his friend Bruce drive him instead of traveling by ambulance. This causes a rather large setback before serious rehab can begin.

Robin sees Iain’s arrival and can tell he’s in pain, she doesn’t let him see her, she knows he would be embarrassed to be seen at his most vulnerable. Being a Vet Tech in the Veterinary Clinic below the rehab center is a dream come true for Robin. The job comes with lodging, and meals and a great salary.

One of the things Robin likes to do is bring animals up to visit with the human patients. It during one of those visits she meets Iain.

This is a favorite scene.

Several days later, the man she’d seen arrive crossed Robin’s path again. She was walking around the ground floor with one of the big new cats in her arms. This one was missing a leg, but his temperament was being tried out as a therapy cat. The staff had found that having the formerly injured animals around gave the human patients in the facility additional hope and that they would bond in some way, furthering their rehab efforts.

So, this was Max. He had a patch of fur missing off his hip that had refused to grow back, but apparently he was doing much better. He was mobile— a little too mobile to be let loose right now— and happy, and, as soon as you even looked at him, that diesel engine of his kicked in. She was going from room to room, asking the human patients on the floor above the vet clinic if they wanted to say hi. She hadn’t met anyone saying no yet. Even those with that initial stay away from me vibe instantly broke into a big grin, their walls completely down. It was amazing to watch, each and every time.

As she approached the next room, the door was open, so she stuck her head in and said, “Hey.”

A man looked up, and she was surprised to see who it was. The new arrival she had seen. She smiled and said, “I have Max here, if you’d like to say hello.”

He looked at her in surprise, then at the cat in her arms. “Wow,” he said, “can you actually carry that thing?”

“He is on the heavier side of twenty pounds,” she said, “so part of his rehab includes losing weight.” She walked in, held Max out, then placed him gently on the bed.

The patient looked at her— held his gaze there for quite a while— smiled, and said, “I don’t think I’ve seen you around here before.” He reached out a hand. “I’m Iain. I arrived a few days ago.”

She nodded. “I’m Robin. I’m one of the vet techs downstairs.”

He grinned. “Well, that explains why I haven’t seen you.” He reached down to pet Max. “Wow, look at this guy.” Max immediately walked up his chest and butted him in the head. Iain chuckled. He wrapped his arms around the cat and said, “The advantage of a cat being this big is you can really hug them,” and he held Max close for a moment, just letting his face rest against the big cat’s head. Max took it for a long time. “His temperament is beautiful,” he muttered.

She smiled and reached down to pat Max. “We’re testing him out as a possible therapy cat,” she murmured.

He looked at her with interest.

She shrugged. “We work with a society in town, and they work with animals that can go to children’s wards in hospitals and also to visit with terminal patients— difficult cases where anything like this might put a smile on their faces.”

“I love hearing that,” he said warmly.

She studied him, her smile growing bigger. “Besides, Max put a smile on your face, didn’t he?”

He winced. “Yeah. … Did it look like I wasn’t too happy with life when you first came in?”

“Not so much,” she said. “But it’s obvious you’re not lying here relaxed and comfortable.”

He looked at her in surprise.

She shrugged. “I deal with animals all the time. Humans are just bigger animals.”

“That’s the truth,” he said. “Sometimes we’re easy to deal with, and sometimes we’re not.”

“The same for all animals,” she said.

Max, not liking to be ignored, immediately head-butted Iain again. He chuckled and scratched the big guy under his chin. “He looks like a tabby with those big rings, but he’s so much larger.”

“We’re not exactly sure what other breed is in Max,” she said, “but his previous owners had him declawed, and that’s not a good idea when around other animals and, of course, never when outside. They have no way to defend themselves if they are attacked.”

“Well, as a therapy cat,” he said, “it would probably be okay.”

“Well, for the moment, I’m mostly carrying him around, or he would get away from me really quick,” she said. “I’ll have to get him used to a harness though, for that kind of therapy work.”

“That should be fun,” he said, laughing. “Anytime anybody needs a chuckle, you should grab a group of us and put the harness on Max in front of us all, so we can watch this guy get out of it in two seconds flat.”

She grinned, loving his humor.
Dale Mayer. Iain (Kindle Locations 397-432). Valley Publishing Ltd..

Now Robin and Iain have an up and down kind of relationship. She wants to help, and he’s not seeing his progress.

I love that we see much more of the animals in this one. They always lift my spirits.

This is an interesting journey for both Iain and Robin. They both have things to work out and for him it’s the added physical stuff too.

It’s amazing how Dale manages to show us something different in the lines of recovering in each of these books, and adds in that special romance for good measure.

I can’t wait to read 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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Carter – The K9 Files Book 7 By Dale Mayer


Carter
The K9 Files Book 7
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Dale Mayer

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Staying away was harder than he thought …

Recovering from an accident was hell on anyone, but, for a stubborn guy like Carter, it was worse. No way would he be a burden. So he stayed away from Montana, where his best friend lived … and his best friend’s sister.

Until Geir and Cade ask Carter to check up on a dog delivered to a small town close by, but the dog never arrived. Considering this was one of the missing War Dogs that Titanium Corp was handling, Carter was happy to assist. Maybe even relieved as it gave him a reason to go where he’d been afraid to go before.

Walking into her partner’s office to find his dead body on the floor had sent Hailey down a nightmarish path that never seemed to end. Then it had started with Carter’s arrival. What else should she expect from the man who she’d always loved and who had rejected her time and time again. She’d hoped the attraction to him would have lessened by now, but it was even worse.

As the body count mounts, and the town takes sides, Hailey realizes that Carter was always the one to back her up, even when it meant he could die in this fight that’s gone to hell. Particularly when Carter finds the missing K9 dog, and his current owner is on the wrong side of the war …

Only Carter doesn’t care, knowing he’d always stand on the side of right, but maybe—if he was lucky this time—he wouldn’t be standing alone …

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Carter accepts the task of finding the K9 Matzuka knowing he should have visited his best friend Gordon in Montana sooner. All is well between them but there is still quite a bit of animosity between Gordon’s sister Hailey and Carter. They’ve been like oil and water for years and this visit doesn’t appear to be any different.

Now the adopting family of the war dog said he never arrived but as Carter follows the trail that doesn’t seem to be true. The contact isn’t very forthcoming, but the person assigned to pick up the dog is withholding information.

Hailey is another matter, she was blindsided when she saw Carter, her brother didn’t say anything about him coming for a visit.

Hailey got up the next morning, made coffee, and ate a quick bite. Realizing she was already late after her crappy night, she headed out to her vehicle. It was a business day, and that was just life. If she could, she would come home early today. However, did she really want to do that? With Carter here? Last night she had finished dinner and disappeared, leaving the men to themselves. She had disgraced herself right off the bat when Carter first arrived. She felt uncomfortable, especially around him, so she aimed for an easy getaway this morning. She took an apple as her lunch, then stepped out on the front porch.

And came face-to-face with Carter.

He looked at her in surprise. “Leaving so early?” Carter asked.

“It’s Monday.”

“I forget that,” he said. “I get the days mixed up.”

She relented and answered, “Easy to do if you’re not working nine-to-five anymore.”

“Life in the military was never nine-to-five,” he said with a smile. “But since the accident … Well, it’s easy to let the days roll into themselves.”

“What were you doing in New Mexico?”

“Helping out Titanium Corp— the company that sent me here looking for the dog.”

She remembered hearing about it and wondered why a company would send him this far away for something like that. “It sounds like they must care a lot about the dog,” she said. That couldn’t be a bad thing.

“They do,” he said. “And, while I was there, I was helping renovate homes for veterans, doing everything from carpentry work to electrical work. You know? The usual handyman stuff.”

“In other words, all the same stuff you used to do around here.”

“Maybe. I was thinking about setting up a construction company, but I’m not sure it’s what I want to do. At least not as my new career.”

“Right. Then there’s the cash issue. Always handy to have and the worst thing to be without.”

He smiled at that. “Are you still okay at your company?”

“Yes,” she said as she walked down the steps. “Have a good day.”

That was enough conversation for the time being. Carter stared at her as she walked past, and she stared back. Then, she focused on reaching her truck, turning on the engine, leaving without looking back. As she drove, she thought about yesterday, and how today went better. Considering …

Yesterday she had been shocked to see him and thus wasn’t herself. Well, if she were being honest, something about work concerned her too. So she was already out of sorts before his arrival. She believed somebody was embezzling from the company, and she had no clue how to find the culprit. She was in the finance business and handled multiple accounts, along with her two partners. And at least one of those accounts was in question. So, she didn’t believe one of her partners was doing something fishy, but that one account was just fishy, and she’d failed to notice it sooner.

Which was even more concerning. She’d been a full partner for over a year now, after serving as a junior partner the three years prior.

Then the other day she had come across some paperwork left in the copier. It had been a double set of books, from the looks of it— as if somebody had already seen the original ledger and was making another ledger and was making another one. She fiercely hoped she was wrong, and one of the other partners was already investigating the problem. She loved her job and didn’t want anything to go wrong. She had had enough go bad in her life that she didn’t need things at work to be screwed up too. Besides, she’d sunk everything she had into this company, her time, her specific finance knowledge, her money. That nest egg had been for her own home on the ranch. But she saw greater potential to invest her money this way.

She couldn’t afford to have anything go wrong.
Dale Mayer. Carter (Kindle Locations 304-308). Valley Publishing Ltd..

Unfortunately everything is about to go haywire as Hailey discovers one of her partners dead in his office. That’s just the beginning.

As the story unfolds, more death and more intrigue surrounds Hailey’s business. The Longfellow name keeps popping up and not in a good way.

The way Carter finds and retrieves Matzuka is priceless and this town is truly sitting on a powder keg.

Plenty of suspense, corruption, family drama and the beginnings of one renewed and one new romance.

I can’t wait for the next book in this series, the lead-in was perfect!

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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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Colton – SEALs of Honor Book 23 By Dale Mayer


Colton
SEALs of Honor Book 23
By
USA Today Bestselling Author
Dale Mayer

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His next flight becomes a fight for his life …
and the life of the two pilots.

Colton is helping out on a training session in Greenland, currently in midair. The copilot is a woman he knew intimately and had planned to reconnect with, only life never seemed to give him that window. His flight turns into a nightmare as the engine blows, and he, along with the two pilots, are forced to abandon the bird and jump into the Arctic Ocean.

Kate Winnows might not have been overjoyed to see Colton as her only passenger, but she’s darn happy he’s here when all hell breaks loose. She’d never forgotten him. Had hoped to reconnect but, like him, her life was busy, finding each of them all over the planet. Now she needs him to help her save her reputation, her job and possibly her life … again. And, if she can make it happen, she wants a second chance to show him what he means to her.

Especially when they find out the crash was no accident but just the tip of the iceberg in a case involving blackmail, drugs and … murder.

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I was holding my breath from the beginning of this book, right off the bat we’ve got the plane Colton’s on going down. The pilot he doesn’t know but he does know the co-pilot Kate. Love the way Colton just takes charge to be sure they all get out. Hypothermia is a real issue.

This is a favorite scene.

Just ten feet above the water he quickly unbuckled his chute and dropped it. Kate had hit the surface on his left, and George had splashed down on his right. He was in between them. Closing his legs, he slammed into the water and kicked hard to resurface.

Breaking through the ocean, he checked on the others. George was closest and still struggling. Colton headed toward him first. “Stay calm. I’ll cut your lines.” With his knife, Colton cut the buckles, pulling the lines away. “Can you swim?”

George nodded. “Just not well.”

“Try to float,” Colton said. “I’ve got to get Kate.” And he headed to where Kate was, trying to undo her buckles. Once everything got soaking wet, it was that much harder to maneuver. He knew her fingers would start to freeze soon, faster if she panicked.

He called out to her, “I’m here. Calm down. Control the panic.”

She took several deep breaths, and he could see the fear in her eyes as she looked at him. “Tread water gently,” he said. “I’ll cut you free.”

Then he quickly got her buckles cut and helped her get out of the harness. “Can you swim?”

She nodded and started to strike out hard. “Don’t swim too hard or too fast,” he said. “You’ll burn up your energy. Hypothermia is our demon to beat.”

She shot him a look.

George still struggled. Colton’s SEALs training kicked in, and he put George into an assisted floating position. With Kate at his side, he told George, “Stay strong. The boats are coming.”

George’s teeth were already chattering. “I didn’t expect to go out like this.”

“You’re not going out like this,” Colton said fiercely. “Fight. We just have to stay afloat until they get here.”

They floated, looped together, trying to preserve their strength and heat.

“What happened to the plane that caused the fire?” Colton asked after a moment.

Kate shook her head. “Explosion in the left engine. None of our diagnostics gave a reason. It was all fine, and then it wasn’t.”

“A bomb?” he asked.

“Possibly,” George said, “but it easily could have been a damaged fuel line. I don’t know. But something caused it to explode, and now nothing will be left for the military to discern what happened.”

“Sounds like you guys have enemies,” Colton joked.

“Yes,” George said, his teeth still chattering.

Colton hated to say it, but George wasn’t doing well. “George, you have to hang on. The boats will be here in a few minutes. Tell me about this enemy you’re talking about.”

“I’m supposed to testify against two coworkers— two pilots,” he said. “They were smuggling drugs.”

Colton’s breath gushed out in a whoosh. “Wow,” he said. “Didn’t see that coming.”

“Yeah, I know,” George whispered.

Colton looked over at Kate to see a hard look in her eyes. “Did you know about it?”

She nodded. “Yes. Both men have been removed from active duty and are awaiting trial.”

“Of course they are,” Colton said. “Court-martialed and the military police are involved, right?”

“Yes, on both counts,” she said. “The military trial isn’t for another four months though.”

“Right, and, if they can get rid of George, then, of course, they walk free.”

“Exactly,” George said. “And I’ve got a sorry-ass feeling they’ll be right about that.”

“Do you want to see them walk free?” Colton asked, as he tried to keep George floating and fighting for his life, while Colton kept an eye on Kate. “I can hear the boats, George. Stay calm.” But George wasn’t answering. Colton gave him a shake and smacked him hard on the cheek.

George groaned.

“Did you hear me, George?”

“I don’t want to hear you,” he said. “I’m so cold.”

“Soldier, buck up!” Colton snapped. “That’s an order.”

George’s eyes flew open, and he stared up at the blue sky. “One of these days those orders can’t be followed.”

“It won’t be today, dammit,” Colton roared. “Stay awake, soldier. You can hear the boats. They’re here.” He twisted George’s head so he could see the approaching cruiser.

“Oh, wow,” George said. “You were serious.”

“I saw them up above,” Colton said, “but we still have to get somebody from the cruiser to us.” Colton looked over at Kate. She was desperate to hang on but fading.

Nobody could keep this up for long, so Colton knew it would be close. “If you can’t stay on the surface,” he said to her, “you let me know.”

She just glared at him. “Like hell,” she said. “George needs to be rescued so those two assholes who did this don’t get away with it.”

“Are they the kind of assholes who would do this?” Colton asked.

“Who knows? But, if this was sabotage, George is likely the target.”

“What about you?” Colton asked. “Do you have any enemies?”

“Not that I know of.”

George gave a broken laugh. “Your ex-boyfriend would do this, Kate. Remember? He said he would make sure you paid.”

“It was one of the reasons why I was okay to fly with you,” she said, a weak attempt at a joke. “We were both targeted.”

Colton swore. “How come I didn’t get any warning to not fly with either of you?”

“Because you were tossed on at the last minute,” she said, “but it’s not like we could have warned you anyway. But I’m sorry you’re involved.”

“I’m not involved, but I am caught up in it. And I’ll be damned if I’ll let either of you die. We have a rescue right here, right now.” He could see men getting into a Zodiac. “Come on. They’re in the Zodiac. We’ve got minutes to go. That’s it.”

“Too late,” George said, his voice slurred. “So cold. C-Can’t feel anything.”

“You’ll feel it all soon enough,” Colton said urgently. “It’ll hurt like shit when the blood starts moving back through your body.”

“Maybe it’s better this way,” George murmured, his eyes falling shut again. Colton reached over and smacked him hard. George groaned again but didn’t open his eyes.

Colton looked over at Kate.

“Don’t waste the energy on me,” she said. “I’m still here.”

But she was failing. He could see it. Her feet and arms were moving much slower, and her body was sinking, then popping back up again. He knew that, somewhere in the next few moments, she would go down and not pop back up again. He could hold out for another five or ten minutes, maybe fifteen, but that would be his max too.
Dale Mayer. Colton (Kindle Locations 95-151). Valley Publishing.

Once at the base where they were headed, Colton and Kate face a lot more than just recovering. There’s an investigation to be done, and Colton is to do a training course with Troy but all their personal stuff went down with the plane.

Lots of suspense, intrigue, and a romance that blossoms once again.

I really can’t wait for the next book in this series, the lead in has me more than a little curious.

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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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Beau – The Mavericks Book 4 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.

Welcome to a new military romance series by USA Today best-selling author Dale Mayer. A series where you meet new friends and just might get to meet old ones too in this raw and compelling look at the men who keep us safe every day from the darkness where they operate—and live—in the shadows … until someone special helps them step into the light.

Beau
The Mavericks Book 4
By
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Dale Mayer

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Not the size to blend in anywhere …
Not that he cared …

Beau heads to Alaska to a cult that kidnaps women to flesh out its numbers. One woman in particular has gone missing. When her father calls in a favor, Beau is asked to fit into the cult community. Only his style is guns blazing, and he doesn’t bother counting the dead …

Danica was late for her college class when a hood was thrown over her head, and then she was tossed into the back of a vehicle. Days later, she wakes up on a dirt floor of a cell with only a grate above her head. But she’ll take it as she’s nothing if not innovative. As soon as she escapes her prison, she runs into the brick wall that’s Beau. He’d good at giving orders. She’s not so good at following them …

With dozens of lives at stake in a sex-trafficking scheme, neither Beau nor Danica had expected it would be action all the way for them as they battle to free other women and to stay alive–together.

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Beau gets his own mission pretty much on the tail of the last one with Jax. It’s Jax on the other end of phone this time around. Of course Jax won’t tell him who his back-up is, but he would meet up with him in Alaska.

Danica had been taken on her way to class, she wakes in an underground cell with a grate giving light and air. As the days passed with no sign of rescue, and her hands and feet still tied she knew she had to find a way out and gets creative to release them.

Beau’s back-up is Asher, another SEAL buddy one he knew would be an asset once they got to the compound where they believe Danika is being held.

Their job was about to get easier, yet harder when Beau finds Danika.

This is a favorite scene.

So far, she’d been very good at following orders, but the other woman had bolted, and he wouldn’t forget that easily. If he’d been just a few minutes earlier, he might have kept her close.

It also made him worry that Nania was a trap. Although Danika had said no, what were the chances that maybe Nania had gone back, knowing that the other men were there, and had reported Danika missing? If that was the case, the men wouldn’t let up anytime soon. It also meant that Beau had made the right decision by not getting to both escapees earlier because, if Nania didn’t know about his presence, the cult men would think they were just looking for Danika. And that was a whole different story.

Beau could see one of the men coming closer, but the guy moved as if he wasn’t expecting to see somebody out here. He strolled along, casually looking to see if somebody was here. As he swept past the fence about fifty feet in front of them, he didn’t even scan the bushes where they hid. That was good for Beau’s sake but not so good for the quality of sentries that the cult used. But then they probably had no idea of true security.

Everybody liked to think that they were completely safe, but they really didn’t understand how easy it was to penetrate even the most secured compounds. Especially now Beau appreciated how he’d come with such a small team. Every time you added another person, the risks went up exponentially.

Just then Asher tapped his comm, and Beau knew he’d reached the other sentry post. He tapped twice to let Beau know he was okay and then quickly tapped out a message, saying one of the cult men was heading in Beau’s direction.

Take him out, Asher tapped. Let’s knock down the numbers.

And with that, Beau waited. He could feel Danika shifting uneasily at his side. Just knowing that the men were coming closer and closer sent her nerves into overdrive.He grabbed her fingers and squeezed them gently. She immediately shuffled closer, until she almost leaned against him, welcoming his body heat and the security of knowing that she wasn’t alone.

He couldn’t imagine what she had planned to do when she got through that fence. Likely she didn’t have a plan. She hadn’t a clue how far away from home she was. His plan would have been to get free and just to keep on going. But out here, chances were good a bear would have caught Danika first because she would have been so weak that she couldn’t hide or fight off a threat. Definitely making her an easy dinner for the next predator looking for a meal.

He gently whispered, “It’ll be okay. Stay calm.”

She shook her head. “Nothing will ever be okay again,” she said.

Two men now walked closer, both of them talking. “No way she came out here.”

“Well, last we heard, she was still missing.”

“Yeah, that’s Lamont again,” one of the guys said. “You know what he’s like. He’s an alarmist.”

“Well, they’ll check all the women now.”

The other guy said, “Good, I need some sleep.”

“If you weren’t so busy enjoying all the women,” the other guy scoffed, “you’d get some sleep.”

“Hey, the sex is there for the taking. Why the hell wouldn’t I?”

“I know,” he said. “I have to admit, I’m enjoying that aspect of this job too.”
“But it’s still just the job, isn’t it? It’s not like we’re part of the cult itself. We’re not sucked into that whole mind-set.”

“No, we’re hired to protect them. We run the girls. That’s about it.”

“But pretty damn decent benefits from the cult members. Don’t touch the prisoners, but the others are there for the taking.” Then the men’s voices faded into the distance as they left the area. The last thing Beau heard was one guy say, “This is a lost cause. Nobody’s out here.”

As soon as they drifted away, she sagged slightly, and he could see a little bit of her tension easing.

“Jesus,” was all she could say.

He nodded. “It’s hard to see the underbelly of society.”

“Not just see it,” she said, “but be a part of it.” She stared up at him, and he could see her lip trembling. “Could you …” She fell silent.

He leaned forward, keeping an eye on the men still moving around them. “Could I what?”

She hesitated. He cocked an eye at her. She shrugged. “It doesn’t matter.”

“Don’t say that,” he said. “Tell me.”

“Could you hold me for a moment?” she asked, the words coming out in a rush. “Just for a moment, to let me know that I’m okay.”

Instantly he tugged the tiny woman into his arms and crushed her against his chest, holding her close. He could feel the tremors in her spine. Not just her hands but her whole being was completely racked with fear. Noticing that, he tried to infuse her soul with some of his own reassurance. He’d seen this response before, but he’d never been in a position to do anything about it. Well, right now he could.

And he did. He cuddled her closer.
Dale Mayer. Beau (Kindle Locations 604-644). Valley Publishing Ltd..

Now Danica is not very good at staying where she’s told to stay, and being armed helped. She wasn’t going to be captured again or let anything happen to the men who just showed up to get her out of here.

Fast-paced with plenty of hold your breath action, some tears, lots of emotion and a simmer to sizzle romance under some very difficult conditions.

I can’t wait for the next book in this series!

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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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