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Releasing Tomorrow! Unmasked – Psychic Visions Book 14 By Dale Mayer





Unmasked
Psychic Visions Book 14
By
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Dale Mayer

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Childhood dreams can come true—so can nightmares…

Lacey always dreamed of a trip to Pompeii but never thought it would happen, until her cousin calls out of the blue, asking if Lacey would like to replace their photographer on their archeological dig.

Sebastian wasn’t expecting Lacey to be, well … Lacey. But he’s intrigued from the start, and then he sees what she can do— even before she does.

As the images of the past rise in front of Lacey, taxing her artistic ability to document them, strange events start happening. Without reason, the atmosphere on the dig shifts to something supernatural that scares her, intrigues her, then consumes her.

For Sebastian these events all bring back memories of the worst dig in his life, and he can see history repeating itself. He needs to stop it this time. He must protect his team and his friends, but especially Lacey … before everyone dies—just like they did last time.

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Now I have to confess, I hadn’t read this series because I wasn’t sure about the whole Psychic thing. I love Dale’s other series so I decided to try for this ARC and I am very glad I did.

Lacey has always wanted to go to Pompeii having been fascinated by a documentary about the eruption when she was just a child. Now the opportunity arises when the photographer on a dig there quits and her cousin, Chana, gives her a call.

With school out, Lacey is able to take advantage of this opportunity and things start getting interesting almost immediately.

What he really wanted was to see what Lacey saw. He stopped at the edge of the dig, turned and called back, “Chana, come here please.”

She raced over.

“What’s the deal with Lacey again?” He watched the color blanch from her face. He shook his head. “It’s fine that she’s here. I just don’t remember what the arrangement was.”

“She’s a middle-school history teacher, out for the summer holidays. I told her how we had lost our photographer, and she volunteered to come. She’s really, really good. But she’s not a pro, and we’re not paying her,” she said very clearly. “But we are covering her costs.”

He shot a glance toward the woman who, even now, was absorbed in a pattern of rock on the ground just off to the side. The mystery of what it was, what it had been, remained buried beneath the ground. Her aura was cream-colored and glowing brightly, even from a distance … “Okay, that’s fine.”

“I’ll keep an eye on her,” Chana said quickly. “She’s my cousin. She’s really doing this as a favor for us.”

He nodded absentmindedly. “I said it’s all right. I do want to see the photos she takes.”

“I didn’t get her to sign a nondisclosure agreement,” she said quickly. “If that’s something you want.”

His mind contemplated the issue. “I’ll think about it. Depends on how willing she is to share her photos.”

“She does this for the joy of it,” Chana said. “For the love of the world around her. She has a very unique insight into everything.”

“And why is that?”

Chana lowered her voice. “I honestly think it’s because she spent years caring for her dying mother— tried to make each moment count before she lost her. No treatment was working, so they knew the end was inevitable, and yet, every day they tried to do something to make that day special. After her mother passed away six months ago, Lacey continued the practice. And coming here has been a dream of hers since forever. All I ever heard from her was how she wanted to see Pompeii.”

He’d taken a step away when he heard that last bit. He spun around and looked at Chana hard. “What do you mean?”

He watched as his team leader shrugged her shoulders. “Honestly? She saw a documentary when she was young, like six or seven. Since then it’s all she’s talked about.”

“And this is her first time here?”

Chana nodded. “I really want to make it a good visit for her. She deserves that. She’s a good person, and she spent a lot of years of her life making her mother’s life easier.”

He kept his thoughts to himself, but he couldn’t keep his gaze off Lacey. What did she see behind that lens of hers? Did she see the people of the past? The death and disaster? The good? The evil?

Voluntarily taking that walk of grief with her mother was difficult. He’d only seen one person do it well— his own mother had nursed his sister to her early end. It took a lot of spirit, a lot of heart, but it could also break someone. And the breaks could be hidden inside where no one knew. That could make them weak, make them easily accessible, make them susceptible to all kinds of dangers. All kinds of evil.

He could admire what she’d done, but she needed watching.

A lot was going on here that nobody knew about, that nobody understood because they couldn’t relate to the dark forces underneath. But anybody who had been called from halfway across the world, with a need instilled at such a young age— well, that meant that person needed to be here. He didn’t know why. But he’d find out. His visit just became open-ended. He didn’t dare leave the site or Lacey alone …

Things were happening. Or maybe evil Mayan god-driven things were happening considering people were doing things they weren’t aware of. He’d seen the anomaly before— starting, as a young man, at a Mayan ruin dig where there’d been similar incidents to what he saw here. Only back then, things got much worse, starting with accelerating verbal squabbles among the crew, for no good reason, but they saw the negative energy coming from one very strong and powerful male energy who was very, very, very angry … ending with several deaths.

The locals blamed Kisin, the Mayan god of death. Sebastian didn’t know what to call it. It was a violent nightmare he was desperate to get out of and by the time it came to a stop, there were only a couple of them left alive.

Deaths that had haunted him ever since. When he’d heard about the incidents on this site, his heart had damn-near exploded in his chest. That was partly why he’d been so angry that his team hadn’t contacted him. They didn’t understand the danger. And they definitely didn’t understand how the darkness underneath was attracted to the light above.

The darkness especially liked the innocence, the energy, the purity of someone like Lacey. More than liked— it fed on it …
Dale Mayer. Unmasked (Kindle Locations 479-517). Valley Publishing. Kindle Edition

As Lacey takes more photos and also sketches areas of the dig. Sebastian realizes that what she is seeing, not only in the photos but portraying in her sketches was uncannily accurate of the past, not the current status of the ruins.

Plenty of strange and unusual occurrences, even stranger people and a possession that will surprise the living daylights out of you. All entwined in the beautiful tragic ruins of Pompeii.

I couldn’t put this book down and I will definitely be reading more of 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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New Release! Geir: SEALs of Steel Book 6 by Dale Mayer



Geir
SEALs of Steel Book 6
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Dale Mayer

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Geir Winthrop, a former SEAL, has recovered from the damage done when his squad’s truck drove over an antitank landmine more than two years ago. Six other team-mates were also badly injured, the seventh–Mouse–dead, in what their team leader realized later had to be a trap. Geir has been trying to uncover details about Mouse’s history. The more he discovers, the more he fears their newest member was nothing of the man they thought they knew and believed they could trust.

Morning Blossom runs a B&B in San Diego that her father co-owns. Unfortunately, he wants to sell despite that the business is the safety net she needs to pursue her passion for painting. While she longs to make a career of what’s only ever been a hobby, she isn’t sure she has the ability to be a success. Morning has avoided long-term relationships after one man who’d stayed at the B&B wanted to take up perpetual residence despite her objections. Geir, however, is someone she could grow used to having around permanently.

While Geir doesn’t understand her naïveté in letting strangers invade her world, Morning’s innocence and belief in the goodness of humanity attracts him. Geir’s innate protectiveness becomes much more than either of them anticipated when the nastiness of his world inevitably spills into hers…

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While each of these books is a standalone, I recommend reading them in order to get the most out of them.

This book opens at Badger’s home as the guys go over the information on Mouse they’ve uncovered so far. Geir is ready to head to San Diego but first he reaches out to Jaeger, the one member of the team who has stayed dark. He is pleased and surprised when Jaeger responds he’ll meet him there.

Mason has made arrangements for the guys to stay at a B&B run by Morning Blossom (yes, that’s her name) and Geir is very surprised at the lack of security there. While she has cameras there is nothing else. Jaeger shows up and they start with their investigating.

Morning owns the B&B with her father, but he is living overseas and the real reason she keeps it running is her art. Art is her true passion but she doesn’t trust her instincts and now she may have a gallery showing but nothing she feels is worthy to show.

This is a favorite scene when Geir returns and finds her in her gallery.

“Hello? Anyone here?”

Morning jolted with a start. She froze as she stared at the canvas, her gaze narrow. “Sorry. I’m coming,” she yelled.

“No problem. Just wondered if you were here.” Dimly, in the back of her mind, she recognized the voice of one of her new guests. Just then Geir popped his face around the doorway. She stared at him in surprise. “Guests aren’t allowed in here.”

He nodded, but, instead of backing up, he stepped into the room. He looked at all the paintings she had set aside, potentially for the gallery, and he didn’t look quickly. Instead, he picked up each one, studied it, put it down, picked up another one.

She could feel herself not breathing, waiting for his comment, whether it was disparaging or complimentary. But he didn’t say a word. He studied them all, put them back, turned to look around, saw the futon, then came up behind her. She froze. She hated for anybody to see her paintings in progress. She knew it came from her well of self-doubt, worrying how each wasn’t a masterpiece. She could see what she wanted in her mind’s eye, but she hadn’t been able to get her fingers to match that same image on a canvas. Yet. She stepped back until she stood beside him and turned her gaze to the canvas on the easel. She frowned. What the hell? Had she done that? Just then her grandfather clock chimed downstairs, and she realized it was four o’clock. She gasped. “It can’t be that late already.”

Geir slid her a glance. “Well, it is.”

Horrified, she looked at him, glanced back at the painting but couldn’t comprehend what she saw. She walked to the sink, cleaned her brushes and washed her hands.

When her hands were paint-free, she pulled off her smock and returned to take another look at the painting. It wasn’t just good. It was stunning. She knew it wasn’t finished, but, for the first time, she knew what was supposed to go next. It was an early morning sunrise, peeking through the clouds, adding light and lightness to a cherry blossom tree opening its buds. It was mostly done. She had a few more highlights to add. Several more hours probably because she always slowed down at this stage. But it was everything she could have hoped it to be.

At the same time she wondered if she was just caught up in the euphoria of a new project and not seeing it clearly. Then she turned to look at her nice paintings and knew there was no comparison. This wasn’t so much nice as it was demanding. It sucked you in and held you there.

And still Geir hadn’t said anything. He stood silently at her side, staring at the painting.

She walked to the door. “I’d like you to come out of there now please.”

He glanced at her, his gaze piercing as he said, “If you can paint like this”—he motioned to the canvas on the easel—“why do you paint like that?” He pointed to the pictures on the floor.

She stopped and looked at him. “What do you mean?”

“The level, the intensity, it’s tenfold in this painting. This one draws you in. I want to be there on that cherry blossom branch, watching the sunrise. It’s full of possibilities. It’s full of hope. Those others are flatter, still pretty, but this …” He returned returned his gaze to the canvas in front of him. “It’s stunning.”

Inside she felt some of the walls she’d built over her art dissolve. Some of her own insecurities came crumbling down. “Thank you,” she said quietly. “I have to come up with some paintings to take to a gallery owner on Friday. And I was unhappy with what I’d already done. I was looking for something that defined me, who I am. And I honestly don’t remember very much about the last few hours. I got so caught up in the painting.”

He walked toward her. “So that painting is going in a gallery. It’ll be for sale?”

She nodded. “Hopefully. If he likes it.”

“If he doesn’t like it, I would like to buy it.”

She turned and looked at him. He nodded. “I’m serious. It’s really beautiful.” Her heart bursting with happiness, she practically danced her way downstairs into the kitchen.
Mayer, Dale. Geir (SEALs of Steel Series Book 6). Valley Publishing Ltd. Kindle Locations (238-270). Kindle Edition.

As Geir and Jaeger work the leads they have, they find a scary link between ‘Poppy’ and a local school. With the help of Morning’s friend Nancy they get access to the school and start putting pieces together.

A break-in, a stuffed mouse, and a near miss ramp up the suspense as a romance develops between Geir and Morning.

Much happens in this book as they work toward solving the mystery that is Mouse and resolving the questions about the incident that caused their injuries.

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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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Love This Series! Talon – SEALs of Steel Book 4 By Dale Mayer



Talon
SEALs of Steel Book 4
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Dale Mayer


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Talon Lore, a former SEAL, has spent the last two years recovering from the damage done when his squad’s truck drove over an antitank landmine. Six other team-mates were also badly hurt, the seventh dead, in what their team leader Badger Horley realized later had to be a trap set to take them out. After his best friend is run down, Talon realizes his murder ties in with the original incident that drove him and his squad hell-bent for revenge.

A year ago, Talon walked away from his girlfriend, Clary Witcher when she’d given him an ultimatum he couldn’t win. Clary is the sister of his best friend killed in the hit-and-run. Determined to tell Clary in person that her brother’s death was no accident and keep her safe from those now targeting her, Talon struggles with the haunting prospect of a reunion.

Clary has never forgotten and never forgiven herself for chasing the man she loved and still loves away with her stupid, take-it-or-leave-it threat. Her brother’s death is a tragedy she’s barely dealt with when Talon shows up with answers that only beg more questions. He won’t leave her side, certain her brother wasn’t the only target. But Clary has learned one thing from her time away from him: Love–not trouble–needs to be Talon’s reason for staying with her…even if sending him away means jeopardizing her own life.

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Okay, confession time. I started reading Laszlo and realized I never read Talon. Horrifying I know, I was doing so well staying in order! So I searched my kindle library found it and started reading.

With the discovery that the accidents that have happened really aren’t accidents, Talon and Laszlo head to San Diego to talk to Chad’s sister Clary. Now Talon and Clary have history, he left her because she wanted him home for dinner every night and he wanted the Navy. Those two things just don’t go together.

Clary had moved on, but that didn’t work either. Her marriage ended in divorce right before her brother died. With Talon showing up after not showing for Chad’s funeral she is angry. The information they share with her cools her anger but leaves her wary.

This is a favorite scene when Clary learns more.

He stared at her but wouldn’t say anything in his defense.

She’d done that to him too. She used to rail at him when he’d done things wrong, and he’d never defend himself. He would just stand there and stare at her, wait for her to finish. She’d always felt better afterward, and then she would immediately feel worse because, of course, he never would stand up for himself. He would never give an explanation.

“Why couldn’t you have told me?” she asked, bewildered.

“Because,” Laszlo said, “he didn’t want you to see him as anything other than what he was before—strong, capable, determined, physically fit, whole.”

She sagged in her chair, realizing just how hard it must have been for these men to have dealt with the accident. And, if Talon had lost an arm and a foot, she glanced over at Laszlo and asked, “And the others? Were they as badly hurt? Or was just Talon so badly injured?”

“All of us were badly hurt,” Laszlo said quietly. “Some of us lost organs. Some of us lost limbs and organs. All of us lost muscle, tissue, bones, and all of us gained metal plates, metal screws, something added somewhere. All of us went through tremendous heartache, frustration, depression. Most of us hit the suicidal wall at one point. Only revenge kept our team leader, Badger, coming back from the brink.”

Talon picked up the story. “And now that most of us have healed enough to live a more or less normal life, and we have now realized that our incident was quite likely not an accident, we all have a purpose again. But with that purpose comes an understanding that all of us were directly affected and, in another way now, have been further injured with the loss of friends and loved ones. And we’re undertaking the difficult job of letting people know.”

“Maybe you would rather have been left in the dark,” Laszlo broke in. “I wasn’t sure what you’d rather know. I pushed Talon to come and to tell you because we ourselves would prefer to know.”

“Of course I want to know,” she said warmly. “And, yes, thank you for coming and telling me. It doesn’t make it any easier. In fact, it probably makes it worse, but at least I know Chad wasn’t being stupid in the parking lot or unaware. He really had no chance.”

“No, he didn’t,” Talon said. “He was targeted.”

“And I have to admit,” she said, feeling a huge weight come off her shoulders, “maybe it releases some of my guilt.”

“Why guilt?” Laszlo asked.

“Because I was having trouble with somebody at the time, and I told Chad about it. He said he’d check into it. And he was dead three months later. At the time I was terrified it was related to him checking into my problem. And, since my problem stopped when he died, I figured that was just more proof that I had a hand in his death.”

Talon leaned forward, his arms resting on his knees. “What are you talking about?”

She gave him a quick glance. “I thought I had a stalker. I kept looking around, and somebody always seemed to be there. A Lexus that kept following me. I didn’t know what he wanted. I finally told Chad about him, and he said he’d see if he could find out who it was.”

“A black Lexus was following you?” Talon asked.

She frowned. “I didn’t tell you the Lexus was black.”

“No, but we suspect the driver of a black Lexus was connected to your brother’s death.”

“At least it’s the same type of vehicle, but that doesn’t mean the same driver. We don’t know anything at this point,” Laszlo corrected. “Our killer was driving a Lexus in Santa Fe. We can’t be sure it’s the same one. We can’t even be sure it’s the same model. But he had a penchant for Lexus vehicles. Although that doesn’t mean he used them to commit crimes.”

She sat back. “Do you have a picture of the killer?”

Talon reached in his pocket, then stopped and glanced at Laszlo. “I left mine in my pack. Do you have a copy?”

Laszlo pulled several photos from his pocket. He handed the printed images to Clary.

“This is him,” Clary said.

“This is a man we only know as John Smith.”

“Right, great name.” She tapped the paper with her finger. “This is one of the guys. But it’s not the second one.” She shuffled through the photos. “Don’t you have a picture of the other one?”

Both men stared at her. In a low voice Talon asked, “Who’s the other one?”

She frowned. “He’s the man who started stalking me. And then this guy stepped in. I crossed paths with them at a coffee shop. They were having a conversation. When they realized I’d seen them, I didn’t see the other guy anymore, and this one took over. Honestly it was the most bizarre thing.” She watched as Talon and Laszlo exchanged a hard glance.
Mayer, Dale. Talon (SEALs of Steel Series Book 4) (pp. 30-33). Valley Publishing ltd.. Kindle Edition.

Clary offers more insight than just about her stalker, she also adds more to the reasons to further investigate Mouse.

Suspenseful, dramatic, emotional, with a gradual build up to a second chance.

5 Contented Purrs for Dale!

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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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Re-reading The Sleeper SEALs! Michael’s Mercy – Sleeper SEALs Book 3 – Heroes For Hire Book 10 by Dale Mayer



The Sleeper SEALs, are former U.S. Navy SEALs recruited by a new CIA counter-terror division to handle solo dark ops missions to combat terrorism on U.S. soil.

Each book in this multi-author branded series is a standalone novel, and the series does not have to be read in order. Each book is a stand-alone, with no cliffhanger endings.

Michael’s Mercy
Sleeper SEALs Book 3
Heroes For Hire Book 10
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When things go bad, in Michael’s world things go horribly, terrifyingly bad.

It’s been a year since hardened Navy SEAL Michael Stanton walked away from his career. He never thought to go back, but then his former commander calls with the news that an old friend was murdered while undercover – and he needs Michael’s help.

Knowing the next dead body might be his, Michael takes his friend’s place at the home of a terrorist. His official mission is to find all he can to bring the man’s operation down. His personal mission is to find out who murdered his friend.

Mercy got the job as a maid that her sister had last held – just before she disappeared. With the police lacking leads and interest, Mercy decides it’s up to her to find out what happened. Inside the huge home, she meets Michael and becomes immediately suspicious … and immediately attracted.

When they collide in the worst way possible, she realizes he’s not who he seems either.

Can they each find the truth about their objectives and about themselves? Or will the terrorist get wind of the traitors in his midst and take care of them before they can take care of him?

Each story in this multi-author branded series is a standalone novel and the series can be read in any order.

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Welcome to Michael’s Mercy, book 10 in Heroes for Hire (and Sleeper SEALs #3) 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. This book is part of the continuity series SLEEPER SEALS.

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Two people with primarily the same objective, to find who killed someone they cared about. In Michael’s case it’s his former teammate, in Mercy’s it’s her sister. The thing they have in common is the employer’s home.

Mercy with some misguided logic thinks that getting the job her sister had would give her answers the police haven’t.

For Michael it’s finding the reason who executed Sammy, and why the maid was involved.

This is a favorite scene when Mercy and Michael meet up in the rain, and he tries to warn her off.

“Do you want a ride back?”

She shook her head instinctively.

He gave a disgusted snort. “Yes, you do. You’re soaked to the skin. If you want to keep your job, you can’t afford to get sick.”

For a brief moment she thought about that being a lovely way to get out of her job. Obviously they wouldn’t keep her if she was sick. Not these people. A person who worked for them was just a number, and more numbers were easily found. She put a hand on the door handle and opened it, then hesitated.

He shook his head and said, “I’m not worried about the seats getting wet. Hop in, and let’s get you back to dry off.”

Without making a comment, she scrambled into the front seat and closed the door. Reaching for the seat belt, she buckled in. He pulled back onto the pavement of the deserted road.

“What are you doing out here anyway?”

“Getting some fresh air and leaving the oppression behind,” she said quietly. He shot her a curious glance.

“Is it that bad?” She nodded. “Yes, it is.”

“Time for a new job?” She stared at the gray skies, the rain now running heavily down the window, and muttered, “I don’t know.”

“Why did you take your sister’s place?”

She gasped. “What are you talking about?”

The look in his eyes made her realize he was no fool. She didn’t know what his role in this business was, but it was obvious he wouldn’t take any excuses.

She stared at her fingers for a long moment, then said, “My sister was murdered. I was hoping I could find out something about her last days. They don’t even have her belongings anymore.”

“Besides the utmost stupidity of your actions, did you ask the police for her belongings?”

She nodded and explained, “The detective said they hadn’t received anything of hers, but they did have Sammy’s belongings delivered by the estate. The detective did say he’d contact me if they found out anything new, but I haven’t heard from him yet.”

On that thought, she pulled out her phone from her pocket and checked for messages, but again there were none. But then, who else would contact her? Her mother was gone, now her sister too. Mercy only wanted to hear from the detective. Of course she wasn’t even on his priority list.

“And, if your sister was murdered, what makes you think you’d find any information here?” “It’s where she lived, where she worked. And maybe where she had a boyfriend, but I don’t know about that yet.” She looked at him. “You’re replacing a man who was murdered too.”

He nodded. “I know. But I didn’t have anything to do with either of the murders.”

“Neither did I.”

They came up to the gates of the estate, which were still open. He drove through and around to the back entrance to let her out. “Make sure you watch your back.”

She had the door open when she understood the gist of his words. She turned back to him. “Meaning?”

“Meaning, with two dead, a third won’t make any difference.”

With his cryptic words ringing in her ears, she hopped out and slammed the truck door. She didn’t know who he was, but he certainly didn’t appear to fit the role of whatever he’d taken on here.
Mayer, Dale. Michael’s Mercy (Sleeper Seals Book 3) (pp. 40-42). Valley Publishing Ltd.. Kindle Edition.

Edge of your seat suspense with a romance that slowly blooms in spite of the dangers.

Sexy with some interesting twists.

I was totally intrigued and have started reading the Heroes For Hire 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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My Review of Cade – SEALs of Steel Book 3 by Dale Mayer



Cade
SEALs of Steel Book 3
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Cade Terence, a former SEAL, has spent the last two years physically recovering when his unit’s truck drove over an antitank landmine. Six other team-mates were also badly hurt, the seventh dead, in what their team leader Badger Horley realized later had to be a trap set to take them out. The father of Laszlo, a member of his unit, was in a hit-and-run. Investigating this accident leads Cade and other members of the team on a trail with very definite connections to the original incident that nearly got him and the entire squad killed.

Faith Halladay is a commercial airline pilot. When her best friend Elizabeth is in a serious accident that leaves her in a coma and threatens to steal her life, she rushes to Norway to sit vigil at her bedside. There, she meets Cade, who asks all sorts of questions about the accident that she can’t answer. The attitude Elizabeth’s family displays when they lose hope that their daughter will survive stuns Faith, leading to a heated confrontation.

Cade’s endless questions now have her asking her own. She reconnects with him only to discover that her relationship with Cade has put her in a killer’s sights, and the nightmare that’s become his world is now her own.

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Cade and Talon share a cab from the airport with Faith. She’s a pilot who just missed grabbing the cab with her crew. There is really nothing more than a shared ride and some curiosity.

Badger has more issues and Kat declares he can’t be on point for now. Much to his dismay, Erick becomes the main contact, so he’s there for Honey as she supports Kat.

As Cade, Talon and Lazlo start putting together the facts about accidents that have taken family from them, it becomes obvious there is some kind of connection to the mission that almost took all their lives. With Lazlo’s father injured but still alive they head to Norway to investigate further.

In a twist of fate, Elizabeth, Faith’s best friend is in a coma after a car accident, also in Norway. It’s at the hospital they meet again.

This is a favorite scene.

Then the nurses came around, asking Faith to leave because they had dressings to change. Outside the room Faith walked up and down the hall for a long time. She didn’t know what to do with herself. She didn’t have a place to stay, and she couldn’t even think about leaving Elizabeth. There was no sign of Mary. Faith sat down in one of the chairs in the hallway and scrubbed her face. She needed food. Coffee would be good. Through her fatigue she heard voices.

She looked up at the sound of someone speaking English. And her jaw dropped. The two men she had shared the cab with in her hometown were talking to a doctor. Their conversation was low and urgent. A third man joined them, speaking Norwegian. Finally the doctor walked away, leaving the three men talking together. They were obviously friends.

Given this moment to observe them unaware, she smiled. The one guy was just as she had remembered him gloved hand. She hadn’t thought anything about it before, when she had first met him, but now she watched his movements closer. She frowned. That may be a prosthetic hand. She wondered what kind of an accident he had been in to lose his left hand. Her heart immediately went out to him. Maybe it was this hospital environment that had her emotions so raw and easily displayed, but she wouldn’t even be here if not for Elizabeth. Faith was sure Elizabeth wouldn’t choose to be here either, given that choice.

Curious and wondering about the synchronicity that would have two people from Santa Fe, New Mexico, halfway around the world in the same hospital, she approached and said, “Hi. You guys remember me?”

Two of the men turned to look at her with blank faces, but the one man’s face lit up with recognition. “You’re the pilot.”

She reached out and shook his hand. “I’m Faith Halladay.”

“Cade Terence,” he said by way of introduction. He motioned to the two men beside him. “Talon was in the cab with us that day we first met. And this is Laszlo. A friend of ours.”

“Are you Norwegian?” she asked Laszlo, wondering at the single black glove he wore on his left hand.

He nodded. “My father and brother live here.”

“But not you?”

He shrugged. “I was in the US for over a decade. Now I’m not exactly sure where I live.”

That surprised her. But she understood in a way. “That makes sense. I’ve been a pilot long enough that sometimes I’m not sure what country I belong in anymore.”

The men nodded in agreement. “That happens when you travel a lot.”

“Or when life throws you a curve ball, and everything changes,” Talon said.

Cade looked at her. “It doesn’t look like you’re here for a very nice reason either.”

She smiled. “Is that a polite way of saying that I look like crap?”

He shrugged. “You could never look like crap, but it’s obvious you’re tired and under an emotional strain.”

She reached out and gripped his fingers. “I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to put you on the spot. The truth is, I flew over because my best friend was in a car accident. She’s not expected to make it, and I wanted to get here before she passed.”

At the sadness in her voice Cade squeezed her fingers back. “I’m so sorry.”

“At least she made it through the night so I could be by her side.” Faith tried for a brighter smile. “And every day is a chance for her to fight for the next day.” She turned to see Elizabeth’s room was still full of doctors and nurses. “They kicked me out. That’s when I realized I didn’t have a place to go. After landing, I came straight here. I haven’t taken a break for coffee or food.” She shook her head. “Talk about throwing me a curve ball.” She glanced at Laszlo. “I don’t suppose you’d take a walk through the cafeteria with me, so I can get a meal?”

He chuckled. “Most people here speak some English. But we should probably grab something to eat too.” He glanced at the other two men with an eyebrow raised. They all nodded.
Mayer, Dale. Cade (SEALs of Steel Series Book 3) (pp. 21-24). Valley Publishing Ltd.. Kindle Edition.

More and more facts come to light and they find Faith has seen the illusive person of interest and actually gets on his radar. Not a good thing.

Fast paced suspense and a slow but steady romantic build make this a favorite. I can’t wait for the next book in this series.

5 Contented Purrs for Dale!

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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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My Review of Erick – SEALs of Steel Book 2 by Dale Mayer



Erick
SEALs Of Steel Book 2
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Two years earlier, Erick Fuller, a former SEAL, was severely injured when his squad’s truck drove over an antitank landmine. He lost his lower leg and two fingers. He’s filled with steel plates and titanium pins…along with the driving need for answers and justice. Six other team-mates were also badly hurt, the seventh dead, in what their team leader Badger Horley realized later had to be a trap set to take them out. After joining the team in England and finding a link to the antitank landmine used in the explosion, Erick heads to Kabul–to the site where the original incident took place–for more intel. What he discovers there blows him away…

Honey Lewis, an innovative leader in the field of dentistry, is invited to a cutting-edge stem cell research conference. The man who issued the last-minute invitation is someone she met at a similar workshop years earlier. While she knows she doesn’t have the experience, she nevertheless can’t resist attending to learn the industry’s latest. Once she arrives in Kabul, she runs into another man–one she never expected or hoped to see again. She met Erick a year ago in New Mexico when she smashed into his beloved, vintage ’69 Mustang. Unbelievably, he’s still upset about the accident. If only his overexcitement didn’t bring out corresponding emotions in her…

With too many things going on at once–in her life and inside her own heart–the tug-of-war all but blindsides her with the realization that the man who befriended her might not be the man she thought he was.

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With Cade, Book 3 released last week, I figured I better get typing and let you guys know what I thought about Erick.

From meeting him in Badger, I felt Erick was one of the more level headed of the crew so far. At least he seemed to have some common sense and self preservation going for him.

With Badger finally agreeing to surgery again, Erick and Cade head to the site of the explosion that nearly killed them all. Joined by another member of their surviving crew Talon, they get quite the surprise at the hotel.

Honey Lewis and Erick met by accident, literally, when she crashed into his ’69 Mustang. Now by some weird coincidence they are both at the same hotel in Kabul. She’s here for an elite conference on new and innovative dental procedures. What he’s up to she can only guess.

As the guys go to investigate where their injuries occurred, other intrigue begins at the hotel. Bringing yet another member from their team, Lazlo, to keep an eye things there.

This is a favorite scene as Honey texts Erick to find out if he will be returning to the Hotel that night.

She’d come over here excited and full of anticipation. Her first day was spectacular. Meeting Erick wasn’t the highlight of the trip. But right now, there was comfort in knowing he was here. But not if a gunman was after Erick. The man had been through enough already. And he was a fellow countryman. As she drove herself crazy with this constant circling of thoughts, she headed back to the elevator. As soon as it opened, she stepped in, going down to the lobby. She was meeting the rest of the group for dinner. Having missed out on lunch, she made sure she’d gotten in on the plans for the evening meal. With any luck it would be shop talk all through the evening.

As she walked across the lobby, she couldn’t help but turn to look, thinking about the way she’d seen the man disappear earlier. But there was no sign of him, no sign of the gunman, and neither was there any sign of Erick. She frowned and wondered if he was even coming back tonight. It was early enough she shouldn’t be considering that, but something was distant-sounding about his voice. But then the phone lines here were shoddy. She quickly sent him a text, asking if he was coming back to the hotel.

Why?

She shook her head. “Just answer the damn question, would you?” she muttered to herself.

I want to know if I’m supposed to worry about you or not.

Again, as if he was sitting on his phone waiting to hear from her, the response was fast.

Aw, you care.

No, I just thought I’d tell the gunman which room was yours.

Ouch.

In spite of herself she laughed.

Just kidding.

I know. Won’t likely make it home tonight. Expecting to be back tomorrow night.

Business?

Interested?

Hell no.

She chuckled. Their exchange was hard, fast and furious and, for whatever reason, a solid meeting of minds.
Mayer, Dale. Erick (SEALs of Steel Series Book 2) (pp. 42-43). Valley Publishing Ltd.. Kindle Edition.

From here things heat up in many ways. More intel on what happened that day and a surprise twist I didn’t see coming.

Plenty of intrigue, action, and the beginning of a relationship that is both amusing and sexy.

5 Contented Purrs for Dale!

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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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My Review of Badger -SEALs of Steel Book 1 By Dale Mayer



Badger
SEALs of Steel Book 1
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When Badger Horley, a SEAL, and the rest of his eight-man unit hit an antitank landmine on a routine reconnaissance mission, all were badly injured, but one of his men died. Having only joined a year before, he’d been the youngest member of the squad. Mouse left behind unanswered questions about his life…along with seven team members who aim to see that his tragic death is brought home to those responsible.

Badger’s path back to health is a long and difficult one, but revenge drives him out of bed every single day of his life. Someone modified orders the morning of the incident, sending his unit straight over that landmine. At the time the altered route had been given to him, he’d been curious but not unduly concerned. What happened to his squad has brought unwavering clarity: Those last-minute changes and the explosion that shattered his team were deliberate–and he means to catch the perpetrator if it’s the last thing he ever does.

Kat Greenwald watches the man she’s falling in love with fester a little more each time they’re together. Refusing to give himself time to heal, not surprisingly he hasn’t taken to his prosthetic well. As a prosthetic designer, she’s dealt with men and women in endless physical and emotional states. Badger is different. He’s driven, determined and deadly, but she can’t help her feelings despite the negatives. She’s hooked on a man whose sole concern seems to be in getting retribution for the incident that left his team in shards…while all she wants is a future happily-ever-after with him. But when her life explodes, and she’s kidnapped, it’s Badger who steps in to save her…

Still, Kat has a long road ahead of her to convince Badger a life filled with love is always preferable to answers that can only be gained at the risk of dying to get them.

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I first discovered Dale Mayer in a wonderful group of authors telling a connected tale in Sleeper Seals. I loved that book so much I had to go find more by her.

Badger is first in the SEALs of Steel Series, and even though it is kind of connected back to the SEALs of Honor Series, I thought I’d start here and then go back. These are going to come fast and furious over the next few months, so here’s my take on Badger.

Kat Greenwald is a prosthetic designer, and she has been working with Badger and his team to get them all functioning as normal as possible. Even though she finds herself falling for him, she fights giving in. Badger is on a quest of sorts, and isn’t listening to the medical professionals around him. This is detrimental to his physical well-being and Kat can’t seem to break down his resistance to the facts.

Badger and his team lost limbs and one lost his live when a landmine blew up their truck two years ago. Now some of his team is doing much better, he however is not doing as well. He keeps pushing too hard, too fast and if he doesn’t start behaving and doing the right thing he could lose his chance at having a prosthetic, forever.

Problem is, something really stinks about what went down that day and finally some things are shaking loose.

After her brother has her kidnapped and wants her dead, Badger decides Kat should accompany him to England. Perhaps not the brightest of moves but it will give them time together and keep Kat mostly out of harms way.

This is a favorite scene as the detective and the guys try to convince her to leave the country and Cade and Erick find out just why Badger is heading to England.

Badger stepped forward and grabbed her by the shoulders, giving her a small shake. “You were kidnapped outside your office, held hostage in your own house. Now shot at. At what point do you not see how serious this is?”

She bowed her head. “Surely I can go somewhere else. I could take my laptop and my work, go to a hotel or something.”

“Or you could go to England,” Cade suggested. “Get out of the country, see some new sights, take your work if you want because I can see that’s something you’ll never really be parted from. And let Badger keep an eye on you.”

She glared at him. “I know you’ll keep an eye on Badger.” She leaned forward until she was glaring at him eye to eye. “You know he’s up to something. You know England is part of his deal. And, if it’s part of his deal, it’s dangerous as hell. Why would I want to go from one danger to another danger?”

Cade opened his mouth to answer, then slammed it shut. He frowned as if considering her words and turned to look at Badger. “Why will you be in England?”

In a low tone Badger said, “I’m meeting somebody who accepted the orders that changed our route that day.”

Instantly the air charged with interest as the men took a moment to digest the information. Erick let out a long, slow whistle.

“Are you serious?” He looked over at Cade. “I think we should all go.”

Kat shook her head. “I think I should stay behind, deal with the insurance company and get my house fixed up,” she said firmly.

The detective stepped back to her. “No. I don’t want you here.”

“Will you give me protection then?” she snapped.

He grinned. “I think these three can protect you just fine.”

She glared at the detective. “What you mean is, if we run into trouble in England, it’s not your headache.”

Badger looked briefly hurt and then considered the options. “At least in England, people will have trouble finding you. Here it’s pretty obvious where you would be.”

She shook her head. “I could hide out in any number of hotels, any number of states, cities, towns. No one will find me.”

“Yes, they will,” the detective said firmly. “I bet these three know exactly how to travel without leaving any tracks unless they want to be found. You, on the other hand, will go to the bank, withdraw a bunch of cash, not take quite enough, so you’ll use your credit card at various stops to order food, pay for a hotel, and that credit card will get traced, and you’ll have people knocking on your door within hours.”

She frowned. “I could take out a larger amount of cash.”

“And how will you get to wherever it is you’re planning on going? These people already have your license plate number. So now you either need to rent a vehicle—you can’t do that without posting a driver’s license—or you’ll have to take a bus or fly, in which case you have to use your credit card to get a flight.”

“If I go to England, my passport will be used to get a flight,” she snapped in frustration. “Look. I don’t have a problem going to England. It’s just a hell of a long way to go for no particular reason. Plus it seems to me that I’m going from the fat into the fire. Because, what you don’t know is, these guys have their own shit to deal with.”

The detective looked at the three men, studying their hard glances and heavy military look, even though it had been two years since they were active. She stared at them too, and her shoulders sagged because she knew exactly what the detective saw. Three very capable men who knew exactly what to do in times of trouble. And they probably had a ton more experience in this kind of shit than even he did.

She raised both hands in agitated surrender. “Okay, fine.”
Mayer, Dale. Badger (SEALs of Steel Series Book 1) (pp. 109-111). Valley Publishing Ltd.. Kindle Edition.

Things really heat up in more ways than one in England. I couldn’t put this book down as this weaves into a tale full of intrigue and romance.

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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