Releasing Jan 2nd, 2016
Blue Turtle Publishing
Captain Alexa Culver takes one look at shy, quiet Marine sniper Gage Hunter and feels an instant connection. But Gage has demons in his past that keep him from giving it to their mutual attraction. Alexa believes Gage is worth fighting for, and begins to slowly chip away at his defenses.
Gage Hunter has lost everyone he has ever loved. Lonely and broken, the last thing he expects is to meet someone like Alexa Culver. The redheaded beauty is confident and outgoing and makes Gage feel emotions he thought long buried. But before he risks revealing his heart to her she is kidnapped by the Taliban while on a humanitarian mission. Can Gage reach her before he loses his chance for love forever?
Gage smoothed his fingers down her cheek. When Alexa laid her cheek in his open palm, he felt a lump forming in his throat. She was fragile once again, so breakable. Gently, he kissed her lips, wanting desperately to infuse her with his energy, his love.
“We’ll take this an hour at a time, Alexa.”
She lifted her chin, staring at him. “What will happen to you, Gage? I-I know you can’t leave Bagram, and I have a feeling I’ll be leaving very soon. I told the flight surgeon I couldn’t fly right now.” She held up her hands, and he saw a slight tremor in them. She said, in a choked voice, “I’m not fit to fly . . .”
Hearing the pain in her voice, knowing what it cost her to admit it, Gage placed his hands on her firm thighs. “No one could, Alexa. No one,” he said, and captured her hands, bringing them to his chest, pressing her palms against his shirt. “Did the flight surgeon give you any help? Things that could assist you through this?”
“Yeah, some things,” she said absently.
“Like?” he coaxed. Alexa was struggling not to cry again. He knew she hated crying, thinking it was a sign of weakness, but Gage knew differently. He’d cried buckets of tears after the murder of Jen and his father. He’d never wept so much in his life, and it would hit him out of the blue in the most unexpected times and places. He was seeing the same pattern in Alexa.
Grief, he realized, had its own way with each person, and Alexa had lost so much of herself in that cave that she had every right to grieve.
Alexa shakily wiped away the tears falling down her cheeks. “S-she asked me what I wanted to do. What I felt in my heart and gut that would help me heal.” Her lips twisted, glistening with tears.
“And what did you tell her?” It hurt Gage so damned much to see those tears continue to well up in her large, beautiful hazel eyes. Gage remembered back to when Alexa would laugh, her eyes shining the color of spring willow leaves and the gold of sunlight. He didn’t see much of either of those colors now.
Sniffing, she whispered, “My family owns a beautiful, rustic cabin in the Smoky Mountains. I love the mountains, Gage. I love their quiet, their solitude. My family would go there during July and August of every year, on weekends, because it was so miserably hot and humid in Washington, D.C.”
“Sounds nice,” he murmured. “Tell me about this special place.” He could hear a slender thread of hope in her hoarse voice as she spoke about it. Gage knew if she could go home, go to that cabin, that it would support her healing. Alexa needed peace and quiet. She couldn’t handle the daily challenges of life yet.
She reached for a tissue, blowing her nose and wiping it. Holding the crushed tissue between her hands, she said, “It sits back off a four-hundred-foot cliff, up near the top of a mountain. I guess I love it because it’s so out of the way, so quiet. When I was there, I always felt like I was being pumped full of energy, I felt so alive when I was in that place. That’s why it’s so special to me.”
“Sounds like a healing place for you,” he said.
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Lindsay McKenna lives her life as a risk taker, and it shines through the books she loves to write: romance, adventure and suspense. She started writing at age thirteen and continues to hone her writing skills to this day. She sold her first romance novel in 1981. The rest is history.
Because she went into the military, this experience became the backbone of her writing—she is credited with writing the first military romance novel (Captive of Fate, 1983, Silhouette Special Edition) and has created a thriving sub-genre within the romance field! As a New York Times Best Selling author, she has sold 23 million books and in 32 foreign languages in her career thus far. Her many experiences in the U.S. Navy are backdrop for her understanding of the military in general, and also her very successful Morgan’s Mercenaries, which is an ongoing series in Silhouette to this day! Forty-five books strong!
Lindsay has gone Indie in 2015 and has created a new family saga on par with Morgan’s Mercenaries It is known as the DELOS SERIES. There will be paperback and eBooks created under Blue Turtle Publishing, her company for her fans. Readers who love Morgan and his family are bound to fall in love with the Culver family. Delos is romantic suspense, which Lindsay is well known for. It took her five years to create and bring DELOS to her readers. It was worth the wait, but we’ll let you decide that.
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