Friday, July 24, 2020

The Sheriffs Baby Bargain

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She's just what the doctor ordered... but never knew he needed.

U.S. Marshal-turned-Sheriff Taylor James can trace her family back to the original thirteen Marshals appointed by George Washington. She's good at her job, but once they find out she's the local law, she can't get even one of her dates to stay past the appetizers. Her plan? Convince good friend and hot neighbor Dr. Gabriel Adams to give her dating lessons since his dance card is always full.
A survivor of childhood leukemia with no guarantee his remission will last, Gabe lives by two rules: Don't get emotionally involved and don't let his well organized life spiral out of control. When he's given a baby, with his name on her birth certificate, he needs Taylor's help. But dangling dating lessons in exchange? If that will get the dedicated sheriff to lend a helping hand, could it be a bargain worth making?

Enjoy an excerpt:

“You’d make a great mother.” The words were out before he could stop them.

She straightened with a sputtered laugh. “I don’t think so. My mother wasn’t a good role model. The one thing I learned from her was, if I’m ever lucky enough to have a child of my own, I’ll never walk away. No matter what the reason. You have more experience with babies in your little pinky than I’ve had my entire life.”

Who would have guessed an insecure little girl lived in Taylor’s past? As her friend, he should have known, but she would body slam him if he showed even an ampule of sympathy.

He asked, “What is it you need?” When she stared at him, her expression blank, he clarified. “The favor you mentioned.”

She suddenly stood as though her pants were on fire. “Shoot! I’m going to be late for work. Gotta go.”

As he watched her walk away, Gabe tried to remember he had no right to feel like he’d just let something important go. He’d made a life for himself that worked, and there was no question in his mind that he had to stick with the rules he’d set.

Gathering their empty cups, he left the remains of their coffee in a tall metal dish rack in the corner by the kitchen. Whether he liked it or not, he’d accomplished his mission.

His friendship with Taylor James remained intact. As it should be. But that pesky voice in his head wouldn’t be silenced.

Is that what you really want?


About the Author: Susan is an award winning, multi-published traditional and Indie author. Her debut novel, Oops…We’re Married? was a Reader’s Choice nominee and Holt Medallion Finalist. She describes herself first and foremost as a wife, mother, sister, daughter, friend, dreamer, and novelist. When not working as a nurse she writes, travels whenever she can, and remodels her house.









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  1. How many hours a day do you spend writing?

    1. Hi Bernie. Good question. Today, not enough. The day job ran away with me. Depends on the day--weekdays, 1-2 hrs a day; on the weekends, 3-4 hrs a day.

  2. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and, if so, how do you overcome it?

    1. Hi Peggy. No, I don't really suffer from writer's block. I suffer from not enough time to write :) When the flow of writing stops, it usually means I'm going in the right direction, so I call a friend to talk the story problem out.

  3. I am enjoying these tours and finding all the terrific books my family is enjoying reading. Thanks for bringing them to us and keep up the good work.

  4. I liked the excerpt, sounds good.

  5. I am looking forward to reading this one, thank you so much for the wonderful tour!

  6. What's your writing process like?

    1. Hi Kim...My writing process...has evolved over the years in some ways and others I've come full circle. So, these days I plan the story using a journal. Not the spiral bound kind, but one that looks like a book. It usually takes about ten weeks to plan, figure out the hooks and turning points, then characters. Stories are separated into acts, with a beginning, middle and end. All of that I put into the story journal (I just coined that :)). I'm a little artsy, so I add stickers too. Anyway, I hand write the first draft in the story journal, usually in the mornings. In the evenings while Mr. L. is at work I type what I've written on my laptop. On my current project, it took ten days to write the first chapter. I'm about to start chapter two. So far, I'm pleased with the story that's unfolding. And I'm looking for more stickers.


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