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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Weekend Writing Warriors

This continues almost directly after last week's post. Lyle's friend, Cam, just publicly rejected Jane and Lyle is comforting her. Jane speaks first...

“I’m not asking for more than he can give, I would walk away.”
  
“Would you?”
  
She nodded without hesitation. She could tell by the expression on Lyle’s face that he didn’t believe her but, rather than argue the point, he simply waited for more.
  
“Why doesn’t he want me?”
  
That startled a short, dry laugh from him. “Honestly, Janie? I have no idea.”

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Weekend Writing Warriors

Last week, Jane made a fool of herself in front of the whole town. Lyle picks her up, dusts her off and takes her someplace quiet where they can talk. He asks her why she wants Cam so badly when he's clearly not interested and Jane says...


“This is how everyone sees me, isn’t it - desperate and lonely and pathetic?”

“I don’t think you’re pathetic.”

Just desperate and lonely. “Well, that’s a comfort.”

“That’s not how I meant it.”

She knew that, Lyle wasn’t the type to wound a person for the pure sport of it.

“There’s no shame in being lonely,” he said.
 
That was entirely beside the point.


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From Gun Shy...



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Monday, September 1, 2014

Gun Shy is here!

Before the cure, Lieutenant Lyle Dalton’s job was simple: kill the Reapers. Now, under orders to inject all captured flesh eaters with the serum that restores their humanity, his Rangers at Fort Dougan face entirely new dangers. Someone wanted the Reaper cure badly enough to spill blood for it, and Lyle needs to steal it back if he hopes to hold the border.

Jane Fisher escaped Scraper crime boss Gideon Moore with only the clothes on her back. What he took from her can never be replaced, but her new home at Fort Dougan is the first safe one she’s known. Or was, until the remaining supply of serum was stolen, flown high into the mountains on Gideon’s command. Serving as Lyle’s guide through Scraper territory means revisiting her own personal hell, but it’s also an opportunity—for closure or revenge, Jane isn’t quite sure.

Beautiful, proud and haunted, Jane is a temptation Lyle’s worked hard to avoid. The mountains are the last place she needs to be. But if Jane can find the courage to face down a man like Gideon for the sake of the fort, no force on earth will keep Lyle from her side.

I'm so excited that Gun Shy is finally out in the world! Lyle is one of my favorite heroes - steady, loyal, and competent to handle just about any challenge. It's a good thing because Jane is...well, Jane can be a challenging woman. She's been through a lot, starting out life in the lap of luxury and then losing everything and everyone she cares about before landing a job at Fort Dougan.

Lyle is exactly the kind of friend Jane needs, and though Lyle doesn't recognize it at the time, Jane is exactly the kind of friend he needs, too. They start out watching each other's backs and then move on to more interesting parts of anatomy. There's lots of adventure with gunslingers, daring airship rescues and wily outlaws, but at its heart, Gun Shy is a really sweet friends to lovers story. I hope you'll check it out:)

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Weekend Writing Warriors

At the beginning of Gun Shy, Jane has a man other than the hero in her sights. Jane and Cam have a complicated history and, to make things just a little more awkward later on in the story, Cam is also best friends with the hero, Lyle. In this section, a crowd has gathered to see off the fort's delegation to the capital. The airship has just taken off and Jane is arguing with Cam. Unfortunately, this scene ends with Jane falling off the platform and landing in the dirt in a flurry of skirts and petticoats with the whole town watching. Poor Jane...


  When Cam turned and walked away, it was so unexpected she could only stare at his retreating back until Lyle blocked her view. Dark brown boots, worn but well cared for. Plain brown trousers and the bottom edge of the duster he always wore. She couldn’t force her gaze any higher than that.

  “Come on, Janie.” He took her hand and pulled her up, nearly lifting her off her feet. Once she was steady, he tucked her hand around his arm and began to push through the crowd. “Let’s get you home.”


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More about Gun Shy...

Before the cure, Lieutenant Lyle Dalton's job was simple: kill the Reapers. Now, under orders to inject all captured flesh eaters with the serum that restores their humanity, his Rangers at Fort Dougan face entirely new dangers. Someone wanted the Reaper cure badly enough to spill blood for it, and Lyle needs to steal it back if he hopes to hold the border.

Jane Fisher escaped Scraper crime boss Gideon Moore with only the clothes on her back. What he took from her can never be replaced, but her new home at Fort Dougan is the first safe one she's known. Or was, until the remaining supply of serum was stolen, flown high into the mountains on Gideon's command. Serving as Lyle's guide through Scraper territory means revisiting her own personal hell, but it's also an opportunity—for closure or revenge, Jane isn't quite sure.

Beautiful, proud and haunted, Jane is a temptation Lyle's worked hard to avoid. The mountains are the last place she needs to be. But if Jane can find the courage to face down a man like Gideon for the sake of the fort, no force on earth will keep Lyle from her side.

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