Thursday, March 28, 2013

Fire & Ash by Anne Patrick

Fire and Ash by Anne Patrick

Fire and Ash is the story of female fire investigator Sadie McGregor.  When she was a child, Sadie lost her family in a horrific fire that still haunts her.  She's now been called in to investigate a fatality fire in her hometown of Emerald Point, Missouri. What Sadie and the handsome new police chief discover will not only affect those close to them, but will rock the entire community.

Reviews and Awards
"This is a beautiful, yet hard-hitting story, fluently written, presenting characters you fall in love with." 
~ Reviewed by Fennel at LASR

"A Top Pick! Another Fantastic Novel!!!! Anne Patrick's novel, "Fire and Ash" is a well-written novel that flows wonderfully. A fantastic read!" 
~ Night Owl Reviews

"A wonderful read, this book had me laughing and crying. True to life characters and vivid descriptions, along with comedy and heart stopping moments, make this a page turner you'll want to read again." 
~ Happily Ever After Reviews

"As a forensics show enthusiast, I found that Anne Patrick, in her book, Fire and Ash, goes into great, minute detail of the fire investigation, that puts you on the scent of a perpetrator.  Her unique ability to incorporate multiple plots to throw you off course makes the pages fly by to connect the dots."  
~ Onedesertrose's Christian Book Reviews Blog

"As a retired fire investigator I have to say kudos to Ms Patrick on her research. I normally don’t read romantic suspense, but this book sounded intriguing so I couldn't resist. I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED
~Review from 'Fireboy' at

Received Four Stars from Romantic Times Book Reviews!

LASR BEST BOOK of 2010 Nominee!

'Best Inspirational' 2010 at The Romance Reviews!

#1 Bestselling Suspense eBook, and #1 Bestselling Romance eBook at!

Amazon Top 100 Bestseller in Christian Fiction!

Author Anne Patrick

Anne Patrick is the author of more than a dozen novels of Romance, Mayhem & Faith, including the award winning and bestselling WOUNDED HEROES SERIES, FIRE AND ASH, and TIES THAT BIND. When she isn't working on her next novel she enjoys spending time with family and friends, and traveling to foreign countries to experience new cultures and adventures. Born and raised in Oklahoma, she now makes her home in Kansas. 

She loves to hear from her readers!

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Birthday Failure

My sweetheart's birthday was yesterday. The boys and I got him a tie. Yes, a tie. My 10yo and I walked stores for hours on Saturday trying to find some sort of present. The low point was when my son held up a yellow popcorn popper, so excited to have found something he knows his dad would like until I reminded him, "We bought the red popcorn popper for him for Christmas." The sad thing is we both considered buying it, cause you can never have too many popcorn poppers.
My 14yo asked his dad yesterday, "What do you give a man who has everything?" He opened his arms wide. "Lots of hugs and kisses."
So Dad got lots of hugs and kisses, an amazing dinner and cake, some really adorable notes and gift certificates for things like foot massages and bowls of popcorn delivered to the couch, and . . . a tie.
Please tell me I shouldn't be feeling such guilt, even though my husband spoils me every chance he gets, no hard-working man wants their wife to spend money just for the sake of spending it, right, right?
Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Real vs. Imaginary Friends

My husband reminds me constantly to live in the real world and stop hanging out with Peter Pan and the Tooth Fairy. He says it with lots of love in his voice, but sadly he's right. I've lost fingers and wrecked a Camry, Ford truck, and my van (twice) daydreaming about my characters.
He also reminds me that real friends are better than imaginary. I know this is true, but oftentimes I choose imaginary friends (writing and hanging out with the characters in my books) instead of going to lunch, shopping, or other fun events with the wonderful (and real) friends who care about me and aren't going to disappear when I send their story off to be published.
So no matter if the characters in my head are begging me to write down that fabulous scene they just showed me, tonight I'm going to enjoy my cute boys (and maybe actually make a real dinner), go to a jewelry party with my friends, and go to Cub Scout Pack Meeting-wait, I said I was going to do fun things with real people, I'll send my husband to Pack Meeting.
Hope you all have a real and wonderful day,
Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Free this week - Fateful by Cheri Schmidt

If you're looking for a fun new ya fantasy series, my friend, Cheri Schmidt has the first book in the Fateful series free on Amazon until Friday, March 22nd. Can't wait to read it!
Click here to download it.

A huge fan of Jane Austen, Danielle hopes to find her own Mr. Darcy when she leaves Colorado to attend art school in London. Of course she knows it's silly to wish for that, naive even. But she's met enough males who lacked respect for women, a growing trend it seemed. And at nineteen...well.... However, on only her second night there she gets lost and is threatened by a stalker who proves to be immune to her martial arts training. Before she is completely overpowered, she is then saved by Ethan Deveroux. 

While Danielle does find the romance she seeks in Ethan, he's no Mr. Darcy. Her hero is held by a spell which fractures their chance at a happy ending. During the day Ethan is closer to mortal than immortal and can date her like any other man. Yet, as the sun sets, the powerful magic of an ancient curse returns and the evil of that spell is revealed. When that magic begins, Danielle's fairytale romance ends because Ethan Deveroux is a vampire.

Cheri's Blog

New Blog Look

John from 1039 Design (would highly recommend him) has redone my blog and merged it with my website. The amazing Janna Barlow designed the header.
I am loving the look, but would really appreciate some un-biased opinions. 
Any suggestions? Too busy? Missing something? Or is it simply fabulous and you wouldn't change a thing?
Thanks for your input!
Monday, March 18, 2013

Poison Me Reviews

It's always so fun when the reviews start coming in on a new book. I had to share a few!

"Poison Me grabbed my attention from the beginning of the book!  The 'old' people in the book were hilarious and I couldn't get enough of their antics!  I felt like I was in the room watching every situation unfold!  When I thought I had the mystery solved, I realized that it wasn't going to be that easy and that  Cami Checketts had a few surprises in store!  I loved that the 'drama' and 'secrets' were completely realistic and not at all far-fetched.  Trying to figure out 'whodunnit' was much harder than the reader is led to believe.  Posion Me has everything I love in a book; romance, mystery and laughter too!  Once I started reading, I didn't want to stop and you won't either!  I keep thinking, why haven't I read any of her books before?  Five stars and she has gained a new fan!  Can't wait to read more!"

This book has it all--romance, mystery, and fast-paced action.  Cami Checketts has quickly become one of my favorite authors.  Why> Because when I pick up one of her books, I am assured of a good, clean story that deals with current issues.  And this book is no exception.  This book dealt with the issue of elderly people, and I believe that what happens will be shocking to most readers (it was to me).

The author is a master storyteller, and you can rest assured that the content of the book will be ultimately uplifting and engaging.  Not everything in the book has a happily ever after theme, and there is enough reality that I believe most readers will be hooked--I certainly was!  Whether you are 80 or 20 (most teens probably will not connect with this story, but it is certainly appropriate for them to read), this book can be equally enjoyed by all.

I’ve loved every book I’ve read so far of Cami’s, and so I wasn’t surprised when I loved this one also. Not only is this murder mystery, it also has secrets, forgiveness, betrayal and humor. I really liked that the book had “older” characters. But the big plus is that they really aren’t your every day run of the mill type of retirees. They’re not only investigating the murder of Ruby’s friend, they also play matchmakers, and the stuff that comes out of their mouths…

Vicki - I'd Rather be Reading at the Beach

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Friday, March 15, 2013


Let it melt, let it melt, let it melt.

We've been singing this catchy song all week and the piles of snow are slowly disappearing. Yeah! Doesn't spring just make you smile? We're gearing up for bike rides, outside runs, lots and lots of lacrosse games (and the injuries that come with our favorite sport), and sunshine. Everybody is happy, happy, happy at our house (sorry, couldn't resist quoting Phil Robertson).

What's your favorite thing to do in the spring?

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Scarborough by Ellen L. Ekstrom

Author Bio: Ellen L. Ekstrom has been intrigued by all things medieval since seeing Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty” as a five-year old—when it was first run in theaters. Now that she is in her own middle ages, her passion for all things medieval is still strong. She is a member of the clergy in the Episcopal Church and serves as the parish deacon in a local church in Berkeley, California. To support her family and frenetic lifestyle, she works as a legal secretary. Once in a while, she sleeps. Scarborough is Ellen's fifth novel.

Blurb: Scarborough continues the story of Alice and Quinn, a pair of star-crossed lovers, and their lives before and after death. With recurring paranormal elements, both stories ask the question, "What if I could do it over again?" and show the consequences of being given the chance to do it. Ellen's writing is lovely, ethereal and her strength in historical and literary references rings true as she brings to life some of the most whimsical circumstances.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Confessions of a Cereal Mother by Rachel McClellan

Confessions of a Cereal Mother
by Rachel McClellan

In this humorous memoir you’ll discover several mind-saving rules, which include:

- Don’t throw your pregnancy test away before the full three minutes is up.

- Unless there is a rush on the grocery store pending a zombie-virus outbreak, never take your kids shopping.

- If your toddler is going to chew on a Band-Aid, hope it’s one found inside the community swimming pools chlorinated pool and not one found in their locker room.

- Never throw up in a cookie sheet.

- Things can always get worse. You could discover your child playing with a used tampon applicator. It’s not a whistle, sweetie.

- And most importantly, the moment one of your children is seriously ill, forget about everything else. You have the greatest honor in the world – being a Mom.

My Review
This book is a serious crack-up. I laughed out loud and found myself wanting to read it over the novels in my TBR pile (never happens for me with nonfiction). I wish Rachel was my neighbor, I could use a sense of humor like that close by to help me through this fun motherhood ride.
I would highly recommend Confessions of a Cereal Mother to all moms. It will make you laugh, but at the same time makes you love and appreciate your children more than ever.

What others are saying:

"A realistic and humorous take on motherhood. Are you in my house?" --Robin O'Bryant, author of Indie Best-seller, "Ketchup is a Vegetable and Other lies Moms Tell Themselves."

"Delightfully humorous with factual truths about motherhood and womanhood. You’ll immediately be hooked with her fun story-telling and hilarious hooks. A truly fantastic read that will not only lift your motherly spirit, but remind you what motherhood is truly all about… and it’s all worth it." --Karie Elordi, author of the popular blog "The Dating Divas"

Author Bio:

Once upon a time, in a wonderful and carefree world, Rachel McClellan fell asleep in a warm and spacious bed, her long hair in great locks around her, and not a single blemish upon her face. Outside her window, bluebirds sang and the cloudless blue sky was full of promise.

However, when she awoke she discovered gum in her now ratted hair, a tiny, chocolate fingerprint smeared across her forehead, and four very wiggly children crowding her bed. There were no bluebirds singing outside her window (or perhaps she couldn’t hear them anymore), only a tornado, pulsing with thunder and lightening. Her world was in chaos, a raging storm on all fronts.

But what a perfect storm it was…

Find Rachel

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Want to know about Rachel’s young adult books? Go HERE.

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Friday, March 8, 2013

Kindle Fire Giveaway

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Poaching Daises and pottery giveaway

I posted a review about this fun story a few weeks ago. Carole is now offering a giveaway of $50 to her amazing pottery site with the release of the book.

1. Visit the fabulous reviews and leave a comment letting us know why you're excited to read Poaching Daisies. Remember to include your email address.
2. For an additional entry become a follower of Walnut Springs Press blog, Carole's blog, or any of the fabulous reviews blog. Leave a comment letting us know whose blog you now follow.
3. If you tweet about the blog tour, or post about it on your blog or facebook, leave the link in the comments section and you'll receive an additional entry for each post.

So basically you need to read my review, then go to Carole's pottery site and see what you like, then go to Carole's blog and leave a comment. You'll know it's worth it when you see the pottery, what a talented lady!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Aura by Rebecca Talley

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"I half-turned to her and shrugged, still processing what I'd seen, or at least what I thought I'd seen, in Ms. Neal's eyes—like they weren't hers. Obviously, they were her eyes, but it looked like she'd plucked them from someone else's head. A dead someone else's head."

In the fight between good and evil, Light is your only weapon.

Crystal Scott finally feels like a normal teenager. She has a lead in the high school play, a best friend, and a gorgeous boyfriend. With prom only a few days away, Crystal’s ordinary life seems perfect.

Endowed with great Light because of her virtuous choices and her inherent gifts, Crystal’s aura has become visible to those with the ability to see auras. Unfortunately, her power has also attracted the attention of demons intent on destroying all Light.

When Vincent Crandall, the human host for a powerful demon, discovers that Crystal’s Light is strong enough to disrupt the connection between demons and their hosts, he realizes she may be able to sever the connection altogether. Determined to stop her from interfering with his plans to rule the world, he sends operatives to neutralize her Light.

After the operatives fail to disable Crystal, Vincent decides he must harness her power for himself. He kidnaps her parents, and Crystal is thrust into battle against a demon army she didn’t even know existed. With the help of a mysterious young man and his mother, Crystal must learn to use the power within her before Vincent kills her parents and exploits her Light.


I stood on stage after my scene with Cole and waited, muscles tensed, for Mr. Jordan’s critique of my performance. Perspiration collected at my hairline. Of all the drama teachers I’d had, Mr. Jordan was by far the hardest to please. And my last scene wasn’t my best, because I was still distracted by what had happened in Ms. Neal’s class. I couldn’t get the image of her bizarre eyes out of my head. Or the image of that guy watching me--like he was probing me.
“Do you call that acting?” His voice boomed through the theater and slapped me in the face.
I knew better than to say anything when a director was agitated.
“Run the last two lines again.” He glowered at me. “This time let’s try some acting, if it isn’t too much to ask.”
I nodded. His radar was now set on me. He’d pick apart any and every move I made or word I said. I might as well have had a big target painted on my chest. Great.
The searing spotlights shone on Cole and me.
Overcoming my nerves, I said my line with determination.
In an angry tone, Cole said his line and then pushed me. On cue, I fell to the ground, hard, pain shooting through my elbow. I hoped it was enough, but knew in the back of my mind nothing was ever good enough for Mr. Jordan. He demanded perfection. Always.
Cole reached his hand down and mouthed, “Sorry.” He would never intentionally hurt me.
I latched onto his hand, and he pulled me to my feet.
“Mildly better,” Mr. Jordan said from his seat in the darkness of the theater.  “But, don’t anticipate the shove. Be surprised. We want the audience to be shocked at his display of anger. Crystal, do you understand?”
I rubbed my elbow, the bruise already forming. “Yes, sir.” He’d keep me here until I got the scene right, even if I fractured my elbow in the process.


Author Rebecca Lynn Talley

Rebecca Lynn Talley grew up in the gorgeous seaside city of Santa Barbara, CA. She met, and married, her husband, Del, while attending Brigham Young University. She graduated from BYU with a degree in Communications. She currently lives in rural Colorado on a small ranch with a dog, too many cats to count, and a herd of goats. She and Del are the proud parents of ten wildly-creative, multi-talented children.

Rebecca is the author of a children's picture book, Grasshopper Pie (WindRiver 2003), a children's chapter book, Gabby's Secret (DuBon Publishing 2011), four novels, Heaven Scent (CFI 2008), Altared Plans (CFI 2009), The Upside of Down (CFI 2011), and Aura (DuBon Publishing 2012). She has also authored numerous children's stories and articles for both print and online magazines.

When she isn’t writing, Rebecca loves to date her husband, play with her kids, swim in the ocean, and dance to disco music while she cleans the house. She has folded at least one million loads of laundry, baked hundreds of batches of chocolate chip cookies, and eaten 5,478 gallons of ice cream.


This YA urban fantasy is fantastic! The story grabbed me from the start and kept me enthralled until the end! I love books that keep me thinking about the characters and events and possibilities even after putting them down...Aura is one of those books! Rebecca Lynn Talley has created characters you care about in a world begging for the special gifts they possess. I love the premise of Aura and imagine I'll be enjoying many more Light vs. Demon novels in the least I hope there are more to come!

I loved the clasic good VS evil in Aura. I loved that Crystal made the conscious choice to be good inspite of feelings and doubts. I also loved the idea of demons posessing somone who had made dark choices, or greedy bargains. The book is clean and well handled inspite of the serious subject matter.Well done.
~C. Michelle Jefferies

This is one of those books that you hope will become widespread enough to make a positive impact in this world. Personally, I think this is a book every teenager should read and I will definitely be passing it along to my own kids. Thank you, Rebecca, for writing a beautiful story with a wonderful message! I hope you keep at it because now I want a sequel!
~Rachael Anderson

Aura sucked me in from the first page. The book is intense and well-written. I loved that Crystal is innocent and makes a conscious choice to stay that way in the face of intense pressure. I would recommend Aura to young adults on up.
~Cami Checketts

Wonderful, wonderful message. Probably the most solid moral message I’ve ever read in contemporary literature, but without being too heavy or feeling like a lecture. You could almost look at it like an allegory, I think, representing real life with fictional symbols. I’m trying to explain without giving anything away, and I think I’m doing a bad job. Anyway, I have four boys, but if I had a girl, I would definitely have her read it. The story is imaginative and creative, Crystal is a strong but believable heroine, caught up in high school cares and not realizing her own potential or the battle that is waged around and for her. I thought at times it was a bit predictable, and that the first half of the book drug a little. It probably could have been told quicker or perhaps made a little more interesting. But all in all, I enjoyed it. The story kept me going and the characters were sweet and compelling.
~May Abbey

Wow! I got this book for free and LOVED it! I can't wait to read any follow up books! (There WILL be follow up books, right?) In this story Crystal is full of light, thanks to making good choices, and she has to figure out how to keep the light in the midst of high school where temptation runs rampant and where she just wants to be an average girl! I like that things never went too far, and I felt like it was very well-written, with rounded out characters!
~Tamera Westhoff

Blog Tour Giveaway
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Ends 3.21.13

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Monday, March 4, 2013

Poison Me Blog Tour and Giveaway


Poison Me by Cami Checketts

Jake Merrill was raised by his grandmother, Ruby, and her hilarious friends. After a suspicious death at the retirement home where Ruby lives, she enlists Jake and Chanel, the beautiful activities director, to help her find the killer.

But secrets Ruby has kept for decades threaten her family and the man she’s always loved but could never have. Chanel’s unstable ex-boyfriend, a presumably dead relative, and vicious criminals add to the confusion. Time is running out as Jake, Chanel, and Ruby desperately search for clues to solve the murders and fight to save those they love.

Praise for Poisen Me

Poison Me made me laugh out loud and thoroughly enjoy myself. I wish I had a friend like Ruby! Snappy dialogue, romance, and a strong sense of family made this book well worth reading.

Rachel Ann Nunes, bestselling author of Line of Fire and Before I Say Goodbye

Author Cami Checketts

Cami is a part-time author, part-time exercise consultant, part-time housekeeper, full-time wife, and overtime mother of four adorable boys. Sleep and relaxation are fond memories. She's never been happier.
A portion of the proceeds from Cami's books will be donated to The Child & Family Support Center. For more information on this worthy cause, please go to

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Saturday, March 2, 2013

5 Things to Look for in a Good Suspense Novel

5 Things to Look for in a Good Suspense Novel: Guest Post by Paul Taylor

Who doesn't love a good suspense book or movie? Although sometimes we may get enraged by cliff-hanger styles of storytelling, we will still anticipate the next chapter or episode. Keeping someone on the edge of their seat is quite an accomplishment, if you think about it. A well written suspense novel can be very difficult to put down as you want to know what else is going on. What makes a good suspense novel difficult to put down?

1. Character Development - A reader needs to be emotionally attached to a character in order to drive a suspenseful situation. By descriptive context and realistic behaviors produced by the character, a reader could become involved on such a level that makes the reader care what happens to him or her. Beginner writers often leave their characters two dimensional and short on substance. This doesn't drive the emotional bond that suspense style writers want to accomplish.

2. The Plot - In order for a novel to be suspenseful, the character needs to be thrown into a perilous situation where danger is imminent. However, you don't want to submit the character to these situations too soon. You need enough time for the reader to become involved with the character on an emotional level. Subjecting the main character to danger from the beginning might make him or her seem more like an extra that is about to be killed off.

3. Realistic Danger - Providing realistic danger within a novel depends wholly on the genre. Dangerous situations can be presented in a number of ways, but they need to be realistic to the story. Otherwise, people will be more likely to question it and be filled with confusion rather than suspense.

4. Plot Holes - Sometimes, a writer may want to change how a story is playing out half-way through the novel. Like all manner of storytelling, these holes can take away from the experience and again raise more confusion than suspense. A story should have an even flow and a detailed order of events in order to keep the attention of the reader. Too many discrepancies could damage the story and make for a disappointing read.

5. Mystery - Fear of the unknown element provides an amazing amount of suspense in virtually any kind of media. Mysterious elements that have just enough body to play a role in the plot but not enough that the reader knows what it is can have a profound impact on the story itself. Even subject matter that people believe they have knowledge in can wind up second guessing themselves when the story is told from a different perspective than their own.

Everyone has different tastes when it comes to reading. While some are more prone to read horror novels, others feel that romance is more preferable. Regardless of your choices, suspenseful novels can be delivered in any genre, provided the author wants to incorporate it into the read. A good suspenseful novel could get your adrenalin pumping as well as any other movie can - even more so if you have a great imagination.

Author Bio: Paul and his wife Julie both spend quite a bit of time coming up with ideas, blogging, and researching all things related to childcare. They take care of all the necessary information related to “”. He personally thinks his blog will help with finding information on all things related to a babysitter.


Friday, March 1, 2013

The Key of Kilenya - Free

My friend, Andrea Pearson, has just had the fourth book in her young adult fantasy series published. In celebration, the first book, The Key of Kilenya, is available for free as an eBook, and the second book, The Ember Gods, is available as a $0.99 Kindle eBook until March 3rd.  

The Key of Kilenya has been in the top 100 for teen fantasies on Amazon since last May and has been very popular with young (and adult) readers. They compare it to Harry Potter along with Brandon Mull's Fablehaven and Beyonders books, with a hint of Narnia and Lord of the Rings.

To download a copy of The Key of Kilenya for Kindle, click here. Check out Andrea's blog post for other formats of the eBook.

Poison Me Excerpt

Excerpt from Poison Me

Jake studied Chanel for a moment and then turned to Ellie with a warning glance. “Don’t even think about it, Aunt Ellie. I’d rather take you to dinner.”

Ellie laughed. “I’m flattered, dear, but Marissa informs me I’m too old.”

“Darn right,” Marissa said. “Disgusting the way you throw yourself at the boy.”

Ellie chuckled. “At least I have fun,” she said, then hollered, “Chanel? Get out here and meet Ruby’s grandson.”

Ruby watched the interchange with trepidation. How would Jake handle Ellie’s interference? Would he ever allow himself to fall in love again?

“Aunt Ellie,” Jake said under his breath. “Stop, please.”

Chanel glanced at Ellie and held up a finger.

“I can find my own dates.” Jake jammed a hand through his dark hair.

Ellie grinned. “I’m sure you can, but you never involve me, and you know how I hate to be left out.”

He crossed his arms and frowned, not answering. Ruby wished Ellie would leave him alone, but someday he’d have to put himself back in the dating market. What better time than now? Chanel was a darling girl.

Seconds later, Chanel hung up the phone and walked to their table. Her eyes flickered to Jake before she focused on Ellie. She pulled a bit of her hair forward, shadowing the large birthmark that started at the corner of her left eye and disappeared on her forehead beneath her gold-highlighted hair. “Good morning, ladies. Can I do something for you?”

“You sure can.” Ellie jabbed her finger at Jake. “We need you to take this fine young man off our hands.”

Jake’s face darkened. Ruby waited, wondering if he would explain he wasn’t dating and probably never would be. Instead he plastered on a smile and stood to shake the activities director’s hand. “I’m Jake and these sweet—” he stared pointedly at Ellie “—ladies are giving you a hard time.”

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